What I Did on My Super Bowl Sunday

Fawn was bewildered at first, but then she got the hang of it. Wag tail, receive pat from a passerby. Smart girl!
Fawn was bewildered at first, but then she got the hang of it. Wag tail, receive pat from a passerby. Smart girl!

I am happy to announce that I DO know who won the Super Bowl yesterday — the Patriots! However, I had to ask what city the team is from. Answer: New England. Not a city, but OK. (Seriously, what is the Patriots’s home city?) And I had to ask who they were playing. Answer: Seattle Seahawks. I found all this out this morning from a neighbor.

Obviously, I’m not into football. At all. To me, Super Bowl Sunday is like Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend — great staycation days. Portland is fairly empty. It’s quiet, almost peaceful. I can roam stores or see movies without getting overstimulated and overtired. These days are like snow days without the snow.

Yesterday, I decided to go to IKEA. On the one hand, I like IKEA because it has tons of cool, cheap stuff. On the other hand, I detest it because it’s normally wall-to-wall people gawking and sightseeing as theyย  shuffle and pause, shuffle and pause, along a handily painted trail (with arrows to keep us baah-baahing in the same direction) through a dozen departments, most of which don’t interest me.

I’m glad I went yesterday — it was almost a pleasurable experience! I brought my sweet dog Fawn to keep me company, and we strolled the almost-empty painted path without running into anyone. I said “excuse me” once, and the loiterers smiled as they shuffled out of the way. I re-realized that IKEA is great for picking up odds and ends that I keep meaning to replace (measuring cups and spoons), replenish (de-linters), and buy (lemon juicer). I found lots of stuff, actually.

Which got me re-realizing that IKEA is like CostCo: Whoops, I spent more money than expected.

So, do I want something like this? More homey?
So, do I want something like this? More homey?

However, I didn’t go to IKEA to pick up odds and ends; I went to get ideas for my office. I plan to overhaul it this year. I have a gigantic executive-style desk and chair that I now detest. They’re too big. They belong in a stuffy lawyer’s office. I want simpler, lighter, smaller.

Coupled with a console-style table for my paper stacks? (That's, I'm afraid, is never going away._
Coupled with a console-style table for my paper stacks?

 

 

 

 

 

Or what about a corner desk? This one is too business-y though.
Or what about a corner desk? This one is too business-y though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an aside, I have a shoe problem! What about something like this to throw them in? I just don't have space for neat rows. (NEAT rows -- hah!)
As an aside, I have a shoe problem! What about something like this to throw them in? I just don’t have space for neat rows. (NEAT rows — hah!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what did you do yesterday? Any suggestions for my new office (or for my shoes!)?

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7 thoughts on “What I Did on My Super Bowl Sunday

  1. I watched the Super Bowl and cheered for the Seahawks because they’re geographically closer to my home than the Patriots. I’m actually a Denver Broncos fan and do watch all of their regular season games, but the poor guys crashed and burned during the playoffs. Maybe next year.

    1. Hi Patricia! Way back when, when I still lived in the Bay Area, I tried to like football. Yay, 49ers! Didn’t last long though … ๐Ÿ™‚ Have to admit, I’m mildly interesting in the Super Bowl commercials — but that’s a dopey reason to spend all afternoon in front of the t.v.

  2. Great post, I went to IKEA on Saturday … Or Friday for you. I came out with a new desk which I had no intentions of getting haha. I really like the more home styled desk personally, its a nice size and the little cupboards are so cute! In terms of the shoe problem, I cant help. I just use a laundry basket to store what I dont really wear in my wardrobe. Best of luck with them though!

    1. NatalieElizabeth — laundry basket! That’s a brilliant and easy solution. Alas, I just threw away my plastic laundry baskets because, yes, at IKEA yesterday I bought new laundry baskets that are mesh and fold up when I’m not using them. Sigh … Doesn’t that figure!

      I love it that you came away with a desk!

      1. Thank you! It’s quite cheap as well, you could grab one from Target and not have to deal with the IKEA crowds. Aw, that’s too bad! Although, that could warrant another trip, that way you could have another look at the prospective desks.
        Haha, IKEA just has a way of sucking you into buying things! But the guilt goes away with the justification that it’s incentive to study for my second year at university … Hopefully it works!

  3. This seems to have been a popular blog topic yesterday, at least among bloggers I follow: https://everydayepic.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/superbowl-survival-arm-knitting/

    I’m not a good source for the office-designing question, since I write anywhere and everywhere. My last girlfriend was an IKEA enthusiast, though, and as I look around me I see many IKEA items (at least six from where I sit). Once she and I shopped in three IKEA stores around Philadelphia in one day. When she moved to Houston, her first phone call started, “I’m in IKEA!” (Of course, she had a new apartment to fill up. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    1. Hi Anthony! I just commented on her post — gotta love arm knitting. (Though I’d never heard of it before.)

      IKEA’s funny — I get the feeling there are thousands of people out there who don’t like to admit that they dig IKEA and that they actually might BUY STUFF from IKEA. I like that your ex- owns her enthusiasm. ๐Ÿ™‚

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