When I first moved in I originally wanted to paint my dining room red and had my eye on a lamp. This lamp, to be exact. After a year, still fascinated by the idea, I decided to take the plunge. So I painted the wall red and drove out to Ikea and bought the lamp.
|Yes, your astute observation is correct - that wall is, indeed, not red|
I was delighted to find that the drive to Ikea was a breeze! And that, my friends, is where the good news ends.
Women nearly ran over me and I struggled getting my box 'o' lamp down the escalator. Seriously. That thing was heavy!
But, I was not to be deterred. I had my lamp. I was even nicknaming it. Imaging all the adventures we'd have together all the fun experiences to come. So I merrily lugged it from my car, across the parking lot (might as well have been the Adirondacks), up the stairs and into my apartment.
I open the box and see many parts but I persevere. I screw the post together. And then start to attach the top.
Now - I apologize for not taking pictures of this Pulitzer Prize winning photographic moment.
The cord does not easily slide through the top, down the pole, and out the base. Oh no. I turn the thing on its side. And pull the cord through. I swear to God - it looked like I was harpooning something. The top of the lamp is dilly-dallying along (of course I attached the arms and little votive cups first, I wouldn't want to make this easy).
Once I turned 65, the top of the lamp made it over. I screw it down, crow triumphantly and plug it in.
Aaaaand the damn thing doesn't light up.
Hmm...perhaps I should've read the directions.
Then I see them. The bulbs. A little blurp of glass with two metal prongs. That fit into two little holes. Positioned inside the votive cups.
|Well, at least it looks pretty|
So I get all the bulbs in. While praying and simultaneously cursing, I turn the lamp on. Choirs of angels sing as it miraculously turns on.
I swear...it looks less sad and wilty in person
Okay. Fine. It's not so miraculous. I installed all the bulbs and plugged it into an electrical outlet. Just let me have this moment...