I made it through my first ever Black Friday shopping experience uscathed. I left the house just after 5:00 this morning so I could stand in the rain outside Best Buy, next to a friendly man in shorts (brrrrr...dude, it's 40 degrees out!) with an abnormally large umbrella that he was, thankfully, willing to share. Once inside, I managed to get what I needed (woohoo!) while keeping my fingers intact. No black eyes, no bloodshed, very little panic.
While I don't think this will be an annual event for me (I prefer my sleep, thank you very much), I did get enough of a rush from the good deals at Best Buy and the two other stores I visited in the dark that when I got home at 7am, rather than going back to bed like any sane person would do, I unloaded my loot and spent five more hours shopping.
But I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping!
And now I'm really, really sleepy.