My favorite Christmas treat …
Earlier this week I was in the store and I found these really delicious lychees again. For me … there’s no Christmas feeling without eating lychee.
Normally they are quite expensive here in Belgian stores but this year I found that the price per kilo was okay.
So I was glad I could buy these (one time buy only each year) delicious lychee before Christmas. Guess the price will be higher this weekend.
Grocery shopping during the Holiday season
Going to a supermarket here in my area is pretty hard for me as an autistic girl. Since we have a new Lidl store here, I prefer to go grocery shopping there.
Last week I was in our local ‘Colruyt’ supermarket, which is always full packed with products, people that are just not fighting to get the last products. For this autistic girl shopping at Colruyt (the shop with the lowest prices in Belgium) is a nightmare.
Doing your grocery shopping there the days before Christmas is HELL ! Like people forget to have some respect for others, they seem to think ‘ I need that, go out of my way I was here first ‘. So horrible.
So yesterday I did my shopping before going to work at Lidl. I guess I have everything bought to get me through the Christmas weekend!
Buying fruits … well for this autism girl it’s so hard. Because I littery count everything, and I ONLY buy fruits in pieces of 2,4,7 or 11.
When I need like 1 mango (to make some coockies) I always need to buy 2.
For the lychee I had to buy 11 (yes already ate one), because more it’s not right in my head. The were kind of cheap for lychee, so I could bought more but my head said ” STOP, only 11″.
Yesterday I wanted some oranges, 3 would be okay (because I don’t eat that everyday) but NO again I needed to buy 4 pieces.
I even count my bananas when I buy them. I just can’t go home with 5 bananas.
Here in Belgium most apples are packed in a set of 6. So that’s always a huge problem. Buying 6 apples is so wrong to me.
When I need like 1 advocados and there’s only one left in the store ? I just can’t buy that one piece, I need the option to buy 2. Buying that one piece that was left, is not done for me. It gives me so much stress !
Buying other things by number?
Yess, most of my grocery shopping I buy with numbers in my head. I needed a pack of corn pasta (good for a week) but NO again I had to buy 2 packs, same with pasta sauce.
That’s the same when I need some cat food for my sweeties. I have 2 cats so I always have to buy 2 pieces of food or 4 pieces.
So one week I have a long list of items to buy (because I need to buy more than I need), and the other week it’s a short list with mostly fresh things on it like vegetables.
Question for other people on the spectrum?
Do you also have to count things before buying them in a supermarket? Do you have tips to survive this bizzy days at the supermarket to buy fresh vegetables of fruit?
Everytime I see people that are looking strange when I count every piece I buy. Beeing on the autism spectrum I have so much problems with grocery shopping. When I’m going to a supermarket on my own (like before work) I need my in-ear headphones to me calm and not freak out about everything around me.
This blogmas is coming to an end, and I still like the idea of daily blogging 🙂
Love Lucy xx