Sunday, July 8, 2012
Cupola Road Trip
But it still needs something else to dress it up and I've been searching for a deal on a cupola. But they're really, really expensive. So imagine how excited I got when I saw one on Craigslist for $450! It's a few years old, but has never been used and the owner is tired of having it take up space in his garage. We agreed on a price (bargaining is part of the fun with Craigslist) and I made arrangements for the two hour drive north to pick it up.
That's when the trouble started. You see, my husband isn't convinced we really need a cupola. In the grand scheme of things, he thinks there are better ways to spend money improving the house. Okay, so that might be true, but I was quick to point out what a screaming deal this is. A bargain hunters dream - I had to have it. And it will look sooooo nice up on the garage. And who cares if it's a couple hour drive north to pick it up.
That's when it got crazier. He didn't think I should drive up there alone to get it. He wanted to go with me.
So here's the thing. Now that we're made this big career change, we're working together 24x7. That's right, we're together constantly. Think about that. Spending every single minute of every day with your spouse. Kind of daunting isn't it? So as you can imagine, I was really looking forward to a day trip. Alone. I figured we could both use a little alone time. And now he wants to come with me! No, no no!
So, I pressed him on why he wanted to come.
Richard: Because it might not be safe.
Me: What? Not safe?
Richard: You don't know who this man is and you're going alone to his house.
Me: Hmmmmm......so let me get this straight. You think this is a pervert trying to lure women to his house with a bargain priced cupola??? A cupola????
Now, I know I shouldn't have started laughing hysterically, but come on. How crazy is his logic! And at this point I'd talked to this guy numerous times - he just wanted to get rid of the cupola before his big fishing trip to Moosehead Lake with his buddies.
But Richard was really serious. So I tried my best to see it from his point of view.....but quickly gave up on that. After all, I've traveled all over the globe on my own, without any issues. A two hour drive just didn't seem like a big deal. But after many years of marriage, I knew I had to tread carefully. So I tried to keep it to a low giggle.
And after a lot more discussion (that I won't bore you with), we came up with a compromise. I'd go alone, but I had to 1) call him when I arrived at the house and let him know if it looked unsafe (seriously, what would that look like? I'm still trying to figure that one out!) and 2) call him when I got it loaded in the car and was heading home.
I headed north and met Randy, a very nice man who helped me load the cupola in my minivan (the perfect vehicle for Craigslist treasures!). Randy was very happy to be gaining space in his garage. I was very happy with my awesome bargain. And ultimately, I think Richard was happy having a day without me driving him crazy. Now I just need to persuade him to mount the cupola on the garage. I'm thinking that might take awhile.....