Obviously, you people are saints

If you commented on this week’s Monday Dare, I just want you to know that I would trade two of my other friends for you.

If you didn’t leave a comment, you’re probably one of the friends being traded.
A big slap on the back and a thumbs up to the 149 commenters.
Because of the generous donation matching by Noa Gavin, Stefanie Wilder Taylor and my family…

149 comments= 450 dollars

(I rounded. It’s the only kind of math I can do. Don’t judge.)
Fucking awesome, y’all.
What does $450 in goodies look like?
P.S. I’ve been thinking a lot about Black Friday tonight. I’m not participating in the madness for the first time in many years because of The Project. My resolve was strong until I checked my backlog of voicemails from this week.
The sales guy from my favorite shoe store called to tell me that 90% of the store would be on sale tomorrow. I guess it’s not really Thanksgiving in my house until I yell, “Don’t you know I’m not shopping for a year, bitch!” at my phone.
I know what you’re thinking…how does she shoulder the burden of being so classy?
Are you venturing out this weekend? Give a girl the scoop…what did you buy?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07042882766087358457 Prima Mama

    SWEET!! Nice work!

    As for venturing out…no. I finished my Christmas shopping in October.

    This one? Ruthlessly efficient.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16107214079237461141 areyoukiddingme

    No, not going shopping this weekend. I did all kinds of shopping last week – bought a new computer and a new TV. I should have waited.

    That’s a lot of awesome stuff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12574615742310337050 Kernut the Blond

    Yay for your awesome commenters!!

    Sorry, no shopping for me today, either – I’m not much for the crowds. I’d rather stay home, bake cookies, and snuggle on the couch with my cat while we watch sci-fis and blog :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17210832629299621129 TheBabyMammaChronicles

    Yay! So very glad it was such a success! And nope, I didn’t shop either, baby, no hubby here, not really good conditions so maybe next year I’ll venture out into the madness :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14258891696397242203 Staci

    You are awesome! I did the Black Friday thing once. It didn’t work out well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14699674732274478502 Maggie May

    sweet niblits!!!!

    i online shopped a bit today, that’s it! bought Ever’s hat for her Xmas picture, and a book for a friend :)

  • Kristyn

    I was gonna call u but resisted!! Such a deal at neimans! Buy over $100 of stuff and get a $50 gc for the shoe department! I am now the proud owner of some adorable Tory burches!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    prima- holy ratballs…you finished in OCTOBER?? You are amazing!!

    areyoukiddingme- computer and a tv? you’ve obviously got some new stuff to keep you occupied…you don’t need black friday. are you just thinking that you would have gotten an even better deal?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    kernut- cookies! and sci-fi! and blogs! oh my! that sounds like my day. except no delicious cookies. oh, and i guess no sci-fi either. okay, so not all the similar.=)

    babymamma- are you a stroller mama or a bjorn mama? either way, i can’t imagine trying to maneuver that crowd with baby kaia!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    staci- why is it that i can imagine that particular black friday filled with some screaming and a lot of sharp elbow throwing. was there a tussle?

    maggiemay- you have an enormous amount of self restraint. i don’t even have a baby on the way and i can’t help but linger in front of all those adorable dresses and baby shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    kristyn- *swoon* bring em to vegas, girl

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17874963138325427383 sophie

    I spent not a dime on gifts–just $44 dollars at the grocery store and $60 for tickets to hear some music next week. Oh yeah, I worked all day (thank goodness not in retail). Great restraint, my dear, great restraint. If you made it through today–you got this in the bag.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14258891696397242203 Staci

    Elizabeth–I stood on line at 4am when my son was 3 to get him a Little Tykes tool bench. It was absolutely FREEZING and I couldn’t wait for Toys R Us to open. When it finally did I wasn’t even able to get the tool bench because it had already sold out! People were fighting over toys like animals. That was enough for me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05134348512629558645 Amanda

    Elizabeth-I absolutely refuse to shop on Black Friday. I hate the crowds and the “deals” aren’t really all that great. I got a call at 5:00 a.m. that I didn’t have to work and a call at 6:00 a.m. calling me in. Yuck! So I worked all day in the ICU. And then I ate turkey leftovers for dinner! Congrats on the donations!

  • http://justmakingconvo.com/ bschooled

    Please PLEASE don’t trade me, Elizabeth! I would have commented a hundred (Xinfinity) times, but I was staying at my Mother’s for a few days and her internet connection is so slow that you’d think she lived on the Little House on The Prairie.

    I love so much that you did that. If it turns out we’re not sisters, I’m going to get murdery.

    ps. How do you shoulder the burden of being so classy?

  • Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    Sophie- working on black friday is a damn smart idea…make instead of spend. Genius!

    Staci- God, Staci, it sounds like one of us really, really loves our kid. May I just say, though, that I made sure Cal had clean pants to wear to school last week. That counts for something, right?

