WOW! That's all I can say. WOW! That store is crazy.
One day this week, I decided to attempt to go to the famous IKEA.
I walked away from there with a LOVE-HATE relationship.
This was also my first day at public transport all by myself.
I did a lot of sitting. It took me three hours to get there.
Like the clothes, it is WINTER!
It should have taken me around an hour an a half, but one bus was 10 minutes late, which made me miss the next bus.
I guess the Honduran way and Aussie way have a lot in common.
I had to wait for an hour for my last bus.
After one boat ride, one on time bus, one late bus, and one bus that only runs every hour, I finally made it.
I don't have any pictures from this adventure, my phone almost died because I had to keep looking up which bus to get on.
I kept doubting myself, public transportation will come.
I really need to learn how to take screen shots with a note 2.
It is probably better I don't have photos.
Your mental camera will fill in the blanks.
Let me explain IKEA to IKEA newbies like I was.
They heard you like cattle, treat you like lab rats in a maze, basically just want you to spend money.
The way an employee explained it to me,
"We do not charge you for what everyone does not want. If you do not want to get your things, there is a fee, if you do not want to deliver, there is a fee, if you do not want to put together, there is a fee."
Well that was a challenge, I am going to get out of here as cheap as possible.
After all the cuts and bruises I got, I might should have paid the fee for them to get my goods.
I kept telling people, watch out for those boxes, "They will cut you."
They just looked at me puzzled.
I guess Bon Qui Qui is not popular in Brisbane.
OK, back to explaining the store.
You walk inside, they have everything set up really nice, hand you a pencil and paper and tell you to write down anything you like. Easy enough.
Well there is where the first fee comes in.
Then you go downstairs and pull all your items you wrote down YOURSELF out of the warehouse.
Those boxes were heavy, and like I said, will cut you.
That probably is not bad, for someone who was getting a couple things, or maybe one room of things, but remember I have NO furniture in our house. Also, this place is pretty cheap!
By the time I got to the counter, I had three carts (Aussie terms -trollies), and had completely given up on getting living room furniture.
Everyone kept walking by me saying,
"Oh! Darling, you need a man."
"Did you do that alone?"
"Look at that poor girl."
Man, I wish I had a picture of this, but am sure your mental camera is doing just fine, and you are enjoying the laugh.
After I paid for everything, and not until then, the IKEA employees helped me push the carts ten meters to the deliver desk.
The next fee, I gladly accepted. Can you imagine all of that on public transportation?
Here is our deliveries.
Next comes putting this together.
Josh wanted to try to accept the challenge and attempt to put it together.
Youtube, putting together IKEA stuff.
There are some horror stories out there.
You even had to put parts on a concrete block to hold an umbrella.
We had parts everywhere!
But, I would say we did pretty good.
And, we only had a few left over parts!
Like I said, Love-Hate.
Cheap furniture, Stressful Place!
It's all about making memories, and Oh I will have Ikea memories, as well as scars forever!
Amy and Randy gave me the best card. It pretty much sums up all this goodbye business- "I am not very good at goodbye, so let's just act like we are playing hide-and-seek, and you are really good at hiding."
I am so blessed with amazing friends
These are some of my very best friends who moved to Houston last year. We all wanted to get together before I left, but wasn't sure how to get it all together. Wesley called me one Friday,asked what I was doing the next day. He then asked if I would meet them for lunch the next day. We lived 8 hours apart. He offered to drive five hours each way, and asked me to drive 3 just so we could all hug each others neck before I made my trek around the world.
Like I said, Amazing friends!
After we had plans to meet in Texarkana anyway, I called my lifelong friend Kerri. She so graciously met me for breakfast.
Some friendships last forever!
After I took a little of time out for friends, my Aunt met Mamma and me at a hotel. We did HOMEWORK. My aunt is going back to school to fullfill her dream of becoming a teacher.
I am so blessed to have amazing role models in my life who always teach me to set goals, and and reach them, no matter your age or hurdles in the way!
Now, I know, I was REALLY close to Ashdown. I am so sorry. I did not get to come and see everyone. I am really playing a juggling game to get everything accomplished at the moment. Please, Please, Please do not get mad. I would have loved to come and hug everyone's neck!
Thank you for making my life so full of great people, it is an amazing blessing to have too many friends to fit in! I truly am blessed.
Next, I had to say "See You Later," at school. That was a lot harder than I ever dreamed it would be. It was not just saying goodbye to my friends, work family, and kids but also saying goodbye to having my own classroom.
Greenbrier really was a great place to be with amazing people. I am really blessed to have taught there and met the amazing teachers, parents, and amazing students.
I had to tell my running club "See you later," next. The Conway Running club has been my Conway family. Since Josh and I never worked in Conway, we never really met many people. The running club was really all we knew. I moved to Conway knowing no one! Josh wasn't home every week and my only hobby being running. The running club became my family, friends, and the people I knew in Conway. Thanks for welcoming me with open arms, making me a better runner, and always checking on me. With Josh gone so much he always told people he never worried about me because Jimmy, Alan, or someone in the running club would come look for me if I didn't show up for something. The running club really gave him a peace of mind while he was gone. I really hope some of my running family comes down under and joins me on a race!
DFW - for a FLYING trip I spent time with some of my family, but didn't get to see any of my friends.
This was a quick trip, and I didn't get to see everyone,but again, it isn't goodbye, it is just see you later. I will be back in no time and can see my friends.
By this time, I was getting a little worried. I still did not have my visa. It was really getting close to the deadline for our goal day for me to arrive in Australia. I really had to trust God on this one. There has to be a reason that the Visa did not work out perfectly.
Well, going to the airport was an adventure today. At least there was no sad, hard goodbye. God was taking care of us. We hit this one exit from the airport.
We are ok. We just made the best of it and laughed. We had a double blow-out.
Had a taxi come pick us up.
God has a sense of humor for sure. He made a really hard thing easier today, by creating ONE BIG diversion.