Ah, the food, I miss it already. We had Turkey, stuffing, cranberry salad, sweet potato casserole, green beans, broccoli and cheese casserole, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, macaroni salad, rolls, and the desserts....I live for desserts. Pecan pie, coconut pie, banana pudding, cheesecake, watergate salad, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something. I ate until I thought I'd croak, but it was a great time, happy and relaxing...UNTIL my sister in law suggested that we brave Black Friday. We did it a couple of years ago, and I haven't done it since. My God, have you ever been in a Walmart in the early hours of Black Friday? It's insane.
We decided to go for it because we wanted to surprise my parents with a new TV for Christmas, and Walmart had a doorbuster 32 inch TV for $188. I had only slept for about three hours the night before, but who could turn down a TV at that price? So with my stomach stuffed, I ran home to nap for two hours and get ready for the event. We were leaving at 11:00 since the TV offer started at midnight. At 11:00 my sister in law called and I could tell she was tired. We discussed the options and decided to wait until 6:00 so we could get some sleep first, and hope the TV's didn't sell out.
But I got worried, and since my daughter had been complaining because she'd never shopped Black Friday, off she and I went to Walmart. It was a madhouse. Every cart in the story had one or two TV's, and the lines from the checkout went halfway to the back of the store. We grabbed a cart and went to get our TV. The men unloading the pallets tried to get me to take three. I guess they wanted to get rid of them so they could go home. It was such a good deal that I decided to get my son one as well. I wasn't about to stand in that checkout line so we pushed our two TV's to the check out in the electronics department. Guess what? Yep, another line. I asked if this was the right line and the lady in front of me said it was. We stood there for almost an hour, wrapped around two aisles, barely moving, then I noticed the electronics checkout only had one cart. I hurried up there, leaving my daughter holding our place. Turns out the line we were in was for Kindles. I grabbed my cart and darted off like a Nascar driver with half the line trailing me. The entire last half of the Kindle line thought it was the line for the checkout.
I paid for got my TV's and started to leave when I saw three more TV's stacked in the front. What the heck? I threw another one in for my daughter. Her TV weighs like two hundred pounds, and I drive her crazy reminding her not to pull on the shelf or it might fall over and crush her. And there was no line at the checkouts now.
After a stop by Target, we went home, my daughter blissfully happy to have finally experienced Black Friday, and me crawling into bed at 3:00 am so I could wake at 6:00 and do it all over again. Thank goodness my sister in law drove. I was so groggy I felt drunk. I told her to keep an eye out in case I staggered into traffic. We made a day of it, hitting the mall and a dozen other stores. I got my second wind, but by the time we were finished, my entire body ached. I was limping, she had blisters on her toes, and we both felt 100 years old.
We finally dragged ourselves home, and as she dropped me off at my house, I realized I hadn't bought myself one thing. In fact, I hadn't bought much of anything except the TV's and a couple of gifts for my daughter. I was too tired to care that I'd worn myself out for nothing. My husband met me with the most beautiful words a woman could hear. "I'm cooking dinner." I crawled onto my chair and a half and slept until he woke me and made me eat dinner. I slept on and off for the next fourteen hours. I think I've finally recovered.
Next year, I think I'll let the rest of the world fight the crowds and I'll just shop from home.