Monday, March 14, 2005

Food Shopping Sucks

Hub is on vacation this week, which overall is a good thing. He helps with Princess and gets to spend quality time with her, he helps around the house, he and I get to spend time together, etc. All good things. However, we also go food shopping together.

Since I quit work to stay home I have done all the food shopping, and I really dislike it. It drives me insane to stand on line for cold cuts. I hate the parking lot. I don't like talking to strangers and they always come up and want to talk to Princess. I hate how the bagger and the cashier talk to each other the whole time and the cashier doesn't even verbally give me my total - I have to look at the register. And I despise the manager, who is so unprofessional its no wonder her cashiers act the way they do.

But I digress. I hate shopping, but I do it. And I have it down to a science. I have a list in order of the aisles, and the coupons are in order as well, so I can get in and out as quickly as possible. This is even more important when you have a one year old whose mood can change with the drop of a hat. I am in and out in 40 minutes - I do not play.

Hub has a different approach. He likes to wander the aisles. He looks at different brands of different things to compare sizes vs. prices. He peruses the new items and the seasonal items. He will look through stacks of items looking for an item that is right on top - but for some reason he still needs to look at the whole pile. He drives me insane.

We went food shopping together with Princess today, after we had already spent an hour at Target shopping "his way" so I told him on the way in - Let's do this expeditiously because Princess is on her way to needing a nap. No problem, he says.

I won't go into the details of our shopping trip, since I am sure my rant is boring you already, but I will say that it took us well over 2 hours to do the food shopping today. By mid-trip, Princess was SCREAMING. She had had it, she was ready to go and so was I. But this did not speed Hub up.

So, I will never go food shopping with him again. It has been so decreed.


trine said...

hehe, your post made me smile, and we seem to be in the same boat for a lot of things. Have put a link up from my site to yours, hope you don't mind..

I'm about to instigate a rule that my husband only comes along to do the food shopping if he agrees to pay! ;-)

trouble said...

hee! we are the opposite - I want to go up and down all the aisles (yes, I am a freak) and my husband drives me CRAZY trying to run ahead and get things off the list so we can leave. So I leave him home, too ;o)