When you need stuff, you need it

Oyster crackers and shaving cream … oyster crackers and shaving cream.

No, it’s not the oddball title of my latest venture (although …), but two things  I’d need before Suzi did the proper grocery shopping.

And since my hair had reached its gradually-then-suddenly stage, going to get it cut would be prime opportunity to duck into the nearby grocery store … if I remembered.

Oyster crackers and shaving cream … oyster crackers and shaving cream.

Not that oyster crackers are any kind of delicacy, but I pretty much only see them in restaurants. Of course, I add them to my soup if I get any, but I know they’re not for everyone, so if anyone else gets soup, I eye the crackers, just in case they’re not claimed.

I had thought bread was the final boss of Suzi’s cooking experiments, but I was very, very wrong, as the frequent “NEW” entries (always in all-caps) on our refrigerator menu list show.

The list also includes her newest project … soups.

The first week brought squash soup. I’ve never liked squash, but it was pretty good puréed and served in a bowl.

Last weekend, she made cream of potato soup, and it was quite good.

But in between was the chicken and rice soup, which is right up my alley. All the soups have been good so far, but definitely more of that please.

I’ve always been one who liked soup with my crackers, but we haven’t had them in the house in months, so Suzi grabbed some before making the squash soup, but they weren’t saltines.

They were oyster crackers.

Not that oyster crackers are any kind of delicacy, but I pretty much only see them in restaurants. Of course, I add them to my soup if I get any, but I know they’re not for everyone, so if anyone else gets soup, I eye the crackers, just in case they’re not claimed.

Granted, I do that with saltines as well, but oyster crackers are just … different.

Plus they’re great for grabbing by the handful, which is why when we have them at home, I have to push the bowl out of arm’s length as I eat my soup.

Chicken noodle is on the schedule this week. Can’t wait.

There are a lot of days I feel like I’m about 98 percent slob, where not shaving would push me into Peak Slob, and I just don’t want to do that.

Let’s be honest … our current circumstances have not exactly lent themselves to sartorial splendor.

There’s even a hashtag — I see it on Wednesdays — called #dund or #dressupnotdown that encourages people, at least for a day, to ditch the casual wear and pull the nicer clothes out of their closets.

I don’t know when it started, but it certainly fits a lockdown, work-at-home … you know … world.

If I wear jeans and a something other than a T-shirt or sweatshirt, it’s a lot, but there’s one thing I’ve done every day, no matter what.

I mean, besides showering. (I’m sure you’re glad to know that.)

No, I’ve drawn the line at shaving. 

I haven’t tried to grow a beard since my attempt at doing so in college turned out even worse than my attempt at a mustache — I was at least able to keep the mustache effort up for almost four years.

However … sometimes … on the weekend … if I wasn’t going anywhere that day and just didn’t feel like shaving when I got out of the shower, I’d give my razor a day off.

Not now, though. There are a lot of days I feel like I’m about 98 percent slob, where not shaving would push me into Peak Slob, and I just don’t want to do that.

However, that requires shaving cream, and since it was spluttering out of the can, it was time to restock.

Since deodorant and shaving cream are among the things that you never take inventory of but you always think you have more until the day you learn the hard way you don’t … I grabbed two of each.

I’m not completely lost in the grocery store, but if I’m doing a between-shopping-trips run, it’s mostly for things that are easy to find either because they’re in an obvious spot (think orange juice or milk) or prominently displayed (think cereal or stuff to make pasta).

But where do oyster crackers hang out? By the soups? Nope.

By the chips? That’s better, although I walked right past them because I was looking for bags and they were in boxes. So I had to go the wrong way in a one-way lane for a few steps to grab two boxes off the top shelf. Sorry!

There appeared to a pharmacy-like aisle, so I correctly guessed that’s where the shaving cream lived. However, I still almost walked right past it, because, you know, looking down is tricky.

And while I was down there, I also saw deodorant.

Since deodorant and shaving cream are among the things that you never take inventory of but you always think you have more until the day you learn the hard way you don’t … I grabbed two of each.

Mission accomplished.

And I got a haircut.

 

 

7 thoughts on “When you need stuff, you need it

  1. Ooh all those soups sound yummy. I have been trying to make at least one soup a week. It lasts a bit and it’s an easy lunch. I should pick up some oyster crackers next time I’m at the store. I love those and only seem to have them at restaurants when I order New England Clam Chowder.

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