Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An Amazing Day!

bFollowing along with prompts for shimelle's "Blogging for Scrapbookers" class, today's assignment was remember an amazing day.  Since there has been way too many in my lifetime that have all been already blogged or documented in some way, I decided to spin the topic around to another type of amazing day. Plus one of my intentions in this class was to document the everyday happenings in life.

I been wanting to document this particular day since it happened.  It doesn't include a wedding, meeting that perfect person or a birth of child but instead a fun exciting day I have been looking forward to for about a year now.

Let me take you back two weeks ago.  My family(mom, dad, sister and I) went on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas.  It was a grand vacation.  Since my Disney cruise had me taking Mon - Thurs off of work I decided to add Friday as a vacation day also, you know to catch up on laundry and house stuff.  Plus you always need a vacation from your vacation.   And so glad I did cause guess what Friday March 11, 2011 was? That's right "iPAD 2 Friday"!

For those of you who are new to my blog, I am the biggest APPLE fan. At work, I am referred to the "Apple Queen". Now I work in IT so i take that as a great compliment.  As a technical person I have to keep up with new technology to be competitive in my job.  I use this as excuses to purchase the latest and greatest electronics.

I did not purchase the first iPad cause apple was very disappointing in not including basic things like a camera, multitasking, and an option to extend hardrive space. I was waiting for the second edition to come out. I will admit apple got 2 out of the 3 fixed for me. The fact that apple doesn't allow you to connect an external hardrive was smart on their part but kinds sucks for a user like myself who's music/movie/photo library extends across 3 500G hardrives.   Apple just figured I would buy their biggest one available, the 64 G but funds are tight at the moment and this was not practical.

So one might ask, "If funds are tight, why would you spend $600 on an ipad when you have a perfectly working macbook at home?"  Well here you go....

For me to make big expensive purchases like this, I normally put a little bit of my paycheck aside each week.  Currently I am doing this to have a down payment for a house.   So the money had to come from somewhere else.  Last year, feather headbands and hair accessories became really popular but where very expensive in stores.  I refused to pay $40/$50 for something i might wear once or twice.  The craftiness in me decided i could just make myself one.  So after a trip to hobby lobby for feathers, i came home with a bag full and ended up making 5 separate pieces.  I started wearing them to work, when i was out and about shopping and at the dance studio.  I received so many compliments.  Finally one of the girls at the studio asked if i would make her one and what the costs would be.  That got me thinking I could make a couple more with the leftover supplies i had, sell them in the studio (there is a small boutique) and make back the money i spent on supplies.  I made 5 more and within the hour i was at the studio they were all sold.  So to make this long story short, my aunt was able to get me bulk supplies at wholesale pricing and around 150 feather accessories later I was able to come up with enough money to purchase an ipad.  They are still flying like hotcakes at the studio and i also have them in a local boutique to get more traffic outside of the dance world.

So Friday rolled around and it was time to make my purchase. I had every intention of getting up at 3:00 am to order the ipad 2 online but managed to subconsciously turn my alarm off and roll back to sleep.(remember i had just gotten back from a 5 day cruise, i was exhausted)  EEK! when i woke the next morning I realized I missed it and got on apple's website to order the and processing time was 3-4 wks. I was not waiting that long. Knowing that the ipad went on sale in stores at 5 PM, I debated as to what time to go stand in line. I decided on after lunch and showed up at my local apple store at 2 pm. I was # 57 in line! not too bad. I chatted with fellow apple freaks for the remainder of the wait.

Funny side note store:

As we were sitting/standing in the long line, everyone who walked by wanted to know what the line was for and would laugh when we told them it was for the ipad 2.  Its OK only true apple obsessed fans stand in line .  A group of young girls, maybe 12-14 yrs old asked the same question.  The guy behind me jokingly told them we were in line for Justin Beiber tickets.  HAHA!  The girls started to freak and wanted to know if they had sold out yet.

Back to the original story....

 4:45 rolled around and apple sent out an employee and two armed guards with a box of tickets for each type of ipad they had in stock. 5 minutes later they had gotten to me and I was able to get the exact one i wanted. Doors opened to the store at 5:00 on the dot and by 5:15 I was in my car on my way home to play with my new toy.

I am now the proud owner of a 32G WiFi White ipad 2 and I LOVE IT!

This may not seem like an amazing day to most people but hey it was one amazing day out of my life.

Below is a layout i did a while back after i had gotten the iphone 4.


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