Traffic was really good driving in; I got to Schaumburg half an hour earlier than expected, which is dangerous, because IKEA is right across the street from our campus. So I went in, immediately found a fabulous mirror, picked up the little dish warmers that I'd meant to get a year or so ago but somehow never got around to, almost made it out, but got ambushed by a large terra cotta oval pot and a square glass vase and a set of nested linen-lined rattan baskets as I wheeled my cart from the escalator to the cash register. That store is evil.
And then of course I couldn't resist the Swedish meatballs, lingonberries, and new potatoes (nor the tin of ginger snaps, nor the gingerbread house kit) in the food section. (And no, I didn't have time to exercise today.) So I am a stuffed little consumer at the moment, but happy nonetheless. IKEA mostly isn't my style (too clean, bright, modern, and plastic), but they do have really good prices for some simple little household items that make your life better.