When I picked up this flier from the mail the other day I was so excited it was pathetic. But I just can't help myself. I felt the same way when H&M opened last year. These international chains are like comfort food to the native born consumer that I am. You enter in one and you could be anywhere in the world. Focusing on whatever bargin there is to be hunted for, it is easy to forget that your home is now a Mediterranean island. And while IKEA is full of many things I have no use for, it is also full of lots of potentially useful things that I can't seem to easily find here. Like bright, colorful fabrics. All those containers for organizing whatever piles of papers and other junk that accumulate in makeshift spots all over the house. I don't think I'll be the very first in line at the new IKEA's grand opening on March 9th, but I bet I won't be able to hold out for very long. Pathetic!