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There are days when you come home from work thinking that you really need either alcohol or icecream and alcohol's just not going to cut it.

Today was not one of those days but I like to be prepared with a 2 litre tub of icecream in the freezer just in case. And sometime over the last four months I ran out of icecream and didn't get more because it would have required transporting a 2 litre tub of icecream on the bus for an hour or more. Which a) would be heavy, and my shopping trips were already heavy affairs, and b) would be melty.

But today I went to my local supermarket for the first time in four months. Just all casual, like, on the way home from the bus stop. (It's actually been open on-and-off for a couple of weeks, but... I was set in my routines and it felt weird to change them and aftershocks happened on the 13th and I didn't realise it was open again until I got a flier, and anyway I just didn't go.)

And, once I figured out where the entrance was, it's really quite lovely in there. (Pak 'n' Save is horrid despite being cheaper. It makes me feel all claustrophobic. Partly the warehouse feel, partly the really high shelves, partly the crowds.) It's well lit and really spacious - heaps of space as you walk in through the grocery section, and the aisles are wide and the shelves are low. The only thing I'd change if I could is the aisles are very long; it'd be nice to have a cross aisle as some of their other stores do. But really, even though they'd changed the layout a lot, it felt very safe and familiar. Also the new entrance opens directly to the carpark - I don't know if that was necessity due to the rest of the mall being closed or a clever safety idea, but I like it.

Anyway I did my necessary shopping: baking powder (gluten-free - I didn't realise ordinary baking powder wasn't, whoops, but I think I didn't use it anyway when I made stuff for work) and new cooking oil; and yeast to make bread with (because 4 months have set me in my bread-making routine and I've even figured out how to make it almost-reliably rise in the bread machine); and mandarins and shaved ham for lunches, and fish for dinner, and chips for special occasions, and then I thought, "I can walk home in 5 minutes! I can buy icecream!"

So I did. Lime-flavour (though it's more an aroma than a flavour really, it's so gentle). And then I got home and, even though it wasn't one of those days, I had a bowl anyway, to celebrate.

Date: 2011-06-23 11:26 am (UTC)
aquaeri: A cake in the shape of a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick (gold brick)
From: [personal profile] aquaeri
There are days when you come home from work thinking that you really need either alcohol or icecream and alcohol's just not going to cut it.

Apart from never having drunk enough for the alcohol, that sums up my approach exactly. I'm happy you have icecream again.

Date: 2011-06-23 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yay! Ice cream! And open supermarkets. And, I see your house is in the green zone, and so is ours, which is good news I suppose, apart from the lack of appearance of any EQC inspector, and the fact that so much of St Martins is zoned orange (round the river, and round the curve of St Martins Rd, and Wilsons Rd, down by our old house, where the water used to pond a bit in very wet weather).

Date: 2011-06-23 01:05 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: This cat is in ur fridge, etein ur foodz. (IN UR FRIDGE)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
A good grocery store is such a nice thing. As is lime ice-cream, nom.

I was feeling gross over the weekend, and only a full pint of Bangkok Peanut ice cream (peanut butter, coconut, and cayenne, NOM) could help me recover. True!

Date: 2011-06-23 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I regard ice cream as an essential; alcohol as a nice, optional extra.


Date: 2011-06-24 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
No doubt about it, ice cream (and its Italian friend, gelato) is one of the necessities for a civilized existance.


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