Recently, I was handed my mother’s credit card and told to go grocery shopping. Confused I ask “Like, for the whole house?”
“Yes, get enough groceries for the next two weeks and take your sister.” Ugh, it was fine till the ‘take your sister part.’ My 14 year old sister drives me up the wall; sister bickering is taken to a whole new level in my house.
“Is there a list of things we need?” My mother shakes her head and tells me to make one, that’s part of the grocery shopping process, that and finding recipes ahead of time to find out what to buy. Frantically, I rush around our kitchen from fridge to cupboard, to freezer, back to fridge, back to cupboard. What a process.
Rushing around the kitchen trying to figure out what to buy wasn’t even the hard part. I had to figure in the spending limit. How does she do this!? Frustrated with the list making, I decide to wing it. I drag my sister out of the house and drive us to the local Hannaford (never will I be a Shaw’s person, Hannaford chocolate chip muffins are like heaven to me).
We enter Hannaford and immediately I’m in people’s way with the huge grocery cart and sister pinned to my sides. I blurt out sorry; the Mass-holes roll their eyes. Get out of my town! I want to scream. They stalk up like there is an ice storm coming; really they’re just spending a weekend in town for skiing. They rush around the store on the phones, “YEAH I GOT THE DOGS? YOU WANT BURGERS?!?” I roll my eyes to them.
“So you want a muffin?” I ask my sister, a giggle almost escapes and she rushes to the choices. I already won bonus points with her.
Hmm… fresh bread? Fresh cheese?! Hell yes! Ok Emily calm down! You need to get real food to last for 2 weeks. “So if there is anything you want just grab it-well grab the Hannaford brand of course.” We make our way through the store, picking out random things hoping I will later be able to put together a feast.
“So, this should be good right?” I look at my sister. We both look down at the cart, it’s full of lean cuisines, a massive amount of juices, the bakery items (which last a day tops), frozen snacks, bacon (the only meat). All in all it added up to about $70.
It was a long two weeks.