Several months ago I saw my first IKEA but I didn't actually go inside - it was a quick freeway fly-by. But the way people talk about this place you would think the Greeks left out one of their gods and we're just hearing about it. There's been so much hype about the grand opening here that I decided to wait a couple of months to let things die down before visiting for the first time. Last weekend Samantha and I came upon a little mother/daughter girl time and decided it was a prime opportunity to lose our IKEA virginity, except instead of lighting candles and getting a nice little room overlooking the water we entered the great and spacious building that bears my high school colors. BLUE! YELLOW! Hard to miss. Here's what I learned.
1. Quote from Samantha: "Little furniture, BIG napkins!"
2. These birds have big butts and I cannot lie.
3. Ligon Berry juice from the fountain!
4. I don't know what ligon berry juice is!
5. Giant pebble ice, like Sonic ice that hasn't been to fat camp. Awesome.
6. The sign says "Swedish Meatballs", but how do I know they didn't just get it from the giant bag at Costco? This weighs on me and compromises the European feel I'm going after.
7. Still. GIANT pebble ice.
8. Pitcher or Neti Pot? I'm still not sure.
9. Garden Gnome ornaments. You start off wondering, "Who? Why?" and then the cashier says, "That will be $2.98 please."
10. You are the weakest link, hej da!
One thing I know for sure, we have a lot more in common with the Swedes than I thought: