A Weekend Grocery Run

I love having our cabinets well stocked, but lately they have been empty. And I mean empty. I don't know how, but for some reason we went through everything this month, and there was just nothing left in the house that was good to eat. I had to scramble to think of things to send with Derek for lunch this week, because there was just nothing.

Well, I went grocery shopping today and resolved that difficulty! This is was a typical weekend grocery shopping day, so I thought I'd give you a play-by-play, just for fun.

6:00 AM - I wake up and take my temperature so I can record it on my chart.

6:15 AM - I'm back asleep.

7:30 AM - Still asleep - it's a weekend after all!

8:30 AM - I finally wake up and roll out of bed, because I can't sleep all day - it is a grocery shopping day, which means I will be away from the house for at least five hours, so I better get going! Run to the restroom, wash my face, and try to wrestle my hair into obedience.

9:00 AM - Go into the kitchen and make Derek some eggs for breakfast, because that is literally the only thing there is for him to eat! Thankfully I still have some of my cereal left, so I munch on Fiber One and Derek eats his eggs while we do our Saturday Bible Study meeting.

9:30 AM - Go into the bathroom and apply some makeup so I don't scare everyone in the grocery store.

10:00 AM - I'm off!

10:40 AM - I finally arrive in town, and make my first stop at Walmart. Consult the list. Decide to start with finding the shampoo.

10:55 AM - Still looking at the shampoo. This is my hair - shampoo is an important decision. Finally decide on Pantene Pro-V for me and Suave for Derek (yes, he gets the inexpensive stuff).

11:00 AM - After grabbing toothpaste and other toiletries, I zip off into the food section. I usually don't do trips up and down each aisle or I'll buy more than I need - normally I just go straight to the items on my list and get out of there before I spend more money than I intended. But not today, because it's really not possible to buy stuff we don't need this time - we need everything.

11:30 AM I feel slightly embarrassed as I push my at-least-one-hundred-pound cart through the store. People give me funny looks, because there is food piled up in the cart so high that it looks like a mountain. Either that or maybe they're wondering how in the world I can get that humongous load to move with my little toothpick arms.

11:40 AM - The canned goods cover at least two and a half feet of the conveyer belt, and I'm wondering if the cashier gets annoyed with people like me for buying so many cans.

11:50 AM - I make my way out of the store and these adorable little kids ask me if I wan to buy some popcorn. I really want to, but we really don't eat that much popcorn, and I have other stores I need to hit. They make me feel really guilty. I'm still suffering from the guilt now. Please everyone, don't hate me for not buying the popcorn! Especially after you hear where I went next.

12:00 PM - I jump in the car and decide I'll run to the mall to get myself another pair of sunglasses, since my favorite pair broke last weekend (isn't that so sad? I'm so hard on sunglasses). Of course while I'm there I might as well check out Charlotte Russe, right? This is the danger of sending me to town with money alone.

12:45 PM - I leave the mall with two pairs of sunglasses (it was either get one for six dollars or two for eight), a dress (it was on sale for five bucks! I couldn't pass that up), a couple of layering tanks (once again - on sale for two for five dollars), a bottle of perfume (it was really cheap, and I ran out of my other stuff last month), and a shirt (it was so cute, and it was one of the last ones). I know, it's like a sickness - I can't pass up a deal. But it's not really a sickness, because I only splurge and buy stuff like that when I know we can afford it. I'll just keep telling myself that.

1:00 PM - I jump in the car feeling just slightly guilty, and head off to Hobby Lobby to buy a candle for a house-warming gift for my brother and sister-in-law. They have really pretty candles there, and if you catch it at the right time (about every other month) they're half off.

1:15 PM - The candle is temporarily forgotten, as I struggle with the temptation to buy a candle sconce and cute little decorative sign for our bedroom. Can you believe we've been married over a year, and I still haven't decorated our bedroom? It's scandalous! I almost talk myself into justifying the buy, but at the last minute I change my mind. I already spent money on clothes, and I can wait and think about the bedroom decor for a little longer before buying. It was good practice at resisting the temptation to spend.

