We interrupt this post for an important public service announcement:
Before we begin our lesson, I have a follow up statement on Facebook. Apparently, if someone signs you up, whether you even touch the account, everyone in the universe finds out you have an account and immediately wants to be your friend. I have no idea what to do with all of these friend requests I have in my email. Well, I know what to do, just not how to get there..I do not know my account name or password. I'm giving up and asking Studmuffin to show me that tonight. So, I'm officially going on the record as saying Studmuffin better not gripe when the house is a pit, and I have no time to talk to him at night, because I simply did not realize how far behind I was on the lives of every single person I've ever met.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programing.
We have a big storm coming our way. I got off work about 15 minutes early today, so I thought I'd run to Walmart on my way home and pick up a few "nonperishables" per Studmuffin's instructions. I had roughly 30 minutes to grab my stuff and git...
Lesson Number One:
DO NOT go to the store straight from work when you haven't had a chance to eat lunch. The little packet of oatmeal at 11 am doesn't count. You will end up with all sorts of "necessary" stuff that will jack your budget all up. Remember: It's January 27th. I had $17 left in the "grocery" envelope when I walked into Walmart with debit card firmly in hand...
I have a handy list of sudden necessities that I discovered I needed as I sprinted through the store. You'd think the idea that I had to hurry would have limited my purchases, but apparently it allowed me to not contemplate anything. Grab and go, baby, grab and go. Anyhoo, here's the list:
2 cans of refrigerated pizza dough AND a box of Chef Boyardee pizza mix. Tomorrow is pizza night at our house, but I'm not sure we needed a pizza each...
Nacho Cheese Doritos
Poblano peppers and onion and buns, all for a hamburger, ya know, because I'm pretty sure I will want to grill up a burger in the snow/ice/wind.
Spinach & artichoke dip. Is this a nonperishable? I feel pretty confident the crackers I grabbed to go with it qualify.
No? Well, how about feta cheese? I'm pretty sure that stuff has a shelf life of like, forever... I bought a bag of spinach, sunflower seeds and strawberries to join this happy purchase. I already have leftover chicken and raspberry walnut vinaigrette to complete the picture.
Oh! Let's not forget Dr. Pepper with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar! Dr Pepper never goes bad! And, since it's going to be so cold, I'm pretty sure that I need the extra fluids to keep myself hydrated. I haven't had a DP in weeks, and I can already feel the burn...Burn baby burn, disco fever! Burn baby burn!
Let's see, what else did I find absolutely necessary to my survival during the winter storm that I'm going to have to go to work in anyway, so when am I going to eat all of this?......
There are Apple Jacks...Okay, actually the MaltoMeal version...Those truly are for my kids. I have no desire to eat those. And if they're going to be stuck at home, I know they will eat nonstop.
And bagels. Let me tell you, I haven't bought bagels in years. Literally. I even celebrated that little purchase with some cream cheese to go with it! I can hardly wait!
The rest is just boring soups and a loaf of bread and milk, just so Studmuffin wouldn't say I didn't get any of the stuff he told me to get...None of which I truly needed, but I'm sure I bought all of this emergency food, and we will not need it at all.
Nonetheless, my feta cheese and I are prepared!