Deliver us from using too much energy, we sigh, and by golly, some people will.
There are stores that will deliver liquor so you can toast your vacation at home, florists to bring roses for your table, people to bring food, glorious food, and drug stores willing to rush out a Tums for your tummy if it all goes wrong.
Yearning for lobster or other seafood? If you live in northwest Washington, call Cannon's Seafood (1065 31st St. NW, 337-8366). Orders over $20 are delivered free; from $10 to $20, there's a $2 charge. Morning deliveries are made from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; afternoon, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
It doesn't matter where you live, if you order $100 worth of meat from La Boucherie Bernard, Ltd. (1645 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 965-2055), they'll bring it.
For meat delivery with a less astronomical minimum, there are the following:
California Market, Inc. (2160 California Ave. NW, 667-2680). Neighborhood deliveries; $12.50 minimum purchase.For sameday delivery, orders should be placed before 2:30 p.m.
French Market (1632 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 338-4828). Delivers in northwest Washington. $25 minimum; orders should be placed by 9:30 a.m. for morning delivery; 11 a.m. to noon for afternoon.
Glover Park Market (2411 37th St., NW, 333-4030). $15 minimum; orders should be in by 10:30 a.m. for same-day delivery.
Larimer's Market (1727 Connecticut Ave., NW, 332-1766). Delivers in the District. $25 minimum plus $3 delivery charge. Orders should be placed by 11 a.m.
MPM Market (3600 12th St., NE, 526-6016). Delivers all over. $10- $15 minimum. Order should be in by 9 a.m. for morning delivery.
Neam's Market (3217 P St., NW, 338-4694).$20 minimum. Orders for delivery outside Georgetown must be placed by 11 a.m.; orders for Georgetown delivery by 3 p.m.
Next, some stores that will bring you the cheese course (and, in most cases, a wine to go with it):
Capitol Hill Wine and Cheese (611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 546-4600). Delivery to the Capitol Hill and downtown area. $10 minimum. Prefers orders be placed a day in advance.
Cork and Board (6653-B Old Dominion Dr., McLean, 356-9399). Delivers to McLean, North Arlington, Great Falls, Vienna, and parts of Falls Church. Minimum depends on where it's going.
Eagle Wine and Cheese (3345 M St., NW, 333-6655). Delivers in the District and (cheese only) Rosslyn. There is a $5 delivery charge on orders under $30.
The Wine and Cheese Shop (1413 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 333-8822). Delivers in the District. $25 minimum. Orders must be placed before noon for same-day delivery.
For the sweet course, Avignone Freres (1777 Columbia Rd., NW, 265-0332 or 265-7273) make their own candies and pastries. When a delivery is in the area, there is a $5 charge with purchases over $30; otherwise, $10. Call before 10:30 a.m. for same-day delivery.
If you can wait till fall, when a chill sets in, you can have Garfinckel's deliver a box of Godiva chocolates. The chocolates have no preservatives, so the store won't deliver them in the summer. All branches except Tyson's Corner carry Godiva, so call the Garfinckel's nearest you.
Espresso? Georgetown Coffee Tea and Spice (1328 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 338-3801) will ship it to you via U.P.S. Call them early enough - before 1 p.m. - and you'll have next-day delivery. They take credit card phone orders and the only cost is what U.P.S. charges.
Most of the stores above offer more than what's listed - groceries from the grocers, deli from the cheese stores, etc., so ask. Also ask around your neighborhood. Liquor stores usually deliver, as do florists.
For your Tums, check the Yellow Pages under Pharmacies.