Hi, I’m Crissie, and I’m a Grocery Store Addict


Monday was a quick breakfast of coffee, a banana, and a whole grain english muffin with some Earth Balance.  All my regular leftovers were too heavy (chili), and I didn’t have a lot of free time to make a salad or juice.

During my morning meetings, I had some Suzie’s crackers when I started getting hungry.  Lunch was very late – around 230 – at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Richmond area with M on our way up to the DC area.

Dinner was at Wegmans!  It’s a very groovy grocery store that (alas) we do not have in my area.  They have an incredibly large restaurant/dining/buffet area including even more options than Whole Foods.  M and I picked out our meals, and sat and ate.  Yum!

my salad!
I ate about half. But it was all really good!

Breakfast today was at the hotel.  Coffee, bagel, and an apple.  I wasn’t really hungry again until nearly 4, so M and I ate a very late lunch/very early dinner.

rice, dal, chickpeas, and curry mixed veggies
big piece of naan. It was crispier than I like, so I didn't have much - but it still scooped the dal wellrice, dal, chickpeas, and curry mixed veggies


Stretching and hiking around DC.  Not what I wish I could be doing.  This back thing is pissing me off.  I have a feeling the next few months are going to be yoga and swimming until I feel 100% again.  Last time I felt almost perfect, it backfired.


Yesterday was a half and half day.  Half day in the office, and a half day spent driving up to the DC area for meetings for most of Tuesday.

The drive up was good, though wet.  Traffic only got backed up twice, and both due to accidents I was grateful I wasn’t in.  We went through some pretty nasty pockets of storms, but even with stopping for lunch, we made great time.

We spent the evening at Wegman’s.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  M was given options of going to eat there, out to a restaurant, a movie, or wandering around Ikea.  I really didn’t want to go into the city since I had morning meetings.  He picked the grocery option.  That’s my boy!

We wandered around for a good hour, picked out some snacks, and then played in the European food section.  You’ll see what I mean with the pictures.

Today was a few meetings for me including a presentation that went much better than I was anticipating.  Afterwards, it was a train to the city to hit up the International Spy Museum.  We had a blast!  We spent the first hour on a special mission trying to get a nuclear bomb trigger in Kahndar before it could be sold on the black market.  We had SO much fun running through simulated streets, performing video surveillance at a hotel meet up of bad guys, breaking a code and figure out an encrypted cell phone call, breaking into a basement office to try (failed) to crack a safe and to scan (succesful) important documents lying around, make a get away in the back of a truck, interrogate a suspected double agent, get attacked by rebels, and then escape in a helicopter.  Quite an eventful hour!  The most fun part (we were part of a group of 6) was that apparently how well you do in the different stages, the outcome changes.  So if we did it again tomorrow, it may end differently.  Too funny.

We then went into the actual museum, and that was pretty amazing too.  I learned that Julia Childs, Marlene Dietrich, and Josephine Baker were all spies.  And lots of other things too, that should make you want to go and check this out.  They don’t allow pictures inside, which was a total bummer.

water bottles in the gift shop I thought they were funny
an offering in the Spy Cafe...

We didn’t have time for much else before grabbing a very quick bite and hitting the train back to where we’re staying.  Once we got back…we hit up Wegman’s.  Again.  Just to pick up some marble sodas (fun little japanese sodas the kids like) and to spend another half hour in the European food section taking more pictures.  I’m sure fellow shoppers were cracking up.

why?? why isn’t this silly British candy bar NOT for girls???
can’t fathom what this must taste like…or is made out of
were curious what these were, so we bought the yellow box. Sort of like a mix between dots and fruit snacks. Only not so chewy or flavorful.
I wanted to “feel the bubbles”, but there’s milk in this
does NOT sound delicious. Spicy soda?
my first thought was…someone avoiding pajamas??
the description of the British biscuit/cookie made me giggle

When we got back to the room, we played a game of Clue Secrets & Spies (picked up at the museum, of course), and that was a ton of fun too.  M beat me.  Barely.

Now it’s time for bed before more work tomorrow, hopefully a quick visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, and then the 4 hr drive back home.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

3 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Crissie, and I’m a Grocery Store Addict

    1. mine does too. I’ve never really understood what he’s gone through until now.
      We had a blast. Went to the Air and Space museum and the Natural History one. I can’t believe they’re free. I so want to go back and spend days going through them all.

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