Our first couple weeks of retirement have been fun, but not too restful. Moving into a new house is always a lot of hard work. We did sell some of our furniture, so have been trying to prioritize what we need now, and what we can do without for awhile.
This week we made a trip to Austin to see the IKEA showroom. We had visited an IKEA store in the Seattle area once before, so knew what we were getting into . . . a three hour walk through what feels like miles of displays. If they didn't hand out maps, and if they didn't have arrows and very good signage, we'd probably still be trying to find our way out of there. If they didnt have a Swedish restaurant oasis in the middle of the trek, we probably would have perished before we found the exit. Of course, when you get tired, there are always beds or chairs or stools or benches or footstools or something to perch on for awhile.
Anyway, all we actually came home with were some storage cubbies to put into our office closet . . . and lots of ideas for the future. Everything from IKEA has to be assembled at home, but everything is perfectly pre-drilled, and the 1-2-3 instructions with drawings are good.
Today I broke in my new kitchen by successfully completing the February Daring Bakers' challenge. The rules say I can't disclose what the goody is until posting day, but here's a teaser. Can you guess what this month's DB challenge is? Come back on posting day - February 27 - to read all about it.