Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Anita's Attic: I Survived Black Friday...Twice!

Thanksgiving is over, and I had a wonderful, relaxing time. We went to my mom and dad's for dinner. She's the cook in the family so I only had to make one thing, BUT I was on clean up duty. Works for me. I'd rather eat her cooking any day. We don't do anything fancy, not elaborate table settings, just lots of conversation, laughter, and good food.

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.


Cassy Pickard said...

Anita! You are nuts. I hope it was fun. I shuddered at the images you created. At least you weren't in the pepper spray crowd at Walmart. I confess that my husband and I did very little. We traveled to my parents' for two nights, home on Friday with our daughter and her husband visiting, then our big shopping was one sweater for her and lunch- that was on Saturday. No Friday shopping. Sunday we put a fire in the fireplace and watched a ton of movies. We were vegetables- except for hanging a wreath on the door.

I admire your tenacity.

Anita Clenney said...

Cassy, yes, I am nuts, on Friday, anyway. :) I was so hoping when my sister in law called she'd want to sleep later, but she was already in the car, ready to leave her house, so I couldn't bail out then. I've never been so tired. But it was an interesting experience, and Skylar was so excited to see what Black Friday was all about.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL I've soooo been there. I swore this year I wouldn't go....but I caved on Friday afternoon around noon. I thought by then it would have died down some.

Um....not so much!

We shopped all day Saturday. Much better, but still exhausting.

I am happy to crawl back into my writing cave and not come out for a very long time.

Anita Clenney said...

Kari, I think shopping is one of the most exhausting things to do, but I still love it. Not just regular shopping. I love it when I'm on a treasure hunt for something in particular. I think I'm ready for that writing cave, too.

Lindsay said...

Yes Anita, I'll agree you Cassy you're nutz. But at least you got the TV's and such a gem of a husband for offering to cook dinner.

Liz Lipperman said...

Your story could have been mine, except I was looking for a $99 BMW car for my granddaughter. DIL, daughter and I headed out to Wal Mart at 10PM when the sale started. There were NO parking spaces anywhere which should have been a red flag for us. It wasn't. The place was a total zoo and there were no cars left to be had. We grabbed a few things and got in line to check out. But we didn't move an inch in twenty minutes, so we dumped our stuff and left to head to Target which didn't open until midnight. The line snaked all the way around the building when we got there 45 minutes early. Since it was a little too cold for me, I went back to the car and played Bubble Explode while they stayed in line. (There are times when being old has its bennies!)

Target was crowded but was way better. We got a $99 Mini Cooper instead plus a few other things.

On Saturday daughter and I went back to get me an iPad (birthday and Christmas from hubby.) Her hubby works for Target so we get a discount.

Anyway, I will never go out on Black Friday again, but at least we got the car. Now all hubby has to do is put it together.

Donna Cummings said...

Since I work on Black Friday, I forget that it might be considered FUN for other people. LOL I admire your devotion to getting up early and facing those kinds of lines. I definitely would have given up. :)

Anita Clenney said...

Lindsay, yew hubby was a dear. I couldn't bear the thought of cooking. Lol

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, your night sounds like mine except I didn't get to sit in the car and play games. :). AND I don't get an iPad. Dan you say jealous!!!

I think I'll pass on Black Friday next year.

Anita Clenney said...

Donna, my mom worked in retail for years and she wants NO part of Black Friday. Lol. It was fun to see my daughter's excitement.

Anita Clenney said...

I hate typing on my iPhone. To Lindsay's post I said yew instead of yes and to Liz I said dan instead of can, which is doubly confusing since Liz's husband is Dan. And worst, to donna's comment my phone changed "retail" to "tail" so it almost read my mom had worked in tail for years. Geez

Loft Ladders said...

It's been proven that putting more "fun" into your life is actualy goor for weight loss! Strange but true.