seasons greetings

We are prepping for our dinner party.
I even washed the kitchen floor.
We are doing three pasta dishes --
bolognese, sausage and rabe, and fresh mozzerella with cherry tomatoes. With a cold antipasto first, a big salad, some bread and then affogato semifreddo. Doing this involves three markets -- and now that we are done with the shopping we have realized that it probably could have all been done at one. The large, formerly hispanic, supermarket near the school used to be dirty and ugly and messy. It has been transformed, while remaining open, over the last year, into an upscale, bright, clean, urban grocery. Privately owned by two brothers, staffed with knowledgeable help there are impressive cheese, bread, meat, veg, fish and general grocery areas. But there is also an enormous variety of specialty items available and it is a pleasure to explore the place.

Unfortunately, we also shopped at the formerly very good italian gourmet market -- which is now dreary and not so good, as well as the giant conglomer-market which is really starting to wear thin on me, but where one can get toilet paper and laundry soap. Oh. And also, it's halloween there...
see?
halloween

They are all stocked up on costumes and candy and plastic pumpkin bucket things...
...but, hey...
what's that behind the halloween stuff?
me1

What the...?

me
This is me telling another shopper not to worry --
and also me moving into the shot more, for K, for scale.

wtf

It's eight feet tall people.
And it's flanked by christmas trees.
And there is "snow" blowing around inside it.



I had to go right home and lie down.
Then, make my list.

Comments

Anonymous said…
oh my, what a fiesta you are preparing and it's so annoying me that I can't attend, and of course, that I am not invited... I've been to Roma 5 years ago and we had a similar menu and it was fantastic. my belly is making all kind of crazy sounds while reading your post...
Badger said…
Dude! They had that same alarming gigantic inflatable SNOWING snow globe at my WalMart this week! Right out in front of the Juniors department, where it made no sense whatsoever! I was frightened and confused.

And I'll be darned -- you DO dress like me! Who knew?
Anonymous said…
Wow.
Joke said…
Reminds me of that annoying song, The Twelve Months of Christmas.

-Joke
Carol said…
The HUGE snowglobe - no words. The great dinner party? Why can't I live closer? I know you'd invite Irene and I if we were fellow Tuvaluians!
christina said…
Oh my god that snow globe is too funny!! What's up with that??? It's September. Thanks for making us laugh!!
Anonymous said…
I'm on the Tuvalu turnpike, and I'll take a left at the giant snowglobe. Now where's my plate 'o pasta??
Jennifer said…
I want one!
kilowatthour said…
ok, um, i have a hard time with this jumping the gun on the holidays phenomenon. can we at least just do one at a time?? jeeez.
jenny said…
At first I thought it was just a display...and then I noticed the boxes behind you - it's for sale. wow.
Suse said…
Ohmigod I assumed it was some kind of frightening display too until I saw the comment above! To think that someone might purchase one of these. That's truly scary.

And next time? Turn around so we can wave at you!