Black Friday

The women in my family have a tradition.  We wake up in the middle of the night on Black Friday and hit the stores.  It’s crazy and it’s fun.  This year was no different.  We woke up at 3:30 AM so we could leave the house around 4 AM.

The men in J’s family have a tradition as well.  They go to the Orlando Auto Show the day after Thanksgiving.  Since we went to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year, J decided to spend the night at his aunt and uncle’s house and join the menfolk at the auto show.  The boys spent the night too and were so excited to check out all of the cars.  It worked out pretty well since I was not going to drag our kids out of bed in the middle of the night to shop and J wanted to introduce the boys to the family tradition.

I left Orlando after Thanksgiving dinner and made it home in time to hit the sack by 9 PM.

Steph, my mom, my aunt, Jo (Steph’s sister), and I hit Wal-mart first.  My mom wanted to purchase Nintendo DS’s for her friend and Wildman.  We stood in line in the windshield wiper section of the store waiting for 5 AM when they started handing out the merchandise…  A nice lady, who was probably on meth given her crazy, erratic behavior and bloodshot eyes, took this photo for us.

That’s my retail warrior face…

Let me just say that Wal-mart had the organization going on this year.  There was no chaos.  No one got trampled.  No fights broke out.  It was very calm and very orderly.

We hit Target next.  It was still pre-dawn when we arrived in the Target parking lot.  It seemed like a good photo op to me.

By the time dawn broke, we were headed to Michael’s to buy some crafty things for Christmas projects.  From there we took a breakfast break at the Cracker Barrel.  Yum!  Fried apples never tasted so good.  🙂

It was on to Toys R Us after breakfast.  Here is what Steph’s car looked like after all of our shopping!

We were doing our part to stimulate the economy…

We dropped off all of the stuff from Steph’s car at my mom’s house and hit the stores again.  It was a long, exhausting day. My Christmas shopping is almost complete.  Woo hoo!


O Dark Eighteen

That’s right, folks.  I joined the ranks of the insane this year.  I went out with my family on Black Friday.  Not with the kids and husband, of course.  Just the womenfolk.  The time you see in the above photo indicates when Steph and I pulled out of the garage.  No one should be awake at 4:18 AM!!!

Here we are looking all cheery.  Well, everyone except me.  I look half asleep and I was.

I look more alive in this one.  Notice how I have a death grip on my coffee mug.

You’ll be happy to know that there were no tramplings, shootings or stabbings to speak of at any of the stores we visited.  I was mildly concerned for our safety since I’d never done this kind of commando shopping before.  I’d only heard the horror stories on the news.

This was our first stop:

I purchased a Wii for the family ($249, yikes!) and a Hot Wheels play set ($10, yeah!) for Wildman’s birthday.  Steph scored a jungle gym for their backyard for $69 and a PS2 bundle for $129.  I think she saved like $300 or something crazy like that between those two items and the other things she picked up.  Woo hoo!

We hit Target next.  There was almost an altercation between myself and Steph and a crazy lady in line.  You see, an elderly woman had fallen on the pavement trying to step up onto the sidewalk.  She was visibly shaken by what had happened and was still kneeling on the ground when we got there.  We helped her up but she was really wobbly.  Steph and I asked her if she was okay but she didn’t really talk.  I think she was embarrassed and probably in pain.  The doors to the store opened as the woman stood up and the line started moving.  The elderly lady took off ahead of us and meshed into the line.  We were concerned that she might fall again and get trampled or something so we lagged behind to keep an eye on her.  Steph is an RN so she would probably be able to do something for her if she was hurt or sick.

Well, as we were meshing into the moving line behind the elderly lady some chick behind us got all passive-aggressive.  She started shouting that some people are SO RUDE and HAVE NO MANNERS or RESPECT.  She went on to say shout that we were lucky that she had class and wasn’t going to start a fight with us because there are some people out there (with less class, apparently) who would beat people like us up.  Super!

Steph and I didn’t make eye contact.  We played deaf.  It’s not like we pried the last Bratz doll out of this woman’s hands, smacked her with it, then ran off laughing maniacally doing a little jig.  We were legitimately trying to help someone or at least make sure she got into the store safely.  Clearly the crazy, passive-aggressive chick didn’t see what happened with the elderly lady.  That or she did see what happened and is just plain nuts.  That could very well be the case.  You want to know the strange thing?  Passive-aggressive lady’s voice sounded just like a lady in my Bunco group.  Crap!  I so hope it wasn’t her.  I can just see something go down at our next meeting.  I’ll keep you posted.

