Monday, April 27, 2009

Just Another Manic Monday (With Zombies! And Swedish Meatballs!)

Mondays always find me in a bit of a zombie state. Not in the undead, looking for human flesh to feast upon sense, but in the blank stare, monosyllabic one.

Sundays, for obvious reasons, are busy days for us. So by Sunday night, I am exhausted. This weekend, that was exacerbated by the fact that Jason left last Wednesday for a conference in New Zealand, so I was flying solo with the kids and preparing to preach on Sunday. In all seriousness, it's something I truly love to do (public speaking, not single mom-ing) but it can also be a physically and mentally draining process.

Today, all in all, was a good Monday, despite my fried brain state. The morning after I speak, I always re-run stuff I said through my head and cringe a bit. Like, why did I say that? What was I thinking? Fortunately this morning, while brushing my teeth, I only had 2 or 3 forehead slapping moments. Okay, maybe 4 or 5. Then, the kids and I went to playgroup and enjoyed our first real, crisp autumn day.

Then, this afternoon, the homing chip that is implanted in my body switched on. The fact that I must have a secret microchip somewhere is the only way I can explain my sudden, random urges to go to Ikea. Must. Go. Ikea. Must. See. Karlstad. Sofa.
I texted Jason, who had just arrived at Sydney airport. "Take the train to Ikea!", I wrote, "We'll meet you there." All trains lead to Ikea, you know. And what better place for a family reunion?

We embraced, we dropped the kids at Smaland (free childcare!),we browsed, we all feasted on Swedish fare. Daddy is home and life is good.

And to top it off, I am reasonably certain that I didn't say anything heretical yesterday! Yippee!

P.S. Thanks, Mai and Jen--for helping out with the kiddos!


  1. SO did you the couch?! I love it!

  2. I am loving the fact that you arranged your family reunion to happen at Ikea. And do I understand you to say that you can take a train from the Sydney airport to Ikea!!!! What a country!

    And let's hope you didn't start any heresies that will blossom and grow among the flock!

  3. Great point, Becky. It could end up being like a really godless game of Telephone. "Well AMY said..."

    (I love the couch too, Amy. Didja buy it??)

  4. No, we didn't get the couch--but I liiiike it! The leather ones are really nice. For now, though, I am just visiting it. It could happen, though--will keep you posted.

  5. My dad would always take a nap on the couch Sunday afternoons. We four kids had strict orders not to disturb him! That doesn't work too well when you're flying solo!

    Your husband must be awesome if he agreed to meet you at IKEA after a trip. My husband would never do that...he'd just want to get home!

  6. A bit of retail therapy never hurt anyone:) Not especially when free childcare is provided!!! and yea like GinnyMarie said that's amazing that Jason agreed to go straight to Ikea, good on you Jason!

  7. I would go just for the meatballs, but I snagged some (more) adorable water glasses yesterday!