tonight i had a lovely time in the kitchen.
while i was brewing up my spinach and carrot brownies, i decided to make some butternut squash, spinach, carrot lasagna, but i was out of cheese.
i went to the grocery store alone and i enjoyed it.
this was perhaps the 4th solo trip to the grocery since theo was born. the other times i felt torn and weird not to have him and later them in the cart. not tonight. and the clerk was an awesome packer. i unload my cart in the order i want the stuff to go in the bag (i enjoy a well packed grocery bag, luggage, car, pair of jeans, but that is a different kind of packed). i bring my own bags, and i don't usually have good luck with the clerks who load my goods into my shopping bags. yes, i rearrange the bags before i exit the store, but after i've moved away from the check-out. this young girl was a perfect packer PLUS she has a really cute hair cut. and i told her so.
i was sort of chuckling to myself as i was pulling out of my parking spot, and called De to giggle over this change in my life. i am now officially one of those women who declares the grocery store as her me time location. i don't know how this happened to me, but i will embrace it. we had a quick little catch-up chat, and she cracked me up with her wild adventures. (i really miss her, but i am glad she lives in a climate where she can be appropriately dressed in all seasons.)
as i walked into the house, there was the usual noise. (i think suvi will be a singer because she's got a great set of lungs.) my sauce had splattered all over the stove. the kids were all fired up--they love to play with dad.. (oh! suvi took about 5 steps. this means a whole new level of mischief will ensue)
i just smiled a true, cup runneth o'er smile as i was washing up the stove top, high from my shopping vacation, humored by my sweet friend, and called by and to my dear family. who knew groceries could be so fulfilling!!!!!
the lasagna is delicious, by the way.