I’m anal about quite a lot of things. My grocery list is not one of them.
I usually write down the things that I know I want or need and then as I read through recipes I want to make, I just add the ingredients to the list. Before I leave the house I do a final scout around to see if there’s anything else I haven’t thought of. There’s no structure, there’s no grouping of any sort and there’s certainly no tidy handwriting.
The Sheelster on the other hand is very particular about how these lists are written. It’s one of her (many) little quirks. There has to be the right amount of spacing between items and sometimes if she isn’t happy with how it looks then she’ll start again.
Earlier this year I sent her a photo showing what my list looked like. I received a frantic sms back exclaiming ‘Why aren’t the pastries grouped together’??? ‘And why are the cleaning products written amongst the fruit’.
I had thought I’d done quite well at least grouping the clothing items I needed together.
When I got home and sent through the updated version, where I’d scribbled out as I went along, the response was along the lines of ‘I can’t believe you haven’t drawn a straight line across the items. You’ve just given me a coronary. Goodbye’.
Since then, I have been trying to improve my list structure. Mostly to appease the Sheelster but also because I do end up doubling back through the store quite a lot as I suddenly find some other product whose aisle I have long since passed.
So far, this is the tidiest I have been. Yesterday I saved time, AND I no longer have to worry about friends dying of heart attacks. Well, not from my shopping lists anyway.
Are you thinking that Sheela and I spend a lot of our relationship discussing the silly things in life? Well then you’d be correct. And I love it.