Diana has been pretty miserable for the last week, even opting out of our weekly lunch meeting, but today she absolutely needed to get out. And with it being sunny and 60, how could we not?
First item on the agenda was to satisfy her craving for a crab cake sandwich, so against my better judgment, we went to Cheesecake Factory, where she has enjoyed said sandwich before. Against all odds, it was not even a little crowded at 12:30. In fact, the 405 wasn't particularly busy either.
So in satisfying her craving, and observing that people weren't mobbing the retail chaos of Bellevue, I decided we'd venture down to Ikea. We've been wanting to get one of their "disposable" coffee tables for awhile, since we didn't have one that came with us. I can't see committing to something nice since our couch isn't really a living room couch, and we can't really engage in some kind of matching scheme. A $40 "dorm" coffee table is perfect. Surprisingly, it really ties the room together.
I also got some frames for a bunch of Cedar Point 8x10's I had in a mess of various frames, but beyond all explanation, the matte in three of the five frames is cut too large. In fact, they're some kind of weird 9x11 or something, which isn't even a standard photo size. Sigh. So I have to take a bunch of them back, which is not convenient.
Ikea was actually pretty smooth, and not crowded. I was shocked. If Diana weren't so, pregnant, easy browsing would've been possible. I'd like to spend more time in the lighting department. They have a lot of neat stuff there.
We took the long way home, through Redmond and around Lake Sammamish. Diana had not been through downtown Redmond before, or up the east side of the lake, so I figured today was a nice day to do so. There's a Whole Foods up that way too, which gives us another option to fill in the blanks in terms of groceries.
It occurs to me that there's a bunch of things I have just a few days to do. Some of them I have almost no time, since Sam-in-law gets here Tuesday night. This is gonna be a hectic couple of days.