post-Thanksgiving bullet points…

Shopping on Black Friday … Well, Sort Of
Yesterday evening, Sara and I went out to peruse some of the bigger stores to see if they still had anything worth picking up at low, low prices. You’d never catch me up at 4am sitting in line anywhere, but I don’t mind cruising around later to see what DVDs I can pick up for $5 each. It wasn’t nearly as good of a take as last year – I ended up with about 8 or 9 titles, and a couple that I had my eye out for were already sold out, but apparently the word on the street in general was that the sales just weren’t comparable to what we saw last year. Which is weird, seeing that even though you didn’t have any new consoles this year, the Wii is still impossible to get, plus there seems to be a lot of push for Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band. Disney also had some good DVDs out recently, so I don’t understand why there weren’t better sales, but whatever. We ultimately ended up hitting K-Mart (although I don’t know why), Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy before heading home to watch a movie and enjoy some pie.

Wii … Needs to be Cheaper!
So I hadn’t really given it much thought until Sara put the idea in my head, but now it looks like we’re going to have to get a Wii eventually. I’ll admit that I was a bit reluctant because it looks an awful lot like exercise and I’m not exactly nostalgic for that, but after going through some of the games – Mario, Zelda, some of the carnival and olympic games – it looks like it could be kinda neat. Unfortunately, given our current financial status after moving and getting ready for the wedding and Sara starting school again next year, we just don’t have the $250+ it’d cost to pick up a system and a game or three for Christmas this year. At this point, though, we’re kinda hoping that if we can hold out until next Christmas, not only will it be cheaper and allow us to get more than just one game when we buy it, but maybe we’ll even have a little wedding gift money to pay for it!

Go, Go, Recycling!
I’m very happy to announce that today was our first official recycling pick-up day. Now it might not sound like a big deal to most, but I haven’t really been able to recycle since I moved down here because every apartment complex that I’ve lived did absolutely nothing to encourage or even allow residents to recycle. I did finally start bundling up my newspapers and driving them to a collection site myself, but it’s such a pain compared to having curbside pick-up like we had up north. But now that’s all behind us – this morning, our garbage man picked up two bags of trash and one bag of recyclables, which I think it a pretty good effort! Anything to help do my part…

Preparing to Light Up the Night
So I’m finally allowed to start putting up Christmas lights!!! I’ve spent some time conceptualizing what it is that I want to do, trying to figure out just how I can make the coolest presentation without bankrupting us at the same time. I’ve got something in mind now and I don’t think I’ll have to buy too many new sets for it, so I’m pretty much heading out to the store just as soon as this is posted!

Thanksgiving Disney?
And last but certainly not least, I’m pretty sure that we’re going over to one of the parks tomorrow, as long as I can at least get one or two more writing things done tonight so I don’t feel like I completely wasted my entire 4-day weekend! I’m kinda feeling Animal Kingdom this time, as we really don’t go there too much except when we’re staying overnight and can just pop in for Everest and then hop a bus over to another park, but I’m curious to see what they do for the holidays as far as decorating. There’s also a chance that we might get to eat at the new Yak & Yeti restaurant that opened recently over by Expedition: Everest before it starts taking reservations and the dining plan makes it impossible for us to get in on a whim.

Sometimes I think that the Animal Kingdom gets a bad rap because it’s an amazingly designed park – it’s just also very different from the Magic Kingdom or Epcot or MGM and I think when people have limited time, they’d rather do lots and lots of attractions. But you simply can’t argue that the attention to detail there is second to none – Joe Rohde and his team did an impeccible job when it came to recreating some of the great pride lands of the world on 500 acres of swampland in Central Florida! It’s too bad that Disney is probably done dumping money into that park for a while now – it’d been cool to see some of the other developments that could help turn it into a full-fledged 8am-9pm operating park like the others. Oh well, it’ll get there eventually…

Now off to Target!

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