Corn and I did the home supplies junket last night. Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Reno Depot. The plan: to get blinds and a pre-lit Christmas tree.
What we came out with: an oven liner and squishy fruit candy. Neither of which can provide adequate, long-term window coverage OR be used in lieu of a Christmas tree.
Wood blinds are like $3-400 a pop (insert incredulous laughter here). Seriously, people why didn't you TELL me they were so asspensive? But we finally found some FAKE wood blinds for a more reasonable $80 each and we can get them cut to size for our windows. Which we can hopefully do tonight.
We also picked out some paint colours. Because right now, our walls are a lovely patchwork of plastered-over nail holes. Which, while delicious - is also becoming an eyesore.
And as far as the Christmas tree goes....I'm all about fake! How 'bout you guys? I prefer fake for these reasons:
1) I feel bad for real trees. I mean really - isn't it sad, after the holidays when you see all those droopy Christmas trees, stripped of their decorations - heaped on top of garbage bags at the end of the driveway? Hey, I know I keep my houseplants on the verge of 'barely alive' but I don't love 'em and leave 'em. I draw out the agony - 365 days a year, baby!
2) I don't want the dogs tempted to eat the needles.
3) I don't want to be tempted to eat the needles.
Anyway - we scouted fake trees last night and they come in 2 types:
a) ugly and cheap.
b) purdy and stupid-expensive.
So, we decided we'd use the tacky mini-tree I've had for years, instead and get a good one next year. Besides, we won't be spending Christmas together this year and the tree might just seem...a bit weird to have? I don't like spending the holidays sans Corn. I love going home to Timmins and of course, he wants to spend time with HIS family (who are here in Montreal)...but,
I wish we could find a happy balance. Maybe both sides can travel to a halfway point and spend the holidays crammed in a neon-lit room in a Super 8.
Anyhoo - Happy Thursday!