I love grocery shopping. I really do. I especially love it in the fall. The root vegetables are dominant, their jeweled tones all flashy and pretty. Halloween sweets are on end-caps, pumpkin spice everything is everywhere and coffee and tea call out to more than usual...that is...when it is not 80 bazillion degrees outside. Well, maybe that isn't all true. I did come home with rainbow chard and a butternut squash and a pumpkin to cook up. I however did not actually do any prep work or cooking. Instead I enjoyed a bowl of marshmallow cereal and then a jar of iced coffee followed by a jar of iced water and for dinner it was yogurt and fruit. Like I said...it was too hot for any cooking or prepping. I couldn't even muster up a crock pot adventure. I looked sadly at the browning bananas on top of the microwave and wished I could make banana bread without baking it. I should have made a smoothie but the brain got all cloudy from the heat.
On the plus side, like I said, pumpkin spice everything was at the market and so I quite enjoyed my trip to Trader Joe's (yeah, I know, not that I can actually smell pumpkin spice anything but the memory is there so allow me to bask). It helped that I remembered to replace all the cloth bags in the car as we took them all out for the road trip. My little town now charges for plastic bags...go little town! I took advantage of the air conditioned market and noodled my way from aisle to aisle as I obsessively crossed items off my scribbled list. I remembered my list! Go me!
Ten minutes later as I hit my side of town, the temp was a smidge under 100 and it was only 9:15 or so. I got all the groceries put away and enjoyed my bowl of dessert cereal before a most joyful and epic phone chat with my favorite all around friend. Hours later found me wanting to be productive but all I could muster was a read and a laugh at my other favorite all around friend's work post. Tara and I had been chatting about deadlines and such and I was looking forward to seeing what she came up with for her It's a Wrap post at the Crate Paper blog. My laugh was out loud when I saw what she did, it was brilliant...it IS brilliant. I laughed because we have an inside joke about being psychic twins and well...up there is the picture of my wee pile of crafty bits I had planned to work on before it got to hot. My plan is for something altogether different than her lovely tags but the supplies are pretty much identical. It helps that I got to shop in her craft closet while on our trip. If you aren't familiar with Tara's style please take a looksie.
And now I babble. It was hot, I had things planned. I got to talk to Stacey for two hours, I picked up a little here and there, I watched a Netflix DVD and whined about the heat. The tiny casa warms up a bit but still is much cooler than outside. I put together a couple of music mixes for some young people in my world and took advantage of the mama a-go-go's ceiling fan and television. By the time we got home and were trying to sleep, the heat of the day combined with the allergies that the wind brought I found myself whoozy, queasy and wheezy. I should have had more water throughout the day. I barely slept and now it is 5am-ish, I'm up and on my second jar of water. It's warm already. I hope it doesn't heat up as much as yesterday. I got kiddos to wrangle and food to prep and possibly a library adventure and fabric excursion. Hello Fall!