Day 96 has us only being aware of those outside of our apartment when we hear and participate in the cheering for medical and essential workers across the neighborhood. Once in a while we look out of our window and see those below. But for the most part we are inside in our quiet living environment. Though, one thing we are committed to is health. We do our best to eat good foods. I am the vegetarian in the family and my wife as well as our 11 year old daughter are carnivores.
More than Just Potatoes
I am happy that my wife and our daughter are meat eaters. For the longest time it was difficult to get our daughter to eat food with protein and other desirable qualities for nutrition. When we introduced meat into her diet she took to it quickly including chicken, turkey and beef. I know there are issues with eating meat, but we were so happy that our daughter was finally eating something of more substance than just potatoes, we went with it.
Commitment to Health
And now when I do the ordering of the food for my family I include these meat items. The way we got our daughter to further eat good things was through adding side vegetables on the meat plate. What do I eat? Not enough of the good stuff quite frankly. My diet could use some going over. In theory I’d like to be eating lots of vegetables. My brother from across the country suggested having cut up vegetables available to munch on. Sometimes I do this, but all too often I do not. I need to be more committed to health!
Shopping will likely never again be the same in our household. Although we have to pay more for it in fees and tips, it is worth using delivery, especially now when the Pandemic is in full throttle.
Source of Protein
Today is shopping day, in which I get online and figure out what we’re eating for the week. I’m a vegetarian while my wife, as well as our 11 year old daughter, are carnivores. I’m happy actually that my daughter likes meat, because it can be a good source of protein.
Risking Your Life
So on Thursdays, taking everyone’s eating habits into consideration, I organize and put into order, our delivery food. We appreciate the young man who brings us our food each week, because his is not an easy job. Not only does he have to carry bags, but he also risks his life.
A question we’ve been asked recently is “Did the food come on Tuesday (yesterday)? This is an important question because we are in the middle of an intense pandemic here in Manhattan, NY, the Big Apple that all of us are squashed together on. And due to incredibly high demand, there are only so many resources to go around.
It was a panic for us yesterday wondering if the food was going to be delivered or not. We had ordered online but other than an automatically generated confirmation that our order had been received, we had no way of knowing if the food was actually going to come. Calling them did no good because not only did they not answer their phone but they didn’t even have a voicemail.
Suddenly it was Tuesday (yesterday) between 11:00am – 3:00pm EST time which was when the food was supposed to arrive. We waited and waited from 11:00am – 2:00pm with not food in sight. We checked our order online. There now were two prices online on the food place’s website. One price was the original price of the groceries as we had ordered them and the other was about half that price. Also, it said in one area that food had been loaded on to their truck but there was another area that stated a time of loading that was two hours different. What was going on? A half hour later. It was now 2:30pm and no groceries. Finally our order came at around 2:45pm. We were happy to have much needed food. Only approximately half of our original order had been received presumably due to there not being availability of them. We were just grateful to have some of the food in this Pandemic.
Possible New Food Source Found
Yes, that’s right. We found yet another food delivery place that is a local market. We have no idea whether this is going to be good or not, but we should know by later in the day on Tuesday. That’s when they’ll hopefully be delivering an order to us.
Though, I have yet to speak with a human, but they do have a disclaimer about due to COVID-19 they might not make their delivery time and that they’re not responsible for the food?
Not responsible for the food? We’ll soon see how this one works out, avocados and more.
On the Hunt
On the bright side food was finally accessed for myself and my family later in the day yesterday. The 10 or so online majors in the world of grocery delivery were no help at all. All time slots were booked and there was no way to get food. I must admit I was quite worried for a while. I felt like a cave person who was on the desperate hunt for provisions but bearing no fruit.
A Local Surprise
Finally I landed a way to get grub: local grocery store delivery. In many ways I’ve written off our local supermarkets because they are not customer centered. But I have to say, one grocer in particular was really terrific. They took your list and soon thereafter you received your groceries at your door. I would use them again. Hopefully their good work will continue.
And speaking of staples. Zoom has become one in these Coronavirus times to bring people together. Last night on a call of a group I am a member of, we had as our Zoom guest someone who is not only well known in our industry, but is quite famous world wide with the general public. The communication session lasted for two hours and I found hearing about this person’s process to be quite interesting.
Art Imitates Life
This person did everything right: took an interest in everything that was experienced in life and then converted it to art. This person was also very driven due to passion. Hard work on presentations again and again facilitated taking it to the next level and then the next and then the next and on and on.
I am an extreme introvert but find Zoom a form of interaction that is more comfortable than in person contact. The silver lining for introverts in these very tough times, it that the circumstances of the lock down has created a lifestyle we are used to.