Monday, July 31, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Starving My Children
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Trust But Verify and Other Travel Tips
- A walkie talkie
- American girl doll clothing (Two sets with NO American Girl doll being taken)
- Two very old VHS tapes of Kid Movies
- Two pairs of flip flops
- A purse from my sister
- Pictures she drew (sweet)
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Peaceful Mass vs. Mass Circus
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Guy Kawasaki Likes White Trash Mom
Ironic by Alanis Morissette
An old man turned ninety-eight He won the lottery and died the next day It's a black fly in your Chardonnay It's a death row pardon two minutes too late Isn't it ironic... don't you think? It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye He waited his whole damn life to take that flight And as the plane crashed down he thought "Well isn't this nice..." And isn't it ironic... don't you think? It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you When you think everything's okay and everything's going right And life has a funny way of helping you out when You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up In your face A traffic jam when you're already late A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife It's meeting the man of my dreams And then meeting his beautiful wife And isn't it ironic... don't you think? A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think... It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought... it figures Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out Helping you out
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Aldi in the Hood
Saturday, July 08, 2006
An Aldi Primer
- Do not go to Aldi at mealtimes or at any other time that you think a normal grocery store might be remotely busy. There's usually just one checker, and lines can be a problem.
- Don't (like I did) go to Aldi, after your exercise class, with your full wedding set on, chatting on your cell phone, get to the checkout, whip out your checkbook, only to discover that they DO NOT ACCEPT CHECKS! - An aside here, if I may...this did happen to me. There were SIX people in line behind me, and the tension was palpable. I was mortified. Embarrassed in my new haven of a grocery store. Here's what the checker said: "I'm sorry. We don't accept checks or food stamps." Apparently, she thought I might resort to food stamps when the check thing wasn't working out. I thought I was going to have to slink out of the store without my groceries. I checked my wallet, discovered I had one twenty, and two dollars and forty-two cents in change. I asked for the total, wondering how much stuff I'd have to put back, and it was $22.23. I had two bags, completely filled to the brim with groceries! I was hooked.
- Don't expect anyone to bag your groceries for you at Aldi. In fact, don't expect bags at all - unless you want to pay for them. . . which I do... regularly. And for that, I get stared at... regularly... by the regulars.
- And you know that curbside driveup you love so much? Not gonna' happen. Get over it, girl.
- Oh! Here's a great one. When you're walking in, you have to grab your cart from outside the front door. But you'll find that the carts are all locked up. You have to put a quarter in to get the cart. You get it back when you return your cart to the proper place. That's ingenious, if you ask me. The number of times I've seen carts careening across a parking lot...
- Occasionally, you won't be able to find a price for something at Aldi. Assume it's dirt cheap, and buy it, sister. You're at Aldi, for God's sake.
- The samples? No, sweetie. There aren't any samples.
Now, let me just tell you. The first time I came home with goods from our local Aldi, my husband was less than elated. You have to understand, my big strong man is no Kip or Biff or Ken or whatever we've decided to call the male equivalent of the Muffie (Queen, we really must make an executive decision on this one...!). He grew up in a blue collar family in a lower middle class neighborhood. He doesn't put on airs. However, he has BAD memories of his dad, who did all of the shopping, buying all generic label products. Remember the black and white label stuff? How appealing a cabinet full of that stuff must've been! He swore two degrees later that he'd never have to eat that way again.
Anyway, let's just say, I had an uphill climb, convincing him that this Aldi place was a good bet. But the more products we tried, the more we were all convinced. Geez, I'm sounding like the creepy people on an infomercial.
OK, now for the really cool secrets. Some of my favorite products, etc. Their Fit & Active line of crackers and tortilla chips. Light pancake syrup. Pudding, English muffins, cereal with cranberry and almonds, all dairy products, refrigerated biscuits, marinated pork tenderloin, beef sirloin frozen in individual cry-o-vac packages. What else? Oh! Frozen curly fries - seasoned and oh, so yummy! Frozen Italian Ice, frozen fruit bars, those fabulous individual eclairs you can buy at Sam's (cheaper, just as good, and you don't have to buy a palate full of them...). Honey, ketchup, mustard, sugar, flour, pancake mix. I'm telling you, the list goes on.
Produce is hit or miss, so I don't get it as much. The consistently good stuff is grape tomatoes, pears, corn, seedless watermelon and tri-color peppers. I don't like their apples, bananas or peaches.
All right. I'm off my Aldi soap box. But soon, I'm going to tell of my recent experience of shopping at Aldi in the 'Hood. Whole different world, let me tell you. Whole different world.