Now that The Girl is potty trained, IKEA has new appeal. Both she and The Boy can go into Smalland, leaving me an hour to shop with almost full use of my brain. I pulled The Boy out of school today at the half, and we trekked up to Schaumburg to meet some of our best friends for lunch and playing/chatting. I borrowed my friend Becky’s method of shopping, which is to put everything in your cart — and then take out what wasn’t on your list in the first place. I had a return to make also, so I spent only $30 for 2+ hours of entertainment for 4 people, plus the cost of lunch (and gas, which at today’s prices, is no small consideration).