We usually always had milk (see volume purchased on a regular basis above), but when we ran out, it was a food emergency. We didn't have food emergencies much at our house. There was always something to eat. But if the milk ran out, what were we to do? "Can you go to the store and buy more milk?" my mother would request a special trip be made. My dad enjoyed his time in the evenings home from work and rarely interrupted that relaxation time with things to do (except fix cars, repair appliances, mow the lawn - see large family comment above), but he always hurried to the store when we were out of milk. Hardly a second went by without the stuff. And if I were hungry right before bedtime my mom would reply, "You can always have some milk."
I am who I am today partially due to milk. And now my own little family drinks milk like no tomorrow. Oliver and Ansel both down the stuff. I drown my cereal in it. Jess likes it too on cereal; and he eats a lot of cereal. So whenever we run out of milk, we have a similar emergency. But I don't like running to the store all that much, and I'm a bit more selfish, so I make my kids drink water with their breakfast. Jess has toast. I make frosting with water (not good), and if the kids are hungry before bed, it's water. However, if more than a day goes by without the stuff it's rough. So I get to the store and buy two gallons, which we will finish within a bit more than a week.
Here are the reasons why:
1) To keep in touch with people who want to keep in touch
2) To keep a photo journal and make a book of photos with captions
3) instagram is like unto the "picture a day" idea I undertook in 2000 and it plays towards my interests (May I just say that back in 2000 when I was taking a photo a day, people were kind of annoyed at times. I would say that attitude toward picture taking has changed for the most part. Interesting.)
4) the app DAYS is not really supported anymore, seeing as the creators are on to bigger and better things
And so it begins. ASH_DORE is the name, instagram is about to be my game. Yeah, that was pretty lame. Wow.
Last night I dreamt that Jess got me the iPhone6, set it out on the downstairs counter, and I found it much to my surprise.
I woke up immediately following the dream but kind of forgot it (you know how that is when you wake up), but felt this very real excitement in my woken up state. Then I remembered that in the dream I was living with a smart phone.
What is my subconscious trying to tell me?
A lot of life seems like maintenance. You've got to maintain your material possessions You've got to maintain your physical health. You've got to maintain your relationships. You've got to maintain your spiritual health. You've got to maintain your mental acuity. I've found it really is a balancing act and at times you've got to make sure you've got your priorities straight. Sometimes I may have a leaky toilet scenario in any number of these areas, and the best I can do is try to improve. Complacency can have damaging effects (including a high water bill!), so even a small move in the right direction is progress.
And now, back to thinking about how I am going to try to finish fixing that toilet. Arghh!