"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Friday, December 09, 2011

Christmas shopping

I came up with a brilliant strategy this week. As I hate fighting my way through supermarkets to do the Christmas food shopping and hate it with a passion, why not do it online, with the added bonus that we have now saved enough nectar points to cover it. One problem, you can't use nectar points at Sainsbury's for online food shopping.
So, on to plan B. I would do the shopping for non perishables in person and use the nectar card, leaving the perishables to be bought online.
This, of course, initiated a discussion with Keith about what should be on the list.
"Quality Street," he said. "No," I said, "too many calories."
"Those boxes of sugary orange and lemon slices," he said, undaunted. "How old are you?" I asked scathingly, "Also too many calories and too much sugar."
"Nuts!" he exclaimed.
"Well, you can have shelled nuts," I said, 
"Why not nuts in shells?"
"Because  I'm not spending all my time till mid February hoovering up bits of shell which have been catapulted all over the living room," I explained. I thought that was quite reasonable, really.
Keith, however, was disgusted.
"Looks like I shall have to drag my sore feet around Sainsbury's myself to make sure I get what I want," he said.
Result!


7 comments:

  1. Poor Keith! Deprived of the Christmas treats he desires and subject to psychological manipulation by his Arian warder. Perhaps he needs to dig a tunnel through to the neighbours' garden. Do you think he would like some bread and dripping as an early Christmas treat? We chaps must keep up our cholesterol levels during the winter months.

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  2. Good idea, YP. I'm sure he would love it. :)

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  3. He forgot sugar coated almonds and chocolate brazils and sticky dates in a box. All part of our Christmas treats as children - sadly, haven't bought them for years. Are things as good as we remember them!

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  4. Ooh, don't encourage him, Elaine! :)

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  5. I'm happy with just the posh chocolate biscuits! Flighty xx

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  6. Sounds like a conversation with my other half. Every year he wants the same old things no matter what including the bloody nuts that he spends every evening cracking with bit of shell flying on to the carpet.
    He says Christmas isn't the same with our them x

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  7. Me too, Flighty. :)
    Rosie, I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering. :)

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