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Two by Two

I started buying things in “twos” almost immediately after finding out I was having twins. It was a new way of thinking for me, and ironically it continues today. It probably started with things like animal crackers and juice boxes. I had to be sure to have the same item for each boy or risk a TT (temper tantrum). I couldn’t bear the thought that things would be unfair (gasp!).

I was grocery shopping last week and realized after 20 years I am still thinking in “twos.” Grocery shopping is not on my list of favorites, and I will often put it off until I absolutely must go. Then I find myself buying things in twos (maybe this is my subconscious taking over to prevent me from having to shop again soon).

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While I was standing in a very long line waiting to check out I started to analyze just how much time and energy grocery shopping really takes. I had to do something to entertain myself while my frozen items slowly defrosted. I figured out there are six actions for every item I put in my cart! Imagine you are a box of cereal – first I put you in my cart, then load you onto the belt, then you go back in the cart, then into the car, then into the house and finally into the cabinet. This must happen with every item I purchase! Now if you take into account that it’s snowing, the wind is blowing 40mph, and I have purchased two of many items, I think it’s safe to say this counts as my aerobic exercise for the day (maybe even for a couple days!). Imagine if I was getting paid to do this! I could be in the Bahamas right now – Ha!

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