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I have, sort of. I actually left the ones from last year up so I didn’t have to put those up. Because I am short and am afraid of going to the top of a 20 foot ladder I can’t put lights on my roof or my second story window. So my house looks like shit next to my neighbor’s. He goes all out with the icicle lights and multi colored lights on his roof. It looks awesome and at the same time makes my house look crappy. Putting lights on my house only draws attention to the ugly ass siding I have. My house doesn’t look this bad in real life. Close but not this bad.

Last year I asked ex#2 to help get the lights on the roof and 2nd story window. He said he would but never got to it. It didn’t matter how much I begged or nagged he is a master at ignoring me and was able to easily blow me off until after the holidays.

This year I invited him to celebrate Thanksgiving with us in the hopes that he would operate the turkey fryer and feel guilty enough about letting me cook and clean for three days that he would offer to do the lights on my house.

And he said he would. Just not this past weekend when it was 50 degrees.

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My neighbor with the awesome holiday lights (it even appears to snow more on his house and I swear that must be the star of the north or the one that guided the three wise men.) on his house took pity on me and put the lights on my garage. Something I am eternally grateful for because the pitch of even my garage roof is pretty steep and I was freaking out on the ladder. Even when we discovered that we had plugged in the second strand of lights the wrong way and had to do it all over again (though we both considered drilling holes in the wall and using another extension cord for a brief moment) he just got up on the ladder again and redid them. Cracking jokes the whole time.

I have the most awesome neighbor. In the spring/summer/fall he trims my tree and hauls away the branches and leaves. He really rocks.

My awesome neighbor even grabbed the ladder and brought it to the front of the house. He was going to do the job that ex#2 might or might not get to eventually. The problem was my ladder was too short for the house. My ladder, even extended all the way (past the safety rung) it came to the window and about 6 feet below the roofline.

My awesome neighbor tried anyway but to no avail.

So, I’m back to waiting on ex#2 who has a bigger extension ladder.

In the mean time I get to participate in the #HolidayLights Twitter Party sponsored by Phillips, and you can too!!

#HolidayLights Twitter party details

What: Join us for a Twitter party with Philips, maker of energy efficient light bulbs and exterior LED holiday lights, to share tips about decorating your home for the holiday season and setting the mood for parties, whether festive and formal or comfy and casual. If you light your house for the holidays, we would love to see photos of your display, too!

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2-3 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HolidayLights hashtag to track the conversation.  You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:

Hashtag: #HolidayLights

Prizes: Philips will give away five total prizes – one set of IMAGEO Table Lights, two Lumiware Table Platters and two sets of LED bulbs.  Winners will be chosen randomly from among participants who respond correctly to trivia questions.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Other info: Visit the Philips website –

Your fellow co-hosts

Amber, Parent Palace – @ParentPalace
Andrea, Mommy PR – @MommyPR
Annie, Mama Dweeb – @MamaDweeb
Connie, Misc Finds 4 u – @princesstimetoy (and/or @Miscfinds4u)
Jennifer, Redhead Ranting – @redheadranting
Kelly, Texas Type A Mom – @texastypeamom
Mickey, A Helicopter Mom – @ahelicoptermom
Mimi, Woven by Words – @MimiBakerMN
Piera, Jolly Mom – @JollyMom
Tiffany, Sweet Phenomena – @SweetPhenomena

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