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Oh Christmas Tree Hell

RIP to my Christmas Tree: 11/29/15- 12/9/15.

Tis the season for all hell to break loose. My Christmas tree + I had a good run… for about 10 days.  I’m not going to lie… she was majestic.

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I had a nice Wednesday evening tee’d up: I was watching the Scream Queens finale, addressing my Christmas cards + relaxing.  Boo Radley was passed out under the tree on my luxurious Nicole Miller faux-fur tree skirt. It happened all so sudden. The tree was standing and then it wasn’t. I totally admit I blamed it all on Boo Radley + even offered him up on Facebook for the taking. I confess: it was a rash accusation + I have already apologized to him.  For the record, the tree was already leaning… Boo was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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I desperately tried to get the tree back up.  Jessica (5’tall) vs Christmas Tree (6’tall).  The tree won. It fell twice.  During the first fall, 2 ornaments broke… it’s ok they were your typical basic ornaments.During the second fall there were more casualties.

RIP to the following ornaments:

  • My beloved Patience Brewster Peace on Earth ornament.  There’s peace no more.
  • Bloomingdale’s fairy carrying her little brown bag. I got her on one of my annual NYC trips with my mom.
  • One of my squirrels.  I have several squirrel ornaments so this one wasn’t as sentimental as the others, but still it was a casualty.
  • A silver acorn.  This one wasn’t sentimental either.  I guess the squirrel + the acorn are together again.

After a good cry session I pulled myself together and stripped the tree of the ornaments + lights and took that sucker outside.

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Fast-forward to today. I thought to myself, “Hey, when life hands you lemons, paint that shit gold!” I Googled how to make your own wreath… I was totes going to up cycle my tree.  I spent a solid hour clipping the branches off the tree, gathering them in bunches and adhering them to the wire frame.

The result? A Martha Stewart fail.  When all else fails, pop open the wine.

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If anyone needs 3/4 of a Christmas Tree, let me know… I can hook you up.

 

 

Around Town

Did Somebody Say Wine?

This Saturday I’m going to the Great Grapes Wine Festival in Cary.  There are 3 reasons why I’m amped about this event…

  1. Wine. Duh! I love wine! Well…. not all wine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  My goal is to find a red wine that I can tolerate and not cringe when I take a sip.  In case you didn’t catch on, I don’t celebrate red wine.  I’m really hoping I can find that one red wine that will sweep me off my feet!  I guess you could say my beef with red wine is the fact that it tastes like vinegar to me. If I ever go on The Bachelor, I’d have to accept the red wine when it’s given to me otherwise you’ll see the cringed look on my face.  If anyone has a favorite red wine that doesn’t have a vinegar taste to it I’m all ears!
  2. Food.  While I’m sure there will be a variety of food vendors I’m also interested in learning about food pairings with wine.  Usually when I’ve entertained in the past with wine I’m all like, “here’s some hummus and pita chips, knock yourselves out” or “I hope you like Combos because that’s all I have.”   I’m at that age now where I need to be a tad more elegant when it comes to serving light appetizers with wine.  I figured I could say something along the lines of, “oh this luxurious cheese was imported from Finland… nothing but the best for my guests!”  We’ll see what kind of handy information/ wine words I pick up on Saturday.
  3. Crafts.  I’m no Martha Stewart when it comes to crafts, but I love to see what other folks are doing.  I also like to support the locals whether they are selling art, jewelry, etc.  I’m sure once the wine starts flowing the cash out of my wallet will start to disappear.

If y’all live near the Raleigh-Durham area, you should check this event out &  get your tickets to go!