Thursday, December 1, 2011

The First Quote of Christmas

Stupidity is thirsty work.
Happy December! (it feels weird not to have a poem topic today) And to jump on the 12 days band wagon, I am giving you all "The 12 Quotes of Christmas!" - finding reason in the season.
Does anyone else love to see neighborhoods compete to have the brightest, most outrageous lights & decor? It gets crazier every year! Well, I have been fighting with my Christmas lights for several days. I like to conserve extension cords so I try to link as many lights as possible. Here are my deck the house in twinkle lights woes:
  • this isn't going to reach, redo
  • this plug doesn't fit into this one, redo
  • repeat first problem
  • new lights dead out of the box! replace teeny tiny fuses (it worked!)
  • didn't test lights, 1/2 the set is out - test more, 1/2 the set is out on 3 sets!
  • hands frozen, get gloves
  • toss some, keep some, note to self for next year, test lights before going outside...
So my stupidity of not planning ahead and not checking the lights created extra work which, combined with the drying heat inside, made me thirsty. Tis the season for cocoa and coffee. Yum! At least I don't have to deal with tangled wires =) And the satisfaction when the timer turns the lights on is well worth all the silly struggles - until it rains and shorts them out...but I fixed that too. Don't you love the holidays!


Jess said...

Good luck with those lights! We are kind of lazy and don't really decorate the outside of the house. We just put up the Christmas tree inside and stay warm! Happy December!

Angela Cothran said...

The lights make me crazy! Can't someone figure out how to make them run forever? Please!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I laughed so hard reading that! Crap, I have those problems just with the indoor tree. Going outside just seems to multiply it big time.

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! Thank you for the laugh. We have no outlet outside, so my husband is happy I don't make him put lights up. I suggested we run an extension cord into the garage and he stated there isn't a cord long enough for it!

Laura S. said...

I decorated for Christmas last weekend! We live in an apartment so we don't have outside lights which is a bummer. Can't wait to have a house someday so I can put up outside lights! Even lighted wreaths would be awesome.

Hope you get your lights all straightened out!

Anonymous said...

As I read the list I was saying, " yup me too, yup, me too" Stupid lights!!!!! Now my back hurts.
But I love Christmas time.

M Pax said...

I just stick some light up snowmen in the ground and call it a day. :) Here's a Christmas quote for ya: Don't get between a man and his fruit cake.

mshatch said...

I'd love to decorate outside but no exterior outlets so oh well. I'll just stick to the Christmas tree inside and make it as pretty as I can :)

David P. King said...

Yes. I certainly do. And with a new place, we get to start over from scratch, as far as decorating goes. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

We should have put up lights last weekend when it was warmer. Now we will have to decide if its worth it to brave the cold.
Very funny post.

Ruth Josse said...

It was worth it in the end, right?

Exactly why I let my husband string up the lights while I watch from the window.

Tara Tyler said...

Jess, you guys just moved, so i'll cut you some slack =)

angie, so you're the one who leaves the xmas lights on the house all year, ha ha

alex, 2 words - pre-lit tree

christine, my hub leaves it to me, i like to do it =)

laura, i remember those days! more is not nec better...

mom, me and you, dont overdo!

mary, hee hee, ho ho

marcy, ah the modern convenience of outdoor sockets, ha ha

david, yeah! a fellow decorator! and i try to switch it up each year, but a new place is an adventure!

heather, i know! we got home the afternoon it was 60 and i looked at the forecast for this week & put those lights up in the dark!

ruth, totally! and i know anyone would have a great blooper video watching me!

Heather Henry said...

Very funny Tara, I am so impressed that you actually get out there and do all that. I hope you will post pictures of all your hard work and I hope you are able to sit back with hot cocoa and enjoy the twinkling lights. Have a wonderful day!

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