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