1. I have little use for Jewel Osco really on the whole as a grocery store, but lately it’s been working quite hard to get itself into my good graces. A couple weeks ago I discovered they now sell Hudsonville Ice Cream, which in and of itself elevated Jewel to at-least-better-than-Walmart status. This past week, though, the store made a surprise surge in the fight to be my favorite non-Trader Joe’s place to shop.
SALT WATER TAFFY OMG. I found it available in bulk at Jewel and I almost (but not quite) regretted the many, many times I’ve hated on Jewel based on this alone. I ❤ salt water taffy, but I can’t remember the last time I actually had some. I grabbed a few scoops of the flavors that sounded most delicious (s’mores, Neapolitan, orange vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon and black licorice) expecting it to cost an arm and a leg when I checked out. Nope! Only 89 cents! When I got home, I counted my pieces of salt water taffy to figure out how long it’d last, and saw that I conveniently bought 21 pieces — enough to last me three weeks!
It lasted me three days. Oops 🙂
2. If I may vent for a brief moment: what is it with Big 10 alum and their defensiveness over who is and who isn’t allowed to be a fan of their alma mater (or any other school in the Big 10, for that matter)? My goodness. I think if I had a dollar for every time someone side-eyed me for running “for” Michigan at the BTN Big 10K (either this year, last year, or the year before), I’d have enough to pay the race registration fee next year. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to explain that no, I didn’t go to Michigan, but I grew up in a family of Michigan fans and spent many fall Saturday afternoons watching Michigan games and therefore, you know, consider myself to be a Michigan fan, despite the fact that my college diploma does not say “University of Michigan.” I don’t understand why the fact that I didn’t go to Michigan means I’m not allowed to be a Michigan fan or I’m some second-rate bandwagon rider. I got into Michigan, all right? I could’ve gone to Michigan.
See? (Yes, I still have my acceptance letter six and a half years later. I’m proud of it, thank you very much.)
I just chose not to go to Michigan. Crazy, I know. But good heavens. I went to some itty bitty DIII school no one’s heard of, so we weren’t exactly competitive with U of M, to say the least. It’s not like I went to Ohio State and have now decided to be a Michigan fan just for kicks. I understand why Michiganders (especially those from the east side of the state) get all hot and bothered over the fact that I now cheer for the Blackhawks rather than the Red Wings (using “cheer” in the most general, I-have-a-vauge-awareness-of-when-the-Blackhawks-win-or-lose-and-know-how-to-prononces-Toews sort of sense), but I don’t think I’ll ever understand why big school alum have to be so darn possessive.
3. Lollapalooza is almost here! Woohoo! Between a Saturday after show and spending all day on Sunday at Lolla, I’m going to be one tired girl come Monday morning. Worth it, though. Love me some live music, and I am stoked to absolutely dance my face off this weekend 😀
Are you going to Lollapalooza? And if you are, who are you most excited to see? Flume!!! SO. STOKED. And The 1975. And maybe Flosstradamus? And Chance the Rapper. BAH.
Are you a fan of any team you don’t have a direct connection to?
Favorite candy? I mean, chocolate, all day err’day, but as far as non-chocolate candies go, salt water taffy is right up there for me.