posted on Mar, 22 2020 @ 12:57 PM
Teikiatsu has been doing our shopping and errands, but he ran into a mishap with his foot today, and it's swollen and sore.
So I got to go out into the wilds of COVID shopping for the weekly groceries.
He's right ... it's wild what people are and are not buying. Thankfully, since we positioned ourselves well to ride out TPocalypse and have supplies
in other areas, none of this is terribly concerning for us, more amusing than anything, but still WILD ...
First, I got all the produce I wanted. No one seems to care about things like fresh ginger root, and the apples were back in stock. People seem to
have realized for the most part that purchasing mass quantities of perishable fruits and vegetables is mainly counterproductive unless you have some
means of preserving them and intend to do the labor it takes.
Deli counter had everything, and the local artisan bread bakery must have just delivered because they had plenty of loaves. I scored some sweet
sourdough no problem and could have gotten just about anything else I wanted -- wheat, rye, seven seed whole grain (have some in the fridge from last
week) ... The store had a sale on KC strips for $4 each, so we're having steak this week. They had a massive case full and lots of ground beef, but
chicken and pork were very thin.
Fish was thin. I still got trout and cod for good prices and splurged on some nice halibut.
Then the fun began. I hit the dairy section and it was like a bomb had gone off. I say people loading gallons of milk. I'm not sure what they think
they're doing. Milk expires pretty fast. Maybe they think they'll freeze it. One lady was b1tchging about how they only had this or that and she
couldn't stand the taste, and I'm thinking that if she wants milk, she'll take whats there. At least I managed to get what I wanted with a decent
expiration on it.
Eggs ... they had about a dozen cartons total across all sizes and brands. We still have most of two cartons, so we're good. Glad I didn't need
Juice and cheese were just as bad. I snagged a 5lb bag of shredded cheese, and I'm glad I didn't need any butter because they had 0 butter,
margarine, spread of any kind, not even vegan substitute types. It was all gone. It's a good thing butter is one of those things we tend to buy
whenever there is a good price, so we always tend to have a pound or two chillin' in the freezer (not counting the boxes in the fridge) because
that's one I didn't even think of when we were stocking ourselves up over the course of the past few months.
I scored the very last bag of Santitas chips on the shelf. I likely got it because it was on top and shoved to the very back where almost no one was
going to reach. Since I'm tall with long, long limbs, I can stand on tip-toe and just reach back there. I can reach back there even better than my
husband, so it was a good thing I was doing it this morning and not him. Those are chips more for him and kiddo. I don't like them. The pork rinds
were gone ...
I went for the popcorn next. It was decimated. I expected the microwave crap to be gone, but I figured the stove top kernals to be mostly there. I
guess there's been a renaissance in making it the old-fashioned way because that was gone too. I had to settle for two plastic jars full of a more
artisan brand coming in at just under $10 instead of a regular bag full. Beggars can't be choosers though. If you want some things, you pay for
Getting large zip loc baggies to marinate today's chicken in was the same -- buy what they have and no shopping for the best buy. Boy am I glad I
don't need TP or paper towels right now ...
And then the weird one, the item that almost scuttled today's dinner plans -- soy sauce. Who hoards soy sauce?! Everything else in the Asian aisle is
there, even the noodles, but not soy sauce. At least they had tamari (gluten free soy sauce). I am guessing most people don't know what it is or they
would have wiped it out too, and it will serve as an acceptable substitute when our current soy runs out today.
I didn't even try to look at rice though. I'll bet it was gone, but we don't need it since we already have plenty on hand to make yellow rice with
to go with our chicken thighs tonight.
Sooner or later, people will realize the world isn't ending, but until they do, this is just crazy.