Why in the world did I decide to shelter in place without any ice cream in the house?
In my defense, this is a confusing and unprecedented time. I’ve never had to draw up a grocery list for enough food and supplies to last a month since I’m not supposed to go outside. I’m sure the next time I have to shop for a pandemic, ice cream with be on the very top of the list.
To be honest, ice cream was on my shopping list. It was a very long list, though, and as I detailed in the blog post about my trip to the store (My Daredevil Supermarket Adventure), all I cared about was getting in and out of the place as efficiently as possible.
The freezer aisle is in the middle of the store, it’s always very busy, and I was more focused on grabbing main courses, rather than desserts. In other words, I had to shop with my brain, not with my stomach.
My goal was to buy food that would last longer. Truth be told, ice cream does not last very long at The House on the Hill. I couldn’t give up precious freezer space to an item that would have only been there for a few days.
That would only lead to one thing, well it would lead to many things like panic attacks, nightmares, curling up in the fetal position and crying uncontrollably, but my point was that it would lead to stress eating.
I didn’t want there to be too much unhealthy food in my Pandemic Pantry for when the urge to stress eat hit. And I knew it would hit repeatedly.
So in the name of my waistline and blood sugar levels, I didn’t buy ice cream.
What I didn’t consider in all that, of course, would be the number of meltdowns I would suffer from constantly craving ice cream and not finding any in the freezer.
I’m still running the projections, but it looks like in the end, I will end up doing more permanent damage to my psyche from not getting ice cream, than I would have done to my health by stress eating ice cream.
Of course, those numbers are not official in anyway. They are just the confused calculations of a man who’s spent far too much time stuck inside without ice cream.
But I digress. There were other reasons why I didn’t buy ice cream.
I was definitely concerned with finances. Since I’ve been furloughed from my job, my inner frugal shopper was released. I kept telling myself that money spent on ice cream would be better spent on a main course or a household need like toilet paper.
Another intriguing possibility for why I didn’t buy any ice cream is that I wanted to have it as something to look forward to once this is all over and life returns to (somewhat) normal again.
We all need goals and motivation, right?
Can you just picture the celebration I’ll have once the stay at home order is lifted, and I feel safe enough to go to the grocery store again without putting on a suit of armor?
I think I’ve done enough running and rationing of food while staying in to avoid COVID 19 that I can allow myself one giant ice cream sundae when this ends.
And by giant sundae, I mean taking the lid off of a half gallon on ice cream, adding Reese’s Pieces, hot fudge, and whipped cream, and eating it right out of the container.
You might think my eyes are bigger than my stomach, but something tells me it will be up to the task whenever that day comes.
Of course, having answers isn’t the same as having ice cream right now, but there’s nothing I can do about that.
Is there a certain food or item that you really wished you’d stocked up on while you’re sheltering in place?