Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Home

I have been living in my apartment since January.

On Sunday, it finally felt like home.

While we certainly had a suitable arrangement, I have been jonesing for a new TV stand for the last month or so. I saw that Ikea carried what looked like the perfect fit for our living room. And it was the same amount as a gift card that I had!

Sold.

I swear, I was the only person at Ikea by herself.

Getting the box onto the cart? A slight struggle. A man offered to help me. After it was in the cart.

But I am a big, bad independent woman. I wheeled that cart around like it was an extension of my body!

And I remembered where I parked. Hello, miracle.

And then it all got a little more difficult. The box, I knew, would not fit into my trunk. But I was fairly sure it would fit into my back seat. So I heaved, I grunted, I pushed and I squeezed and I swore. The box was heavy. There was not enough room between my car and the car next to me. And I was afraid that I was going to roll my ankle.

I get the sucker into my backseat. Only to discover that it was two inches too long. I couldn't close the door.

So I decide to push the passenger seat up and wedge it in.

Doesn't fit.

Do my seats fold down to lengthen the trunk? Amazingly, this is the first time that I consider this option. I take a peek at the seats, determine that I have no damn clue, and refer to the manual. I'm still not sure. And I am very frustrated.

I wonder if my daddy will come and bail me out.

I wonder if I should just return it.

So I stand in the parking lot and stare at the damn box. Because that will help.

Eventually, finally, I pop the trunk. And find two little levers, which flip down my seat and fix my little conundrum.

It took me over 30 minutes to load the box into my car.

And less than 30 minutes to put it together.

When I finished, when I put the TV on it and hooked up the DVD player and threw on some candles and - voila - my living room was complete and my house felt like home.

We have 8 months left on our lease.

I'm going to be really bitter if we don't renew.

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