Well, here we are in Iowa. It’s a month today since we arrived, and this weekend I’ve managed to finally start to feel like I’m getting back to my normal life. The house we’re in needs a lot of fixing up, so we’re holding off on completely unpacking and organizing until we know what we want to do when. But we’ve got a basic living room and bedroom set up and I’ve just about unpacked and organized all the kitchen stuff.
We’ve made a lot of it feel familiar, but one thing that will be very different is just how far we are from stuff. There are a couple grocery stores I drive by regularly but they’re a little pricey. It’s a good 45-minute drive to a town with the big box-pet-grocery store combo we typically need. It feels strange after living in a tiny apartment for so long, but we actually have a lot of space in this kitchen. So, I’m trying to get into a once-a-month shopping routine.
I think only doing 1 big shopping trip a month will be pretty easy, but making sure I get the right amounts of the right things will be trickier. Meal planning doesn’t really work for me, but we do tend to like to have a lot of the same things around regularly. For this first month, I just went around the grocery store (2, actually! Aldi & Trader Joe’s) and grabbed everything I know we like and/or looked good.
This picture is a little misleading, since I had to stock up on some kitchen and household basics like you usually do once you’re in a new place. We won’t need a new toaster oven every month, for example. But, then, it also doesn’t show the bulk stuff I’ve ordered from Amazon and King Arthur Flour.
This one gives you a little better idea of how the food and household stuff breaks down once it’s out of those bags:
So, some of these items I definitely bought more than a month’s worth (we’re not going to make it through 6 liters of liquor in a month, for sure!), some I know I bought exactly a month’s worth (31 cans of cat food), some I didn’t try to get a month’s worth (not that much trouble to grab a gallon of milk every week), and some are things I’m going to need to track to see how how long they last. I figured I’d put this all up here and use this as sort of a master tracking post that I can come back and edit (add a date & strike through) as I use things up and then have a reference to generate my shopping list next month.
(Also, if you just come here for the yarn, there’s totally a pair of socks at the end of this, so go on and scroll ahead if you’d like.)
Leaving out all the household stuff and including all the stuff I bought from Amazon and King Arthur Flour, this is pretty much what we’re dealing with:
roast beef 4/30
1 wedge parmesan 5/3
- 1 log goat cheese
- 1 block cheddar
1 bag shredded mozzarella 5/7
2 pizza crusts 4/26
- 2 whole chickens — 1 frozen whole, 1 broken down & frozen in pieces
- 1 red onion
- vegetable gyozas
- boisenberry jam
- crushed tomatoes
- kalamata olives
- store brand knockoff Cheerios
- peanut butter
- grainy mustard
- baking powder
- hot sauce
- 2 bottles of olive oil
- 5 lbs of jasmine rice
- 3 kinds of juice
- 2 bags tortilla chips
- store brand knockoff Fig Newtons
peanut butter cup cookies gummy candy
- Little Debbie Fudge Brownies
- black beans
- navy beans
- pinto beans
potato chips 5/2
- 2 loaves of bread —
1 kept out, 1 frozen
- Fudge Stripes
another kind of peanut butter cup cookie 4/26
- 4 bags pasta
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 tubes tomato paste
- 28 oz. whole bean coffee
- brown sugar
- almond milk
- salsa verde
- powdered sugar
- green olives
- 2 dozen eggs
- pie crust —
1 for the fridge 5/7, 1 for the freezer
- 3 yellow onions
spanakopita 5/3 1 eggplant 5/2
- fresh ginger
- 2 lbs butter — 1 for the fridge, 1 for the freezer
- 1 wedge gorgonzola
- mango chutney
- dried apricots
- red bell peppers
- whipping cream
1 bag shredded “taco blend” cheese 5/7
- orange juice
hazelnut creamer 5/1
- frozen broccoli
- frozen peas
- maple syrup
- red grapes
- green beans
- orange juice
- brussels sprouts
- MAVEA Elemaris pitcher & 6 replacement filters (should last a year)
- 4 bottles of Torani hazelnut syrup
- 6 pounds of Bob’s Red Mill cornmeal
- 7.25 pounds of Bob’s Red Mill groats
- 3 pounds organic sugar
- 10 lbs Country Save laundry soap
- 10 lbs King Arthur all-purpose flour
- 5 lbs KA whole wheat flour
- 6 lbs KA semolina
- 1 lb KA yeast
Um…yeah, I think that’s it! Not including, of course, the food we already had. We haven’t gone the whole last month with a completely bare kitchen, it’s just that we haven’t really been able to stock up until this past week. So this is what it looks like when I stock up. A lot of this was planned excess; you can see a lot has already gone in the freezer. But I’m sure we’ll run out of a lot more than I expect a lot sooner than I expect, too. I’m curious to see how it all goes.
But enough about the vegetables. Let us get to the yarn.
The drive out took 3 days. Knowing that we’d be driving separate (driving a 16-foot truck and towing a Rav 4 felt like too much, especially since the tow hitch rental would have been more than the gas for the Rav 4), I did not expect a lot of knitting time on the trip. I decided to pick up a second sock as my travel knitting.
When last we saw these socks, I had finished 1 and was hoping I’d remember what mods I’d made to the pattern so I could knit a second one. By the time I picked the yarn back up last month I had given up on the idea of duplicating my changes. I decided to just knit a plain sock and then unravel the existing one and knit a match.
But moving has a strange effect on me, you guys. I start out less than pleased about the whole thing but believing that if I just keep at it, then this time it will go beautifully. Then I get rid of my absolute last fuck somewhere around the T-2.5 weeks mark and it’s all downhill from there.
My point being that I started this plain sock the week before the move, deep in the belly of the “no fucks left” period, and once I finished it I realized that as long as the patterned sock didn’t actually feel different on my foot, then they were enough of a pair for me.
These are the same yarn knit with same size needles and worn on the same size feet, and that’s enough matching for me. I love them to pieces and they kept me warm as I travelled halfway across the country, and so they have earned their status as A Good Pair Of Socks.
Pattern: Java for 1, just a standard 64-stitch top-down heelflap sock for the other
Yarn: Molly’s Toes in Kasey’s Color
Needles: 2mm Karbonz DPN’s
Started: 9/12/14 on a plane to San Francisco
Finished: Some time before 3/24/15 but not too much before but who even knows because no one was paying attention at that point.