When you are flying out of Pittsburgh to go on your Caribbean cruise, what is the logical thing to do?
Stop at IKEA Pittsburgh, naturally.
Stop at IKEA, naturally, and meet the IKEA Easter bunny who has unnaturally vacant predator eyes. By a show of hands, who wants him coming to hide plastic eggs around their house while they sleep? Anyone?
You also treat your family to a free lunch with your $100+ purchase. Swedish Fish for all!
Unlike the first time we went there, I was prepared with a list that I had compiled before leaving home in the interest of not succumbing to the gigantic shopping mecca of Swedishness that is IKEA. So my items of interest this time were strictly things that I had a specific plan for, namely 120 wooden hangers for our closet and two 72” floating shelves for above the couch.
We also purchased a step stool for our closet…
…faux sheepskin throw rugs for next to our bed…
…this blanket for our bedroom…
…and a little $5 moveable statue man, who I named Bjorn after my family laughed at me for buying such a stupid item, and then they laughed at me some more for naming him at all, let alone naming him Bjorn.
Bjorn traveled with us through much of our trip. Here he is saying “Ahoy mate!” as we board the ship.
And here he is comforting our towel elephant after I beheaded it.
To be honest, I’m not sure why I bought Bjorn, because he most definitely was not on my list of “things to buy,” and he’s not particularly cute. He’s cheap and quirky, though, and I like cheap and quirky. He also comes with a range of attitudes and abilities.
So that about sums up our annual trek to IKEA. (We don’t live near one, otherwise it probably wouldn’t be such a big deal that we went.)
How often do you go to IKEA? Do you make a list before you go? Who wants to take Bjorn on their next family trip?