Sunday, November 30, 2008

Got Bit By The Bug

Jim & I got up at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday to head out & do some Christmas shopping. Our first stop was to Home Depot as we decided to get an artificial Christmas tree (okay, so I decided to get an artificial Christmas tree, hehe). They had a 7 1/2" pre-lit LED tree, regularly $200, on sale for $49. Luckily, the line wasn't too long & we were able to get in & out in no time. But then when we got out to the car, the tree wouldn't fit! We got the back door closed just enough to be able to take it home, driving with the inside light on the whole way. Thank goodness Home Depot is only about 10 minutes away!
After dropping the tree off at home, we then proceeded to head to Walmart as we needed to pick up a couple of DVD's & video games for our dd. I knew about the Cricut Expressions being on sale there for $199 & we decided if we could find one, we would get one. Otherwise, no big deal. Well, this Walmart was already sold out of them, so we left there & headed to the mall to go to JCPenneys & Macys. After the mall, I asked Jim if we could go to JoAnns to see if maybe they would match the price on the Cricut. Well, that was a nightmare from the beginning! The lady at the service desk called the manager up front & the manager proceeded to tell me that no, they couldn't match it because it wasn't the same Cricut. UMMM.....H-E-L-L-O! Yes, it was! She was trying to tell me that the one in the Walmart ad was the Baby Bug, even when I pointed out the picture to her & showed her that it wasn't. I asked them for the phone number to their corporate office & decided to call them while I was still there, at the service desk (thanks Jewls :), but of course, they were closed, so all I could do was leave a message. Just as we were getting ready to leave JoAnns, another lady came up to me & asked me if I was the one that was trying to get the price matched on the Cricut. I said yes & she said "well, my husband is a manager at Walmart & he told me that it's not the same one." I just said "okay, whatever, thanks" & turned around & left without spending a penny!
We then went home & we were going to call it a day as we were both pooped & I had to go to work in a few hours. Jim suggested that I try calling some other Walmarts & see if they had any of the Cricuts, so I did. First one I called, no luck, but the lady referred me to the Walmart in Flint. So I gave them a call & they had 2 left! 2! I asked them if there was anyway at all that they could hold one for me as we were about 45 minutes away & she asked her manager & said they couldn't hold it, but told me to call & talk to the store manager to see what they would do. So I called her & she said the same thing.....no holds, but she was so sweet & even told me that if they were both gone by the time we got there, then she would call around & try to find me another one :) We jumped in the car & headed to Walmart. I dropped Jim off at the door while I went to go park since a guy in the car in front of me was taking forever to move. I parked, got out of my car, starting walking in the door & there was Jim, coming down the aisle with the Cricut box in his hands :) I'm so pissed at myself for not getting my cellphone out & snapping a picture of him with it! It was priceless! Wonder if I should take the box back into Walmart & re-inact it? LOL Anyway, I am now the proud owner of a Big Bug :)

I debated for a few days whether or not I should even keep it & didn't even take it out of the box. Like Jim said, if we found it, we should buy it so at least we'd have it if we did decide to keep it. I like his way of thinking :) But then today, I had a surprise sale on my Etsy shop.....a lady purchased 6 of my caddies! WOOHOO! I couldn't believe it! Jim said that was my sign right there to keep the Cricut & then proceeded to tell me "Merry Christmas." What a sweetheart!

So I was trying to figure out where to put her (yes, she's a her, lol). I wanted her somewhere close to the computer in case I decide to ever get the SCAL program, but I had no space anywhere on my desk. I then told Jim that it would be neat if I could make the shelf in my cabinet that my printer sits on into a pull-out shelf. He ran to Home Depot, bought the sliders that we needed & whalaa.....my cricut is now safe inside the cabinet (see second picture) & will be easy to access by simply opening the doors & pulling the drawer out.

I've already cut out 2 cards & a few things with the Home Decor cartridge, just to make sure she worked okay because I've been reading about some people having problems with the ones from Walmart. But so far, so good. Now I need to find the spatula tool as I can see already that it'll be a must-have item.

Okay, enough about the Bug :) Our Thanksgiving was wonderful, except for the fact that I didn't get to see my granddaughter :( Shawn came over for dinner & stayed for quite a while, which really surprised me. He was a little hurt, too that he wasn't able to see his daughter.....I could just see it in his eyes! Broke my heart! Apparently, Toni took her to her father's house a few days before & then she wasn't even able to make it there for Thanksgiving (still not sure why, though). But anyway, we had a really nice time all weekend long. Jim even said to me today that he really enjoyed all of the weekend :)

On Tuesday, I'm schedule for an MRI of my shoulder as I'm still having a lot of pain in my arm & hand :( I'm scared, but at the same time, I just want to know what's going on with it, so I'm looking forward to just getting it done & hoping that they can pinpoint exactly what's wrong.

Now I'm pooped, so I'm gonna go relax with Jim & watch some tv.

Have a wonderful week!
Benita

17 comments:

Lida said...

Oh Benita that is so cool, hope you enjoy your bug and have tons of fun with it, please share your etsy shop I looove etsy!!!

Lorrie said...

Benita, all signs point to the fact that the "bug" was meant to be YOURS! Enjoy your new toy girl, and how cool that your man was so quick to make "her" a safe "home"!! Glad your Thanksgiving weekend was so wonderful and I hope you get to see your grandbaby soon..{[hugs}}

hpoormon said...

Great to hear you got the "bug". I have the older one and really enjoy it. The possibilties seem endless with it. I can't wait to see what great things you create with it!!

Suz said...

You have a great hubby....

You will love the big bug

Raquel said...

Benita that is so great!! I got bit by the BUG also. I haven't taken it out of the box yet.

Colleen said...

Wow! Well, have fun with the bug and give us a review once you've had a chance to play!

Good luck with the MRI!

Sarah C. said...

Sounds like fun shopping! What a wonderful DH to help you track down that Cricut and build a shelf for it. :)

Sarah C. said...

Oops! Forgot to add - hope everything goes well with the MRI tomorrow.

Linda said...

How exciting! Enjoy your new toy! Good luck tomorrow.

Sandra Collins said...

what an exciting purchase

emily said...

Wow! Determination will get you anywhere! Good for you for being assertive and not giving up! Enjoy your new "toy"!

Jayne said...
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hpoormon said...

So, How did the MRI go? I got the "Bug" also, and I have been having a ball with it. I can't wait to see what you create with yours!!

Lindelon said...

Your gonna love it and I thought I would pass this along so you can have some more fun. Any purchasing a Cricut Expressions between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15 you can get Printing 101 and My Community cartriges for $7.95. Here is the link https://www.creativexpress.com/rebate/index.php I stumbled upon it while reading about the Expressions; glad I saved the link because I couldn't find it again. It ask for a promo code; I called and they said that was taken care of and not needed.

Have fun and you absolutely want to get SCAL once you warranty runs out.

Darcey said...

Congrats & Enjoy your new big bug:)

toners said...

Have fun with your new bug :)

Janet said...

Way behind in blog reading...congrats on the new purchase! Hope you have lots of fun with it!