September 5, 2009 · Uncategorized

For those of you who live somewhere without basic necessities like cable, an iPod and indoor plumbing, PeaPod is a grocery delivery service.  You browse their website online, select your groceries, then they drop them off at your home.  This service is not free, but every now and then I get a coupon in the mail for free delivery.  I have attempted at least a dozen times to complete a PeaPod order.  After about 10 minutes of shopping all I have in my cart is a box of cereal and some Babybel cheese so I give up.  At that pace it would take me 4 hours to pick out food for the week.  I finally came to the conclusion the other day that I give up because its actually less effort to go to the grocery store and pick out the food in person. 

You see, i’m not a list maker.  The only time I’ve actually ever made grocery lists is when I manage to trick my husband to coming to the market with me.  Bri then sits at the kitchen table and draws up a list to “focus our efforts”.   Lists require TOO much effort.  Apparently my method of milling about the store for a solid 90 minutes while I randomly decide what we’re going to eat for the next week and a half isn’t an acceptable use of time for Bri.  He likes to develop some sort of game plan that involves splitting up the list and then rushing through the store like we’re contestants on Supermarket Sweep.  This usually results in me looking at the collection of food he selected and saying “no”, “ew”, or the all encompasing “stop being so cheap”. 

I think the problem with online food shopping is that it forces the senses out of the equasion.  You don’t get to look at a meat case and select the perfectly marbled ribeye, or smell a ripe tomato.  There’s no end caps piled high with whatever item they overstocked and are now selling for $3 off.  All you do is browse and click while making your selection based on tiny little thumbnail images of hummus containers or stock photographs of peaches.  The deli selections allow you to choose “thin, regular, thick” for slicing.  Where’s “so thin you can almost see through it”?  PeaPod doesn’t ask you if you want to taste the first slice.  The reason I find using PeaPod so tedious is that it makes grocery shopping feel like work.  You have to search for everything, guess which electronic aisle the food item is located on, and then limit yourself to whatever brand they decide to stock that week. 

I think people who use PeaPod must eat the same boring chicken 3 nights a week and make Stauffer’s Lasagne on Tuesdays and survive on the leftovers.  They probably view food shopping as a chore and save their list online and just click submit every couple of weeks when they run out of things to eat.  I pity their boring existance.

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