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Of all the money that e'er I had I spent it in good company

Shopping list from the notes app of an international student. For Mackenzie's "I'd Read Your Grocery List" challenge.

By Mesh ToraskarPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 2 min read
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Of all the money that e'er I had
I spent it in good company
Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash

Aug. 2017

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Luggage (grey/black, hard case) combo set (3 in one)

Indian masalas combo pack (turmeric, coriander, cumin, red chilli powder, garam masala), 2 packs

Grey wool socks, 1 pair

“Home is where the heart is sign”, 1

Polaroid clips, 4 pack

Soap, 4 bars

Kaju Katli (Cashew sweets), 2 packs

Banana Chips from the corner shop, 2 packs

“Thank you“ cards, 2

“Miss you” cards, 12 pack

“Miss you mum” card, 1

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Sept. 2017

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Sim card (cheapest with international calling)

Pot noodles, 24 pack

Brown bread, 2

Heinz beans, 12 (discount) pack

Eggs, one dozen

Postage stamps, 2

Ibuprofen (off the shelf), 2 pack

Hot water bag, small

Check what Jaffa cakes are?

Milk, whole, 1L

Detergent (liquid)

Body wash (liquid)

HOT SAUCE, any!

Bottled water, 24 pack

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Oct. 2017

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Ibuprofen (over the counter), 2 pack

Mobile phone stand, 1

Vodka, cheap (small)

OJ, small carton

Milk, skimmed, check 1L = ? pints

Hayfever tablets? WTF

Birthday candles, 2 packs

Cake

Cider, 1 (what is a Cider?)

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Nov. 2017

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WARM SWEATER, just find any

Frank’s red hot sauce, 2 bottles

Back pain tablets - ask the pharmacy for the best ones

Thatcher’s Cider, 12 pack

Hair wax, matt and strong hold

Brownie bites that Alex had, 20 pieces box

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Dec. 2017

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Cheap pot and pan, 1 each

Nescafé instant coffee, small pack

Red Bull, 24 pack

Postage Stamps, 2

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Jan 2018

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Nurofen (Ibuprofen 400mg), ask the pharmacist

Tesco own brand Vodka, 70cl

Cider, 2 X 12 pack

Maybe Fruits?

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Feb 2018

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Vodka, 70cl

Heartburn medicine, Gelusil?

Pick’n mix, 2 cups

Strawberry laces, 2 packs

Postage stamps, 2

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Mar. 2018

Apr. 2018

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Nurofen, 400mg, 2 packs

Heinz beans

Gaviscon (heartburn med), 2 bottles

Berries - all kinds

Eggs

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May. 2018

Jun. 2018

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Jan 2019

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"Thank you" card, 5

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Title pulled from a traditional Scottish song 'The Parting Glass'.

I have sat on this for far too long and don't think I have it in me to bring it to a point where I am happy with it, so here it goes. Constantly have to remind myself that one of the most important part of 'writing' is abandonment, is letting go. Only way I can change something is by writing more.

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About the Creator

Mesh Toraskar

A wannabe storyteller from London. Sometimes words spill out of me and the only way to mop the spillage is to write them down.

"If you arrive here, remember, it wasn't you - it was me, in my longing, who found you."

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock4 months ago

    As I've said before, I'm always hungry but don't want to eat. Don't really want the pain relievers or alcohol, either. Just want to sleep.

  • Mackenzie Davis4 months ago

    So much said between the lines. He eats less and less as the months go on, drinks more, misses home more...hangovers galore. Wow. A truly heart-wrenching piece, and I think my favorite part (aside from seeing those postage stamps throughout) is the implications of friends cooking him meals (thank you cards). I love this.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Beans, vodka, brownie bites. That quite a meal. Lol. This was good at the transition through the months. Well done..

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