Posts Tagged ‘grateful’

Silver Linings

April 2, 2020

Life in New York City has been pretty tough these days. We have been quarantined for almost 3 weeks, and the end is nowhere in sight. Everything non-essential is closed and we are walking around with masks and gloves, avoiding one another like they have the plague, because, frankly, they might. All of my catering events have been canceled, and the restaurants I work with are shuttered. Temporary mobile morgues are lining the streets. I know more people that are suddenly unemployed or furloughed, than those who still have jobs. It’s easy to get depressed with a lack of income, lack of entertainment and a complete lack of hope. Just when my reserves of patience and optimism had been almost depleted, replenishment arrived in some unexpected ways.

About a week or two ago, I launched a meal service for my community providing fresh, homecooked meals to my neighbors. I was surprised at the response, and I have a small and growing little group of people who are ordering from me regularly. I’m not raking in big bucks by any means, but I am keeping busy, generating a small income, and serving my immediate community in the process. I get excited by their orders and am grateful for their praise when they love their meal. Although I have not met any of them during my contact-free deliveries, I believe that our communications are a thread that keeps some of them connected to the world around them as they fear to venture out during this time.

Today, a friend asked me to make some meals for a team at one of the local hospitals. She got wind that her coworkers on the front lines were existing on pop tarts and cup noodles. Hardly the fuel they need to get through the endless days and nights filled with patients dying alone while their family says goodbye on an Ipad. The act of cooking them a meal and bringing it to the hospital brought me a great sense of satisfaction. If seeing the boxes of thoughtfully prepared, fresh food brought them even a fleeting moment of joy, then I am humbled to be a part of that. As for my friend who gifted them this meal anonymously and prides herself on being a Grinch, I have to say she is failing at that role miserably.

But here is where the real magic took place… I posted a photo of the meal on my social media channels and the positive comments started rolling in. Someone from out of town immediately contacted me to offer a generous donation to provide more meals for the front line workers. I reached out for contacts at other hospitals and was flooded with people connecting me to other people who worked in local hospitals. I am getting messages from friends of friend’s friends, who came together to make this happen. I am beyond touched by the generosity of people who are offering to subsidize the feeding of total strangers, and those across the country making connections to help. I hope I can continue to pay it forward and show how much our medical professionals mean to us in a dire time. If you would like to subsidize an ER or ICU group, please email me at indigojonesnyc@gmail.com. I am not sure of the logistics yet, but I am quickly getting up to speed as to how to make this movement grow.

The bright light in these dark times?
We may be physically distancing right now, but we are not social distancing. In fact, we are coming together in ways I never thought possible, and that is filling my heart and soul with the hope that we can get through this together.

UPDATE: We have a Go Fund Me page! Between that and private donations we have surpassed $3000 and the number is going up by the hour. THANK YOU!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012

I was up early preparing for the main event tonight. Here is a sneak peak of a chocolate pecan tart in process.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I am grateful to have close friends and family joining us this year, and to welcome little Landon, 6 weeks old to his first Thanksgiving celebration. In the last few weeks, I have been through a hurricane and power outage, a Nor’easter, a fractured knee and a work marathon, but I am thankful that each of those incidents were not worse than they were.

I have also experienced the birth of a beautiful baby boy, the gracious support and concern of others, and the gift of an opportunity to do something I have only dared to dream of doing.

I hope that you all have much to be thankful for as well. I will share photos of our celebration soon.

Enjoy!

 

Brace Yourself

November 15, 2012

I saw an orthopedic /sports medicine doctor today, who diagnosed me with a fractured patella. It remains a mystery as to how I could have fractured my knee, when there was no trauma, but somehow I managed to do it. I am very talented that way.

I am now the proud owner of a huge, ugly, clumsy knee brace that goes from mid thigh to my calf.  It is in 3 non-harmonious shades of blue, that looks terrible with everything.

It is ironic, that the pain was becoming manageable, I could bend my knee,and walk gingerly. Now, I am unable to so any of that, thanks to the brace.

I spent $60 on taxis today, and could barely get in with my stiff unbendable leg.  The pain in my knee is becoming a pain in the butt, but it could be so much worse than it is.

It’s been a crazy few weeks of hurricanes, elections, freak blizzards, an insanely busy work schedule and now, a fractured knee cap! All in all, each of those things could have turned out so much worse than they have , and I am grateful that in the end, they are all just big inconveniences.

The good news is that once this heals, I should be able to resume running, cycling and high impact circuit training again. It’s going to be a long 4 weeks, but I am relieved that it is something easily treatable that does not require surgical repair,or have long term ramifications.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving to enjoy time with my family and friends, and reflect on all the good things that have happened this year.

( and maybe get to cuddle little Landon who will be 6 weeks old by then!)


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