“BAE, I want Chinese food.” I literally said this to my husband the other day. If you’re like me, after 6 full weeks of sheltering in place, I’m ready for some restaurant food. One of the perks of living in New York City is that you can order food in nightly! Yes, I am that person (Ok, I have been that person). I miss ordering food in. I miss dining in restaurants with my spouse and our friends. I want to go to my corner coffee shop and shoot the shit with my favorite baristas, read the New York Times and text my friends before starting my day.
I’m grateful thankful and blessed to be healthy, safe and have a pantry filled with food. And, I’m super lucky because my husband is a great cook. Truth be told, we’ve been eating restaurant quality meals at home, so I really have nothing to complain about. But, my husband is tired of cooking. We are both over doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen up after every meal. Spontaneously, in the midst of washing dishes the other day I said, “BAE, I want Chinese food.” I’ve been dreaming of pan fried pork dumplings with lots of hot oil chili sauce, special fried rice and Kung Po Chicken with a nice cold bottle of beer.
I am well aware that these are first world problems – we have plenty of food to eat and thankfully we’re healthy and safe and so are our families. I don’t mean to make light of the pandemic we’re currently living through, sometimes though a little levity is just what a situation like this calls for. So, if you just need to say it aloud to release it, by all means go ahead! My phrase is “BAE, I want Chinese food.” Yours might be something entirely different, but you get my drift here.
Anyways, thank you for indulging me. And, if you’re interested in helping families who are having trouble buying groceries or sending a meal to essential workers on the frontlines, I’ve compiled a list of a few organizations you might want to consider making a donation to.
A Few Ways To Donate Food During COVID-19
- Clever Girl Finance is giving grocery store gift cards to families in need, to make a donation, click here.
- Pizzas vs Pandemic is a great way to send food to essential workers and help small businesses too.
- Off Their Plate is feeding frontline essential workers with the help of donations from folks like you and I.
One of the most valuable lessons I’m learning during this crisis is to maintain a grateful heart. I promise to do my best to never take life’s simple pleasures for granted again.
Stylishly yours, Kalyn
P.S. If you’re looking for some fun free things to do from home with your loved ones, click here for some great ideas.
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