The rest of the trip into Phoenix was mostly uneventful. We stopped at the Texas Summit Overlook rest area and I took a couple of pictures. The area on the south side of the stop looked like a certain part of the first film of the Lord of the Rings. I found that funny because I had made that association, where few other people would have. I do wish I had been there about an hour (maybe less) later, because then I could have gotten some really cool pictures of the sunset. The ones I had gotten the day before were really stunning as we headed into Fort Stockton.
Today, because we stayed in Phoenix again, my mom and I bummed around a bit. We started out sitting in the hotel room watching TV and reading until around 11, when we got really bored and went to Costco for gas and lunch. We decided to do the sample thing for food and look at the differences between their store and the store in Fort Myers. There’s a lot of differences, too: regional food, products that aren’t available in the other store, and the store here in Phoenix is flipped from what I’m used to. Where I’m used to going in on the left side, at this store you go in on the right. It’s a small difference, but when the store is set up the way Costco’s are (you have to enter and exit through specific doors and it’s difficult to get to the exit without going through the registers), this caused the entire store to be backwards from what I’m used to. Well, not really backwards, but switched right-to-left.
After Costco, we went next door to Costco Home. I had never seen a Costco Home (apparently because they’re only available in Arizona and Seattle), but it’s all furniture and other home décor stuff. It was all really nice, but I found this one table and chair set that I fell in love with. It had matching coffee tables, but I didn’t like it as well until I saw the dining set. It’s Acacia wood inset with copper. Almost a mission style, but really clean lines. I’ll have to see if I can find a picture of it when I get an internet connection later. (Note from later: it's not available online at Costco.) The chairs had a yellow/brown leather seat, and it was all amazing. I loved it.
While we were there I got a call from Fitz, my friend who lives here. He works at one of the radio stations, but I told him where we were and he suggested we go over to IKEA which apparently was around the corner. So we went over there, and that place was massive. If you’ve ever been inside an IKEA, then you know what I’m talking about. That place is like walking 10 laps around a football field. And it’s all filled with fairly nice stuff. I really liked certain lamps and the loft beds (if I can find a place with high ceilings). I also liked a couple of the chairs and couches. I’m really thinking I want a futon, but I didn’t really like any of their sleeper sofas. Their mattresses are rather nice though, I tested about 3 or 4 of them and they’re generally pretty comfortable.
I’m falling asleep at this point now, like some kind of crazy old lady. But I will finish this tomorrow in the car.