I blame the weather for what's in my grocery bags
The worst thing about Gailor's living in Evanston, Ill. is that I can't get any sympathy from her when I complain about the weather.
For instance, I called her yesterday and when I told her how cold it was, she laughed at me. She pointed out that it was minus 7 degrees where she was. That's the actual temperature, not the wind chill.
The liquid in her eyeballs freezes when she goes out.
And she keeps sending me photos of snow.
Anyway, I wanted to expand on an earlier post about how this weather is affecting my grocery shopping habits. Is this true of everyone? ...
I go to the store with my usual mental shopping list, which is really specific:
1) something for dinner
In the summer I might come home with, oh, I don't know, chicken breasts that were on sale, organic carrots, green beans, bananas, milk and, as a special treat, Bing cherries.
In weather like this I open my ecologically correct reusable market bags when I get home, and it's like an alien has taken over my body in the store. Did I actually buy this stuff? Surely that mental shopping list didn't result in my actually buying:
* A jar of Major Grey's chutney
* A can of Baugher's locally canned peaches
* High-fat vanilla ice cream
* A jar of melba sauce that will be used once and then languish in the fridge for six months before it's thrown away
* Gourmet red-skin peanuts from Virginia
* Half-gallon of 2 percent milk
* Half-pound of already cooked and peeled shrimp because peeling and cooking shrimp would take too much effort
* Crosse & Blackwell seafood sauce, which won't be used even once because that's not how I'll serve the shrimp, but was bought because I fleetingly contemplated serving shrimp with cocktail sauce and then discarded the idea
* Severely out-of-season asparagus
* Multi-grain loaf from Bonaparte costing a mind-blowing $7.79
* Jasmati rice, because you can't have too many carbs
* Foil-wrapped milk chocolate Valentine hearts
And, oh yes, I forgot to buy the bananas.
(Photo of snow by Gailor)