I needed a few groceries this morning. I also needed some beer that will be our contribution to Thanksgiving with our friends. Despite the fact that I can walk to Giant, Harris Teeter, and Whole Foods and drive in less than 10 minutes to Safeway and Trader Joe’s, I decided a trip to Wegman’s was in order. This involves a 15 mile drive to the suburbs. On the Monday before Thanksgiving. What WAS I thinking?
The directions I got off the web would have been great, except the exit that I was supposed to use wasn’t actually open at the time of day I wanted to use it. So, I took the next exit and wandered my way to the store. (Thank goodness I went to high school near there, so I had at least some idea where I was.) Once I finally located the store (without even consulting a map! Go me!) , I then had the fun of finding a parking spot in the HUGE lot. Where I live, if you park in the farthest spot, you can return your cart to the store after loading your car without a lot of difficulty. My goal in this lot was to be that distance from a cart return. Whoa.
The store was INSANE! Note to self: this is the second year you’ve done this near Thanksgiving. Do not repeat this next year. I did manage to get 2.5 cases of beer, about half of which I could not have gotten close to home. I also managed to find all the other stuff on my list, with the lone exception of refrigerated salad dressing. I settled for shelf stable and got the heck out of there. I felt much more comfortable once I got back into the land of tall buildings and small parking lots LOL.
I ran a quick 3.43 miles today on the treadmill. I’m at about 899 miles for the year and needing to do every little bit I can if I hope to eke out 1000 miles for the year. I ran a nice sub 9 pace and so was able to manage the above in 30 minutes, with no hip pain. I’m hoping to do a long run tomorrow if my leg cooperates. I also did a quick four yesterday with my dad before they flew home to WI. (And yes, my parents do rock, especially since they live nearly half a country away from me)
7 thoughts on “A trip to suburbia”
Great picture. :o)You are pretty brave to fight the crazies this time of year. I’d have drank the beer as soon as I walked in the door.
that is an awesome pic… reading your post makes me think what i’ll likely be feeling in the next few weeks! I haven’t even started thinking about buying xmas gifts! ! Yikes! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
Ha! Great picture. We had a pretty nasty shopping encounter on Sunday. And need to go back for a few things for the Thanksgiving meal. shudder. I’m afraid
I would have beer drinking that beer in the car ont he way home! Kidding. I don’t do that.Nice job on the run and great pic!
I lived in the city all my life until about age 30. Then moved to suburbia. And it was a huge transition. Lived there about 18 years and now back in the city. While there are a lot of things about the city I don’t like, what I don’t miss with the suburbs is the long drive and the “attitude” that abounds in every shop or grocery store. Its just not me.
Love the picture!Sounds like you hit up “My” Wegmans. Yep, that’s my ‘hood: huge parking lots (Wegmans even has an overflow underground parking garage which I only discovered recently!), midrise apartments, and HOV-only exits. Glad you managed to get in and out unscathed!
You’re just lucky to have all those choices. Where I live we’ve got two – neither are organic or whole, neither even compare to Wegman’s. When you’re enjoying that beer tomorrow, I’ll bet you’ll be thankful you made the trip. Happy Thanksgiving