Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Black Friday Cyber Monday Tuckered Tuesday

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was pretty good. Not perfect, ‘cause we’re not the Cleavers - LOL I ended up buying a fresh turkey, ‘cause I didn’t get to the grocery store in time for a frozen one to thaw. Thursday I started cooking and when Middle Son wandered through the kitchen he said, "I hope you got plenty of cranberry sauce." A little piece of me died. I had forgotten to buy any at all! He is the only one that eats it. I threw my hand over my mouth in horror and he had the saddest, most hurt look on his face. I admitted to forgetting, and told him that Walmart was open, and he could run up and get some. He stared at me as if I’d just said, "your puppy died". I apologized, washed my hands, went to the bathroom and bawled my eyes out. I felt like the worst mother in the universe. He came in and said it was OK, and I blubbered, "No iz snot". (No it’s not) He said he knew I’d been real busy. I was still crying and apologizing and blubbering about snot. He said he’d go get some. I mumbled, swallowed, sniffled "OK " and sniffled some more. He drove up and bought some. That was the low point of the day. Everything else turned out pretty good. That should make all the rest of you look like Martha Stewart/Mother Teresa/Superman. LOL Husband returned to work Friday, kids were both off. I got up at 3 AM to prepare for the Black Friday sales. Later in the day I heard news reports that retail sales nationally were off, but it sure wasn’t that way around here. I went to Target, Kohl’s and the Mall, and every one of them had parking lots that were COMPLETELY full. Cars were parked clear out to the street and the streets leading up to them had enormous traffic jams. And this was at 5 AM! The sales at those places didn’t even start until 6! Once I got inside, I saw people pushing shopping carts that were overflowing. I didn’t find all that much, but I did get a CD and matching T-shirt that was on Middle Son’s birthday list at a good price, plus Sam Goody had a free CD giveaway so they plopped a Mickey Mouse bonus CD in my bag. I mean a real Mickey Mouse one - "Disney Christmas favorites". I listed it on E-Bay - LOL Middle Son wanted a car CD player that could play the MP3 CD’s he records (an MP3 CD can hold a hundred songs!) I’d scoped them out at consumer report sites so I knew the Sony had the best price/feature ratio. Circuit City had it on sale, plus their Black Friday deal was free professional installation (supposedly a $65 value) So I ordered it online with option to pick it up at the store. When I got there and picked it up, I wanted to verify that the installation didn’t have to be done that day. Nobody knew. I spent an hour going round and round with customer service, auto electronics clerks and finally the boys in the shop-garage themselves, making them WRITE ME A NOTE LOL I said, "Look, the reason I bought this here, was because of the free installation. But his birthday is Sunday, so I can’t get it installed today. I want a guarantee that I can bring it in next week and not be charged!" I was still all worked up over the cranberry sauce incident and must have had a death ray look in my eyes, because those 20-something wussies in the garage caved and wrote me a friggin’ note, promising to install it at no charge! Saturday I prepared several E-Bay auctions and scheduled them to start on Sunday, since Husband’s brother and his wife had invited us to come over for "open house". Daughter had said she wanted her highlights retouched, but she didn’t like the frosting cap that pulls little bits of hair through, so I bought a "hairpainting" kit for her, and a box of goo for me to retouch my roots. Sunday morning we had a goo-a-thon and did our hair. LOL Sunday morning I got all the birthday stuff ready. Since he is all into the "goth" thing, I wanted to wrap his gifts in black. Well, nobody makes black wrapping paper. I was pacing back and forth in the gift wrap aisle, and I spotted a black plastic tablecloth. It was 54" X 108" so I figured that would be big enough. I got some holographic silver sparkle bows and ribbons, and some poinsettia plants to take over to the open house. Middle Son was very pleased with his gifts. Had chocolate cake. KC Chiefs won their football game. I’d gotten some little cheap toys (a super bounce ball, a slinky and a necklace with a rubber pendant that lights up and flashes when you squeeze it) and put them in a Santa bag for the three little kids in attendance at the open house. They were a big hit with the kids, less so with the worried homeowner chasing after the errant superball - LOL. Middle Son wore a Santa hat and gave them to the wide-eyed children. It was a pretty funny scene...him with his dyed-blue-black hair, all black clothes, pants covered with chains and studs, ankle-length Matrix trenchcoat - and the red Santa hat LOL Gave them their poinsettias, ate some turkey sandwiches, had a pleasant visit for a few hours and headed home. There were some pretty severe storms all around. Just north of us there were a couple of tornadoes, really freaky for this time of year. Yesterday was Cyber Monday and I did indeed do some online shopping. My lips are sealed though. Not that I’m good at keeping a secret, I just ate a peanut butter sandwich - LOL Also got the gift installation taken care of. Yes indeed, at no charge - LOL So today, I am tuckered out. I need a nap, but instead, I will be delivering the lad to McDonald’s, breaking the ice on the cats’ water bowl (very cold here and spitting snow) and sculpting another styrofoam cathouse. (Crowd scratches their collective heads and mumble questioningly LOL) That’s a tale for another time. Gotta warm up the car (with new CD player) and head into town. Happy Tuckered Tuesday to all!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to hear you had such a fun holiday :) Mine was pretty darn boring. Which is fine by me...it was nice.

11/29/2005 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... I feel so inadequate now. You are amazing!

11/29/2005 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm, somehow I heard that story a bit different the first time. *wink*

Glad to hear you guys had a great few days! It has turned bitter cold here also (I know, I know! Its California how cold CAN it get?) We've been basking in warm weather for ages and then ZAP a cold front moves in and nips us in the butt!


11/29/2005 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Kristie - glad you had a nice holiday!
Oh Amy you do TONS - no reason to feel inadequate!! I condensed a week's worth of stuff in there - LOL
LOL Kel!
(This post was mostly a letter I wrote to some old friends, but with the whining and nagging removed - LMAO)

Hope it warms back up for you soon!

11/30/2005 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi marti,

i'm glad that you support your middle son in his goth stage.

we have to wait for christmas eve here to have a midnight dinner, now i'm beginning to worry where to get a darn ham.

12/01/2005 04:24:00 AM  

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