Tuesday, May 25, 2010
What else do you do on Second Pentecost Day?
Because it was finally warm and sunny here this weekend, we ventured outside our own four walls and felt very social. Saturday and Sunday were packed with a birthday celebration for a friend and an excursion to a park with the in-laws, all wonderful stuff that I can post about later. The big question on my mind and I am sure yours as well: "What does one do the day after Pentecost?" That's right, it was time on Monday for Second Pentecost Day. Most places are closed giving you the opportunity to relax and do nothing. We could have also headed to IKEA, which is open on this holiday of holidays, for their blowout breakfast special. We could have wandered the massive showroom in search of affordable Swedish design that doesn't look like it came from IKEA. As we are not in the market for an Ektorp or a Florö, and I detest crowds, that was nixed as an option. Instead, I foolishly decided we should spend our morning productively at a garden center. My mint looked like it was dying a slow death, and the basil needed a bigger pot.
Do you know where the Dutch people go who don't end up at IKEA? They go to the garden center...the horrible, gigantic, crowded garden center. I just wanted a bag of soil and a few terra cotta pots, and it ended up taking us almost two hours to get that accomplished. There was a traffic jam of carts full of geraniums and cherry tomatoes stretching for what seemed an eternity through the maze. It was probably like any major garden center on a holiday weekend, but I have never in my life visited such a place. If I had taken pictures of my experience you would only see pictures of me really irritated by a lack of customer service and the very long lines. Better you should see the following pictures: