Now, honestly, this here post would have been better off written in the summer, back when the cost of gas was significantly higher, but I was busy, you know? I mean, I'm still busy, but when is that ever going to end? So here's the thing: I don't get why people whine about the cost of gasoline. We Americans have it pretty easy, after all. Have you SEEN what a litre of petrol costs in the UK? Seriously, don't do a google search on that one, because I'm not sure your little hearts can take it (and to my friends in the UK – bless you for not whining about the cost of petrol, because honestly? I'm about sick of hearing about it on this side of the pond). (Okay, I'll save you the trouble, last I checked it was £1.46 per litre, which if you convert to dollars, then to gallons, carry the 2, account for my bad math skillz, subtract 70, add the cosign of 84, and turn around three times clockwise, I think converts to a little over $8 per gallon, so suck it up Americanos)
Now, here's something to actually complain about – have you seen the cost of a gallon of MILK? A gallon of whole milk costs $3.75. That's for plain, boring whole milk. If you want 1% milk, it's going to run you $3.99. Now, say you want organic milk – now it's going to cost you $5.79 and up per gallon. That's for the store-brand organic variety, by the way. No fancy-schmancy organic varieties here. What if, like my husband or the J-man, you can only tolerate lactose-free milk? Well, then you're looking at $4.39 per half gallon or $5.99 per 96 ounces.
Now seriously – with the cost of gas here in my neighborhood hovering around a dollar and a half per gallon these days – well, I see nothing to complain about. Heck, even when the cost of gas was hovering closer to $4/gallon, I'm not complaining, but that's because I'm a giving soul who has better things to complain about – like the cost of milk. Honestly, I couldn't figure out why no one else is complaining about this! I looked in my refrigerator and saw the piles of money staring back at me – mocking me, mostly – and I was mortified. Where does it all go?
And then it hit me – NORMAL people aren't filling three toddler's tummies with milk every day. Plus a five year old. Plus a 6'2" giant. (Me? I don't drink milk – you couldn't pay me to touch the stuff) As it happens, the triplets aren't drinking much milk anymore, not comparatively, anyway. They drink about 10-12 ounces per day, each. But that's upwards of 36 ounces per day just for the babies. Plus whatever the J-man drinks. Plus whatever Seth drinks. Plus whatever goes into anything I cook with. We're going through several gallons of milk per week. I'm guessing… that's probably not normal, is it?
*Note: When I told Seth I was going to write this post, he said I had to look into "milk price supports" which just got me all kinds of confused and made even less sure I understood the whole issue. Suffice it to say, whether or not the government is artificially inflating the cost of a gallon of milk and whether or not it is for good reason IF they are doing so and whether or not that money is doing good things IF they are doing so, well, I'm still whining about the cost of a gallon of milk this week, because, by golly, I can. And next week, I will stop whining about it, because I'm sure I'll have something better to whine about. I'm sure you all have perfectly good reasons to tell me I shouldn't be whining about this and blah blah blah. WhatEVER. I don't feel well and I spent my week getting puked all over. Give a girl a break, will ya?