Black Friday – The Christmas Spending Begins

Thanksgiving Tryptophan Victim

Black Friday: Willpower…or Lack Thereof…
While we’re a week or so removed, I thought it would be a good thing for me to recount on the day that we in the United States hold so near and dear to our consumer-oriented hearts – Black Friday.  It’s really amazing to see what we end up “needing” because it’s anywhere from 20% to 70% off retail price.  I will admit that I am more than prone to such spending, as I love having new things while saving as much as I can.  But the problem is, a lot of the items I buy end up shoved in a closet somewhere and never thought of again.  No matter how I cut it (and no matter how much of the price the merchants cut), it ends up being a waste of money because the items are left gathering dust.

My Black Friday Station

This year, I can’t say that I planned to stay away from the shopping – I’m not that strong.  In fact, it was my innate weakness that kept me from shopping on Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) this year – well, laziness anyway.  After a marathon Thanksgiving cooking day and entertaining a bunch of MSU Internal Medicine Resident friends at our home, I was ready to spend the day at home, drinking tea, listening to Christmas music (which I break out every year once Thanksgiving is over), trying to start a blog (and failing), and simply enjoying and relaxing.  For a little while, anyway, before I started doing the lunch dishes, only to find myself purging my shelves and cupboards and reorganizing my kitchen.  Still, I consider it a day well spent.

Christmastime is HERE!! (and so is gift shopping time!)
Well, even though we were able to resist the call of the shopping centers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are still in gift shopping mode.  We tend to limit our shopping (due to budget) to buying gifts for immediate family within sending distance (his parents and brother, my dad and my siblings).  We’re now in the process of slowly meandering through the malls, stores, and websites to come up with cute/special gift ideas for loved ones.  It’s fun…and I do enjoy gift-giving.

InChul has already received one of his gifts.  While perusing for family gifts, he eyed the jewelry cases full of watches and, on the spur of the moment, ended up purchasing one.   I don’t know what it is about him and watches, but it is true that the one he has been sporting for the past year or so does need an upgrade (we paid about $10 for that one, and it served him well).  We got him a Guess watch (as pictured to the right), which was reasonably priced, but still stylish and functional.  Now…need to figure out something for his birthday…

Of course, there are a few things that I’m hoping for too.  But with each passing year, it seems my wants dwindle to less and less…and even if I want it, I don’t necessarily expect to receive it.  I just like the idea of pondering what I really want and really would like to have….even if I can’t or don’t get it.

I know…I’m complicated…

This year, my list has dwindled to three items…

This is probably the very first TV series I have ever really gotten into.  Yes, the episodes are all very similar, since it’s all about these agents who solve cases and such.  But it’s more the underlying storyline of the people themselves that I find intriguing.  I let the episodes pile up on my DVR and then watch them all in one go when I have an off day to just veg.  I would LOVE to have the complete box set (the one pictured does through Season 7…I, of course, also want Seasons 8 and 9 too (currently in Season 10…and once that becomes available in DVD mode, I want!).  Probably the priciest of gifts, so I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I remember watching Anne of Green Gables back when I was in elementary school (while sleeping over with a church friend of mine).  I haven’t thought about these in a long time, but recently found snippets of it on YouTube and fell in love all over again.  So, of course, I want to see the whole thing all over again…and again…and again.  Also, it’s kid-friendly (talking about older elementary to middle school and beyond) and has a wonderful storyline.  Definitely something I plan to share with my future offspring.  And it’s nice knowing we still have access to shows/movies that takes us back to a much more innocent time.

Ok…I’ll admit it…I’m crazy about MSU sports.  I didn’t think I would become a fan, but there’s something about following college sports…especially an athletic program like MSU’s.  I don’t normally wear jewelry, but I really want a MSU Spartan necklace.  The only problem is, I can’t find a design that I like.  I’m pretty particular about what I want when it comes to things like jewelry…and if I don’t love it, I don’t want it.  The image doesn’t capture what I’m envisioning, but it’s a simpler version of the basic shape/size I’m looking for.  Perhaps later on, when we have some more disposable cash, I can get something custom made.

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Until next time, hope the anticipation of the Christmas (or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday you may celebrate) brings much joy and happiness to you and your families.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go…
Lydia    ❤

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