We’re on day 3 of Snowmeggedon. We actually had a snow scraper machine come up our hill yesterday afternoon. I wonder how often those things get used around here. Schools closed 3 days in a row now…right in the beginning of Beauty and the Beast production. To say this is not ideal would be an understatement. We’ve missed scheduled head shots for the cast members and our first real production meeting. *sigh* The other parents in charge are probably not even fazed. (Look! I used it right!) But newbies like me? Find this situation a bit stressful. I guess that’s why I have a year shadowing…teaches me what really deserves a stress out and what doesn’t.
I will say this about being snowed in…my ability to shop for my family for more than one day at a time has been greatly underestimated by myself. I gave up shopping for the family one week at a time sometime around when Wes was born. When I became a stay-at-home Mom I just started going every day, maybe every other day. I didn’t bother trying to shop for multiple days at a time.
When I started back to work last week I wondered how all of this was going to work out without me being able to shop every day easily. Last week was crazy since we were still fresh from our trip to Tucson and still looking at Christmas all over our house. I went shopping Sunday night for Snowmeggedon. We did go get pizza last night because we wanted to check the roads, but we had stuff for dinner. I actually could probably even go one more day and not shop until tomorrow. BUT – I think I’ll make a run tonight to prep for the rest of the week.
The moral of the story? Don’t underestimate your ability to shop for multiple days at a time. Even if you only have on refrigerator and no deep-freezer. I was proud of us. We even had enough beer and diet coke! And we all know those are the most important things in an ice storm. Screw milk and bread.
I think the trick is that – if you have kids like mine – the ability to concentrate on a large grocery run is near impossible if you’re also tending to your children. If you need to do a huge grocery trip successfully? Leave my kids at home. I mean…YOUR kids. Whatever. And if you CAN’T leave the kids at home? Which I didn’t? You just need to accept you’ll need to do TWO trips that ONE day. For two reasons…1) You’ll forget something when you’re trying to keep your kid from throwing boxes of tampons at other customers and 2) You need to room in the cart that is being taken by the kid you’re trying to contain.
I made one trip to Super Target with the kids in tow. Got the basics…milk, orange juice, bread, etc. Then I made a trip to the smaller grocery store later that evening for dinner stuff for the week. Meat, produce, side dishes, etc. Two trips on a Sunday and I was covered through Wednesday. I think that’s the best I can do for a family of 5 with one refrigerator and no deep-freeze.
What about you? How do you master grocery shopping for more than one day at a time?