Interstellar Adventures

August 21, 2006

Tuesday Stew

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 10:08 pm

Arrr. Here we go again.

Hold me back! If you’re going to bring your children to the big, indoor playground, otherwise known as Ikea, on a Sunday afternoon, DO NOT let them push the trolleys. Do not let them “surf” each other around the aisles. Do not let them run around, pulling shit off of shelves and leaving it in the aisle. The aisles are narrow enough. I don’t need to be tripping over crap that’s meant to be hung up. And I don’t need my ankles torn up being run over by little Johnny and his pirate ship trolley cart.

Hold me back, again! I know. Hitting children that aren’t mine is a no-no. That’s why I held myself back and just glowered at the child that threw a tea-light candle at me. There I am, in Ikea, minding my own business, waiting to check out, and there. There went something, hitting my left leg and bouncing off. I look up. And across the checkout display to my right, a little girl is ducking behind the giant box of tea-lights. WTF?? Not only is this brat throwing shit at strangers, but she’s opening packages of product that her momma isn’t buying? I stared her down. Yeah. No 6-year old is throwing shit at me and getting away with it. And then she was running between the aisles, grabbing papers and throwing them on the floor, and then. To top it all off. Her mom was going to get her ice cream after the child exhibited bad behavior. I came *this* close to talking to the mom and telling her the kid didn’t deserve ice cream.

I need a money tree! *Sigh* I pretty much knew we were going to have a sewer leak. And we do. Dude that did the test about talked my dang ear off though. Now I have to hire someone to come and find the leak. Then, once we find the leak, we have to hire someone to fix the leak. This will involve pulling up carpet and/or linoleum (I won’t have a problem pulling this up…needs to be replaced anyway), and then drilling a HOLE through my slab at least 4-6 feet deep. I’m crying.

So I did a little therapy shopping last night. Some new workout/relaxing clothes, and a new purse. I feel better now.


  1. That sounds bad. Really bad.

    We do IKEA early on Saturday mornings…and not back to school season.


    Comment by Raehan — August 21, 2006 @ 10:50 pm |Reply

  2. I know exactly how you feel about Ikea!!

    Comment by serendipity — August 22, 2006 @ 2:32 am |Reply

  3. I think if iIwas 6 again, Stellerlass would stop me being naughty with her glare :>)
    Only kidding- sounds like you need a GNT and much needed relaxing of the hurt ankles !!!

    I don’t like IKEA-I find it a stress factory but expect will have to go sometime- ah well perhaps i’ll go with ankle buffers and special laser eyes to put naughty kiddies off!!!!


    Comment by wisbo — August 22, 2006 @ 2:53 am |Reply

  4. Yea, those kids needed a beating by someone. The closest IKEA round here is about an hour and a half away. So, as much as I love the store, I don’t get there very often.

    The sewerage stuff….that sucks. All that money so they can dig around under your house. Glad the shopping therapy worked.

    Comment by Carnealian — August 22, 2006 @ 6:19 am |Reply

  5. We don’t have an Ikea here, but I’ve always wanted one. Maybe I better rethink this??? LOL.
    When I see kids like that, I feel for the teachers, because those kids go to school and act out there, too. That means the instructor has to do what the parent never learned to do: teach them some friggin manners and respect.

    We have a 20+ yr old house and believe me, we’ve had our share of sewage problems. Better to get it fixed before it backlogs into your house. But man… I don’t envy you there. I just cringed when I read your first line about sewage. Good luck with that!

    My Tuesday Stew is up!

    Comment by Laura — August 22, 2006 @ 6:19 am |Reply

  6. Say what!? That kind of behavior is just ridiculous. Although I wish we had an Ikea nearby where children ran loose like wild things, just because I want an Ikea nearby.

    Good luck with your sewer issues. Sounds nasty.

    And yay for shopping!

    Comment by Gypsy — August 22, 2006 @ 7:31 am |Reply

  7. Ugh. And those plumbers and sewage people can pretty much charge what they want.

    Hmm, that’s not helping is it.

    Well, I got an estimate on the AC in my car Friday. $1017. I may be using the primitive method of cooling for the rest of the summer. Driving with the windows down.

    Comment by Bone — August 22, 2006 @ 8:16 am |Reply

  8. Unfortunately, that kind of behavior with kids is not only in places like IKEA. My big beef is kids running wild in restaurants. The parents are chatting it up with their chums and the kids are racing down the aisle, giving the wait staff heart attacks from the narrow misses of collisions with them and coffee pots. Throwing packets of sugar, playing hide and seek under the tables. Aaarrgghhh- it’s enough to get my grumpy pants going.

    Ooooh. Don’t get me going on kids in restaurants! I waited tables for over five years while I was in college. Once, in order to prevent myself from spilling hot coffee on the kid, I ended up spilling it on myself! And the parents just stared at me and didn’t do anything. It got to the point where I would talk to the kid myself. But I did it nicely. I’d tease “Don’t make me go get my glue! Keep your bottom in your chair!”. And the parents were oblivious. – IL

    Comment by writerchick — August 22, 2006 @ 8:33 am |Reply

  9. Hey Lass – I lost your RSS feed for some reason and haven’t been keeping up. Sorry about that…I missed you posts and thought you were on hiatus!

    I would like to say I would’ve taken that extra step and reprimanded the 6-yr-old for throwing things. I think in today’s world we sometimes have to take a chance and step in for irresponsible parents, otherwise no one will. And we can’t afford to let these type of kids continue to be raised with no regard for others or their own personal dignity.

    My 6-yr-old would never do the things that kid did – I’m not bragging, it’s just not in her mindset because she’s been taught to respect others.

    Comment by lasthome — August 22, 2006 @ 8:45 am |Reply

  10. Whoa. Sewer leak. Bad. Not that I’ve ever had one… but ewww. So sorry.

    You deserved the shopping therapy!

    Comment by Marie — August 22, 2006 @ 9:24 am |Reply

  11. I love therapy shopping. And I hate when people don’t control their kids while shopping. I know I’m not perfect and sometimes my kids get out of control, they might chase each other a bit, but they are never destructive and they would never terrorize other patrons! And they are never rewarded for their behavoir. In fact, too many times telling them to stop running or yelling results in not getting to play at home. I never even tell them to be good “and I’ll get them an ice cream”. They’re expected to be good. Period. There’s my Tuesday stew for you. 🙂

    Comment by Jolynn — August 22, 2006 @ 10:09 am |Reply

  12. I love IKEA, but I could never go on a weekend because of all the things you mentioned above. I can not stand people sometimes so I try to stay away from them as often as I can. Luckily I have that luxury right now. Hope your leak thing works out ok…don’t cry!

    Comment by Kate — August 22, 2006 @ 4:38 pm |Reply

  13. Ikea is great, but don’t they have play places for the little animals? For shame!

    Comment by Nicholas — August 23, 2006 @ 12:25 am |Reply

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