My sisters have a tendency to go overboard.
If I’m being honest, I have the same tendency, but this post isn’t about me. It’s about my sisters and their shopping list.
My sisters arrived at the beach on Saturday evening with a loaded minivan. They had more than enough food to feed all of us for a month, even though we were only staying for a week.
As they put the food away, they made a list of all the things they needed to pick up in order to survive for the next seven days.
- Syrup (I’ll give them this. You can’t eat French Toast without syrup.)
- Firewood (We found a fire circle in the backyard, and the girls wanted to roast marshmallows.)
- Sticks to roast marshmallows (Who buys sticks? There are trees in Delaware, no?)
- 9-volt batteries
- Soy milk
- Fruity snacks
- Roasted almonds
- Mountain Dew
- A case of water
On Sunday morning, the list expanded. The tongs and the spatula in our rental house were deemed unsuitable, and the meals required better utensils.
- A larger skillet
- Dishwasher soap (We brought Dawn, but who wants to wash dishes by hand when there’s a dishwasher?)
- Hot dogs
On Sunday afternoon, we went to the beach, and my sisters got horribly sunburned. They had to add to the list. Again.
- Hot dog buns (oops!)
- A dobie to clean the pans
- Parmesan Cheese
On Monday, as we were sitting around complaining about the heat and humidity, we realized that we hadn’t gotten any dip for our potato chips. We sent Joe and Grace out to the grocery store for:
- French onion dip
- Roasted almonds (the first time, he’d gotten raw ones)
- Skim milk
- Needle & thread (a button popped off of Amanda’s swimming suit)
On Monday afternoon, we stopped at a craft store in Rehboth, and we made glass mosaics. We needed a few more things from the store to finish them.
- Extra glass tiles
- Tile adhesive
- A mixing bowl
We were set, or so we thought.
On Tuesday evening, we were sitting around complaining about our sunburns and giggling about all of the crazy things we’d found at the beach when we got the munchies. We had plenty of dip this time, but no chips.
Guess who got sent out to the grocery store.
Joe, again. His list:
- More potato chips
- More French onion dip
- Brownie mix
- Ice cream
It’s just Wednesday, which means we have two more nights to add to our shopping list.
The List has taken on a life of its own. Every time we leave the house, someone asks, “Do you have the house key?” followed quickly by “Do you have The List?”
And that’s how Joe, Gracie, Amy, and I spent more than an hour sitting in the car after the beach yesterday. My sisters had taken The List into the Dollar Tree store to get a few things.
An hour later, they returned to the car with four bags of a few things.
We packed and left the beach on Saturday, and we all brought unopened necessities home with us. Peanut butter. Roasted almonds. Microwave popcorn.
Next year, we’re making a new list: Things we DON’T need to take to the beach.
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