The Rosy Wanderer

Wandering with a Purpose

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Hello Fresh…Take 2

Well, It’s complete. I finished cooking three more Hello Fresh meals – 6 in total. I have to say, either I’m a really good cook or they pick good, easy recipes. Personally, I don’t think they were easy to make. For example, on the Spring Shrimp Risotto recipe, I messed up every step. Burnt the onions, added too many onions, and it took me MUCH longer than estimated, but yet, it was still delicious.

IMG_0775I love risotto, but I have always been too scared to make it myself. The fun thing about Hello Fresh is it challenges you to make something you may not have normally. I guess it’s like many things in life, I will take a challenge when it’s presented, but I won’t do anything “daring” on my own. Once I work myself up to something, I’ll go for it, but it takes A LOT of thought before. As another plus, I learned you can make chicken on the stove when I made the Dukkha-Roasted Chicken recipe. Talk about a useful skill!

Overall, I would recommend Hello Fresh. They gave me a link to send friends free boxes, so I’m anxious to see what they think about the boxes as well. As for me, it’s time to wander to other things…

Sunday Funday

Weekends are time to catch up on things or spend time with friends. I was supposed to catch up on things, but let’s be honest. That didn’t happen, but I did get to spend time with friends wandering to two of my favorite activities: wine tasting and the theatre.

Wine Tasting

North Carolina has over 150 wineries across the state. Wine varieties range from French varietals in the mountains to the native muscadine on the coast. Visiting wineries is one of my favorite wanderings. Each one is unique and different from the other. There are large productions (i.e. Biltmore Winery) to small mom-and-pop-type locations.

 Sunday I visited Junius Lindsay in Welcome, NC. Great outdoor seating area and space to hang out. It’s definitely a good lunch stop on a wine tour if you pack a picnic. I went with one of my best friends, Heart, who is very friendly and social. She struck up a conversation with other patrons, and it was awesome to hear their stories. We met “The Boss” Bell who makes and sells his own BBQ sauce in Lowe’s and Harris Teeter around the Moore County area. It’s called Boss Bell’s BBQ Brew. I look forward to trying it! More to come on this.

Overall, a great afternoon, made better by Heart’s social skills and outgoing personality. I enjoy wandering, but am very timid. Something I should work on in my adventures. That’s why I like that my friends are friendly and outgoing!

Book of Mormon

I absolutely love to go to the theatre. People are so talented, and I love to see how someone can envision a story then make it come to life in a small, stationary place. Everything from the set and costumes to performers and the music, it’s amazing to watch it all come together. Broadway was (and is) one of my favorite things about NYC. The great thing about Charlotte is there is a large theatre here (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), so we have the chance to see many shows that are coming to town. Sunday, I got to see The Book of Mormon with my friend. I was nervous about this show because I’m not sure if I can appreciate the humor…and I was right. I was probably the only person in the theatre not laughing.

Prior to the show, my friend and I were talking about our expectations for the show. He asked, “Do you know the plot?” Wow. I was stumped. I had heard about this show a lot, but no one had EVER mentioned the plot. (Essentially, two mormon young adults go to Africa for their two year mission. Their religion and the local cultural are different – insert drama and inappropriate jokes.) The writers are from South Park, so I didn’t have high expectations since I don’t enjoy that show. I could go on about this, but it’s probably not worth it.

I was really happy to see how many men my age attended the show. Typically, you don’t see a lot of guys at the theatre, but it was full of them! They laughed the whole time, so if anything, I’m glad it exposed the theatre to a population who doesn’t usually attend.

So long until the next journey…

“Not all those who wander are lost”

Webster’s dictionary defines wandering as “traveling aimlessly from place to place.” I wander through life, but it is not aimless. Why does wandering have to be aimless? I need to classify my actions as wandering because the purpose is no more than finding the unexpected. Exploring is “traveling in an area to learn more about it,” but you have to know where you’re going first. I explore when my wandering stops.

Wandering these past few years has taught me there is no point in having a firm, concrete plan because life has so much to give. (Contradictorily, I also believe the only way to accomplish goals is to plan.) There is so much to experience, and I don’t want to miss out on opportunities. How do I know what is out there if I don’t wander? Physical wandering, mental wandering, social wandering. I enjoy stumbling into unexpected experiences and working to experience other people’s ideas.

I don’t want to sound like I am a go-with-the-flow person, since I am quite the opposite. I have goals and dreams, make lists for EVERYTHING, schedule my calendar to the minute, and organize my closet by color. Throughout the last decade, I have come to appreciate having a plan but keeping things flexible enough to enjoy the unexpected.

My blog will highlight my wanders because, who knows, you may wanted to embark on a similar trip or try a product without wandering down the path yourself. I love to explore, and I believe I should share my experiences with other. Whether it is traveling, dining, trying new products/technology, history, or general activities, I will share my thoughts. I’m an optimistic person, and like most of my experiences so far in life, I’m sure my new wanderings will have a rosy-tint. Life’s too short.

Comments and suggestions are always appreciated. I will look into them with due diligence. So, without further ado, my blog goes live! Here’s to wandering and experiencing life’s unexpected surprises!

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