Jen and I journeyed to and from IKEA to order my kitchen cabinets in a day, and we lived to tell about it. I’ll do a more detailed post once the cabinets are out of boxes and installed (if that ever happens). But there’s just so much to tell you.
I want to tell you that Jen met me at 6:45 in the morning with six muffins and a smile. I knew it would be a good day.
I want to tell you that we walked in when the store opened at 10 a.m. with a plan. We immediately rushed to the cabinetry area to try to beat the crowd and promptly ordered our kitchen cabinets. I was so darn nervous about the whole thing, I felt ill.
I want to tell you that then we made our way through the entire store, taking nearly four hours.
I want to tell you that we didn’t have a sip of water or bite of food during those four hours. I was so thirsty when we hit The Cheesecake Factory that I may have drank 7 glasses of iced tea. (No joke.)
I want to tell you that we got to the checkout and realized that we missed the entire “eating” section. And Jen needed some pretty bowls. So, we headed back up to the third floor immediately. It was necessity. But, we still don’t know how we missed the entire area.
I want to tell you that when I saw the four cartloads of cabinet boxes and heard the worker tell me to check each one to make sure I have them all, I wanted to cry. But, Jen just shot me a determined look and we went through them one-by-one. Even the hinges and the drawer stops and the legs.
I want to tell you that Jen earned her lunch by loading around 60 flat-packed boxes into the truck bed. Did I mention that the countertops were approximately 8,000 pounds and approximately 3 inches too long for the extended truck bed? And then we had to take off the packaging to get the tailgate to close.
I want to tell you that it was raining and cold when we were loading and I was wearing a t-shirt because I’m silly and didn’t look at the weather before we left.
I want to tell you that there was a scary moment when I really didn’t think it would all fit in the truck. Since it was raining, it had to squeeze under the soft cover so it didn’t get soaked on the three hours home. We had to fit several of the furniture boxes in the backseat. (Luckily, Crate and Barrel bags can just go on top. Which reminds me, I adore Crate and Barrel.)
I want to tell you that I am so thankful that Jen was with me that day. Seriously. I could have never done it alone (obviously) and Ryan and I would have made a very large scene that would have ended with yelling and crying. We don’t do well under pressure. Jen and I do. I adore her, too.