I don’t like to get too crazy on Black Friday; it just isn’t my thing. Sure, I love the sales and the great deals to be had, but I don’t go overboard and I don’t go all out. I don’t like the carts ramming into one another, women tugging on opposite sleeves of a sweater, or people tackling each other for the last copy of a highly-desired DVD. I don’t like the madhouse. I don’t like to rush, and I definitely don’t like the long lines, however, I usually force myself to get a few things on my list every year. This year, I only had a few things on my list; a television and wall mount, sleepers for my kids, socks for myself and the kids, barbies and trucks for the kid’s Christmas gifts, a potty seat, and some flannel.
I got up around 4:15am. The plan was, I would go to Fred Meyer’s first and get everything I needed there, then go to JoAnn’s, while my husband stayed home with the kids. I got outside and thought to myself, “Good thing it’s colder out! I should be able to get out of my driveway easier than I did yesterday when it was slushy!” Our driveway curls around out house at a steep incline, so the weather can be a bit of a pain sometimes. I made it up the driveway, nearly had to reverse and try again in the middle, but got some traction and was just inches from the top. Right as I attempted to get over the little snow burm that the snowplow created in front of my driveway from the street, my car lurched backwards and towards the left, into the ditch. I could feel the car starting to turn over, and had there not been a tree on the side of me, I’m sure it would have rolled. I tried to get it out, but to no avail. I dug out all the snow around the tires, but it didn’t seem to help. I called the house phone and my husband came out to help. He tried to get the car out, and even put boards under the tires, hoping to give it some traction, but to no avail.
My husband didn’t want to drive into town, but I couldn’t miss out on the sales on these items I needed! I especially couldn’t miss out on the flannel sale at JoAnn’s! There’s no other time I could justify buying this much fabric at once, let alone for so cheap! No way was I going to miss this sale, so we headed back in the house, down the hill and through the snow to get the kids ready to go. While inside, my husband discovers the toilet is clogged and no matter what he tries, it doesn’t want to come undone.
The kids weren’t very thrilled about getting up so early, but we put them in some fleece pajamas, I strapped my son, Danny, in the baby carrier (to make him easier to carry up the hill), and we headed out the door. I grabbed my daughter Maddi’s car seat out of my ditch-dwelling car to use for my son in the truck. I couldn’t get to my son’s car seat because his door was blocked by the tree and since my daughter already had a seat in my husband’s truck, we just used hers for my son after adjusting the straps.
First stop was Fred Meyer. My husband decided to sit in the car with the kids so I could get in and out faster than we would with them. I got everything on my list, from the TV slip (which allows you to pick your TV up from the back) to the wall mount (which I had a hell of a time finding the one my husband told me to get), to the socks and sleepers, to the toys. I even got some adorable knee high socks to make into baby legs for the new baby. I waited in line longer than I actually spent shopping. I finally checked out, and didn’t realize until after Dan checked my receipt, that the wall mount rung up wrong.
After Fred Meyer’s, we went to JoAnn’s. I browsed a little bit and after perusing the fleece I decided to skip the fleece and just get flannel. The flannel was a “door buster” sale, while the fleece would be available all weekend. I picked out some fleece to make stuffed frogs with for the kids and my niece and nephew for Christmas and then picked out several cute flannel patterns for cloth diapers later on. I should have grabbed a number when I first walked in the door because by the time I was done browsing and grabbed my number, I still had to wait a long time before they could cut my fabric! I finally checked out and got out the door! As soon as I stepped outside, I breathed a sigh of relief; for me, Black Friday was over, and it was just shy of 8:15am.
I crammed my bags into our already crowded truck, and we went through the drive-through at McDonald’s for some well-deserved breakfast sandwiches and headed home. When we got home, I took a bath and fell asleep, after all, I only had 3-4 hours of sleep. Thinking my husband was watching the kids, I got up a little later only to see that he had nodded off and the kids had trashed my living room! I almost cried as my son dumped out his giant bucket of toys, all over the already disastrous floor.
My husband called the plumber, and I started damage control on the living room. After my husband goes out to his truck to start it before work, he comes back in telling me he lost the pick-up slip for the TV; something that without, we might not be able to get the television! He asked me where I put it, but I gave it to him. I’m horrible about losing things, so I gave it to him specifically so I wouldn’t lose it. My husband left for work, stressed and I cleaned while I waited for the plumber to show.
The plumber came, fixed the toilet in less than five minutes and charged $128 for it. It wasn’t fun having to hand over that much money, but it was much needed. My husband then texts me telling me he found the pick-up slip for the TV and will be able to get it.
My Black Friday was definitely eventful and not exactly easy to deal with, but it was worth it. Especially considering the amazing deal I got on the fabric; I spent $60 and saved $232!
But today’s events definitely don’t make me like Black Friday any more… In fact, I may like it less.