Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know that I detest shopping? Yes! There is one person who doesn’t know – the man whose laundry I do, the man whose favorite meals I cook, the man whose neck I massage . . ok . . we’ll stop right there but I think you get the message. Is it that he forgets how much I dislike shopping or is it that he loves to shop so much that he thinks somehow . . some day . . he’ll convince me that shopping is fun.
Yesterday I spent several hours working in the yard. I started bright and early while it was still cool. I came in the house about 9 a.m. and Vince had called and wanted to go to San Angelo to eat lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s right at 2 hours to San Angelo so I knew there was more he wanted to do than eat lunch but, because I really needed a new pair of shoes . . really I did . . I agreed to go. Big mistake! And I knew better than to agree to go shopping with him.
I do alright stopping at three or four places, not counting lunch, but much more than three places and it’s really difficult for me. I just don’t like shopping. And, going somewhere without a list . . cannot do it! Did we have lists yesterday? No! Did we even know where we were going? Did not!
First stop – lunch at Armenta’s Café. Fantastic! I was ready to go home after lunch but knew that wasn’t going to happen.
Second stop – HEB. Love that store. So wish we had one. We had one cooler in the car and filled it at HEB so at least we couldn’t shop any more for cold stuff. We bought two packs of sushi to bring home for dinner last night, we bought fresh tuna to grill for dinner tonight. We bought salmon to smoke. We bought fruits and kale and beets and flour tortillas . . things I can’t get here.
Third stop – Sam’s Club. Not sure what we were looking for there but we ended up getting a new grill. We have this love/hate relationship with every grill we have. The one we bought hooks up to propane for lighting the charcoal and has an easy way to raise and lower the coals closer or farther from the cooking surface. Our grill sits out here . . which I guess doesn’t matter since it never rains!
Fourth stop – Lowe’s. OMG! Why did we have to stop at Lowe’s. We bought more of the plastic fencing. Did we need it? Do we have more garden area to fence? No! But, when I need it, I want to have it! I think we have about 20 rolls now. Then he wanted to go look at tools. Do you know that men consider everything in Lowe’s to be tools? That’s where the meltdown almost occurred. We had a few angry words but that surely didn’t encourage him to hurry up! Men!
Fifth stop – Shoe Something – can’t even remember the name of it. Maybe you can find shoes in here! All I wanted to go was go home! Did not find shoes.
Sixth stop – Petsmart. Yes! I wanted to stop here. That’s where I have to get the treats Speck likes.
Seventh stop – Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was looking for a can opener. They no longer carry it. They said HEB carries them. Hmmm . . that was Stop #2. Not backtracking!
Eighth stop – Target. By now, I was downright grumpy. We each got a Dr. Pepper at the snack bar. That’s it!
Ninth stop – Academy. We seem to have to stop at every Academy we see. I don’t get it.
Tenth stop – Marshall’s. Vince promised me this would be our last stop. I did find shoes. I found Fig Balsamic which I love for salad dressing. I found olive oil in a nice little bottle that pours and doesn’t drip. I had one in MO but left it with Chad. Vince found a few things and we were on our way . . heading home . . I thought.
Eleventh stop – Tractor Supply in Ballinger. Our Tractor Supply is out of watering cans for the chickens and we need more for their run area but ours is supposed to have more coming in this week and the runs aren’t made yet so . . really . . why did we have to stop at Tractor Supply in Ballinger?
Thank goodness for Speck! He was in the crate and we don’t like to leave him longer than 6 hours in the crate. Otherwise, I’d probably still be in San Angelo shopping!