I’m a little bit drunk. But that’s okay. We’re celebrating a very good weekend.
- We got our social security numbers
- We got the keys to our new home
- I found Macys
- I’ve spent most of the weekend shopping*
The caveat to number four is that, when I say most of the weekend, I really only mean Friday and Saturday (Friday can count as a weekend day when you haven’t got a proper job, right?).
This is because, in Bergen County, all shops are closed on a Sunday. Every single one.
There is a law (that only applies to Bergen County, of course. The county that I live in, of course) that doesn’t let you buy clothes – and lumber, by the way – on Sundays. You can buy anything else, but not clothes.
Why that meant that Ikea had to be closed today simply bemuses me. I was incredibly excited at the thought of buying ‘bits’.
Not anything of any importance of course – that was taken care of by online shopping and will be being delivered throughout the week.
This, by the way, is making me literally wet myself with excitement – like the run up to Christmas kind of excited. In fact, it’s better than Christmas because this is dragged out over a whole week!
But anyway. Not that stuff. No, this is the really good stuff. You know what I mean. The stuff you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it in one of the mocked up rooms, or one of the white mesh baskets.
I’m talking about:
- the jam-jar (jelly-jar?) shaped drink glasses
- the lamps made out of paper
- the utensils pot
- the toothbrush holder
- the plastic carrier bag bin
- the paper towel holder
Now THESE are the things that make a home.
So. Short story – the Ikea trip happens tomorrow.
What I CAN talk about is the wonder that is Macys.
That is the sound of an angel light coming down and shining on me as I stand with upturned hands, gazing at the wonder that is designer handbags and beautiful furnishings.
I discovered Macys in Westfield shopping centre. We have these in the UK and, from what I can gather, they are almost identical whether you hit a UK or a US Westfield. With the exception of Macys*.
*For the benefit of my American friends, there are two shopping bags that you want to go back to the UK with when you go to NY as a teenager. One is the classic Little Brown Bag, the other is a Macys bag. Thank ‘Friends’ for this obsession.
Anyway. We found Macys. And we actually brought our bed linen from there…
*Quick story about bed linen. This is ridiculously confusing compared to buying UK bed linen. So you buy a comforter. But depending on the type of comforter you buy, sometimes this needs a cover, but more often than not, it doesn’t. It’s like a ready-covered duvet. I think it’s pretty marvellous actually. But not if you brought a plain, boring comforter that actually needs a cover and now need to try and find one. It gets pretty tricky, and sometimes it’s called a duvet cover and sometimes a comforter cover. And you also have pillow cases, but then you have shams which are pillow cases with the large frills around them. And also, you can buy standard/Queen size pillow cases/shams, and also King size. So, if you have a King size bed, and need King size sheets but have Standard size pillows…. GOOD LUCK! You cannot buy a sheet set, oh no!
Anyway, back to Macys. We found our duvet cover, our sheets, our shams and our pillow cases. I was loving life. We were about to head to the glassware section.
And BC’s nappy literally exploded. In Macys. All over the floor.
I shit you not.
She did. I don’t.
Of all the places!
She didn’t care. To be honest, i think she felt so much better afterwards that she was ready to be on her merry way in no time.
And I had to find a restroom.
So, my first Macys experience ending up being a pile of poo.
Despite that, this afternoon I received a 15% discount code for signing up to their mailing list. I thought that was awesome until I read the T&Cs as to what you can use it on. And this is the list:
In case you couldn’t be bothered to read through all that, in a nutshell, I’m struggling to find a department it DOES apply to.
Probably bed linen. But I’m sorted for that.