I don’t like Tuesday afternoons very much because Tuesdays are the days that we have our weekly grocery shopping delivered to the apartment, and it usually falls to me to unpack it and arrange it all in a hurry. I arrive home from one job, quickly change clothes, eat and get ready to go off to another job. Except these boxes of groceries are always waiting for me to arrange. If I don’t do it there’s a good chance that no one else will. Or, if I want it done right then I have to do it myself. I am not unfaithful or unreliable to the task. I do it with a good feeling of accomplishment when it’s over. But I never look forward to it.
Some people don’t have the time or the inclination to re-stalk their kitchen by regular shopping at the supermarket. Shopping from home using a catalogue is one alternative that delivers goods and produce direct to our door. Of course there is internet shopping these days. But the lower-tech supermarket delivery using a catalogue and paperwork persists. Although I shop at local convenience stores and dollar stores on a near-daily basis for everyday items that we regularly and quickly run out of, this is what my family almost always does. Every Tuesday we receive a shipment of foodstuffs that my wife ordered one week previously from a supermarket delivery service. Unpacking the cache is my regular Tuesday chore.