As we are moving into our place in the next couple of weeks, we need to start scouting or buying furniture, as it will be unfurnished. The most important item is a bed.
We took 2 buses to get to IKEA, all-in-all it was about a 40 minute trip.
The most important thing to do first was to get coffee. Luckily there was a Starbucks right by IKEA, so we got a drink from there. Curtis got an iced cappucino with cloud foam, which was something different but it was great!
We went into IKEA which seemed a little smaller than the IKEA stores we usually go to.
We started with looking at anything that around the first area, though there was nothing specific we were looking for there.
We looked at some desks and chairs, a table and chairs, sofas (not that we need one), beds and mattresses.
We got photos of what we wanted and we are now certain, which is great!
We got a few ideas about smaller items too, such as kitchen utensils and bathmats.
The most important thing about IKEA is of course the meatballs, so we rewarded ourself with them after doing some shopping.
These IKEA meatballs were pretty good actually, and we even shared a DAIM cake.
We left IKEA after purchasing some delicious Swedish chocolate and jumped on a bus.
The first bus was super busy but the second was luckily empty.
We came home and looked up how we will get things back from IKEA when we buy them, deciding if we will get a UHAUL or get IKEA to deliver them.
We watched some TV and ate some snacks in the evening.
We also read the bylaws for our apartment which was 21 pages!
Kim has a further interview on Thursday this week which she found out today and Curtis has had a promising email which he is waiting to hear back about.
First thing was first for the day…coffee! We got down to the French Quarter on the bus, where there was almost a fight between two men!
We walked for a short time and came to a coffee shop that our host had recommended. When we were just a couple of minutes away from the coffee shop, we saw 2 people rent scooters.
Unfortunately, the lady didn’t know how to ride one and, upon leaving the shop, crashed into the curb and flipped up onto the grass. It didn’t seem like she was hurt, but it had already been a dramatic and eventful day for us!
We got to the coffee shop and it looked great in there. No snacks for us with our coffee today as we had already had breakfast just before.
Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel iced coffee. Kim’s coffee was good, but Curtis’ wasn’t too great.
The beignets were delicious, but we had no time to waste and made a plan to go somewhere, but we found something interesting on the way.
Antique Weapon Shop
We saw an antique weapon & money shop, so we had to have a brief look around. We saw all kinds of 1700-1800 weapons and money from the same era and different countries.
Mardi Gras World
We got to Mardi Gras World after a long, hot, 45 minute walk.
We got there and managed to jump in on the 16:00 tour!
We sat through a video which was good, telling us all about Mardi Gras, the company we were visiting and what they do.
A guide introduced himself and was very funny. He explained some more facts and then gave everyone a slice of ‘king’ cake, which is a traditional Mardi Gras cake, essentially just sugar.
We then had a brief tour of the warehouse, which is a working warehouse so we had to be respectful. This is where we were shown about the process, which is largely started with styrofoam and then to papiér maché followed by painting.
We then got to the floats themselves. We were told all about them as well as some official rules and laws regarding Mardi Gras.
The final area was regarding the new $2m robot they had recently purchased. There are only about 10 artists working at the warehouse, so they are very busy, but they got a robot to help with the external client work they complete. The robot does all the cutting for them!
We woke up at 07:30 which was not an acceptable time to be awake so we decided to force ourselves to sleep for another 3 hours.
We woke up and had some breakfast. We had cereal, nothing fancy.
We then had to go to get some shopping that we forgot as well as look for a jumper for Kim.
We did that and then got back home and had a bit of time before Curtis’ hockey game.
We did a spring clean whilst we waited for the time to pass! Vacuuming everything, cleaning the bathroom items and everything in between. Everything looked great when we were done.
Tabitha came round and we left to go to Curtis’ hockey game.
This was Curtis’ last game for about a month as he is away next weekend and then there isn’t a game for 3 weeks after that.
Curtis got changed and then a teammate noticed something off with his skate blade. The end of the blade had snapped off! This was pretty dangerous to go on the ice with so Curtis went to skate hire to see if they had anything he could use.
After some looking around, they had some fairly decent skates which fit Curtis pretty well, though they were quite uncomfortable!
Curtis was unsure during warm up as the right skate was not sharp at all and was sliding around the place! It took a bit of getting used to but the game went pretty well for Curtis, considering.
The game ended 1-1 and it was a good game too! Curtis got an assist too.
We drove home and had our leftover Swedish meatballs which was delicious again and watched some TV then had an early (ish) nice.
We woke up at 10:30 and were both very hungry. We only had Weetbix in the house for breakfast but wanted something a bit nicer. Kim decided she would make crepes!
Kim started to make crepes, but they didn’t work out too great, so we scrapped that and Kim said there was a nice cafe in Birkenhead so we went there for breakfast.
We wanted a Coffix too but they were closed!
We got a chocolate swirl each and then went home. We watched some TV and YouTube videos and then went out to do the shop. We didn’t need much food for this week, so it didn’t take long. We got a coffee from Little Things too, which was a bonus!
We got home and Kim went right back out again to spend some time with Tabitha.
Kim picked Tabitha up and then they headed up to Albany to do some shopping. After about an hour and a half, the shops started to close, an hour before they thought they would! So Kim drove Tabitha home and then headed home via the shop to get some stuff for dinner.
Kim got home and we just chilled out some more before we made dinner.
We had Swedish meatballs again because they’re easy and tasty!
We ate this and then played some fortnite before heading to Netflix to see what was there.
We found something made by the creators of The Simpsons which looked hilarious called Disenchantment!
We watched this a bit and then headed to bed. A perfect Saturday!