Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

I had a little bit of trouble sleeping last night. I'm not sure if it was because child #2 kept waking up whimpering during the night, or it was because I was getting ready to brave the crowds during an early morning fight for parking, a spot in line or some free coffee that was to be given away during our 35 minute wait in line.

We went to the BX to see if we could by chance be one of the lucky ones to get a free gift card for $20 bucks. Not so lucky. The people at the front of the line were there since the previous day. I mean, come on! Do these people not have a life to tend to? Do they not have anything on earth better to be doing than standing in line waiting for $20?? So according to my calculations, (or that of my HP computer calculator) those people were in line since 5pm yesterday. And the store did not open until 5 am this morning. Well for standing in that line, they earned about $1 dollar and .66 cents per every hour that they stood there. Was that really worth it?? No. Not to me. And even though my sister and I were like #200 in line, or so I would guess, we casually made our way through the maze that they had created for us. We were corralled in like cows, it was kind of fun. We made our way, walked right in, walked over to the "section" of the store that held the oh so coveted item, and we purchased it. Simple. But then again, we weren't there for the mega deal on the LCD TV. They sold out before they ever got to our place in line.

No biggie. They even gave us free coffee. I know my dh would have loved that. My preferences were not to have taken that little swig in the first place. It was WAY too strong. I wanted to take off my shoe and suck on my socks to get the taste out. But I got over it. And we proceeded to the next store, and then the next. Every where we went there were a lot of people. They had bags and bags of stuff. I wondered to myself how much they spent, were they done? How early did they get up this morning?

Mostly all of the sales people we encountered were friendly. We ate breakfast out and continued on our merry shopping way. We found a few good deals and were pretty satisfied overall with this Black Friday experience. I even got to take a nap when I got home. For two whole hours! It was desperately needed, as I may have been close to biting someone. Dh probably.

After spending the rest of the day at home, cooking dinner, cleaning up kids messes and changing too many diapers to count, we ventured back out. I even bought 3 more Christmas presents! Got to love that!

So now here I am. I've watched the news and did see the other crazies in the city heading out to get their deals on. I heard about the so called parents who took their kids to Best Buy with them and then got cited for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Well I'm glad they got on to them. That's just wrong to take little kids out there for one. Let them sleep! And if you can't figure out a way to make that happen, then you shouldn't be out there in the first place. The news said that they had 1000 people in line at that store this morning. Wow. The first guy in line was interviewed on the news. He ate his Thanksgiving meal on the sidewalk in front of that store. Again. It's not worth it. In my very humble opinion.

And he bought 4 computers. One for himself, and the others to go directly on Ebay. I also think this is unfair. For the people who would love to get a deal, they can't. Because this Joe Schmoe is buying up the stock so he can make a quick buck. I wish they would limit the sales on these items. But that's just me.

Ok, off my high horse now. I'm tired. Or hungry. Maybe even both. But I'm psyched, I have had a great day. Even if Lacka turned her kitchen on it's side and broke it. Yes. She did. Which, now, as an experienced mother who has purchased a wood kitchen for a 1 and 2 year old, I would highly recommend you go with p-l-a-s-t-i-c!!!! There is a reason they make them out of plastic. In one word. Durability. Well, to be honest, it's not unusable. But I think I need to just sell it before they really destroy it, and get a plastic one. I can take the part off that broke and it would just be missing the top piece. Otherwise it's really cute and totally functional. I think wood kitchens are better suited for a little bit older kids. Like say maybe 4 year olds. I think they would do better with that.

Ok. I have to run off and do something motherly. Like check on Eddie, or make sure he hasn't gotten hurt again. Today he was scratched by his sister, he scraped both knees as he fell when running down the driveway. He also fell backwards off of his blue riding puppy and hit his head on the tile, which he let out pretty blood curdling screams for. Poor thing, he's had a rough day. I also can't wait for him to go to sleep. He's been a little motor mouth today and he won't quit talking. I need a little more peace and quiet!

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