Not long ago, on a Sunday night when life did not feel warm and fuzzy, I drove to a nearby bay. I parked my car so I had a view of the sunset, dined on a baked potato I brought along (one of the ultimate comfort foods), wrote down feelings that were spilling over, and shot this pic as the sun dropped.

Silence, a baked potato and beautiful water..  each on their own is a pretty good deal.  Together they were spectacular.



My friend Megan Pincus Kajitani has tagged me for a meme about consumer consciousness.

I’m not much of a shopper.. and I fear that any comments I make about my own buying habits will be dreadfully boring. However, according to the meme instructions, items I purchased at the grocery store last weekend qualify.. so here goes:

1. What are you proud of?

Well, the word ‘proud’ seems a bit ostentatious for the likes of anything I bought, but I suppose if I had to choose.. it would be the produce: tomatoes, celery, Yukon Gold potatoes, an avocado and a pear. I hadn’t felt well for a couple of days and as I was trying to shore up strength, this relatively healthy fare found its way into my cart.

2. What are you embarrassed by?

It would have to be the huge, chocolate chunk (not just ‘chip’) cookies I bought at the store bakery. Reason for embarrassment? I was supposed to make cookies for a children’s gathering the next day.. and I’d felt rotten enough that I didn’t want to bake.. so I bought the best darn cookies I could find! I didn’t eat any of them.. but still had the pervading guilt I should have baked rather than bought. What is it with that, anyway?

3. What do think you couldn’t live without?

Probably would have to be the crushed ice I bought (actually cubed ice). I have no ice maker on my fridge.. and water I drink HAS to be ice cold. This is non-negotiable– and yes, a bit indulgent.

4. What did you most enjoy purchasing?

This will seem a tad pathetic (I don’t get out much).. but those great energy saving light bulbs were on sale.. and I bought one for the back porch. I was THRILLED to get home and screw that puppy into the socket!

5. What were you most tempted by? (This last one may or may not be an actual purchase!)

It was probably the big ole bottle of tomato juice. This is something I don’t generally buy..although I enjoy it. I think because I was feeling a bit under the weather, I just got it.. even though it was something I would normally consider too expensive.