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Shopping for Critters
I went to Meijer today during my lunch break and got passport photos taken. My passport expired in March, so it was past time. One step closer to traveling (overseas) again! Not that I have anything scheduled yet, but having a current passport will definitely help. I think I might visit Spain; I've never been there.

I took a cart and walked through the store, ostensibly looking for cat food -- and whatever else caught my eye. I found some hermit crab stuff, but no shells that looked the right size for Lobster. Instead I bought a bird feeder, and some bird seed. And some cat food, and granola bars. Oh, and some pretty rocks for my fishies.

Pushing my laden cart down the aisle, I put my foot on the bar in front of me. I gave an extra good push with the other foot, then I stood with both feet on the bottom-front of the car, riding down through the valentine candy and groceries.

A thought popped into my head, not even a complete concept, I just thought about my age. Thirty-five. I grinned to myself. Oh well. I gave another push and rode my cart further.

Checking out, the guy asked me, "Did you know that this birdseed is buy-one-get-one-free?"

No, no I didn't. "Do you want to go get another?" I paused with indecision, thinking about how far away the birdseed was, and not wanting to have to come back through the line again.

"I can just ring it up, and you can take your receipt with you. You can just grab the other bag and go."

I smiled at him. "Sure, I'll do that. Great. Thanks for noticing that for me!" I paused thoughtfully, and he nodded. "The birds will be happy." This made him smile more, and he agreed.

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ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: January 11th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't bother with the shells you find in the pet department they're overpriced and low quality. Go to Michael's and look at their packaged shells. The little baskets usually have some nice green turbos ( http://naplesseashellcompany.com/green_jade_turbo_sea_shell_pictures.htm ) in them. It might take a few more minutes to pick through the baskets until you find one with multiple shells in the size you want, but it's worth it. The baskets come with 3 to 5 turbo shells for $3 or $4. Much cheaper than buying a two pack of crappy* shells for $3. The only drawback is you might have to sand the shell opening if it's jagged. Still, I've seen pet department shells that had jagged openings too.

*Most crabs like shells with round openings and thicker walls. The shells sold in the pet departments are usually thin snail shells with oval openings. Crabs will use them if that's all they have, but they'll pick a turbo over a snail shell in a heartbeat.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent, thank you for the suggestion! I've been puzzled by the lack of good shells in the places I've gone so far....
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: January 11th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The site linked sells them for less than a dollar a shell and ebay has them too. I've still found it more convienent to hit Michael's for all but my biggest shells. (I have two "jumbo" crabs.)
ellison From: ellison Date: January 11th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome!

Sometimes I try to ride the cart, but get scared of toppling it, so I lose my nerve. Next time I go shopping, I'm just going to do it, by golly!!

What kind of birds do you have?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Make sure the cart has plenty of stuff in it for balance, and lean forward a bit. That's all I do. (:

I don't have any birds, but I'm hoping wild ones will come by and eat birdseed hanging from my porch!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 11th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
it *just* hit me... you have a cat named Mouse and a crab named Lobster. it ALL makes *so* much sense now!
jenaflynn From: jenaflynn Date: January 11th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I ride the cart all the time. I think it tends to freak my partner out a bit, but dammit.. 31 is not too old to act a tiny silly silly in teh store.

Oh, and Meijers.. God I miss them. They had them in Chicago, but none are out here in Boston. I sooo miss the big groceries stores that they have i the midwest.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 11th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Free food, whether it's for the birds or for us, is always the best!
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: January 11th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I ride shopping carts, too. Generally, after I've unloaded the groceries in the car, the place I usually shop, the parking lot is gently downhill back to the store, so I ride the cart back to the store, to put it back in the corral.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 11th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I also ride in shopping carts. Ok, not IN, but with my feet on the bar. :) It has nothing that I can see with age, it's all about having fun with life. :)
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