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Alcohol is everywhere in Virginia…and that’s part of the problem!
Back when I lived in New Jersey, getting alcohol was an inconvenience.
I had to go to an actual liquor store in order to buy wine.
It was not sold in the grocery store, or in Target, or at Costco by the (cheap) case.
You may ask why it’s an inconvenience to go to a liquor store. Well, I will tell you!
As a stay-at-home mom, I always had my kids with me. And there was something…off-putting about bringing them into a liquor store.
Anyone else ever feel like that?
Like it wasn’t a place for kids to be? (Even though my kids loved going, because the cashier always gave them a lollipop.)
I always felt self-conscious, like the other customers were thinking, Geez, this lady must be desperate to bring her three kids in here. Guess she NEEDS her wine!
I suppose I could have planned ahead and bought it on the weekends when I could leave the kids home with my husband.
But I have always been a “Drink the wine I have in the house until it runs out” kind of girl and I only would purchase more wine when I didn’t have any left.
Currently, we are in the midst of finishing our basement, and the plan is to put a small wine closet/room in. I hope I’ll be able to keep it stocked and not just drink everything when I run out of wine upstairs!
So yeah. Buying wine in New Jersey, with kids, was a pain in the butt.
Then I moved to Virginia almost two years ago.
The first time I went to a Target in Virginia was when we were house-hunting.
I was walking down the aisles, putting stuff in my cart that I didn’t need (like I usually do at Target) when I saw it…
I mean…what’s a girl to do?!
I am at Target at least once or twice a week getting crap. So now I get wine there, too. In addition to the crap.
Same with when I go grocery shopping at Harris Teeter.
Wine and beer, right their in their very own aisle. I can even order my groceries (including alcohol) online and sit in my car while a Harris Teeter associate loads them in.
It’s just too easy!
It’s also at gas stations, pharmacies, and restaurants. You can be in CVS getting your sick kid’s prescription and grab a bottle of Chardonnay, too.
The convenience factor has definitely played a part in me drinking more. I think.
Especially when you consider that I live fifteen minutes from town, so any added trips that need to be made are generally avoided.
Add to this the fact that there are probably a dozen breweries and wineries within five miles of my house, and you start feeling that alcohol is EVERYWHERE in Virginia…which can be very enticing for an almost alcoholic!