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05 November 2011 @ 10:49 pm
Ikea, you've done it again.  
Ikea's one of those places I try to avoid, because of its track record of sucking money out of me. I did have to go there today; in and out, I promised myself, grab the one thing I need then go. Except it never works like that. Sure, I got that one thing. I also bought new curtains for the spare room, a Christmas table centrepiece, some string lights, new cushions for my bed, batteries... turned into an expensive visit. And of course there's no such thing as in-and-out with Ikea, the way the stores are set up so that you have to wander through every single department.

And that one thing that I needed? A stuffed alligator. The bank's Christmas party this year has an 80s theme, so I'm going as Detective Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice. One of my mates is going as a ghostbuster, and I know of at least two people going as Cyndi Lauper. Another friend reckoned he wasn't dressing up, intending to show up in jeans and t-shirt (which he reckons is what he was wearing in the 80s anyway!) so we found him a leopard-patterned vest / waistcoat thingy so he can go as Ferris Bueller.
I can't wait.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- GRIN (Pros)draycevixen on November 6th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)

You got out without eating meatballs? I used to go with a mate and she always wanted to eat the meatballs, I never understood why.

The costume party sounds like fun. You do realize you could have gone as one of the Pros crew? The Susan look would have confused them. *g*
miwahni: Pros private madnessmiwahni on November 6th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
I actually did consider a Pros-y outfit at first, but then realised that I could do a "Crockett" without having to hunt for clothing; having the requisite white jacket, white pants, pastel t-shirt and slip-on shoes still in my wardrobe, well-preserved relics of the 80s that they are.

Love the meatballs at Ikea! Totally! If I had stopped there for a meal, then meatballs it would have been. As it was, I'd had breakfast just before leaving home so I wasn't hungry. I did poke about in the food hall, though, looking at the frozen ones, and the lingenberry(?), gravy and mash etc, with the vague thought of bringing them home with me to cook for dinner, but the queue at the checkout was rather long.

Ikea meatballs, devil chicken wing dings, and bacon are the three things that drag me away from total vegetarianism. Otherwise I can live quite happily without meat.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- EATdraycevixen on November 6th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)

I was a vegetarian for about 4-5 years, not for political reasons, although I do support good animal welfare in any way that I can, but because I was never that keen on meat, I was in grad school and basically broke and I just sort of slid out of the habit.

Unfortunately, and very oddly for me, I stayed sick all the time with low level coughs, colds and infections even though I was careful to balance my vegetarian diet. I finally went to the uni paid nutritionist to ask further questions and it was suggested to me that all body chemistry was different and apparently mine needed more protein. My optimal health seems to come about from small quantities of protein and lots of fruit and veggies. /ramble

Still, isn't bacon EVERYONE's downfall?
miwahni: Random duck run awaymiwahni on November 7th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
I wish there was such a thing as self-regenerating pigs so I wouldn't have to feel so guilty.

I guess everybody has different nutritional needs. I rarely get colds since giving up smoking over ten years ago, although hayfever always gives me grief. Touch wood I haven't had the flu since July 1999, even though I never get a flu shot. I do eat eggs and cheese, though, so maybe that's enough to keep me healthy.

I had to laugh at the latest Dominos Pizza email I received tonight. "Free range chickens taste better!" it trumpeted. Somehow, I think that the people who care most about "free range" are the very people who wouldn't eat chicken.