On Sunday we drove up to Cincinnati for a quick one night get away. We started off by going to IKEA to pick up a few things that we needed for the house. We pulled into the parking lot just after the store opened and we were all like, "We'll just grab what we need and get in and be out in a couple of hours".
We wandered for a bit but then focused on our main purpose in going up- to check out this giant desk/office set-up that they have online. It's pricey so we wanted to see it in person before sinking our tax return into it. Well, they didn't have it set up as it appeared on the website, just its individual pieces. Sigh. We were 2 hours in at this point and both Heath and I were frustrated because we'd hoped that the whole process would have been as simple as us finding the display, poking around it a bit, and decided yes or no. But the prospect of leaving with absolutely nothing in which to cross things off the massive to-do list we have was not cool with both of us so we sucked it up and moved on. We ended up not getting the unit, or rather the bits and pieces that make up the unit, and just getting the desks we needed.
Another thing we bought was a small couch for downstairs, the goal being that we hang out more downstairs working on our hobbies rather than zoning out in front of the TV watching (fill in tv show of your choice) for hours on end. When we got to the aisle and bin where it was located we whipped out the tape measure and found that, alas, the package was a couple inches longer than what my CR-V would hold. I wasn't too sure about getting it but Heath was in "make it work" mode so we went ahead and bought it anyway.
Getting everything into my car was quite the adventure. There was a lot of shoving, removing couch from packaging, more shoving, moving forward of the seats, even more shoving, cursing the fact that we'd forgot to bring bungee cords or twine (why does IKEA not sell these things?), some more shoving and different angling of things and finally we got the dang trunk to latch enough that the trunk light didn't pop on when we started the car. Sure, I couldn't see out of any windows except the windshield and the two front ones, but that's what mirrors are for, right? I found the whole situation quite amusing but when we got into the car Heath said it smelled like, "IKEA and Fail" lol. Four hours, FOUR, after we'd walked in the door we pulled out of the parking lot. Gotta love the great time-suck that is IKEA.
Our next stop was MadTree Brewing where we spent the next couple of hours sampling beer, talking, and eating yummy food truck pizza. Then we finally headed towards downtown Cinci. We checked into our hotel, chilled for a bit and then went out to experience some food at the Taste of Cincinnati. The clear winner of what we tried was the deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was basically like eating a donut that had pb&j in the middle, covered with powdered sugar. WIN all the way.
Monday morning we slept in (hells yes), had lunch, and then drove back to Lexington, hoping all the while that the trunk would stay latched. Thankfully it did and while we waited for the return of our child (who was not pleased that we had the audacity to come home again and take her away from her grandparents) we unloaded everything. And guess what? We even got all the stuff put together that night. Every single bit. A couch, desks and file cabinets? (glancing at the play set outside) Psssh! It's nothing.