Grocery stores and cute dresses = my life
You guys, I love grocery stores. When I was a kid, I loved when I got to pick up groceries for my household. How it would work is, my mother (who was in charge of the grocery list) would write me out a list of what to pick up and give me just about the right amount of money to buy those things. Plus a little extra, so I could buy like a box of crackers, or some cutely shaped pasta, or fancy cheese.
I remember bopping around the aisles of the grocery store one time as a kid, dancing to the music they were playing over the speakers, and my Mom was like, "Um, you're not supposed to like the music. That's the whole point."
Note: This is neither me, nor my Mom.
But I these models are working that grocery store aisle like a catwalk!
But I always loved grocery stores. I love how the shelves are so neatly stacked with new, attractive looking grocery items. I love how you can stroll around the produce department and admire the pretty stacks of fresh fruit and veggies. There's something that I find extremely soothing and fun about grocery shopping.
So, when I started high school and was old enough to get a job, I obviously applied to be a grocery store cashier. It was fabulous to see the behind-the-scenes stuff in a grocery store, such as:
- some people get really, really intense about whether or not you ring in every price EXACTLY THE SAME AS ON THE SHELF, even if it's just a few cents difference
- how ridiculously frequently people say, "Oh, I guess it's free, HA HA HA," when you scan something and it doesn't go through. (*Note: it is not free if it doesn't scan, OMFG STOP SAYING THAT)
Seriously. STOP MAKING THAT SAME JOKE.
- how, working at a grocery store, you get to learn about lots of food you never knew about, and if you ask, people will tell you how they cook with it, which expands your repertoire of food
- the thrill of when someone says "Can you pack this all in two bags, and make them balance?" and the joy when you are able to do that for them.
By the time I left this job, I had become the girl who other people turned to when they didn't know a produce code. "Annabelle! What's an avocado?" "4255!" "Annabelle! I don't even know what this is!" "It's swiss chard! 4235!"
Audrey Hepburn grocery shopping with her pet... baby deer?
This is part of the reason why I like using the self-check-outs in grocery stores now, and I can pretend to still be a cashier. So, the thing is, I love grocery shopping. It's like a stress release for me. But, I think there are ways I can enjoy grocery shopping while spending less money at it. I need to see grocery shopping like a challenge, where I can admire all the pretty displays but then make a judgment call and *not* make an impulse purchase, or maybe buy the store brand version of the cute product.
Oh, grocery shopping. Oh, everything shopping. Oh, shopping. This detox is really making me think about this stuff a lot, and the more I think about it, the more I luuuuurve shopping. Sigh.