Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Cyber Monday.

Whatever that means.

According to Wikipedia (the be all and end all source for all research ; ):

The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shipping season in the United States between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, "Cyber Monday" symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores. Although that idea has not survived the test of time, Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation's division, in which online retailers offer low prices and promotions.

Apparently this term was coined way back in 2005, but I have yet to hear about it until this year - much like many others considering the above bolded statement. In case you are wondering, I did not partake in Black Friday. I used to work retail - that was experience enough to stay indoors - and additionally, this was the first year since I started working at the age of 16 that I got the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday. Yay for working in private industry! The benefits abound.

Another reason why I stay in on Black Friday ---> Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down. People scare me.

I'm thinking I'll protest Cyber Monday - not for any particular reason other than it's made up to make people want to buy stuff. Stores will continue to offer online deals up to (and after) the Christmas holiday. This I believe.

So, instead of shopping on Black Friday, I stayed in my jammies all day as planned and my Dad and brother came over to help Mark install our shiny new kitchen faucet. It's so. fabulous. Squee! Yeah, I'm that excited about a faucet. I'm proud of Mark for his continually improving handi-abilities.

Scary to say but... I *think* we are officially finished with the kitchen now*

*of course I'm ignoring all of the stuff that still needs a home on our kitchen table AND in the office, but there's time.

Next up: Holiday party with the FK girls! Woohoo!

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