Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'll Take Option...

Remember that Huey Lewis & the News song? All I Want Is a Couple Days Off! Well, thanks to the generosity of my company, I get the day after Thanksgiving off. That means I could either a) spend that day getting up extremely early, driving to the mall or Wal-Mart, and put myself through the tortuous routine of Black Friday or b) spend the day lounging around, reading, writing, and relaxing. (I think that kitten in the picture above has a pretty darn good relaxing spot!)

I think I'll take option b.

Not that shopping on Black Friday is a bad thing...from what I've seen, you can get incredible deals. But since I hate crowds anyway and am not a morning person, I don't think it would be in my best interest to hit the stores Friday.

Frankly, I'd rather do most of my shopping online. No stores, no crowds, no cranky people. Just me, my computer, my cup of tea, and maybe Frank Sinatra playing in the background.

So are you one of those people who loves to shop on Black Friday, or do you stay as far away from the stores as possible?


  1. Never mind, Black Friday, I like to avoid the shops from the middle of November until way after Christmas. Online shopping is a far better option.

    Enjoy that nice relaxing day!

  2. Even the name implies it's something to be avoided. :) The best Christmas shopping trip I ever made was to the hardware store on Christmas Eve. No throngs, parked right by the door, just me and a very helpful clerk. You'd be amazed what you can find at good prices.

  3. I love the idea of all those good deals, really I do, but I'm like you; I don't enjoy crowds or getting up early. Since I'm a bargain shopper anyway, I'd rather just take my chances other days.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  4. I shopped for the first time every last year. We were at our first store at 4am, in Kansas City! This year, we are staying in Lincoln and I don't know if I have to motivation to do it since I won't have family members to help me get out of bed. But, I will probably head out at a more reasonable time to shop. We'll see!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I never shop Black Friday, but stay home and enjoy the peaceful Thanksgiving weekend! I think this year, with the economy what it is, you'll be finding lots of great deals anyway, throughout the season, to lure the shoppers in. I vote for the Kitty Option above, stay home & relax!

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy your new home at the holiday!

  6. I avoid shopping at the best of times. Black Friday would be my worst shopping nightmare.

    An entire day to lounge, read, and relax? Oh yeah, baby. I'll be working, myself, but I'm glad someone will be enjoying the day in a sensible manner! :)

  7. My sister-in-law, her daughter and her best friend have made this annual shopping trip a tradition, but I've never accepted the invitation to go. I've loved on line shopping and hated shopping "for real" for years. I'm with everybody else here...I'll be asleep while the shoppers wait outside the stores in the dark and I hope to be snuggled up with a good book and a turkey sandwich on Friday :)

  8. I love a good deal, but am content to find them online. The very thought of those crowds makes me insane. I will not make a weekend trip to a store until after Christmas. It's too nuts!

    I had to hit Toys R Us today before the insanity begins.

    Enjoy your day. :)

  9. It's funny how we're all in about the same camp - we don't like the crowds but would rather stay at home. I think writers tend to be more introverted than extroverted, thus our distaste of crowds. :-)

  10. Mo - I will pick you up at 4 a.m.

  11. Black Friday doesn't exist up here - it's a day like any other as our Thanksgiving is in October. Regardless, I'd not set one toe in ANY store that day - EVER. Same as I don't do Boxing Day sales. Just all too commercial for me. Your option B sounds perfect :)

  12. That's one of the same pixs I have on my desktop at work. As for shopping, I think ours is a little different in Canada given that our Thanksgiving is in October. I usually start early for Christmas though because once November hits the malls are a little too crowded for my liking.

  13. I skipped the stores this year, and did all my Christmas shopping online.

    A much more pleasant experience than fighting the crowds, never finding what you're looking for, and even risking life and limb! for some "thing".

    I'm grateful for online shopping, for sure. :)


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