I missed my post yesterday. I apologize for that. Ross and I took the day off to go to the Ikea Grand Opening here in Columbus. That’s right, we’re those dorks. Also, I’m not really ashamed to tell you that it isn’t the first Ikea Grand Opening we’ve been to. We absolutely went to the opening in West Chester (aka outside Cincinnati).
If you’ve never been, then you’re missing out. You might be asking yourself, how many people could have possibly been there for a Grand Opening? At least five or six hundred people. It wasn’t as bad as everyone thought it would be.
I got there about 10 minutes before Ross since he had to drop our daughter off at daycare. He arrived at about the same time as a few bus loads of people. It became a race to see if Ross could make the line before the hordes of people on the buses. I don’t understand why they were on buses. There were plenty of places to park. And honestly, how do you buy anything at Ikea and take it back on a bus? That just seems wrong. They even let people line up two days ahead of time. Who would do this? Well…
So, they sang the US national anthem and some dude from Missouri sang the Swedish national anthem which was amazing. They cut a log, cause that’s what you do. Be prepared. I take horrible video. I got distracted by the log. LOL
And, someone from the Swedish Embassy was there. I personally think that this is this guy’s job, to go around and open Ikeas. I mean, it’s a good gig.
Ross and I were in there for only like an hour. We knew what we wanted. We knew where it was. And, it was a pretty big purchase so we needed time to put it together. There’s only so much an allen wrench can do.
We’re creating a library and needed a set of bookcases that mirrored the bookcases we already had.
Here’s the other issue. Ross and I clearly have a different set of priorities than most people. Here’s what the rest of the room looks like.
There are plenty of places for the books to sit. Not enough for us. Actually, now that I think about it. Our priorities are correct.
Don’t worry. I have plenty of books to fill both sets.
Hi Peeps! I know I’m a day late and I’m truly sorry but I had an economics midterm last night so I’ve been stressing about that for the past week. After that fiasco was over, I engaged in an epic binge session consisting of Wendy’s spicy chicken and some cookies. Immediately following that and the last half hour of Real Housewives of Orange County (the drama is ridiculous), I went promptly to sleep. I won’t lie, I might have snuck in like 15 minutes of million dollar listing. I <3 Frederick! Seriously, if he wasn’t gay and I wasn’t married, I might stalk him…just a little. My brain, however, had too much exercise and use yesterday and decided to shut down all on its own.
Sooooo, now that I’m back to the land of the living for at least a day – let’s talk about my weekend. It was Lori Foster’s Reader/Author get together in West Chester Ohio. For those of you not from Ohio, that’s a suburb outside of Cincinnati. There’s an Ikea which is all you really need to know. And yes, I did take time out on Saturday to hop over to Ikea and get some things. Cause that’s how I roll.
Anyway, I drove down on Friday night after work. Which was nice to have a little quiet time to myself. I’d consumed 32 ounces of water throughout the day, then a biggie iced tea on the road. This proved to be a mistake. When I hit 275 (Cincinnati’s outer belt), the traffic stopped because of an accident and the waiting game and the pressure on my bladder began. And honestly, if you can’t drive in a straight line, I don’t think you should be behind the wheel. But I digress, forty five minutes later, I walked into the lobby of the Marriott bouncing up and down to keep from leaving a puddle on the floor.
I stepped up to the counter and said “I need to check in and where’s your restroom?” The kind lady pointed behind me to where the restrooms were located and I took off like a shot. Running down the hall in a dress and espadrilles, I wasn’t looking back. I couldn’t. There wasn’t time. The receptionist asked my name as I turned and ran down the hall. I yelled back at her across the lobby. Classy…I know.
After check in and registration, I only had a little while before the book signing. So I trekked down to the lobby again and set up. They stuck me in the corner at a rounded table with three other others who wrote erotica. I can’t remember any of their names. Shit! I should remember this, we sat together for two whole hours and talked about orgasms and laundry. This is bad. So much for my networking skills. Anyway, after about fifteen minutes, an author at the next table arrives. Now, I only mention this because she was dressed at a viking.
You read that right folks! She was dressed as a fucking VIKING! Furry hat, horns and all – very Brunhilda-esque.
Hitting on her and garnering quite a bit of attention, was our favorite cover model – dubbed in previous years as Skeezy Bastard.
Several friends and I named him this because he hit on all of us and every woman at the bar. He asked poor Amanda if she was sharing a room and if she would like to share it with him. When one of us shot him down at the bar, he moved right on down to the next one…literally. *Sigh* Good times. Skeezy Bastard hit on a lot of women this past weekend, and by late Saturday, he wasn’t being picky in his selection of women either.
Tiff, Eva and I ended up going back to the room after that and having a good old fashion slumber party with lots of giggling and crude jokes.
Saturday, was pretty uneventful. Tiff left so Eva and I were left to our own devices which is never a good idea. We holed up in our room and worked, giggled, and drank. Also, never a good thing. After consuming an entire bottle of wine by myself we headed down to the bar where Eva sucked down 3 tequila Sunrises like someone was going to take them away from her and I had this:
I have no idea what was in this thing except for the nerds at the bottom. It took Eva to explain that it was supposed to be gravel – you know, like in a fish tank. Not my finest moment. And three, count them, three Swedish fish. It was delicious and STRONG! I watched the bartender make one for someone else and said:
“I don’t even care what’s in that but I must have one. This shit is happening!”
We made jokes about Skeezy Bastard, talked about writing, and made friends with the bartender – who by the way, remembered us from last year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I like to think it just makes us AWESOME!
I drove home Sunday morning, hung out with my husband then we ran over my glasses with the car. Yep, so that was fun. On top of dropping my phone in the zoo’s public toilet a few weekends ago, my expenses for ridiculous shit has skyrocketed. Lug in the nonsense with the Slanty Shanty and we can just call it a day. UGH! I have yet to replace my glasses. I feel like its summer time and I can just use my prescription sunglasses instead until I get new ones. Its worked so far. Also, I haven’t replaced my phone (dubbed the pee phone this weekened by Tiff- Thanks Tiff!) since it’s kinda working with a new battery. I don’t want to talk to anyone anyway and if its important, they’ll just email me.