Thanksgiving Day! And Thanksgiving Day Sales :)

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from the Alvrez's in Phoenix, Arizona. Only a quick trip to the grocery store with Janine & the kids today, otherwise a cruisy day at home. Bruce deep fried a turkey – yes, that's right, he put this huge bird into a deep frier – but it was really, really yummy and not at all oily as you would think. Thanksgiving Dinner was lovely thanks to the Olivers and what a delicious spread of turkey, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, sweet potato, green bean casserole, broccoli, cauliflower, gravy & cranberry sauce. For dessert either pumpkin or apple pie. Later Janine & I went to a huge craft shop called 'Michael's' where I 'saved' Fred 30% on all my purchases, including all the stuff that was already discounted!

For the famous Thanksgiving Day Sales, we decided to go to Toys R Us first which opened at 12am, but when we (Fred, Janine & I) got there, there was a huge line that went all the way along the building, down the footpath and around the parking lot – so we gave up on that and went to Walmart instead and got some of the things that were at Toys R Us at the same prices by showing checkout girl the brochure price for Toys R Us!!

By the time we got back to Janine's place it was 3am, and decided to stay awake and then hi Walmart/Target & Toys R Us simultaneously – Janine had to go to Target to get something, Fred had to go back to Toys R Us to get something, and I volunteered to brave Walmart to get  Janine's girls some motorised bikes that were a huge bargain at only $50. By the time Janine and I found the aisle that had the bikes, quite a few people were standing by the pallets which  they were stacked on and had claimed 'x' amount for themselves. Janine found a nice young  guy and his girlfriend who said that would save us one, and at 4.40am there was a sudden and unexpected mass exodus to grab these huge boxes off the pallet (the security guard was yelling  that you couldn't take the bikes off the pallet off until 5am – but nobody listened to him) so I managed to manhandle one in the trolley, andthen put my hand on another until the  security guard had calmed down and I could wheel it away from his watchful eye. By then 100's and 100's of people had flooded the aisles of Walmart and I was like a poor salmon swimming upstream – an extremely bulky salmon who couldn't see too well because of the piled high trolly – trying to collect a few other goodies, but just amazing how quickly the specials were stripped off the shelf. Spent ages in a line to the checkout, so didn't actually get to leave Walmart to the sun was rising at 6.30! After a couple more shops we staggered home at about 8am.

Hopefully today we'll get a Nana-nap in!
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Mike Green on

Hi everyone,
what an experience eh Tracey, staying up all night and partaking in a Thanksgiving day sale. I do hope Fred appreciates all that effort to save him 30%, he must be thrilled.
Say Hi to Janine and family for me. You must now be nearing the end of the trip. I do hope you manage to fit and pack all those goodies in your suitcases ok. - M.G. -

toni on

Wow the shopping sounds like fun, wish I was there....:)
I could have helped Fred save 30%too :)
If i dont get the chance to talk again, have
a safe flight home, and cant wait to have a loooooooooonnnnngggggggg
chat to you :) :)
Lots of love

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