I hear it all the time-
“Before I read your blog, I always thought Manhattan was so glamorous!”
The truth is, Manhattan IS so glamorous!
… And then it isn’t.
It’s true, we walk the same streets as the rich and famous – or are lucky enough to see Tom Selleck outside our apartment window!!! <—- It happened. And for the record, I may never be the same!
We have our weekly bible studies in places like Whole Foods where you can literally watch celebrities buying their weekly granola and almond milk (Only if you are watching though -which of course you are NOT because you are wholly immersed in the Word Of God! 😉 )
We also picnic in Central Park, and kick back on our friends rooftop decks drinking sparkling water as the sun sets over the city. Ok, that’s a total over-exaggeration, but it sounded cool!
Even still, there is an entirely different, MUCH less glamorous – yet, completely intriguing – side to living in this city! One, some of my ‘fancier’ Manhattan friends might not want you to know about!
Like the fact that I nearly broke our tv remote last night when I chucked it at a mouse in my living room!
A mouse, that is nothing compared to the size of the RATS that I see in the subway Every. Single. Day!!
Or that I once saw a homeless man peeing into a soda can as I exited the train one morning!
Not my proudest collection of moments, that’s for sure….
But all that to say, I’ve decided to create an ongoing blog topic called “A Day In The Life” where from time to time, I will attempt to capture the nitty gritty of what real life looks like in Manhattan, and even the abnormal way us city folk do some of the most normal things! All the things I can assure you, that us Manhattanites aren’t posting on our Facebook’s for the world to see!
This week I will show you how we do Costco!
And if you thought the method for shopping at Costco was pretty universal, well than Blimey! Tis’ wrong you’d be my dear!
Sorry, I have been watching waaaay too many Downton Abby reruns this week!
In Manhattan- the young, fabulous, and car-less, have to be a whole lot more creative when it comes to taking part in the surplus of underpriced bulk goodness that is Costco!
So let the journey begin!
Once the hubby gets home from work, we walk a block with the little one in one hand, and our Costco reusable bags in the other!
Then we wait at the bus stop, and I sneak a couple quick pics of this sweet little girl, who by the looks of it is the only person excited to ride the bus tonight! (What’s not pictured however, is that I look like a mule; carrying all the snacks, diapers, and toys needed to KEEP that smile on her face!)
Then we ride the bus; and I whisper promises of gooey turkey provolone sandwiches and hot dogs the size of newborn babies to my daughter and husband, to keep them both sitting nice and acting well-behaved during our 20 minute ride!
Once we get off the bus, it’s another 2 blocks…
Until we finally reach our destination!!!
Then we shop just as you would.
But when we come across Double Stuf Oreos, a moment like that in Manhattan, literally demands you stop everything you are doing and break out in an interpretive dance to symbolize your gratitude to the Nabisco Gods for all the double chocalety goodness that they have so graciously bestowed upon you!
Because in Manhattan, those cookies – which my husband would argue are essential to living a happy and fulfilling life – are quite the luxury around here at nearly $6 a package at our local grocery store!
So after living a tragic six months without even a single Double Stuf Oreo, this is one extremely happy man!
What I refuse to tell you though, is how many boxes we bought…
And you know it’s been a job well done, when your cart is filled to the top, nearly $300 has been spent, and that cute little toddler from yester-year has turned into unrecognizable arm flailing, head spinning demon in the laundry detergent aisle!
And after you’ve checked out, this is where those handy dandy reusable bags come in!
Because while living in NYC means you have nearly everything at your fingertips, I have learned that customer service isn’t one of them- so pack up yo’ own bags Busta’!
And if you want some of those shipment boxes that Costco is so known for packing your purchases in, then its your responsibility to sift through a mountain of leftover boxes that are in the corner waiting to be recycled, and do it yourself!
Upon leaving Costco, there are cars lined up outside waiting to take us ‘city peeps’ back to our apartment! They help you load up the car, and drive you home for a flat rate. Awesomeness!
As for my husband, this is about the time he started not being super enthusiastic about me following him around with a camera. Like he has a new-found street cred to uphold or something? Whatev’s…
Then we head home!
And yes, my daughter is sitting in the car without a carseat! GASP!
I know my mother is probably having a heart attack right now, but know matter how truly alarming it is, this is how we do it in Manhattan!
On an entirely different note, how cute is that finger sucking action?
And while your method for bringing home groceries probably consists of that handy little devil that allows you to – at the push of a button – open up your garage (aka the HOUSE you have for your CAR that is equivalent to the size of my entire apartment for a family of 3!!!)
If I sound jealous, it’s because I am…
Our method however is a little different; my husband unloads the car on the street and pays the driver, while my job is to unlock the two doors leading into our building and use the heavier items to keep the doors open so that he can bring the rest of the stuff in.
(Case in Point: The Stairs of Death)
Once everything is in the building, it’s the hubby’s job to bring each each item up [The Stairs of Death!] and into our apartment.
And – as you can see in this picture – to question why we bought so much stuff in the first place!
The final step is to find a home for all these lovely little treasures, which in 650 sq ft can pose as quite a challenge! A challenge I am always up for! Because these groceries would cost $200 more if we bought the exact same items at the grocery store down the street!
Now quick! Grab your keys and take a drive to Costco!
And when you catch a glimpse of Double stuf oreos, think of us-
better yet, pray for us- because like I said, we still have mice!
And as you tuck your kiddos into bed and close your eyes to recite heartfelt prayers thanking The Lord for Great Aunt Bertha, and cousin Jimmy…
Make a quick addition and thank God also for your car, garage, pantry, Costco employees who smile as they box up your banana nut muffins…
and for the absence of the stairs of death in your life!
And once you’ve settle in for the night and turn the tv on to watch the latest ‘America’s Got Talent’ LIVE at Radio City Music Hall, observe how the opening shot sweeps over the city capturing the bright lights and glamour of Manhattan
and smile to yourself-
because you know the truth! 😉