Thursday, March 1, 2012

Word of the day: awkward

Awkward: (adj.) marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort. 

Cascade, baked beans, and macaroni & cheese.

This was my grocery list yesterday.

Normally if I went to the store for these items, I would come home with Cascade, a gallon of milk, two Milky Way Dark candy bars, dog treats, and a Buy-A-Home magazine. That's just kind of how I roll...send me somewhere for something and if I haven't forgotten what I'm supposed to get before I even start the car, then you can count on me bringing home at least one less item than I'm going for and several extras that weren't even on the list.

Yesterday, I stopped at Publix after work to retrieve the above items. I was kind of distracted and really didn't pay much attention to my purchases until I had climbed back into my truck and set the bags in the passenger seat. That was when I realized what I had done - I had gone to the store for Cascade, baked beans, and macaroni & cheese, and actually left the store with exactly Cascade, baked beans, and macaroni & cheese. Nothing more, nothing less. 

I got ridiculously excited about this and said, "Woo hoo!" to myself rather loudly, and started nodding and clapping my hands enthusiastically at about the same time that I made eye contact with a man sitting in the vehicle directly in front of me. Startled, I did what any self-respecting person would do and immediately turned around to the children who were not in the car with me and started animatedly talking to and clapping with them. Confident that those actions assured the man looking at me that I was not crazy, I turned to face forward and realized with a sinking feeling that he could most definitely see straight through my vehicle to know with absolute certainty that there was no one else in the car with me. 

So, I gave up the pretense and flashed him a sheepish smile, which led him to awkwardly wave at me (OH GREAT I MADE IT EVEN WORSE) and not for the first time did I wonder who on earth let me out of the house by myself. Sigh.