Now that we live in "the country" and the nearest store is half an hour away, you learn to consolidate your shopping trips (especially when gas is over $3.50 a gallon).
The nearest town for us is Sandpoint, Idaho, and this is where we do our grocery shopping and other errands once a week. But about once every couple of weeks, we saddle up and head to the big cities of Coeur d'Alene and Spokane to pick up things that we can't get in Sandpoint. It's about 45 minutes for us to get to Coeur d'Alene, and another half hour to Spokane, so we only do this trip once or twice a month, at most.
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These shopping days are brutal, all-day events, which is why there were no blog posts for the past couple of days. Thursday we did the CDA/Spokane run, and Friday we did our Sandpoint shopping.
Thursday was extra special fun for me because Hubby dropped me off at the Apple Store in Spokane so that I could upgrade my iPhone's operating system, and do some major drooling while I was waiting. I have a MacBook Pro that I absolutely love, but am dropping some major Christmas hints that an iPad 2 would really rock my world.
Why did I have to go to the Apple store to upgrade my software, you ask? Can't I just do it online? Ahhh...yet another little adjustment I've had to make to living in the country: slow Internet speeds. I tried three times to download the software upgrade--NOT a small file, let me tell you--and every time the download failed due to lost Internet connection. I used up 1.5 of my 5.0 GB downloads for the month with nothing to show for it, which is why I decided to let the Geniuses at Apple do it for me. They are awesome!
So here's a typical shopping day for us: Thursday we started out at Best Tire & Auto in Coeur d'Alene to pick up the winter tires that Hubby had ordered and to have to new regular tires that we needed put on the truck. While we were waiting, we walked over to America's Best Eye to have them adjust Hubby's sunglasses.
Then we headed to the Apple store, where I was dropped off and Hubby went on to Harbor Freight without me. After he picked me up, we gassed up at the Safeway Fuel Station on Neider Avenue (the cheapest gas in Coeur d'Alene, folks), did our Costco shopping, whizzed through Lowe's Home Improvement, and picked up some Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner before heading back up the mountain. We left home at 10:00am and got back about 6:30pm...and that was actually an easy day!
It was definitely easier living in "the city" as far as errands go; in North Carolina we lived within walking distance of two large grocery stores, McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A, and Target. Not that I ever actually walked, of course, but I could have if I weren't so lazy.
Living in the country you have to plan your shopping trips, and before you leave home be sure you've had a potty break and are taking everything you'll need for the day with you, 'cause once you're on your way there's no going back home (Hubby's rule).