Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Grocery Store Rebel or the Story of Two

I totally broke all the rules today.


Man, did it feel good.

This morning, I woke up feeling kind of sludgy.  You know that feeling when it seems like you
are walking in Jell-O all day, and no matter how much you try to perk up (regardless of your caffeine intake) your "get up and go" never gets going? Well, that's how I felt today. 

I couldn't even imagine driving to the gym this morning.  It wasn't the workout I dreaded, but the getting there seemed painful, and hard, so instead I worked out here at the house, in an attempt to rev up the brain. It worked for a bit, but didn't last. 

I decided that what I needed to do was to just get showered and ready. Yesterday I got all caught up on laundry. On Monday I went postal over the dust in my house and cleaned all. day. long.  (The desert? It is beautiful, but oh! is it dusty.)  

I hadn't yet had the opportunity to enjoy my clean home (although the dust was once again living on my counter tops and shelves early this morning), so I thought today might be the day to rest and enjoy the fruit of my labor. Since I was feeling sludgy and all.

I sat down to read a bit when it occurred to me that I could not remember the last time I had been to the grocery store.  

A quick look through the cupboards told me that it had been a pretty long time.

So I grabbed my bag and headed out the door. 

This is where my first Rule of Grocery Shopping had been blatantly broken:

I was hungry.  

It wasn't until I got to the store that I realized I was really being a rebel, because not only was I hungry, but was obstinately breaking the second Rule of the Grocery...

Shopping without a list.

Yes, I know. I know!

What will you think of me now?

There are two reasons I shop with a full stomach and a list:

1. I won't buy every single thing that sounds good.

2. I will buy everything I need, and won't have to go back for at least a week.

So, having to pay for the consequences of my actions, I came home from the store with two impulse buys:

OK, so the plain Popsicles aren't really impulse (except I don't usually buy TWO jumbo boxes). They are a pretty much a summer-time staple around her. After-all, I do live in the desert and I must stay hydrated.

The Creamsicles? Total impulse.  I actually bought two of those as well, but I was too lazy to get the other one out of the freezer. 

I have to say I confused myself with the purchase of cream cheese. It was on sale, and when I passed by and saw it there on the shelf, I grabbed (of course) two packages. 

This was quite possibly the most impulsive part of the trip, because I am not all that crazy about cream cheese. Now, don't get me wrong, occasionally I like a little Philly Goodness on a bagel, or when it's part of a cheesecake, but it's not on my list of weekly items.

To make this post just that much more weird. I also bought 2 gigantic Russet Potatoes, because for some reason, while shopping, all I could think about is Potato Soup, and how much I wanted that for lunch. Because potato soup is what someone craves when it is 90 degrees outside.

In spite of my huge deviance (read with sarcasm) I managed to spend $20 less than I usually do when I visit the store. 

Which probably means I will have to go back before the weekend. 

When I got home and got all the stuff put away (and obsessively wiped the dust on my counter that had settled while shopping) I promptly made a turkey sandwich, completely forgetting my craving for potato soup.

The good news is that if you are feeling sludgy and tired, and are craving potato soup, being a Grocery Store Rebel is the cure.

Oh, and Creamsicles help too.

3 comments:

Darcie said...

Okay. First with the same birthdays. Now with the living in the desert. Hmmm. What else might we have in common?

I gotta go now. I suddenly have an urge to make a grocery list! :)

spaghettipie said...

Had you just read the account of Noah or what?

meh said...

What impresses me most is that while still feeling sludgy you accomplished more in a morning then some people do at top energy levels.