Today was a rare Saturday in our household. We had nothing on the calendar, and all the kids slept in. Dan and I seized the morning and ran some errands together, ending up at Starbucks. We went to the jewelry store to pick up my ring which needed a couple of prongs replaced, then to H0me Depot and to the grocery store.
We rarely grocery shop together. In fact, now that the kids are older I almost always shop alone. It feels a little weird to have a partner for a job where I typically have full command. Since I had the list and since I know what to get, he took charge of pushing the cart. He also suggested I just leave my pocketbook in the cart because he was watching it, which is what I normally do but when I'm alone I belt it in and then make sure my Swiss army knife is visible in case anyone tries anything.
Weirdest feeling, going through those aisles without a cart and no pocketbook to watch. I actually felt a bit dizzy and then displaced and then I got the same feeling I get when I go to church and sit on the "wrong side." I was going in circles and I'm sure Dan wondered why I was having such a hard time finding things in a store that I've shopped in for 15 years. Of course, they have remodeled the place, so that it is now double in size. It reminds me of a grocery store that we went to in Mexico. They sell everything and there was no rhyme or reason to the way it was set up. Car tires were stacked next to diapers, the eggs were next to the nails, and it took a bit of teamwork with three other American couples who happened to be shopping there at the same time, to find the peanut butter. (I just had a thought, maybe it's all alphabetical and it doesn't make sense to me because I don't speak Spanish.)
It was a relief to get through the store and head over to Starbuck's for the first eggnog latte of the season, in snowflake themed cups. Which proved to be a foreshadowing of the snowfall that rolled in this evening.
All in all, it was a good day: some chores, some fun, little planning. As Saturdays should be.
Today I'm thankful for time spent with my husband.