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Woot woot! It’s Almost 2014!

Hey kiddos! Unless you live under a rock that has internet access, you probably know that tomorrow is the last day of 2013. (Now I’m re-thinking that joke… If you have internet access, you more than likely have a handy dandy virtual calendar… or a real one. Nevermind.)

A new year means a lot of things for people… Unrealistic weight-loss goals. Empty promises to quit smoking. Checks written with the wrong date. You get the idea. For me, 2014 means NEW TOYS. (For this blog I considered ticking off the popular toys of 2013, but it’s better to look forward and be hopeful rather than look back on all the electronic gizmos and get angry.)

Next semester, I only have 3 classes, all of which are online. I’m guessing that I’ll have some free time to journey to toy stores and see what’s what. This way I’ll be able to see what the market trends are in smaller scale stores (as opposed to Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us). I’ll talk to owners, Instagram my findings, and get lost along the way because I don’t have the greatest sense of direction. I’m also interested to know how demographics play a role in the success of an independent toy retailer…

Another ambition for the New Year is to obtain part-time employment at the nearest Toys “R” Us, which just so happens to be in Fort Wayne, 50 minutes from my house. A lot of you might be saying, “That’s a terrible idea!” Very true, it might be! Quite frankly, I love my current job, so believe me when I say that this will not be permanent! Taking on a second job in another city will indeed be stressful, but I would like the experience. I’ll be like a secret agent, working undercover to learn the enemy’s weaknesses. And I qualify for the job. Boy, do I qualify. I can count change and be friendly; two essential characteristics of a cool employee, in my opinion. Oh yeah, and if there’s an employee discount, I’ll explode with happiness and rainbows.

Of course, the good ol’ blog will continue to be a priority. I’m still new to all of this stuff so I hope to become more technologically literate as well as find video editing software that doesn’t make me turn into the Incredible Hulk and smash stuff.

That’s all for now! Happy New Year!

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