Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Decorate What?

On Friday we arrived, filled with excitement, at the beloved tree lot.  Determined to linger and not get caught in a panic we were, of course, late and had to rush a little.  This led to strategizing prior to departing the vehicle.  Dialogue included the following:

Him:  Don't get caught up in the wreaths.  We're here for a tree.
Me: Oh ma gah I want to ride the train.  Do you think they'll let me on there?  
Him:  Are you listening to me?  
Me:  Is there a height restriction for the train?
Him:  Hel-lo! TREE TREE TREE
Me:  Fiiiine (eye roll)  I hear you.  Stay out of the 7 footers.  Capiche?  I don't think we can fit one of those mothers through the door.  Remember last year? (don't ask)

Upon exiting the vehicle here's how it went down:
Nerves dissipate as the scent of Pine, Noble Fir, Douglas Fir and whatever other wonderful
tree smells are out there waft into our nostrils.  It's Christmas-tree time.

He thinks this might be the one.

While I make best friends with this tree which is, coincidentally, over 7ft tall.
Ahem.  Insert foot in mouth.

The tree guy agrees that this is the one.  The Chef doesn't really care.  It's over 7ft tall. Sold! 
Time for gymnasio into the dojo aka trying to stuff it up the stairs into our place.

Sunday afternoon we limber up for decorating time.  
Okay he mocks my stationary lunges.  Whatever.
Three hours later we had one strand of lights on and went for a Mexican food break.
Sounds about right.

Cut to scene and it is now Wednesday night.  That one, lone, strand of lights remains on the tree due to insanity decorating at the restaurant (which looks marvy btw) while the house looks like a tornado blew through here flinging one strand of lights on the tree in the corner.  On that note:  I gotta go.  It would be nice to have the tree decorated by Christmas and I only have 10 days left to make that happen.

41 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

Am I the first to comment? Carrie! This has never happened before!!! Okay, I love everything about this post. From the convo, to the hopes of a train ride, to the static lunge stretches. Can I say your man is hot? You guys are the hottest couple!

this free bird said...

Woman you are too kind. Is anyone even reading this thing anymore? I'm in the woods at work/trying to shop/figure out passport/decorate the restaurant/decorate the tree/sleep/consume chocolate.

HALP!! Thanks for not forgetting me! He's quite something. And I know how to weasel my way onto a kids' train. xo

Ashley said...

This looks like so much fun, and you guys got an awesome tree! Did you get to ride the train??

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Katie said...

I don't have any advice for putting lights on the tree because I was passed out on the couch when Jared worked on ours, seeing as it was a few hours after I got out of the ER. I commend you for having a regular tree buying experience as opposed to the drama we had thanks to me. Tis the season!

lovealamode said...

Ha! Sounds like quite an adventure to me. I have faith in you on getting your tree decorated. Though if you're feeling crafty, I feel like a Carrie tree needs some fringe somewhere.

Claire Kiefer said...

Hilarious! I wanna see a pic of your tree with one measly strand of lights. Too funny. Decorating is my very favorite part! With eggnog and Christmas music and boxes of my favorite ornaments! I'm gazing at my tree right now. :)

Lily said...

Cant wait to see how it turns out !!

xxLily
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Simone said...

You are so funny, this really made me laugh!! Good luck with the decorating X

Polly said...

Im so jealous of your beautiful real Christmas tree, its just too hot here and its dead and brown before we even get halfway thru December : ( Anyway I will live vicariously through yours, please post pics when it is finished. xx

Allison said...

Ha, I actually remember reading your blog post about tree shopping last year and laughing. The picture of him lunging cracks me up. You'll get it decorated soon enough.

Closet Fashionista said...

Haha, you guys are so funny <3 That tree is AWESOME!!!!!!! I hope you get it finished in time :) (I know you will)
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love it. I say leave it au natural and all it a day ;) I just like that it's real, you and i are are two of the last real tree hold outs!

briannelee said...

Love Christmas tree shopping! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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LyddieGal said...

Haha, at least you did better than I did... I didn't end up with a tree tied to the roof of the car until after sundown, and while the lights are up, the ornaments have yet to make an appearance.

TheChambrayCountess said...

