Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I need to have my head examined...

So Erich and I go grocery shopping quarterly, meaning we save up one long afternoon where we will go out and buy everything we might possibly need for the next 3 months. I don't think we really do it on purpose...usually we just completely run out of milk, eggs, butter, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, etc., and then decide that it must be time to go shopping (rather than running to the local drug store or specialty store to pick up one item at a time).

Today was that day. We went to Fred Meyer because the past couple of times we've gone to Top Foods, we love the dry goods and produce, but the meat selection isn't great and the prices are kind of high. Having both worked at Fred Meyers, though, we tend to drag our feet shopping there since we don't like running into people we worked with (even though their prices are usually much more reasonable). We bit the bullet and even remembered to bring our reusable canvas grocery bags.

We typically do all of our dry goods and grocery shopping first, pay for it, take it out to the car and then come back in for the perishable and frozen foods (it's a pretty big shopping trip). Today it took us about 3.5 hours from the time we set foot in the store til we were driving out of the parking lot. Needless to say, by the time we got home, made a couple of trips to unload the car and unloaded the groceries, we were both tired.

All of this to qualify what happened next.

We bought a butter dish because both of us have grown quite accustomed to having room temperature butter in the morning for bagels and english muffins. Here it is...


Well, since it was straight from the store, I didn't want to just put a stick of butter onto it...it looked pretty dusty. So I reached for a paper towel to wipe it down and found this...

That's right! We ran out! But we went to the store and got more! Where did we leave those paper towels? Oh, here's where they ended up...

...Right by our pile of shoes. Well, that's not where the paper towels and toilet paper go! The toilet paper goes in the bathroom and the paper towels go in the laundry closet above the dryer! I'll just put it away...

That's better. Wait, are those towels in the dryer? How long have they been there? I should probably fold them now before I forget again.

Ahh, nothing better than folding laundry while watching Arrested Development. I just love that episode! Well, I guess I should put these away before I start dinner.

What's better than butter on mashed potatoes? I'll just get butter from our new butter dish. Wait, didn't I put butter in this earlier? It's still dusty, I should wipe it out with a paper towel. the paper towel holder is empty, we must've run out! Good thing we bought more today...

...I am seriously deranged...

*these pictures are a dramatization

6 comments:

Colleen said...

How the heck do you make it 3 months with out grocery shopping! That's insane!! Kyle and I go at least once a week!! And if its been 2 weeks... we are struggling.

Your "process" for your shopping trip is hilarious too. The fact that you have 2 rounds in the store is classic. :-)

Anonymous said...

While I will not judge your habit of not shopping until critical (Emily and I often do the same) I simply cannot allow for more people to buy into this notion that it is ok to leave the butter out at room temperature. Who told people this is ok? This is a health epidemic just waiting to happen. I mean how many butter dishes are out there just fermenting some type of nuclear E.coli? Butter goes in the refrigerator people! And please pass this important health safety message on to my wife.

Brandon

EmilyPie said...

Power to Butter Leaver Outters!

Scott and Lorie said...

oh my gosh you sound like me.
i swear i was going to write a blog like that this week. about how one thing leads to another thing which leads to another thing and i end up feeling like i've done nothing but run circles.

isn't it exhausting being deranged??

mh said...

Not deranged (although Arrested Development could have that effect. Lord knows the writes were deranged!)just unfocused. Thanks for your kind words, Stacia! I guess Eliza must have linked to me because I KNOW I didn't inform your parents about the blog!

mh

sohobutterfly said...

Love me some warm butter too! And folding laundry while watching TV. YOU GO GIRL!