No, I don’t know when I’ll feel like I have the time and inspiration to write something other than a list.
We needed a huge shopping this week and I mustered up the fortitude to go to THREE stores to get the best deals/favorite brands (or favorite generics). And I STILL decided to buy a few of the wrong things at the wrong store for the best price.
Those things I purchased incorrectly are things that a) we don’t need often and b) I feel angry about the need for them AT ALL. For example, one was special laundry detergent for hand washing my delicates. I opted to not buy it at store #2 because CERTAINLY IT SHOULD NOT COST THAT MUCH. But alas, it was $1.00 more at store #3. Then I considered whether I could just use regular detergent (no, because we keep it at the shop since we do regular laundry at the laundromat in town and if I bring it home we’ll forget to bring it back) or just use hand soap (no, because we like foaming hand soap which is ALSO EXPENSIVE and maybe we should just get regular hand soap except that I never feel like I can rinse my hands soap-less in our well water so I’d probably just stop washing my hands) or just use dish soap (no, because for the same reason we use EXPENSIVE foaming hand soap we use EXPENSIVE specific-name-brand-specific-extra-power-style dish soap to clean our dishes in well water) so I bought the BIGGER, MORE EXPENSIVE special laundry detergent so at least cost per ounce went down and now that I’ve written this all out I think using our dish soap would have been fine.
I also still have things on my shopping list because we did not absolutely need them and I was trying to save (or space out spending) money. But now I wish I had bought them and never had to shop again. Ever.
Another reason for a huge shopping list is that Tom is leaving on Wednesday to spend Christmas with his family. I think I’ve mentioned that before? But maybe not. At any rate, I will not go into my office job from Wednesday through next Tuesday (although I will work for them remotely) and keep our shop open. Since no one will be around to help with other chores, I tried to plan out meals and shopping through next Wednesday. We’ll see how well I did and if I can find time to get everything cooked.
I am not sad to spend Christmas by myself. I am happy it means Tom gets a vacation and to see his family. I have a special meal of all vegetarian appetizers planned and a book a friend sent me that will come down off my “to be read” shelf. I will probably buy a little wine even though that means going back to a grocery store.
I held off on buying wine because right before Thanksgiving I bought enough (6) bottles to get a huge ($18) rebate. There is a similar rebate for a similar amount of bottles available right now (different brand), but I was really hoping to actually get the rebate check in the mail first so that it could cancel out some of the up-front cost of this next purchase. But time is ticking and my “emergency” whiskey got used when I found a small skin infection (AGAIN?!) yesterday during my shower.
To end on a positive note: a) the infection looked MUCH BETTER this morning and I’m 99% sure I won’t need an oral antibiotic or to curtail my exercise routine b) the emergency whiskey tasted awesome.