It’s finally mine. The ubiquitous 5×5 white Expedit bookshelf that you see everywhere. E.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. I’ve wanted it for years but have put off buying it because I didn’t want to pay for the shipping ($150) and the only other option would be to load up the sucker in my car and drive it home myself.
The other week I finally took the plunge and drove to the IKEA in Woodbridge, VA. I made my usual stop to get a hot dog and cinnamon roll before the shopping began and then picked up a few knick knacks I needed from around the store and then headed down to the warehouse to pick up my precious baby. Oh that’s the other thing, it is constantly out of stock. I had checked that morning and it said online that there was a high probability of it being in stock at the Woodbridge store. Guess what? It wasn’t in stock. Right then an IKEA employee pushed up a flatbed truck with my bookshelf (in 4 massive boxes) that someone had obviously just returned. I’m so glad because it would have been very difficult trying to load all 4 boxes on the flat bed truck myself.
So I get out to my car and realized I hadn’t planned very well. This book shelf is ummm, massive and my Camry is ummm, not. Thank the Lord one of the IKEA valets came up to me and (all in Spanish, which I don’t know how he knew I spoke Spanish, he just was speaking in Spanish from the beginning) totally loaded all 4 boxes into my car, it involved having to take the passenger’s side seat apart, but somehow he did it. 45 minutes later I was home was trying to get the first box out of my car when my neighbor came out of my house and saw me obviously struggling and unloaded the rest and put them on my front porch.
Are you asleep yet? My dad got it in my house and a week late assembled but I don’t want to show you the picture yet, because it’s not organized to OCD like perfection yet courtesy of several boxes and file holders I need to pick up from The Container Store, so until it looks like this:
Does that not make your heart sing? Mine looks nothing like that the moment. I love the idea of putting some kind of background behind it… I think this person actually used wrapping paper. How easy is that? (Raise your hand if you love Ina Garten).
Progress photos to come…