Jennifer Lyon

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Weekend Roundup!

It was pretty non stop this weekend as Wizard and I tried to get a handle on Christmas, and we’re making progress! I got most of the Christmas cards done, finished shopping for Wizard and got started on everyone else. And I’m thinking a lot of about Linc’s (CAGED MAGIC, Wing Slayer Hunter) book. But I need to focus on Christmas first.

So…Wizard and I finally decided to give up the fresh tree and get a fake one. Well actually, I’ve been tired of real trees for two years, while Wizard stubbornly insisted fake ones were too much of a pain. Then he suddenly changed his mind…thanks to a neighbor caving in last year and buying one, then spending fifteen minutes last Thursday telling him Wizard much easier it is to deal with a fake tree. Suddenly Wizard saw the light. Because you know, a MAN told him how easy it was.

Umm, yeah, moving on.

So Thursday night we went on a hunt for a fake tree. We went to Home Depot, Lowes, Target and found it! Loved the one at Target.

But they didn’t have it in stock.

So we drove twenty or twenty five miles one way to another Target. And learned there that the were Out of Stock EVERYWHERE IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. (Somehow they couldn’t figure that out at the first Target).

Crap. So Wizard says. “You know what, let’s try Big Lots.”

But then we talked ourselves out of Big Lots and went to Wal Mart. DUMB MOVE! Apparently our Wal Mart stocks only Charlie Brown type of artifical Christmas trees. I have baby weeds in my planter with more to them than these trees–it was pathetic.  By then we were tired and cranky and went home, pretty much planning to forgo a tree altogether. I don’t even know how many miles we covered in total that night.

Then  Saturday  morning, Wizard went to help him mom out with some stuff and I ran errands. While out I decided to check out Big Lots. Bingo! I found a fake tree CHEAPER than we were wiling to pay. But the problem was I had the smaller car, so I waited until Wizard got home and told him. He’s like, “Let’s go!” We went and snagged the tree.

Easy, right?

The next morning we go to assemble it and guess what? The tree stand  is missing. It’s supposed to be included, it said so on the box!

We jump in the car and head back to Big Lots because we knew there was only ONE of the trees left the night before. When we walked into the store,  I swear to you, SWEAR!!, that the last tree was right there in a customer’s basket in the line to check out. Seriously. Wizard stopped dead and said, “Oh my God, that’s the last tree. Can you believe it?

Yeah, after the week I had, I totally believe it.  We are 10 minutes too late.

Long story short, (I’m kidding, this isn’t short at all!) a guy who works there came to our rescue, giving us the stand off the display tree.  And here’s the tree last night:

Christmas tree 1


We’re both happy with it. The tree is pre lit with clear lights and we just put on a few ornaments. We really wanted to simplify this year so this works well for us.

How was your weekend?

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup!”

  1. Viki S.
    December 15th, 2014 at 3:48 am · Link

    You got quite a bit done this weekend. Even the tree and what an ordeal. We can all relate to the hunt for the tree story. Walmart trees are horrible. I think we got ours at Sears a few years ago.

    Love your tree. The photo is lovely. I wish we had a ore-lit tree. I hold hubs yesterday that all the lights on the tree are my favorite.

    Speaking of trees, the furry little monster is eating the lights on ours RIGHT NOW. He can be so naughty.

    I got my cards done and mailed. I still have three batches of fudge to make. Youngest son wants to dig in right now but I haven’t cut any of the batches yet – he’ll live ;).

    We had middle sons b-day dinner Sat. and had a great time.

    Now I wait for my computer and all the other stuff.

    Have a fantastic day!

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    December 15th, 2014 at 10:06 am · Link

    You and Wizard kill me. Yay for finding the right tree. It looks lovely.

    I took to the woods this weekend. All three trails I made down the hill last year have been cleared. I put in a couple new cross trails to connect them. And I have one or two left to do. Also, I edited – so no one needs to berate me. I’m not as far as I’d like, but I’m making progress. =o)

  3. Jenn
    December 15th, 2014 at 11:32 am · Link

    Viki. I never thought of Sears, but I was also looking to keep the price down. We got lucky stumbling onto this tree at a good price. Pre-lit is nice, so easy!

    LOL on your kitty monster. Lights are shiny, he just can’t resist :-)

    I’m with your son–waiting for the fudge to cool and be cut is torture.

    Awesome on Middle’s birthday! Now let’s hope everything else (computer, windows, floors) gets sorted out.

    I’m still struggling to get me my meds, now I’m late and it’s going to be ugly. It’s so frustrating, I have the authorization but the pharmacy insists they don’t.

    Hope you have a great day too!

  4. Jenn
    December 15th, 2014 at 11:36 am · Link

    B.e., yay!! You edited and tamed the woods!! That’s a hugely productive weekend!

    I’m very happy with the tree :-)

    Now keep going on your edits!!

  5. Silver James
    December 15th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    I baked. Like DOZENS of cookies. I shudder to think about tree shopping. This will be the last year for the Cactus Tree™ because Sprout will be big enough to touch next year. Barb wire and toddlers don’t mix. I got edits back on MOON SHOT but I’m babysitting a sick Sprout so not much work getting done. I still hope to get it to the formatters this week and released before Christmas. We’ll see.

    Ugh on the meds, Jen! Here’s hoping it gets cleared up soon.

  6. Jenn
    December 16th, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Hey Silver, what kind of cookies???? I’m not doing much baking this year, so I’m living through others.

    Yeah, your cactus tree sounds fun, but not toddler friendly and next year, Sprout’s going to be a super fast little dude.

    You’re kicking butt on MOON SHOT! I haven’t een opened my word doc.

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