Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Pilgrimage to Ikea
I did get the work table cleared off and that helped clear my brain as well. But in putting together the Ikea mini-chest, I bent over half the nails before finding the right technique for hammering it together. I had to go back to the store to get more and I decided it was finally time for the big studio buy. I'd scouted a wonderful table there that has a glass top and a tray underneath to put errant papers. I'd also found a filing cabinet that will hold half sheets of large paper...good for the many, many smaller pieces I seem to collect and don't want to store in my flat file. (These will all go in the basement.) Since it's just me and I don't have a big car, I planned to get everything I needed in one trip and have it delivered the next day (same price, no matter how many pieces). What I didn't know is that I still had to find the items, get the aisle and bin number where they are located, get the cart and collect the massive boxes from the furniture self-serve section and then try to wheel it all to the check-out line (with the individually packaged desk legs spilling out of the trolley and the chair seat precariously balanced on top). One piece was not on the labeled shelf, but a kind employee helped me find it one aisle over. Another piece was on a up high and weighed 85 pounds but this time there was no one around to help. It took another trip to the customer service area to solve that problem. Once I got through the check-out line I pushed my two carts over to home delivery and asked if they could also do assembly (figuring if the mini-chest was frustrating me, a file cabinet would do me in completely). They could only offer me the card of someone who has figured out that there is money to be made assembling Ikea products for people like me. So everything comes tomorrow. I think I can manage assembling the desk, but I'm hoping to find a kind friend to help with the filing cabinet. Maybe beer or wine will make the project more entertaining.