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14 November 2007 @ 10:56 am
So much for that...  
This is probably Skate's last Christmas with us. I was planning on making sure it was extra special.

They will be spraying for roaches again, not only on Friday, but on Dec. 21st. That means the cats will be boarded all day. That means the entire house will be cleaned that evening. That means the earliest we can get all the Christmas stuff up is the 22nd, IF we work all day, and that being a Saturday we will probably have to put it off 'til Monday the 24th, since we'll most likely be delivering presents Saturday and Sunday is a day of rest.

I once put off doing the decorations until the 14th and it felt like I had no Christmas at all that year, because it was pretty much over the week I got used to the stuff being up. Other than the tree, it's hardly worth taking the things out at all. It feels like I'm not allowed to have a Christmas this year.

I was hoping they wouldn't spray on my birthday (the Friday before) but now I think I'd've preferred to lose my birthday than my last Christmas with Skate (he's 18!)

And yes, I know it's not about the decorations, but I look forward to them every year. I was already telling people about my favorite snowman decoration and how I was looking forward to it. I feel like my holiday, and my last one with Skate, have just been stolen from me by the apartment managers.
Current Mood: distressedgrieved
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Can you put the tree on a wheelie-base? And wheel the whole darn thing out of the apt when they come spray? If the cats will be out for the day anyway, you could move it as slow & gentle as you like out the door...
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on November 15th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
That's a PRETTY good idea. It would have to be out of the house for three hours, though, and it's really unstable. I LIKE the idea, it's good, but the base doesn't stand well. Do you think it would be safe in the courtyard for three hours? Oh crap, they'll probably spray the courtyard. Hmmm... Having the tree WOULD really help though. How do you move an unstable decorated tree? I'll talk to Martin, that would alleviate a lot of the annoyance.
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Tie down the base - or get a better base - on the cart.

And you could always take your tree for a walk around the neighborhood.
Fritters: No Christmas For Youfritters on November 15th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)

And you could always take your tree for a walk around the neighborhood.

THAT'LL happen.

We've tried to get a better base, but the only way we can find is to buy a new tree and trees have quadrupled since we bought this one. I'll talk to Martin, maybe we can do what we do for Basil. (basil plant).
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Check out thrift stores, who pull this kind of stuff out for holiday season... or maybe we can mickeymouse something up out of rebar & tinkertoys.
Fritters: TT BB Cute by ellonwyefritters on November 15th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to be able to really concentrate on this problem until after the weekend, we've got to do the whole spraying thing tomorrow. But having just the tree is a really feasible, helpful idea.