22 July 2016
Shopping Lists | What Do They Say About You?
I'm planning on heading into the *big city* of Stuart this weekend to go shopping at Walmart. Yes, I know Walmart. Say what you will about it, but their prices are cheap and if I had a middle name, it would be cheap. Okay, maybe it would be frugal as that sounds much classier than cheap. I actually don't have a middle name, which is really unusual for an American.
As I was writing up my shopping list, I got to thinking how odd it was that the first item on it was dielectric grease. I didn't even know what dielectric grease was until last week when I became a certified auto repair mechanic. (If you follow our Facebook page, you'll know that I fixed our car myself, something I would have never imagined doing a year ago.)
At the crucial moment of car repair, I realized I didn't have any dielectric grease and borrowed some from my friends Bruce and Michele on Sailing Wind Spirit. Now that I've experienced the exciting properties of dielectric grease, I figure I should get my own tube of the stuff for future electronic repairs. Plus, I think it could double as hair gel when my hair gets too frizzy and out of control. If you live on a boat, every item should ideally have more than one purpose.
I'm also in the market for other weird and wonderful items for our boat - like ear plugs to keep nasty things out of our ears when we're underwater cleaning off the hull or our boat and a large strap wrench for changing our other fuel filter (I've already changed our Racor filter and bought a smaller strap wrench for that one). And of course, more Ziploc bags. You can never have enough Ziploc bags on a boat in my opinion. They're great for keeping moisture and creepy crawlies out of things.
Of course, while I'm at Walmart, I'll stock up on food. Do you ever find that when you write up your shopping list you try to pretend that you're only going to buy healthy items? Like cheese. Notice how I put *low-fat* next to it with a picture of a heart. I like cheese, and while the full-fat stuff is delish, it's not great for my health. Should we take bets now to see if I follow through and get the healthy low-fat cheese or break down and buy a block of extra sharp cheddar with alarming amounts of saturated fat? And, will I manage to get through Walmart without buying any chocolate?
I'm also on the hunt for a male-female connector. Sounds either like a dating service or something a bit kinky. It's actually to connect my water filter to my water hose so that we can filter out icky stuff when we fill up our water tanks in beautiful exotic locations which may not have the best water supplies. Of course, given the issues with lead in water supplies in the States lately, we don't necessarily have a great track record these days either in terms of safe drinking water.
It's really strange to think how much my life has changed in the past few years - all evidenced by my shopping list. Other people think shopping lists are fascinating too - check out these folks who analyzed shopping lists folks left behind in their carts.
What's on your shopping list this week? Do you cross items off as you go? If you have one, what's your middle name?
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