Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holiday Shopping "&&()@^@#&*"

I am a true believer that the quickest way to turn a person with a cheerful happy Christmas spirit into some sort of red eyed, snarling, head spinning creature is with a shopping trip this time of year.

I have never in my life ventured out on Black Friday to do any type of shopping what so ever. In fact I even gone so far as to make sure that I was stocked up on enough groceries to last at least until the first of the next week for that very reason. This may have come about from all the years of working retail.

Well, with the prices of everything sky rocketing this year, I decided to bite the bullet and charge out there with the rest of the world trying to catch a bargain and save a few dollars. I even had J.D. convinced that this would be the thing to do.

Come Friday morning, I had my list made and woke J.D. up long before the crack of dawn and we were on our way to town. We made Wal-Mart our first stop and had very little problem finding a parking spot. We made it inside fairly easily as well. It wasn't until we reached the back of the building that we came to a complete stop due to a bottleneck. Shopping carts were going no where at all. It was at this point, I left J.D. with the cart while I made my way through the people milling about in the aisles with my list in hand to find some of those bargains. After what seemed years, I found my way back to our cart and my husband, list still in hand, but no bargains in tow. It was at this point that we deserted our cart and made our way back to the front of the store.

Our next stop would be Sears. Maybe this wouldn't be as bad. What planet did I think I was on to have a thought like that. It was just as bad, if not worse because the store isn't as big. Another stroll to the back of a store and back to the front and I threw in the towel. Who needs this kind of stress so early in the morning?

It took me all of two stores to wonder why I had even thought that dragging us out in the cold at a ridiculous hour of the morning was a good idea. When it could all have been done in the comfort of our home, with a cup of coffee in hand. I didn't think about it until right now, but I could blame my temporary insanity on the bad effects of Lyrica (see yesterday's posting) on my system.

We left Sears and headed for Bob Evans for a good country breakfast. Not much can work up an appetite like a failed Black Friday shopping spree.

Kudos to those shoppers that do get out there on Black Friday and manage to save a few dollars and find those bargains to boot. It is a tradition for son, Chris and daughter-in-law, Melody and they find the bargains. I truly believe that if you are going to do this you need to have a game plan, as well as training. It is like a football game in a lot of ways. If you aren't going to train for it, and follow a plan, you might as well forget about any sort of wish list or happy ending at the end of your shopping excursion. All you are going to have is a head ache and nasty temper.

Note to Jo: From now on stay on the mountain and shop online. Just as many bargains there as in the stores. Drink my coffee and say, "Ahhhhhhh, I love shopping like this!"


Julie said...

I've never ventured out on Black Friday. Too crazy for me.

Thanks for commenting on my blog and putting it all into perspective. My favorite gifts from childhood were the handmade ones from my aunt. She made them or bought them at craft fairs and they were always the one gift we chose to open on Christmas Eve.

Becky said...

I agree completely. I love They are cheaper too. I actually bought a book at Barnes and N and brought it home and wrapped it, then found it on Amazon for $8 cheaper. I ordered it and will take the other one back.

We ordered almost all our gifs this year. I hate shopping anyway. I have never liked it.

Hey, thanks for stopping by. It was fun to visit with you. And by the way, I write notes like that on my calendar all the time. It really is a great reminder as you dredge up the emotions and feelings you had when you wrote it. Works for me!!

judypatooote said...

JO, Thanks for stopping by my sight....I want to tell you your sight is so clean, white and festive....I love it....I guess I leave mine done in black for I think it hides the dirt...LOL I love your post on black friday...oh yes I ventured out a couple of years ago with my daughter...first time too....and it was the first and the last...yuck....I am not a patient person, so this was no place for me...even though I'm usually up by 4 or 5 am (do to old age) shopping on black friday has a big NO for me...I too worked all my life in retail and really, who should have known better?

I enjoy your writings, so if you don't mind I'd like to add you to my favorites so I can come back to visit....thanks for making me smile so early (4am) in the morning.... judy

PEA said...

Hi JD:-) Thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving a comment...I always enjoy meeting new people!! We don't have Black Friday here in Canada although we do have Boxing Day sales which take place the day after Christmas...I'm guessing it's just as crazy in the stores! lol I don't handle crowds very well so I tend to stay away from malls when I know there's a big sale going on. Every time I go to Niagara Falls, we cross the border into NY and always go have breakfast at Bob Evans...LOVE their biscuits and gravy!! Makes me wish we had Bob Evans here in Canada! Now you've made me xox

jle said...

i love the comment on needing training for Black Friday! You make me laugh! But so true, so true--