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    CPR on the Christmas tree failed. TOD: 12:45 p.m.

    December 21, 2007

    We had a little argument going.

    The Husband: Did you water the tree today?
    K: (thinking he was talking about the key lime tree he planted in the back yard in 20 degree weather) Um, no.

    No further discussion. Fast forward 3 weeks later.

    K: Do you know when you watered the tree last?
    D: I ASKED YOU to water the tree.
    K: That’s not the question. The question is when did you water it last?
    D: I ASKED YOU to water it. You’re home more than me.
    K: Oh, so because I’m home all the time, I have time to water that tree. That tree is not my responsibility.
    D: Who said it was my responsibility?
    Kate: You guys are really fighting over whose responsibility it was to water the tree?
    K: YES. And it wasn’t mine.
    Kate: And the tree died as a result?
    K: Exactly.
    Kate: Oh.

    I then proceeded to cut all the branches off except the top 6 inches. I figured we could burn them in the fireplace and have the place smelling like Christmas for the next 3 weeks. My father showed up not much later.

    Dad: (coming into the room) I like your tree, Kris, but it could be a little fuller.

    Ha, ha, ha. I guess it’s gonna be a two tree Christmas. Damn it.

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    1. Jen Zug says:

      My tree dies every year, and apparently it’s my fault, too. What’s up with that “you’re home more than me” excuse???? He uses that for getting the oil changed in the car, too. I mean, HOW LAME.

      We didn’t even get a tree this year. No sense trying to get rid of a dead tree before we take our entourage on the airplane.

      December 22nd, 2007 at 8:35 am

    2. Sarah says:

      That’s why we went fake and got a Christmas Tree scented Yankee Candle….I never thought I’d give up a real tree, but I don’t regret! I don’t miss cleaning up needles or crawling under it to water….someday we’ll do real again, or maybe not….

      December 22nd, 2007 at 8:41 am

    3. Meg says:

      OK, so, we drag a tree home every Thanksgiving from central PA, where husband’s uncle has a tree farm. We have to, because they drill a laser-straight hole in the trunk of the tree, so it’ll fit exactly perfectly in the special tree stand they sold us a number of years ago. Except that this year, we got greedy and the tree was too tall. So, after it fell over repeatedly (and out of the bucket of water) in the car port for like 2 weeks, we finally brought it inside, and had to chop of the TOP (because of the perfectly drilled hole in the bottom) so it would fit. And NOW it is not drinking any water. And the star wouldn’t fit on top either. And the sap from where we cut the top stained the ceiling. BUT- we supported the family enterprise (no discount for nephews!), and damn if the tree isn’t the most beautiful one EVER! And despite my threats and rants, no needles have fallen on account of my husband’s lack of watering the tree while it was outside.

      (And it did take down a section of split rail fence too… so now we have to fix that, too. An expensive way to support the Uncle!)

      December 22nd, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    4. tvtown says:

      At least it’ll provide warmth. We have a fake tree and I even burn the fake logs in the fireplace. I’m afraid the dogs would drink from the tree bowl and pee on it.

      December 24th, 2007 at 4:27 am

    5. Manic Mommy says:

      Watering is TOTALLY Andy’s job. I hate doing it. So I don’t yell about the apple juice bottle containing “special tree medicine” that’s left within the boys’ reach.

      December 24th, 2007 at 9:03 am

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