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daily photo: Feb. 26th

a bottle of $6 wine

This is a bottle inexpensive go to wine for nights like this one where I’m doing nothing much more complicated than baking the Pistachio and Chorizo Cake from David Lebovitz. (It’s cooling now and smells amazing.) But I’m not here to tell you about the cake, I’m here to tell you about this silly situation I find myself in at my local market that involves the buying of said wine. We’re lucky enough to live really close to a happy natural foods grocery that I end up in most every day picking up ingredients for one thing or another. We tend to buy wine one bottle at a time when we know we’ll want it with dinner and happily the market has a small but reliable selection. I don’t buy wine every day, but it seems that when I am buying wine I get the same checkout girl. Every single time. If I’m in for some emergency butter she’s nowhere to be seen, but if I have a cart full of groceries and a bottle of wine it’s hilariously inevitable that I’ll end up in her line. I’ve become hyper aware of this and it’s made my Raised Catholic Shame kick into overdrive. She’s lovely and friendly and I’m sure completely unaware of me, but still I cringe a bit when I find myself once again buying booze in her checkout aisle. I have not seen her in the store in weeks but tonight my haul of no-preservatives chorizo, unsalted pistachios, organic dried tomatoes and sesame seeds from the bulk aisle included some table wine and guess whose checkout line I found myself in?

Also seen in the frame are my iPhone and the trusty Jambox speaker that I’ve come to adore because it lets me hear things over the noise of washing dishes. It’s sturdy and has rubberized top and bottom surfaces, it’s wireless and connects to your music source with Bluetooth, and has a recharegable battery. I carry it around the kitchen with me and couldn’t like it more. We have Gray Hex but I sort of wanted the Red Dot, except our kitchen is filled with orange accents and I fear I’m not the sort that can pull together orange and red.

(disclosure: Just above are some Amazon Affiliate links, which means a small percentage is sent my way if you just happen to buy the speaker after checking it out. The money helps cover hosting costs for this here website. No pressure, you know.)

· comments [13] · 02-26-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · misc ·

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aaron // Feb 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I think I have the exact same wine glasses.

  • 2 AnEmily // Feb 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Girl, that’s Raised Catholic Pride, not Shame! We earned every bottle. (insert smiling/winking emoticon here, I don’t know how!)

  • 3 Lauren // Feb 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I believe I have those wine glasses. It’s quite fun to balance on the curved part with a little wine in it and play ‘catch it before it rolls off the table’.

    Well, it seems more fun the emptier it gets.

  • 4 Jilliana // Feb 27, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I have that same problem at my local Fred Meyer. It’s a combination of being the main person who ever goes to by beer or wine for me, the boyfriend, and our friends, and almost always going through the u-scan lines. Whenever the screen comes up telling me that I have to wait for someone to check my ID, one of the two checkers I ever see says, “don’t worry about, I got it” and overrides it. I’m starting to feel like an alcoholic, and I’m worried that the checkers are starting to think that too!

  • 5 anonymous // Feb 27, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I’ve checked groceries and am here to tell you to not worry about it, seriously.

  • 6 Bonney // Feb 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Yeah, I tend to get the same person at the drug store when I’m buying the half price holiday candy…

  • 7 Emily // Feb 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Think nothing of your wine purchases. I promise we don’t!

    (Although I do occasionally tell a customer they can’t take their bottle home…because I want to drink it myself!)


    Your friendly cashier :)

  • 8 Hilary // Feb 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I don’t think you should fret when you have a full cart of groceries. I’d be more concerned if I were “caught” buying just a stick of butter and a bottle of wine!

  • 9 Jenn // Feb 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My birthday this year was on the Super Bowl, I went to store to by a cake (more for my son than for me), and a 18 pack for my husband and friends that were over watching the game. When the cashier asked for my ID she said happy birthday and I can only imagine what she thought my plans were!

  • 10 Seanna Lea // Feb 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I feel the same way when I buy chocolate. It’s like I’m being sneaky and then getting caught!

  • 11 Melissa // Feb 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    A bottle of wine?

    Try buying a BOX of wine 2 weeks in a row with the same cashier. And when you get out your ID she just says, “Nah, I remember you.”

    Now that’s shame inducing…

  • 12 kt // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    seems like one bottle of wine doesn’t count as “booze.”

  • 13 Donnell // Mar 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I just wanted to say that I bought a Jambox upon your recommendation and it is fabulous. I love it. I appreciate your reviews, they have not led me astray. Thank you.

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