321 Quote Me- Celebration of Life: Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Good morning everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving break! Rory from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! nominated me for 321 Quote Me- Celebration of Life which is really befitting because I love to celebrate various occasions! So this past week was busy, and I feel that’s an understatement. Homework is giving me a lot of curve balls, and I’m now getting caught up with my drafts and tags on WordPress!

I sent Thanksgiving cards to loved ones that live all over the nation. Yes, I like email and other social media to keep in touch, but I still enjoy giving hand written cards every once in a while! It’s hard to get us all together for anything because we’re so far apart. I’m thinking one day I’ll go on a major road trip and visit all of them to catch up. There’s so much distance between us, yet it doesn’t change how I feel about them.

My roommates made a delicious Thanksgiving breakfast before I headed into work for early Black Friday sales. I had some turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, gravy, brussel sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and washed it down with some cranberry cocktail. The food made me sleepy so I took a three hour nap before my shift.  When I woke up, I got dressed, packed my Kindle reader for any potential breaks (wishful thinking… breaks might be elusive), and was ready to go!

The day before, I had the opportunity to decorate my smock which I am so grateful for! I relish any chance to be creative especially during a chaotic retail holiday. Each department was color coded, and my supervisor gave us a bunch of creative materials. I went to town with the hot glue gun! (Did I mention that my hot glue gun and I are great pals?) When my boss first handed my uniform, my vest looked like a medical smock that I might wear to a gynecologist’s appointment. 

I had to change that immediately! I added a candy cane heart, penguins, sleigh on a shiny hill, wreaths, trees, gems, smiley face emojis, red bows, Mardi Gras beads. Decided not to take my sewing machine out and give it some shape because I need lots of freedom of my arms and waist. Yes, my boss seemed to skip the Thanksgiving decorations and jumped straight to Christmas, but oh well! I work with what I got. 

Here is my battle armor for Black Friday! My roommates told me I belonged on top of a Christmas tree because I sparkled so much. I was tempted to put on a football helmet because I heard last year a customer gave a worker a black eye during Black Friday, but I figured I’m a fast dodger! Brutal indeed, but all that Jujitsu training pays off. πŸ™‚

I arrived at my workplace an hour early and gave my parents and siblings a call. They had a wonderful dinner and were playing a dancing video game. My dad created the Thanksgiving meal this year, and he told me he really enjoyed the process of cooking for the family.  Earlier I sent my siblings a Tokyo Treat Box for Thanksgiving which has a bunch of goody snacks from Japan. They enjoyed it! We said our farewells. They wished me luck, gave me some emotional support, and hung up.

Click. My one phone call is up. I clock in, and head into the battle arena. 

It’s like walking into the eye of the storm where it is eerily calm, but you don’t trust it. 

Understandably, I heard that some of my coworkers called in sick which according to my boss may be cause for termination. Others are anxiously manning their saran-wrapped stations. Customers are keeping an eye on their goods surrounding the station like vultures.

My smock is an eye catcher, and I receive a lot of compliments from coworkers and customers alike. Man, I feel like I’m walking the red carpet! I waved at my coworkers who smiled back and honestly looked relieved when they saw me. It looked like a brief moment of respite from the constant surveillance of their merchandise.

I push through the bustling crowd and finally reached up to the front end where there was caution tape closing off the checkout lanes. I enter the ringer. Several handsome (very handsome πŸ˜€ ) police officers were patrolling the area staying very alert. The HR director (aka the referee) greeted me and gave me a pat on the shoulder. Never saw him before, but he wanted to compliment me on my smock! 

We chatted a bit about technical incubators while the managers were priming up all the cashiers giving us their best pep talk. The store director paced the floors. One of our supervisors brought a huge speaker to play a motivational musical playlist. Then they played IT… one of the latest songs from one of my favorite musicals, The Greatest Showman!

All of this is rather intensifying the situation! Some of my newer coworkers are getting more nervous while I’m just getting primed up. I look at my watch and once the minute hand hits 6:00, I hear a full range of party horns signaling the go ahead for the masses of crowds to check out. 

