Here's what you do Black Friday, November 23, 2012
|Celebrate Black Friday in style this year with a little on-line shopping, and a lot of post-Thanskgiving chill...|
Are you ready? It's that biggest of all shopping days. 40% off at Banana Republic. An XBOX 360 with Call of Duty Black Ops for $250. $14.99 jeans at Old Navy. It's Black Friday, my friends. Now, at Here's What You Do, we are NOT about the 5am shopping trip to the mall. No sir. Today's day plan is about how you do Black Friday, Here's What You Do-style. Read on!
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Here's what you do Black FridayFirst: Thanksgiving dinner omelets. Make the omelet Julia Child style, as we always recommend. Then, add your favorite thanksgiving dinner dish - if you have some left - as the stuffing. The big hit this year at my place was agave maple syrup glazed organic carrots. Heat up some of those with a little stuffing from the Barefoot Contessa recipe, and you're good to go. Have it with piping hot coffee and maybe a little fresh squeezed OJ. Yum! $10 for ingredients.
Second: Shop Online. Stay at home this year and shop. It's totally the way to go. Sit back, relax, and get your shop on. The deals are pretty good this year. We recommend BradsDeals.com. Brad does the heavy lifting for you in finding the best deals out there. A 32" LCD from Amazon for $97! Eh. Me. Gah!
Here's the best part. Join in the GivingTuesday movement this year, and make your purchases count. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It's starting this year, and it's such a cool idea. We give thanks on Thursday, we get deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Let's take the opportunity to give back on Tuesday! Nice...
Here's what you do. Join SocialVest.com today. They'll install a nice little app on your web browser, iPhone, iPad. The app shows up at the top of web sites of more than 800 vendors (Target.com, Macys.com, etc. etc.). You specify on Socialvest.us which cause you want to support. Maybe the Red Cross. Maybe your local animal shelter. Whatever you like. Then, when you make purchases on the vendor websites, up to 2% of what you spend goes to your cause. Awesome! Even better, they have a ton of exclusive coupons and deals you can only access through the SocialVest app. Boom!
SocialVest is just one way to give back. There are ton more ideas at GivingTuesday.org.
|Get involved with Giving Tuesday today, and make all your shopping count! SocialVest.com makes sure that up to 2% of your purchases go back to your chosen cause.|
Third: A turkey sandwich. Break out the foil tinted turkey and cut a slice or two. Add some cranberry. Maybe some stuffing. Maybe even some warmed up gravy. Put it all on a kaiser roll. Or, maybe some thick sliced turkey with baby spinach and tomato on whole wheat. It's all good...
|Leftover Turkey Sandwich for Lunch. Boom!|
Fourth: Nap. Let's face it. If there's one day in the year where a nap is due, it's today!
Fifth: Movies. Black Friday is also the start of Oscar season. Go see one of the contenders. IMDB thinks these are the current front runners. (1)Lincoln, (2)Argo, (3)Silver Linings Playbook, (4)Les Miserables, (5)Life of Pi, (6)The Master, (7)Zero Dark Thirty, (8)Beasts of the Southern Wild. We say, go see them all! For today, how about Life of Pi. One of the most acclaimed books in recent years, here's a little bit about it from Wikipedia:
"Life of Pi is divided into three sections. In the first, the main character, Pi, an adult, reminisces about his childhood. He was named Piscine Molitor Patel after aswimming pool in France. He changes his name to "Pi" when he begins secondary school, because he is tired of being taunted with the nickname "Pissing Patel". His father owns a zoo in Pondicherry, providing Pi with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of animal psychology.
Pi is raised a Hindu, but as a fourteen-year-old he is introduced to Christianity and Islam, and starts to follow all three religions as he "just wants to love God."He tries to understand God through the lens of each religion and comes to recognize benefits in each one.
Eventually, his family decides to sell their animals and move to Canada due to political concerns in India. In the second part of the novel, Pi's family embark on a small Japanese boat to Canada carrying some of the animals from their zoo, but a few days out of port the ship meets a storm and capsizes. After the storm, Pi regains consciousness in a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a spotted hyena, an injured zebra, and an orangutan. Pi instinctively assigns each animal its own personality, based upon his own observations of the animals in his parents' zoo, and the characteristics of the people in his life."
|See Life of Pi this Black Friday. It's part of your Oscar preparation...|
Finally: Mexican! Time to take a break from turkey, my friends. Agave will hit the spot. Gourmet Mexican in Cabbage Town. Have a Texas margarita to start. The ceviche martini is awesome. And you can't go wrong with the fish tacos. Then try the grilled chile & lime swordfish. Happy Black Friday!
|Escape from Turkey for a bit and have some Mexican At Agave in Cabbage Town.|
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Total: $110 plus whatever your Black Friday Budget is. :-)
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Today's full day plan can take up to about 9 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta. The 9 miles equates to about 7 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 2 sq feet of forest. Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.
9 miles of driving
7 pounds of carbon dioxide
2 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.