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Out with the Old

March 18, 2011

The good thing about being single is that I buy myself the best presents. Sans spouse, and with unemployed children, the gift-giving is pretty much all one-way, so once and a while I pony up for a present for myself. And I always know just what I want.

So my dining room came equipped with one of these:

Meh.

I needed this:

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Do you love it? That’s OK–I do.

Just wait and see what I’ve got in store for myself for Mother’s Day! And my birthday. Maybe Easter. I’m the luckiest girl alive!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. deborah permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:12 am

    I do love it and I agree that I buy myself the best presents. Who else knows you better!

    • March 18, 2011 3:46 pm

      Only everyone who has looked at my Amazon wishlist, but that light was on it for 2 years before I gave up and bought it myself!

  2. amy permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:17 am

    Looks perfect in your dining room.

  3. amy parnell permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:23 am

    I really do like that. I have very little decorating skill and would never even think of something that exotic. Very nice, and of course we give ourselves the best gifts, we know what a woman wants. 🙂

    • March 18, 2011 3:48 pm

      Oh, I have no skills, really–I just do what I like and then listen to my mom telling me how I did it all wrong.

  4. joanna permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:47 am

    another thing about buying yourself presents is that you don’t have to pretend you love it!

    • March 18, 2011 3:49 pm

      Well, when I realized my kids had absconded with the box and packing material so that I couldn’t return it, I decided I would have to pretend I did, even if I didn’t. But lucky I really do like it.

  5. Ganie permalink
    March 18, 2011 1:47 pm

    It’s very *you*. What I really want to know is, did you install it yourself and, if so, will you come over and help me put up a chandelier in my dining room, whenever I finally get around to buying one?

    • March 18, 2011 3:53 pm

      You can have my old one, and no, I hired someone to put it up. I asked my visiting teachers to do it (they asked!) and they turned me down. So, it did cost me $100 to install, but I figure that at least I know it was done right. This year, I am keeping tabs on all my spousal expenditures–the things I have to pay people to do because it is something a spouse would do. So far, husbands are relatively cheap. If I were paying someone to do a wife’s work, well, I couldn’t afford it.

      • March 28, 2011 6:02 pm

        hahahaha! Wives aren’t cheap – true.

  6. March 25, 2011 12:14 am

    Uh, sometimes you can have a spouse, and still have to hire someone to do things for you. This is why my grandmother’s admonition to “marry money or marry a handyman” makes so much sense to me all these years later. My electrician would have charged you $30 for that install. See, it’s good when lacking in the handy spouse category to find competent and affordable spousal subsitutes.

    By the way, I love the lamp.

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