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Black Friday Shopping ’08

Wow – what an exciting couple of days of shopping! As was the case last year, I did the majority of my Christmas shopping online. One thing I did do differently, however, was to actually go to the brick & mortar stores prior to purchasing online to check out some of the merchandise first (specifically – Target & Walmart). Here are my experiences with some of the online retailers I purchased from or considered purchasing from this year. Please note all times are in CST:

1. Toys ‘R Us – They started their online BF sale in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. I got onto their website about 5:30am Thursday and I was able to purchase the $59.99 Star Wars Federation MTT (7662) Lego set and the $19.99 Eyeclops Handheld Bionic Eye for Camden without any issues. I tried to make another purchase Friday morning but their site was having issues. They had a $25 off a $50 purchase coupon if you used Paypal.

Merry Christmas to Me!


I just bought the neatest gadget at Amazon. It’s an Audiovox Digital Frame & Message Center. It was one of the Lightening Deals and I purchased it for $49.99 total!! I’m loving these Lightening Deals.



Camden’s Christmas Gifts

So we’ve received Camden’s Christmas wish list for this year and as usual, it contains so many toys that I know he’ll lose interest in after a short while. He did ask for a few Star Wars Lego sets, which I feel are excellent toy choices. But he also wants the Eyeclops Night Vision Goggles, a few video games, and some MORE action figures (as if he doesn’t have enough already). I predict that those goggles will end up at the bottom of his toy chest no less than a month after Christmas.

I’m thinking of getting him one of the Snap Circuit Sets (the Extreme version). He received the JR set last Christmas and still plays with it. We actually fought over it about a month ago. I was planning on taking it to school to do a demonstration with it for my class and Camden became very upset that I was taking it. He asked about it the entire time it was gone (which was about 3 days). I like the extreme version since it provides the

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CAST Convention in Forth Worth

I just spent 2 wonderful days at the CAST Convention in beautiful downtown Fort Worth (CAST = Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching). This is a convention sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT). What a wonderful experience getting to spend time with other science educators! It was also an opportunity to meet a large number of vendors and see products/ideas that can be utilized in science education. I have so many new ideas to use in my classroom! I also spent a small fortune on science toys for Camden. My poor son – he doesn’t stand a chance with me! Everything I want to buy for him has some sort of scientific principle or concept behind it. Anyway, he and I just finished playing with the toys and he’s enjoying them.