I don’t know how every day is turning into an errands day, but that seems to be the trend lately.

I had to go food shopping today, which, in NYC, would be all of a 30 minute affair for me. I have a set list of things I get and eat pretty repetitively. Today it was a TWO HOUR adventure. Suburban grocery stores really blow my mind. I’ve only really ever shopped in major cities as an adult, save for Wegman’s in Ithaca, but that’s actually an experience and I’d argue pretty close to shopping at the likes of Fairway or Whole Foods.

Suburban grocery store just have so much stuff! There was an entire aisle, twice the size of any aisle in Fairway, of just bread products. And it’s not even all of the bread products. Some are strewn about the store in the international section or other random places. The produce was mediocre, at best. I haven’t been able to find fruit since I moved down here. It’s all beat up or at the point where it probably should have been left on its tree or bush to ripen for another few weeks. I don’t get it.

It takes so long to traverse the store and find what you’re looking for. Yes, a lot can be said for not being as familiar with it as I would be Fairway or Whole Foods, but I’ve been going to this Shop Rite with moderate frequency for well over a decade, so it’s not like I’m going in blind. It boggles me that it actually took TWO HOURS to find everything I could.

Unfortunately most of my staples aren’t available in the store here. I hear there’s a Whole Foods opening up about 20-30 mins away this spring, so hopefully that’ll bring back some normal food. If not, I may actually just start trekking out to the Wegman’s that’s about 40 minutes away. At least they have normal, non-packaged, non-processed foods there.

ANYWAY, that was just one of the chores of the day. It really wiped me out! I wanted to nap so badly, but I forced myself to get to the gym. I didn’t put in a full hour, but I went through the “workout” I’d planned for myself based on the bits and pieces I could remember from having a trainer and as long as I completed that, I think it’s a good first effort. I’m meeting with a personal trainer on Saturday morning to see if I want to go that route. I’m much better at exercise when someone is telling me what to do and holding me accountable. I only have about 2-3 weeks before I head out of the country so I’m not sure it’s worth it at this point, but some sort of bootcamp might be a fun challenge.

And in fun news: I found my camera charger! I had it tucked away in my sneakers in Dublin! I wouldn’t have found it til this spring if I hadn’t pulled them out for the gym today! Even though the camera is still broken, it’s a huge sense of relief that I didn’t actually leave anything behind in the hostel! It’s funny how little things like that can really irk you.

The weekend is basically here already. Nothing really fun planned, but I did organize an appointment to have my taxes done next weekend before I leave, so things are on track!