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June 6, 2005

jimbo goes grownup shopping

I have been sharing housing situations for many years, either with roomates or exes, so when I took out my dishes from storage that had been in there since 1998 or so I looked at them and said, "No. Way." Most of those dishes were from college, stored while I was away in Peace Corps. Think 1990 through 1994 or so. And those dishes were hand-me-downs or yard sale items even before I bought them for use in undergrad. So Homer could possibly date them back to the early 80's. And like the items he digs up, they belong back in a midden somewhere.

Clearly, it was time for grown-up furnishings and kitchenware.

So this weekend Gurl and I went on a massive exhausting shopping mission both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we did scouting missions via Metrorail, then Sunday had a Zipcar ready to pick up the chosen items. We finally came upon a decent kitchen table and 2 chairs, and lots of small items like decent pancake turners, frying pans, and outdoor pots for my back yard area.

This is the color of many things in my kitchen, including dining plate set and placemats. I neglected to get a tablecloth (subtle hint), however.

Other needs:
- A small cheap clock for my computer so I don't lose track of time when I'm playing Civilization III or City of Heroes (when I get DSL).
- A complete pot set.
- I bought too much soil. I need a huge pot, at least 10 gallons, to put the soil in. And maybe a plant too.
- Ant traps. And I spotted a big fat cockroach too. I have a lot of spiders, which makes me think of Addaboy whenever I see one now. I am hoping some sort of predator/prey equilliburium will develop so I don't have to use poisons.
- A dehumidifier. Damn it gets moist down there.
- Coffee bean grinder.
- Fold-out, hide-away (deck?) chairs of wood that match my dining room chairs for use when I have 4 guests instead of the usual table setup for 2.
- Some kind of couch that will fit in my small living room. That will be tricky, as there ain't much space.

No more IKEA, no more yard sale items, no more hand-me-downs, ever.

Some plusses: I have free cable! They say the phone will be hooked up today. And Command hangers and adhesives really work! ALL HAIL GLENNALICIOUS, PATRON SAINT OF THE HAIRY-ARMED AND HANDY. I also found out that many of my walls will take a nail too.

This weekend I would like to invite the geeks over for D&D at my house. I would also like to maraud the Hunky Radiant Leprechaun.

Posted by jimbo at June 6, 2005 10:53 AM


Congrats on your new Lair :-)

I use to live in a basement apartment and a de-humidifier is much much needed, even in the winter. Plus side is that your skin wont go dry :-)

IKEA aint all that bad, Rob and I found some good stuff there, and no one can tell its from there, just have to keep your eye out.

For the bug problem, you could try the natural method of having a Citrinella (sp?) plant in the house. I know that some houseplants have natural anti-bug qualities,Or you could get one of those sonic thingys you plug into the walls, they seem to work.

I wish you lots of luck, fun and good times in your new place.


Posted by: Dax at June 6, 2005 12:41 PM

A couple of comments:

1. I'd never heard of Zipcar until this post. I'm selling my car this week and this service would be very useful. "Coming to Chicago soon" looks promising, right?

2. "City of Heroes?" What... no "World of Warcraft?"

3. Pier One has some nice things. I'm thinking about this myself: http://makeashorterlink.com/?S6E56353B . Dunno if you have them on the east coast, but CostPlus has some nice Pier One-ish stuff too and it's a little less pricey.

Posted by: palochi at June 6, 2005 12:41 PM

Oh Jimbo, welcome to grownuphood. Middle age is just around the corner.

Posted by: homer at June 6, 2005 8:56 PM

Whaddaya mean no more Ikea?

Posted by: Marie at June 7, 2005 9:14 AM

I feel like I still have never gone grown-up shopping, really.

I bought a comforter cover from the Crate and Barrel website once, but that doesn't quite seem the same...

Posted by: Eric at June 7, 2005 11:25 AM