Alan and I decided we were going to Babies R Us sometime this weekend to use our 10% off everything left on our registry coupon. We have a couple 25% off coupons but they aren't valid for a few weeks yet that we're planning on using for the big stuff that we still need. I also have a $50 gift card coming from cashing in my credit card points...if it ever gets here this time that is!
My coworkers threw me a baby shower last week and gave me $300! I expected some sort of shindig because they've done something for everyone else that has had a baby in the last few months, but I didn't expect that at all. It was very generous of them considering I haven't been there that long and I don't talk to all that many people. That money, combined with the gift card and coupons will pretty much pay for everything will still need. This makes us happy because not only do we have to finish getting stuff for Gizmo, but we also have to get Christmas gifts for our families.
But, I digress, again.
It wasn't busy at all there, which was nice because I'm not really in the mood to deal with tons of people nor can I be on my feet for long periods of time because I'm so sore and uncomfortable in general (which is another blog entirely!). Since it wasn't that bad at Babies R Us, we decided to venture over to Toys R Us to get gifts for our nieces and nephew since we were already out and the closest stores aren't really that close at all. The parking lot was almost full so I figured it would be a madhouse, and there were tons of people inside, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was figuring it would be like Brandywine Target on Black Friday weekend, you can't even move there are so many people! We were able to get gifts for all the kids except the oldest girls and get out in under an hour. Not bad I must say!
Whenever we go to Christiana to Babies R Us, we always go to Don Pablos, today was no exception. I used to love that place and was so sad when it closed in the Fort. It's nice to be able to eat there every now and then.
We were going to go over to the mall to get gifts for Kayla and Gabbie, but we decided to go to Concord Mall next weekend instead. Even though there were DE State Troopers directing traffic, the parking lot was complete full except for the employee parking lot and there was no way I was walking that plus through the mall right now.
Their gifts are wrapped and we're watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It was really nice to knock out some of the gifts we're getting early. Now we just have my family, Gabbie and Kayla. I also have to get Alan's gifts...just need to find a time to do it when he's not around!
Is it evil of me to laugh at the people that participate in Black Friday shopping, running around like idiots, only to not get any of the stuff they wanted in the first place?
It's just not worth it to me. The crowds, the bitchy people. All to save a few dollars on a subpar item. You can save the same amount in gas and time by staying at home and trying your luck online or even waiting til closer to Christmas when things go on sale again.
Maybe it's because I've worked in retail on Black Friday and have dealt with it from that side, but I think it's a load of crap.
Last night Alan took me to see Michael Buble for my birthday. Even though I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant, I was able to have a really good time. The opening act was a group called Naturally 7 from New York. They were awesome. They reminded me of BoysIIMen, but they were completely acapella and also did some beat boxing and vocalplay. Very very cool.
Michael was awesome, but I'm sure you already know that. He started with jazz standards, such as Georgia On My Mind and Mack the Knife, then he broke out into other stuff, such as Van Morrison as well as his own stuff. He even did some Michael Jackson! I've seen interviews with him and he was hilarious then, just as he was last night.
I took a couple videos on my phone of both Naturally 7 and Michael, but the sound quality is horrible. My old razr took much better video than my droid. You would think that would be the other way around!
It was really nice to hear some jazz. I was in jazz band through middle and high school but then stopped playing in college and last night made me realize how much I miss it. Depending on where we are after Gizmo's born, I am definitely going to look into joining an ensemble again. I doubt I would have the time, but I would love to play clarinet in a wind ensemble and alto or tenor saxophone in a jazz ensemble. Hopefully I will be able to do so!
I do this to myself every time, and honestly, only one of the films I have seen since I read the books has met my expectations. That was Order of the Phoenix. Loved the book, loved the film. Was super impressed with the battle in the Ministry of Magic, everything about the film was great even though it was the longest book yet shortest film.
Alan and I saw The Deathly Hallows Part I yesterday and, I dunno. I wasn't disappointed, exactly. It followed the book very well, probably the best out of all the films. Yet, I left unimpressed, apathetic. Yes. That's it. Apathetic describes my reaction perfectly.
It was what I expected, but it didn't evoke a strong emotion out of me at all. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either, which has been the case with all of the other films. Maybe it's because it stopped mid book and now everyone has to wait until July to see the rest. Maybe it's because there's not a lot of action until they go to Gringott's. Maybe it's because I'm 9 months pregnant and have so much else on my mind.
I met Shanna and her daughter Breanna today at the outlets in Queenstown, MD. Since she lives just outside of DC and we're just outside of Philly, we try to get together every few months. Normally we meet around Baltimore, but we decided to try something different this time. It's crazy to think that the next time I see her, I will have a little goober of my own!
Since Alan and I really have no friends out here, it was really nice to see her and hang out for a bit. We both have people we talk to at work, but no one that we can hang out with. The one friend I did have in the Philly area moved back home to Nebraska last month. I know she was missing home and needed to be back, but I was really sad to see her go!
On another note, my aunt and cousins were in Philadelphia last week because Dustin had an interview. He's supposed to find out if he got the position in the next couple of weeks. I really hope he does. It would be nice to have family out here and I know Alan would like to have a guy he can hang out with!