  • Elizabeth- Flourish in Progress

    Amanda- helpin’ people, ‘stead of spendin Excellent, mama.

    Becky- At times like this I just wish I knew how to quit you. Ok, fine Becky, we can still be sisters.

  • JoNell

    That is so awesome!! (The gifts for the kids, not the bitch trying to lure you into her store! ;) )

    I was thinking about you as I was shopping. Not that my shopping was anything great. I mean really, how much can one get at the BX on base. I needed the knife set that was on sale. Like REALLY needed it. Ours was 15 years old. :p How many sets did they get in you ask? ONE! One freaking set! Of course, the guy in front of me got to it first. I thought about taking him out but composed myself. I think he was scared though because he put it back on the shelf. I got it. SUCCESS! :) WOOT! :D

  • Dasol

    I stayed with my friend over Thanksgiving, and her sweet mother took us shopping today in a beautiful outlet store with all of my favorite brands.
    The only catch? I had lost my wallet the day before traveling, so I had no money. Holding a 30 dollar cashmere scar from Saks in my hands was torture.

    I don’t know how you do it. You have my respect.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    Das- I hope you learned an important lesson. Have your wallet tethered to you AT ALL TIMES, MISSY. As much as I love and want the best for you, seriously there is not a single thing I can do when you lose you wallet. Except cry and laugh a little at the same time….cause not being able to buy cashmere deserves some tears.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    JoNell- Wait, mama, let me just get this straight. You scared a grown-ass man into putting the knives he got to FIRST down because he could feel some sort of psychic stink eye radiating from you? Okay, you need to move closer and we need to go to the sample sales together when this year is over.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371713800889286955 RollerScrapper

    awesome job! I say eleventy but I say eleventy billion :)
    I didn’t shop but did help someone grocery shop and was rewarded with a free cookbook from costco

  • Elizabeth- Flourish in Progress

    roller- say what?! i got me one of them too! I was at Costco today buying paper towels and toilet paper and some dude handed me one as i was walking out. I was about to say “no thanks” but then he said the magic word “free” so I took one. Hell yeah, I’ll take a free cookbook.

  • JoNell

    LOL! Well I’m not sure if it was stink eye or just stink. It was pretty early in the morining and I wasn’t able to shower before heading out. I did throw on some perfume and make up though. Maybe I shouldn’t have. I could have had the whole store to myself!! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00650764598599832814 Rainyday

    Well done!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06432397460041356445 Jennifer Clark

    Poor dear. This must be a trying time for you. I have never in my life shopped on Black Friday. Not that I’m agin shopping; I just hate to follow the crowd.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like it all came from the dollar store and no where near $450 worth but oh well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14191797454323487566 Daintry

    Wow Anon, you are an a$$ hat. Click on the picture and get a look at what is there. Those little squinkies? (sp) are not a dollar, neither are the toss and go cups, or the undergarments. Get a clue. Great job on your boxes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13534398867537016708 The Empty Envelope

    I think you did a great job! There are gonna be some happy kiddos this Christmas!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    jonell- ha! gives me an idea for next year!

    rainyday- thank you!

    jennifer-=). i just heart you. you’re never one to run with the pack.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    anonymous- dollar store is cool, yo.

    daintry- thank you. my hero.=)

    empty envelope- i hope so! and thank you! unless, of course, zhu zhu pets are no longer cool, then i’m screwed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371713800889286955 RollerScrapper

    Anonymous, I’m sorry but did you forget to login as “sour grapes”?

  • JoNell

    Realy anonymous? How about you take on the challenge then. Donate $450.00 to Toys for Tots (or a charity of your choice that gives toys to kids for Christmas), go out and spend the money and then come back here and show us what you got. The key here is you can’t buy crap and you need to get some things that kids actually want this year.

  • JoNell

    And that should say really. Damnit. Should have spell checked. :P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13718481135182612620 Jenny, the Bloggess

    You. Rock.

  • http://theglamourouslifeofanarmywife.blogspot.com/ GlamorousArmy

    How the heck do you get phone calls from stores? LOL. No wonder you’re on this project for a year! I went out after dinner Thursday night but was home in bed by 1am, AND had everything on my list. It was worth it!

  • http://ohnoa.com/ ohnoa.com

    Liz, you’re fucking fabulous, and I adore you and your blog. Fabulously looking forward to getting drunk with you at BlogHer.

    I thought about you when I got drunk with my sister (that happens quite a bit, I realize) and went Black Friday’ing at Old Navy–that often times, it’s just not worth it. Unless you’re buying a big ticket thing that’s $1,000 off, why? Why wait 3 hours for a pair of boots for 10% off?

    But, if my shoe store called and told me 90% off, Ho, I’d be there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13866057740157426001 Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress

    Roller & JoNell- Remind me never to cross you.

    Jenny- duh.

    glamorous- i need help. hence, the project.

    noa- you are an enabler. that is why we are friends. god love ya.