Sunday, September 30, 2012

Grocery Heaven

Yeah, right. 
I hate grocery shopping. I have a couple cooking blogs that I follow to get ideas for new and different foods to try out, and they are written by total "foodies." They actually have some passion about their food, they get excited to cook, whereas I do it because, well, we need to eat! I wonder if the foodies enjoy grocery shopping? You'd think so, right?
For the majority of our marriage, Brett has had a long work day with long commutes. Shortly after Jason was born, the Tax Commission, where Brett was working at the time, changed their work hours from 5 8-hour days, to 4 10-hour days. This meant that Brett would wake up around 4:40 A.M. to leave and catch a bus at 5 A.M. and not return home again until about 6:20 that evening. It was a LONG day for both of us. I didn't want to waste his small amount of time at home with us by going grocery shopping, so I've always done it and just took the kids (and suckers to keep them quiet) with me. Sure it was a pain, but it was doable.
Well, the last time I went with the kids, it was a freaking NIGHTMARE. Jason was literally running and screaming down the aisles like a tiny maniac, stopping only to pull things off the shelves. So I sat him in the basket, meaning there was pretty much no room for the groceries. Brandon just cried. The entire time. Then Jason decided it would be a good idea to squish the groceries. Awful, awful AWFUL trip. That was the day I came to a pleasant, no- GLORIOUS, realization...Brett's not working 13+ hour days anymore...I don't have to go grocery shopping with my kids! (Insert chorus of angels singing *here*)
So on Friday night, I went grocery shopping, by myself, no children to distract me or throw extra stuff in the cart while I'm not looking, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I never thought I'd be so excited to do such a mundane thing, but there you have it! Furthermore, I'm trying to plan an entire month's worth of meals this month as an experiment, so I bought a month's worth of groceries. Except for milk and some produce every week, we're set! I don't really enjoy cooking, but I do love things that make life a little smoother, so hopefully this little experiment is one of those things! :)
In order to make Halloween a little smoother, we took a trip to JoAnn's yesterday to get some fabric for the boys' costumes so I could get started...on my procrastinating on doing the boys' costumes :) Really though, I want to just get them done and not have it nagging the back of my mind for several weeks.Now I just need to figure out how to get toddlers to wear mustaches, since they're going to be Mario & Luigi. Any ideas? Yeah, me neither. But it's gonna be adorable! :)
Not exactly what we're going for, but funny anyway :)

So speaking of dignity, I'm going to lose all of mine at this moment, but since there's like 3 people who actually read this blog, I'm not terribly concerned. I'm going to post an infamous Halloween pic of myself and my dear friend Steph, and my nephew Mike. I don't remember why he was there, or why we ended up taking him trick or treating. I do remember that somehow Stephanie ended up with the good costume, and that when we went trick or treating, Mike gave back all of the candy he didn't like :) Good times. Pretty sure my Mom still has these costumes in the basement somewhere.
Doesn't Steph look happy? She should be, she's not the one dressed as a giant bird! :)


  1. You could use washable markers to draw mustache's on. :) If you want.

    Plus, I don't think you lost all dignity by posting that picture. You look all tiny and cute. Soooo, you look exactly the same as you do now.

    Also, I like that costume way better than Stephanie's (no offense Steph, if you're on of the other two who read this blog).

    I love your blog. LOVE is not even a strong enough word.

  2. I also don't enjoy shopping with my kids anymore. They used to be good, but now I think they get sprinkled with naughty dust when they walk through the doors.

  3. You make a very adorable bird/duck thing. Jason would snuggle you if you still had that costume.