Thursday, November 11, 2010

Publix vs Kroger

Having to find a new grocery store was troubling for me. First, I went to Publix, which is 3 miles from my house. It was nice, clean and easy to navigate. However, they do not carry Wheaties, perogies or non-frosted blueberry Pop-tarts. These are serious grocery violations.
Then there is Kroger, which is 7 miles away. Deluxe, millions of choices, 3 different sizes of shopping carts and Wheaties. They also did not carry perogies or the appropriate Pop-tart. And the layout is confusing!
I feel like you should get your cart, enter moving toward the right and proceed directly into produce. In this Kroger, there is no clear path to traffic and the dairy is the first thing you come to...and then frozen foods. Weird?
So despite the weirdness I went with Kroger...for the Wheaties.
But last week something happened. I went back to Publix, selected a cart that had a very smooth ride, and proceeded in toward the right....into the prepared foods section and then to produce. It was such a wonderful, familiar feeling.
Now, I choose Publix. The carts are ALL easily pushed, the layout is welcoming and shopper friendly, the store-brand "toaster pastries" are just as good....and on a bottom shelf, in a dimly lit corner of the freezer section, was a little box of perogies. Welcome home :O)
disclaimer: For the record, my favorite grocery store of all time is Harris Teeter. This lovely east coast chain has direct produce entry, Wheaties and a vast Pop-tart selection. They also have the best in-house pizza ever created. This may be the only thing about Virginia that I miss.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Twinkle, twinkle....

So being the uber athlete I am (HA!) I decided that I would mix it up a little and run the stadium stairs. Luckily, I chose the little city baseball stadium and NOT the AU arena. After a few flights, I literally started seeing stars! ****SPARKLING****EVERYWHERE**** I stopped and laid down on the bleachers until the feeling passed. It went by pretty fast and I felt good....until I went to sit up and my hair stuck to the bleacher! UGH! I think it was a spilled Coke...I'm going to go with that :O/
On that note, the workout was over and I drove straight home and got in the shower. I felt contaminated and fat. Now I am watching The Biggest Loser and eating peanut butter cookies with mini chocolate chips....very disordered, I know.
I would also like to register my complaint with the person in charge of the time is officially crap. No one gets any extra sleep and the early sunset is depressing. Boo Winter!!
On the opposite note, how much do we love the Patriot Guard? These are the Veterans (and others) who provide escorts for the families of soldiers and sailors who have died. They protect them against hate groups that protest at funerals with horrible signs and hate filled chants. Thank you Patriot Guard!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't I know you?

Hi everybody! It has been forever
since I have posted, but it has not
been for lack of material :O)
Of course we had the big move at
the beginning of September and
it took a while to get settled. I am
not a big fan of change, even if it is
something that I really want.
I have finally mastered the hills around here and have gotten
back up to my regular distances with my walking. I usually
go about 5 days a week, between 2-4 miles with lots of hills.
I look like a sweaty mess!
For the last few weeks I have been going over to the
university on Sundays and walking on campus. Just being
able to walk around (even through the hot mess after game
days) fills me with unbridled JOY! The pic above was from
the first game...people were kind of looking at me weird
because I was practically crying the whole time and taking
pictures of everything! I loved it!
I have not been using my time wisely and trying really hard
to find a job. I mean, I am busy all day long, but I have to
say that sleeping, walking my dog and working around
the house have been much more enjoyable than working
11p-7a 4 nights a week in the ER. I have also been cooking
every night to keep my husband distracted from the fact that
I do not have a job far, so good :O)
However, I have been doing work to keep up with my
continuing education credits and talking with a few people
I know at the hospital, so my days of leisurely living will probably
come to an end soon :O(
I have also been keeping up with reading all of the blogs
and trying to comment more. So while you all may not
have been seeing me, I have been seeing you and enjoying
visiting every day!