I hope you like ketchup on your cereal

October 25, 2012 | 30 Comments

text message between Shannon and Steve Fisher and cereal with ketchup on it

I’m the terrible-est grocery shopper this side of the ozone.

A list that takes Steve 20 minutes with travel time will take me up to two hours.

My grocery lists are another issue; Steve hates my lists. I add things as they pop in my head, so I’ll have wax paper sandwiched between tofu and dental floss. Steve likes things chunked according to their grocery family.

Groceries don’t have families, Steve.

His impatience with my grocery-shopping habits have resulted in him doing most of our shopping, which works out really well for me. It means I don’t have to do most of our shopping. He still has to endure my willy-nilly lists. Send sympathy to steve at hellofisher dot com.

When we moved to Vancouver, Spud came into our lives. Groceries began magically appearing at our door every Thursday evening in large, blue Rubbermaid containers. It was my job to place our weekly order, which was clickety-clack easy. But, as mentioned, I’m the terrible-est grocery shopper. So terrible that after 6 months I began missing the weekly Wednesday afternoon order deadline—even with TWO reminder alarms on my iPhone. GUYS, I CAN’T EVEN VIRTUAL GROCERY SHOP.

There must be an award for that.

Steve’s been forced back to the grocery store.

Sad times. Send sympathy to steve at hellofisher dot com.

Last night Steve took Emma to her swim lesson and I promised to order Spud while they were gone so we’d have groceries by Thursday night. I asked him to pick up a couple things to tie us over for two days, but we didn’t discuss what things. Once Steve and Emma left, I got busy tending to Very Important Matters (that’s what we call social media where I come from), and forgot to turn on my phone.

Eventually I stumbled on an Instagram photo Steve had tweeted.

Dear @shannonmariah this is what happens when you don't reply to my texts...

I responded that after 15 years of marriage, he should know I love ketchup on my cereal.

This morning after he left for work, I tweeted my own Instagram photo.

Dear @hellofisher, thanks to your mad grocery-shopping skillz, breakfast was amazing.

Mmm deelish!

Guess who forgot to place the Spud order last night? I say we pitch a tent in Costco and call it home.

What strange things do you put ketchup on?

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  • http://ThatMomBlog.com Karen

    bahahaha! This is awesome. I needed a laugh today!

    • Shannon

      Happy to oblige. Glad you’re here. :)

  • http://www.chillmamachill.com Babe_Chilla

    I watched this exchange and yet, it’s just as funny now as it was then.

    I tried the Spuds thing too. And failed. And then got mad at paying 3x more for a cucumber. Or for some Swiss Chard I didn’t want but ended up in my standing order because I never looked at it so they were all “here is a bunch of random crap for you to sort out” and the most I sorted out was that it should probably have gone in the composter before it liquefied in my produce drawer.

    What the fuck is Chard anyway, and why do the Swiss send it to me?

    • Shannon

      BAHA. They are more expensive, yeah… BUT THE GROCERY STORE. I had to get everything off my standing order after a box of crackers showed up on the doorstep three Thursdays in a row because I forgot to fill out the order.

      I think the Swiss hate you. It’s my best guess.

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      Spud isn’t really that expensive for what you get. The food is super good and the concept is amazing! Plus then I don’t have to be Shannon’s grocery bitch.

      • Shannon

        You’ll always be my grocery bitch, dude.

        • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher


  • http://bellejarblog.wordpress.com Annabelle

    I love grocery shopping. I love it too much. I think up excuses to go to Whole Foods every day. It’s dangerous.

    Also, I totally laughed out loud when you said that groceries don’t have families. Listen, every tomato is some other tomato’s child, okay?

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      SEEEEEEE!!! Grocery families!

    • Shannon

      You’re like my pal, Jodi. She REALLY digs the grocery shopping. And she’s GOOD at it.

      So I just ate someone’s tomato baby. Awesome.

      • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

        There are baby tomatoes!!

  • http://mrsjanuary.com/ Cassie

    You are absolutely insane. Like me. We should be besties.

    By the way, you are also gross.

    • Shannon

      Besties sounds GREAT. We could save %60 together weekly!

      You’re gross too. I’m sure.

  • Jocelyn

    Did you really eat it? Really? I’m working on my own geeky-nerd system of grocery lists, but it’s not ready for sharing yet. Teaser: It’s in a spreadsheet, ergo it’s sexy.


    • Shannon

      No, I didn’t eat it. Spreadsheets are sexy! Sounds fun.

  • http://thesmartness.com Kymberli aka JW Moxie

    I eat ketchup on all the normal ketchup foods (I do not consider eggs to be a normal ketchup food).

    My sister, however, will eat green beans only if she covers them in ketchup first.

    This post sooo much reminds me of my husband and me.

    • Shannon

      Eggs are the normalest ketchup food!

      • marisa

        ketchup is also delicious on peas. now you know. YOU’RE WELCOME.

  • http://www.sewtara.com SewTara

    You guys are nuts!
    I eat ketchup on *everything* (practically) I know we had pad thai and soup so I didn’t while I was with you but trust me I eat it on weird things, french toast, turkey, steak, eggs . . . yeah I’m crazy.

    • Shannon

      Well I look forward to our next hangout so I can see this ketchup-perversion in practice.

  • http://just-mum.blogspot.com/ Jessica @ Just a Mum?

    Heh… Steve and my husband should start a club. My shopping lists look nuts. I ask for things like “those yummy meat pies in the blue package” and “that meatball soup you got once. Tuscan something, maybe?”

    • Shannon

      Ha! This sounds funny. Does it work out?

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      I’m in!

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