Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
How about the bad news, since I can’t bear to leave the post on a sad note.
So here’s the story… we got two new ‘additions’ to our dining room over the weekend. Both of which I was suuuuper excited about. Of course you know a couple weeks ago, we went out to Powesheik Pines and picked out our Christmas tree (but just tagged it to be cut down later). Well this weekend we went and cut it down and brought it home!
Everything about it was perfect.
The height. The color. The texture of pine needles. The thickness. The smell of Christmas.
All that perfectness came to a screeching halt when I realized the violent allergies I had been experiencing are directly related to this giant piece of nature we hauled in our house.
I could just cry. I know there are bigger problems in the world, and this is such a petty thing to be so heart-broken about. But the tradition of picking out and cutting down a tree is central for me and my love of Christmas. I grew up with a real tree… how could I be allergic now? I know it’s possible, because I randomly developed seasonal allergies later in life. But I’ve never even heard of Christmas tree allergies. Anyone else suffer from this tragic affliction?
We were supposed to decorate the tree last night after the girls went to bed. But with my recent realization, I was so sad I just went to bed at 7 o’clock. We still haven’t decided what to do yet. I wish I knew with certainty that it was allergies and not just a cold. But I got up 3 times in the night to check myself for hives, because that’s how itchy my face is. And that seems like allergies to me. How do you tell?
For now, we’re just enjoying the beautifully decorated (by the girls) felt Christmas tree that is hung on the unfinished pillar that separates our dining room from our living room. (An idea that I found on Pinterest and borrowed from this blogger).
On a MUCH happier and lighter note…
For those of you that follow along for our Facebook adventures you know that several weeks ago, I fell in love with a credenza on Craigslist that I yearned desperately to put in my dining room.
(As you can tell, they didn’t read my post on how to take pictures to make people want to buy) HEHE!
But at $200, there was just no way. Many of you encouraged me to just shoot them a low-ball offer. Nick and I agreed that $50 was the most we would pay (even that is pricey for us!). They emailed back and said they wouldn’t take less than $150. Heartbroken, I thanked them for their time, and told them to let me know if they change their minds.
Fast forward 3 weeks, they emailed me and said ‘would you still be interested in the Credenza for $50?’ … and I said ummmmm… HECK YES! And now it sits proudly in my dining room.
Ain’t she stunning?
I can’t wait to decorate it with all kinds of Christmasy things… that is, if we ever get around to decorating for Christmas (wahhhh).
And, would you look at all this storage? I’m going to organize so hard.
I know what you’re thinking… YOU’RE GOING TO LEAVE IT WOOD? I know you so well, don’t I? Admit it! I totally just read your mind.
The answer is… Yep! For the time-being. The wood is in pristine condition, and I kinda like the way it looks as-is! Although I can’t promise it will stay that way for more than a few months. Only time will tell!
I like to think of it as a Craigslist victory. Every-so-often, it pays to be patient! And I’ll just go ahead and admit that patience does NOT come naturally for me. It’s something I’ll have to work on as long as I live.
Speaking of that, let’s all talk about our strengths and weaknesses. Here are mine:
STRENGTH: I can swaddle a baby like it’s nobody’s business