They say never to shop for groceries when you are hungry. If you do, you are likely to overshop. Likely to buy things that in a hungered frenzy may seem good, but in actuality will make you retch. We’ve all been there, done that. I have learned my lesson in that I know I shouldn’t shop when hungry. However, I still keep doing. Thus, I really haven’t learned my lesson.
Fast forward to grocery shopping during the Coronavirus pandemic. My local market is relatively well stocked on the small inventory that they carry. If you are a New Yorker you know very well what that means. Regardless, I want a wider array of options. Thus, I’ve taken to ordering groceries online. Let me take that back. I have been ordering online groceries for years. However, now I’m really obsessed with it.
Here’s the thing. In New York people love online grocery shopping. It’s a thing. In the time of Corona it’s become an odd sport of sorts. The delivery slots are far and few between. People hoard slots. Sometimes, you can’t find a delivery slot for more than a week out. It’s brutal. And, that’s how obsession starts.
Many of us have figured out that we need to stay up past midnight in the hopes of getting a delivery slot. And, you need to hope the slot remains while you “shop”. Or that there isn’t a technical glitch at checkout. The other night I had wanted to stay up till midnight but ended up falling asleep around 11:30pm. Then, luckily, I woke up at 1:11am. In my state of drowsiness, I opened the grocery app on my phone and somehow clicked on the delivery slots and got one. I was ecstatic yet sleepy. I hit continue. Then I checked out. I excitedly and successfully ordered groceries.
The next morning, I noticed I had a confirmation email. Indeed, I had managed to secure a slot. Then I noticed what I had ordered. Note to self: don’t go online grocery shopping at midnight unless you really want a lot of vanilla oreo cookies and diet ginger ale. I suppose it’ll do.