there was an instant pot mini lux when i got to the cafe. at first i thought it was the one from the basement, but turns out one of my parents' neighbors through it out (looks like they're moving, cleaning their house, rented a dumpster). practically brand new, the mini lux looks like one of the earliest versions of the instant pots, missing some of the setting in later versions (like my 6-quart instant pot duo plus), like cake, yogurt, sterilize, or sous vide. the mini lux is also incredibly small at 3-quarts, like a baby instant pot, enough to make something for only 1-2 people. not sure what we'd use the mini lux for, since my parents already have a much larger 8-quart instant pot that they rarely use.
for lunch i ate what i could forage: some leftover fried rice that i mixed with some sambal oelek hot sauce, a few pieces of a frozen pizza my father cooked in the sur la table air fryer.
around 2pm i was sent on a supply run to the porter square star market, to pick up a bunch of meats (chicken leg quarters, pork loins, petite beef sirloin steaks) and some gatorade. i drove the car as there was simply too much to bring back via bike. i also grabbed some fried chicken that were on sale. i spent over $100 (all charged onto the cafe debit card) before coming back.
when i came back to the cafe i realized a few things i thought were on sale actually weren't. i swear, star market purposely makes getting a discount as difficult as possible. for example, those fried chickens i thought were on sale? for some reason i didn't get the sale price. and those pork loins? i was supposed to pay around $12, but i ended up spending more than $30 because the variety i selected wasn't on sale. the chicken wasn't worth returning, but i'd return the pork loins.
i finally went home by 4:30pm. first thing i did was go across the street to star market to return the pork loins. nobody was at the customer service desk, but a cashier saw me and flagged down a manager to help process my return. when she heard i bought it from the porter square store, she said i could only return it there. the reason: because meat product returns count as a loss (they can't resell it again), only the original store was legally obligated to absorb the return cost.
so i returned home, hopped on my bicycle, then rode to the porter square store. i forgot to bring my keys so i couldn't lock my bike, so i pretended to lock it, draping my lock over the bike frame. the girl at the customer service desk was the girl i saw earlier when originally bought the pork loins, but she didn't seem to recognize me. she processed the returns without any problems.
back at home, i got hungry enough to eat a fried chicken thigh and breast. it was good going down, but afterwards i felt kind of gross, which is usually what happens after finishing some greasy fried chicken.
i continued watching evil, i just have today and tomorrow to finish the first season before it disappears off of amazon prime. i managed to get up to episode 7, hopefully i can binge a few more later tonight and then finish the rest by tomorrow.
i didn't think i'd be hungry, but around 9:30pm i had another piece of fried chicken.