Turkey Bacon and Vienna Sausages

I’m always fascinated by what people buy at the grocery store.  I love looking at another person’s section of the conveyor belt: you can learn so much about a person!  Oh, you’re buying cat food, you apparently have a cat.  Newborn diapers?  How cute, you have a newborn! Some people buy lots of veggies, some tons of junk food, some go organic, and some buy brand name milk (even though there is totally no difference whatsoever thankyouverymuch).  Sometimes you can tell something about a person’s weekend.  A cooler, beer, and chips: going to the lake?  A bottle of wine and flowers: a date?  6 gallons of ice cream and a chick flick: drowning your sorrows?

One day when I was at Costco I was in line behind a woman buying, among other things, turkey bacon and Vienna Sausages.   Really???  Turkey bacon and Vienna Sausages???  Since no one in their right mind would ever buy turkey bacon for the taste, she must have bought it for the health benefits.  And Vienna Sausages?  Was she buying those for the health benefits too?    It certainly wasn’t for the taste.  Or the gelatinous substance encasing them.  Only babies who have no teeth eat those things.  I must say that all around she had a pretty gross-looking shopping cart, but who buys Vienna Sausages AND turkey bacon?  I can only assume that she  was buying the sausages for her baby.  But in a huge case from Costco?  I don’t think even the most ravenous of toothless meat-eaters (is it even meat?) can eat that many Vienna Sausages before it’s expiration date in 12 years.  Maybe she has sextuplets.  Yeah, that’s it, and she’s trying to lose the baby weight by eating turkey bacon.

All this snooping around other people’s groceries has made me über conscious of what other people might think about MY groceries.  I get all proud when I have a lot of vegetables, hoping that people will notice how very healthy I am.  On the days I buy junk for the kids (of course I never buy it for myself) I just hope people don’t think it’s for me (the horror)!

I bet you are disturbed by how much time and energy I spend observing and musing over other people’s groceries.  Not only do I pay attention to what you buy, but I also write entire blog posts theorizing about why you bought what you did.  So now ya’ll know that if I happen to see you in the grocery store I am totally judging your groceries, and YOU!

0 thoughts on “Turkey Bacon and Vienna Sausages

  1. hilarious! I do the same thing!! I always feel good when I am getting a bunch of veggies! I also like thinking of what people are doing when they get like 4 things to make a meal. I have also been at a store getting 4 specific things while on a vacation and wonder if people know that I am on vacation and not just forgetting groceries! LOL Anyway, love it!

  2. hilarious! I do the same thing!! I always feel good when I am getting a bunch of veggies! I also like thinking of what people are doing when they get like 4 things to make a meal. I have also been at a store getting 4 specific things while on a vacation and wonder if people know that I am on vacation and not just forgetting groceries! LOL Anyway, love it!

  3. hilarious! I do the same thing!! I always feel good when I am getting a bunch of veggies! I also like thinking of what people are doing when they get like 4 things to make a meal. I have also been at a store getting 4 specific things while on a vacation and wonder if people know that I am on vacation and not just forgetting groceries! LOL Anyway, love it!

  4. Hilarious! This reminded me of a recent grocery shopping experience that made me laugh. We were all sick for about a month, and we were out of EVERYTHING. When I finally had the energy to go to the store, my cart became very full. I was waiting in line behind an older woman who had 3 items on the belt. (YES, I did catch myself thinking, “She probably lives alone and comes here every day to buy exactly what she needs.”) As I started loading my huge haul onto the belt, she looked me up and down and said, “Do you live WAY out in the country or something?!?” I don’t think I would have the guts to ask someone, even if I was thinking a question like that!

  5. Hilarious! This reminded me of a recent grocery shopping experience that made me laugh. We were all sick for about a month, and we were out of EVERYTHING. When I finally had the energy to go to the store, my cart became very full. I was waiting in line behind an older woman who had 3 items on the belt. (YES, I did catch myself thinking, “She probably lives alone and comes here every day to buy exactly what she needs.”) As I started loading my huge haul onto the belt, she looked me up and down and said, “Do you live WAY out in the country or something?!?” I don’t think I would have the guts to ask someone, even if I was thinking a question like that!

  6. Too funny! I find myself doing that too. My kids like vienna sausages — the sight and smell of them make me gag.

  7. Too funny! I find myself doing that too. My kids like vienna sausages — the sight and smell of them make me gag.

  8. Eh, it was probably food storage for an **extreme** emergency where a 12 year shelf life coupled with some form of protein would be necessary.

    I have to admit to sometimes commenting on people’s purchases. Especially if they are putting some pretty steaks, seafood & salad stuff for an obvious barbecue I’ll comment “I want to go to YOUR house for dinner!”.

  9. Eh, it was probably food storage for an **extreme** emergency where a 12 year shelf life coupled with some form of protein would be necessary.

    I have to admit to sometimes commenting on people’s purchases. Especially if they are putting some pretty steaks, seafood & salad stuff for an obvious barbecue I’ll comment “I want to go to YOUR house for dinner!”.

  10. Heehee, um, I eat vienna sausage, but I also eat spam. My excuse is that I was born and raised in Hawaii where both were staples.

    You won’t unfriend me now, will you?

    *looks around nervously*

  11. Heehee, um, I eat vienna sausage, but I also eat spam. My excuse is that I was born and raised in Hawaii where both were staples.

    You won’t unfriend me now, will you?

    *looks around nervously*

  12. Heehee, um, I eat vienna sausage, but I also eat spam. My excuse is that I was born and raised in Hawaii where both were staples.

    You won’t unfriend me now, will you?

    *looks around nervously*

  13. I totally do the same thing, and I also get really self conscious about the things in my cart. I want to tell the cashier when she puts through several big bags of candy that I am NOT taking it home to feast, but am preparing for an Easter party for 30+ primary kids… how can you casually bring THAT up in the conversation. I also once offered to buy a prego test for a friend not thinking about how it would look as I went through the line with my then 2-3 month old baby and my other four children… I am sure the cashier thought I was a lunatic!
    I should have added condoms to the pile… that would have been even more fun!
    Now i just want to have to stand in line behind me in the grocery store so to can tell me about myself! Happy shopping/judging! 🙂

  14. I totally do the same thing, and I also get really self conscious about the things in my cart. I want to tell the cashier when she puts through several big bags of candy that I am NOT taking it home to feast, but am preparing for an Easter party for 30+ primary kids… how can you casually bring THAT up in the conversation. I also once offered to buy a prego test for a friend not thinking about how it would look as I went through the line with my then 2-3 month old baby and my other four children… I am sure the cashier thought I was a lunatic!
    I should have added condoms to the pile… that would have been even more fun!
    Now i just want to have to stand in line behind me in the grocery store so to can tell me about myself! Happy shopping/judging! 🙂

  15. I totally do the same thing, and I also get really self conscious about the things in my cart. I want to tell the cashier when she puts through several big bags of candy that I am NOT taking it home to feast, but am preparing for an Easter party for 30+ primary kids… how can you casually bring THAT up in the conversation. I also once offered to buy a prego test for a friend not thinking about how it would look as I went through the line with my then 2-3 month old baby and my other four children… I am sure the cashier thought I was a lunatic!
    I should have added condoms to the pile… that would have been even more fun!
    Now i just want to have to stand in line behind me in the grocery store so to can tell me about myself! Happy shopping/judging! 🙂

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