Ikea 1 – Amanda Pants 0

You won this time Ikea but I’ll get you next time and you meddling kids!

We thought we were intelligent people. We thought we were organized. We thought we had a plan. We thought everyone else was just being dramatic. But, as we left tired, disheveled, over budget, grovelling messes… we realized we brought a plastic spork to a knife fight.

Ikea must be respected.
Your first trip to Ikea is not to be trivialized.

Tips for your first Ikea trip

If you are planning your first trip to Ikea any time soon, let me give you some tips that no one else will give you… they would much rather point and laugh at the new kids.

  • Do your research and know what you are looking for. Your brain will fall out of your head after the first corner, so have a list to revert back to.
  • Bring your smartphone and take photos of the tags on the items you are going to purchase. You need to know the item number and where the item is in the warehouse section. (Thank you Melissa for this one!)
  • Speaking of the warehouse section, you WILL be responsible for picking out your own items at the warehouse. Getting big items? Bring a big strong person with you. I think Ikea is staffed by Oompa Loompas – no one will be around to help you.
  • Bring bags. Ikea doesn’t have shopping bags, unless you want to buy them at checkout.
  • The downstairs ‘marketplace’ is the equivalent of the largest candy aisle at a supermarket. You probably do not need any of those things. Keep your wits about you.
  • Do not ever go on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Make a day of it… this is not a quick trip. We grossly underestimated how long our trip would take. We are VERY fortunate to have wonderful friends who were able to watch Otto for twice as long as they expected (Thank you AGAIN Melissa, Andrew and Dante).
  • Know your partner. I saw more couples arguing in Ikea than I do at last call in the Old Port on a Saturday night. Ikea is a stressful situation and I could easily see marriages falling apart in there. Remember that you love eachother and it is just a home products store. Your marriage is more important.

In the end, we did survive and so did our marriage (I did have a meltdown in the curtains section but I am only human). We got the things we went for, we think – we will see when we drag some of this stuff out of the boxes. We got more than what we went for, but apparently that is quite normal. We also learned a lot and will be much better prepared for next time… if we can muster up the courage for a ‘next time’.

Can You Really Have it All?

It is only Monday evening but I am already having one of those weeks, which follows the one of those weeks I had last week. I would love to think I am a good wife, a good dog owner, good at my job and a good homeowner. Right now all of those pieces of my life are all very busy at the same time… and then some.

I’ll pull it off somehow but it has me really struggling to understand how people (and women especially) can have it all. Some pieces of me that are slipping are my running/exercising, sleep, and fun in the sun with my friends and family during a perfect Maine summer. Those pieces of me are important too but there just doesn’t seem to be time for it all. I know I am not alone but I feel like I am juggling and I need to choose which balls to temporarily lay down.

Photo credit: OpticalBliss

Right now I need to refocus, choose what will get me where I want to be and hunker down on the things that are most important. No one said this would all be easy right?!?

The Secret of Getting Ahead

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking down your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

– Mark Twain

Holy crap I had a good weekend AND I got SO much done at the house. I have been a bit overwhelmed with house projects lately and it was paralyzing. I finally had to sit down, work through what needed to be done and put in order how they had to be done. Once I had a plan, I got more done in a day than I thought I could do in a week. I needed a plan and to unplug for a day and got it done.

Now I will tackle the next items on the list but with a new found energy because I feel way more in control than I did at the beginning. Woohoo!

Nerdiness to a New Level – WMTW Tech Trends Report

Some things I stink at:

  • Managing money – always think I can move this here and that there… and it never works
  • Accepting compliments – Nice person: Pretty shirt – Me: ‘Eh it was only $5 and there is a rip in the side
  • Cars/Engines – too many words and parts and stuff
  • Those damn metal brain teaser things – why do people think those small torture devices are fun?!
  • Self promotion – Please don’t look at me… look at them!
  • Being on film or having my picture taken – I go from normal person to stiff, sweaty fembot with awkward facial expressions in less than a millisecond

There are obviously a few more I could add (I’m sure my husband could lend a few ideas too) but you get the point. So with this list of unskills, I may have failed to mention that I have been working with WMTW 8 (local ABC channel) on a weekly Tech Trends report with Erin Ovalle. They air at about 7:15am on Saturday mornings.

If you miss them on-air, some of them are also online for your viewing and snickering pleasure.

Here are the ones that I can currently find online:

Working with Erin has been great. I look forward to getting better at these (I hate not being good at things) and I am really excited to share with people some of the cool things local businesses are doing with technology. I am a lucky girl and like with running or overcoming obstacles, I know that trying something new and uncomfortable will only make me stronger.

If you have ideas for topics Erin and I should cover or a local business using technology in a neat way that we should feature, please let me know!