As it always seemed to happen, no matter how well we tried to prevent it, we ended up having to go to the grocery store on Thanksgiving for something we needed for dinner. Mind you, this was after Tuesday when hubby had done the shopping for our meal and then another trip on Wednesday when we realized there were a few things we forgot. So obviously we didn't do well in our planning and found we needed a couple more things, incidentals, but essential incidentals.
So when hubby was at the store on Tuesday, it was heavier business than usual. Wednesday the same. I drove by the store last night after walking Koda and the parking lot was packed. To be expected, right? The night before Thanksgiving.
What was not expected was how crowded it was this afternoon when we went. We had taken Koda for our usual car ride and then left him in the car when we went into the store (not a super warm day, we are careful to make sure it is under 70 degrees outside if we are going to leave him and we leave the windows opened a bit). It was about 2 p.m.
The store was packed. Busy.
Whereas on "normal" days they have two or three cashier lanes opened, plus the self checkout lanes, today they had all the lanes open (at least seven including the four self checkout lanes). People were buying and buying big. I wonder what they would have done had the store not been opened and this was just one of the many that were opened within our city and I'm sure the other stores were similarly packed.
I'm a people watcher. Love to watch people. So of course as we were gathering up the few items we needed, I'm watching everyone around me. Humor me, remember I work at home, I don't get out much, LOL.
The most crowded aisle? I asked others that live here what they thought the most crowded would be. They said turkey or where the stuffing was. Nope.
The alcohol aisle.
Lots of people were in the bakery section looking for rolls.
At the self checkout, I saw Cool Whip (which seemed like a natural thing people might forget on Thanksgiving). I saw ingredients to make perhaps a Jello-O salad.
But the funniest thing both me and hubby noticed was in the aisle where they have the cookware. There were two men shopping looking at and buying one of those aluminium disposable pans for cooking a turkey. Mind you, this is 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I happened to glance into their cart and saw the usual fixings, stuffing mix, a vegetable, things to make a salad, two 12-packs of beers. Didn't see the turkey . But I'm thinking "if you are just going to start cooking a turkey at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, you aren't eating until late evening." I'm hopeful maybe it was for tomorrow?
How times have changed. I do remember the days when NOTHING was opened on Thanksgiving. Now it seems EVERYTHING is.
But for those of us that forget key items needed, I suppose it is a good thing.
I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly did.