Somehow I got 3996 stitches of knitting done today too
Wednesday August 31st 2011, 11:22 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Life

You know those crazy last two days before a kid leaves for university when you have to run every last errand, she’s got to wash her laundry, we need to pick up the drycleaning, and your friend Catherine recommended the Vanilla Queen (a gallon of bourbon vanilla, fair trade! Bring on the hot cocoa!) but that was just too far but that Indian grocery in Sunnyvale, let’s try that, and it had every spice you ever heard of (Michelle loves to cook Indian style: so many flavors, so dairy free), and then a dash to Trader Joe’s and Safeway too and Dad my hard drive failed! and pack pack pack and hey, one last chance to see one of her best friends?

And yes. That would indeed be when the plumbing sputters and today finally fails again. Just like last time. Right on cue.

So. (Picking up the baby alpaca.) Tell me why Indian names of things always seem to need an h after the d and an i after the a. And ghee, what was that bright (and I mean bright!) green yam-shaped plant part that had more spikes than an ’80’s punkrocker’s head?

“Are you all together?”


Michelle noted that she was buying spices and I was buying shelf-stable ready-t0-heats.

They had pretty pictures on the boxes. I figured that potential earthquake supplies might as well be tasty, but what I said out loud was, “The difference between your choices and mine is that you know what yours are.”

The clerk cracked up.

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Do I sense a hint of ‘decision fatigue’?

Comment by LynnM 09.01.11 @ 12:50 am

Yikes!! No, no bad plumbing!!

And yes. If you must have disaster ready-eats, they can at least be pleasing to the eye.

Comment by Channon 09.01.11 @ 7:06 am

Sounds like you are a seasoned shopper.

Comment by Don Meyer 09.01.11 @ 8:45 am

I completely agree about Indian food. So many flavors. So many varied dishes. I’ve never felt that something was missing when eating an Indian meal. I do love mango ice cream in Indian restaurants, but possibly that’s not truly an Indian dish anyway. Michelle would know.

Comment by RobinM 09.01.11 @ 12:34 pm

Oh, good luck – surviving the errands around departure and the loss of plumbing excellence. One never appreciates it so much as when it isn’t available (both plumbing and offspring?).

Comment by twinsetellen 09.01.11 @ 8:25 pm

Thank you for thinking of us at the Vanilla Company! We have moved from, but when you’re next craving hot chocolate, check us out at for the same great vanilla!

Comment by Vanilla Queen 05.27.14 @ 4:58 pm

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