Fierce and Flowery Black Friday

Clump #270: Christmas shopping and paper purging; day twenty-eight of National Blog Posting Month.

There was no rest for the weary today.  My niece and I continued our tradition of Black Friday shopping early this morning … after sunrise, that is.

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Since the year we trooped out in the middle of the night to track down a large-screen t.v. for my dad, which was pretty scary, we’ve taken it easy both in time of day (7:00 a.m.) and number of stores (one).  The memory still lingers of the huge man vying for large electronics wearing a sweatshirt that said, “There Are Two Types Of People: Gun Owners And Victims.”  I let him go right ahead of me.  “After you.”  Actually, his was a pretty good Black Friday strategy.

My niece was looking like someone you wouldn’t want to mess with.

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But it was all for show.  (No foam swords were harmed by us for the photo).

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Later, we visited Longwood Gardens.  In the children’s garden maze, she punnily said, “This is a-maze-ing!”

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We weren’t the only ones getting into the holiday spirit … or with a penchant for silly hats (see yesterday).

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I was so thoroughly tired out that I fell fast asleep in my chair tonight.

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My sister said I should be able to count just getting out of the chair as the clump for today, but I moved my clump of aching muscles and another pile of paper.

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I was rewarded with a lovely handmade Thanksgiving card sent from my sister-in-law.

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We also received our first Christmas card!  I’m going to have to reevaluate whether I can still be friends with them.

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