I'm Scotch - literally and figuratively. My husband says my ancestors invented copper wire by stretching pennies. So it's no surprise that I love the after-Christmas sales. I love it when the sales get to 90% off. I got Melissa a Christmas shirt at Target for 75 cents and was feeling pretty good about my deal. Until I saw Anthony's deal.
Ok, so our toilet seat broke. Not a great subject for a blog entry, but just wait. So Anthony went to the store to get a new one. He went to Smith's Marketplace because it was close. He was looking at the choices and Melissa was begging for the soft cushy pink one or the clear one that looked like it had water and fish in it. THANKFULLY, he resisted her pleadings and went for the normal cheap plastic seat. But they were all gone. He looked above the shelves (he's 6'6" - he can do that) and it just so happened that there was one box up there. He said it looked like the same one as the display, so he took it to the cashier to buy it. She rang it up - and said it would be 4 cents. Yep, that's not a typo - four cents! She then decided that must be a mistake so she called the manager over. The manager found that it was a discontinued model and they weren't even supposed to have any left in inventory - yet there it was. They had to charge something for it and since it rang up at 4 cents - that's how much they had to give it to him for. So he paid the 4 cents and brought the toilet seat home.
When he told me - I could hardly believe it. I was laughing pretty hard until I saw the receipt. Then I laughed even harder. Not only did it cost just 4 cents - but he actually SAVED 3 CENTS! This was so great I just had to share the best deal of the year so far (and it's not even my Christmas left overs at 90% off)!
I won tickets to Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo from the radio!
I had been listening to KOSY 106.5 during the holidays in my car and at work because they played all Christmas all the time during November and December. Well, one day they were talking about how they had a bunch of different versions of "White Christmas" and wondered how many versions there were. Immediately they received tons of calls from people telling how many they had heard, naming their favorite version, how many they had, etc. So the morning DJ decided to make a game out of it. He put together a version of the song cut from 12 different artists and put it on the radio and website to see how many their listeners could guess. As soon as I got to work I started working on it and soon my whole office was helping. Well, we only got 9 out of 12, but it was a lot of fun.
The station was so inundated with calls from people trying to guess and then telling them how much fun it was, that they decided to do it again the next week. I was listening again (it was in the morning on my way to work at 7 am) and quickly had my office helping again. The cut off time was 8:30 and this time there were 15 artist singing "Winter Wonderland". We had all but 1, so I emailed in and got the reply that I was tied for 1st. We still had time, and so we kept trying to figure out the one artist we were missing. Just as time was running out, my boss figured out that it was one of the same artists that had stumped us before. I quickly emailed again with the complete list, but I got it sent at 8:30 on the dot. We hoped that I had made it, but unfortunately someone else beat me to it and my email was received one minute late.
They mentioned my name on the radio as an "almost winner" just missing the deadline, but as the only other person to get all the artists. Then they decided to give me something anyway - two packages of 4 tickets to Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo!
You can listen and try to guess too (if you don't look at the answers) on KOSY's Fisher & Peggy blog http://www.kosy.com/pages/mornings.html?page=2, the one titled "Another Mish Mash Holiday Song!" and two pages previous titled "Who Hasn't Sung "White Christmas?" By the way, if you go to Wikipedia and search those songs it has a list of an amazing number of artists who have recorded those songs - and their lists are not even complete!
We went to the zoo on Monday night for family night and it was really fun. Unfortunately I didn't take my camcorder, but there is a pretty good video on youtube showing what it's like - http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=69bKDXIHHO4&feature=related. My favorite part was the representation of the 12 days of Christmas in lights choreographed to the music at the bird show stadium. We all sang along (Anthony and Jeremy sang several different versions and had the crowd around us laughing). It was the perfect day to go, no snow, no wind and it wasn't even too awfully cold. We had a lot of fun.