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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stockholm Syndrome

"Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them."

Okay, I wasn't kidnapped... but I'm not going to lie, it felt like I had been for a while. I'm attempting to make a funny in relation to my three and a half hour trip to IKEA on Monday (27/10/14)

IKEA > Swedish > Sweden > Stockholm... get it? 

I'm always super excited to go to IKEA. The only Swedish thing I like more than IKEA is the men, but I digress. I mean IKEA is a nifty place. However, I find the novelty wares off about half way through. But it's so big and a one way system, you know there's no going back. You must carry on! You end up like a zombie, mindlessly picking random things you probably don't need but hey! It's super cheap, so why not? By the end you have a trolley full of stuff that you don't even really remember picking up. Or maybe that's just me...  

So yeah, we set off around two thirty on Monday. My aunt Karen came down from Lisburn to pick up Eva and I. She's a teacher and off school for half term. She recently just bought a second house near my grand parents, with the help of others in the family. They're buying it as an investment, but she will be the one living in it. Her other house is about forty minutes drive from us and my grand parents and she spends a lot of time driving up and down. Because she works in Lisburn, she doesn't want to move closer altogether. This is the next best thing. Anyway! That was our reason for going to IKEA, to help her get an idea of what she'll need for her new house and to pick up some stuff. She hasn't got the keys for it or anything yet, so she didn't need to buy everything.

My aunt Karen and Eva being 
total posers when we arrived at IKEA! 

There was a tiny bit of drama before we started off. My aunt Karen was hungry and so was I, but Eva wanted to wait until the end to get something to eat. Despite being there many times before, I had a total memory fail and when Eva said there was a place to get food at the end I thought she meant like, another canteen. So we decided to just get a cup of tea and a little something to eat and then get something at the end. I later realised the food my sister meant was the hot dogs at the end, which I hate! They don't even have seats, which seems silly because I bring my own everywhere with me... but it makes me uncomfortable everyone else standing around. I don't know, I'm weird. Anyway! This is what I got before we set off around IKEA.

I don't even know what it is, but it was so good. It was kind of biscuity or oaty on the bottom. Then it had this caramel'ish layer and then a really light cream stuff before the chocolate on top. It was light and fluffy but also had a crunch. Ah, how I wish I had it right now. I'd definitely recommend it if you ever happen across it when you're in IKEA. If you know what it is, please let me know! Along with it I got a cup of tea. Which was really good. I find you don't often get good tea in most places. IKEA is not one of those places.

Eva just got some kind of fruit juice and my aunt got some wheaten bread and jam. We probably spent about half an hour or so people watching and just chatting. Some really interesting people go to IKEA, a lot of boho types. Our IKEA is also right beside a runway, so you see a lot of planes land and take off, who doesn't love that? I ended up talking about a lot of Ice Hockey stuff. I feel like I may need some more people in my life who share my love of Ice Hockey. I'd woken up about 8am yesterday morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I ended up watching a bunch of Ice Hockey vids. Some of which were accident videos. I don't think my aunt and Eva fully appreciated hearing all the gory details. Oh well! We still had a lot of fun chatting.

Eventually we actually set off shopping. Well, after my aunt suffered a crisis of conscience taking a lone empty trolley she was worried someone had left and were coming back to. But IKEA being the wonderful one way maze that it is, we had no other way of going back and getting a trolley. Oh well. 

Ever since I started the process for independent living, I love going to IKEA even more than I used to. Especially when Eva is there. Before it all started, when I'd go to IKEA and see all the little room mock ups for kitchens or living rooms etc, I'd kind of get sad. The idea of ever having my own place seemed so unrealistic that I'd basically mourn the things I thought I would never have.
Like the excitement of choosing paint colours for my living room or picking a sofa or coffee table etc. Things that most adults take for granted. But it's not like that for me anymore. Even though I still have a long way to go, I know it isn't an impossible dream anymore. Some day Eva and I will go and pick all the firsts for our own place. Our first couch, our first kitchen table, our first fridge etc. Though hopefully we'll agree on more of the decor than we did during this trip! Still, for now I stuck to getting ideas for my current bedroom. No point getting too ahead of myself.

