Today we received our first snow of the season!
So many people complain about winter and snow and cold, but you have to admit that the first snow is always a bit exciting. It laid on the ground without being a hazard on the road — perfect!
There was nothing in particular that I really wanted/needed at the store, so I got a slow start on Black Friday shopping. I suppose that I could have avoided it altogether, but I wanted to at least try to find some gifts.
I started at Michaels because I had a 25% off of everything coupon. I ended up giving my coupons away because I didn’t see anything.
There were some pretty cheap Barbies and Hotwheels at WalMart, so I was thinking of grabbing some and going to the Fox News toy drive. But by the time I was out and about, the deal was already over and the Wal Mart lot was impenetrable. So I headed to Toys ‘R Us instead.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve really looked through a toy store, and today probably wasn’t the day to rediscover one — mobs of people flooded the aisles and all of the crates the the special deals were bare. But still I found some modestly priced items that I ended up putting in the Toys for Tots donation box to save me the trip downtown to Fox.
I then made my way to Larchmere Road in Shaker Heights. There are a lot of artsy boutiques and antique shops in this area that I had been meaning to explore, so finally did so today. And as much as I don’t care for vandalism, I also saw this fun crosswalk sign here.
My next stop was the Bazaar Bizarre East show, also being held on Larchmere.
Basically, it’s a smaller version of the BazBiz craft show that’s happening on the West Side in about 2 weeks (I’ll be in Pittsburgh at the Handmade Arcade during that one)… I ran into a lot of other crafters from past shows and ended up having a really fun time talking with them and meeting new folks. I’m surprised at how many other vendors remembered me.
Later in the evening, Ryan and I decorated our little Christmas tree.
Really it’s my tree with ornaments that my parents have helped me to collect since birth, but I found Ryan a cool shark ornament at the craft show so he wouldn’t feel left out:
I’m totally pumped for the holiday season!