Monday, November 29, 2010

A Wild Hair...

...a sudden decision that is not expected. I had a wild hair on Thanksgiving night. We spent the day eating and being with my side of the family, then went over to my in-law's house around 8:00pm. After eating desserts and socializing with family and friends, my MIL and I settled in to peruse the Black Friday ads while our guys watched some football. My MIL came across the Wal-Mart circular which advertised a Cricut Expression machine for about $150 less than you can usually find it. She showed me the ad and we both exclaimed what a deal that price was. (A Cricut is an electronic die cutting machine used for paper and fabric crafting.)

I've been wanting a Cricut machine for the better part of a year, ever since I used my friend Allison's machine to make letters and shapes for the baby blocks shown here. I'm not a Black Friday shopper so I totally dismissed this deal, thinking that I would never capitalize on it. UNTIL, my MIL suggested that I try to get one. Ha, yeah right, you see I'd completely dogged the practice of Black Friday shopping all day long when the topic came up in random conversations. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I would probably never find one for that price again. But I didn't want to get up at 5:00am to go to Wal-Mart. (Who wants to get up at 5:00am on their day off, much less go to Wal-Mart at that hour?) My MIL pointed out that some of the Wal-Mart sales began at 12:01am on Friday morning and the Cricut was included in that category. It was already around 10:00pm when I decided I was going to go for it. So, Tom and I watched TV and cat napped in my in-law's living room until about 11:45pm after which we got up and went to Wal-Mart so I could start my hunt.

Tom dropped me off at the front door, I went in and nabbed the merchandise, placed it in my shopping cart, and headed to the front of the store. As I approached the line I immediately thought, "you've gotta be kidding me!" The line was forever long and definitely made me 2nd guess my decision. But I was there and the thrill of finding my deal overtook me. I called Tom, who was waiting in the car and told him to go home and come back later to pick me up. At 2:00am, after I had stood in line for nearly 2 hours, I left with my loot. I am now the proud owner of a pretty aqua colored Cricut Expression and a $2.97 2-quart stainless steel Rival crock-pot. I saw the small crock-pot while standing in line, which is what they want to happen. Yeah, I know, I'm a sucker. It was such a good price and I've been wanting a small crock-pot for when I make party food like BBQ little smokies, etc. And it was under $3.00. That's less than a drink at Starbucks!

Hooray for Black Friday success!
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