This project took much longer than expected (as is typically the case). I guess the tree is a bit taller this year because I didn’t have quite enough lights so the project I had planned on completing Tuesday night stretched out until last night.
I had no idea that finding more lights was going to be a problem and that I would end up finding what I needed at Walgreens. Apparently, the larger big box stores are encouraging us all to go green. I’m all for green living (afterall, I washed many a load of cloth diaper and my two year old can identify if an item is compost, trash or recyclable) and since it was raining and I was shopping with a 2 year old would probably have happily paid $10+ for a string of 100 lights. Except Target was out. And Lowe’s was out. AND Home Depot was out (and this really ticked me off because by this point it was well past lunch and my shopping buddy and I were tired and damp and cold and so I’d had RB call to ask if they had them and the customer service person indicated that they did**). RB (feeling bad from me and hungry for us to get home for lunch) went and bought a box of 50 (not nearly enough but it was the thought…) from Ace at which point I figured out that LED wouldn’t do b/c the LED soft white is a different white from the energy-guzzling white.
Thursday morning I used preschool time (read: the most precious 7 hours of my week for getting things done including trying to start a business) and found lights at Walgreens (of all places….).
After riding the train and visiting with Santa and taking a nice long nap (BB not me), we finally finished the tree decorating (now we begin the process of un-decorating by breakage).
And yes, BB already has a height complex and insisted on decorating while standing on a chair (I only had a bit of redistribution to do after he’d finished).
No picture of the finished product but I’m sure there will be one in the next few weeks (if I can keep the tree from dying that is – we had only two choices of places to put it and both were in front of vents….I blocked it with cardboard but I’m guessing it will still have an impact.
PS – As it turns out, I probably should have just started over with the LED lights b/c one of the strands has a short in it and has to be jiggled to get it to come on so it’s only a matter of time until it (1) goes out completely or (2) causes a house fire.
**This could have been RB’s fault b/c I’m sure the exchange went something light this: RB: “Do you have any Christmas tree lights?” CS: “Yes” Nevermind that I needed the mini-white non-LED soft white variety which apparently they had approximately 6 boxes of at the outset.