Yesterday we headed to the shops to get Mike a phone. The cheep one we had simply was NOT user friendly. While there we told James he could look at the toys. Yikes, a month out from Christmas, how to keep him from begging for everything under the sun? When Sam was a squirt I learned taking her photo and sending it to Grandma Marty did the job. It worked for James too. So...here ya go Grandma Marty.
Of course there was so much to see that James had a hard time pausing to look at mommy while I took the photo. I told him "Look at the apple." At which pint he'd open his eyes as wide as he could. I showed him his photo and he laughed and said "That's so silly!"
James took this picture. I don't understand why Buzz has punching action when he never punched anything in any of the movies.
Sam had her eye appointment in the afternoon. She had stressed about getting drops. Yes, she got them. She squirmed and squealed that it strung.
She did really well and the eye doctor who specializes in pediatrics said "Her eyes look good. She doesn't need to patch anymore. I'd like to see her again in six months." Although it was a private pay appointment we were charged the same amount as what Medicare will reimburse. So that was great all around.
Today Mike and I were childless, so we decided to check out the new Costco. New as in its grand opening was yesterday. This is the first Costco in Adelaide. It was a bit of a trek. Still, less of a trek than many Canadians make to bellingham.
Here's what I heard from other shoppers:
"Why aren't the staff wearing uniforms?" I think they were all wearing black tops. There was no red vests as per Costco norm. Everyone is still learning though. One of the employees referred to it as a "market" not the warehouse that it is.
"How much is a gallon?" That's right, a gallon, as in Ziplock gallon freezer bags. The stores here carry Glad bags and store-brand bags, not ziplock.
In addition to Ziplocks, Costco has Hershey kisses, Reese's peanut butter cups, giant marshmallows, Skippy peanut butter, and lots of Kirkland items. It may seem like no big deal; however, these items are not carried here...actually, I did see Reese's cups at one store, but they were in the speciality section and were over $5 per package.
It was really nice to see that all the produce was from either Australia or NewZealand, no other countries. The prices were either the same as the grocery store, such as apples at $4.99/kg or less like bananas that sell for $4.99/kg in the shops and were only $2.85/kg at Costco.
I was told they couldn't issue me a Costco card as my number is from the USA. I wasn't going to argue and simply figured I'd try the membership desk next time we go as they'd have had a bit of time to settle in by then. Thankfully there were no issues at checkout and my name and number showed up in their system quickly.
After checkout we stopped at the deli (as per Costco tradition). It was nice to get a slice of pizza for $2.99 and a hotdog with drink+refills for $1.99. Dad can now officially feel at home when he visits.
The deli prices may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Seriously, many delis around here only carry soda in the can and you're looking at paying $3 per can. Even most fast food places don't offer refills and charge around $3 for a small.
I'm a bit conflicted though. It was really nice to be submersed in the familiarness that is Costco, especially since we're all feeling homesick. The big but is that we're in a foreign country, not America. It's nice to have a taste of home. I love Australia for being Australia and it would be sad for it to become more Americanized than it already has.
Before heading home we went to the Costco fill station. Elsewhere petrol is $1.49/Liter, at Costco it is $1.18/Liter. If they keep that up membership would pay for itself in no time.
After all the groceries were tucked away, I opened the Skippy and took a little taste. It was so smooth (even with nuts). I then offered some to Mike. He closed his eyes, let out a little moan and said "Now that's peanut butter." The shops carry store brand, cheep brand, or Kraft peanut butter and none of it even comes close to the smoothness of Skippy.
After the kids were home from school we headed south to look at some furniture. Driving down I took a wrong exit from a roundabout and my friend Siri (the gps system on my phone) took us on a ten minute wild goose chase rather than telling me to turn around. Seriously, we went on a dirt road and over a single lane bridge!
We did get back on tract. As we drove into the beachside town it reminded me of Oak Harbor.
The people selling the furniture were very kind. In chatting I learned they are Dutch. This is the view from their home. It really reminded me of the view of City Beach from Grandpa and Grandma J's home in O'karber.