Ok, that was a bad pun. Micah and I scouted out the local co-op tonight. Nice little place.

The per-pound price of brown rice is almost the same as at our local Giant (I have to double-check that). Advantage co-op since theirs is organic and you can fit more than 1lb in a bag. But since they lose money/environmental points for being a bit farther away, we’ll have to make it up by buying more at a time (not a problem…we picked up Giant rice whenever we needed it because went shopping weekly).

And if we join the co-op, we get a discount on the rice.

The granola is a bit more expensive that the Giant brand. But Micah got a pound of one of the least-expensive ones which he thought looks yummy. He’s a big granola fan and I think it wouldn’t be bad to pay a few cents more every now and then, even if we stick with Giant. I tried some and think it’s pretty yummy too.

Other things…I’m going to have to double-check some Giant prices. I think the dried co-op beans may be cheaper than the non-dried ones we buy at Giant. So maybe we’ll get some of those next time.

The produce is more expensive but also much better-looking. Probably because it’s not the leftovers…which I feel like our Giant gets.

And last, there was a nice surprise on checking out. We didn’t get a bag, so we got a credit to put in any of several jars for charity. Apparently they’ll donate a certain amount for every credit. Plus you can leave your own donation. I put my credit in the jar for the Rape Crisis Center. There was another for the Food Bank and another for something with children and another for animals….and I think a couple more.

Will we join? Possibly. The membership fee is $100 but it’s refundable if/when you leave. So if we moved we could get it back. Definite plus there.

An aside—isn’t depression a strange animal? We can have fairly successful days, do things that make up happy and still spend the day feeling like sad losers. In the Dewey Decimal system, depression is under 615.8527.


ms. m&p February 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Are you depressed? The winter months can take their toll.

mrsmicah February 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Definitely depressed. It’s kind of funny, I’m so aware of it that I’m also quite annoyed. I want to be able to fix myself…and while I know things that can make it better, it’s not working as well as I’d like today.

Christine February 5, 2008 at 10:33 pm

*hugs* Love you, Mrs M. Drink lots of water and get some sun in your eyes!

Simple Tam February 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Mrs.M, been reading your blog for a while now. This might be a silly question, what exactly is the Dewey decimal system ? Yes, I know, was just about to google it. But thought it might be interesting to have your take on it.

Simple Tam February 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Oh also.. good post. I used to go to a local warehouse market for last minute needs. I don’t usually grocery shop. But now I have become more organized and make tri-weekly trips (I live alone) to a bargain grocery store a bit further away, but definitely worth the drive.

mrsmicah February 5, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Good question, Simple Tam. The Dewey is a system of organizing non-fiction books in the library. The other major one used in the States is the Library of Congress system.

The Dewey works based on some general classifications 000s are reference, 100s are philosophy and psychology, 200s are religion, 400s are language, 800s are literature, etc. Then within each group, there’s subgroups 001s are UFOs and the like. 004-006 is computer stuff. 242 is a particular subtopic of Christianity.

Some numbers aren’t yet accounted for, so that we’ll have room for new topics (like computers).

Without the Dewey, it’d be much harder to organize libraries. We’d have to have some general “section” idea anyway…and section specifics means that you’ll find the same books together. So 332.024s are all on personal finance. My library has maybe 100 different PF books. 332.6, on the other hand, is investing. Very close, so if you’re interested in PF you may be interested in investing and can get to that easily.

It’s useful in just finding the book in a haystack of a zillion books and in finding sections relevant to your needs (like books all the books on depression).

Maybe I’ll post about it.

Becky February 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm

My mom has struggled with depression and anxiety her whole adult life – which meant my whole childhood. She’s been doing *really* well for the past 2 or 3 years now with some medication she’s on. I hope you, too, can find something that works well for you (be it medication or something natural). I’ll say a prayer for you!

Catherine L February 5, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Hi Mrs M – Hope you’re feeling better soon. Do you not know what’s triggered it? Do you think you maybe feel worse at particular times of the month?

Megan February 6, 2008 at 8:29 am

Mrs. Micah, can I ask which co-op you guys checked out? I also live just barely outside DC (in MD), so it may not be far from me, and it sounds like something I’d like to at least check out. If you’re not comfortable posting something like that in your comments, an e-mail would be fine too. Thanks, and I hope today is better for you. It’s a bit rainy out, but the warmth is so nice! Plus I just love the smell of a warm rainy morning.

Fiscal Musings February 6, 2008 at 9:07 am

I’ve never heard of these co-ops you speak of. Maybe they don’t have any in my area.

RacerX February 6, 2008 at 1:50 pm

” I want to be able to fix myself…and while I know things that can make it better”

Mrs M, don’t be too hard on yourself either. You would admonish yourself for twisting your ankle or having a rash.

Mental Health is a illness and in some, a function of brain chemistry issues, that you cannot just will away.

take care of yourself! *Hug*

deepali February 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm

It’s been my experience that depression can get you regardless of how your day is going… one of the reasons it can be so insidious. Hope tomorrow is better!

Also, dried beans are always cheaper… and much tastier. 🙂

ms. m&p February 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm

I’ve been there, Mrs. Micah, and I know it’s not easy. I know you’ll pull through. In the meantime, I suggest some spiked hot chocolate.

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