After some rough negotiations, Chris and I agreed on an amount to spend on the swing set. Chris convinced me a bigger set would be better ‘for our future’ (and the whole wine argument was a pretty good one) and I figured that would be the end of it…
… was the ‘base’ price. Options are extra.
According to Chris, you “can’t JUST buy the swing set.” You need sand for the base, a retaining wall to level off the area, and rental equipment to put it all together.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa!” I said throwing my hands forward. “You didn’t say all those were necessary BEFORE we bought the set. Isn’t all that stuff optional?”
He looked at me as if I had just said steering wheels in cars were ‘optional’.
“Can’t we build it as is? Isn’t a 90 degree slide every kid’s dream? Plus, at that angle, we could convert the monkey bars into a ladder.” I said in all seriousness.
He rolled his eyes and gave me a list of ‘non-optional’ necessities.
“How many yards of sand for HOW much?!?!” I asked. “Why don’t we buy a couple camels too? They’ll feel right at home!”
The swing set is going to be mighty nice… which is good, because as soon as it’s built, Chris will be sleeping in it.