A round up

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Been a while since my last post.
My life has not been very interesting lately :)

After my dad left I was a bit down for a while, and the weather didn't help!

Luckily the sun made an appearance this summer, but it seems to have gone again in the last few days :s
I did manage to get on my bike several times while it lasted, though :)))

Unsurprisingly, I've had no reply from my ISP with regards to my complaint of a couple of weeks ago.
I've just spent the last 30 minutes writing a mail to prompt them, before turning to Offcom. Then I checked my phone bill and saw that no charge has been made yet. I was expecting to be charged about £50 for the call out, plus about £40 for the new router. In my complaint I had requested for those charges to be reversed, plus a credit of £50 to be made to my account.
Now I'm thinking that if they don't make the charges to start with, I might as well drop it. Should I wait for the next bill to see how it goes, or should I go ahead with the complaint?

The other day a friend talked me into going to Ikea to check out their restaurant.
Now, I loathe Ikea. It's my idea of hell, except you don't have to die to experience it - although after a visit there you might wish you had!
I'd only been there once, years ago, and I had vowed never to return. However, since that visit another, bigger one had opened and my friend doesn't lose a chance to extoll its virtues. Great bargains, really nice restaurant area with leather sofas, nice food, and reasonably quiet if you go midweek.
So I allowed myself to be convinced, against my better judgement. What can I say... neither my friend nor I had factored in that school's out for the summer (ahahaha!), and the place was full of screaming kids getting under your feet. I'll abstain from commenting on the bargains, as I could only bring myself to enter the actual shop to help my friend with carrying her stuff, and I charged through like a bullet to get out as soon as possible. I'll just say that a piece of useless tat remains a piece of useless tat even if it costs 50 pence.
The restaurant area was reasonably ok, if you don't mind filthy tables and floors, and the screaming kids mentioned above.
Oh, and the never ending queues to order some meatballs with mash and gravy... which could be safely renamed greaseballs without falling foul of the trade description act. The amazing thing is that they even sell them in their food market so you can re-create the concoction at home! I didn't need to though, as a day later they were still sitting, undigested, on my stomach.

I was glad to see the back of it, never to return, I hope. My bus ride back took me through balmy Tottenham, where a few hours later Mark Duggan would be shot, leading to this weekend's riots.

What an exciting life!
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    Your description of Ikea just makes me laugh! i have been to IKEA three times. The first time when my husband and I realized that we were like rats trapped and there was no way out until you reached the end we fought our way back through the people and I think we crawled out under the little gates that let you in. We hated it! Then we had Liam and we figured we couldn't keep letting him sleep in a play pen so we braved IKEA again. We made sure we were well fed and well hydrated and we sucked it up and got through it. Finally we went this winter when we had to furnish this house on a very limited budget. This time I was on a mission...I had done my research...I had my list and my budget and a limited amount of time. You could almost hear the whistle blow when we started it was like "go! go! go!" We kept our heads down, stayed focused ...tried not to get distracted with "bargains" and we were through there in an hour! It is a crazy place but we live in Norway. Soooo expensive here! I just spent 500 krone on six pairs of boys underpants and some socks there is no way I can afford to shop at regular stores for furniture!

    We skip the food though...good for you for supporting your friend!
    3347 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    I pretty much hibernate over the school summer holidays, and avoid anywhere even vaguely 'touristy'. No Castle park walks, into town only for essentials, and Highwoods walkies bright and early or not at all. :-) We do our exploring out of season. :-)

    As for Ikea, I have never experienced it, and given what you said here, don't think I plan to any time soon. They are seriously lacking in morals as a company from what I understand, which puts me off for a start. :-)

    I'm so glad you and your Dad had such a good time together. :-)
    Lex xxx
    3363 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2011 1:16:44 PM
    I hate Ikea too. I hope your ISP worries
    have been sorted out now.

    I was watching an athletics broadcast on
    Sunday and the weather was 19 degrees.
    So, I am sending you some emoticon
    to make you feel better. emoticon
    3363 days ago
    We used to live in Brixton - which joined in the insanity Sunday evening. I'm not shocked - but oh so disappointed.

    I'm a fan of Ikea - the possibilities, the offer of ORGANISATION - it is a type of Heaven for me.

    My husband despises the place though and spent a good portion of the trip wandering around (trying to be patient) muttering about "BREEDERS."

    The screams, wails and children running around like it was a theme park were deeply offputting.

    The pickled herring is pretty tasty. emoticon
    3363 days ago
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