#808 Coming home after a long day to the smell of someone cooking dinner

Time to check out for the dayBrain boggled, pants greasy, heels too high, or tie too tight?

Can feel your heartbeat in your temples? Does your bad breath taste like paint? Is your carpal tunnel syndroming? Because if so, Office Joe, then then maybe it’s been a long day. Maybe you stapled too many TPS reports, got buried under too much homework, or had an inky run-in with a jammed photocopier at the end of the day.

Who has half an hour to sort this out?But you scrape by, you scrape home, you scrape up to the front door — tired and sore, aching from war — as the sun sets behind you, the traffic jams behind you, and your stomach rumbles inside you. That bagel you scarfed seven hours ago is a distant memory but you’re much too exhausted to do anything besides dial for pizza.

Not doing the trickAnd that’s what makes it so great when you pop open your door and catch a hot whiff of something sizzling in the kitchen. Even though your clogged-up, toner-infused brain can barely soak up anything more, you somehow manage to piece things together: Dinner me eat. Food yes now.

And suddenly there is new life.

Your lips slowly curl at the corners, your nose slowly sniffs at the nostrils, and there’s a faint and distant chime as your eyes flash a quick cartoonish sparkle. Yes, you’ve got new energy now so you kick off your shoes, peel off those sweaty socks, and let the saliva start to flow for some tasty eats cooked up hot and fresh by someone you love.



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25 thoughts on “#808 Coming home after a long day to the smell of someone cooking dinner

  1. My favourite type of this incident is the chicken-being-roasted smell. Roast chicken isn’t even a particular favourite of mine, but you can’t beat the smell of it.

  2. So true! Last night I was stuck at work until 7 and as soon as I walked in I could smell chili being cooked. What’s better? I had been thinking about chili all day!

  3. I love coming home after a long day’s work on a warm, breezy day to find someone on the grill barbecuing up something delicious and saucy. Oh man…

  4. I believe what causes a bad day isn’t stapling too many TPS reports, but forgetting to put the new mandatory cover sheets on said reports. Its on those days when you really need that good home cooking. Even better when the person cooking your dinner is wearing at least 15 pieces of flair!

  5. I live in a house with 6 other people, and we all take turns cooking for each other all week, so this happens to me all the time. Couldn’t be more awesome!

  6. Set up the slow-cooker in the morning and you’ll smell the aroma when you open the door!
    You are so right about how awesome that is.

  7. I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  8. My God, i was thinking you are gonna chip alongside some decisive insght right at the end there, not get out with ‘we allow you to definitely decide’.

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