We’re having an icy, snowy weekend here in Memphis, which doesn’t happen too often, so it’s a Very Big Deal. Traffic jams and crashes everywhere! And I’m not just talking about the streets–the grocery stores are almost as bad. I try to avoid them at all costs.
Unfortunately, I found myself in need of a non-food item this morning and while I would’ve preferred Target, the grocery store was closest and had what I needed. As expected, it was chaos. Carts crashing into each other, over-hyped children bouncing all over the place, desparate shoppers scrounging for bread–absolute bedlam! As I stood in the ultra-long self-check line, it was actually kind of fun to watch. (I’m sick that way.)
It was also interesting to observe what people bought in terms of “emergency” supplies. I understand the chili fixin’s, the canned soups and crackers, and the milk, bread, cereal, oatmeal, etc. But multiple bags of potato chips, cookies, candy, frozen french fries, frozen waffles, and stacks of frozen pizzas? I suspect lots of New Year’s Resolutions will be broken this weekend.
You can rest assured that three years ago, I would’ve been right in there with them! I stocked up on very little in the way of nutrition, but bunches of high-calorie, high-fat snacks. As you know, that’s all changed for me now. But looking around at the carts around me, I was feeling a little deprived. With the scarcity of snow days around here, there’s almost a festive air when we do. And festivities have snacks, right?
Well, yes they do, but there’s a difference between having a tasty snack on hand and indulging in an all-out food orgy. I knew I already had plenty of snacks at home: yogurt, almonds, sunflower seeds, all manner of fresh fruits, and a fridge full of chopped veggies. If I want cookies, there are some animal crackers in the pantry. Any salty snack desires can be handled with some air-popped popcorn. All my usual…stuff.
But I wanted something different, something out of the ordinary for this very out-of-the-ordinary day. Had I not already been in the check-out line, I might have gone off in search an Asian Pear*, which is tasti-licious, but pricey, so not part of my normal routine. Or I might have gone over to the health food section for some spelt pretzels. I haven’t had those in a long time. But like I said, I knew I had good snacks at home, if I should want them, and there wasn’t really any point (not a good one anyway) in buying more.
And then I saw them–two treats guaranteed to brighten my weekend into something special:
Perfect! A little dose of bottled decadence, and something to occupy my hands if the over-snacking urge strikes.Ahhhh….blisssss!
Admit it, you’re jealous, aren’t you?
No? Well, what two items would you have bought in their place? (Keep in mind, you’re surrounded by crazed shoppers with snack-filled baskets when you make your choice.*G*)
Happy weekend to all! Be safe!
Oh, and as of this writing–no snow!
*If you’ve never had an Asian Pear, it’s kind of a cross between an apple and a pear, or that’s what it tastes like to me.