1:30 PM - I head out of the store with two lovely candles for my sister-in-law and head to the library to drop off a book.

1:45 PM - Back at Walmart to pick up the cold stuff and fruit that I didn't get earlier. I didn't want to ruin all the cold stuff by leaving it in a hot car while I made my other stops, so I'm getting it now (yes, I knew I was planning on spending that much time at the mall - shameful, I know). I leave the store with oranges, apples, bananas, butter, milk, sour cream, cheese, and another cute shirt/dress. I know, I know. This is why I like taking someone shopping with me - it's less tempting that way. In my defense, I haven't bought any clothes in a couple months, so I figured it would be okay to buy some now.

2:10 PM - Making the drive back up the mountain, sipping a Diet Dr. Pepper.

3:00 PM - I get home and come inside to a sparkling clean home! That's right, my wonderful husband cleaned the house for me, because he realized I probably forgot that his dad and dad's girlfriend are coming over tomorrow, and he didn't want me panicking about the house being a mess (and I did indeed forget that i needed to clean - he knows me so well). It smelled like Endust and 409 - the smell of clean. I give him a big thank-you kiss.

3:05 PM - I drop an armload of bags and sheepishly tell Derek everything I bought. He initially pretends he's shocked then laughs and tells me it's fine. See, I told you I wouldn't have got that stuff unless I knew it would be alright.

3:20 PM - I finish unloading the groceries and putting them away, and the cabinets are nice and full. That makes me feel happy. I love seeing cabinets that look full of food, especially when they were empty mere moments before!



3:30 PM - I take a bath and use my nice new shampoo, spray on my nice new perfume, and get into my nice new shirt/dress and skinny jeans. Then I sit down with a cookie and glass of milk and write this to you!

4:00 PM - Derek tells me my outfit looks good. It was all worth it.



I feel so fall-ish. Plaid just says "autumn" to me.

The night will be finished off with me making taco salad for dinner and watching a movie with my hubby (hopefully). A pretty good day, if I do say so myself. One of those days when all feels right with the world, you know?

The End.
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katie said...

Wow that is incredible! And what deals you got on the clothing!

I am not as good at planning grocery lists as you but I'm definitely inspired.

Brittney Galloway said...

What a day! and what a sweet, thoughtful husband! I hope you have fun with your guests tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Great day! You totally sound like me in this post! 1. I love Hobby Lobby. 2. I hate when my pantry/cabinets are empty. 3. I would feel guilty for not buying popcorn, but there's no way we'd eat it either. 4. I love that plaid shirt and totally want one! 5. I can't pass up great deals either.

And again, you have a super sweet husband! :)

Jessica said...

My house is pretty empty as far as groceries go, too! I got in a little bit of trouble last month for spending too much on groceries ;-) So this month I think I'm going a little overboard trying to make our groceries stretch as long as I can.

You got great deals on clothes! I LOVE Charlotte Russe :-) Glad you had a great Saturday!

ParisPink said...

Ok I must check out thses deals at Charlotte Russe. I get so distracted grocery shopping! Have a great weekend!!!

Jenene said...

You are the queen of deals! I need to learn how to do that.

Also? Art and I have also been married for a year, and we haven't decorated ANYTHING. We also haven't sent Thank You notes from our wedding.

I haven't bought myself new clothes (with my own money) in over a year. I got a new pair of pants in April using a gift card, and my mother-in-law bought me some shirts for my birthday in June.

I'm not bragging. I'm just trying to say, don't feel bad about anything. Ever. :D

Unknown said...

It sounds a very productive day and I a like that with deals on clothes. If it is there buy it! x

JennyMac said...

What a day! And you look great. Plaid definitely says fall to me as well.

Kate Craig said...

hey, nice to meet you!

I've been planning on making a Walmart trip for flannel too :) It's one trend I don't think I'm going to be able to resist!

Anonymous said...

haha I loved reading this list! I spend forever in the shampoo department!

~M~ said...

Grocery shopping is so much fun!

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