IKEA Crack

The most addicting store on earth!

The most addicting store on earth!

IKEA is crack! It is an addictive drug for which there is no rehab.

Hello, my name is Kaye Kaye and I’m an IKEA-holic.

Sales, discounts, free stuff, specials…you name it, IKEA has it. They attract you with their sweet deals and prices. The items look cool online and in the catalog, but when you go see them in the store are they really that cool? YES!! The sales vary from store to store and so do some of the regular items in stock. To maximize my chances of getting a good deal and finding what I want, I plan to become familiar with all the stores in my reach. A true IKEA-holic not only knows where all the local stores are, but also knows the ins and outs of them as well. Like a crackhead knows good product and which dealer to go to, an IKEA-holic knows which store to go to and when. A lot of the research can be done online. Here are my findings…

IKEA Map

These are the 4 stores I can easily drive to.

Store#1
Has a few Special Offers, but nothing exciting. Most of the current specials are on smaller ticket items, nothing snazzy on sale here. I would go here if I were in the neighborhood or wanted to get out for a bit.

Store#2
Like Store #1, this store has few Special Offers. IKEA Family Program member receive the bulk of the deals in this store. The current discounts are on larger and bigger priced items; great if you need a new 6-drawer dresser or mattress. The few smaller ticket items on sale were nothing to bark at, unless you are dying to get that new Side Pillow for $14.99 instead of the regular $16.99.

Store# 3 – My favorite!!
This store has many sales, Special Offers, and Last Chance Deals. You are more like to find a good bargain at this store than the rest. Sale and discounted items run the gamut from the smallest ticket items to the large ones. Last month kids ate free. I took my daughter with me to pick up a few things. Since she was such a good helper and we had such a good time in our favorite store, she got a free kids meal of her choice and I got a 2-hot dog meal with drink and chips for $2.50. My daughter also suckered me into buying 3 huge bars of chocolate for $5, a purchase we both enjoyed later.

Store #4
I don’t think they know what a good sale is. Unless you are trying to restock your home office or need a couple of schools supplies for your kids, don’t bother wasting your time on this sale. This IKEA, on the surface, appears to be good for regular priced items. I will go here when I want to get out or if they have an item in stock that my local store does not have.

All or Most IKEA Stores

  • Usually kids eat free on Tuesdays from 11am to close.
  • If you are a member of the IKEA Family program, you child can stay in their babysitting area for an extra 30 minutes free of charge.
  • The furniture is really easy to assemble yourself and the directions are very easy to understand.
  • The frozen yogurt cones are only $1 are really good.
  • The food in the restaurant is good and very affordably priced.

Overall
Any IKEA you go to will be more than adequate. It will behoove you to shop around for deals online before going. Remember, what is on sale at one IKEA is not necessarily on sale at another. The staff is friendly and helpful. Pick up a catalog while you are there or request one online…it’s free. This helps you plan your visit ahead of time and makes shopping easier. Another useful tool is the Shopping List. This feature is available online. You can shop the IKEA website, check product availability for your local store, and add item to your shopping list. This way, you know exactly where to find what you are looking for and if you have trouble, a staff member can help you. IKEA also offers a service where you can make your shopping list, pay for all your items, and an IKEA staff member will fill your order for you, gathering all your items either for delivery or for pick up later. Know that IKEA is good for a lot of things, but not for everything. Understanding that, will come in handy when it’s time to make a purchase.

IKEA U.S. Website

IKEA Catalog

IKEA Family Program

Eye of the Storm, That’s Where You Want to Be

The Storm

Daily Prompt
Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? Write that post.

Here is my contribution…

Webster’s defines a storm as a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning; and a disturbed or agitated state. A hurricane is one of the most devastating types of storms. For the purpose of this post, I will use hurricanes.

