Note to self:
Hanging Christmas lights on the house sucks and you should never do it again. Here’s why:
~You will get covered in dust and dirt while bringing the boxes down from the attic. Said dust and dirt will make your contacts dry and irritating for the rest of day, thus making you dry and irritated for the rest of the day.
~You will take 10 minutes to figure out which lights should be used (traditional big bulbs, white icicle lights, colored icicle lights, or go all out and use all of them) and then spend the next 45 getting them all untangled from each other.
~You will waste 15 minutes fiddling with the ladder because it is old and probably not safe to climb on.
~You will get cut by rose bushes while climbing on the old, unsafe ladder and have dried blood on your leg for the rest of the day.
~You will almost fall more than once from the old, unsafe ladder because it is, indeed, old and unsafe.
~You will keep using the old, unsafe ladder because you are too lazy and cheap to go buy a new, safe one.
~You will realize, after all the lights have been strung, that you have no way to plug them in because you did not think about making sure you are able to plug them in before you starting putting them on the house.
~You will then have to climb back on the old, unsafe ladder, get cut by many more rose bushes, and nearly fall many more times in order to get the lights in the correct order to plug in.
~You will finally get them plugged in and walk away.
~Mom will come home, look at them and yell at you for getting on a ladder when no one else is home because you could have fallen and gotten hurt.
~You will argue back that you could have fallen and gotten hurt with her home and she wouldn’t have been able to do anything anyway, so it doesn’t matter.
~She will then look at the lights and say, “That’s not how your dad used to do them.”
~You will then slam a door and tell her she can do them herself next year.
~She will eventually say thank you.
~Finally, that night, when you turn on the lights, you will see that there is a foot long section that does not work. When you are retelling this story, everyone will ask you in disbelief, “You didn’t test them before you starting putting them up?” To which, after this year, you may no longer reply, “I’ve never done it before and I didn’t know you needed to test them before you put them up!”