"Jeffrey, what do you think I should blog about tonight?"
"Yeah. Chinese food. If you think about it, it's brought us a lot of joy over the years. Yep. Chinese food."
So. Chinese food it is.
Jeffrey and I were married nearly ten years before Sloane was born. Ten happy, adventure-filled years. Ten years of establishing habits. Sloane arrived at the same time we each began our second career. (We're both public school teachers.) As you can imagine, we had quite a bit to adjust to. We used to be the couple at the midnight movie once or twice a week. We took road trips with no planning, two toothbrushes, and some fresh underwear.
Enter one beloved, precious, schedule-bound baby. Enter two demanding, work-filled jobs. Our life changed. And fast. A lot more than our movie-going habits changed, but over time we found that midnight movies were one of the things we missed most.
Change happens. Always. You have two choices. 1) pout and be dissatisfied. 2) adapt and be happy.
Here's where the Chinese food comes in.
Without ever really making a plan, we've developed a new version of our old movie habit. About once a week or so, Jeffrey drives the 15 minutes into town for Chinese takeout. I usually blog and pick a movie. We snuggle up on our bed with Chinese, lots of covers, a cat, and the remote control. We get dinner and a movie for less than $15.00. Plus, we get to wear our pajamas.
Adapt and be happy.
You were right, Jeffrey. Tonight I'm thankful for garlic chicken, crab rangoon, and an old favorite. Not forgetting the lovely man who is always the one to drive in to town and who never forgets the fortune cookies.
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