Small-town Adventur

Yesterday was a day of Adventur (in a Sam Starbuck kind of style, which is why I purposefully forgot the ‘e’)

Rhonda had asked her mom if she wanted to go out shopping with us. Originally, she was all gung-ho about it, but then got into one of her “moods” where she hemmed and hawwed and “wasn’t sure” if she’d go out with us because Allen wasn’t going shopping with us (because gods forbid the guy has to work). Eventually, she decided that she would go shopping with us.

Jamie reluctantly came with us (he wasn’t feeling too great) and we picked up Rhonda’s mom (Nanny). She did her normal stand-by-the-door-with-a-finger-out “telling us” to “give her a minute” because she obviously didn’t have enough time to get ready and tell her husband she’d see him later (it happens every time. The only difference this time was she didn’t take 20 minutes to actually get out of the house) We hit the library first because Rhonda wanted to check out new books.

Jamie and I walked across the street to Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea and lamented that it had been 6 or 7 years since we’d stepped foot in the coffee shop. This particular shop is, without a doubt, the best one. We haven’t been to the one that has opened/just opened/will open soon near Tanglewood, but we’ve been to the one in Downtown Roanoke and it is not fun. The one in Downtown Salem is by far the best; Jamie and I agreed that we need to come back sometime soon (well, sooner than 7 years) and buy drinks from them again.

Jamie, not realizing how cold it was, got an iced latte and I went to get some Darjeeling, but the girl said she was out and offered alternatives (these guys are awesome, they offer alternatives that are “very similiar” and even offer to make a pot of tea of your choice if that is what your heart is set on). Jamie pointed out I should try something different, so I went with the “cumin tea” which is really good. It tastes a lot like Darjeeling and had enough earthy tone to stand on its own. Rhonda thought it was gross.

We walked back across the street, set out drinks in the car, and went inside the library to go hunt for Rhonda and Nanny. We pointed out to Rhonda that she really needs to sign up for her own library card so she doesn’t have to rely on Nanny’s (hopefully we’ll be able to get her to do it soon) and we picked out a couple of books for ourselves. Jamie found a couple on germs while I found a couple on forensic psychology that may help out with a story idea I have.

While we headed to Walmart, Nanny demanded to know if Allen was taking a specific pain medication for no reason. After Rhonda responded, she refused to say why she needed to know. Nanny became huffy after about the fourth time Rhonda asked why and went off on a speil about how she was “watching this documentary” the other day about buzzards in India and how they were dropping dead and they found out why was because of this specific pain medication being injected into cattle. She continued to get louder and louder as Jamie interjected with “all medication has risks.”

Nanny was pretty much arguing for the sake of arguing and because she can’t ever be wrong. She easily ignored me and became madder as Jamie was just trying to have a level conversation with her and Rhonda just became even more irritated.

We dropped off Allen’s lunch in his car (some awesome, awesome food from local place: Joe’s Deli) and headed inside. Nanny seethed a bit, Rhonda asked for the list, and Jamie and I went off in search of an employee to see if she still works there. We didn’t see her, so we went back to the grocery section and found Nanny and Rhonda not far from where we left them: in produce because Nanny wanted to talk to Allen. Rhonda, Jamie, and I walked around and pretty much lost Nanny. She has this terrible habit of disappearing in stores.

By the time Nanny met back up with us, we had most of the shopping done and Rhonda wanted to check the little-boys section for an outfit for Lincoln and Gavin (Jamie’s cousin Tasha’s little boys). We looked but they didn’t have much of a section for what was needed and it was mostly pajamas. We headed out, agreeing that we should go look at Target or the Bonsack Walmart since they have larger selections of little boy clothes (well, baby/toddler clothes).

We lost Nanny, and I didn’t realize it until she popped up while we were looking for Allen’s aftershave. She had two matching outfits and said that these would be perfect. We had to agree, they were adorable, but they were too thick. She huffed and went off about how they were the “thinnest fabric” available and we had to point out that it was fleece, they all live in Arizona, and it’s still too thick. She ignored me but after hearing Rhonda and Jamie point out that fleece is too hot for Arizona, she got this pissed off/highly disappointed look on her face and stomped off. Jamie and I apologized to Rhonda while she agreed that this “thin” fleece was way too hot for small children in Arizona and Nanny doesn’t seem to realize that Arizona is at least 30 to 40 degrees hotter than Virginia all year long.

Rhonda and I agreed that we should go look at Target later on to try to find something simple (like sweat pants and a long sleeved shirt because apparently it’ll be impossible, or crazy expensive, to find a pair of pants/jeans for Gavin).