My aunt Karen did end up picking up a few things, but not too much. It's hard to stop yourself though. Everything is so affordable. She got a lovely crockery set, some glasses, a mug and pots. Eva also bought some stuff.

Not much to say about these photos, but here's a picture of Eva pretending to be Jimmy Darling and posing on a bed with a glass she liked. Yeah...

Eventually we made it to the end with a trolley full of stuff between us. I unloaded a few things I realised I didn't really need when we got to the warehouse. By the time we got there we were a bit tired so I was glad my aunt Karen was only using this trip to get some inspiration and we didn't have to locate stuff in the massive place.

Eva and aunt Karen checking out our stuff

It wasn't until the end that I realised the only place to eat was the hot dog place. I was super bummed out because I love IKEA's mash, and I really can't eat their hot dogs. I said I didn't mind them getting them and that I'd just wait and get something when I got home. But Eva felt bad, which made me feel bad... but aunt Karen said she'd rather have proper food and we could go back up stairs. We kinda forgot about the one way thing at this point, I guess we were all just too hungry. Like the spoilt child I am, I got my way and my mash. I still feel bad Eva didn't get a hot dog, but she hadn't had the meatballs before as she was going through a vegetarian phase last time we went. I think she was happy after she realised how good they are. She even ate a couple of my left over ones.

After we finished we went to leave and remembered it was a one way system. My aunt Karen said there had to be a way out without going through the whole place again, so she went to ask. Nope, we sure enough had to go through it all again. Though luckily they have doors that let you cut through, so it didn't take us too long. Finally we were on our way home and that was the end to our IKEA excursion.

Now on to what I bought!

To be honest, by the time I got home I had completely forgotten what I'd bought. All I knew was that it all came to £37. Which seemed loads considering I had no idea what any of it was. My memory really does suck. Anyway, what you see here is a cushion, a tray, two plates, tea light candles, another candle, a bag and the thing that cost the most, a poncho. It doesn't seem very much for what it cost to be honest, but the poncho was £10. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd known, but I kind of need one to go over my electric wheelchair when I'm walking the dogs. Still, I had NOT planned on spending that much. I guess I'll blame that spending dam again! I think I need better better beavers.

So yes, that's the story of my three and a half hour trip to IKEA. I'm sure it only took you about half that time to read this extremely long post!

I'm a sucker for IKEA plates and cups.
Do you have any IKEA favourites?


  1. I LOVE Ikea :) my favourite things to buy from there are photo frames. but the sofas are pretty awesome too. Great post !

    1. I love all the different photo frames! Hopefully I'll have more room to display photos when I move out and have more of an excuse to buy them! Thank you. :)


  2. Oooh I do like that cushion! I love a good trip to IKEA, I need to go soon as we've been without a light in the living room for ages. Plus I need to put up stuff I never need too :)

    1. Thanks! They have an awesome selection. I couldn't find a pillow case to fit, but I kinda like the pattern anyway. :) Oh well, hope you have a good trip when you go!

  3. I daren't make a trip as I would bankrupt myself buying a lifetime supply of lingonberry jam. Love the stuff but rarely find it for sale at a reasonable price. Usually find it in independent European supermarkets.


    1. Oh gosh, I always see the lingonberry stuff and wonder what it's like.. but I've never tasted it. I'm assuming you'd recommend it then? :D

  4. Eeek the dessert looks so tasty. Honestly, the IKEA journey takes so long that I've never had the stamina to check out their hot food. I might now. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    1. It REALLY was. I wish I had it right now! In our IKEA the canteen part is on the first level, usually we walk around it and then having something to eat as a break before we journey on. :D


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