September 7, 2012

Aldi, shoes, and poison ivy remedies

As I type, I'm in a Benadryl-induced fog. I can't guarantee that anything intelligible will come out of this typing, but I'm gonna go with it. No looking back. No editing. No making sense.

I'm taking a rest day today because the medicine has me all fogged out and droopy eyed. This is the spray that I've been using to help with my poison ivy. I think it is helping with the promoting-healing and drying-oozes parts, but it only makes it itch worse. Right now, the itching is slightly less because of the Benadryl, but last night I almost clawed (or wanted to claw) my skin off. It's so hard not to scratch it. Plus, huge bonus, I also have it on my neck and arms. Special.


I'm thinking of calling the doctor to get in for some steroids because it gets extra flared up when I run. 

Day 1
Day 2

And I can't decide if wearing long socks would be better or worse. 

Enough about skin rashes and oozing sores because I've got less disgusting news that will not make you want to vomit. Two super cool dudes started preschool yesterday. 




Once a week, they'll go to a friend's house (or ours) and have a little learning time. We are co-oping our preschool with some other families who have kids in the same age range. 


Having a couple of hours to run errands by myself was amazing. Sans kidlets, you zip through errands like lightning. To begin, I made my first trip to Aldi. 


It's a lot different from other stores in that you have to pay to rent your shopping cart, and you get your money back when you return it. Maybe it's more common to do that in Germany, where this store originated. Anyone from Germany out there who can answer that question? There are stacks of food and boxes (no or less shelves), and there are no plastic bags for fruit. It was weird to see people throwing ten individual peaches on the checkout belt. Then, they just throw everything into your cart, and you push it off and bag it yourself. Maybe it was just this cashier, but it wasn't a very neat process. There were plums under, beside, and on top of boxes. It was just weird to see fruit all jumbled in with boxed foods and not neatly contained in bags. 

Everything I got was contained and fit in my grocery sack, but if I go back, I would bring my own plastic bags (recycled from the other stores) in which to put my fruit. I just don't like the idea of fruits and veggies bumbling around and getting bruised by everything else. But the fruit and veggie prices were great. Bananas were $.44/lb. That's the only exact price I remember, but the rest seemed like good deals too.  


 Then I went across the street to this store.


I bought some Russian mineral water (remember that I love all things Russian) to see if my husband, who actually enjoys mineral water (gag), would like the Russian version. Not so much. He kept asking me to read the label to make sure it was just mineral water, and I pointed out that the translated English label is right beside the Russian. And both say that it's just mineral water. Turns out, Yo Husband is not a fan of Russian mineral water. I also picked up some labni (plain Greek yogurt) and canned hummus, both recommended by the store owner. They didn't have what I went in for (frozen veggie dumplings that my husband purchased there a few months ago), so those were all impulse buys.

Then I headed out to Alabama Outdoors to check out their trail shoes. Drool.


I spent some time hugging these slip-on Keens and whispering sweet nothings into their ears. I'm in love.


They also carry these delicious Grab the Gold snacks. They taste just like no-bake oatmeal cookies, only a lot healthier.

photo from Beanie Bumbles


Don't these look like they would fit perfectly into the back pocket of my rogas?


Do you shop at Aldi? If yes, do you bring your own fruit bags?

If you could buy one pair of shoes right now what would it be (not just running shoes)? 

Best poison ivy remedy? Seriously, I need you guys on this one!

40 comments:

  1. Never been to Aldi but my sis shops there sometimes. I would probably buy a cute pair of boots and not shoes. Calamine lotion always worked for me...I hope it gets better soon!

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    1. Thanks! I got the steroid shot in the rear today, so hopefully that helps.

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  2. We always shop at Aldi! For the most part we really love it. Every once in a while we'll need something that we can't find there - and we always to go Wal-Mart or Target for things like shampoo and toothpaste. But we feel like we save about $15-20 per grocery visit. We bring our own canvas grocery bags, if we're getting a lot of fruit we just dedicate a bag to the fruit.
    Poison ivy does nothing to me, but Brian is really allergic to it. Once he gets it anywhere, it spreads all over. He uses a tecnu product but also uses rubbing alcohol as often as he can stand it. We have tons of poison ivy in our backyard, and bonus, just found a copperhead the other day! Lucky us!

