Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5/52: Oscar Movie and Ikea

Stephen and Jane Hawking/Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

We've been trying to see as many Oscar nominated movies as possible ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday, October 22nd.

This past Saturday, Brian, my Mom and I went to see, "The Theory of Everything".

It's the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne), and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge in the 1960's.

The movie isn't a biopic of his brilliance, but rather a moving account of the relationship between Stephen and his long-suffering wife, played brilliantly by Felicity Jones.

We all loved it and although the best actor buzz is for Michael Keaton, I honestly think that Eddie Redmayne was fantastic.


On Sunday we went to IKEA to pick out a dresser for our bedroom.  We've had our eye on one for months and since Sunday was miserable, wet and gray...it made perfect sense to spend the afternoon at IKEA.

The store is one of those places that you get "trapped in".  One door in and one door out....followed by a maze of furniture, homes goods and of course, MEATBALLS!!!!

The store started out in 1943 in Sweden by it's founder, Ingvar Kamprad who was only 17 at the time. The first two letters in IKEA come from his initials (with the next two representing the village that he grew up in).

IKEA originally started out selling accessories and knickknacks at bargain prices.  Today the company has grown into a major international furniture and home furnishings brand operating across the world.

If you get hungry shopping, in addition to a wide variety of frozen Swedish delicacies you can take home, their is an IKEA restaurant.  Among the Swedish-style dishes and local specialties on the menu, you'll also find healthy, organic and vegetarian options.

We found the dresser (good luck to Brian when putting that thing together) and also picked up one LED light bulb, 6 champagne flutes and a 6 piece set of cookware.

I loved the store especially the home decorations/knickknacks and would definitely go back again...if only you could get in and out easily.