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A. Catherine Noon: Bloody Mary Mix, a Holiday Parable or, How To Survive the Grocery Store on Black Friday
Monday, December 7th, 2015

acnACN-RW_SealedByMagic_coverlgFor many of us, the holidays are a time to reconnect with family, particularly if we don’t live near one another.  Our family is no exception to this, with folks scattered all over the States.  We were fortunate enough to be able to gather this Thanksgiving in Philadelphia and I couldn’t be happier.  It’s been a couple of holidays since I got to see everyone, and that made it even better.

It’s funny how moving and job churn can affect family time, isn’t it?

Well, okay, “funny” isn’t really the word, but I digress.

I got to connect with my sister-in-law, the lovely L…  She and I decided that we needed to make some cocktails and talked her husband into taking us to the grocery store.

On Black Friday.

Side note – I am not, in any way, shape, or form, a “shopper.”  In fact, I loathe the entire process and have been known to have anxiety attacks in front of the cucumber display.

Here, then, are some tips on surviving the market on days when every shopper, whether they like shopping or not, seems to decide simultaneously that they absolutely must try to disprove the law of physics that says two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

First, know what you want.  Wandering around the aisles to browse means that you will probably get run over by people like me who are panickedatthethoughtofbeinginthestorewithyouandjustwanttheirstuffthankx.

Second, leave the family confab at home.  Now is not the time to clog the aisle of the Bloody Mary Mix and try to work out the solution to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Third, I love my brother-in-law.  But one bottle of Bloody Mary Mix isn’t enough for ME, let alone several of us.  Be prepared, Boy Scout.  Buy more than one.

Fourth, you put celery salt in Bloody Marys, according to the lovely L…  And yes.  It’s as good as it sounds.

Fifth, when you leave the grocery store parking lot, getting your mini-van turned perpendicularly to everyone else, and the flow of traffic, is dumb.  Don’t do that.  Any more.

Yes, lady, I’m looking at you.  You know who you are.

And sixth, if you absolutely must head out on Black Friday, take an awesome sister-in-law with you and come home with vodka to which you add stuff.  It’ll make you a whole lot calmer about this whole thing called shopping.

Now.  Where did I put the celery salt?

Question for you, Dear Reader:  what do you like in your Bloody Mary?  Or, if that’s not your poison, what’s your favorite cocktail?

4 comments to “A. Catherine Noon: Bloody Mary Mix, a Holiday Parable or, How To Survive the Grocery Store on Black Friday”

  1. Tammy Ramey
    · December 7th, 2015 at 8:27 am · Link

    I take a lot of medication right now so I don’t drink anymore, but when I was able to drink I Loved 1)a white Russian with vanilla vodka in it. 2)a know long island ice tea with tons of lemon 3) if I really wanted to just tie one on then it was usually a shot of crown with a beer chaser. LOL!
    But like I said I don’t drink and more because mixing meds and booze is just stupid I also stopped going out to the Black Friday store about the same time , coincidenc? (JK) 😆

  2. A. Catherine Noon
    · December 7th, 2015 at 9:58 am · Link

    Hi, Tammy! Sorry to hear about the meds, and yes, mixing them with alcohol would be a Very.Bad.Idea. 🙂 Thank you for your suggestions; vanilla vodka is something that hadn’t even occurred to me! 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Elaine Swinney
    · December 7th, 2015 at 4:51 pm · Link

    I am not a Bloody Mary drinker but there is a restaurant in NOLA that has a vodka they put in theirs it is fantastic. They have a large jar on the bar it is filled with celery, garlic, peppers (hot like jalapeno’s) onion, okra and anything else that strikes their fancy. They pour vodka over all the stuff in the jar and they let it set. They take the vodka out after it’s set up a while and they make their bloody Mary’s with it. It makes a really good one(I had a taste of someone’s…yummy). My drink of choice is either a Margarita or a Mojito. Love them!!!! 🙂

  4. A. Catherine Noon
    · December 8th, 2015 at 10:28 am · Link

    Hi, Elaine! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Wow, it never even dawned on me to flavor the vodka. That is a fantastic idea. And okra? Hmm. That sounds really good! I shall have to experiment.

    I had a great crop of mint this year and totally didn’t make mojitos. I’ll have to do that with some of my mint next year. I usually use it to make tea, hot and iced. Love the stuff.

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