Friday, November 23, 2012

Fun Friday - Black Friday - Fun or Frenzy

Black Friday Frenzy has begun all over the nation here in the US - photos of people standing in line hours earlier, camping outside stores, and at this time when stores have been open for over hours in other parts of the US, people heading out of stores with their first purchases and heady with happiness.

For us, Black Friday has been something we read about, watch the long lines on TV, see the crowds and sometimes rampage as well, and hear our more enthusiastic friends talk about their Black Friday purchases the next time we meet them. Black Friday one year was attempting to take the car and drive to the nearest ToysRUs, circle around while in the car to watch where the line outside the store ended at 10 pm, and watching it go all around, take a U-turn and head back home.

We never made lists of the best Black Friday deals scouring through ads and entering the store at midnight to buy them. The most we have done in the past is enter Sears or JC Penney or Target or ToysRUs at 11 am on Friday and buy a few clothes for the kids. This year, we talked about entering stores at midnight just for the experience of it - might be fun, right? But as we thought about the frenzied crowds and thought about fatigued kids tagging along with us, we did not think it will be fun.So here I am, a little after midnight on Friday, writing this post instead and waiting for 11 am again!

For myself, I prefer online shopping and might end up looking for Cyber Monday deals instead - fun, isn't it? 

So, what about you? Is Black Friday fun for you? Did you stand in line/camp out/plan to enter the store at a leisurely pace later during the day/or Black Friday shopping is not for you?

For Book Beginnings::
From the book 'Thief of Shadows' by Elizabeth Hoyt

Oh, gather ’round, my dears, and keep the candles burning bright, for tonight I’ll tell you the tale of the Harlequin Ghost of St. Giles…
—from The Legend of the Harlequin Ghost of St. Giles
LONDON, ENGLAND
MAY 1738
The body in the road was the absolute cap to the day.
Isabel Beckinhall—Baroness Beckinhall—sighed silently to herself. Her carriage had come to a standstill in the worst part of London—the dirty streets of St. Giles. And why was she in St. Giles as dark descended? Because she’d volunteered to represent the Ladies’ Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children at the final inspection of the new home, more fool she.

For Friday 56
From the book 'Thief of Shadows' by Elizabeth Hoyt

All about you are men who cannot speak their admiration, who must remain mute from lack of social standing or fear of offending you. Only their thoughts light the air about you, following you like a trail of perfume, heady but invisible.

For Five Minute Friday:
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Just yesterday, in an attempt to work on a different meme, I was looking for the definition of a perfect sentence and in one search result, I saw the following:
Thank you is the perfect sentence. Verb, subject implied, direct object.
Thank you is definitely a perfect sentence, not just grammatically, but when you say it to someone , it makes everything perfect. Thank you - so simple to say it and so wonderful the feelings these two words evoke. 
Whom do I say thank you to? Today and everyday, I thank my family. My parents for being my wonderful, always-there, always-carrying-a-torch-for-me parents.
My husband for putting up with disorganized, messy me being the clean-freak he is! and for loving me always. 
My children for loving me, for their hugs and kisses, for telling me that they need the cake I bake for their birthdays! (considering I am not a baker and I bake using a baking mix!)
My brother for being who he is and for standing up to his principles always and following his passions. My sister-in-law for loving my brother and for the sister I found in her. My niece for all she is. 
My in-laws for loving me like a daughter and siding with me when I argued with my DH:)
and as I thank all, I remember my father-in-law today and miss him more. We were watching photos from out trip to India this summer earlier today and looking at him in those photos, it is hard to believe he is no longer with us - he passed away less than two months after we returned from our trip. But I thank him for the memories heleft and for the person he was and the better person he made me by just being my father-in-law. 
And one more Thank you to my extended warm, big, family and friends!
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This is my first attempt at Five Minute Friday and I got interrupted at minute two for quite a few minutes so was not sure of how many minutes I actually used for this today! 
Anyways, it was great fun and I plan to join in whenever I can in the future. 

Want to know how Five Minute Friday got started and how to participate? All the details are here.

Do you want to join in too? Then set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.


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7 comments:

  1. I love words, so I love that observation about thank you being the perfect sentence.

    Family is so precious - it's good to have things like Thanksgiving to remind us of that. I wish we had it here in England- it sounds really good!

    Welcome to five minute Friday - I'm a big fan!
    Blessings xx

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  2. Your excerpts are intriguing....thanks for sharing.

    Black Friday is the day I stay OUT of stores, holed up at home, doing my Christmas decorating. Crowds give me claustrophobia! Or maybe it's agoraphobia...lol

    Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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  3. Visiting from Five Minute Friday. Glad you joined this week!

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  4. I read a book by her a couple of years ago and liked it. I should continue that series.

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  5. Your Friday 56 and Book Beginnings both grabbed me. I'll read this book! I also enjoyed your take on Black Friday. We're having Thanksgiving dinner today instead of yesterday so we'll be busy cooking, visiting with family, and eating. That's the best way I can think of to spend Black Friday.
    I've never heard of Five Minute Friday but next week I'll give it a try, even though it will be hard for me not to edit what I've written.
    My Friday 56/Book Beginnings post is here.

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  6. I'm not sure that Thief of Shadows is one for me, but I hope you are enjoying it. I don't really get the whole Black Friday thing. It must spoil the holiday for a lot of people. A lot of our Canadian retailers seem to be getting in on the act as well, but I just stay clear of the whole thing. Thanks for visiting my Friday post earlier and have a great weekend.

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  7. found you through five minute friday and so happy i did! thrilled to be your newest follower! and welcome...five minute friday is addicting and a great writing exercise!!

    much love and many blessings to you friend!
    xoxo.

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