Monday, January 14, 2008

Who Grocery Shops on Friday Night?

Rant of the Week
Who Grocery Shops on Friday Night? I decided to get a head start on the chores and knock out the Saturday grocery run on Friday night. I thought I was being clever. I left Jaley with Scott, so I only had Sarah in tow. This was going to be an easy run. The store was supposed to be deserted.

Who Grocery Shops on Friday Night? Apparently half of the families living in the Triangle. I should have known when the parking lot was full like the Friday after Thanksgiving. But, we just parked in Virginia and walked the many miles to the front door. I should have know when the only remaining shopping carts steered constantly to the right. But, I just grabbed the buggy and pushed a little harder. I started to realize when the entire display case of bananas was down to just two empty peels. I figured it out when I looked up and saw wall to wall people in the store. I've been to concerts that were less crowded. So I joined into the shopping melee, cursed my decision for shopping on Friday night, and managed to get about half the things on my list. They were out of stock of a bunch of items and the rest I was too tired to find.

Who Grocery Shops on Friday Night? All the other folks that were too busy during the week to make it to the store. All the folks that looked in their fridge and saw only pickles. All the other folks that didn't want to spend their weekend running errands. All the other folks who are just like me.

Life in the Stroller Lane
When I'm not battling the run on the grocery store, I am conquering the rest of life. This evening I even summited the laundry pile. The view from the top was nothing but dryer sheets and laundry detergent.

With The Holidays over, we are into... the holidays. Mimi and Poppa are joining us for part of the trifecta celebration. The 21st is Sarah's 4th birthday, followed on the 24th by Jan's birthday (she ain't turning 4), followed a few days later by Scott's birthday (he ain't turning 4 either). So the tree and garland by replaced by cupcakes and candles.

With my baby turning into a big kid, I am learning that planning a child's birthday party in the 21st century requires the planning, precision, and budget of launching a spaceship. There is the theme and the goody bags, the decorations and the games, the location and the guest list, the custom invitations and coordinated thank you notes, all supported by the check book and the Visa card. In order to make this entire process manageable and more fun, Sarah is having a joint party with her best girl friend, Cassie. Their birthdays are just two days apart, so we are doing a double party. With lots of four year olds on the loose, I am hoping for double fun instead of double trouble. Either way, I am sure Sarah and Cassie will have a great celebration.

Beyond the birthday party mania, I am have been getting the two rentals ready to sell. One is on the market (and had quite a few showings) and the other will be listed on Thursday. I have been cleaning, painting, primping, staging, replacing, updating, and basically beautifying them both. All of the heavy work is done, so now I just need two buyers.

That is life in the Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.

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