Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sugar Overload

Have you seen what is going on?  Today Jennifer and I were in Target and were shocked to see these giant candy bars...

I mean, seriously?  They are huge!

They also had these sheets of Rice Krispie treats, which are really just a massive 2 pound bar...

I guess you could cut out cute shapes with cookie cutters or something fun with them.

Then we went to Kohl's, and they too had ginormous candy!

Good grief!

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Day I Lost My Mind

I've never been a black friday early morning shopper.  Door Busters were never my cup of tea.  Partly because growing up at least an hour from anything, getting to a store at dark thirty just wasn't anything we were going to do.  Since moving to a place where stores are closer, I still haven't gotten up for the chaos.  Mostly because my alarm goes off and I decide that sleep is better than crowds and deals.

Yesterday, things started opening in the evening.  I had bought a gift for someone last week at Target, and Target was now offering a $20 gift card if you bought the said item.  So I decided that "I'd just run right out and buy another one".  Ha ha ha ha!

Luckily, Jennifer and her sister had decided to hit up Toys R Us at 8:00 only to never make it inside.  They abandoned that ship and went and got in line at Target.  When I got there, I cut in line with them. 

Let me describe the scene (if you are familiar with Super Target's this will help).  If you are facing the store, you could only enter the doors on the far right side.  The line started there.  It went all the way across the front.  Down the side.  All the way to the back of the building, and then began snaking around.  Here's our view from the line...

Once inside, it was kind of chaos.  At this point, I did "run" and get my item.  Then I noticed that there were some decent deals on televisions, so I called my Mom.  I knew that our church back home was buying a television as part of a family gift for a family that we "adopt" every year for our angel tree.  So I snagged a 40 inch LED TV.  Here was some of that scene...

Then we hunted for movies, toys, kiddie pajamas, sheets, etc.  Once we were done, we headed up to check out.  When we got up front, we saw this and thought that the check out started at the other side of the store...

When we got to what was the end of the line, we were sent down this long aisle (all the way from produce to the back of the store by frozen foods)...

When we got to what we again wrongfully assumed was the end of the line, we discovered that the line was snaking all the way down each and every one of the food aisles...


and around...

Heck, I just did a little grocery shopping while I was at it!  I went to a couple of different Targets today that aren't as heavily shopped.  I was able to get a few items that were sold out last night, but I made my biggest black friday purchase online (more to come).  I do NOT plan to make this a yearly event!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Celebration of Thanksgiving

It's about the pie.  It's about the turkey.  It's about the sweet potatoes.  It's about a quick transition to the holiday sales on black Friday (or rather, Thursday night this year).

But it isn't.  At Christmas we always hear, "Remember the reason for the season.", but do we remember the reason... for thanksgiving? 

I don't write about religion on the old blog (or anywhere else for that matter), but the other day I read something on another blog that really just stuck in my craw.  I've complained about it to my mom and I've tried to move on.  Obviously that hasn't worked, so now I'm blogging about it.  What I read was a girl talking about how much she loved Thanksgiving (nothing objectionable there).  She said that she loved it so much because (here it comes) it's a holiday that has NOTHING to do with religion.

I cannot wrap my mind around that thought.  The purpose of the holiday is to be thankful.  I do not know any friends or family (despite tough times they may be having) who do not have a ton of things for which to be thankful.  My complete and utter irritation at this is somewhat surprising.  I don't get wound up about religion very often.  But, I cannot fathom Thanksgiving without an element of religion.  If you do, then I ask the question: To whom are you thankful? 

I recognize that many do not "have" religion.  I acknowledge that to them, the day may really be about a day off, the turkey, the pie, the football, and the sales.  But surely even they recognize that there is a religious base to the holiday that they simply choose to not acknowledge.  Maybe not.  Maybe I'm wrong.  It surely wouldn't be the first time, and I know it won't be the last.  But as we prepare to eat our weight in pie, and shop it all off the next day, I'm also preparing my heart for a celebration of thanksgiving. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34 (also repeated in Psalm 107:1)


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

First World Problems

You know, when it comes down to it, most of our problems really are First World Problems.  I tackled one of my first world problems this week.  It's one that I've been needing to tackle for some months (or more likely, years).  Let me back up...

Way back in the spring, I had a real nagging need to clean out my dang closet.  It was overwhelming.  I kind of thought I needed help, both physically and emotionally.  The problem was, my friends who live close were all moving, and it was never the good time to say, "Hey could you come help me de-clutter my closet?".  So instead, I packed up about 3 trash bags full of clothes and hauled them off to the Goodwill. 

