12 May

Several months ago, while shopping for batteries, facial soap, booze, and lip gloss, I noticed a display of clothing with my alma mater’s name and mascot displayed thereon.  I realized in that moment that Walgreens stores sell everything a human needs to survive.  I thought somebody should test that hypothesis.  The only person I could find who was willing to participate in this experiment was my very own self.  So I thought I would write a blog chronicling my adventures as I try to shop* nowhere but Walgreens and for 6 months.

I suspect that somewhere someone has already shopped only at Walgreens for a significant amount of time without bothering to write about it.  I imagine there has probably been some college-aged guy, without a car who lived next-door to a Walgreens and shopped there exclusively without trying to.  Being that I’m a 31-year-old woman who loves shoes and has a habit of buying cocktail dresses that she has no immediate need for, this challenge will be rather difficult for me.  I plan to start this challenge in about a week.  And I’m totally going to stock pile clothes and food until I start.  And that’s not cheating; it’s just planning ahead.


* A word of clarification.  When I say I am going to shop only at Walgreens I’m limiting that to anything that is typically described as “shopping” and that I have referred to as “shopping” earlier in my life.  For example, grocery shopping is shopping.  Buying gas is not shopping.  I have never in the whole of my life referred to buying gas as “going shopping”. Have you?   Similarly, when I go out for drinks or dinner with friends, that is not referred to as “shopping”. By anyone. Ever.  Buying clothes at Goodwill is shopping.  Buying a World’s Finest Chocolate candy bar from a friend’s kid who is raising money for his little league team is not shopping.  Unless I make a trip to a friend’s house specifically to peruse the candy selection and take some home to enjoy later.  I guess that would be shopping.  Also, I’m totally gonna break the rules if I need to buy a work uniform or a textbook for a class. I mean, come on.  The point of this project is not to lose my job or fail any classes.  But otherwise everything else — clothing, groceries, toiletries, reading materials, electronics, footwear, small appliances and every other item that is purchased in a store and a clerk puts in a bag for me to take home — will be purchased from Walgreens. So we’ll see how it goes.


2 Responses to “Introduction”

  1. mandymcadoo May 31, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Just so everyone knows (but mostly to appease my mother), I would like to explain that I am familiar with the rules of basic English grammar. I know all about run-on sentences. Sentence fragments, too. I willfully break grammatic rules throughout this blog for a reason. Ok? Ok.

  2. Your mother June 1, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    I love you and your use of the English language bunches!!!

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