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If you are lactose intolerant, don’t stand anywhere near our refrigerator. We’ve got mozzarella, swiss, colby, sour cream, cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, whipped cream cheese, flavored cream cheese, sour cream and whatever pretend cheese is used for cheese sticks. Did I mention sour cream? There are three containers of sour cream. There were more, but we’ve taken to ‘accidentally’ leaving them at people’s houses when we visit.

When I buy groceries, there are a few items that I consider staples which need to be purchased every shopping trip. Bread, eggs, coffee and cereal were the original must buys. If I skipped buying the staples during the main grocery visit, I would end up making a special trip to the grocery for them. Somewhere along the way, sour cream was mentally added after I realized that it is always needed for the weekly menu. As the sour cream section of the fridge became increasingly comical, it occurred to me that needing sour cream every week does not mean needing a full container of it weekly. Despite realizing this, if I am alone in the grocery, I operate on some kind of auto-pilot and sour cream jumps into my cart.

It could be worse. When Doug buys groceries, he automatically grabs a bag of carrots that sit in the fridge drawer and turn to liquid.

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