Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why I Like to Shop Alone...

As much as I LOVE being w/my kiddos, I have decided shopping WITHOUT all of them works better for a few reasons...

1) I spend less money :0)...

2) NO potty breaks every 5-15 minutes (one store we went to the bathroom 6 times in ONE hour... & the kiddo only peed ONE time...ONE.TIME...)...  

3) No whining about starvation & saying I didn't feed them as onlookers glare at me with that, "Are you crazy lady?!" look, even though we literally JUST ATE in the van right before walking into the store...

And BEST OF ALL....

4) Bananas make it home w/out getting stepped on, bruised, smooshed, etc. (If I didn't know any better, I'd think my kids were paid off by Dole & Chiquita to make sure we go through 2 tons of bananas a week.... either that, or they REALLY like smoothies?!)... between the kids & the cashiers who MANHANDLE the produce after I ever so CAREFULLY hand pick it... I have had to bite my tongue a few times when the cashiers literally PLOP the bag of apples down or PLUNK the bananas down... I think my LEAST favorite cashier move was the one who put 6, YES 6, bunches of BANANAS in ONE bag... I should have just brought the blender to store to make the smoothies on the spot, no?!

Do you SEE the bananas?!  They were pretty much blemish FREE just 60 MINUTES earlier when I so gingerly set them on the BOTTOM of the cart so they wouldn't get squished... And, as par for the course, due to the fact that the bananas were ALL brown in 2 DAYS later I had to go BACK for MORE... & then what do I hear as I am unloading the van?!  "Ooooooops, I think someone might have stepped on the bananas!" as I am handed a shopping bag... I peeked inside & sure enough, 3 bananas were banana sauce... ((bang head))!!

All I can say is good thing for smoothies... & as much as mushy bananas from kids stepping on them drives me nutty, it will ironically be something I miss one day when the kiddos are grown... I don't think I will miss the cashiers manhandling them, but my kids, I will!

Do YOU shop alone??  Do YOUR bananas look like these when you get home?? What do you do when the cashiers are rough with YOUR produce?!  Do you drink as many banana smoothies as we do (especially lately since I have to shop w/all of the kids & the bananas rarely make it home unscathed)??  What do YOU do with mushy bananas?!  What are your favorite banana recipes?!