Friday, March 27, 2020

There's a spreadsheet for everything

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I must admit that since this whole social distancing began, I'm feeling just a tiny bit food obsessed. Twice this week we've had "buffet" because we recently made two meals with lots of leftovers (cauliflower curry and corned beef and cabbage). I LOVE leftovers, so making a big batch doesn't bother me, but now that we're in lock-down mode, I decided I should try to figure out how long we can stay home without hitting the grocery store again. We have enough stuff for at least 36 dinners.

How do I know this?

I did an inventory and made a spreadsheet. I attached it to my fridge (with a Mary Engelbreit magnet) and now when we have a meal, we can cross off a line on the spreadsheet. (Last night it was one of 5 packages (of two) hot dogs.)

I must admit, I'm very anal and make a LOT of spreadsheets. They're just so handy to keep track of things. I keep track of my sales, my deductions for taxes, my website hits, etc. The problem is, I'm not good what figuring out what all that data is good for. Some people have analytical minds, I certainly do NOT.

I hope I can get through the entire month of April without hitting the store, but I know we won't want to start drinking our coffee and tea without milk. So far the store hasn't been too full because most people stocked up last week or the week before, but when they all start running out of stuff at the same time, it's going to be bedlam again. And maintaining a 6-foot bubble is hard to do in the grocery store even when you're doing your best. (Ever notice how some people just park in the middle of the aisle so that nobody can get past them.)

BTW, here's a video about sanitizing the food you bring in from the grocery store. Just click this link.

How long do you think you can hold out before you have to hit the grocery store again?

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