Monday, November 24, 2008

grocery shopping

When people learn that we no longer have a car, the first thing they usually ask is: "how do you go grocery shopping?" Originally, we had thought we would do a more European thing and go shopping on an as-needed basis getting that evening's dinner at the market on the way home from work. Turns out, we still do the shopping weekly. The walk to Whole Foods is an eight easy blocks. I walk there with an empty jog stroller (much to the kids' mortification). The way home is slightly uphill and with the fully-loaded stroller -- having just devoted some 90 minutes of my precious time to a chore that I don't totally love -- I can sometimes be a tad crabby by the time I get back.

So far, we haven't had to do any rainy day shopping.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

City CarShare

When we do need a car, there's always City CarShare. The nearest "pod" is about six blocks from our house. I've used it to go to my monthly book group meeting and the odd soccer game. The Prius is kind of fun to drive.

What wasn't fun was the time we showed up for our reservation and the car was nowhere to be seen. Eventually, we were able to get a taxi (which City CarShare will pay for if we ever get around to submitting the receipt). We arrived at our dinner party about 45 minutes late.