Archive for November, 2010
It seems that everyone in the internet world has their opinions these days and is happy to share it. I am sure I have shared mine many times myself. This year I noticed so many people had something against Black Friday. They wanted everyone to know those who participate are crazy, stupid, some even going to far as to say things about how they would rather be with their family. I am all for spending time with family but I think were all granted some shopping time weather it be Black Friday or Tuesday.
So why does one go Black Friday shopping? I think everyone has their own reasons but most fall under two reasons if not both.
1. To get an awesome deal.
2. The thrill of it.
I go for both reasons.
It’s nice to get a good deal and sure I could get deals all year round but who the hell wants to attempt to try and hide Christmas gifts for more than a month from kids? It can be done, but I actually prefer not to. Tastes change as well I would rather be as close as possible to what my kids want at the time.
Then we have the thrill of it. For once this year my kids don’t really know what they want. Why is that? We haven’t spoiled them over the years. They have always appreciated everything we have given them no matter how little it was. We are finally able to give them more and they don’t ask for much compared to alot of kids. This is the first year I didn’t have to dart for the electronics counter to get a place in line and secure that DSI or whatever item of choice.
There were other things I did get for them and a few things for myself. I went for the thrill of it. This is the first year I went in alone. Chris hates shopping on a regular day but Black Friday forget it. He sits in the car. Usually I have my sister with me or a friend.
So how did this year go?
I started at home by doing my ritual of looking through the ads in the paper. I had been looking at them for weeks on the computer but there is something about going through them after stuffing yourself with dinner on Thanskgiving on the couch.
I made my list by store and told Chris what time we would be leaving. He went off to bed to get some sleep while I gazed over the ads some more and watched tv.
This year I purchased a Tshirt from Bfads where I get the ads early. Make sure to bookmark them for next year! The tshirt was only $10 including shipping and all proceeds went to charity. I put it on anxiously awaiting time to go faster. I was growing tired awake all by myself. There wasn’t anyone online anymore I am guessing they were already out shopping or in a turkey coma.
It was pouring down raining outside not that the weather is ever nice on Black Friday. Last year it snowed and we froze in line. The year before I believe it was there was freezing rain and my sister and I almost got side swiped by a mac truck. But pouring rain and standing in line didn’t sound like fun especially since I didn’t need one of the must have’s you better be one of the first so many people in line to get. So I started waking Chris up at 3am. He was a bit pissy this year about it as many stores were opening earlier than ever and that meant earlier for him.
We arrived at Target, my first stop, at 3:55 am. The line wrapped all the way around the back of the store. I got out of the truck and walked to the back of the line. A nice older gentleman offered to share his umbrella with me. We talked until it was our turn to enter the store where we wished each other good luck. There were no carts left so I started going around adding things in my arms. There got to be a point where I couldn’t carry anymore so I stacked it all up on the ground and started pushing it around the isles. I pushed until I reached the line for the cash register.
I was in and out of Target in 20 minutes. Chris never thought it would be that short. He parked in Home Depot parking lot as Target was over full. It didn’t take much time for him to arrive and pick me up. We went onto our next destination.
My next stop was Walmart. I was a bit put off by their idea to put most items on sale starting at 12:01 am and the electronics at 5:00 am. I was expecting the earlier items to not be available and was worried that I was arriving right before the electronic madness. I have done Walmart on Black Friday when they started before, it wasn’t pretty. To my surprise all the items I had went for were available ! There were no carts here either buy hubby saw one in parking lot and brought it to me, then retired back to the vehicle. As I am putting stuff in the cart my phone starts to vibrate. Was it Chris? Who else would it be? It said Mom on the screen. It was 5am what the hell! Apparently my cell phone called her from my coat pocket and I wasn’t answering her saying hello. She hung up and called back. I felt so bad for that! She worked so hard on Thanksgiving dinner and I woke her up at 5am!
I ran into my daughters friends mom. She was in line for 7 hours to get a ticket to get into another line to pay for the item. A $200 laptop. She said I should get out soon as she over heard they didn’t have enough laptops for as many tickets they handed out. I was done anyway and got in line.
As I was walking away from the cashier the lights went out. I am in Walmart, On Black Friday, and the Lights Went Out! Walmart. Black Friday. No Lights! For the first time on Black Friday I was worried. The crowds didn’t worry me. The people who wanted to fight over stuff didn’t worry me as I wouldn’t fight back it’s not worth it. But in Walmart, in the dark, on Black Friday worried me. I imagined people running for the doors with stuff they didn’t pay for. The lights came back on long enough for me to call Chris and get past the security guard checking receipts as you left the store (also new this year). He met me at the front of the store and there was no stampede that I had been made aware of. The lights were out in the parking lot as well as other stores in the area. I saw a transformer in the distance spark like fireworks. I was just thankful to be out of there.
So all that excitement was enough for me and I went to Kohls. I putted around. I was in no rush but was getting low on my Black Friday spending money. I probably looked at every item in the store at least once. The line was only half of what it was when I first went in after at least an hour so I figured it was my time to go.
We stopped in Sams Club for breakfast. They had coffee, juice, water, muffins and danishes. This year they hid it in the back of the store but we found it! Smell out the coffee. Smart they are for making you walk through the store cause you know people only went there for the free breakfast not to buy anything. I spend enough money there so I justified my stopping for nothing more than my freebie.
Well that was my day of adventure. For a mom who’s only adventure is what to make for dinner most days I enjoyed it and can’t wait for next year! Who is going with me?
I am going to start a new installment of Pittsburgh Pics on my blog where I will share pictures taken from all over Pittsburgh.
Hope you enjoy!
