Friday, November 14, 2008

My eyes are bigger than my trolley...

Ok. I have a problem. I know I don't live in the States anymore and that I don't have a car and that I walk to the shops dragging this nanna trolley behind me - and while that alone could be a problem, that's not the problem. Oh no. The real problem is... that while I know I shouldn't - for my health and well-being and social status, I can't help myself... but... Ok, I will just come clean...

I just can't stop myself from buying the same load of groceries that I would in the States and trying to take it all home in one shot. There it is. I admitted it. It's crazy!

I mean - look at this lot... a whole trolley full, a giant bag full... and a poinsettia!!! I am rolling on the floor right now, thinking about how I just had to buy that poinsettia on the same trip. I mean, what was I thinking? Can you see my sorry state? Can you?! The 10 minute walk took me twice as long because I had to stop and rest my arm and switch arms and sweat it all up the minor slopes and then carry this heap up three flights of stairs! Man, it was such a sad state.

Someone... help me... please!? =)

Ps. I know about the online shops and how they deliver but the store is just down the street... then again, perhaps I will have to give in in the wintery months. Stay tuned.

9 comments:

Michemily said...

I have done the same thing here in Germany at least five times. Last week I was walking with a completely full backpack, some bananas clipped onto my bike, and yogurts stuffed in a fruit bag that was getting more stretched out by the second. There were several holes in the bag by the time I got home, but somehow they didn't all go flying out. Lucky. Then the trick is how to fit it all in German fridges.

Swiss Miss said...

This is hilarious. Love the pic. Be sure to read my upcoming article "Cost-Co Girl in a Car Free World" in Swiss News next month! It's about the exact same thing. And oh, my we both have the same stuffed IKEA cart. Although mine is orange!!

Would love to do a blogger blind date at the Baden spa. Do you want to bring your man as well and make it a double? Saturday nights are best since there is candlelight then!

vanessa said...

Warning re: that Ikea cart - there is a limit to the weight it can carry! I had the same one. A couple of weeks ago, I overloaded it American style, and the wheel came flying off as I exited the bus. If you think you look ridiculous dragging the cart behind you now, imagine how cool I was dragging the stuffed cart lopsided, scraping the ground, gaining about 2 inches with every step...

Suzer said...

Hahah! You are at least one step ahead of me. I still forget that I need a bag to do all shopping. Yesterday, while I was out already I was just going to pick up a zucchini and ended up with an full arm-full to drag back without a bag!!

Categorize me as the overloaded American as well! :)

Bluefish said...

Wow. I wanted a trolley like this one too, but Kenneth said people would laugh at me.

I also have the same experience of overbuying when I'm in DK. In the end we can't even get all the groceries on the bus and had to ask his father and brother to help us. But it's a hassle to shop twice a week.

Zhu said...

I always carry my husband with me when grocery shopping. Sure, you may end up buying chips and peanut butter, but they carry a fair share of grocery :D

rösti said...

My husband wants us to join one of the Costco-like shopping clubs they have here (Top CC etc.) so that we can be "swiss" and buy cases of orange juice and water and tomato sauce to keep in the basement so that we don't "run out." Even though we have a car, I kind of like taking my little granny cart down to the local shop and picking out my weekly groceries. By the way, we have never run out of food or drinks - so I think this is his sub-conscious American shopping style re-surfacing....

my advice to you - make a list. :-)

Phil said...

Oh my dear I can relate! I lived in Japan for three years with a young family (we're from the Washington State) and no matter how I tried to adjust my concept of shopping to fit the walking only, four flights of stairs and two small children in tow scenario I always over loaded the bags, the stroller - thank heavens for our stroller - and any other available stashing space. Then of course I'd finally get to the apartment building, carefully rejuggle the children and bags and ..... and trek the four flights to the top. I'd then collapse and try to once again readjust my shopping expectations. It rarely changed. Thanks for sharing and bringing our memories alive again. Best wishes!!

Debo said...

ps. The post from "Phil" is really from me, his wife. I just forgot to sign in on my account.
Take care, D

 

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