Rhonda went in line, Nanny showed up, and Jamie and I headed to the car because Jamie needed to get his meal in and I just really wanted to get the hell out of Walmart. Shortly thereafter, they came out and we helped load up groceries. We dropped Nanny back off at her house and headed back to Roanoke to Kroger.

Rhonda was explaining that her voucher for an extra 10% off didn’t work. The voucher didn’t state that it had to be on Allen’s card and no one was informed that it had to be Walmart employees only that could get the extra 10% off. The store manager was thoroughly confused and it wasn’t until Personnel was involved that we learn that it has to be the employee’s card, swiped by the employee and it’s invalid if the employee is still on the clock. Personnel apparently offered to re-do the transaction but Allen had to point out we’d already left (Rhonda had gotten a call about it while Allen was on his lunch break).

Then we found out that Nanny had demanded the receipt and voucher so she could give it to Allen. She didn’t want Rhonda to give it to him and only she could go say goodbye to him. It was pretty messed up.

Kroger was fairly uneventful. We had to double-back a couple of times because the grocery list was a little bit everywhere. I picked up my “free!” container of coffee (yay for Kroger coupons) and Jamie picked up his peanut butter so we could use another “free!” coupon.

Jamie gave up, so we dropped him off, and headed over to Walgreens to pick up some cards Jamie had ordered. They look interesting, but Jamie was a bit disappointed when he saw some of them. (they’re photo cards, so it’s a good thing I have a silver Sharpie somewhere) Then Rhonda and I hit the Dollar Tree to look for some small containers for Jamie’s protein powder.

I thought I had picked a good pack of containers, but Jamie pointed out that it’s too big and he’d lose a good portion of the protein powder, but it’ll work great for oatmeal! (the downside means that we’ll have to go buy the Rubbermaid ones and they’re $4 for a pack of 2. Jamie needs five of these little buggers) Rhonda and I also found a dinosaur coloring book and got it for him (Jamie loves dinosaurs).

We came home and ended our Adventur.

I came to the conclusion I should

Yesterday was a day of Adventur (in a Sam Starbuck kind of style, which is why I purposefully forgot the ‘e’)

Rhonda had asked her mom if she wanted to go out shopping with us. Originally, she was all gung-ho about it, but then got into one of her “moods” where she hemmed and hawwed and “wasn’t sure” if she’d go out with us because Allen wasn’t going shopping with us (because gods forbid the guy has to work). Eventually, she decided that she would go shopping with us.

Jamie reluctantly came with us (he wasn’t feeling too great) and we picked up Rhonda’s mom (Nanny). She did her normal stand-by-the-door-with-a-finger-out “telling us” to “give her a minute” because she obviously didn’t have enough time to get ready and tell her husband she’d see him later (it happens every time. The only difference this time was she didn’t take 20 minutes to actually get out of the house) We hit the library first because Rhonda wanted to check out new books.

Jamie and I walked across the street to Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea and lamented that it had been 6 o 7 years since we’d stepped foot in the coffee shop. This particular shop is, without a doubt, the best one. We haven’t been to the one that has opened/just opened/will open soon near Tanglewood, but we’ve been to the one in Downtown Roanoke and it is not fun. The one in Downtown Salem is by far the best; Jamie and I agreed that we need to come back sometime soon (well, sooner than 7 years) and buy drinks from them again.

Jamie, not realizing how cold it was, got an iced latte and I went to get some Darjeeling, but the girl said she was out and offered alternatives (these guys are awesome, they offer alternatives that are “very similiar” and even offer to make a pot of tea of your choice if that is what your heart is set on). Jamie pointed out I should try something different, so I went with the “cumin tea” which is really good. It tastes a lot like Darjeeling and had enough earthy tone to stand on its own. Rhonda thought it was gross.

We walked back across the street, set out drinks in the car, and went inside the library to go hunt for Rhonda and Nanny. We pointed out to Rhonda that she really needs to sign up for her own library card so she doesn’t have to rely on Nanny’s (hopefully we’ll be able to get her to do it soon) and we picked out a couple of books for ourselves. Jamie found a couple on germs while I found a couple on forensic psychology that may help out with a story idea I have.

While we headed to Walmart, Nanny demanded to know if Allen was taking a specific pain medication for no reason. After Rhonda responded, she refused to say why she needed to know. Nanny became huffy after about the fourth time Rhonda asked why and went off on a speil about how she was “watching this documentary” the other day about buzzards in India and how they were dropping dead and they found out why was because of this specific pain medication being injected into cattle. She continued to get louder and louder as Jamie interjected with “all medication has risks.”

