What a horrible name for a day, huh? I know where the retailers are getting it from, but still… sounds a bit morbid to me.
I'm used to hearing of stores opening at 5 or 6 a.m. to get the 'early' shoppers in, but one of our nearby malls opened at 12:01 a.m.!! Isn't that nuts? I missed it, but a co-worker said he saw the tv coverage of the event and it was jam-packed wall-to-wall. Ugh. That sounds like a version of hell to me. The once or twice I went with my MIL on an early black friday shopping excursion, we actually didn't run into any crowds and that was just fine and dandy with me.
Have I mentioned I'm not really a fantastic shopper? I'm not one who really likes to arrange shopping trips places, and although I've gone on some shopping travel weekends in long-past years, looking back I can't say that it was really all that fun. Guess that female gene must have been recessive. I generally figure out ahead of time what I want and where the most likely place is to get it and if I'm not getting it online, I try to just zoom in and get it and get out in one piece. Occasionally, there have to be some looking around but I chalk that up to research and I do try to avoid it.
So… you ask. What am I doing today? Why working, of course! I'm paying the price for being gone three days this week. Although I sent out two notices to everyone that I would be gone, I still ended up with emails requesting things to be processed on Tuesday and Wednesday. *rolling eyes* Although I do have a program that I could have fulfilled their requests from home, I chose not to. I didn't feel their requests were emergencies and they had enough notice that they were out of luck. (Also, they don't know I have that capability and I'm sure not gonna tell 'em!) Yeah, I'll probably be working all weekend to make up for being gone, but it's okay. Most of the people who bug me will be gone for the long weekend so it could be pretty quiet and allow me to catch up in peace.
Five Days of Gratitude: Day 5 – I'm grateful I have a job where although I bust my chops this time of year, most of the rest of the year it is pretty flexible. Even, to be honest, this time of the year – if I put my foot down I could be absent. I probably put more of the pressure on myself to get things done in a timely manner than most everyone around me. That's the perfectionist coming out again. I get paid a decent wage and for all my bitching, really do have a pretty good bunch of people to work with. (Don't we all have some people who can annoy us just by breathing some days?…oh, c'mon…sure you do!…or maybe just me?…) I'm grateful not to have to put up with those 9-5 days, 5-days a week, over and over and over with no end in sight until retirement. Or the salaried postitions where you end up working way more than your fair share and have the headaches to prove it. I've been on that treadmill and it wasn't for me. This is much better for my lifestyle and personality and I'm secretly thrilled I have such a good job – less than 10 miles from home! It just 'works' for me.