Friday, November 28, 2008
I also purchased my White Elephant gifts for this year's "Cooper Kids Coast Christmas" exchange, and got gifts for the neices and nephew. I do enjoy Black Friday. I get the paper the day before, then read through all of the ads and see what is massively on sale. I cut out the ads for things I want to get, then glue them all to a piece of paper with the store name and time they open. Then I figure out which store to hit first, and I am set. Today my plan was Toys R Us first, but I got there and there was a line all they way around the block and ZERO parking in their teeny lot. Since I knew the gifts I bought were not doorbusters (but WERE on deep discount for Friday only), I knew I could afford to come back in 45 minutes or so once that line disappeared. So, I headed over to the mall to hit Sears. Got exactly what I came for, utilized the checkout stand in the women's clothing department (the line was 15-20 people deep to checkout in the electronics department upstairs, but NO wait on the first floor), and headed out.
I drove past Toys R Us to Old Navy, since you have to take a left out of the TOys R Us parking lot to get to the area where Old Navy is, and there is no stoplight to help. It totally sucks. So I hit up Old Navy, got a couple great $5 shirts and sweaters, then headed back to Toys R Us. No line to get inside now. I got the gift I was looking for, then stood in a line that snaked throughout the entire store as I waited to checkout. I did the remainder of my Christmas shopping as the line moved along.
After that, I headed to the Home Depot near my house, bought my tree and called it a day. I was home around 9am.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This is a hand carved wooden walking stick we got while on our honeymoon in Jamaica. Ethan is NOT a haggler, and he had a heck of a time working out the deal on this. I was getting my hair braided at the time, and I remember seeing him go walking past with a troupe of villagers in his wake, all offering him their wares...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Imagine hearing this blasted at full volume while you and eighty thousand of your closest friends scream their heads off.
The music is Bittersweet Symphony, by the Verve. Without the lyrics, and with the bass pumped up, they start playing this for the Seahawk players to emerge from the tunnel.
They start up the song, a little slowed down. They they have an Auger hawk named Taima (local Native American word meaning Thunder) who flies out of the tunnel and lands on her trainer's outstretched (gloved) hand, to the roar of the crowd.
Then, the offense or defense (they alternate each game) comes running out all at once. Once they form a 'tunnel' of players, the remaining players are announced one by one, and each runs the gauntlet of players and gets everyone all pumped up. Generally, there is at least one player who comes out with a '12th man' flag and gets the crowd riled up. For those of you not in the know, the 12th man is something very special here in Seattle. Years ago, the number 12 jersey was retired from this team in honor of the fans--the 12th man. Today, we lead the league in total false starts for opponents in our stadium. The fans scream so loud, the offense can't hear the play call or the cadence and they jump early. There was some concern that this stadium wouldn't be nearly as loud as the Kingdome with it's enclosed roof, but we have proven that not to be an issue.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I spent a lovely weekend in Redmond with the Fieros and Merritts, and here are the pictures to prove it! The kids were adorable and fun and loud and oh so cute and I enjoyed every minute of my brief stay. Payton helped me out especially on my way to the airport. Thanks, Payton!! You made my stay a success!!