Thursday, February 5, 2009
How Much Is Too Much?
I am surrounded by sick people. My husband's been home for two days with the flu. What is it about men that have been home too long wanting to revamp certain housekeeping habits?
Really. What's up with that?
Did he lay on the couch thinking about the state of our pantry during his convalescence?
He was up and about and lurking in the kitchen as I started dinner tonight. I made a comment about how I've been trying to use up the food in the freezer and that's why our food bill this month has been so low. (At this point I was expecting kudos, of course).
He comments that he has heard that is the best thing to do when trying to stick to a budget. That is, eat the food you have before buying more. And then he rather pointedly looks in the pantry at the stack of Jello boxes.
He has a theory that if I would just use up all our Jello before buying more, our food budget would always be under control.
I debate this, of course. We have 3 kids. All have their favorite flavors. Kids that are sick and grumpy want "their" flavor. I don't care to argue at that point. I just stock the flavors they like. I like to be prepared. And I am stocking JELLO, for pete's sake, not gold bullion.
I mention this.
He looks at me somewhat askance.
And then (heaven help me), he starts counting Jello boxes. (Darn it, who stacked those so neatly?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13- "STOP!" I yell in defeat! "OUT of the kitchen!" I demand!
He is going to work tomorrow with JELLO for lunch. :)