Anyhoo, aside from the Target line drama, nothing major happened.  We visited a few more stores to rack up some more savings and then headed home.  I was exhausted by noon!  I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping.  Yeah!

Big Boys’ Night Out a la Harpooning…

My cousin, S, and I have older boys who are 9 months apart. Wildman is 3 1/2- years-old and T-bone is 4. They’ve been suffering from too much togetherness with their respective little bros. Patience is short and tempers have been flaring. The little brothers are really cramping the older boys’ style. They want to do everything the big boys do. S and I decided that it would be nice for our families to take just the older boys out for a special “date” night. One-on-one time was in order. Wildman and T-bone needed to be the center of attention for a while.

Our plan was to meet at Toys R Us to buy the boys Wall-E shirts then take them to see the movie. J and I had had a late lunch and were not hungry. So, we decided to feed Wildman and Cutie Pie at home then meet up with T-bone’s family later at Toys R Us when my mom arrived to babysit. I’m so glad we didn’t join them for dinner! I almost peed my pants laughing when I heard of their dinner adventure.

It was supposed to be T-bone’s choice of where to go for dinner. Natually, he wanted to go to McDonalds for a chicken nugget Happy Meal. T-bone’s dad, Big Red, had other plans, however. When they reached the McDonald’s parking lot, he started complaining that he didn’t want to eat there. He really wanted to go to Long John Silver’s. S explained that the purpose of going to McDonald’s was for T-bone’s special night out and basically told him to suck it up. Big Red complained some more and ended up convincing T-bone to try “new” chicken nuggets at LJS’s… Big Red is self-centered like that.

Upon arriving at the run down ghetto-hole that our one-and-only LJS’s has become, Big Red got what was coming to him. While S was ordering Big Red stepped on a gigantic cockroach. One of the antennae harpooned his big toe through his flip flop!!! He spent the next 20-minutes in the men’s room trying to extract the antenna and clean the wound. Big Red tends to be a hypochondriac so you can imagine the horror/hyperventilation that was going on in the men’s room. S was completely oblivious to what was going on. She just saw Big Red disappear into the restroom and figured he was having digestive issues since he was gone for so long.

Meanwhile, T-bone decided that he had to pee. S got up to take him into the disgustingly dirty women’s room whereupon T-bone asked, “Is that poo in the potty, Mom.” S answered, “No, T-bone. The potty is just that dirty.” They managed to escape the germ-ridden restroom with as little surface contact as possible. Big Red was sitting at the table when they came back. He explained his delay as S and T-bone stared wide-eyed at him. I don’t think they touched their food. They bolted for the toy store.

EW!!!!! Remind me to never go to our local LJS’s, ‘kay? I never crave that kind of food so I think I’m pretty safe.

So, we met T-bone and his parents at Toys R Us. We let the boys run around and try out all of the Power Wheels vehicles. S and I found two Wall-E shirts in boys’ sizes, not toddler sizes. They didn’t have any in toddler sizes… As a result, Wildman and T-bone looked like they had dresses on 🙂 They didn’t care. They were so happy.

We headed to the movies after purchasing the shirts. The boys got to pick out their own snacks. S and Big Red were still hungry from their lack of dinner so we ended up with an odd assortment of candy, popcorn and sodas. We made our way to the theater and enjoyed a really cute movie. Wall-E was adorable and kept the kids entertained throughout the whole thing. And perhaps the most ironic thing about the movie was Wall-E’s pet cockroach given Big Red’s close encounter of the insect kind… Of course, I had another good laugh at Big Red’s expense 🙂

J and I took Wildman to Barnes and Noble after the movie to pick out a book for himself and Cutie Pie. I don’t know what it is but I’m conditioned to go to a bookstore after seeing a movie. I always do it. A movie date would not be complete without a spin around a book megastore. Wildman picked out this for himself and this for Cutie Pie.

It was a really fun evening that we need to do again real soon. Especially if Big Red supplies more entertaining blog fodder…