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    1. Scary! I'm surprised we haven't seen a snake in ours. I don't go back there, but Enoch does a lot to explore. Bella used to before she started getting poison ivy breakouts every five minutes. What did you do with the copperhead?

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    2. Brian chopped off the head with a shovel and then we threw it (via said shovel) over our fence into no man's land. We've seen quite a few snakes up there, but only one for sure was a copperhead. It freaks us out. I don't go into our jungle-y portion much, but our dog runs around up there all the time. Yikes.

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  3. Ugh. Hope that poison ivy goes away soon. Running and the sweat would definitely cause it to flare up more. I must say you are evil showing those wonderful pictures of the Keen shoes on here. Darn it. Now I want some. LOL!!

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    1. I was hoping they would be uncomfortable when I tried them on. Dang you, Keen, for making cute shoes really comfortable too.

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  4. So sorry about the rash. Wish I had something to offer, but we used only calamine lotion last time I had it, circa 1970. I can still taste the smell. Not so good.

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  5. I wouldn't wear long socks to run in...the open sores need to breathe so they can dry out, and covering them up may make your recovery longer. Hope it feels better soon!

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  6. They have Aldi here but I haven't been yet. Now I am not sure I want to. Shopping stresses me out, crazy no bag fruit everywhere seems horrible. I really want to try some Brook shoes. They are next on the list.

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    1. You have to go to Aldi! Even though it wasn't like most of the stores around here, it's totally worth the deals. Just bring your own bags of course.:)

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  7. Hmm - you mean you don't have to pay for your carts in any other grocery stores down there? Up here in Canada, you're hard pressed to find a grocery store that doesn't require a quarter or a loonie (dollar coin) to acquire a cart.

    And I NEED those keens. I have an awesome awesome pair of Keen boots that I lived in last winter (and have been craving all summer as I sweated out the heat) Must go see if they have them in the Canada store!

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    1. OK, so maybe it's not that unusual after all. It's definitely the only store I've been to in the states that does that (except for the stroller rental at the mall, but they only give you a partial refund -- I think). Very interesting that that's common in your area too.

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  8. In Europe (and the UK) it's pretty common to need a coin for your shopping trolley. I like Aldi, they do the most amazing ice-cream, see if you can get the coffee or espresso one, it's fantastic! And they also do random sporting gear at fantastic prices. All the British cyclists swoop on their gear whenever they have cycling stuff, I'd be interested to see if they have running stuff as well.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the nose picking photo. SO much. I have similar ones but only one child isn't as much fun.

    And the poison ivy looks HORRIFIC!!!!

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    1. It's worse today, but I'm afraid that people will stop reading if I keep posting oozy pictures.:) So next on my Aldi list: ice cream. I didn't see any sporting gear. This may be a small one. It seemed pretty food focused.

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  9. I was very allergic to poison ivy as a kid - got it almost every time I went to camp. Calamine Lotion is what I used.

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    1. Did your allergy go away? Or maybe you're not exposed as much? Just curious if there is a chance for me to get over this!

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  10. LOVE the "simultaneous nose-pick" photo. I'm not sure how your boys managed to look so cute that way, though...
    I've always referred to kid-free grocery trips as my Spa Days. It's heavenly, no? unsure what you meant by "not just running shoes". Are there others? I'm confused.
    I also wish I had a poison ivy remedy to share. Hope it clears up stat. :(

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  11. Love going into running stores it is such a tease, usually!!! For poisen ivy , I try calamine lotion. Yours may be past the point of no return, so you may need something from the doctor but calamine will alieve the itchyness.

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  12. I love aldis for there fruit and veg plus I am in love with the flavor of their hummus. I also get good frozen chicken and fish. I always keep a few cloth bags in car for a stop at aldis.

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    1. Putting hummus on the list. I'm loving these Aldi recommendations!

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  13. I hope your poison ivy clears up. I would think you could get a steroid cream or something, but not sure about treatments. Never heard of Aldi's, we don't have them here in WA. I wouldn't like my fruit rolling around and getting bruised either. Congrats on the boys starting school! Yay for free time!

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  14. Everybody tells me that ocean water is the best remedy for the rash. Perhaps, bath salts would work?? Or saltwater pool, some say that chlorine works too. Something about 'drying it out.'
    My twinsies started pre-school (older one in 5k, yesssssss)this week and it is so nice to be able to take off running, whenever, wherever!!! No gym babysitting, nothing!!!!

