Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mid-Century Mom Unpacks the Groceries!!!

Hello, my dear readers. I apologize profusely for my long absence. Winter has come in like a lion here in the Northern Virginia region, as has a minor kerfuffle at the house, so dinagideon's alter-ego, Mid-Century Mom had to take a whole month off.

Finally, though, dinagideon got her act together last Friday and said "enough is enough...time to don the pencil skirts and pearls again and get to some household tasks." Mid-Century Mom is back, and with a smile, of course. ;)

My task was three-fold. In my most lady-like grey fitted sheath dress and heels, I needed to attend a parent/teacher conference, go to the grocery store, and unpack the groceries. I am happy to report all three went off without one bit of issue. Since I didn't think bringing a camera into the parent/teacher conference (even for the sake of this little blog of mine that could) would be appropriate, and since I have already done a post on grocery shopping, I knew that the third task would be my "Mid-Century Mom" post this week (let's forget that it has been a month)--so let's go unpack some groceries.

Image of housewife unpacking groceries courtesy of Getty Images. Yet again, a fantastic image from a very well known stock image company.

I do appreciate the care with which this lovely lady is approaching her task of grocery unpacking. Not only is she placing the cans of yummy soup and other goods on the counter just so (ready to be put away when the time is right--but out of the way so her children can't get to them), she is checking her receipt to make sure that everything she has purchased was placed in her bag. I suspect if there was an error, she would be able to get the item they missed without any issue.

I don't know if I, as Mid-Century Mom, have risen to the level that the beautiful housewife in the Getty Images has in this chore, but I think the little leg kick and Mona Lisa smile at least has me on my way there. I would say that the beginning of this task was fairly pleasant. After all, Mr. Mid-Century Mom *did* bring the groceries upstairs for me...which allowed me to focus all my attention on getting the foodstuffs where they belong!

Would you look at that? Cheese grated for you? Carrots washed AND cut down already? These little conveniences will make my life as a Mid-Century Mom much easier...prepping to cook will be virtually non-existent with these lovelies in my life.

Ooh, this bag is a bit heavy. Had I had to bring up these myself, I could have done it (after all I carry a forty-pound toddler on a regular basis), but it was sure nice to have someone else do it for me. In fact, I would say that Mr. Mid-Century Mom was more willing to help me because he didn't want my pretty outfit to get ruined. So sweet...

The one thing that Mid-Century Mom wants more than anything? A full-sized pantry. For a kitchen the size of ours, we have very inadequate space for our food. It is actually sort of shocking! Our old house, which was much smaller than our current house had far more room. But I do best with what I have, and of course, I always do so with a smile!

Last but not least, the refrigerated stuff must be placed in the proper position to ensure proper temperature control. Do not put the meats and fish in the door, it is far too warm for them there, and they will spoil. And no Mid-Century Mom wants to have that hanging over her perfectly coiffed head. Gastrointestinal illness is no fun, no matter what decade!

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this chore. Even when I am not Mid-Century Mom, I find the process of unpacking groceries and putting them in their perfect place a lot of fun. Doing so in heels and a sheath dress just took the chore to the next level. And hey, Mr. Mid-Century Mom happily brought the groceries upstairs!

Ease of being a mid-century mom: 3 out of 5 (5 is the easiest to be a mid-century mom). Not the easiest, especially when I needed to get down on my knees and put the groceries in the lower cabinets and the fridge. It may have been uncomfortable, but it wasn't difficult. Try it sometime, ladies, you may find you like it! (And if you have a large pantry, you may enjoy it even more so than I did!)

Hopefully, I will speak with you all sooner rather than later!!! Have a very lovely and a pleasant time the rest of this week!


  1. Yay MCM is back!
    Love the Mona Lisa smile!


  2. What a lovely post, MCM!

    I share your pantry woes, my dear. My house has an enormous kitchen and NO pantry, so my "pantry cabinets" look like yours. But hey, it's all good, because those stuffed cabinets are tangible reminders that I'm very fortunate and that I can welcome all who dwell or visit here into my kitchen with ample yummies to eat!

  3. Cute outfit! Impressive thing to do in heels and a dress; I went grocery shopping after preceptor once (so i was in a pencil skirt and heels) and it was NOT a fun experience. I love these posts, they're so creative!

  4. Love, love, love, MCM! You are too cute with these posts! I'll have to try putting away groceries, much less go to the grocery store (on a weekend, and NOT after work), with a lovely little dress and heels on. Well, maybe after all this storm hullabaloo in NoVA. Boo.

    How sweet of Mr. MCM to be so helpful! :)

    And my problem would be...not enough food in my pantry. Heehee! (This would stem from the fact that I have just moved and most of the foodstuffs in my old pantry were thrown out or just quickly consumed for easy moving.)

    'Care to place some of your foodstuffs in my food pantry? All the way beyond the Beltway? ;)

    Take care, MCM!

  5. Fabulous! So glad you're back! I also enjoy putting away/organizing groceries. I think it's a nesting thing. BTW, you look gorgeous and glowing :)

  6. Nothing make me feel more at ease in my home than a well stocked pantry-- seriously!I get kind of nervous if I can see the back of the cabinet. :)

    I'm amused that one of the retro lady's groceries featured in that first pic is canned salmon. I grew up on salmon pie, often had it once a week for dinner-- which my bf finds thoroughly disgusting! ;)

  7. Love MCM putting away the groceries. Do we ever have enough pantry space???

    I love the convenience of the shredded cheese and prewashed/cut carrots. But what...no TV dinners??

  8. Grocery shopping in heels and a dress?!?!?! You are my hero!
    So glad that MCM is back!!!

  9. MCM has a lot of groceries!!! Must be in case there is a bomb alert and she must keep her family well fed while in the bomb shelter.

    I just love that dress you are wearing!

  10. You look awesome! And wow - cheez its have been around for a while, huh?

  11. My house has an enormous kitchen and NO pantry,

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  12. Look at you all beautiful and fancy at your kitchen. I love this blog, and I love the ideas.

  13. I love the foot pop in the last photo too! You are so cute. Just stopping by to thank you for visiting me on my SITS day and leaving me some blog love! Everyone was so sweet and I really enjoyed the day!


  14. lovely little dress and heels on. Well, maybe after all this storm hullabaloo
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  15. Love your blog! And I always like to see what others get at the grocery store, it's a good way to open yourself up to trying new things you never thought to.