1 down, 2 to go

Tuesday night I picked Hannah up at the airport in St. Louis. She’s home for the whole break before spring semester. Today I go back to the airport to get Sophie , who will be home for a little over a week. Tomorrow I drive to Wisconsin to get Cabell. As long as my back holds up, I’m okay.

Yesterday my friend Don came over and helped me cut a Christmas tree in our yard and get it into the house. I had planned on cutting one that would need trimming to get it to fit under our 12-foot ceiling, which is what we usually do. Like this one last year:

But this time, I decided that I really just didn’t want to attempt to yank a tree that size through the doorway, drag it down the hall, yank it through another doorway, and then put on the usual mini-Iwo Jima routine standing it up. I was afraid I’d damage my back permanently, for one thing. So, we just cut one about 9 feet tall. Cabell is already pissed, and she hasn’t even seen it yet. Oh, well. Somebody has to be the Grinch.

6 Responses to “1 down, 2 to go”

  1. Matt says:

    Tell Cabell to cut her own tree if she’s going to gripe. That will shut her up (either that, or you’ll end up with a second tree out of spite).

  2. Cabell says:

    Did you neglect to close a link tag or something? Hannah is the only one of us with a name in this entry.

  3. kicking_k says:

    I’ve just realised that I didn’t post the intended well-wishes for your back in my previous comments.

    Cabell? You should see our Christmas tree (actually, you will, if I get around to posting a picture). It’s all of two feet tall. But cute, in a teeny way. My parents will have a six-footer…

  4. Perk says:

    Allen, Allen, Allen,
    Happy Festivus to your back, and your kin, and your wife and your daughters, and your son in Oaxaca who is now a famous researcher in a tequila factory. We hope to see some (all) of you this holiday season here where the snow is rare, the sun is large, and the backs are above average.

  5. Reno says:

    Perhaps the one who’s disappointed could chop, haul, and prop the tree herself next year… Either that or chip in on the dad’s-chiropractic-care fund.

    Or am I being Grinchy now?

  6. Allen says:

    So, I don’t know what happened with the names in the original post — I’ve put them in now, but why they fell out in the first place is a bit of a mystery. Matt and Perk, thanks for contributing. I’m a little slow on moderating comments now, but once approved, you get to comment in the future without moderation. This is good, because that means that you can comment and there’s no danger that I’ll miss what you wrote in the flood of ads for porn sites, home loans, and money-making schemes that usually fills the moderation list.

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