Yesterday we went to Sams.
About 3 weeks ago my father informed me during a Skype call that a routine scan found “3 dots” in his lungs. Nobody knew what they were. The dots could have been masses or something else. This was very alarming because Grandfather died of lung cancer. He also smoked unfiltered cigarettes and had a chunk of shrapnel from World War II stuck in his lungs. But still, the specter of hereditary lung cancer had raised its ugly head. I was promised that I would be informed of the subsequent tests and to wait for the call.
I was not informed. I finally lost my patience and called yesterday. My father and step mother answer and they launch into the longest story on Earth about all the various scans and trips. After five minutes, they finally come to it: no cancer. The “dots” went away and were likely the result of the respiratory infection he got during holidays.
I told them that the story should have started with “Ilona, I don’t have cancer.”
I got stressed out, and then Gordon realized that we were out of a few things. The day was lovely, so instead of ordering groceries in, the way I usually do, we decided to make the trip to the pool supply place. That ice storm we had not too long ago nuked our booster pump. So we needed a new pump, and since Sams is located ac ross the parking lot from the pool supply, we decided to just run in.
The problem with going to Sams is that I fall into their trap and buy things I don’t necessarily need. Here is my record of wins and losses.
Rotisserie Chicken – didn’t buy. Major win. I usually buy the chicken but it only gets eaten about 50% of the time. Even though we have every intention of cutting it into salad, etc., a third of that chicken ends going bad in the fridge more often than I am ashamed to admit.
Throw Blankets – bought 4. Major fail. We have enough blankets. More than enough. But there is something about new throw blankets that makes them absolutely irresistible. We will give 2 blankets to the kids, and they were on sale, and they were very colorful and soft, but still major fail.
Snacks, chips, and candy – didn’t buy. Epic win. Walked right past the aisle. Didn’t reach for gummy bears, or Rice Crispy treats, or trail mix that looks good but nobody will eat.
Fresh Cookies – bought a small container. Partial fail. They are small cookies and they smelled good, and the kids will eat them when they come over. Sadly, I can only enjoy cookies once in a while.
Random kitchen items like pots, pans, cutting boards, etc – didn’t buy. Pheew! Dodged a major fail there.
Towels – partial fail here. I bought a small pack of hand towels, and I have a rationale for it. I would like to put them into the bathrooms. They are all the same color, they are nice, and this way kitchen towels will stop mysteriously ending up in the bathrooms.
Sushi – bought 2 packs. I regret nothing, I ate it for dinner, and it was yummy.
Ice cream – didn’t buy. Our willpower is strong.
The takeaway from all this – shopping online saves us money, even with the delivery fees, because I just buy things on our list and don’t randomly veer into the Aisle of Random Purchase Regret. Also, we probably shouldn’t purchase any more meat , fish, or poultry for a bit. Like for 6 months or so. Heh.
As we loaded all of our purchases into the car, I felt safe and happy. I realize this was probably reaction to the stress of anticipating bad news from my father, and I understand that a lot of this is comes from being poor when we were younger, but it worked. I’m now ready to face the week knowing that we have enough mangoes.
I forgot to mention that I bought mangoes. I know they’re not in season, but they were there and I love mangoes. Wishing you plenty of your own “mangoes” to get through this week.