Thursday, November 26, 2009

I wouldn't suggest shopping on Black Friday unless you're going to buy me a a happy bloggaversary present

We had a very nice Thanksgiving today, ate lots of turkey and lots of pie with lots of family then went and saw A Christmas Carol in 3D.
We saw the movie in the IMAX theater and the animation was amazing! I actually had to close my eyes a few times because I was getting motion sickness.
The movie was a little scarier that I thought it would be and was a bit intense for a four year old, but Max stayed glued to his seat and kept his 3D glasses on the entire time.
When the movie was over, I asked him what he thought of it and he said......

"That was a reeeeeeeally long movie."

Then I asked him if he liked it and he said "Yes, but only not the really loud parts."

Is anyone going shopping tomorrow? (or if you're reading this after the fact, did you go today?)
I always feel like I should do the black Friday shopping thing, because of all the good deals, but I don't like crowds and I don't like traffic, and I reeeeeally don't like getting trampled on by hoards of pushy people trying to be the first one to get through the doors of WalMart at 5:00 a.m.
That's just one more reason to shop online.

Let's take a look at shopping on Black Friday. Regular shopping goes something like this.

1. Get in the car.
2. Drive to the store
3. Dodge other cars/shoppers/shopping carts while trying to find a parking place.
4. Freeze while walking into the store because the closest parking spot you could get was clear at the other end of the lot.
5. Maneuver your way through all the people in the store to try to find the object that you're looking for.
6. Hunt down an employee to ask where the item would be.
7. Hunt down another employee because the first one has no clue because this isn't their department.
8. Have the second employee call another employee because he has no idea what the item is that you are looking for.
9. Finally find the spot on the empty shelf where the item is supposed to be.
10. Ask employee if they have any more of the item, only to be told that everything they have is out on the shelf but you're welcome to come back and check again on Tuesday because that's when their shipments come in.
11. Either walk out of the store without the item, or stand in a really long check out line waiting to purchase the other 16 items you happened to decide that you really needed while looking for the original item.
12. Make the trek out to your car and get inside.
13. Drive across town to the next store to see if they have any of the item in stock.
14. Repeat #3 through #13 as many times as you need to until you find the item or give up and get home.

Now in comparison, let's look at online shopping.

1. Sit on chair.
2. Turn on computer.
3. Type in store website.
4. Type item in search.
5. If item is in stock, buy it, if it isn't in stock, repeat #3 through #4 until you find it, then buy it.
6. Wait for item to be delivered to your front door.
7. Added bonus, even though you might be shopping in your jammies, you won't end up on

Now after you've seen it put that way, why would you even try to go shopping tomorrow morning.

You're welcome.


Here's some exciting news.
Guess who's blog just turned two?

Yes folks, I've been typing drivel for the entire internet to read for two whole years now!
It seems like just yesterday that I was writing my first post. I remember how excited I was the first time I got more than 10 comments, the first time I successfully uploaded a photo and the first time I figured out how to link to someone else.
Other milestones stand out in my memory, like when I finally installed my stat counter so that I could properly obsess about the traffic coming to my blog, my first spam commenter and then when I started Word Verification Wednesday.
These little blogs grow up so fast! Now I guess I need to worry about the "Terrible twos"

I was thinking about doing some sort of cool giveaway to celebrate my blog's second birthday, but then it occurred to me that I was too lazy.

Sorry, (sigh) maybe next time.



Mum-me said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I don't know what Black Friday is (here, it's when a Friday coincides with the 13th of the month) but it sounds like our Boxing day sales.

I still get excited when I get more than 10 comments.

Karen said...

I was going to add in that online shopping includes shopping in your jammies!! Which is a real plus the day after Thanksgiving when you're all bloated and fat from dinner. Congratulations on two years blogging!

Kristina P. said...

I'm with Karen! I did some online shopping at midnight, and got free shipping. Happy anniversary!

Annette Lyon said...

Black Friday for our family means sit around in PJ's, eat left overs, and watch TV and read books and play games day. And put away some dishes if it occurs to me. (And maybe put on a bra if I feel like it.)

Busty LaRue said...


We LOVE shopping online....especially on Cyber Monday. :) Shopping in the stores, with all those other people, just isn't as fun.

utmomof 5 said...

I remember the first comment you left me, you were telling me you had stalked me for awhile and that you had decided to start your own blog :) (Seriously why I remember that I have no idea, don't ask me anything important because I won't remember that!!) ( I think I need some serious help...)

Happy blogoversary!! And no, I soooo don't do black friday.

MaeRae said...

Happy blogoversary! 2 years seems so long for someone like me who has been blogging for just a month.

The spirits of thanksgiving past woke me up at 4:30 with horrible heartburn and the need to pee. So I figured i would try the walmart for the ONLY thing I saw in the flyers. I was out the door at 4:45 and back in bed snuggly warm by 5:25. EMPTY HANDED! Black Friday SUCKS! The store had over 400 people there and only 90 of the thing they advertised for. I think it is all a ploy!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I agree about the online shopping. I'm even willing to pay a few dollars more for the comfort and the ability to save my life via not being squished to death.

Erin said...

I love the formula for online shopping!

What a nice Thanksgiving you had. I don't think I would like the loud parts on A Christmas Carol either.

M-Cat said...

Oh but you miss the atmosphere of other half crazy people. We quit doing the early morning door busters since most of them last until about 11 anyway, but I still enjoy watching the antics of others on virtually no sleep.

I thought I might have to physically save the life of a jeweler at Fred Meyer's. The people were so rude!

Maraiya said...

Congratulations on your bloggaversary! And good luck with surviving the terrible twos. Maybe when it's two years old, commenters start trying to hijack the blog and force it discuss and investigate things you'd rather were left alone.....hmmmm.....

In other news, you are doing really well at this whole NaBoMaPooPo. I've never been able to blog so consistently and you managed to do so quite amusingly for the whole month. Go you!