Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm back, and it's my 200th post!!!

Can I just say Holy Moly. It has been FOREVER since I have blogged. I'm not going to lie, but there are two factors for this 1. It is now Holiday season for Retail and 2. this post is my 200th post and I am doing a giveaway and I didn't have the give away pics ready, and I just couldn't do another post and "pretend" that my giveaway post was the 200th if it really wasn't (if that makes sense). So anyways, here I am!

Let's Recap!

Black Friday was crazy at Coach. We opened at midnight Friday AM, but Josh and I had to be at the store for work at 11pm Thanksgiving night (He was a temp hire for black friday weekend). And since we spent the Holiday with my family in Livermore, we drove the hour and a half from my parents house straight to work after we had dinner and cheesecake - yummmmm!!, got we there at 10:30pm and got to work immediately!

Look at this freaking line! People had been waiting for over 2 hours!!! It went all of the way to the parking lot!
The opening ladies! Ready for the chaos!
The store was completely packed. We had to regulate how many people could come in and out of the store, it was SO hot and humid in the store from all of the people and I seriously felt like I was going to get the swine flu from all of the nasty coughing people! Yuck!
Josh and I worked 10:30 pm Thursday - 5:30 am Friday, went home and slept and then went back to work from 4pm Friday- 12:15 am Saturday, then went home and slept and went back to work on Saturday from 1pm-11pm, then went home and slept and worked 8am-5pm Sunday. Needless to say by the end of the weekend all of the staff was feeling a bit crazy!
Sunday after work I headed home again to my parents house so we could get the family Christmas tree. Ever since I moved out I have always gone home to partake in the family tradition of getting the tree and decorating it. And it was good to see my family again because who knows when I will see them again with my crazy holiday schedule!

Then today I drove back to our place from my parents and ran errands with Josh and then went to the gym because today was my day off. Then after dinner we brought in the x-mas decorations so Stephanie and I could decorate!

Josh was so excited that he fell asleep.

(Finished Decoration pictures to come!!)

So that is the last few days in a nutshell. We worked a TON, and we still haven't gotten caught up on our sleep, but oh well, we made 4 hours of OT on Friday and got a $100 Coach gift card for working a split shift so it all evens out :)

And now on to the fun part!!! My 200th post giveaway!!!!!

Of course as always, you can only enter my giveaway if you are already a follower. I love and appreciate each and every one of you, so only you can enter! :)

I've been saying I would do a Coach giveaway, and the time has come! After much deliberation I decided to do a cold weather themed gift because picking out a purse for someone is kinda hard. So feast your eyes on the cutest Coach Op Art Umbrella and perfectly matching scarf !!!
In the spirit of Christmas, if you would like to enter please leave a comment with your favorite Christmas song! My personal fav is Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney. I know I know, kinda nerdy, but it is one of my top 5 for sure! You have until December 10th to enter! Good Luck!

Happy Holidays!!!



Jules said...

Welcome back and congrats on 200 posts!! It gets crazy for everyone this time of year and with you working at Coach, I can completely understand.

I’m glad you guys had a nice Thanksgiving and I cannot believe the line at your store. Wow! People sure do love a deal. I give you credit for working all of those crazy hours. You must have been exhausted! I cannot believe that you were still able to decorate in between all the work. At least you got some OT and a gift card :)

Please count me in for this awesome giveaway and you know I’m a follower! My favorite Christmas song would have to be The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Nat King Cole. I love both of the goodies that you picked for this giveaway so very much!

That's Sassy said...

What a whirlwind work week you had!! Glad to have you back in the blog world, I would definitly like you to continue following my blog, I have decided to go private. I think I sent you an invite to my blog!

Anyways, I am definitly a fan of Coach and the holidays and my favorite Christmas song is a silly one but fun!! Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte!! If you havent heard it, check it out you won't be disappointed:)

A Living Hale said...

The picture of all you and your co-workers is too cute! I remember working in retail and I always wanted the earliest shift so I could go home and crash during the day!

I would love to be considered for the giveaway! My favorite Christmas song, hands down, would have to be "Santa Baby"! The giveaway prizes are fabulous!

jen + ryan said...

i love all the pics, katie!!!! can't wait to see all the decorations!!

my favorite christmas song is the one that starts out with "chestnuts roasting on an open fire"... i don't know the title but it's my favorite!!!

Steph said...

Wow sounds like a crazzzzy weekend. Glad to hear that you survived.

Yay for a $100 gift card. I take it you will be getting something and not Josh. :)

As far as the giveway, pick me, pick me. Very cute.

Christmas songs... I mostly despise them all equally but there is one good one. Its called Daddy don't get drunk on Christmas and its by Back Porch Mary.

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

A. I missed you.
B. What kind of sales did you guys have?! Those people are crazy for some purses!
C. That's a long time to work!
D. I am totally impressed you waited until you were prepared to do your 200th post.
E. Yeah for 200! It's been the best 200 gym freaks and funny stories I have ever seen!

F. There is no one that needs this prize more than me, well, unless someone reads your blog from England. I mean, hello, it's cold and rainy here 9 months out of the year. My favorite Christmas song is Kindergartner Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Okay, well, maybe not. It was a bad day. My actual favorite is silent night.

