Costco – oh yeeeeeah!

Last weekend I became a member of Costco. This may seem like an uneventful, even mundane activity to do on a weekend but those of you who know me will understand my excitement.

There is such a diverse offering from TVs to diamonds to fresh food, pre-prepared and packaged meals, alcohol, outdoor settings, snack foods, frozen food, clothing, books, DVDs, stationary and more. The brands are a mis of recognisable household brands and some US labels in the mix to keep things interesting.

The main idea is to buy in bulk which means a lot of the items are fairly cheaper. For someone living in a household of one this offering is kind of useless except that I have lots of storage space and friends who will split some items such as the 40 rolls of toilet paper.

When I went last weekend to become a member I took the tram so this limited my purchase to bulk mints, a pack of nectarines, 1 kg liquorice (about $5) and tuna (12 cans for $15). Next time I go will be by car so I can make a serious purchase. After signing up I collected my giant shopping trolley which was discarded soon after.

I will be going back for the big bags of frozen veg and berries, fresh food, bread to freeze and alcohol that is marginally cheaper. Most exciting for me is their availability of the best vodka. Ever. CÎROC.

They also have a diner-style cafeteria where you can buy giant pizza slices (each piece the size of a whole pizza), ice cream and other fat-laden heart-attacks-waiting-to-happen. No wonder Americans are fatty boombahladas.

Definitely the most fun you can have with a $60 membership.

Auditions for my new hobby open

During a lengthy bout of insomnia last night I began thinking about all the ‘hobby’ type things I would like to try, things that I think I would really enjoy but have not yet attempted. Here is my list in no particular order: photography, rock climbing, knitting (I have tried this once in Year Six at school – we knitted squares for a blanket and I think mine was pretty good I don’t care what the teachers said), shooting, collecting ancient artefacts with a great historical background, art collecting, Tango and Salsa dancing, painting and playing the Spanish guitar (I have had a little experience with an acoustic many years ago).  

The closest thing I’ve really had to having a hobby was collecting leads that had fallen out of coloured pencils in Itty Bitty Bins during Year 1. It didn’t seem so strange then when all the kids were doing it and apps to collect them in a virtual world didn’t exist. So I am curious to know about other people’s hobbies – what they are, what kind of commitment they involve, how long they last and why it has been chosen. The most passionate response may just recruit a fellow [insert hobby here].