Now cut to Monday morning...  I walked into my closet, couldn't find a dang thing to wear, and felt the weight of the clutter weighing down on me.  I had to go to court to take care of something first thing, then I had to go back to court for some 1:00 hearings that Jennifer was suppose to be doing but was unable to do because she was wrapping up a mediation.  As soon as I was done with those detention hearings, I called Jennifer and said, "You HAVE to come to my house and help me.  See you in 15 minutes.".  She came, and we conquered.

We pullout out a TON of clothes.  Seriously, I could have clad an entire small country in Ann Taylor suits & tops, Gap jeans and t-shirts, and the odd cleavage bearing evening gown.  In additional to clothing removal, I worked a demolition project into the mix when I decided that a poorly placed shelf and clothing rod that kept the highest rack of clothes from hanging right, just had to go. 

Here is the pile of clothes that came out...

{poor Lola hanging out in the far edge of the photo staying the heck out of the way}

It filled up the entire back of my SUV!  I wish I had taken a before photo of the closet, because honestly, I don't know how the heck it all fit in there.  There is still a lot of organizing and straightening that could occur, but at least I can find things now.  And probably the most warped piece of this whole puzzle?  Yeah, this is my closet POST clean-out...


All bad iphone pics, but you can get the drift.  Holy moly!  That's still a bunch of clothes!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas finds

It's been busy busy busy around here.  Last week my mom came in on Thursday.  We went down to Dallas to see my cousin Gracie in her starring role as Laurie in "Oklahoma".  It was her 13th birthday too!  Lord, where have those 13 years gone?!?

On Friday, we went to Canton to the Trade Days.  It was a total fiasco.  I've never seen so many people.  I don't do well with crowds.  That's why I start Christmas shopping months in advance.  Mom decided to stay Friday night too, because she had some craft projects she had volunteered me to do... two more Tech wreaths!  Saturday morning, we did a bit more running around.  It was in this trip of errands that I encountered this vintage looking Frosty.  Frosty had to come home with me!

I love him so much!  My great-grandmother had tons of these plastic Christmas yard art down in her cellar.  I was constantly trying to get everyone to let me pull it out when I was little.  I never had success.  When I saw this guy, I knew I had to have him.  They had several other pieces, but I decided one vintage 1950's looking yard ornament and I was quaint, but several, and I was the crazy lady who lives down the street!

In my other adventures over the past few days, I've seen several cute Christmas items...

How cute is this Tervis tumbler?  I didn't buy it, but I'm hoping to find it in a larger size.  Then that snoopy cup is mine!

I bought these little glass ornaments at Pottery Barn.  I mean mix my love of Christmas with my love of London, how could I pass that up!  And they were only $3 each!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Don't lose interest

It happens.  A storm blows in and destroys people's way of life.  We see the terrible photos.  We feel horrible for them.  Then the media moves on, especially when there is a Presidential Election to cover.  Those of us who were not impacted by the storm tend to also move on.  But those poor people, fellow Americans, living in areas of New York and New Jersey have not been able to move on.  They are stuck with their circumstances, and on top of that, their circumstances just got worse when a Nor'easter hit yesterday.

There are plenty of places you can donate.  I donated to the American Red Cross.  You can do it through texts.  Text "Donate" to 90999.  I did it through itunes even.

I ran across another relief effort that I supported, and I wanted to post that information too.  A wedding registry has been set up on Amazon.  The supplies go to The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn, NY. 

I heard about this registry on Twitter, via Anson Mount, the hunky, talented actor who stars in AMC's "Hell on Wheels".  Anson actually put boots on the ground last weekend and helped out in Staten Island and the Rockaways (thus proving there is more to him than his looks and acting ability).  He has posted about his work and what he saw out there on the streets.  He also posted this link that quickly enables you to purchase items via Amazon.  When I went on several days ago, hardly any items had been purchased.  I bought some mops, some flashlights, and some good old Clorox cleaner.  I have prime shipping with Amazon, so those supplies should have been delivered today.  I'm happy to report that I just checked back, and it looks like they've received lots of love over the past couple of days, but I'm sure they could use more.

I got busy like everyone does.  I had to watch the election coverage and teach about it in class.  I had my law practice to tend to.  But I wanted to post about this.  I think it's a great way to help out, plus you get to shop!  You KNOW I love to shop!


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