Crawling Out Of My Cave

September 19, 2011

I had fun on my mission today, but I also feel like I wasted a whole day!!


IKEA is fun, but it’s also very cave-like. You just get sucked in. There are no windows. It could be tornado-ing outside and you wouldn’t know. Winter or summer.

I ate half of my snack-lunch at noon right when I was arriving and by 3pm I had just finished part I – the small wares (I didn’t get too much stuff, but I wanted to scope it all out). Part II involved collecting all the giant pieces for our PAX closet and Billy Bookcases.

You’d think going on a Monday would be good, but there were so few people to help me that at one point I literally was alone in an aisle with a shelf I could not reach yelling [politely] “helllllppp!”

[Love this giant floor light for only $50!]


Bookcase inspiration:


Future Home Neat Closet! I cannot wait to play with the pullout drawers!

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Thankfully I found a few people to help – although pushing/pulling 2 massive carts simultaneously from one end of the warehouse to the other was the hardest part of the day! Chest workout!!


That or the killer traffic on I-95 :( I scarfed down my ice cream and ate my egg + pear on the drive back, which actually flew by despite the traffic.

And of course, I already realized I made a mistake with the cabinet lights – forgot the cord. So it looks like I’ll be back with a return between now and December 18!

Matt and I arrived home at the same time and while I unloaded, he made a simple dinner. We were going to have burgers, but the new brand I bought needed thawing and I forgot to thaw it, so we made something else – Tomato Melts on some of Matt’s Aunt Donna’s bagels from Oak Ridge, TN!


Topped with tomato, cheddar and some bleu cheese Matt brought home from the bakery – all broiled on a sun-dried tomato Hot Bagel Co. Bagel


Side salad –


Simple. Filled us up.


For someone as organized as I normally am, you would not believe the pile of papers I have accumulated during our move while the filing cabinet was hidden. I just spent an hour sorting through them and figuring out which needed attention. We still have so, so much to do on this house!

But we can do that tomorrow. Because tomorrow is another day.

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1 [email protected] September 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Can’t believe you drove all the way up here for IKEA and have to go back again! I could’ve met you there to help!!


2 KathEats September 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

GAH forgot that you live so close!!


3 Christine @ BookishlyB September 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I was just at IKEA yesterday picking up some more Billy bookcases (not to tout my blog, but I just did a post on my new “library” featuring these)! I agree- you could spend hours in there. Have you seen the movie 500 Days of Summer where they play “house” inside?


4 KathEats September 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Can’t wait to check out your post!


5 Christine @ BookishlyB September 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Thanks :) Simple but functional. I guess that’s pretty much everything at IKEA! Ooooh and affordable. And now I sound like a marketing campaign.


6 Jen September 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Nice first shot of your meal in that setting.


7 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama September 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I have lived in my cuurent space for 4 months and STILL have so much to do. You’re doing great!


8 Susan September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

We have that giant floor lamp. You won’t be disappointed. It gives off really great, soft lighting!


9 KathEats September 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Awww I didn’t get it but I wish I had!


10 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

It’s so true, Ikea is literally a day trip to a faraway land. I get lost in there. And sometimes a little overwhelmed! But it’s awesome, it can’t be beat with it’s prices and the ridiculous selection.


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I feel the same way about IKEA. I love it, but it can feel very cave like! Sounds like you had a good day overall. Have a great night Kath!


12 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I think I may have cried trying to push those carts across the store. Sounds like quite a day!


13 Sweet and Savvy September 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I am in love with those book cases!


14 Kori September 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Kaci & I need to pick up some Hot Bagel Co. bagels soon! I’m really excited to see your house come together! :)


15 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

IKEA can be really time consuming! I love looking at their displays though :)


16 Jeannie September 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

How did you get those boxes home?! Do you drive a tractor trailer?!


17 KathEats September 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I had to pay for delivery :(


18 KathEats September 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

(Which is actually pretty reasonable considering the 2 hour drive and the amount of stuff I got – it’s a flat rate so you can buy the whole store and it’s the same price)


19 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

hahaha! That’s what I was thinking. Too funny!


