Friday, July 25, 2008

Grocery Shopping Makes Me Smile

Well today was nice and seemed to have a enough up and downs of energy to it that I am contently worn out. The day started out with my sweet sister Emily calling and asking if I would care to come over for tea and muffins. (she is a mother to 5 children the young ones being 6,4,3,1...she rocks!!) So she, same as me, love to have people come visit them and enjoy in a yummy treat and some talking. Sister talking is one of my favorite things! So Isabelle loaded up and went over. The tea was really yummy (some green tea) and the muffins were cinnamon and sugar something-good as well. We had tea in cute little teapot...the girls had set up for us and it was cute of them. We just talked about my time at my in-laws and some other things going on in my life. It was nice and as usual distracting with all our little ones around. But distraction is never annoying when it is sweet kids....and babies...who could complain? Then I headed home for putting Isabelle down for a nap and Nate to come home for lunch.

He arrived home just as Isabelle was getting up from her nap...she has been a little sick so she is very cuddly and extra needy. There is something very endearing about your little girl being sick and we both can never get enough of holding her anyhow:) We enjoyed some yummy burritos from Quedoba. And the best part was Nate was staying home for the rest of the afternoon because the gas guy was coming. So he graciously offered to watch Isabelle while I went to the grocery store with my mom.

Now, I LOVE grocery shopping. Who knows what it is? Maybe that food is so beautiful and artistic when laid out in such a way that makes you want to buy it all. Or could it be that I am inspired by food...I always say to Nate when we shop that first I need to just walk around until I am inspired with a meal and then I can pick things out. This is probably one of the reasons grocery shopping is not Nate's favorite thing to do....I can literally take hours if I so choose....he is sweet to have patience when I do. But today I could take as long as I wanted. I browsed the aisles and got some yummy, colorful, lovely veggies for a stir-fry I was inspired to make:) I also love buying fun foods and textures for Isabelle to enjoy....as well as myself. Does anyone have something at the store that I MUST try? Let me think if there is something I think everyone should nibble on.....well sugar snap peas are fun (and I am not a health goo-roo...they just are fun to eat) what else??? I love any funky fun granola mix I have a maple pecan one from Trader Joes that will be exciting to eat. Also, try making your morning latte with Soy milk not just regular milk....it adds a funky fun new twist to the morning need:) I do hope to hear some of your fun eats!

Anyway....I shopped and shopped and went down literally every aisle except the dog food one (it was making me nauseous just thinking about sick wet dog food in a can) and the frozen dinner aisle (I hate how cold you get just walking down it) So with my cart full and my day complete I headed to the check-out. Ever since I was a child I have admired that scanning thing....you know where it beeps when swiped past some laser...I love it...I envy their job in that one moment....perhaps that is why I LOVE the self-check out at my library where you can beep your own things.:)

I then arrived home and put all the yums away with sweet little Belle's help. Her helping is standing and holding one of the shelves of the fridge while she pulls out every bag of Starbucks coffee I have. What can I say-she is like her mommy...coffee has something fatally attractive about it!!

High Point: Being able to walk through the aisles of Jewel and not have a care in the world but what new things I wanted to toss into my cart
Low Point: Discovering some pureed peas I had valiantly made for Isabelle about 4 weeks ago in the back of the fridge...turning a new shade of green...yuck!

4 comments:

Princess Caitlin said...

Your blog is such a pleasure to read! It made me wish I was strolling along the grocery aisles with you... You made me want to go to the market! We have an indoor market about an hour's drive from here, and they sell EVERYTHING. Teas, produce, fresh seafood, cheeses, noodles... And I looove to just slowly walk around the produce bins and tables... checking out all the amazing colors and textures and smells...

And it's so sad, because no photography is allowed!

It sounds like you had a beautiful time. :D

Bekah Wallace said...

abbey I was really missing your blog! thank you for coming back to us with your daily musings about life!! It isn't quite the grocery store but this is the emotion World Market gives me, especially when they are having sales. Makes me feel like I should dress creatively and buy things in attractive packaging..... I too LOVE the grocery store and treat it like an outing with an iced carmel machiatto in hand...

elliek said...

I love your passion for life! I can't say that I enjoy grocery shopping the way that you do - although once in a while it is enjoyable...I'll try to enjoy it more...

Princess Caitlin said...

I tagged you at my blog. I hope you don't mind!