You know the kind of outing I mean. Shampoo. Kitchen foil. Stamps. Nail clippers . . .
Truly, the excitement is enough to bring me out in a fluster.
So can you blame me when I stumble across a warm and inviting-looking cafe and decide to play hooky from all that boring stuff?
I feel if I spend any more time choosing between the 99p budget foil and the £1.50 mega-roll, I might pass out with excitement.
The Hub is a recently opened cafe in the heart of Dunfermline’s High Street.
It’s a nice idea, a community cafe open to the public and for community groups and charities, too.
No more meetings in draughty old halls with uncomfortable chairs for the good people of Dunfermline who give up their time to help others.
Yes, The Hub is by the community, for the community.
Situated in a former bank, it’s a lovely place to hang out.
Think old-fashioned tiled floors, polished wood and squashy sofas made for whiling away an afternoon.
In the evenings they’ve had comedy nights and film screenings.
During the day, though, it’s to be all about creating a nice cafe atmosphere.
I know what you’re thinking.
What about the actual food?
And, of course, the all-important scone?
Well, I’m happy to report the fruit scone I had was a sultana-filled sensation.
Dainty, it wasn’t, but it was very tasty.
The shortbread I had to go with it was a little on the thick side, though.
It surprised me, too. But it seems you can get too much of a good thing!
My latte was strong and a great pick-me-up after the kitchen foil dilemma.
The staff in The Hub are efficient and friendly.
Nothing seems to put them up nor down. Not even the fussy bloke just next to me.
I’ve seen some tricky customers in my time.
But this guy was so specific about how he wanted his bacon roll to be prepared I was tempted to shout he should do it himself.
I was far too well-mannered for that, of course.
And so was the charming waitress dealing with him.
When the bacon roll arrived he was gracious enough to tell her it was great.
Let’s be charitable and assume his fussiness was a clumsy attempt at starting a conversation.
So if you ever find yourself in this bonny old Fife town and fear the excitement of shopping for socks or whatever is going to be too much to take, now you know where to go.