Yesterday I did the mom thing and helped Kayla with Girl Scout cookie booth sales outside a local health food store. Before the booth sales started, we went inside to check it out - I'd shopped at a Wild Oats before, but never this kind of store. It was wonderful inside, with fresh flowers and organic produce...it was so clean and the people were so friendly and helpful. So I started checking out prices - I'm a mom on a budget, I do these things. Everything in that bright beautiful healthy store was at least TWICE what I pay in the big unfriendly superhuge market. $6 for a gallon of milk?!? I don't care how organic and healthy it is, I'd have to take out a second mortgage to feed my family. (No wonder I only saw luxury vehicles and expensive SUV's outside.) Darn them!!
Note: Girl Scout cookie booth sales entail standing outside a local store for four-five hours on a weekend badgering people into buying more of what they probably already have. Its for a good cause, but its still not fun. After hours in the sun and 150 boxes of sold cookies, we both felt we deserved six inch submarine sandwiches and large cola beverages.
ANOTHER NOTE: My daughter and her troop know and understand that we are not the "mom scouts", they are the Girl Scouts. Not us. The only reason moms are there is to help with change and to provide supervision - the girls are supposed to do the majority of the work. It stinks that many of you have been badgered by coworkers, friends and family into buying these cookies. Its really not supposed to be that way. And as an FYI - Part of the money goes to a local charity the girls pick out (ours is Animal Humane Society), part of it goes to cover cost, and part of it goes to the troop.
So, we decided to hit the large franchised submarine sandwich joint.
Being a vegetarian, I've made my own little version of the veggie sandwich, with pepperjack cheese, guacamole, and all the veggies plus jalapenos. (Its the bomb diggity sandwich, I'm telling you.) So as I'm watching her make my sandwich, she asks me what vegetables I want. I reply "Everything, plus jalapenos". Then the upcharging begins.
Mind you, guac is always extra, because anywhere outside of California avocados are like a buck a piece, so I understand I have to pay more for them. "Do you want spinach on that? Because if you do, its 25 cents extra." Just to show my discontent, I tell her to skip the spinach. On she goes..."Do you want shredded carrots on that? Because if you do, its 25 cents extra, too.". Fine. Skip the carrots. (grrrr) On down the line - everything apparently (except iceburg lettuce) is 25 cents extra. What the...???
In other words, I paid almost $8 for my signature veggie sandwich yesterday, and I didn't even ask them to toast it. Its advertised at $3.99, and I'm used to paying $5.00. Are carrots and spinach really that expensive??
Good grief, I sound old.
Shoot me now.
I sound like my grandmother.
(....shuffling off now....)