Mission accomplished! I admit I would have gotten a bit more distracted by the train, so your perseverance is admirable! Can't wait to see the tree all dolled up!

Peetzi Jen said...

Merry Merry Christmas, doll!! Love this post!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Hows the restaurant doing? Pictures please

Josie said...

Carrie. I freaking adore you. That's about it. My parents decorated the tree without me for the first time ever this year, and I'm thrilled that your story let me live vicariously through you... Hope all's well!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

That tree you picked out is quite a looker!! And I'm loving Chef's stretches...you guys crack me up!

la petite coquine said...

I'm cracking up because THIS IS MY LIFE. Or at least, my life with my family.

We usually buy our tree 3 days before Christmas, and from a farm, which means a chainsaw and a hack saw will be required. Then it doesn't fit, then there's a huge, screaming argument about who was stupid enough to buy a 12ft tall, 5 ft wide tree. Once inside, I throw a fit when someone tries to add colored lights, or God Forbid, the Tijuana Christmas Star that blinks Feliz Navidad and finally my fingers are bleeding and it's 3am and I'm the ONLY PERSON still decorating the damn tree.

I'm so glad I'm not alone.

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

That tree is perfect!!!! And I appreciate the limbering up first! How funnny :) I bet you two are such a fun couple to hang out with.

kimbirdy said...

haha, you're hilarious! and i understand this post all too well. we bought our tree two weeks ago and it still sits barren in our living room with a stack of lights sitting on the table next to it. maybe we'll get them on the tree before christmas... maybe.

LeeLee said...

Sounds like fun. I love the Christmas tree lots, mainly because of the scent of the beautiful trees.

lesouefsbrouilles said...

i miss having a tree!

lesouefsbrouilles said...

i miss having a tree!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

That last picture is hilarious. We got our tree delivered Monday and it is decorated by 3 crystal candle wreaths and my husband's headphones. It is a dry, 6 foot tall Charlie Brown tree and I refused to decorate it (That and I'm not paying $8 per ornament). Ribbon is ok right?

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Lori said...

You crack me up ~ seriously!! Hope you had your train ride and that you have at least 2 sets of lights on the tree by now ~ poor little bugger is naked ~ you need to dress him in sequins and pearls!!

HAUTEMESSinHOLLYWOOD said...

Haha, you guys are hilarious. I'm totally jealous of your tree - stationary lunges and all.

Annie said...

hahaha I love Chef's lunge attempt. Such a pretty tree Carrie - nice work! Hope you have an awesome and relaxing weekend... I'm happy to say I've almost completely recovered from my experimentation for today's post.. or maybe I'mm 85% as my put my feet back into recycle bins filled with whole milk and ice... lol

Tracy D said...

One strand - still festive, perhaps not lunge worthy..but still festive :)

Dree said...

Haha I love your limbering exercises! You picked the giant tree? Totally something I'd do. Enjoy decorating!!

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Domestic Sweetheart said...

I just love the smell of a real Xmas tree! Great pics!!

meghan said...

This is too funny! I would totally do the same and pick something that I had initially said wasn't happening either. And you work on my timeline as well. I say as long as you get the lights on before it's time to take them off again you're not doing too badly.

She Wore It Well said...

b refuses to get a tree. im jealousssssssssssssss

Debby said...

Carrie... I MISS YOU!!! I am so behind in my blog reading. Who knew getting a divorce was a full-time job?! Seriously. I would totally be saying, "I want to ride the train!" I just know we would have a blast together. Love a friend that makes me laugh. Hope your Holidays are going wonderfully. xo

Krystal said...

you can do it!!!

fabulousjunk said...

Christmas Tree's rule. I remember when I was little and we lived in the middle of nowhere, we were surrounded my evergreens. Every year me and my dad would hike a half mile into the woods and pick out a tree we both liked. (the rest of the family didn't matter :)) then I would hand my dad his saw from my backpack and BOOM. We got ourself a Christmas tree

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OneCraftyFox said...

Aww, this post is too cute! We finally get to see The Chef ;)

Happy holidays, babe!

Johanna said...

I love that you limber up for decorating. Something tells me we'd laugh a lot together!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

that looks like such a fun place!!! I would want to find more than the tree too. Really cute pictures.

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