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Dinner at our place: seating is VERY limited

February 22, 2011

Let me start off by saying, we don’t have any dining chairs.

We have a dining room table, but no chairs.

Why don’t we have chairs?

That would be D’s irrational hatred of our current dining room table.  When Jules moved from DC to California, I ended up with her IKEA table.  At the time it was a loan, as her move to California was potentially short-term, but her stay in CA is now (depressingly for me) long-term, so, I’m guessing the table is ours to keep at this point. But, D HATES this table.  HATES it.  He has very specific, yet somehow, also very vague, ideas about what our dining room table should be like. And his specific/vague dream table is certainly not the one we have now:

I could care less about our table– we can just cover it with a table cloth and call it a day, right?

But, for the past 2 years, he has refused to buy chairs to go with our current table because one day, in an alternate reality where we can find dining room tables that D actually likes, we will buy a better table. And the chairs we get now may not match that potential future table.

As a consequence, our dining table is generally a repository for mail and other random junk.  And we eat our meals at the coffee table in front of the TV. This just depresses me sometimes.

We spend all this time cooking a lovely meal, and then we plop on the couch and watch episodes of Castle or America’s Test Kitchen while we eat. This is not a habit I want to keep– I want some damn chairs so we can actually sit at the table like grown-ups and have a conversation over dinner.  Is that unrealistic? Would we use the table to eat meals if we actually had chairs?

Are we the only ones who eat dinner in front of the TV? Do you think this is a bad habit?  Does anyone else have a spouse with emphatic yet unhelpful opinions about home decor?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    February 22, 2011 5:58 pm

    We have a lovely dining table with enough seating for 8; however, we choose to eat all of our meals at the coffee table while watching episodes of whatever nerdy show we’re currently into. Unless people are there. Then we pretend we’re adults.

    In related news, totally rescheduling dinner! It’sa happen!

    • February 22, 2011 6:04 pm

      Glad to know we aren’t the only ones who are pretend grown-ups only when other people are around!
      And yes, rescheduling dinner MUSt happen. We’ll borrow some chairs from somewhere so you guys don’t have to sit on the floor.

  2. February 22, 2011 6:25 pm

    We totally sit at our living room coffee table (even sometimes when we have people over). Our dinner table might be used more if I hadn’t broken one of the chairs doing kick overs during Plyo X. I suppose I should replace that…

    • February 22, 2011 10:42 pm

      Glad it’s not just us that part it at the coffee table. And it seems like a lot of people I know have trouble with their kitchen chairs breaking…

  3. Julia permalink
    February 22, 2011 10:38 pm

    My D insisted on buying TV trays…so yeah, we’re those people. But since our chairs are prone to breaking (one during an intense game with you!), the comfy sofa is a better, safer option.

    I still laugh at your D’s (irrational) hatred of my table. It goes from seating 4 to 8 as quick as you can say Bjursta! Oh well, hopefully someday you’ll find his vaguely specific dining room table 😉

    • February 22, 2011 10:41 pm

      “As quick as you can say Bjursta”… priceless


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