Over the weekend we watched Revolutionary Road because we are cheap and lazy. Okay, perhaps that's a bit harsh. In fact, it was free on demand and we hadn't seen it yet.
As it turns out, Revolutionary Road was an excellent movie and very thought provoking. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it (but it's not a cheery movie, so if you are looking for something upbeat and light, look elsewhere.)
Then yesterday it was off to IKEA to find a cookbook tamer for the dining room. We ended up getting the Expedit in black-brown because it can be positioned horizontally and thus hopefully look more like a sideboard. And if we do eventually find a (real) sideboard we like, the Expedit can be moved into another room -- specifically the family room where we have 3 tables in the same finish (or colorway -- as the knitter in me wanted to type there.)
Paint was also purchased, so I expect to see some real progress on the dining room by the end of this week.