1.31.2011

it's as if i've never seen snow before.

I'm all ready for the apocalypse. I'm not usually this prepared for the kind of snowfall that's predicted to hit us in the next day or two, but we were getting close to being out of milk and bread so I thought I'd run to the store and pick up those necessities before we get a foot of snow and it becomes much too difficult to, I don't know, put on boots and drive a mile to the store? Winter brings out the Lazy and Wimpy in me.

Anyway, I wrangled the girls this morning and we headed to the store with promises of snacks and rides on the penny pony. I had my list of three items, and coupons to match. We got inside the store... and that's when things went terribly awry.

It was like Supermarket Sweep in there. Hundreds of crazy ass Michiganders preparing for record snowfall. It reminded me of when we lived in North Carolina and the forecast called for rain-- every business in the state shut down and there was nary a loaf of bread or gallon of milk to be found on any store shelf.

This was not unlike that.

Call it gang mentality or the herd instinct or something but when we got inside and I saw everyone's carts packed to the brim with toilet paper and batteries I was all, "I need those things! I don't have those things! And also taco shells!" I tossed a bag of Goldfish at Iris and proceeded to race up and down every aisle, throwing things in the cart. Mostly on top of Iris.

So that's how I simultaneously lost the respect of my three-year-old and ended up substantially going over my grocery budget this week. And it's only Monday.

After we were safely home both my mom and Phil's called to make sure we had food in the house. Which should tell us all a little something about my usual preparedness. Or lack of. I was thankful for the calls, and I did feel proud that I thought of grocery shopping all by my big girl self.

I must note that the woman checking out in front of me had in her cart a dozen boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and about twenty bottles of wine. And that was all. She's seriously hunkering down for this storm. Clearly a wiser investment than all the actual food crap I bought. I want to get snowed in with her.

If anyone needs taco shells though, give me a buzz.

4 comments:

Candice said...

Nothin' says winter storm like Cheerios and wine!!!

Daniel said...

I thought southerners were the only ones that go crazy when flurries are predicted. If things get bad up there, then I'll overnight you guys some food and have it on the doorstep by 10:00AM! :)

angry angel said...

hey now, no fair.....here in north carolina we only flock to the store at the threat of rain if a hurricane is attached. now, i will admit that we do freak at a light dusting of snow, but not non-monsoon rain. i demand a retraction!

Cassie said...

Daniel... awesome!

Angel, you're right. It's the "wintry mix" forecast that shuts down the state. It's just that here in Michigan, we call that rain. ;)

It turns out we're going into this blizzard with the stomach flu. Wahoo! Snowed in with barfing preschoolers. No place I'd rather be. Prayers are appreciated.