Nanny was pretty much arguing for the sake of arguing and because she can’t ever be wrong. She easily ignored me and became madder as Jamie was just trying to have a level conversation with her and Rhonda just became even more irritated.

We dropped off Allen’s lunch in his car (some awesome, awesome food from local place: Joe’s Deli) and headed inside. Nanny seethed a bit, Rhonda asked for the list, and Jamie and I went off in search of an employee to see if she still works there. We didn’t see her, so we went back to the grocery section and found Nanny and Rhonda not far from where we left them: in produce because Nanny wanted to talk to Allen. Rhonda, Jamie, and I walked around and pretty much lost Nanny. She has this terrible habit of disappearing in stores.

By the time Nanny met back up with us, we had most of the shopping done and Rhonda wanted to check the little-boys section for an outfit for Lincoln and Gavin (Jamie’s cousin Tasha’s little boys). We looked but they didn’t have much of a section for what was needed and it was mostly pajamas. We headed out, agreeing that we should go look at Target or the Bonsack Walmart since they have larger selections of little boy clothes (well, baby/toddler clothes).

We lost Nanny, and I didn’t realize it until she popped up while we were looking for Allen’s aftershave. She had two matching outfits and said that these would be perfect. We had to agree, they were adorable, but they were too thick. She huffed and went off about how they were the “thinnest fabric” available and we had to point out that it was fleece, they all live in Arizona, and it’s still too thick. She ignored me but after hearing Rhonda and Jamie point out that fleece is too hot for Arizona, she got this pissed off/highly disappointed look on her face and stomped off. Jamie and I apologized to Rhonda while she agreed that this “thin” fleece was way too hot for small children in Arizona and Nanny doesn’t seem to realize that Arizona is at least 30 to 40 degrees hotter than Virginia all year long.

Rhonda and I agreed that we should go look at Target later on to try to find something simple (like sweat pants and a long sleeved shirt because apparently it’ll be impossible, or crazy expensive, to find a pair of pants/jeans for Gavin).

Rhonda went in line, Nanny showed up, and Jamie and I headed to the car because Jamie needed to get his meal in and I just really wanted to get the hell out of Walmart. Shortly thereafter, they came out and we helped load up groceries. We dropped Nanny back off at her house and headed back to Roanoke to Kroger.

Rhonda was explaining that her voucher for an extra 10% off didn’t work. The voucher didn’t state that it had to be on Allen’s card and no one was informed that it had to be Walmart employees only that could get the extra 10% off. The store manager was thoroughly confused and it wasn’t until Personnel was involved that we learn that it has to be the employee’s card, swiped by the employee and it’s invalid if the employee is still on the clock. Personnel apparently offered to re-do the transaction but Allen had to point out we’d already left (Rhonda had gotten a call about it while Allen was on his lunch break).

Then we found out that Nanny had demanded the receipt and voucher so she could give it to Allen. She didn’t want Rhonda to give it to him and only she could go say goodbye to him. It was pretty messed up.

Kroger was fairly uneventful. We had to double-back a couple of times because the grocery list was a little bit everywhere. I picked up my “free!” container of coffee (yay for Kroger coupons) and Jamie picked up his peanut butter so we could use another “free!” coupon.

Jamie gave up, so we dropped him off, and headed over to Walgreens to pick up some cards Jamie had ordered. They look interesting, but Jamie was a bit disappointed when he saw some of them. (they’re photo cards, so it’s a good thing I have a silver Sharpie somewhere) Then Rhonda and I hit the Dollar Tree to look for some small containers for Jamie’s protein powder.

I thought I had picked a good pack of containers, but Jamie pointed out that it’s too big and he’d lose a good portion of the protein powder, but it’ll work great for oatmeal! (the downside means that we’ll have to go buy the Rubbermaid ones and they’re $4 for a pack of 2. Jamie needs five of these little buggers) Rhonda and I also found a dinosaur coloring book and got it for him (Jamie loves dinosaurs).

We came home and ended our Adventur.

I came to the conclusion I should write more, even if it’s like 50 words and post it. It’ll be fun. I shouldn’t set a limit for myself of “at least 300+ words per post” or whatever my brain has been doing to me.

I’m also trying to work on outlines for some short stories. The more I work on one outline, the more I realize that I have quite a number of stories floating around in my head that I’ve never really bothered to jot down. It’ll be a fun learning experience.

And now to continue listening to older episodes of Mysterious Universe (well, MU+) and work on knitting projects.

I have also learned that Baklava does not like me.

 

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