Just go without food. Trust me.

I did something soooo dumb today.

No, I didn’t try meth. It was worse.

Yes. I attempted to grocery shop a mere 2 days before Thanksgiving.

I should have known that I was in trouble when the grocery parking lot was full at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday. As I got out of my car, an errant cart came rumbling towards me. At the time, I was all, “Oh, hey, little cart friend. Let me help you back to the cart corral.” But I was a fool. That cart was trying to warn me. That woogedy wheel was actually chanting, “Get the hell outta here before it’s too late!”

But I, of course, was a fool. I continued into the store.

Now, I’m a lucky duck. I do my grocery shopping in the middle of the day on weekdays. I’ve got it down to such a science that I know that Monday mornings are crazy, but mid-day on Tuesday or Wednesday is where it’s at. I admittedly have little time for grocery amateurs.

Two days before Thanksgiving? The grocery was filled with amateurs. The few of us pros (read: anyone who has ever been in a grocery store, ever) who made the mistake of shopping made panicked eye contact as we rushed to grab necessities and get the hell out.

I do think I should earn triple points with Jesus for not running over any kids with my cart. Not just any kids, but, specifically, the little girl with the fluffy white coat. You know, the girl who was opening cheese slices and offering them to her 4 brothers, all while standing in the middle of the aisle?

Actually, not in the middle of the aisle. In the middle of EVERY AISLE. Every aisle, as her mom ignored her, parked her cart also in the middle of EVERY AISLE, and kept up a running dialogue with no one in particular about what she needed next for her homemade mac and cheese.

I wonder if she was home by the time she discovered that her kids ate all the cheese.

So, yeah. If you haven’t hit the grocery store yet, prepare yourself. It’s like Armageddon, but without the soaring Aerosmith theme song. And if it was this bad mid-day on Tuesday? By Wednesday night, it’s going to be some real bad, snakes-raining-from-the-sky, all-ye-who-enter-will-be-smitten-by-leprosy-and-herpes kind of stuff.

Good luck. And happy Thanksgiving, turkeys.

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  • Reply Holly @ The Grass is Always Greener November 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I tried to get my oil changed yesterday and when they said it would be a 2 hour wait I left. Guess everyone is getting it done before they travel.

  • Reply smalltownme November 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I think I have everything I need. But there's always something…

  • Reply Green Girl in Wisconsin November 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    This is why I've taken to going late at night or early in the morning when the amateurs aren't haunting the aisles.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply cookingwithgas November 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    There is such good book material in the grocery stores. I always want a little tiny camera and tape recorder on me. Here, everyday is home week- they all grew up, went to school and church together. And they are all related- Hey- they say and god bless you if you try to get around them as they talk….. I love to walk right in between them and act all Yankee on them…

  • Reply Trixie Bang Bang November 28, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Worse than the grocery store 2 days before Thanksgiving, I get the prize for going Wednesday night after work. To buy everything, including the turkey.
    Yeah, I'm the real turkey. But I was calm and patient as I navigated the aisles, as it was my own damn fault for being there.

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