Welcome back!

Lil' Woman said...

Oh my freaking goodness, what a crazy weekend for you. I would be laid out if I was you, forget the gym..lol

What a great giveaway...I don't own any Coach so if I win this that would be awesome...I love all the classic Christmas songs but one that always puts a smile on my face is "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" :) So horrible but so funny!

Sonja said...

oh WOW! that's ALOT of people standing in line!! I never understood why people would wait 2hrs to do ANYTHING really. lol

Glad you had a great holiday! It's good to have you back! :)

Congrats on 200 posts! that's awesome! Count me in in the giveaway! My favorite holiday song is "Where are you Christmas?" by Faith Hill. *sigh* I love that song. :)

Have a great day love!! xoxo

JessBay said...

Welcome Back! I was thinking about you as I was braving the black friday crowds, people are insane this time of year.

Count me in for the giveaway..My favorite song is Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...such a good one!

Congrats on 200 posts! That is awesome!

Chocolate Lover said...

Congrats on your 200th post! And what a great giveaway! I think my fav song is Silent Night. It's one of those that no matter who sings it or what version it is makes me realize its the holidays

Annie said...

you poor girl! you are a workaholic!! i thought when i read your twitter posts that you had the times written wrong! i can't believe you had to work that much!!! at least you got the $100 giftcard though! that's awesome!

congrats on your 200th post! your giveaway is amazing!!! pretty please count me in ;) i don't really have a favorite christmas song but i love all the trans-siberian orchestra christmas music! i've been listening to christmas music non-stop at work these days ;)

jennster said...

i totally thought about you this weekend cause i remember last year i drove there to go to the coach store, and the line was so long, i was like.. fuck it and left. HAHAHAHA

i will be going in soon!!!! you still have good sales right? SAY YES!!!! so i will see you soon!:)

MrsB said...

congrats on the 200th post. holy crap i dont miss retail on black friday. and LOVE this giveaway! you rock!

MrsB said...

and my favorite christmas song would be any beach boys xmas song, auld lang syne or kenny g xmas songs (i know, i know)

Amanda said...

Congrats on the 200th posts! My favorite Christmas song is "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I love the song no matter who sings it, but I think my favorite is Whitney Houston's version of it!

The Yager Family said...

I love your blog - I used to live in that area and I love seeing/reading about places I know!
My favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells... not terribly original but it's the song my daughter sang last year in her first Christmas Recital and we sang it about 100,000 times to prepare! Music to my ears!

Morgan said...

GREAT giveaway!! My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells! I just love this song soo much!! Happy 200th post!! Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

Holy Moly! Ya'll worked a ton! I don't know how you did it; I get really sick when I don't get enough sleep....and with all of that working it didn't sound like you had much time for sleep. How neat that you & Josh got to work together!

And the giveaway....AMAZING!
My favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Martina McBride.

Sarah Ann said...

I was beginning to wonder where you went! In fact I was just thinking, "Okay if she doesn't post today I'm going to send her an email to see if she is still alive." =] Black Friday weekend sounded like it was crazy, and working split shifts SUCK. Anyway, go catch up on some sleep girl, you'll need it to keep from getting sick!
Oh and P.S. my fav. xmas song is Jingle Bells. Totally classic and probably the only song I probably know all the words to. I like to think I was programed as a child to know the words.

Maryellen said...

Hi Katie! Since I was a lucky winner from your 100th post, I'm leaving myself out of the running for this one. I'll still tell you my favorite Christmas song though...The Elf soundtrack...I can't pick one song.


Christy said...

Wow, you've BUSY!!

Congrats on the 200th post - that's quite the accomplishment!

What a great giveaway! My fav Christmas song is "Home for the Holidays." Aka, There's no place like home for the holidays....I just couldn't agree more with the words of this song - which is probably why it's my favorite! Lol! :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a super busy weekend! I hope you both get some more rest! That's a too cute giveaway! My favorite Christmas song is Hark Hear the Bells but I'm also loving the Chipmunk Christmas song....

KMC510 said...

Glad you survives Black Friday! Your store looked packed!! Please include me in your giveaway. My favorite Xmas song is "jingle bell rock." I can never get it out if my head once I hear it. PS. I still totally love the purse I bought when I randomly ran into you at your store! No blog yet, looking to start it this month though.

Jodie said...

Hey Katie! Welcome back!! I haven't blogged in forever either and keep promising something, but there's nothing exciting going on! ha!

Congrats on your 200th post! My favorite Christmas song is a toss-up... "The Christmas Song" by Michael Buble' or "Baby it's Cold Outside" by Leon Redbone and Zoey Deschanel (from Elf!).

I hope you and Josh have a great holiday season! Ps- the lights look great!

cassi said...

I LOVE rockin around the christmas tree, but I have to also say, I can't help but beat my heat to 'come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!' Was actually doing some grocery shopping yesterday and they were playing that on the loudspeakers... I jokingly danced a little and one of the ladies working there said "no partying in the aisle!" lmao how embarrassing!

Anonymous said...

Fun giveaway. Plus, that scarf is SO in need with this freezing cold weather!

My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I love Celine Dion's version of it. LOVE IT!

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