Post # 1
My husband’s 30th birthday is coming up and he has been mentioning that he would love a 60″ TV for our living room. As someone who doesn’t live to watch TV I find it extremely difficult to fathom having a TV that large (basically another piece of furniture) in our living room. Right now we have a 40″ and that is well beyond my comfort level for size but I have managed.
When discussed I told him I had something else in mind for his birthday. He has been dying to see Book of Mormon (dropping hints like crazy to me) and it happens to be coming to San Francisco right around his birthday. I managed to snag us two amazing seats for a Saturday night show after dinner at one of his favorite steakhouses. I also booked a hotel for the night so we don’t have to worry about driving home. As you can imagine all of this does not come cheap (the tickets were over $400 total!!!).
Yesterday he came home from running errands with a grin on his face and I knew something was up. He said he needed help getting something out of his car and so I followed him out. I was greeted with a pair of ENORMOUS speakers. I kid you not these things come up to my boobs!!! They are apparently Onkyo brand and not cheap. I don’t know why he felt they were needed but these mammoth things completely take over our TV area and of course make our TV look dwarfed in comparison to which he of course responds….”I think we need a bigger TV.”
MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He had this planned the whole time. He said he is having an amazing month at work and wanted to treat himself to the speakers. Okay fine we got speakers, but now we have to get a big TV too? I’m really torn between calling him crazy and just going along with it. I don’t want to be the bitchy wife but at the same time we just paid for a ridiculously expensive wedding and I would like to take it easy for while.
What to do, what to do.
Post # 3
I’m so confused how this immediately went to page #7???
Post # 4
Men! Do you have an extra bedroom? Maybe he can put there!
He’s lucky to have a wife who actually plans things for his birthday! My FI and I have been together for 8 years, this past year, I wanted to take him on an dive/snorkel cruise to a place he’s never been (he’s a diver). He tells me he’d rather work on his birthday, so I decided not to do it. When his birthday came, he took the day off and went diving with his friends!
They (men) are strange creatures with one-track minds! 🙂
Post # 5
Well…. I’m the one who wanted a huge tv, so we have a 54 (55?) inch tv. I think the speakers are a bit over the top though!
Post # 6
Meh…TV’s are like crack to men, and the bigger it is, the better it is…and the definition and the HDMI…oooooooo! So boring right? Whatever, the point if it blows his skirt up, let him put a freaking drive in theater in the back yard if that does it for him! THAT way, the next time you wanna a little sparkly something gift box or, romantic dinner thingy with carriage ride…all you gotta do is point at that digital monstrocity in your living room and it wins the argument for you!
Post # 7
@MissBoPeep: Apparently the 40″ tv is to become his computer “monitor” in his man cave. Seriously? A tv as a monitor????? He showed me pictures and all I could do was stand there with my mouth open. *sigh*
Post # 8
Meh, if he is making the big bucks at present, let the man indulge.
Post # 9
Yikes this is something my FI would totally do…LOL….my FI is an electronics, phone, tv, gadget whore..LOL. Mine feels he has to have the latest as greatest of everything especially phones…I have gotten him to slow down some thou but I can feel your pain on this one!
Post # 10
My husband falls into the “bigger is better” TV camp too, and I just don’t get it! We live in a (relatively) smaller NYC apartment, too *sigh*
As for what to do, I think your birthday present to him sounds AWESOME. If he really wants the TV and you are okay with doing it this year, maybe propose it as a Christmas/holiday present? Let him know you want to clow down the spending for the rest of the year, so see if he can agree to limit other big purchases so you can comfortably buy the TV as a present in a few months.
Post # 11
Haha, are you sure your husband isn’t my husband? 😉 My DH is exactly the same way! I still have no solution…I also now have a 55″ tv AND onkyo speakers in our living room, so it was pretty clear who lost that one… 😀
Post # 12
Sooooo ladies does this mean bigger TV we get bigger toys too????….possibly diamonds…LOL
Post # 13
@weddingbound: IF that is case I am going to start looking now. My left hand feels awfully left out. 🙂
Post # 14
@sarahbabs: I missed your comment but that is a good idea. I might see if maybe his parents and siblings want to go in on a TV as well. Obviously anything they contribute is helpful.
But seriously it is a monster in my front room. Even if it was all free I would feel the same. 😛
Post # 15
AHHH DH is the same way! He told me he has a list of things he wants for his “set-up” as soon as we buy our own place. He already has TWO tvs as his computer monitors and he wants 1 more. WTF.
@weddingbound: Funny thing is DH feels like he has to buy me things to “even out” his spending. As if spending the same ridiculous amount of money on me would make the situation any better! Now we’re down twice the amount of money! 😐 I’d definitely be singing a different tune IF we had that kind of money to blow.
Post # 16
I say just let him get the TV.
Our 42″ seemed huge when we got it but we adjusted so quickly and now we’d be thrilled to have one in the 50’s. We can’t go much bigger due to the size of our room, but if 60″ was feasible… we’d do it. 🙂