i love the grocery store. i am surrounded by food with endless possibilities. most of the time i walk up and down the aisles singing with the incredibly entertaining store music swaying back and forth as i go. i make a list as to not forget anything however more things always jump in the cart as i wonder, but im ok with that. it is also one of the few errands i actually enjoy going by myself. going with other people always makes for a good time, mostly because everyone shops different. i know that sounds weird, but think about it. i prefer to go up and down each aisle (skipping the dog, kid, toiletry aisles) to make sure i get everything i need, and some other things i probably dont. i start in the produce/deli section and work my way to the other end. some people go straight for the items they need and run out as quickly as they can. others sit and read the label of every single thing they put in their cart.
i have been grocery shopping with richard many times before. i always got very excited about going, while he dreaded every minute of being in the store surrounded by so many people all of which were in his way. we shop on two complete opposite ends of the spectrum. for starters he grocery shops at walmart, i grocery shop at albertsons. he runs through, skipping whole aisles then having to run back to them. i take my time and go up and down each one. when we decided to move in, i often wondered how the grocery shopping would work. would we go to both stores? would he do his own and mine on my own? would we find a new one altogether? or most importantly...which one of us was going to cave/compromise on this one?
as it stands now...we are two store grocery shoppers:) however we both go to the other persons. the first week we embarked on this adventure we started at walmart, which i absolutely despise, i am a target girl all the way. my plan was to actually buy quite a bit more there then i probably ever would again, i mean we were literally starting from scratch. we needed everything from sandwich bags to salt and pepper shakers to lunch for the week. we went during the middle of the day on a monday hoping for less crowds so we could take our time, which worked out pretty well. however i think it still drove him crazy that i went up and down every aisle:) my plan was to only buy the things i needed here and still go to albertsons when we were done. richard was doing his full blown grocery shopping though.
coming from two different households you have two very different perceptions of what you need/and want in your kitchen. for example, we bought two different kinds of butter, brummel and brown for me and stick butter for him. two different gallons of milk, 1% for me and whole milk for him. two different breads, white for me and wheat for him. two different kinds of macaroni and cheese, the blue box-the only kind that really matters-for me and the disgusting velveeta kind for him. two different kinds of snacks, cheeze-its/100 calorie packs for me and chips/popcorn/cookies for him.
as we approached the registers you could see the big question on both our faces...how do we split all of this up? one spice for you, one box of sandwich bags for me? so i decided i will pay for the together stuff and he can pay for his stuff. he had paid extra the nite before when we made the target/walmart run. however he stepped up and said no, we are splitting the whole thing down the middle:) once the cashier was finished ringing us up ($140 later),he asked how were paying, when we told him to split it, he looked at us a little funny. we told him we had just moved in together and this was our first grocery trip, after a small chuckle which turned into a huge laugh, he looked at us and said, see how long this splitting everything lasts with a goofy grin. as we smiled and told him this was a partnership, we plan to keep it this way, a friend of his came over and asked how long we had lived together. when we told him 2 days, he gave us the same small chuckle to a huge laugh and also said, good luck. we both looked at each other with a little surprise and realized there was nothing else we could do but join in the laughing.
once we got home and put away all of our new groceries, i decided i was really hungry. we had already decided on making pizza for dinner, but i hadnt eaten lunch yet and was starving. so i began opening cabinets and the freezer and the refrigerator to find a startling fact. we had just spent $14o on groceries and had nothing to eat! it was all "starter food" we decided to call that week.
later that evening i went to albertsons, which is literally across the street, and did my own grocery shopping. as soon as i walked in a gave a huge sigh of relief. the lighting was so much nicer, there was not nearly as many people, the music was on, and the best fact, i was not in walmart. yes, i had just spent quite a bit at the first store, but i had nothing for me. as i wondered through the aisles, i began to realize how much i really needed at the store.
when i finished shopping that evening i went home to an empty apartment. this was the first time we had spent apart since we had finished moving two days before. i know its silly, but i kind of missed him. i put away the groceries and flopped down on the couch with a grin on my face. "i live here," i thought to myself, "with my boyfriend." and i settled in for a night of monday night tv, anxiously waiting for richard to come home from work, having that grin on my face the whole time.