Haha that's what makes this predicament so difficult. I know I have to love it and I do love it. I actually did have the plan of mounting it on my wall at some point. It was just a matter of, Do I use it for a season first then mount it or somehow talk my way into mounting it now and getting something better. I know in the back of my head I need to use it so it's probably what I'll do. She didn't buy me bindings or boots so I'll invest in some good bindings and boots now so I can just upgrade the deck later. Any advice on the bindings and boots?
As far as size goes, I'm 6' and 150 lbs so I think the 157 should be okay.
She probably would be happy if you used it. And as mentioned already, it'll be fine for starting out.
you can say you'd rather display it than have it thrashed, because you love it so much. This reason will also work after season one.
I have a female brain; the above would be logical to me.