20 Cait's Plate September 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I give you credit for coming out of IKEA alive at all!! I can’t even imagine how exhausted you must be – enjoy the rest of your evening because you’re 100% right, tomorrow is another day and those papers will always be there for you :)


21 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I can’t wait to see what you assemble when you get everything all set up. I love IKEA. Our closest is about 40 mins away. We’ve only been once, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be back once we buy a house.


22 Mandy @ The Fat Girl's Guide to Life September 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Exciting! I love shopping at Ikea. I’m dreading having to move, but shopping for new furniture makes it worth it. Good luck with decorating and all. Can’t wait to see pics of the set up when you’ve finished.


23 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I have been working on our house for 10 months and am still working- Girl, you are knocking it out of the park!!! :)


24 Immy September 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm
25 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

Oh good – I will take that next time!! The way I went yesterday (20 to 15 to 3 to 95) was really really nice for 80% of it.


26 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Oooooh, I like that giant floor lamp! So cool.

Your bagel melt looks deeeeeelish!! Yum.


27 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

sounds like quite a trip! Ikea can really get you – thankfully when I went my dad was with me, so he dealt with all the heavy stuff, and kept me moving!


28 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

MMMMM grilled cheese and tomato sounds delicious!!!


29 Ali @ Peaches and Football September 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

How fun to get the new house all organized and set up. I LOVE designing and setting things up. Can’t wait to do it myself one day.

Trying overnight oats cold for breakfast tomorrow. I’ve waited long enough. Time to see what all the fuss is about. :)


30 lynn @ the actor's diet September 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

i’ve got the pizza bagel song in my head again…


31 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I never go to Ikea alone — I need someone to push the cart while I look at things!


32 ann September 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Yes Scarlet!


33 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

At least you had a filing cabinet to begin with!!! My honey and I just got one…for the longest time we just had piles and piles of important papers, but we could never find the one we were looking for! Here’s to getting organized! Enjoy setting up the rest of the house.


34 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Y’alls dinner look amazing. I love how y’all just create meals with what you have. It’s awesome.

I can’t wait to see what you bought today. Too fun!


35 Liz @ Southern Charm September 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

The simplicity of your dinner is so appealing. Is it weird that it’s making my drool?? haha!


36 Lu @ A Mix of it All September 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Congrats on a mission accomplished! Your dinner looks amazing. Nothing is better that tomatoes and blue cheese. Not to mention that there was a bagel under it all. Yum!


37 Laughter-Loving Stacy September 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Ahhh, whenever i go to ikea, i just want to say: “Can I please have everything in this section? and someone to style my house for me?” haha! :)


38 ashley September 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Ugh, I always have IKEA envy when I see bloggers go there – the nearest Swedish Mecca is outside of Chicago, which is a 5 hour drive from St. Louis. There are a few services that will drive up there, buy your stuff, and deliver it (for a fee cheaper than IKEA delivery), but I’m a toucher – I can’t buy sight unseen. I think I’m going to drag my boyfriend up for a roadtrip (with a Uhaul trailer) sometime soon, though – we need some furniture at rock-bottom prices.


39 Namaste Gurl September 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Ikea really is so overwhelming. I can’t go in there without getting lost and zooming the whole place. It only takes me one million hours as well :) Good luck on continuing to find what you need!

Tomato and cheddar is the best! I’m going to try fig and white cheddar broiled sandwich soon!


40 Mama Pea September 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I call Costco “The $100 Store” (because you can’t get out without spending $100). I call IKEA “The Three Hour Store” (because three hours just disappear from your day). Glad you made it out alive!


41 Khushboo September 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

Wow go you- i don’t think I could handle Ikea on my own…..both choice-wise and lifting wise!


42 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

Haha sad day, yelling for help in an empty area of Ikea!! Thankfully I’m all of 5’9″, and I’m usually a shelf-helper not a shelf-reacher.

