Monday, May 22, 2017

Dear Diary #37: Freezing in the Spring, Noise, Insects

Dear Diary,

It's May. Why is it still so cold? My fingers are freezing.

Had to stop watching a movie because of too much ambient noise and there were no captions for some reason. My TV has the caption setting permanently on. Discovered it as a teenager and rarely missed a word of dialogue again -- except when the caption's out of sync or they clearly used the wrong word.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ikea HEMNES Bed Frame Impressions: Single Bed Version

Am I in the market for a bed? Absolutely not, but it felt like a good idea to check another one out from Ikea. Going to look at the Ikea HEMNES twin bed frame this time around. Last one I checked out was the Ikea MALM twin bed frame about a month ago. You can definitely sense my enthusiasm...
An Ikea FJELLSE bed frame from years back
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any HEMNES bed products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in May 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Ikea LUNNOM LED bulb E26 100 lumen Impressions: What was I saying?

So, a short while ago, I was talking about how difficult it was to find very low wattage LED bulbs with an E26 base -- wattage in terms of brightness, not power consumption. Then I took a pass through the Ikea.ca website recently and found a new collection of  LUNNOM LED bulbs. One of them appeared to be exactly what I was looking for.
Infrared Photo of an LED Light Bulb
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any LUNNOM light bulb products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in May 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Dear Diary #36: Negotiations, Live TV, Dental Floss

Dear Diary,

Walking through a mall when I saw a child freak out that the HMV store was gone. When I walked by the store moments later and looked in, "Holy eff, it's been cleaned out!"

Someone was trying to negotiate a price down and cited a price from Amazon. It was like he or she thought I was incapable of looking that price up and know they were lying...

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Ikea MALM Bed Frame Impressions: The Single Bed

If it were proper and sanitary to sleep on a mattress laid directly on the floor, that would be my bed. Come to think of it, I spent many a night as a teenager sleeping on a carpet directly on the floor. Aside from feeling like I was freezing to death, it was a pretty comfortable experience. I don't put my money where my mouth is, however, so I do in fact have a bed today. The criterion that I used to select my most recent bed was essentially the cheapest thing that I could find -- well, that and untreated solid wood. Why does any of this matter? Because I took a look at more expensive single bed options from Ikea and am writing about it.
A desk fan shot with an infrared camera
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any MALM bed products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in mid April 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Dear Diary #35: Shoe Laces, Salt in Coffee, April Finales

Dear Diary,

TV show got preempted so the DVR only recorded the first half. Went to DVR it on a time-shifted channel and I didn't have access to it. The other channel showed it earlier so the time-shift was already too late there. Sigh, had to wait for it to show up on-demand.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ikea KALLAX Shelf Unit Impressions: Array of Squares?

Moving on from desks and into shelving units. Took a look at an Ikea KALLAX shelf unit that I found on the Ikea.ca website. Typing the word "KALLAX" into the search bar turned up a lot of results so I should probably be more specific. This is about the one with eight holes -- what an elegant way to describe it -- and going for CA$ 99.99 on the website. Never had a KALLAX before since I fulfilled all of my shelving needs previously with Ikea IVAR, GORM, HEJNE, and BILLY shelves. Time to see what I've been missing?
Palm of a hand.
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any KALLAX shelf products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in late March 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dear Diary #34: I hate new shoes, the 2010s, DST

Dear Diary,

Bought my first pair of shoes from a brand I had never heard of. And I did it online. They fit. Not only fit, they actually fit quite well, looked good, and because I was not in the middle of a store, I could actually try it out slowly. That was a huge relief because I was dreading having to tape the box back up and print up a return label if I hated them. I also bought them 1.5 sizes bigger than what I thought was my size since I was in my late-teens. Never have shoes fit my feet so well, by which I mean I always thought my toes were supposed to be right up to front of the shoe with little free space. That explains a lot of things... Now to actually wear the new shoes for a while and make sure they don't fall apart so I can trash the box.

Ikea ARKELSTORP Desk Impressions: Kind of like a KULLABERG

I was trying to decide what to call attention to on the Ikea ARKELSTORP desk. It came down to two things: the drawers or the fact that it kind of looked like an Ikea KULLABERG desk. You'll never guess which one I decided on.
An "insulated" mug I burned my hand on once or twice.
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any ARKELSTORP desk products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in mid March 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ikea HEMNES Desk Impressions: One cabinet version

The Ikea HEMNES desk with the drawer under the desk and a cabinet on only one side, not all the other ones. And then I remembered that Ikea items had ID numbers that I've manually typed into the self-checkout many times before.
Bagel's ready out of a toaster.
Disclaimer: I had not had any firsthand experience with any HEMNES desk products when I wrote this piece. Details were quoted from the Ikea United States website or Canada website in mid March 2017. Details on this page are NOT guaranteed for accuracy.