Here we are on the cusp of another new year and I find myself wondering how it’s possible we are here already. It doesn’t seem that long ago I was eagerly awaiting my trip to Sweden to learn about all things Ikea — and now the store has been open in Dartmouth for more than three months! It is a time for reflection and also a time for looking ahead, making plans and resolutions we most likely won’t keep. Well, speaking for myself at least. I don’t make resolutions. Officially anyway. There is no point.
About that other shoe dropping . . . If you read my last column about being ready for our annual family Christmas party, you know I was pretty confident heading into the big day. But there was, in the back of my mind, the thought that maybe I was forgetting something. Maybe. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I wondered. The first of the company (my brother and sister-in-law) was arriving from Alberta on the Sunday before the party.
I am not much of a museum fan. As a matter of fact, I had never been to one before I went to Sweden. Shameful really, since we have so many wonderful ones in this country. So when I saw a visit to the Ikea Museum was on the itinerary for our trip to Almhult, I didn’t know what to think. Would it be boring? Maybe. How do you judge a good museum? What would even be in an Ikea museum? Ikea furniture maybe? Would that be a bit weird, to see display after display of pieces of furniture?
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