The Parts of the Hurricane

  1. Outflow
    The high level clouds moving clockwise out away from the hurricane. These clouds are indicative of air spreading out over the top of the storm, which is essential to its development.
  2. Feeder Bands
    These are squally bands of showers characterized by strong gusty winds and heavy rains. These bands become more pronounced as the storm intensifies, and are fed by the warm ocean.
  3. The Eyewall
    A band of clouds, strong winds and heavy rains surrounding the eye of the storm. At the eyewall, there is rapid movement of air toward the center and upward into the cloud.
  4. The Eye (This is where you want to be)
    What goes up must come down, so with the violent rising air converging toward the storm center at the eye, sinking air develops within. This air dries out, creating the clear, calm eye. Winds are very light here since the focus of convergence and hence strong winds are in the eyewall.

Now that we know what a storm consists of let me explain how this relates my life and my struggles. We all know that tornadoes and hurricanes are terribly horrid storms. They destroy everything in their paths. They blow through towns and cities with gusto that no living thing is able to withstand. So, why the heck would I want to be right in the center of it???

Well, if you are on top of the storm, you risk coming into contact with the Outflow. This is the part that gets the storm going. In real life application, this would be the rumors being spread, lies being told, acts of betrayal, and any other negative thing being done. The Outflow is where it all begins. All the things that are vital to creating the massive storm converge in the Outflow.

You don’t want to be near the Feeder Bands either. The storm is under way; there is no stopping it. In fact, the Feeder Bands is where the storm intensifies. This is where things go from bad to worse. Let’s apply this to real life. You’ve been lied on an decide to counter with another lie or a much worse truth. Now you are caught in a bitter battle of back and forth. Who can trump who and outmaneuver the other? The idea is not to make things worse, but to avoid being hit by the worst parts of the storm. You don’t want to be the one getting hit. Move out of the way!

If you thought the Feeder Bands were bad, then Eyewall is exponentially worse. This is where you can lose your mind. The strong winds rushing to and fro, the pouring down of rain, gusts of air rapidly uprooting foundations are all too much to bear. In this place, in the Eyewall, you can get caught up in the very mess you were trying to avoid. If that should happen, it will MESS YOU UP!

I have talked about wind and rain. The wind is an agent. It propels the storm and transports all the things that have been destroyed while destroying more. The wind carries rumors, lies, backbiting, deceit, betrayal; it uproots faith, healing, and deliverance. The rain drowns out the faith, healing, and deliverance, while the stormy waters pour out more rumors, lies, backbiting, deceit, and betrayal. There is nothing good about this storm. However, because “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Now if we truly believe this then we know this storm is meant to better us. In the midst of the storm, God has something for us…a blessing or a lesson, maybe both. To get optimal results, you must remain safe and seek shelter in the storm…the Eye.

The Eye of the storm is the region of the most calm weather conditions. Wind and rain are mild, and the rage is quiet. It is in the Eye of the storm that you will find safety in His arms. While everything is bad around you, you are safe in the midst of it all. From the Eye, you can SEE the damage, but you don’t EXPERIENCE the damage. From the Eye, you will experience the storm, but not the consequences of the storm. Here, in the Eye, there is peace, calmness, and even stillness. You will have to move your position as the storm moves so that you remain in the Eye and do not get caught up in the Eyewall or Feeder Bands. In the Eye, you avoid the Outflow.In the Eye, you are safe… In the Eye, you are SAFE! In the Eye, you praise God. In the Eye, you thank God for your victory. In the Eye, you have clarity. In the Eye, God can grant you vision and sight…that means you can now see clearly.  In the Eye, you will find rest. In the Eye, you will find God. Stay in the Eye, if you do, no one can touch you.

You see, in the Feeder Bands are full of people saying and doing things to hurt you. The Feeder Bands are meant to crush your Spirit. The Eyewall is meant  to devastate you and make you feel lost. The Eyewall will cause you to lose your ground. Don’t let your haters and enemies have access to you. Stay in the Eye!

