Hoo Rah! Yeah!!! Man oh man oh man. Went to the Commissary yesterday for a short list of items: salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, bananas, frozen mango slices, juice, a case of Diet 7-Up and a can of cream of Celery soup. [I went in just knowing I was never going to find Cream of Celery soup. Never found poppy seeds the other day...]
With my limited and short little list, I should have spent, at the maximum, like 150 riyals. Salmon, being the most expensive item. What does a case of soda cost in the States? It is cheap, cheap, cheap here. [No tax on "sugary" drinks - or otherwise in the Sandbox. May not be one there yet, in the States, but give it time. It's coming. Along with the VAT. Someone's gotta pay for all the spending that the current congress, led by the jeja, is imposing! Unfortunately, that someone is us...] I digress.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ABOUT TWO YEARS THERE WAS REAL BUTTER! REAL BUTTER!!! The good stuff. The real stuff. Lurpak, lightly salted. I now have six kilograms of butter in my freezer. I will go back and buy more later. And for the first time in over a year - probably longer - there was cottage cheese in the dairy section, too. What gives? Did these items get brought in especially for Ramadan or Eid? Probably. But I'm not going to question it. I'm just going to be happy, happy, happy about it. I bought four little containers of cottage cheese - they are about the size of a single serving yogurt container. As I loaded them into my cart I walked around the corner thinking only one thing: Pringles. Must have Pringles. Please please please let there be plain Pringles. And guess what? There were plain Pringles, too! I use the cottage cheese as dip for Pringles. If you have never had this combination - you ARE missing out. Of course, that combination goes best with a Bloody Mary, and that, of course, isn't happening, here, but hey, I'm not complaining.
...and French Onion Sun Chips, and Cream of Celery soup!
I exited the Commissary, 800 riyals later, with a huge smile on my face. Life IS good!!!