I had a million good reasons to do it in my mind, but the primary one is that I thought it should go up early since we have so little time to enjoy it this year. I have to travel for work next week, and the first weekend of December I'm out of town for a race in San Antonio that I always do with my girlfriends, the following weekend we'll be home (baking cookies, cheering for our local marathon), and by the next weekend (and the following), we'd be home with my family for Christmas.
So really, it made sense to put it up early. And this year, we have a new tree. Last year, a bunch of the strands of lights stopped working on our old tree. I'd had it for more than a decade probably and I didn't want to deal with taking off the pre-strung lights and hanging our own, so instead, right after Christmas, we donated it.
And then I spent TONS of time researching trees on Amazon, narrowing it first by height, then by width, then by light count, then by tip count, then by warranty, then by weight, then by price. And I clicked "buy".
But then that whole Buffalo snow storm thing happened. Unfortunately, it turns out that's where our tree was born (or at least shipped from China).
Here's the current status:
|11/20/2014||11:45 P.M.||We were unable to dispatch the trailer on time. This may cause a delay. / Delivery will be rescheduled.|
|Buffalo, NY, United States||11/18/2014||12:28 A.M.||Departure Scan|
|Buffalo, NY, United States||11/17/2014||6:06 P.M.||Origin Scan|
|United States||11/17/2014||10:27 A.M.||Order Processed: Ready for UPS|
And now I'm worried we won't have a tree at all this year!
Since there seems to be no chance we'll have it over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and since I'm not sure we could manage putting it up on a weeknight, and since our one weekend in Dallas in December is chock-full of plans, I'm worried we won't have a tree at all. That makes me sad!
It was fairly expensive, and I'm pretty dead-set on the criteria by which I picked it, so I don't like the idea of ordering or buying a new one. And since we're gone for more than a week to visit my family, a live tree is not an option. Major bummer.
And now I wonder, does the warranty run from when I ordered it (and paid for it), or from when I actually get it?