Once the storm is over, you will be able to STAND and SEE all the damage that has been done. Once the storm is over, you will be able to STAND and SEE! The enemy cannot keep you down. Stand on the Word and be encouraged. God promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. When trouble comes, He will protect us. Once the storm is over, you will come out victorious!

Note: Information about hurricanes was taken from http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/HurricaneFacts/what-are-the-parts-of-a-hurric/31027

Bitter Backstabbing Betrayal, Pt. 2 – The Feelings

It’s Day #3 and I have run the ambit of feelings and emotions.

  • Disbelief
  • Disappointment
  • Heartache
  • Sadness
  • Extreme Pain
  • Anguish
  • Beaten
  • Betrayed
  • Confusion
  • Shattered
  • Weak
  • Broken
  • Loss
  • Foolish
  • Disgust
  • Outrage
  • Bitter
  • Sick
  • Nausea
  • Repulsion
  • Hurt
  • Devastation
  • Anger
  • Seditious
  • Resent
  • Insecurity
  • Embarrassment
  • Desperation
  • Rage
  • Numbness

I have cried. I have moaned. I have groaned. I have tried to rationalize. I have tried to make excuses. I even thought there was something I could have done to prevent it(that didn’t last long). I keep telling myself it’s not my fault. I am blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to support me through such a trying time. Healing from emotional wounds is far more difficult than healing from physical wounds. 

I am reminded of the scripture…
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Backstabbing Bitter Betrayal

Sorry, this post is not very inspirational. Today, I’m ranting. If you find a lesson or can learn from my pain, then I’m happy.

People come into and out of our lives on a regular basis. Has there been a person enter your life that you thought would be there forever? They became your best friend and closest confidante. You found yourself wanting to hang out with and talk to this person all the time. You have built a great relationship, even spent time with each other’s families. You loved each other, or at least the other claimed to love you, so much nothing could tear you apart. Your love and devotion toward one another has been tried and tested before, but nothing could ever break your bond. Then, out of nowhere…BOOM!!!!

Like a sack of hot coals, it all comes crashing down. This person, your best friend, confidante, has taken a machete, shoved into your back, and twisted all in one movement. The wound is immediately treated with salt and washed with lemons. This tree hugging hippie has betrayed you in a way you never thought possible. You never even thought they were capable of such treachery. What they did makes the Judas kiss look like a frolic in the park. I mean, they committed such duplicitous treason that you cannot even fathom what they have done. Has this ever happened to you?

Well it happened to me. Let me tell you, it has literally turned my world upside down. In the last 24 hours, I have experienced, sadness, gut-wrenching pain, heart ache, deceit, shock, disgust, disappointment, feelings of betrayal, loss, insecurity, anger, disbelief, denial, embarrassment, and an entire array of emotions I am unable to identify or coherently explain. It is as if this person planned a barrage on my heart. Questions, so many questions have entered my mind, some of which I did not have answers for. With so much at stake, all the risks, and everything to lose this nincompoop did it anyway. The one question I do not have a sufficient answer for is, “Why?” How could someone so close to me be so selfish? Yes, stupidity obviously but, really why? Did they not consider for one instant how this would affect you or those around you who have come to rely on our bond? NO! The selfish jerk was only thinking of him/herself. Why am I even bothering to protect this jerk’s identity? Why do I keep the details of the betrayal private despite the significance of the pain and the circumstances behind it? I have no freaking clue!

Pain and hurt do not adequately explain what I am feeling. Oh how I would love to choke the mess out of this quack until their eyes pop out and their tongue flails about. How do I go about getting over this? Forgiveness is for me, not the other person. Honestly, I do not want to forgive. All I can do is cry and pray and my prayers right now are just vocal tears.

God, help me!

I am reminded of 2 scriptures…

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

and

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. Psalm 6:2

I have been listening to “Can I Lay in Your Arms” by Donald Lawrence all day. I mean it has quite literally been on repeat the entire day.

Day #1
Cry out to God and seek His comfort. This hurts like the devil!!!!