Nice ride, 'eh?
We made a trip to IKEA today so we could get ready to accommodate five guests... What a great excuse to replace the towels we've been using for nine years! (They are literally ripping). It was also time to replace some scraggly pillows... And we needed another light comforter to fit inside a duvet cover for guests.
Hmm, it occurs to me that some of you might not know what a duvet is; I didn't when I first came to Russia as a sophomore in college. I remember being so puzzled by the bedding I was handed! It's basically a sheet envelope that you put a blanket inside, using only that on top of you in bed, always keeping the blanket clean.
In any case, back to today's trip. I also took advantage of the opportunity to replace the rug in the kids' room, so thankful I'd limited myself to whatever cheap-o rug IKEA sold when I redid their decor. It will be completely sans guilt when I put the clean, but stained, old one at the spot where people pick through the "good" trash (it's a spot near the dumpster) and salvage what they want.
Asleep as we made our way to the check-out.
It was quite an adventure fitting all our loot into the car; the trunk is still completely filled with our winter tires. I've had the flu all week and have been too weak to carry them upstairs.
Oh, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua? Not nearly as bad as I'd expected! We actually enjoyed it. I try to take Natalia to as many movies as I can to force her to watch in Russian; when we watch a dvd, she insists on watching the English version. It's good for her confidence to know she can understand the story on her own. Perhaps we liked the movie so much because it was in Russian? Not quite as cheesy when dubbed? (The language nerd in me does delight in seeing how they translate Spanglish into Russian...)
Having an IKEA in Moscow is just sooo wonderful... I don't take it for granted one single bit... I am so incredibly thankful... I remember living here without it, and the prices are so fab... It used to me be my big box of refuge our first years here. Household necessities PLUS free childcare! I'll never forget my disbelief the day Katya was too tall to go into the ball pit room... It was the "Oh, my... My baby is growing up..." moment most moms feel on the first day of school...