Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why I Didn't Post Last Night...

The Yen kitchen, 8:00 p.m, last night.



I dragged the 111 pound package that we'd purchased at IKEA on Sunday up from the basement (I'm not making that up-- the weight was printed on the side of the box). I was okay, until I came across the bag of 4,000 assorted bolts, connectors, etc. Kim wisely got me a glass of wine.









10:45...



Note to all unmarried guys: in every wedding vow, there is an inaudible section-- "Do you (your name here) promise to put together 'some assembly required' toys, furniture, etc..." Beware.

Minutes later, Kim and were seated at the countertop, having a glass of wine, celebrating a bunch of good news. I'll tell you more in the next post.

8 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Looks pretty fine! But how many nuts, bolts and screws did you have left over?

Danielle said...

You know it is the opposite in my house. I am the assembler, and the very general "handyman".

Yesterday, I put together a big wheel bike.

Sunday, I changed the air filters.

And unfortunately I am the at home techie, reconfiguring wires, installing modems, and I am not a good techie at all. But since I did it once successfully, I got the job.

The more complicated things like furniture are insane, especially if the instructions are cryptic.

Looks like the old homestead is really coming together quite nicely.

As always...

cheer34 said...

Looks Great! I am the one that puts those things together in our house. Mostly because I take time to read the directions.

So with the celebrating tease thing again. This is two posts now where you have said "celebrating" and more on that in the next post. Please tell us. I am the kid that peeked at the christmas presents because I couldn't handle the wait time or suspense. Please I beg you I can' t stand the waiting.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Good for you. I hate to put stuff together. But sometimes I have to bite the bullet and do it. But I still hate it.

Skylers Dad said...

I must be a weirdo, I actually enjoy putting together stuff like that.

I am for hire, all you need is beer.

'Bubbles' said...

I like IKEA instructions. Pictures only...

Their stuff is pretty well designed, tho.

Everything looks so nice!!

Frank Sirmarco said...

I just did the Ikea assembly project a few months ago. I still wake up sweating at night...

Johnny Yen said...

Barbara-
Only the ones I decided not to use. I did pretty well.

Danielle-
It's funny how that happens-- if you're good at something, you suddenly become the "go-to" person.

Kim is always nervous when I'm working on various things. She forgets that I used to be a construction worker.

Cheer34-
I, unlike most males, find instructions to be fine things. I like putting things together just once.

Monkerstein-
I actually love assembling things. Probably a legacy of building a lot of model airplanes as a kid. And as a parent, I find it a useful thing. "Some Assembly Required" is a thing I see a lot of.

Skyler's Dad-
Your price is right!

Bubbles-
Thanks! I have had mostly good experiences with IKEA stuff. The exceptions were two dressers my now-ex-wife Cynthia purchased. The drawers never worked right. I put them out in the alley when I took two antique dressers from my friend Mark's house last summer.

Frank-
The key is to have a cocktail in hand when doing it. Soothes the nerves nicely.