Saturday, July 22, 2006

variety is the spice of life


there is so much choice in life.
when you go for an ice-cream you could be there for hours trying to decide which flavour to order.
funny enough, I usually end up getting vanilla.
(or haagen dazs dulce de leche fat free at the grocery store)
speaking of the grocery store, there's another place you could be for hours tiring to decide what to get.
Tide, Gain, Cheer, Purex, ivory snow, no-name stuff......I mean, isn't it all just basically soap?
still, I stand there forever trying to decide what smells better.
Yeah that's me taking the lids off each bottle, smelling each laundry soap and squeezing the fabric softener boxes,
removing the caps of deodorant, and shampoo bottles.
Why don't they have testers anyhow?
I feel like a criminal when I do this in the grocery aisles.
"ATTENTION SHOPPERS IN AISLE FOUR WE HAVE A SNIFFER....."
could be worse, big daddy is usually lurking around the "free sample bins" as he likes to refer to the bulk food section....
But that's a whole other blog.
Choosing what formula, diapers, baby-food, creams, soaps, baby bottles is so overwhelming, especially in the beginning.
I do have my brands, we used to be a pampers swaddlers house hold, but we made the jump to huggies after an...unfortunate...incident...I won't bother with the details, let's just say it wasn't pretty.
I love Burt's Bees and Johnson's wipes.
I could practically eat lulu's soap it smells that good, L'l Chevre goat milk soap.
Is there anything sweeter than a freshly bathed babe?
Then there's the issue of what to eat.
(I can't remember how many times I've gone to the superstore, spent a few hundred dollars and barely purchased any food when I left)
Hmmm, dinner?
should we have Thai, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Ethiopian, Vegetarian, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Jamaican, French, Mongolian, American (aka Lick's veggie burgers), Mediterranean?....the options are endless.
Then once you decide what you want to eat, then you have to figure out which restaurant (or recipe) then there's the
novel/menus to choose from.
Hey don't get me wrong, I love that there is so much choice,
but wouldn't it be so much easier if you had the same thing everyday, no brain power necessary?
well maybe not, but it certainly would make life easier.
But what really got me thinking about all the choice we have, is all the kids programs.
There are sooooo many activities and children's centres these days.
It's pretty overwhelming.
lulu is only one and there are endless possibilities.
When she is older there is even more options.
Art camp, sports camp, dance camp, swim camp, religious camp, camp camp.....argh.
For now it's which splash pad to go to and which park to play in.
Though half the time we end up filling up the kiddie pool in the backyard and having a blast.
we are so lucky in this country to have so much choice when in so many other parts of the world
there is absolutely NO choice.
But at the same time I often find all these options exhausting and overwhelming.
so time for breakfast...
should I have a smoothie, toast and eggs, cereal, fruit and cottage cheese, waffles??...........
sigh.

2 comments:

Cheryl said...

You're right; choice can be overwhelming. But, I would rather have several choices than no choice at all.

My little one is a beautiful 13 month boy and I love to have him smell like lavender after his bath. I'm sure once he's old enough to voice his own choice, lavender will probably not be his choice.

I'm also a sniffer, as you put it, so I'll check out L'l Chevre goat milk soap.

petite gourmand said...

I just read my own post...yes, I do that from time to time being the megalomaniac that I am...
and I just wanted to add that I am so so grateful to have such choice and abundance in my life, and in no way do I want to sound ungrateful or smug.
for the record,
I ended up having a smoothie
(which I pretty much have every single morning)