Tuesday, December 18, 2007

And now for something completely different...

I'm trying something new today and I just can't wait to see how it works out. Want to know what it is? I'm almost embarassed to tell you, but ... I'm having groceries delivered. I don't know why I am so excited about this--maybe because I've always thought of this as one of those insane luxuries for the uber-rich. Turns out it costs $5. Five dollars!!! And I get the same pricing as in the store. Now, granted, Safeway's prices aren't nearly as good as the commissary's, but saving the half-day I usually spend doing grocery shopping trumped saving the cash this time. I highly doubt this will become my regular means of obtaining groceries, but we were out of town last week. Between wrapping up (literally and figuratively) final Christmas preparations and needing to get in a good, solid week of homeschool, making a trip to the commissary was something I was delighted to cross off my list.

Scott is also branching out and trying something new in his commute to work: the slug line. When we found out we were moving here, many of our friends advised Scott to "slug to work." It's basically a very organized way of hitch-hiking. If you know Scott at all you can imagine how this idea set with him. Well, after six months of commuting, first by taking a commuter train to the metro station to the Pentagon/Rosslyn shuttle (for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes each way) and later by taking the OmniBus from a commuter lot to the Pentagon, then jumping on the P/R shuttle (for a total of 45 minutes each way), Scott finally had to try slugging. Have you ever talked to Scott after he's tried something new and found out that it's wonderful? Body for Life, Naked Juice, the Honda Element, GPS navigation, chicken casserole in the crockpot? He's like a super-caffeinated evangelist with his passionate endorsements. I find it completely adorable.

Coming soon: pictures from our trip!!


Mama Nirvana said...

Like it was his idea in the first place??? We have had some of that around here.

I'm excited to hear how the delivery goes. I've heard from people that you actually end up saving money because you don't do any impulse buys.


Susan said...

I just had to click the slug line link. I'm totally intrigued! The organization of it all, the "rules" (my favorite: Slugs are not to speak.), the origin of the term Slug (because my head didn't at first go to "slug nickel" associations).... LOVE IT! So how much time does that save him now?

Food brought to the house by someone other than Pizza Hut....hmmm... interesting idea....

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy,

that is so cool! kind of scary too to think that he is riding with strangers but it seems to be quite efficient. is he getting to work faster? what happens if no one picks you up? does he like it? tell me more.

P.S. I found the prettiest strawberry necklaces in Avon that I am ordering for us. They are really pretty and actually were created by Kenneth Lane (jewelry designer) does some of the high end stuff for Avon. I can't wait to see them! Love you bunches!