I’m so happy it’s Friday. The end of the school year is taking its toll. It’s filled with birthday parties, ballet recitals, pool openings and teacher appreciation days. I am in constant flux of running errands and driving people around town. Dealing with two separate teacher appreciation weeks for the first time is driving me nuts. Don’t get me wrong I value our teachers and I am in awe of the work they do but this week alone I have had requests from Hugh’s daycare for cash, presents, cards and lunch for the teachers. I’m more than happy to help provide a fun lunch but sometimes I feel I’m being asked for donations every month – and it’s not like we don’t already pay them to take care of our son. Maybe I’m being too harsh but from Christmas bonuses to Valentine’s Day to teacher’s birthdays and teacher appreciation week I’m starting to feel a tad irritated. Plus I then get invited to Muffins for Mothers at 4pm on a Friday afternoon! What working Mom is going to want to do that before a commute home on a Friday? They used to have it in the morning for breakfast when we dropped the children off, which makes far more sense, and I’ve just made the daycare Director perfectly aware of that. OK vent over and done with.
MM had the morning off today and we’ve had the pleasure of each others company in IKEA for the past 2 hours. My daughter turns 6 on the 18th May and her request for some weeks now has been for a more ‘grown up’ bedroom. It’s not childish now but she wants a desk for homework, more storage, and more grown up art on the walls. I’m actually very impressed that she wants these for presents instead of more dolls – which do get played with, but I’m sure Ken is up to something as there seems to be an ever increasing population of them every time I enter her room.
I love IKEA‘s products – I wouldn’t want the entire house furnished in IKEA but we have fabulous bar stools, a couple of beds, storage solutions and some dining chairs from there and they all look great. They obviously aren’t built to last years but they do the job and look pretty cool. What I really don’t like is the IKEA store itself. Even when you enter with a list of the specific items needed I guarantee you will never get out in less than 2 hrs. I’ve even learned a few short cuts through the maze of furniture but still I can’t get out quickly. I write down every code so that I can go immediately to the correct warehouse shelf, but every time there’s an issue – I write it down incorrectly, we change our mind on the way down there and forget the new number, or we mix up items and end up having to search on the computer terminals. None of it IKEA’s fault I hasten to add – always user error. Then of course the flat packs are heavier than lead weights so negotiating them out of the store requires strength and skill, not to mention we had omitted to remove the car seats from my car, so we ended up straddling the back seat unclipping awkward child restraints so we could lower the back seats! Aaarggh! In 90 degree heat and humidity too – yuk! Well all we have to do now is to work as a cohesive team and calmly assemble said flat packs. Normally this involves me trying to instruct MM, getting exasperated with him for having no logical or spatial reasoning, then telling him to get out of the way and let me just do it on my own…all part of his cunning plan. I promise to post photos of this sequence of events over the coming evenings while we try to assemble the desk and shelves quietly once the children are in bed. Or as MM suggested S. and his girlfriend will be here by then and surely living in Stockholm makes one an expert on assembling IKEA??:)
Before the excitement of IKEA I headed to Jenny Craig for my first weigh in. I am thrilled to say I lost a whole 3.8lbs this week!!! I’m only trying to lose about 15lbs in total so I hope it keeps coming off this quickly. I haven’t felt hungry at all due to eating all the healthy fruit and veg that Jenny Craig encourages you to volumize with. I should be fast as lightning on my morning run tomorrow!
Poppy and I before the school run this morning:
I was asked the other day, by Diane, if I have any favorite tunics that I go back to time and again? Well I do try and rotate my clothes but the one that I love is from last summer and it’s the Terrazzo Tunic. It’s so comfortable – I know some really disliked it thinking the print was very 1970′s wallpaper but I am definitely one of its fans! I’m wearing it here with my Boden spot prize necklace from #BodenMondays twitter fun!
To all my readers in the UK enjoy your long weekend and Monday Bank Holiday!