How do you feel about Black Friday? Are you into it, against it?
Here’s what I’m thinking…wouldn’t it be more politically correct to call it African-American Friday, or Multi-cultural Friday (since people of all cultures shop on that day), or Shoppers That Want a Great Deal and Don’t Mind Getting Up at the Crack of my Ass Friday?
Oh wait, I just checked Wikipedia and apparently it’s called Black Friday for totally different reasons. My bad.
I have to work today (Friday). I am so happy I don’t work retail. My sympathies to all the hardworking retail employees who are not going to get rich off of the profits made today. A lot more work for probably the same hourly wage as usual. Although, I’m sure that during these times many are just happy to have a job. I know I am.
I decided to go computer-free on Thanksgiving. I spend a lot of time online. You know how some people have the TV on in the background all the time? That’s how I am about the computer. I have 2 laptops on most of the day and when I get some time I hop online.
I announced to my husband Wednesday evening that I would be computer-free all day Thursday and he said, “THANK YOU!” I’m glad I did it because it helped me be fully present and enjoy my family and the holiday without distractions.
Today, before getting back on the computer I reflected on how I need to give my family more computer-free time. I felt pretty smug and satisfied. I stopped being so smug and satisfied when my computer refused to do anything that I wanted. I think it was getting back at me for having to spend Thanksgiving alone. It wouldn’t let me check my email or access my blog. I couldn’t even look up my work schedule. I decided to restart it and if it didn’t work after that then I would just turn it off and deal with it later. Well, it must have read my thoughts and feared being in isolation again because as soon as I restarted it, it went back to working perfectly. This computer is trying to be the boss of me, I just have to remind it and myself that I’m in charge.
Originally, we were going to spend Thanksgiving at home, but we got an invitation to go to a friend’s house and I’m so happy we did. The food was delicious, we were in the company of wonderful friends, 4 dogs, and we got to meet a delightful 95 year old gentleman that gives wonderful toasts. I was very thankful.
That’s it for me as I have to go to work. Have a great weekend!