This picture is of the Hot Metal Bridge Bike Path
Who thought that installing panelling was a good idea? I want to know who! Any that I have ever seen it’s ugly and looks cheap. The guy who owned our house prior must have thought panelling was the best thing since sliced bread cause my house is full of it. My living room, dining room, laundry room, one wall in computer room, and hallway off computer room. And it’s not just that he put panelling on the walls, that would be too simple. He installed customized cupboards with panelling and bi-fold doors that any hoarder would love. It sure made my hoarding worse I had places to hide things!
So here we are keeping the lovely wall of shelves. I kept way too much on them before and did weed out alot of what was there. The shelves you see here are freshly painted in Plateau color. It’s a light creamy tan-ish color. The shelves were the dark brown you see in the shelves at the bottom. Those shelves are either going to be drywalled over or turned into cupboards. We haven’t decided yet.
So the other side of the room we tore the panelling off. The left side shelving is being torn out and will be closed off and used to re-route heating ducts. The right side shelving is being torn out and made into a closet. With a real door and door knob LOL
The bad news is behind that glass area is a fireplace. The carpet in front of it when pulled back revealed concrete. The means no hard wood floor for me. We just don’t have the time to break the concrete up to make it level first so the room will be carpeted later.
My dog apparently does not like the drill. She would not stop barking at it. She kept getting closer and closer to his hands. Major distraction! She needs to be kept out of the room when we are working.
My dining room looks like an episode of hoarders with the stuff that belongs in the dining room on top of most of what was in the living room and the paint and drywall material. It’s a good thing we aren’t having thanksgiving dinner at my house this year!
Mini Donut Maker. Who dreams up this stuff? Obviously people like me buy this stuff. Is it just me or is it women in general that like kitchen gadgets, do-dads, and neato makers? I have loads of those that I barely use.
Waffle Maker: probably used twice, many years ago. I would bet both times were in the same month and only because hubby bought it for me. It pains me even more to say I hate the one he bought. It makes 4 square waffles that look like the frozen ones. I hate to be picky but I want a circle one.
Pizzelle Press: I use it at xmas time. I don’t know any other way to make these. The batter recipe from my mom makes like 100. The link is the one my mother bought me I guess so she can stop making them every year and I could take it up instead.
Cookie Press: I could use this year round as it makes cookies pretty damn easliy, but I don’t. I typically only use it at xmas time. My mom bought me the Wilton one for xmas one year, again probably to get me to start making them instead of her. Couple years later she still makes this stuff. I think she secretly loves it.
Rosette Iron: I love it and actually have two. They make crispy little cookies though I think they are similar to funnel cakes. It’s most likely been 4 or 5 years since I last made them but summer of 2009 I purchased another one at a school carnival garage sale. This was something else my mom made, though I don’t think she has made them since we were kids. She gave me my first set that looks exactly like the ones pictured in the link.
So anyway back to the mini donuts. I was shopping at Target this past weekend and had nothing better to do than spend money. I’m actually being serious. It’s not like a I have tons of money to spend all the time but this particular weekend we had a bit of extra and some saved. I started buying lots of things for the house. Then I saw it…. the Mini Donut Maker. It was right next to -the Mini Cupcake Maker which I had to resist even though it was a pretty pink cupcake that made cupcakes!
What makes it worth buying is hubby and I have been talking about making mini donuts. I have searched recipes and have discussed with each other what we wanted. I’m trying to eat healthier but frying was the only option I knew. We can now easily put our plan into action. For the first test run tho I made plain everyday donuts.
The batter recipe they gave was very easy to make. I used a 4 cup bowl and everything was mixed right inside it. All items in the recipe I had at home.
Now that the little buggers are done it’s time to take them out.
- The donut maker itself gets Very hot! Be careful and don’t let small kids do this themselves.
- You need something non metal like to help get them out such as the mini spatula I have pictured. You can use your fingers but it will burn.
What you have are yummy cake donuts that aren’t fried and full of grease.
The recipe in the book said it made 10. For me it made 15.
We made the icing in the book. For someone who has made many cookies I should have known better. The icing is a cookie icing and way to sweet. It was milk and powdered sugar. I do need to find a glaze recipe. Aren’t they adorable? Go ahead, eat one… Heck eat a couple they are mini!
For me it came and went. I have bins of Halloween goodies that stayed in the bins. I let my youngest daughter and her friend decorate 2 weeks prior and I did some myself a few days later. Nothing was put up outside. I didn’t care. Now it’s all over and I have Halloween crap everywhere that needs put away. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays but something this year wasn’t right.
I have a great way to make things right. A kids Halloween party at a local neighborhood municipal building. I took my youngest with my sister and her kids. The kids had a great time tho it was very crowded. It gets worse each year. They give the kids bags with candy, an Eat N Park Cookie, and drink box. They get a pumpkin to take home and a room full of games and activities to do. The fireman were outside letting this kids explore the trucks this year.
Here is a pic of her I took on the firetruck. Amazing!
Then I took this one:
I took the pics with my oldest daughters camera. The camera I bought her. As soon as I can I am upgrading my camera and buying myself the same one. I will blog about it because you will want one
We went trick or treating in the neighborhood we grew up in. It was so weird seeing my moms old house. Almost everyone is different. I guess they all moved on and my parents were probably one of the last ones to do so. It hasn’t changed in the fact that most houses give out candy and there are kids everywhere on Halloween. Where I live almost no one gives out candy and kids are wandering but many aren’t trick or treating.
The hills tired us all out but the houses are closer together in the city so the kids are able to get tons of treats.
Here is a treat we always got as kids and my kids got when they were younger.
It’s the famous candy apple. They still have them Yummy!
So one of these days, hopefully this week, I will put away all the decorations. I will put away the things I couldn’t help but purchase half off last night.
Before you know it I will be pulling out the gigantic tree, ornaments, santa’s, etc. Thats even more of a task so I better start getting in the mood.