|me at 16 weeks (a.k.a 4 months + 4 babies)|
Which brings me to the title today. For many weeks now, it has been more and more of a challenge to grocery shop, but I just can't give up the control of that one yet!! Not that my husband or sister haven't offered on countless occasions. Here's the problem: I wish I was a little more "Type A" and could write a detailed list including things like: "Colgate toothpaste gel with fresh breath strips & whitening" or "bag of carrots with the skinny tiny ones, not the chubbier ones" or I wish I could be a genius at clipping coupons and know what brands be the best bargain, but alas I am not. I must admit, I am also not the best at making lists. I do use a list, but inevitably, when parousing the aisles, I see things that I need or forgot to write on the list, or things that remind me of a meal I want to make or that are just too good of deals to let pass by!
To compound the matter, I am terrible at following recipes and have always bought an assortment of items to cook and create meals with, but this style is out the door right now for a few reasons: First, my cooking abilities significantly diminish when I am pregnant. Something about multi-tasking with preggo brain. Ask my hubby, he'll vouch for this one. Second, I have less and less energy & desire to cook meals. Third, I still get weird cravings and although I like almost all foods to eat, cooking them can sound downright gag-inducing at times.
Since this is a short-term problem, I am not too motivated to get more Type A or clip coupons or suddenly go crazy with the meal planning, but what I am left with is a terrible need to still be in control of the groceries I buy. So, this last week, I did it. I went into Meijer and asked to use the Amigo cart. I felt a little stupid-- I mean, I am not that big yet and I look healthy--
But. I. LOVED. IT!!!
Well, not all of it. I dared not look up at anyone for fear I would see someone I recognized, especially someone who is an acquaintance who doesn't know my story. Even as I type this, I realize how entirely vain and pathetic and ridiculous I sound. But that's how I felt.
What I did love, was how I zipped down those aisles and was SOOOO much more efficient grocery shopping than I have been in over 2 months! Rarely did I even need to even climb up and get taller items, because I must say Meijer does a good job keeping most things at eye level. The basket does not hold as much, but with the minimal effort needed, I think I could just go more often! I think I can keep this up at least a time or two more before I need to (sob) let others do my shopping for me. Hmmm... does Target and Costco have the Amigos? Maybe I should call.....
To my sister and husband, I will give up the shopping-- I will. Sometime.
But until that day, Hola Amigo!