Brave of you to go there alone, by the way. I am not a fan of the windowless vortex of time and space that is Ikea. My Hubs likes it much more than I do in there 😉


43 Lucinda September 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

What kind of cheese it that? I ask as we don’t have anything like that in NZ or Australia, unless it is smoked…then we do!


44 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

A local cheddar


45 Kathy W. September 20, 2011 at 1:17 am

You & Rhett have a lot of assembling to do.


46 Notyet100 September 20, 2011 at 1:57 am

Even I liuv ikea nd ur so right it’s like a cave


47 nichole (eat & be pretty) September 20, 2011 at 2:24 am

i get lost in IKEA for hours on end! that lunch looks delicious, i’m going to make some type of variation of it for dinner tonight :)


48 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 20, 2011 at 4:59 am

I can never make a “short” trip to IKEA> You are so right… there is way to much to look at..and I do too much daydreaming about what I can do with some of the rooms in my place!!!


49 Debbi September 20, 2011 at 5:48 am

A trip to IKEA for me is four hours one direction, five in another. I guess that would be a two-day trip. The joy of living in the Middle of Nowhere is learning what you can live without! Heh.


50 Simply Life September 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

what a great spur-of-the-moment dinner!


51 M September 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

Kath everyone I know takes at least a couple of months to
even make a dent on their move into a new house :)

Patience -and just think how very lucky you are to own such a lovely home
as so many of us are renting apartments and will never be able to afford
a house ever in our lifetime.It is a privilege!


52 Molly @ RDexposed September 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

There’s gotta be a time when a homeless person tried to live in an Ikea.


53 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

Actually the toilet in one of the sample bathrooms had a clear DO NOT USE cover on it – which means people have tried them out!!


54 Hillary September 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

This is so dorky to admit, but those bookcases are making me swoon. I need a full wall bookcase with a ladder, just like in Beauty and the Beast, and I can die happy ; )


55 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 20, 2011 at 6:30 am

Wow, I need to go to IKEA, we have one in San Francisco, I don’t know why I never go? That store is amazing, you can spend the whole day there! However, I could also get into allot of trouble spending money there. he he Thats probably why I don’t go. :) Your tomato melt sandwich looks good!!!


56 Karen September 20, 2011 at 6:58 am

Yep…Ikea is one of those stores that I want to love (the low prices, the simple style, the functionality) but am so often disappointed (the non existent service at a store level, the massive DIY projects, the hit-or-miss often flimsy quality.) That bookcase looks lovely, but as tempted as I am to check it out, I’m just not sure it’s worth the inevitable disappointment that another IKEA experience will likely bring, but will eagerly stay tuned for your review…


57 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 20, 2011 at 7:33 am

I don’t think I could ever tackle IKEA alone – I always drag my mom along with me! 😛


58 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

I love walking around IKEA. It’s the best place to go for home decorating ideas. :)


59 Jennifer September 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

We have never been to IKEA but I want to go now. :)

Is the tv stand in your first picture from IKEA? I love it! I love all of your furniture. It’s so pretty.


60 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

yeah, that whole room is!


61 Leslie September 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

Wonder if there is a way to rig that floor lamp and have it over a dining room table? We have no ceiling lights in that room and I am always looking for something. It might be a little awkward, but I guess it would depend on where the base is. I might check it out. Luckily, our Ikea is about 25 min away (we used to have to drive 3 hours).


62 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

That’s where I wanted it! Matt vetoed


63 Leslie September 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

Well, maybe I should buy it and try it out (since it’s a lot easier for me to get to Ikea). If I do, I’ll send you a photo so you can see how it looks.


64 Angel7 September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

I really like the giant floor lamp, plus the price is great!!! The curtains in the room, with the giant floor lamp, are cool as well!

That closet is sooo cool!


65 Amy September 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I live in Knoxville and can tell you that Hot Bagel in Oak Ridge bakes the best bagels in the area. I used to eat lunch there every day when I worked in Oak Ridge. Donna is quite a character :) Please ask her to start making their jalapeno bagels again!


66 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Awesome!!! I will tell her :)


67 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Bookcase inspiration=amazing. Love it!


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