Went to IKEA after counseling this evening. I wanted to get a kinda inexpensive not-so-down comforter for the summer. I found it and then continued the journey through the labyrinth of the marketplace.
I wanted a lamp for my office. I want a full-spectrum light. Or rather a lamp that holds a full spectrum bulb. Who knows what IKEA bulbs are. My adventure in the lamp department went something like:
Oh! That's cute, but I don't think it's bright enough. Many of these are nice, but which have the brightest bulbs? Oh! That seems lovely and bright. What bulb is that? It's an E26 600-something. Great! Which of these lamps take this great bulb? Oh - only those ugly ones right there. Is that it? No - that cute one might. Do you, with the sort of branches, take this bulb I have in my hand? Well, you do - sort of. You take an E26, but it's an E26 400-something. Not 600. Bummer. Now, this E26 600 - is this full spectrum? The packaging only talks about all the electricity money I'll save if I use it. That's great, but doesn't answer my spectrum issue. Oh look! A computer where I leave a comment. I'll do that! Type in my comment, fill in the demographic material, hit submit. Look! There's a survey here too! I'll take that while I'm at it. On page four of four it won't let me finish because of the way the screen is set up. Do I leave a comment about how crappy their survey is? No - walk away from the lamp department and go back to that great aubergine carpet. It will be so great and perfect in my office. I will find a lamp another day - perhaps in an official lighting store. Hmmm I wonder where one of those exists, besides next to the Burger King on 213 in Elkton, MD, just down the road from Lemen's house.
After leaving the lamps and picking up the carpet, I went to check out. In line there were impulsive deals - 3 large chocolate bars for 2.49 or so, a large bag of Swedish fish for about the same price.
I wound up making it to the food court area just before closing. I thought about getting some pear cider, which I love hard, but this was ... Soft? What is the word for non-alcoholic cider? Anyway, I wandered through the food market and thought, gosh the Swedes are weird. What really made me think that was this:
I wound up getting a hot dog and a vanilla soft serve frozen yogurt in a wafer cone (my favorite kind of cone!) for my post dinner dinner. I grabbed dinner at work - overly buttered egg noddles with not quite spaghetti sauce that probably came from a can. It was in a small bowl and was probably about a cup of spaghetti. When I saw the hot dog and yogurt, I was a goner. As it was, I got the "dinner" and a bar of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa for like $3.50 total. It's kinda sad when you think an IKEA hot dog and yogurt is better than a kitchen prepared dinner where one works. And the work dinner was free! What can you say about free? I'm sure it's something like gift horses.