Where were we? Ah... I think we are now to Friday. What an interesting day that was. Jaden was in a play that morning so me and Mad took off to the school to see him. All students in Merit (gifted program) have been learning about Black History and put on a neat little play about how far we have come since segregation. Jaden was a peaceful protestor. He and a group of other peaceful protestors walked across the stage with signs of protest. I would have shown you a picture but it happened so fast I didn't have time to get my camera out of my purse! He did do a great job though :)
Since it was leap day, she had to have a frog and bring 29 things. I got confused and thought it all had to be on her shirt. It's been a long week what can I say? I took an old blank t-shirt and printed out a clipart frog onto an iron-on printable fabric. Cut it out, ironed it on, then took safety pins, added a purple bead to each one, then pinned 29 of them onto her shirt. It actually turned out pretty cute for only 20 minutes of work. Of course, all she really had to wear was green. At least the frog was green!
After that I dropped Maddie off at school and then went straight to the sale. There were gobs of people in the store being the first day open to the public so it was very busy. At random times there would loads of people and then it would be nobody. Never can tell- Nothing out of the ordinary and I really just chatted with the other ladies there most of the time. One time though I almost laughed out loud. A customer had come up to my table and was looking at the Hot Iron Mitts and was going on and on about how cute they were to her friend. Probably said "This is just too cute" 4 times and then looked at her friend and said, "What is it?". I was so glad I had my back turned becuase I really almost cackled. I was just about to get up to let her know what it was when her friend saw the sign I had up explaining what they were. So funny.
For dinner, my best friend Brandi and I had made plans to meet at Chili's to eat supper and then she was going to come back and sit with me to keep me company until we closed up at 9pm. I have to explain first where we were. In Columbus, we have 2 main streets really perpendicular to each other. Our store was on the end of one of them, Hwy. 45. I had to travel back towards the middle of town to get to Chili's. When I left I had no idea anything was going on down the street. I got about a 1/2 mile down the road and I started noticing several business had cops with lights on just sitting in the parking lots. I first noticed them at Best Western, then a little further, they were lined up on the side street beside Walmart, then across the road they were all over a small bank, and then again down another side street near a shopping plaza. I had visions of Walmart being evacuated the night before and wondered if there was another CODE BLUE! I went on to Chili's and as soon as I walked in they had one of their TVs turned up loud so everyone could hear tuned into the local news. There had been a shooting and 4 people had been shot, one being one of two suspects, the other was still at large. I noticed a few older couples got up and left the restaurant. Now me, I was thinking why would anyone come into Chili's? It's on the other end of the highway so I figured we were pretty safe. It turns out that what happened was the guy that started everything had confronted his wife and an ex-city counselman that were together of an affair and then starting shooting, first the man and then his wife. All of this in front of a pump-n-save. Then he started walking away, when a patrolman showed up. The officer was also shot and then the guy took the police car to a nearby bank, left the car and on foot went near walmart (still not sure if he went in or not), then was found by the best western and shot in the head. Everyone survived but the shooter (from what i've heard but it's only a rumor) is braindead. Before I knew all the details, my friend and I ate our dinner then headed back to Cooper's. After hearing all kinds of stories of what might have happened we closed up shop and headed home.
We needed a reason to be at McDonald's to get the picture so we went through drive-thru and I got a caramel sundae. Brandi wanted ice cream too so after we got the picture we went to Sonic and she got a fudge cake sundae. The complete store is that there were never two suspects, just alot of confusing reports from everyone that it seemed as if there were two. They had gotten the one suspect pretty quickly after all of it happened to begin with.
Got back home safe and sound (and I might add extremely full) and was pretty tired after all that!
Saturday seemed pretty tame compared to the past few days. Traffic in the store stayed steady but when the half price sale started there were lots and lots of people coming in. I had my best show yet there and I have to say I am pleased and feel like it was well worth my time. I left a little earlier since I was so tired. I packed everything up and was out of there around 7:30pm, went home and crashed.
I must have slept hard because I woke up with a crick in my neck. We went to church and then planned to come home and grill chicken for lunch. It was such a beautiful day! It was so breezy and nice we opened up all the windows and doors in the house and just enjoyed it.
Jaden went over to a friends house to play. Maddie asked us if we had a kite and of course we don't. BUT I came up with a great idea for one. For Valentine's Day we got the kids heart balloons along with some goodies that still have air in them (can you believe it?). I cut off the weight and tied a really long piece of yarn to the existing string. It was great! Maddie even made a paper tail for it. It made the perfect kite since it never falls to the ground, even when the wind died down. HA.