Costco on Superbowl Sunday, Only When Necessary

What would compel my husband and me to go to Costco on Superbowl Sunday? Add to the conundrum the fact that we both had colds and weren’t feeling great. I’ll give you some hints below and then you can see if you can figure it out.

I have a list of things that I refer to as necessities (which clearly are not). If I run out of anything on that list, I will go to the store before the sun sets – it doesn’t matter if it’s raining, sweltering hot out or freezing cold, or if I am sick or healthy. I prefer not to think of this as an obsession, but as an act of love for my husband since I cannot be held responsible for my behavior if anything on my list is denied me. That list includes the following:

  1. Coffee
  2. Half and Half for my coffee
  3. Splenda (again for my coffee – you may be seeing a trend developing)
  4. Caffeine-Free Diet Coke (I can’t have the caffeinated kind because I take my caffeine in through #1 above and also have to cut out that caffeine after 4 PM. I’m so committed to this drink that for Christmas Bob bought me a new “movie purse” that is insulated so I can smuggle my precious drink that won’t keep me up all night into the movies with me since no theater ever carries decaf/diet cola drinks. The purse also has a handy pocket for my popcorn salt, which is a must-have to keep that popcorn at the right salty goodness all the way down to the bottom of the bag. Don’t mock me until you try it.)
  5. Toilet Paper (okay, this one I really would consider a necessity)

The perfect gift from my husband – my movie purse (available at Costco, of course)

Then I have the list of things that I prefer to have. These things can wait until morning or until the rain stops. They include:

  1. Breyer’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Ice Cream, which is a wonderful blend of peanut butter light ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces and a fudge swirl, and it’s only 170 calories per half cup. I periodically get stuck on a particular snack/dessert, and that becomes my go-to-snack. I’ve been stuck on this item for about three years. It may set a new record for me.
  2. Bananas – Could there be a more perfect fruit?
  3. Paper towels – I confess we’re a little on the messy side.
  4. Bottled water

All I need is this ice cream, and coffee, and diet coke, sigh….

I was talking to my daughter today and lamenting going to Costco and braving the crowds on Sunday. When she asked me what it was that we needed so badly, I said, “Water. We were out.”

It sounded funny as I said it. Out of water? Oh, I’ve heard that you can get it from those spigots in the kitchen and bathroom, but I can’t see myself actually drinking that stuff.

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  1. That’s one of the “benefits” of living in Florida…. so, yes, bottled water it is…

    • Yes, our water is terrible. We have a shallow well in our yard for our irrigation system and the water from that is better than what comes out of our tap.

  2. Haha! I went to Publix on the same day and was asking myself the same question. All lanes were opened and were at least 5 people deep. What was I buying that I so desperately needed? Everything. I’m glad to be back and reading my favorite blogs–yours being one of them. ❤ you.

  3. Sharon O

     /  February 5, 2013

    That is way funny. We like breyers heath bar icecream it is a treat we seldom buy for diet sake.
    Oh the coffee is important and YES the real half and half. I would not touch the coke but that is ok I am sure some of my favorites are not so good.
    (I like sierra mist similar to 7-up)

    • I often think that the portion of my grocery budget that is dedicated to liquids is way too high! Since the kids have grown, we have been able to indulge a bit more, but we also eat healthier. It’s hard to feed fish to a family of six. We don’t have as many casserole type dishes any more.

  4. moggie

     /  February 5, 2013

    I would have passed them all up and did the day before, I returned something and I was going to pick up a couple things. NOT ! I put them back and left the store before I got killed !! Or Killed someone else? Moggie

  5. I knew there was more to our relationship, Bonnie – it’s not just skin deep, it’s coffee deep! I’d brave the stores on Thanksgiving eve for 1. coffee 2. my favorite vanilla flavored creamer and 3. sweet and low. Kendall says I’m a coffee snob. I say, “coffee snobs of the world, unite!” Brave the crowds if you must but don’t settle for anything less than the perfect cup of coffee. Speaking of – we should get a cup together soon!

    • I think being a coffee snob is perfectly acceptable and speaks highly of the one on whom the title is given. It’s like Mike Gilland says, “Life is too short for a bad cup of coffee.”


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