Dinner at our place: seating is VERY limited
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?