Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gray Thursday?

The whole concept of Black Friday eludes me. I mean, Boxing Day makes a twisted, horrifying sort of sense, I guess - you just bought a bunch of stuff for other people, then you go buy a bunch of stuff for yourself, and it comes in...boxes...or something (I don't shop on Boxing Day either). But Black Friday? That sounds like a plague or something. Crap, it just occurred to me that if I Google 'Black Friday' I might discover some extremely good reason why Black Friday is called Black Friday.

I'm not doing it. Can't make me.

Anyway. There is no way in hell I will be crashing through anybody's door at seven o'clock tomorrow morning. BUT Eve needed a Christmas outfit and some pants that fit for the winter, and I needed some goat milk lotion from Crabtree and Evelyn (shut up, I totally needed it) and Angus was staying after school for the evening to referee the grade seven volleyball tournament. And it's Thursday, NOT Black Friday.

Yesterday Eve said "so you'll pick me up after school?" and I said "Yes". And she said "and we'll go straight to the mall?" and I said "Yes." And she said "....in my pajamas?" And I remembered that her class was helping with the JK class's Teddy Bear Sleepover (cutest thing EVER, they've been doing it since Angus was in JK - the kids bring their teddies to school, they lock them in the principal's office overnight and when the kids get to school the next morning the teddy bears have broken out of the office and made a big mess in the classroom; Angus's teddy bear was making paper airplanes - Eve's was half-buried in the bead bin) and told her I would bring her some clothes.

Turns out a lot of places at the mall already had stuff on sale, AND it wasn't full of crazed bargain-hunters. AND I hate the mall less when Eve is with me because she thinks everything is AWESOME and EPIC and she laughs at my jokes and people smile when they see her petting all the fuzzy sweaters.

We went in the pet store and squealed at the adorable sleeping kittens. An older couple came up to us and the woman said "excuse me. I have a question. I don't know you, but..." and I was briefly terrified that we were about to have a horribly awkward encounter, but they just wanted to know what size pants to buy for their granddaughter who was the same size and age as Eve.

At one point Eve said "so there's extra small and extra large. I'm trying to imagine what extra medium would look like".

At another point she said "OMG (yes, she said the letters) I thought that mannequin was a real person who was TOTALLY STYLING. No one could ever wear that outfit now because that mannequin rocked it so hard."

We found a drop-dead gorgeous Christmas outfit at H&M - my jaw literally dropped when she came out of the change room. We had dinner in the food court. Eve got complimented twice on her t-shirt. We held hands and made fun of silly clothes and skanky clothes.

I got my teeth cleaned this afternoon, which I hate more than almost anything in the world, and it was STILL a kick-ass awesome day.

11 comments:

Julie said...

awesome t-shirt. need pics of Eve's jaw dropping outfit. i have not ventured out to bayshore to check out h&m because i hear parking is frightening. i am slightly tempted to pop into the mall after work since the bus does stop there. then again i am afraid the crowds will swallow me and i might not make it home for christmas.

Sarah McCormack said...

and you saw me for tea :) thanks for that, by the way!

Sounds like a fun shopping trip with Eve! I also won't be entering any store today! maybe a web site, or 2?

Hannah said...

Our local paper had a picture this morning of a couple hundred people lined up in the freezing cold outside of Target at 7AM and I CANNOT IMAGINE lining up like that. If everything in the store was free I wouldn't do it, but for 10% off? Go to hell, retailers.

It's called "Black Friday" because the day after American Thanksgiving is the first day that the retail sector as a whole makes a profit for the fiscal year. Not even kidding.

Nicole said...

This will make you feel better about the plague-like name: Black Friday is the day most retailers go from "in the red" to "in the black", meaning it's profitable. Masters in Economics, what up bitches? Want me to talk about motherf*cking Phillips curve? What about the Production Possibility Frontier? GUNS AND BUTTER BEEOTCHES. Yeah, I got your transaction costs right here.

Pam said...

Going to the mall on Black Friday eve rocks. Glad you had fun with your girl and got stuff made from the milk of goats.

Steph Lovelady said...

If you can do the thing you hate most and still have a good day, that's a good sign.

Steph Lovelady said...

If you can do the thing you hate most and still have a good day, that's a good sign.

Steph Lovelady said...

I have read The Shining more times than any other book, except perhaps Dracula. In the neighborhood of a dozen times, probably more, but I haven't read it since the last time I taught it (in 2005). I love all the symbolism about reading and writing. The woman in the bath tub still creeps me out when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night sometimes. I read it for the first time when I was 13 and I imprinted on it. I always thought the end left the door open for a sequel, but wasn't really expecting it more than 35 years after the fact. I have a bit of trepidation about it. It can't possibly be good enough.

Steph Lovelady said...

I have read The Shining more times than any other book, except perhaps Dracula. In the neighborhood of a dozen times, probably more, but I haven't read it since the last time I taught it (in 2005). I love all the symbolism about reading and writing. The woman in the bath tub still creeps me out when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night sometimes. I read it for the first time when I was 13 and I imprinted on it. I always thought the end left the door open for a sequel, but wasn't really expecting it more than 35 years after the fact. I have a bit of trepidation about it. It can't possibly be good enough.

Steph Lovelady said...

I am sorry I am leaving comments on the wrong blog posts and duplicate copies to boot. I am on the road and using unfamiliar computers (I'm on my mother-in-law's now). That is my only excuse.

Shan said...

Aww this made me smile! I did brave the black friday crowds, except there were no real crowds to be found, but there were epic deals and I had a blast shopping with my Mom, so win win!