You’ve been there. That time when the dishes are piled up and you have no intention of doing them. Here’s how I justify calling Dominos and why I think it’s OK for you to call for delivery, too.
I know, I know. Scold me for not…
- Buying organic
- Buying local
- Making it myself
- Saying “suck it up” and do the dishes, because they’ll be there tomorrow, too
- Buying something unhealthy
- Being productive and instead being lazy
We’ve ALL been there. I know it. Whether it’s pizza, Jimmy Rahul or whatever you can bribe someone to deliver, it’s happened to you.
And there’s always going to be a time when it’s OK, and here’s why:
1) You’re pressed for time – tonight I have to go out for an event, and I have a 7:30 AM meeting tomorrow. I got off work at 430, and instead of doing the dishes I’m writing this blog. I have time to devote to dishes and dinner, but I’d rather write a few blog posts, sit on the couch with my dogs and chat about the day with Rahul. Put your priorities in check – having a homemade, local meal on the table every single night is a high priority but I know that I’m occasionally going to break it.
2) Stress is bringing you down, man – today was particularly stressful for me. Everything but what I needed to do became a priority, and the last thing I’m thought about was dinner. Sometimes the time I spend in the kitchen can be a stress reliever, but other times it feels more like a burden. Cooking should be an enjoyable activity, and when it’s not, it shows in my food.
3) You forgot to defrost and your pantry is bare – I could have defrosted the fish or chicken sausage in my freezer, but I forgot. None of my backup pantry meals are available and there’s no protein to be found. Instead of stressing out over figuring what cohesive meal I could create with boxed mac and cheese and pickles, I’ll pass and pick up the phone. Call me picky, but unless I planned for a small plates meal, it’s not what I want on my plate.
4) Your culinary brain needs a break – Each Saturday or Sunday I plan dinner for every day of the upcoming week that I know we’re going to be home. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes I struggle with ideas. Occasionally I write down something and through the week I keep putting it off because I’m not interested in the meal. This happens more often with leftovers that have been frozen or those non-cohesive meals I mentioned above. Breaks are necessary to give my mind some time to get back into the groove of cooking. I never try to eat out two nights in a row – my tummy and my brain both get mad at me. Having pizza one night just makes me more determined to cook something tomorrow.
5) You genuinely like pizza – there is nothing wrong with this. We all have a food fetish that we’re not proud of. I like Taco Bell. So what? I don’t eat it every week or even once a month, but occasionally I crave it and I let myself eat 3 Doritos Tacos and a chalupa. I also like pizza. We make it at home far more often than we purchase it, but there’s something different that I just can’t replicate. Don’t let the “I only buy local organic and make it myself” person deny you of your right to pizza!
So what do you think? Did I make up a bunch of lame excuses or am I in the right?