Be Prepared #2

Two Weeks of Food!!?

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When the Wuhan flu started encroaching across the US, we kind of ignored it. It seemed far enough away–albeit terrible in other countries–and generally appeared to warrant nothing more than a handful of extra cans of soup and an extra loaf of bread. And then they told the kids to stay home from school for 10 days. Wake up call! I knew we didn’t have enough food in the house to feed 2 teenage boys for more than 3 days. Who am I kidding? If we had 3 days worth of food assuming they were in school, we had half that if they were going to be home.

Time for a trip to the grocery store(s). We needed some meat – pork was on sale at one store, chicken at another. Two different directions. Sandwich fixins, bread (4), lunch meat (2) ,

“you want baloney, too? It’s on sale.” “No, we got enough baloney in the world.” “Not what I meant, smartass!” (My wife doesn’t always appreciate my sense of humor.) “Sure, get 2.” “Already did.” (And she is certainly capable of making split-second decisions)

chips (2), milk (2 – better make that 4), mac ‘n cheese (4), sliced cheese (2),

“How are we on ketchup?” “We’re good.” “Are you sure?” “Yep, I think so. Leave it for now and we’ll get it later if we have to”

ketchup (1), mayo (1), chocolate chip cookies (2), Oreos (1) (+1, ‘my precious’), hot dogs (2)(8ct), hot dog buns (1)(12ct!?), ready made hamburger patties (1)(10ct), hamburger buns (1)(12ct!?) and a 3 pound bag of dog food.

The dog is a toy labradoodle, but thinks he’s a rottweiler, sired by a wolf. Can you say identity crisis?

There were other items in our grocery cart, but you get the picture. We (in)effectively traveled up and down every aisle in 2 stores in 3 1/2 hours to make sure we had everything we thought we were going to need.

We’ll revisit this topic in upcoming articles hoping the chaos of this post is better under control. Next up in this series: Pack your bag.