If my life weren't already exciting enough, tonight I went to the grocery store by myself.
Not that I don't love the children. But usually I don't love how they act at the grocery store.
So, after Adam was bathed, fluffed, puffed and snuggled into his Joe's Garage pj's I slipped out while his dad read bedtime stories.
I was off to reacquaint myself with the the produce...and the snack aisle, the frozen foods and the deli counter. I wasn't about to leave anyone out. It had been too long.
I'm not sure why, exactly, it had been so long since I'd had a leisurely (albeit focused) grocery store run.
At the beginning of the year we decided to cut back a bit on how much we spent on groceries and without even trying we've cut our monthly spending by at least one third.
One of the ways we did that was to make only one large grocery run each month, which meant I actually had to sit down and make a comprehensive grocery list. It had to include not only what we need at the moment, but also what we might need two or three weeks in the future. Just suffice it to say my brain doesn't work very well that way.
It has something to do with being 40, working full time and having a toddler. That combo causes my brain to malfunction often after 5pm. It's been known to spark and smoke after 11pm. After midnight I turn into a blonde fairy princess with no brain at all.
The last time we were due for an extended grocery run Doug went. It was a rainy Saturday and I was working on a project at home. He took Adam with him and it took him the rest of the weekend to recover. God bless him, though. He said Adam had a hard time steering the cart to the car when Doug finally surrendered at the check-out lane and curled into a ball and climbed into the basket.
He had to pop open and guzzle a Red Bull right there in the parking lot just so he could gather his wits to drive. And Doug had to show him how to put the key into the ignition and shift it into drive.
So.... I had a great time tonight.
A few observations:
* Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches come in mint. Who knew?
* It's strawberry season here in Georgia!
* Publix (at least around here) no longer carries 8th Continent Soy Milk.
* Cheez-Its were buy one/get one free. Twist my arm.
* And, do y'all prefer Cheez-Its or Cheese Nips? Reduced fat or not?
* Margaret Holmes brand canned tomatoes and okra is heavenly.
* Have any of you tried the single serve microwave steam veggie packs? Love them.
* And what about the reusable grocery bags? They make it so much easier to pack,
load and unload the groceries. Do yourself a favor and buy 3 or 4. You will not
I'm home now.
The boy's in bed. Red hot smokin' hubby is watching The Braves. I've got a chocolate bundt cake in the oven.
And all is well with me and The Publix.