I take a deep breath, and a big guy is headed towards me with a set of towering boxes of toys and electronics that seem to cascade down onto the conveyor belt. I silently talk to myself, “I can do this. I have an incredible team backing me up. You don’t have to go through life alone.”

I call for help from one of the burly, muscular cart pushers to help me lift all of these boxes (some of them were bigger than me!) throughout the night. A flood of customers came through my line with a variety of questions and complaints. I feel like they were dying of hunger the way the manic crowds were frantically fighting over goods. Grateful and puzzled for the kind, patient, and pleasant customers who stopped by! I would have thought they would stick to the online option. πŸ™‚

Piles of merchandise were strewn throughout the store. We stayed on top of it by collected them before they got trampled on by the stampede. I filtered out the noise and focused on the task at hand. Some people may be of the opinion that a mosh pit is one way to celebrate life. Not me, but some people may find it thrilling.

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Sometimes, I think people get energized by spending Black Friday celebrating with the enormous crowds! A celebration of spending their hard hard earned savings to buy things to enhance their life or the lives of their loved ones. It may be an illusion of enhancement or a reality for others. They may enjoy walking around the store checking out the sales with their families.

I didn’t get anything that night. No time to, but I did have an eye on the 200 piece art set with an easel/stand and DIY Spa Kit. (Already thinking of methods for self-care after this onslaught πŸ˜‰ ) Our supervisors provided us with a warm dinner in the break room.Β  I crashed on my bed the moment I got home. New memories swirling around in my mind.

Ah,
my sweet bed 
How I adore thee
Falling into the oblivion
of sleep that comes easily!

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    A lovely, celebratory post. Great quotes. Thanks for the tag. 😊

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! No problem. I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  2. What a truly arty and vibrant post Sa – LOVED IT!!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks, I enjoyed writing it! I know I mentioned it before, but I LOVE celebrations. My family can create one heck of a party.

  3. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    There are many, many ways to play 321 Quote Me and Sa -nails it beautifully!

    Celebration of Life bang on!

  4. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Good stuff! πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I love celebrations! Even little celebrations for little victories. πŸ™‚

  5. OMG! This was such a wonderful read Sa! As I read through it I couldn’t wait to see what happened next! πŸ™‚

    Your smock is brilliant, I love it! I’m loving your thoughts on the creative R&R, one can never use their imagination too much. πŸ˜‰

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed writing it! I love to celebrate many things even little things. πŸ™‚

      Imagination can take you many places. It’s powerful! An acquaintance told me that one time a government official stopped by a school where some kids drew various pictures of flying aircraft. The government developed it in real life.

      My roommate used my smock as a sofa decoration until Christmas time comes around. She wants it in a place where we could see it everyday. πŸ™‚

      1. I could tell you had writing it and your excited energy shines through. I love your contagious energy and passion for celebrating even the little things, I’m much the same way.😁

        I agree, my imagination is one of my best friends! πŸ˜‰ Imagination is the key to unlocking new opportunities believing in the impossible to make it a reality.

        What a great idea and fun way to add some extra holiday cheer!❀️😊

  6. lorac888890 says:

    I worked retail years ago and it can get very busy especially around the holidays. Nevertheless, I spent a very pleasant Thanksgiving with relatives. Thank you and take care.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed time with your relatives! Thank you for your well wishes! I plan on taking good care of myself. πŸ™‚

  7. Such a clever and humorous post. Thank you for the tag, and I’ll see what I can do… πŸ˜‰

    1. theresaly520 says:

      I just think you would write a hilarious tale for your readers! Not sure if you explored celebrations in past perfect topics! πŸ™‚

  8. ghostmmnc says:

    So interesting to hear how it goes from the other side of the counter at the black Friday sales. I love how creative you decorated your smock! πŸ™‚

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ Always fascinating to explore various perspectives of life.

      1. ghostmmnc says:

        Yes, it is! πŸ™‚

  9. InspiresN says:

    Great vibrant post and perfect for the holiday celebration!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks, it was a fun filled break! 😊

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