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My Grocery Shopping Confessional

I don’t actually document my errands. But this was a particularly “fun” and “interesting” experience that I thought warranted sharing. Because way back when I did a site survey and lots of you wanted a “peak into my life as a mom.”

grocery shopping confessional

My Grocery Store Confessional

The grocery store trip that was doomed from the beginning. Times are estimates.

Monday, July 25, 2011

4:30 pm > Enter grocery store. With both kids. SIGH audibly.

  • I do it despite my knowledge that it’s the worst possible time to go grocery shopping.
  • Wander aimlessly.

4:45 pm > Realize I don’t have my list. Decide to attempt the trip anyway.

  • Proceed to put produce in basket. Get dirty looks from people because I have my kids with me.
  • He towards dairy section.
  • Witness Logan pushing the basket around in circles in the middle of the aisle as I grab the milk.
  • Make the mistake of walking past the ice cream.
  • Go back to the produce because I forgot half of what I needed.

4:55 pm > Go down random, unnecessary aisles to avoid the masses.

5:00 pm > Remember I have an iphone and that I can look up a couple of recipes for ingredients.

  • Attempt to park the kids out of the way so I can double check what I need.
  • Double back for kalamata olives so I can make Mediterranean Pasta, or something like it, for dinner.
  • Realize I’m out of parmesan and have forgotten it the last 4 times I’ve been shopping.

5:03 > Get more dirty looks because I’m saying “no” to all the kids requests and most likely am wearing my favorite expression – the “perma-scowl.”

5:05 pm > Remember that I’m out of sour cream. Head back to dairy.

  • Give in to Madeline’s requests for popcorn.
  • Declare that we’re DONE and no one better complain, nag, whine, or hit…otherwise it’s a TIMEOUT when we get home.

5:08 pm > Make a bee-line for the shortest check out line. Actually pick up my pace so I can get there before another person eye-balling the short line.

  • Get another dirty look.
  • Tell Logan to stop touching the magazines and that we’re NOT getting any candy.
  • Decide that I want a Skor bar. Hide it under the food so the kids don’t see.
  • Get ready to pay and then realize I DON’T HAVE MY WALLET.

5:10 > Vent on Twitter. Go home. Get Wallet. Do.Not.Pass.Go.Ever.

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5:20 > Get back in line. Thank the nice person who didn’t put the food away. Pay.

  • Answer phone. It’s Jamie. Tell her what happened. She laughs.
  • Mentally stick my tongue out at her. Decide that’s not very mature.
  • I agree that I might laugh too…in a few days.

5:25 > Load Car. Leave Store.

  • Get honked at.
  • Miss my turn.
  • Take a detour.

5:35 > Make it home just before Eric. Decide it’s leftover night.

  • Eat leftover soup even though it’s nearly 100 degrees out.

I’m sure we’ve all been there and I realize that probably 98% of the population despises grocery shopping just as much as I do. So, give me your worst. Leave me your grocery shopping confessional. Dish out the dirt.


Friday 5th of August 2011

This sounded to familiar. When our local supermarket was damaged during the January floods this summer we now have to go to another suburb to shop. The aisles are narrow and it is a bit snobby as well. So when I take the four kids under seven to shop I get many stares (how many children does that women have?) and a constant "Can you please move your family out of the way." I now shop online and it is delivered to my door and unpacked for the tiny sum of $10 extra on my normal groceries price. A happy stress free mum = Happy family.


Thursday 4th of August 2011

Ok, here it is: I love grocery shopping. Love, love, love it! I've often told my husband I should start a personal grocery shopping business. My son is only 14 months old now and very easy to take along; he is perhaps the most easy going baby ever, so he's pretty fun to have tag along. Although when baby #2 comes in a few months, I may be singing a different tune...

But I do remember one trip when my boy was just a couple months old. He started screaming, so I was trying to hold him and push the cart one-handed. Then got to the check-out, only to realize I didn't have my wallet. Fortunately my mom saved the day that time!


Friday 29th of July 2011

Your shopping trip sounds WAY to familiar. I love it when I can go shopping without the kids.


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

LOL--you poor thing! It reminds me of shortly after I gave birth to my 4th (and last) little one. I took ALL of them to the grocery store with me. I thought I held it together pretty well! they got a little squirrely at the end, while we were checking out. I had the kids loaded into the van and buckled in......and I realized that I hadn't BAGGED ANY OF MY GROCERIES. I LEFT them on the conveyor belt INSIDE the store!!! I just hauled my kids out to the van after paying! OMG. EMBARASSING.

Jessi @ Quirky Cookery

Tuesday 26th of July 2011

Awww! Well at least you got the olives eventually, right? :P