This afternoon, The Girl, The Tot and I drove up to IKEA in Schaumburg (“our IKEA” says The Girl) to meet Cara and kids for lunch. Cara and I had planned to put 3 of her kids and 1 of mine into Smaland, but we were thwarted in this plan by giant signs in front of the Smaland entrance declaring that they’d closed the play area as a precaution against the influenza problem. So, we basically ate our way through IKEA and didn’t look at anything. Which I suppose is fine, because I can’t spend money that way. I did manage to snag a new MALM tabletop paper roll holder for $5.99, which I think is brilliant. Stick that in your eye, $50-for-the-same-thing PBK!