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Day 465: Maybe it’s Time.

I’m thinking maybe it’s time to go back to the supermarket.

Since we came back from the cottage last October, we’ve been using Click and Collect and Instacart to get our groceries, meaning that I haven’t been inside a supermarket in a very, very long time. I’d be happy to continue that trend if it weren’t for how annoyed I get at the Instacart shoppers for not knowing the store like I do.

I ordered some kosher marshmallows (because regular marshmallows usually have gelatin which is either derived from pigs or horses.) Instead of the ones I ordered, I got these rainbow-coloured—non-kosher—jumbo marshmallows. I’m pretty sure the Instacart shopper didn’t even think to ask someone whether the kosher marshmallows might be somewhere else (hot tip—they’re in the kosher aisle.) Part of me is thinking How would they know? while the other part thinks that if they offer the product on the website, their shoppers need to know where to find it. Is it really that hard?

I don’t actually enjoy grocery shopping, though. Maybe if I lower my standards—and indicate “no substitutions”—I could still be happy with Instacart or Click and Collect. It saves me at least three hours a week.


I was feeling stressed today (no reason, really) so I did some pointless crafting with K. I bought the kids lockable toolboxes to keep their personal items in at camp, but they all looked the same—ugly. My first instinct was to spray paint them, but it’s so humid and hot out that I’m not convinced the paint would cure (and there is no way I can handle spray paint fumes inside the house.)

What’s better and campier than spray paint? Duck Tape! I spent far too much time getting it just right, but the results were gratifying. I’ll share the before-and-after pics once K has sent them from her phone.


N’s birthday is this Wednesday. Because the kids have to be in quarantine for the two weeks before camp starts (all the campers have been asked to do so,) we can’t have his friends over for a party. If I’ve gone overboard with the cake and ice cream and cones and sundae toppings, it’s no more overboard than I went for everyone else’s pandemic birthdays. I just want his birthday to not suck. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

3 thoughts on “Day 465: Maybe it’s Time.

  1. I do believe the PNWest Heat Dome has impacted everyone’s mood today no matter where on the continent you are. Today my glass was not half full. It was not half empty. It was upside down in a desert with the last drop evaporating. Which luckily made me laugh and things got better……
    Here’s to Tuesday and hopefully pictures. THANK YOU!

  2. I hope it is a nice birthday. You are doing all possible to achieve that.
    Looking forward to seeing the boxes when you have pictures.
    Actually going into the grocery store is odd the first time. I’d encourage you to make the ‘pull list’ like you do for the pickup shopping…. best if in order of the shelf arrangement in store. And check the hours store is open; mine is open at 7am and I arrive then as not many people in store. It is amazing to walk among products. I am not pushing you to enter store however, everyone has their own comfort zones and they need to be honored. ABSOLUTELY mask and hand sanitize and try to distance!!

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