I have been busily painting a chalkboard wall in my kitchen, but in other news.
Last night we ran out of milk. I am lucky enough to live in a place with a 24 hour grocery store and have money enough to be able to run out and get milk. At various points in my life, these were not always true.
It’s 10:30 when I head out. I get most of the stuff on my list except for Jujubes (for T) and Mini eggs (for V). I generally make a point not to buy candy, but there are extenuating circumstances. None the less, it’s almost 11 at night and I can’t find the bloody things in my local grocery store.
So I find a clerk and say “I’m looking for jujubes and mini eggs for my daughter”.
He is a good foot or more taller than me. He puts down his scanner and gives me a hard look. Then he looks at his watch.
“Do you need “it’s 11pm and my kid just told me I need to bake 18 dozen Christmas cookies for tomorrow” jujubes, or “I’m 13 and have PMS and the world is horrible” jujubes, or “I have a huge assignment due tomorrow and I’m pulling an all nighter” jujubes?”
I burst out laughing and admitted that it was the huge assignment jujubes. Then I asked a bewildered, is there a difference?
Still totally straight faced he explained that yes, there is a difference. If I had said Christmas cookies, the red, green and white jujubes are in the baking section. The PMS jujubes are in the bulk section. The all nighter jujubes are in the main candy section and come in about a 1 kg package. Alternately, there are also the “I just need a snack” jujubes that are in the 50g packages by the check outs.
This morning I made a point of calling and telling the manager how much I enjoyed this night service.