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I went to Ikea last night, hurray. Headed out there with my mate after my course (I'm on the other half of the union Health & Safety course this week) finished just before four.

I now have MOST of the things that will make the flat "finished". Except I keep thinking of more. But I got a new TV stand, a huge rug, a bedside table (I can stop using a cardboard box!) and four box things to put in my Expedit bookcase so I can store random things in it. And the usual pile of stuff that was Absolutely Essential, like the battery-powered coffee frother and some spare teaspoons because I always run out of clean teaspoons before anything else. (Random thought: do English-speaking countries not as fixated with tea as Britain still call them teaspoons?)

I still need another DVD rack (they were out of stock), some frames for pictures (and to order some of the pictures I want), and sofas. I quite like this Ektorp corner sofa-bed, but £865? Erk. And I'm not all that keen on any of the covers available. Hmm. Anyone want to recommend me somewhere to buy nice sofas - either a corner 2x2 like the one above, or a three-seater and a two-seater sofa bed - for a price that won't kill me? (I will pay up to a grand if it's the best sofa ever, but...waaah.)

Tonight I have been building the bedside table (easy) and the plastic boxes for the bookcase (horrendously difficult, and I broke one, and, er, then looked properly at the instructions.) And cleaning one side of my bedroom AND - wait for it - completely emptying one of my three remaining unpacked boxes. Hurrah! It's amazing how productive one can be with a shorter day at work.

Overparenthesising again. Sorry.

People keep telling me random things about Glasgow's criminal underworld today. I've heard about the headless money-laundering accountant in Govan TWICE, from two entirely unconnected people, and it happened in May last year...



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Feb. 26th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
"(Random thought: do English-speaking countries not as fixated with tea as Britain still call them teaspoons?)"

If Canada counts then, yes, we do! :)
Feb. 26th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I wonder when they first got called that, then. Just looked up some Canadian history (of which I was shamefully ignorant), and it looks like Brits have been settling there since 1610 or so. No idea when "teaspoon" was first used.

Ooh, but loads of other languages use their direct equivalent of teaspoon. Fascinating. (Er, for certain values of fascinating, probably.)
Feb. 26th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
do English-speaking countries not as fixated with tea as Britain still call them teaspoons?

It is ever so in the USA.
Feb. 26th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems to call them teaspoons! Even the Estonians! This seems odd to me, unless we exported the invention of "little spoons that don't splash your tea all over the room", I suppose.
Feb. 26th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Wait. The tea isn't supposed to be splashed all over the room??

*wonders if he's been having his tea wrong all this time*
Feb. 26th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
865 quid for a sofa bed? Bloody nora. I think my sofa and my bed, combined, didn't come to that - then again the sofa's nearly 10 years old and the bed's about 5 and was half price - should've been over a grand but is the Bed. Bed. Ever.
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Well, it's one of the big corner ones that's basically two two-seaters, one of them a sofabed, and a corner bit, all joined together. But yes, that still seemed a lot.
Feb. 27th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
All English speaking countries are former British colonies. For the most part, they're pretty enamoured of tea.
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Heh, fair point, yes.
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
In Italian it's "cucchiaino" (little spoon), and it's the same scenario in French too: "petite cuillère". So no, we are probably the only ones with this fixation. But long live it, I say.
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Woops. Just read the comments. Okay, so maybe it's only Romance languages/countries that aren't fixated by the use of the word "teaspoon".
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
In fairness, the website I looked at could be wrong - it said the Italian was "cucchiaino da tè," but I trust you more!
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
..though I might start calling them "little spoon of tea", because that's cute!
Mar. 6th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Belated comment - sofas
rwrylsin and I have a corner sofa-bed thing, much like this one (MÅNSTAD), although the back is slightly higher (same height as the cushions) and there are two more cushions at the "short" end, and it cost somewhat more too.
We're contemplating heading back to Oz later this year, and would probably be selling our sofa then - how soon do you need to solve your sofa-bed problem ? And do you want to come over some time to have a look at our sofa ? (errr, but not for a few weeks, because there's Lego all over the place at the moment ... )

Edited at 2008-03-06 10:47 pm (UTC)
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