Forget preschool, Super Why! will have Rocket reading in no time. I dug through the DVR to buy some time to make a phone call and buried in between way too many episodes of Dr. Who was a Super Why! As I hung up the phone, Rocket was pointing to and repeating the letters on the TV screen. No guilt here, this is educational!
A little TV is the least I could do for him after a morning of errands. I told him we had to go to the grocery store and as I pulled up to Safeway, he screamed, "NO! No samples!" Whole Foods - our regular store - has found the key to loyalty: a few cubes of cheese on toothpicks. Rocket is smart enough to remember Safeway does not have samples, whereas Whole Foods frequently has so many samples that I don't need to feed him lunch.
The thing about Safeway is that I'm always impressed with how much I can buy for less than Whole Foods. I walked out with five bags of groceries today for $54, but the thing is, I don't feel good about any of it. Not even the baby carrots were organic. We went to buy soccer snack for this week, which is a conundrum in itself worthy of another post. Should I buy healthy or follow the lead of past weeks/parents and buy what the kids want? I tried for a mix, which will probably receive mixed results from the girls.
Anyway, Safeway is the place for packaged, sugary snacks, so that's where we went. Whole Foods has packaged, sugary stuff too, but it's much more likely to be sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, which isn't perfect, but I don't feel nearly as horrible. The whole things gets me feeling very Michael Pollan and sad that it is much cheaper to eat unhealthy, and then there was the sadly true line that Tiny Fey as Sarah Palin uttered during Saturday Night Live that dollar menus at restaurants should help struggling families weather the economic crisis. But I digress...maybe I'm annoyed because Safeway does not have a Star Wars/space theme cake, which means I'm on my own for Clover's birthday next month. The helpful bakery worker suggested that I go with Spiderman instead because they make a Spiderman cake. They also make a Spiderman Jr. cake with a short, blobish creature that I assume is baby Spiderman or Spiderman's baby? I don't know. Clearly the Safeway cakes are not designed by nerds.