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I have decided that there are two types of people in this world: those who like to assemble IKEA furniture and those who loathe the process.  Guess which type I am?

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I love it!  Sure, assembly can drive  you a bit crazy, but there’s something soothing about the little cartoon directions.  Just follow it step-by-step and at the end, you have a great reward…


A new guest bed!


FYI, Maggie is firmly in the “I hate IKEA assembly” camp, but that is probably because she lacks opposable thumbs and finds it difficult to spin an Allen key.  And would rather be eating the nails than hammering them into the wood.


Now you know where I disappeared to yesterday – the IKEA furniture assembly vortex.  I did surface (briefly) for lunch, which featured this yummy gluten-free pizza.  Never seen the Bella Monica brand before, but I sure was craving pizza and booze after a day of moving.  And I should really be satisfying only one of those cravings right now…


The pizzas were rather small so I ate both for dinner.  The Three Cheese was tastier than the Spinach and Feta, and although I really liked the sauce (sauce is very important on a pizza, isn’t it?), I wasn’t a huge fan of the gluten-free crust.  I liked the flavor but not the texture.  I’d buy it again, though, because it sure is hard to find a decent gluten-free pizza.


Bet you can predict what my day will entail… more DIY!  We officially move in next Saturday – that seems sooo far away.  So much to do in the meantime (like, um, pack our entire apartment).



  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 25, 2012, 8:29 am

    Good for you! I despise putting together furniture! Thankfully, Brandon enjoys it and he is pretty darn good at assembly so he takes this task off my hands! 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday. We just finished painting our nursery last night (finally!!) so we can now start with the other countdown to do’s.

  • Cali March 25, 2012, 8:42 am

    Wow!!Maggie is looking great!Like a totally different dog!!

  • Megan March 25, 2012, 8:51 am

    Omg! Maggie is looking so slim! Such a cutie

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 25, 2012, 8:52 am

    I LOVE assembling IKEA furniture, I feel so accomplished! And I’ll keep an eye out for those pizzas, I actually have been gluten free for about 5 months and haven’t had any GF pizza. I try to not buy anything packaged, but I’m dying for some pizza!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 25, 2012, 8:59 am

    I love putting together Ikea furniture also…so satisfying at the end! Good luck with the rest of your packing!

  • Wendy March 25, 2012, 9:41 am

    I LOVE assembling stuff like that!

    If you are willing to make a halfway homemade pizza, the Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix is pretty good. Texture is similar to a wheat crust. We tried a from-scratch recipe once and it came out hard as a rock!

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:17 pm

      Ooo i will hunt for this. All of Bob’s stuff is good.

      • Wendy March 26, 2012, 9:31 pm

        My small-town grocery store had it, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find!

  • Justine March 25, 2012, 9:59 am

    Is Maggie nervous about the new house?

    oh- and are you going to post about how everything went down with your new house? I remember your honey badger days : )

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:19 pm

      haha, what do you wanna know?

  • Merry March 25, 2012, 10:09 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I really love your blog but rarely comment! However, I thought you might be interested in this pizza crust recipe using soaked quinoa. It has absolutely become my go to when craving pizza!


    Take care and thanks for writing such a lovely blog!

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:19 pm

      Oh yummy! Thanks for passing this along and thanks for reading!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 25, 2012, 10:30 am

    I kind of love assembling Ikea furniture, too – it’s like a huge puzzle, and I always feel accomplished (like I actually built something, haha) when I’m finished. The bed looks great! Good luck with your assembly today. I’m so impressed with how much you guys have already done on your new house!

  • SaraRM March 25, 2012, 10:40 am

    Love the bedding! Good luck with packing!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed March 25, 2012, 10:46 am

    Abe you see the episode of 30 Rock about Tina Fey’s experience at Ikea? It is dead on! Haha

  • Kaitlyn March 25, 2012, 10:50 am

    I am the complete opposite-I do my best to avoid put together furniture. Seriously, I had this bookshelf that I put together myself over 4 years ago and it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. When Josh and I moved in together, he finally fixed it for me. I’m useless when it comes to that kind of stuff.

  • Mari March 25, 2012, 11:12 am

    Ha! I think it’s more like “those who can understand the diagrams” and “those who cannot.” Thankfully, my husband is in the first “can do” category, because I just cannot figure out what the cartoons want me to do! I think my brain just doesn’t work that way because for my husband, it’s second nature. It also makes for some very comical attempts on my part.

    Love the bed, btw. Very chic.

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:20 pm

      Hahah good point – those diagrams are confusing sometimes because there will be like, one little dot that indicates something should face one way.

