Trina Machacek: Magic Lists: Everyone Needs Them


Trina machacek

It seems that some sort of shopping is a daily occurrence. Sometimes it’s just window shopping. Sometimes it is about specific and pointed purchases. The act of purchase is generally automatic. It’s the automatic shopping that drives me to overspend. So, I am a list buyer. Not just the grocery store. If I go out of town, I not only list what I need, but I also list all the places I want to go or have appointments to go. I have a list to a science. A subtle and somewhat anal science. Corn. Yes, a subtle “but”. I’ll readily admit that there have been a few times I’ve left my thoughtful list on the kitchen counter. Just to find him lying there when I get home. Make fun of me that I forgot olive oil or 3 in one oil. Just as an aside. Never mix these two oils.
A list can be magic. Love your list to Santa Claus. I remember writing a list when I was a tike, but I don’t remember addressing it to Santa. It was like a memo to our parents. Funny that they never asked for a list of the type of car I wanted when I was 16. The point is, I bought my own car. I did, however, use the old family car as a down payment. Magic lists can also be thought of as prayers. A direct correlation can be seen with this letter from Santa Claus. You know, telling either of the two well-known greats, whether they are wearing a red suit and a fluffy or angelic and awesome beard, that you will be as good as you can get if such and such appeared or happened. . Eh? Maybe there is also some interlacing because when you think of both you are pointing north. Yes, it’s a stretch isn’t it. Where is it?
Back to the list and to purchases. I don’t know if anyone else is doing this, but as far back as I can remember when writing a grocery list I see myself coming and going in stores. Preserves, need corn, pineapple and chili. Bread aisle, need a loaf and rolls. HAHA. It doesn’t matter which store you go to, it works pretty well. Even hardware or pet supply stores. While you are sitting there, you can see the aisles you are walking down and enter the items for your list. Then. Then if you see something that is not on the list. Are you buying Do you pass? Do you walk and then come back? Now it’s real shopping.
Buying clothes is not that easy. I mean you can put on your list that you need a new jacket or some new underwear. But when you walk into a store that sells clothes, you’re thrown into a world that’s literally made to take your list, crumple it into a tiny little ball, and tuck it between that soft sweater and the cute, long-sleeved shirt. cuddly that would go too well with the sweater. Then in most clothing stores there are other goodies that call you to the top of your list. Household items, jewelry and shoes. Ah yes shoes. Shoe shopping is an animal that is distinguished from all other purchases.
I don’t buy shoes well. I have however been with a few women who like to shop for shoes. It’s almost indescribable. Almost. It goes a bit like that. At first we go in and there is leather and plastic and a little sparkling smells that seem to have magical powers. I’ve seen normal women have glassy eyes and float from one shoe rack to another. It really is something to see firsthand. Then the fitting begins. This one in blue, that one in taupe. I’m here to tell you that there really isn’t a specific taupe color. Depending on the shoe, it can be light taupe, medium taupe, shiny taupe, or flat taupe. I learned that the flat mole can only come on the flats. I’ve seen simple shoes stacked higher than these ankles featuring angled mirrors as a professional shoe shopper leaves a store. It is magic.
I do my shopping much better if I have a list. Over the past few years, I’ve learned to stick to my list. I save a ton of money this way. Of course, if there is a bakery that offers fresh, hot and snorted French bread. On the list or not, two loaves of bread go home. This is the miracle of the magic of a list.
Trina Machacek lives in Eureka. Her book, “They Call Me Weener,” is available on or by e-mailing [email protected] for a signed copy.


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