Black & Blue Thursday

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I accompanied my partner’s family to Walmart yesterday evening for the 8 pm sale. Even though I felt like a terrible person for allowing consumerism to intrude on Thanksgiving, my partner’s sister convinced me to go. I was completely unprepared for the mayhem and insanity.

I decided to try for the 700 thread count sheets for $20, so after parking in the grass (the parking lot was completely full), we entered the store and arrived in the bedding area to see a mob of people standing around a covered pallet of sheets. A woman warned us that the people who go for sheets are some of the worst Black Friday shoppers of all, and she was correct.

When the clock struck 8, a Walmart employee blew a whistle and people lost it. It was a mob scene in every sense of the word. People were shoving, screaming, and grabbing. The manager began yelling at several people who were climbing over a woman in a wheelchair. Two police offers arrived just as the stock began to run out.

Being a yielder, I had simply backed up and tried to get out of the way. Honey’s sister got in there and managed to get 5 sets of sheets, which she shared with the rest of the family. She thought it was fun; I thought it was both disgusting and intriguing.

As we walked out of the store, I told Honey that I would never do that again on Thanksgiving. I do think it’s important to spend at least one day of the year with family being thankful for what we have instead of trying to accumulate more.

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2009 in review

This year has been both terrible and wonderful at the same time. That’s probably typical of every year, but this one had some exceptionally low lows; the kind where you know you’ll be a changed person when you finally recover. On the other hand, I’m blessed beyond measure. I have a wonderful partner, a great job, a comfortable home, friends who love me, and three fluffy kitties to cuddle up with on cold winter nights.

Here are some of the highlights from my life over the last year:

  • We finally had central heating and air conditioning installed in our home.
  • Michael Jackson died, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. I cried practically every day for a month and still tear up occasionally when I listen to him or watch videos. I wish so badly that he was still with us, but I’m also thankful to have been alive during the time that he made history and for having the chance to see him perform live.
  • We gave the inside of our home quite a makeover, which included ripping out the old doors and trim, painting, and a completely new color scheme in the living room and bathroom.
  • We upgraded to HDTV and bought a 46″ Samsung that is beyond amazing.
  • We joined our church – over three years after we started attending.
  • We met Barb.
  • I cooked my first Thanksgiving meal.
  • I moved my blog from WordPress.com to self-hosted.
  • I stopped keeping up with the news.
  • I bought a new car.
  • We went to Florida on vacation.
  • Honey graduated from college and I met his parents for the first time.
  • An ice storm disrupted our lives for eight days.
  • We got a Wii.
  • We went to see Kathy Griffin in concert.
  • Finally made it to Holiday World and thoroughly enjoyed the Voyage roller coaster.

All in all, a pretty good year. Here’s hoping our next trip around the sun is filled with joy, prosperity, and love. Happy New Year, kiddos.

Yum’s the word

thanksgiving-food

I have never cooked an actual Thanksgiving dinner before, but I’m going to give it a shot this year. We typically fill up on holiday eats at our respective mom’s houses and then bring the leftovers home. While we will still follow that tradition this year, we have decided to invite a couple of our friends over for a traditional home-cooked meal Thanksgiving evening.

Here’s the menu so far (subject to change):

Turkey
Dressing – Mom’s making me an additional 9×13 pan from her fabulous recipe
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Whole Kernel Sweet Corn
Sister Shubert Rolls
Pumpkin Pie

I’m starving just thinking about it!

After eating, we’ll relax in front of the television to watch my all-time favorite movie, Home for the Holidays. Can’t wait! =)

25 things that make me happy

Taking a cue from Alyson on this one.

  1. Planting flowers, shrubs, trees, vegetables, etc
  2. Anything computer-related: working on them, building websites, trying out new programs
  3. Snuggling up with Honey to watch television or a movie
  4. DVR
  5. Visiting my sister’s house on “Family Day”
  6. Going bowling with friends, even though I suck
  7. Cooking a meal and sharing it with people I care about
  8. Crawling into a comfortable bed when I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open
  9. Computer-controlled machining
  10. A clean bathroom
  11. Kittens and puppies… practically any baby animal
  12. Dlisted – my guilty pleasure that often makes me laugh hysterically
  13. Getting the bills paid on time
  14. Peeing outside (in private places, of course). It makes me feel like a kid again
  15. Flamingos
  16. The sands of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Florida
  17. Finding a bargain online that has free shipping
  18. A fresh haircut
  19. Finding money in the pocket of a jacket that I haven’t worn for a year
  20. The “Bahama Mama” at Red Lobster
  21. Mom’s turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving
  22. Shopping at T.J. Maxx
  23. Dancing like a crazy person while watching MJ perform “Man In The Mirror”
  24. Google Chrome
  25. Hearing Honey talk about our future as if it’s written in stone

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m at Mom’s today, celebrating the holiday surrounded by family and copious amounts of food. The refrigerator was so full last night that we decided to store the cooked turkey in Mom’s car. I don’t know what we would have done if that strong cold front hadn’t blown through just in the nick of time.

I am so blessed in my life that I almost feel guilty when I point out those blessings, but I think there is a big difference between bragging and being thankful and I want to show my appreciation to God for all of the things that are so wonderful in my life.

I’m thankful for a roof over my head… when so many in the world have none.

I’m thankful for plenty of food to eat… when so many in the world are hungry.

I’m thankful for the luxury of feeling safe… when so many live in fear.

I’m thankful for having someone to love… when so much of the world seems embroiled in hatred and war.

Wherever you are
And whatever you do,
I send warm wishes
Of Thanksgiving to you.

Thanksgiving

I had a great time at my mother’s over the holiday. Grandmama, Elizabeth, and I worked on getting Mom’s Christmas tree set up on Wednesday night, laughing and listening to music the whole time. My sister and her kiddies showed up a little later, and they wound up spending the night, too.

Thanksgiving morning was a little different, as I had to take Grandmama to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with shingles. We noticed a rash on her head and neck, and I had pretty much figured out what it was using the internet. We were still able to get back in time to have a huge meal and she seems to be doing pretty well.

Only one month ’til Christmas… my, my, my.