Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008 - The Aftermath

I really couldn't stand it anymore.

The water in the tree stand had turned icky and smelly, and we couldn't take the tree down without taking everything else down, lest we open up the red Rubbermaid storage bins next December and are greeted by year-old Douglas fir needles, so my house is now totally and utterly devoid of any Christmas decorations. And, like every year, I am reminded of how much a pain in the ass a real tree is. Behold:

Notice how my "helping" is "taking pictures to document the mess so maybe I'll consider going fake next year". At least this time around the tree didn't crash and (figuratively) burn in the middle of the night, or leak a careful solution of Super Special Tree Preserver all over our new laminate floor, as has happened in years past. Sigh.

And to answer the question regarding the appearance of a Wii under said Christmas tree: sadly, no. Though after seeing my face after opening all our gifts to each other on Christmas morning, J promised we could get one this week. However, after calling (literally) a dozen stores in the area, it appears that there are no Wiis to be had in the tri-county area. That could be an exagerration, but I spent a good hour on the phone calling around, and I tired of the game and gave up. For today.

And it's probably for the best anyway, since today we made the trek out to Ikea and dropped an obscene amount of money (by J's standards, which you should know by now means "more than 20 bucks"). At any rate, it was much more than we'd intended on spending, but I wore J down and we bought several things I've been wanting for a while, so I am less heartbroken about my lack of Wii (Wii Envy?). Check out my new office chair and plastic rolly mat thing:


And the chair isn't much, but I did put it together all by myself.

We also bought a new area rug, a clock, some laundry sorter things, and a new dresser-thing for the bedroom to store our linens, since the hand-me-down antique buffet-thing we'd been using all this time is pretty old and busted. Thing thing thing.
And since I have contracted some kind of gross snotty upper respiratory thing (thing!), our New Year's will be spent at home, in sweatpants, assembling affordable mass-produced umlaut-laden named furniture, cursing the neighbors who will shoot fireworks until the wee hours, and removing terrified cats from the ceiling. So okay, maybe it won't be that different than any other day, but just in case you were wondering.

P.S. Dear Blogger, WTF with the wonky spacing. Love, Gin


Megan said...

Flat-pack assemblage! Hooray!

Sounds like you guys are in for an exciting night tomorrow,(wink wink, nudge nudge!)

Your Ikea trip sounds fruitful, and I have envy. I hope you are enjoying all your new THINGS! Sorry about the other thing, all in due time...
I hope you feel better soon too. Have a hot toddy with lots of honey and lemon, it'll be mildly medicinal.

Megan said...

I just want you to know, YOUR DESK IS AWESOME!

The Bouldins said...

My New Year's Eve will be spent trying to find space for the unbelievable amounts of toys my children received over the past week (Christmas and Julia's birthday).

Oh, and laundry. Lots and lots of laundry.

On the bright side, there will be champagne involved!

The Bouldins said...

And I have Mat Envy.

I am Trish Marie said...

You may have wii envy, but I have little plastic mat envy. I want one of those.

Electric Monk said...

I have never in my life had a real tree, and I have never in my life regretted that.

And for the record, J totally looks like he could beat the crap out of just about anyone I know.

zakary said...

Love the mat! Sorry about the Wii. Happy New Year and wtf to Blogger is right. I put a post up and spent like 15 extra minutes trying to get it to look decent.

jamie said...

Amazon had Wiis until about two weeks before Christmas. Give them a little time and I'm sure they'll get restocked. That's probably the easiest way to get your hands on one.

We did not receive a Wii, but unfortunately, my husband did not offer up a shopping trip for one. Instead, he wants to buy some other gaming system, one that will not allow me to physically pretend to punch or hit anything. Not nearly as fun. :)