Thursday, January 17, 2013


I needed cilantro for dinner tonight.  This morning, I was running extraordinarily late.  Unfortunately this is a new pattern - almost to the point of running late being my new on-time.  I had planned last night to throw dinner in the crock pot before I went to bed, stick it in the fridge, and leave a note to have B turn the crock pot on before he went to bed this morning.  Well.  That didn't happen.  Instead I fell asleep.  And B, in classic B fashion, swooped in and saved the day by putting it all together this morning.  While you're allowed to be impressed at this incredibly helpful and competent husband, I might note that this required opening a can, chopping a few sweet potatoes and opening a package of pork.  And yet...I chose sleep over this simple process. laying the ingredients out for him, I realized we had no cilantro.  I used it this week making this chicken and avocado soup, which was delicious.  And simple.

I remembered that I needed to stop for cilantro only after I had already gotten on the expressway on the way home from picking the kids up from their babysitter's house.  The only store on the way home was now Target.  Dun dun duuuuuuuuuun.  

"I'm just going to run into Target for a 99 cent bunch of cilantro," said no one ever.

So I loaded L in the cart.  H started asking about seeing the toys.  He's incredibly well-trained.  We go to Target to visit toys and to make mental lists of things he might want for his birthday (in June), not to purchase them.  So, after getting the cilantro, some bread, some juice boxes, and a box of Malbec (Yeah, I said box.  I'm classy.), we headed for the toys.  And wouldn't you know that there were 2 aisles of 70% clearance?!  2 aisles?!  And it was good stuff, too.  The next thing I knew, there was a shopping cart for L in my shopping cart.  Mom guilt kicked in when H asked if he could have anything.  Since the shopping cart only cost $3.44, he was allowed to choose anything that cost $3.  It became a shopping experience.  He searched the piles of disorganized crap high and low, searching for a price tag that began with a 3, and after being disappointed several times after finding toys that start with a 9, he finally found what he was looking for.  See?  Learning.  Justified.

$27 later, we were heading out the door with our 99 cent cilantro.  Target, you never cease to amaze me.  I guess it could be worse.  I could have bought the $35 workout pants that I checked out.  $35?!  For short pants?!  At Target?!  They should run for me!  But that's another post altogether.

I just said "Show me your loot!"
This is not an attempt to cover their faces a la Michael Jackson.
I like the lady looking at us with disdain.  What?  You don't take pictures in Target? 


  1. Ooooh, I think I know what you were making. That is some good stuff! And only 27$ at target? I call that a serious victory. Well done.

    1. Cuban Pork. So delicious.

      Old Melanie would have just bought the pants.

  2. Ha, I love that picture! And I've definitely taken pictures in Target before, which is actually weirder without the kids there as an excuse. I agree, just spending $27 is awesome! Especially since it includes a wine cube (yes, I said cube - Target is classier than a wine "box").

    Have you ever tried the cilantro paste? It's not quite as good as fresh, but I keep it on hand for just such emergencies.

    Also, check out Gap Outlet for workout clothes. I cleaned up there a couple weeks ago! And they usually have coupons, if you sign up for the email list. Bob and I get a lot of our workout stuff at Kohl's too - they're a little cheaper than Target, and actually better quality.

    1. I've tried the paste and also the frozen cubes. They just don't cut it for me, but I like the idea of keeping them on hand in case of emergency.

      I'm down to one pair of pants that don't fall off when I run. No one needs to see what's under those pants while I'm on the treadmill. I'll definitely check out the outlets. I'm having a problem wanting to spend real money on clothes I just get sweaty in. I'd like to save that coin for a smaller pair of pants - whenever that happens.

    2. I'd happily go outlet shopping with you sometime :) But really, I got 3 new workout tops and 3 new pairs of workout pants for $65 at the outlet, and the pants don't fall off!

      And you can always get real pants altered - I know a guy :)