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    1. My daughter had a horrible case last summer, and after we swam in the Great Salt Lake, it cleared up the next day. If only we didn't live so far away.:( I would definitely be jumping in. I think I'll try a salt bath.

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  15. The discount grocery stores here have those pay carts. I won't shop at a store that uses them, usually it smells like sour milk inside. Ew. I have no tips for your poison ivy, thankfully that's one I've never had to deal with. Yet. Maybe Yo Hubbs would like Russian vodka rather than mineral water?

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  16. Kudos to anyone who can wear those Roga shorts! They look great in the picture, but the thought of wearing them myself is terrifying.

    Shoes: some new Converse sneakers. I love them. Though currently I am enjoying my favorite shoes ever (Sanuk flip flops).

    Your little boys are adorable!

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    1. I swear they look (slightly) longer on me because I am short. And I will be having a shirt on when I wear mine.:)

      Even though we bought my daughter new school shoes, she only wants to wear her old Chuck Taylors. Mom pride.

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  17. No Aldi's in my area but they were when I lived in Ohio. My SIL shopped there, I never did. I would definitely bring the plastic bags for your fruit! ha!

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  18. I like Aldis- good prices and the fruit is deeelish! Yuck to no plastic bags - I bring my own. Nobody thinks it is strange!!
    I have a running shoe addiction - but right now i want a new pair of boots and skinny jeans. Feels like fall in MN right now.

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    1. I have my sweaters and hoodies lined up and ready to use, but it's still too darn hot. Sadness. I love breaking out fall and winter clothes.

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  19. LOVE the rogas! I feel for you on the poison ivy--my son just had a week-long battle with it. I never knew it could get so bad!

    Your little guys are so cute--enjoy your bits of free time!

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  20. still have been to an aldi. i have heard about the shopping cart and stuff before from friends though. the boys are adorable!! too bad we don’t live in the same town because i sell a product (derm pharm sales) that is perfect for poison ivy-i’ve hooked up many friends over the years. and i’m lebanese and quite familiar with the labni…what do you think? my family tends to eat it on crackers too-its thicker than yogurt to me. just got my first pair of rogas-LOVE THEM. hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. Oh man, even after getting a shot yesterday and taking more steroids today, my skin is still crawling. Not cool! I'm have to look that up.

      We love labni! But the brand we bought this time was especially amazing. I'll have to post a picture of it because I can't recall the name right now. We always eat it with pita chips. Sometimes with mint sprinkled in. Yum!

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  21. GET TO A HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I left my poison ivy for too long and it turned into cellulitose in my knee - I was hospitalized for a week. Just get there and ask them for pregnazone or a shot of benadryll.

    YOU NEED TO TAKE RASHES SERIOUSLY!!!!

    PS: I can give you so many tips on identifying the plants in all colours, varieties and seasons, as I went to school for that stuff, the best offense is a good defense ;)

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    1. Ouch! Not good.

      Don't worry though--I went to the doctor yesterday and got the shot in the bum (very painful BTW!), and I'm taking a prescription of more steroids. It is still so itchy though, but it has stopped spreading. I'll have to post a new picture because the horribleness continued to grow, even after I washed it 20 times with the special poison ivy wash. I need the plant identifying tips. I know the basics, but I'd love to learn even more because I obviously really need to know now!

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  22. So, I would imagine Italy is somewhat similar to Germany with their shopping stuff (at least that is my logic). In Italy, you have to bring your own grocery shopping bags (or pay a rather high amount for a plastic bag - like nearly a $1), but not to rent a shopping cart. That is freaking weird. Even in Switzerland I have not seen that before (a frequent visit for us when we were at my grandfather's house in Varese - hop skip and jump from "La Svizzera").

    I have those rogas in that color combo (got good deal from Amazon, like $31). However, my large quads mean they don't quite fit the same as that picture! Seriously. Man thighs.

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  23. I shop at Aldi's for sweet potato chips, fruit snacks, and bananas. I, too, hate the chaos of things thrown together, so I just buy 2-3 items. Also helps me not impulse shop. And the grocery cart thing is just weird.

    My husband gets poison ivy a lot. After trying calamine, he went macho and just poured a saltwater solution over it. He even went as far as to kinda rubbing coarse kosher salt on it. It worked for him. I wasn't home so I'm sure I missed the grunts and *bleep*s of pain.

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