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First Black Friday Ever

Friday, November 26, 2010

I have never shopped on Black Friday, much less at a discount mall. However, all the women and my DH decided a quick trip to the nearby Tanger outlet mall was in order. We arrived shortly after 8 and left about 10:30 AM just as things were really heating up. Evidently 12 AM -4 are busy and then again mid-morning for the rest of the day. We managed to find some good buys and I am glad we spent no more than a couple hours at the process. I am not a shopper, but I have to admit being at goal weight makes it more fun than it used to be. And I did get to Christmas gifts.

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JUDE322 11/26/2010 5:01PM

  i don't there's anything i need bad enough to go shopping today. went to a garage sale and managed to get 2 christmas gifts from an estate sale. the owner had been a hoarder and the things were brand new. i got them at an incredible discount. and i didn't have to fight crowds or hunt for a parking spot. my kind of shopping

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SUNNY332 11/26/2010 3:38PM

    I don't think I could get out and fight the crowds.

We have a Tanger Mall not too far from us and I do love to shop there - just not on Black Friday.


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NIGHTOCUPS 11/26/2010 2:42PM

    Glad you had a good Black Friday.

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In law Thanksgivig

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We are beginning to gather, but are not all here yet. When we are all here, we will be 13 adults and 1 six month old baby. We will all be related in some way or another. My wonderful SIL set up the whole thing, made the reservations, bought the groceries, figured out who was making what. We are a brother and sister, their spouses, their children, their spouses (or not in case of our DD) and the spouses' parents and the one of the next generation who is grandson to 4, great nephew to 2, nephew to 2, first cousin once removed to one and just admired babe to 2. Isn't family wonderful! We are all gathering in two lodge type cabins in the Missouri Ozarks on a beautiful lake for reading, eating, sleeping, fishing, boat riding and conversation. Thanksgving dinner will be the cheery on the cake!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/24/2010 11:55PM

    It sounds like a wonderful setting for a family get together. Have a Great time, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family!

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ZACKSMOM7 11/24/2010 6:17PM

  Awesome!! emoticon

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IAFARMERWIFE 11/24/2010 3:56PM

    Oh how wonderful! emoticon

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"Fakesgivng" and True Thanks

Monday, November 22, 2010

DD and her housemates from last year decided to get together for a Thanksgiving dinner on the Friday before Thanksgiving. They called it "Fakesgiving." However there was nothing fake about the food or the sentiments. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, spinach salad, fresh orange cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and a sweet potato casserole so good we called it sweet potato crack... it was sort of like a pecan pie with a sweet potato bases. The three pies... pumpkin baked from scratch (no canned pumpkin used), apple and raspberry were baked by the 22 year old sister of the host of the party. There were 11 of us from ages 66 to 22 and we had a great time.
The next day was the last home game for the university football team which entailed a number of firsts for me... first tailgate party, first game of flippy cup (I played with water, others were using beer) and my first time to be the go to gal to fill the pitchers of beer from the keg! Then a nap after a disappointing game. The evening was spent enjoying the newest Harry Potter movie and the serious discussion that went on afterwards. Of course there were left-overs in there someplace.
Both DH and I have so much fun with DD's wonderful friends. We have much to be thankful for this year.

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MRS_TOAD 12/1/2010 10:26AM

    It sounds like it was a great day except for the disappointing game. What memories you have made!

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SUNNY332 11/23/2010 8:57AM

    Yes, I agree, that there is much to be thankful for this year.

Do have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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CJSARGENT1 11/22/2010 6:29PM

    Sounds like fun

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Putting life in perspective

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I had a wonderful day. It started with a visit to the dentist with the diagnosis that my dry socket was healing and I have been relatively pain free today. This afternoon I got to teach yoga at the Montessori school to 3-5 year olds and 6-9 year olds. Tonight I got to teach laughter yoga to a group at a church, having been invited by the mother of a former student. Then i came home to a delicious dinner with a lovely bottle of wine as a thank-you from Andrew, DD's friend who is staying with us as he starts his first professional job and looks for his own place. Wow, what a glorious and fulfilling day, filled with love, joy and children.
Then I logged into Spark to complete my nutrition tracker and check on posts where I read that one of our members had lost her husband of over 40 years in a car accident. In the midst of her grief, she choose to post on Spark. One of our team (DWD) leaders saw the post and directed me to response by another member that was very moving about what we mean to each other on this site. I don't believe in virtual friends anymore, I believe in friends of the heart and soul.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/1/2013 11:14AM


Confirms what I believe!

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JCORYCMA 11/21/2010 10:28PM

    Such a true statement and I love it - friends of the heart and soul! Thank you for sharing that with us!

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HELENSMALL 11/20/2010 10:17PM

    Hi, loved your comments today and was so sorry to hear about someone's terrible loss. I was intrigued by you talking about laughter yoga.... that sounds like fun. I live in the UK so dont know how to find out much about courses near me, I live near Birmingham in the centre of the UK. Thanks for your encouraging words. Helen

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SUNNY332 11/17/2010 8:55AM

    Awe, so sorry about your friend loosing her husband. I agree 100% that this does put all of life into perspective.

I also agree about that our friends here are friends of the heart & soul. I worry when I don't see someone post for a while.

Take care and thanks for a great post today.


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Surprising Happiness

Monday, November 15, 2010

I never thought at this stage in my life (65) that I would be finding new, wonderful close friends, especially friends my DD's age. Instead I have been blessed by my DD's friends from law school. She finally found those people who will be your friends no matter how often you see them. She introduced them to us and last year, she and her housemates cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the house and all the parents that could get there. This year, the same cream minus one set of parents who can't make it, have been invited to Fakesgiving this Friday. The menu has been divided up, everyone now lives with 4 hours or closer, especially Andrew.
Andrew was the first friend DD made in law school. He is from Florida and just got a job in our town. He arrived today and is staying with us until he can find a place of his own. We don't care how long that takes. He is a dear and it is wonderful to have his energy in the house.
Thanksgiving is going to be a celebration of the joys of friendship, whenever it surprises you.

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SUNNY332 11/16/2010 8:12AM

    I just ran across your page today while looking for something else. Serendipitous? I would like to think so. I just retired at age 64 and feel like I am entering the best time of my life. Because of Spark and people like you, I am doing things I only dreamed of doing before. Nice to meet you and nice to see we have a mutual friend - Barb.

Best wishes on your Spark Journey.

Hugs, Sunny

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2010 7:26PM

    Fakesgiving? Have a great time... sounds like a wonderful bunch!

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ROLLINAT 11/15/2010 5:59PM

    That's lovely to read. I don't think our capacity to make, or need, new friends diminishes but perhaps our opportunities do. I have loved meeting new people since moving here, and having friends who aren't at the same life stage as me has been particularly refreshing.

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