Top this grocery list
All my guest posters this week are picking subjects I wish I had thought of first.
My grocery lists are always models of decorum. The problem is that I don't want anyone I know to see what's actually in my grocery cart. That's one of the hazards of being a restaurant critic. If you happen to have a box of Twinkies resting on top of the organic grape tomatoes (and, no, I never have) and you're spotted, it's all over.
But Owl Meat Groceryshopper has his own take on lists. Here he is with another fantastic Funtastic Thursday. EL
In my ongoing search for meaning in the mundane, I have landed on grocery lists. Yahtzee! The list to the right is from grocerylists.org, a site that has collected nearly 2,000 found grocery lists. ...
Some of them are funny and some are scary. I don't know how your week is going, but sweet sassy molassy, mine is way better than No. 849's (pictured). In addition to anhedonia, algesia, and other conditions, he or she has tangled kid hair.
Here is my shopping list for last week: Eggs, milk, apples, ketchup, bottled water, and a watermelon. I even have a video of the party I bought everything for.
Did you know that there are programs and Web sites that will generate a grocery list for you? That reminds me of an old Lithuanian expression.
Heloise (the hinter, not Abelard's paramour) suggests using the back of your grocery store receipt for next week's list. I can't believe I just wrote that.
When YHWH was handing out languages after the Tower of Babel fiasco, I always thought that the Israelites got a bad deal because Hebrew lacks vowels. Then I realized that although quite useful, we tend to omit vowels for our to-do and grocery lists. Given the history of Israelites as merchants, Hebrew may be the ultimate grocery list language.
My grocery list will never be seen by anyone else and yet I still write it as if it might be interpreted by scholars coming through the Stargate in a thousand years. God forbid that they not know whether I was buying toilet paper or toothpaste in January of 2009 C.E. -- thus "TPaste."
Our list-making has influenced our language, too. Everyone knows what you mean by "OJ," because it's a common American grocery list item, although "Get OJ" now has a darker meaning, too.
What is the likelihood that your list is exactly what you will buy? Mine is a superset of things I should buy. Rarely is it honest though. I never write down "smthg 2 fll emptnss." That's ice cream, by the way.