  • Sonia the mexigarian March 25, 2012, 11:40 am

    You are moving so fast and getting so much done! To be honest, I am a little jealous. We just barely signed our loan docs on Friday night and hope to get the keys this wednesday. There is so much that has to be done before our lease here goes up. It’s good to know that you are taking care if yourself during it all too. I love reading your house updates.

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:20 pm

      It will work out!

  • Sonia the mexigarian March 25, 2012, 11:42 am

    Btw are those sheets from Ikea? I like the pattern. And did you get your mattress from Ikea as well or opted to buy elsewhere?

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:20 pm

      Everything from IKEA!

  • Heather March 25, 2012, 12:17 pm

    I love Ikea and my husband is a pro at putting that stuff together, lol! We have the same duvet cover- super cute! I love Ikea for their bedding, can’t beat their prices!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Good luck packing! You’ll get through it. I am jealous you LIKE to assemble stuff. I am horrible at it.

  • LMN March 25, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Maggie is so little now!!!

  • Amber K March 25, 2012, 1:07 pm

    I’m definitely in the camp of I hate assembling furniture. I have bought kitchenware at Ikea, which was fine. But I got chairs once and they were a giant pain!

    The best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had is Amy’s roasted veggie pizza. LOVE that caramelized onion sauce.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 25, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I love assembling it too, although sometimes I wish for some actual full blown worded instructions. I’m not the most visual person in the world.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 25, 2012, 1:36 pm

    I LOVE that bed!

  • Army Amy* March 25, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I am anti-assembling. That’s a job I happily leave for my husband.*

  • Sara March 25, 2012, 3:05 pm

    I had never been to IKEA until my husband took me a few months ago. I see the appeal. Btw, I am havin pizza today too…but not gluten free…I am doing a totally bad for me, yummy, gooey cheese pizza. Because I finished my first half-marathon today, Woot!!!!

  • Shannon March 25, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I do not like putting together ikea furniture…i’m not really handy like that. Once I got a ton of furniture for a new apartment and hired someone to put them together, they charged me 5% of each item to do it which was well worth it. Maybe a possible side career for you and the husband lol?

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 25, 2012, 3:54 pm

    I HATE putting stuff together–I always make the husband do that. I pack and clean, he does the boring stuff 😉

    LOVE the bed!

  • Laura March 25, 2012, 4:41 pm

    I hate assembling things, but I also hate waiting around for someone else to do it all. I’d rather help and get it finished sooner.

    Maggie looks younger in that picture! Maybe it’s the weight loss? She’s still one of the cutest dachshunds ever.

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:21 pm

      I think it does make her look younger, but it might also be the flash – you can’t see her gray 🙂

  • stephs March 25, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Maggie really does look different!

  • Trish March 25, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Now I want pizza. And a new bed. 🙂 LOL!

  • Katie March 25, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Even Maggie is confused by IKEA furniture assembly!!!! LOL 🙂

  • Liz March 25, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Hey Caitlin- I found this link on pinterest to a graphic of all the most popular dystopian novels in the 1900’s leading up to the hunger games. I know you’ve talked about how much you love dystopias, so I thought you might would find it interesting. Cheers! 🙂


    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:22 pm

      That is an AWESOME graphic.

  • Mary March 25, 2012, 7:20 pm

    The bed looks amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 25, 2012, 7:44 pm

    I just went to Ikea for the first time a few weeks ago. The boyfriend and I built a huge wardrobe together, which would’ve been a lot easier if we didn’t have only a few extra inches on each side of the wardrobe. We were definitely glad we didn’t get anything bigger haha.

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs March 25, 2012, 8:05 pm

    LOVE that bedding!! Is it also from ikea?

    • Caitlin March 25, 2012, 9:22 pm


  • Reenie March 26, 2012, 10:51 am

    WOW!! You can really tell Maggie’s weight loss in that pic… so cute:)

    Love the bed and bedding.

  • Life's a Bowl March 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I think I was the “I loath Ikea” type but have becoming an Ikea fan more recently… I usually love putting things together but anything that requires more than a rubber mallet and a screw driver should be put together before purchase IMP 😛

  • Kate March 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

    I have thumbs, but I’m still with Maggie on the Ikea thing. I tend to just dump everything out and stuff together whatever looks like it should fit as quickly as possible. It just frustrates me. Maybe that’s why all my Ikea furniture is not very level.

  • Meghan @ Healthy Food Love Affair March 29, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Maggie really does look like a different pup since she’s lost weight, what an awesome change! You should post before and after pictures. 😉

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