Virgin365: day one hundred and forty-five…Hand Truck Baby

Virgin365: day eighty-eight…Forkful of Butter

Operation 365 Poem: day 105…First Mama Day

First Mama Day

Some idea
At Ikea
But hard to walk away
So took up the whole day

Free coffee and tea
If you’re Ikea Family
Now that we can’t disregard
So whipped out our Family card

The card came out more than once
To boost our shopping resilience
Ikea can take it out of you
You need strength just to make it through

Swedish meatballs of course
Even if they may be made with horse
Showroom and measuring
Then some oooohing and ahhhhhhing

Sucks the hours into a black hole
Ikea’s got all the control
The list gets longer with things you buy
That when you get home you question why

Some idea
At Ikea
But hard to walk away
Even if its my first Mother’s Day
It could have been even a longer stay
If we’d known about the cheap Mama breakfast buffet!

Operation 365 Poem: day 78…Ikea


Ahhhh Ikea
Here’s an idea

Put all stuff you can buy in the space
All down in the marketplace

I knew what I needed for the kitchen
But finding it became a mission

It’s called a showroom as things are for show
So you don’t expect to get things up there, you know

You would think it would all be down in the “shop”
Nope, instead it’s confusion non-stop

Returns down, Cafe up, marketplace down
But kids stuff up, then down for a kitchen search around

Back up, found the S hooks! I should be applauded
Up down up down, I’m exhausted

Ahhhh Ikea
See ya!

365 ONE: day 229….Baby Room

Day 229: August 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Grocery Carrying/Building Ikea Furniture/Doing Baby Room

Dance of the Day was = “Turn Me On” by David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Slippers”

Anything to Note =

It was baby room day today.

We turned the spare small room that my mum had created for the bottom flat into the baby room. Out went the single bed and in came our Ikea purchases, and last two weeks of shopping, and items my mum had from me and my brother, and what I had brought over, and gifts.

Building things and re-arranging things.

It’s not done but at the end of the day today the room looks like a little baby room! Or at least it’s coming together!! I will show photos or do my video upload when it’s completely done 🙂

It hasn’t hit me yet though. At all.

My mum asked if it had now sunk in looking at the baby room and creating it.

Nope. It’s still surreal.

But I do know that I noticed myself quite defensive and touchy and tense as I spoke and acted today. I especially noticed it towards my mum as we worked on the room. She is an interior designer so I could feel myself a bit tight-throated as I tried to express myself and make suggestions but I could feel them come out as strong and a little attacking. And I could not control it. I just noticed myself change while in work mode.

So obviously something is going on inside me with this last month to go.

Even if it doesn’t feel like anything has sunk in at all.

Oh vey.


365 ONE: day 228…Ikea Exhaustion

Day 228: August 23rd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Carrying Ikea Items Home

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Mess With My Man [Mood 2 Swing Edit]” by Lucy Pearl

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Snuggie”

Anything to Note =

It was Ikea day today!

Literally the whole day was at Ikea! We left home at 10am to meet family friend at a bus near hers that goes to Ikea, so we had a proper schedule! And we were not back until after 5pm!


I turned into one of those people that push the trolley around and then when others are looking would find a piece of Ikea showroom furniture to sit on 🙂

Sadly my back was hurting and my feet are swollen so they started to hurt…so I became like an invalid! I am not used to not being able to keep on trucking! Although my mum made some comment that I may be bigger! Or that she thinks I’ve got bigger since I have been here…I say there just isn’t any more room in there!!! But it may be the case since I have ONE MONTH TO GO!!!!!!

Holy schenfaefkjnflakjveajkvbjkaenvjkdarnfvjkdnvidnvnkljeafiuvh!!!

Yup, that is a real word! Haha!! It is Swedish to go along with the Ikea day haha!

Anyway, we did end up getting a few things and our family friend bought us some as our baby shower gifts…so I think now we should be set for the essential UK baby items thanks to all our days of shopping, online research and purchases and some more gifts!!

Am hoping anyway that the baby shopping can now come to an end! Although that covers the UK and we have yet to even come close to being done for the NYC baby room….which we have time with I know as I don’t come back until January, but that is the main room, so…..will need to figure that out soon too. Ugh!

Am waiting of course on whether we get this new apartment and the mortgage to know if we even have a baby room first! Then I will deal with it…or rather help Stuart deal with it as I won’t be around. Methinks there will be a lot of Skype-ing so I can see what’s going on!

Not that I don’t trust the baby room with you Stuart!! I do!! 🙂



The highlight today was of course the Swedish meatballs at Ikea haha!!

365 ONE: day 223….RIBENA!!

Day 223: August 18th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Princess of China” by Coldplay & Rihanna

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Which Tastes Better?”

Anything to Note =

My mum and I walked quite far down the high road as part of my 365 cardio in the hopes of a home-depot-esque shop called B & Q was still open. I mean we walked anyway, or my mum came with me to do some walking, but we did think that this store would be closed by the time we got there as shops close early in the UK and its Saturday.

Well, turns out it was open! And we had an hour till closing so we were on a mission to find black out blinds for the baby’s room and perhaps a shelf unit, and some bathroom taps for my mum to take to Greece. Oh and maybe a night light also for the baby. Things are expensive so we were hoping to find some good deals here!

Sadly there is no Ikea around here, and when she had gone to Ikea in Greece they had nothing anyway!!

This shop was huge and we actually managed to find some light blue roller black out blinds and a tap set on sale for my mum for Greece. We failed at the shelf and the night light but still got some things successfully, and it was down to the wire with checking out one minute before the shop closed!

Anyway, then we had to make that long walk back annoyingly.

And as we were walking my mum made some comment about how she had thought something was in her foot. And while in Greece she had found a piece of glass in the moving process in her foot. But she was not in any pain now, but had commented about that.

So we got home. Made dinner. Just watched a movie while we ate, and I looked over at my mum’s foot that was perched up and saw her heel was covered in red!

I was like – blood blood blood! Are you okay????

Lights came on and we were both looking at her foot for like half an hour to see what was wrong. I brought up earlier that she had made a comment about something in her foot, and the glass in her foot in Greece story she had mentioned while we walked home.

But we could not see anything. And there was no pain.

I checked my feet. Was it me that was bleeding?? Nothing.

It was so weird!

It looked like dry blood right there on her heel.

Then I looked at it again after half an hour and it appeared to me as quite purple in color suddenly. Almost too purple to be blood….

And then it hit me!!!

Earlier in the day I had had some Ribena to drink there in the kitchen so I must have spilled some on the floor and my mum must have stepped in it!!!

And sure enough it was Ribena!!! Haha!!!

It was just so odd that we were talking about foot pain, and glass in the foot, and blood while walking home and then hours later it looked like her foot was bleeding coincidentally. Ironically. Funny how that happens – when you talk about something and then it happens!

Even if it turned out to be Ribena!!



(For those who don’t know what Ribena is – its a black currant drink that is delicious so go out and get some!!!!!)