So that brings me to this morning. When I woke up early, I made my husband's lunch, as I described earlier. Here's a photo of what he took:
Salad, cheddar cheese and chicken with marsala sauce.
I eventually went back to bed for 2 hours, then I got up for the day, showered, and booked it to Jefferson County's Board of Education office building where my boss for the JC Adult Education program has her office. She has an account set up with a nearby store with its own card so I can purchase groceries for my classes there without paying, but since other people use the card too I have to pick it up, go shopping, and then return the card immediately. Beth, my boss with JC, usually leaves the office after noon since she's working on a degree from Shepherd U (where my husband teaches), and she often has to go out to schools to set things up for other instructors. So I picked up the card from her, ribbed her about the big Valentine's Day floral/balloon arrangement on her desk, and went shopping for tomorrow's class.
I hate to tell you this.
I really do.
But the Jefferson County Schools house account is at...
Around my household, we call this place Mall*Wart, and we refuse to give them a dime of our business. I was dismayed to discover that this is where I'd have to do my shopping for my JC classes, and I even had to undergo a little intervention with my husband on the subject that went something like this:
Spouse: You have to buy your groceries WHERE?
Me: Well, at least I don't have to pay for them out of pocket and wait to be reimbursed.
Spouse: (pause) Well, just don't slip up and buy anything for US while you're there.
I try to regard my forays into the Wal*Mart Food Center as anthropological expeditions, which makes the shopping trip more fun. I have to admit the prices are VERY low, but at what cost? I haven't really explored the store beyond the Food Center and don't really intend to do so. It always amazes me how big these places are. I mean, look at this!
The produce is better in terms of selection and quality than I expected before my first Wal*Mart visit.
They even have "Wal*Mart TV" playing at the checkouts to entertain you while you wait in line. There's a million self-checkout lines, but I have to wait for a checker in order to use the purchase order and shopping card the school system gives me. My weekly budget for my JC classes is $50, which is not exactly ample, but I manage to make it work most of the time...and if I go over a little one week it's okay because I go under some weeks as well.
Here's what I bought:
Carrots, celery, onions, parsley, whole chickens, chicken thighs, lemons, strawberries, heavy whipping cream, butter, eggs, canned tomatoes. I didn't buy some of the things I'll need because I've bought them in previous weeks and still have plenty on hand--things like salt and flour.
Any guesses as to what's on the menu at my JC class tomorrow night?
After I paid, I returned the card to Beth and came home. I guess now would be a good time to actually finish unpacking from last night's class and start working on tonight's dinner.