Try Something New 2018

Try Something New: New Things in September

In this blog, I pledged to try one new thing each month in 2018. The new thing could be trying a new food, doing a new activity, or going someplace new. I have asked my fellow readers and my fiancé to hold me accountable. At the end of each month, I will tell you all what new thing or things I have tried. I will also discuss the barriers that caused me to not try it before.

I went to my first bridal expo this month.

Barrier to going to a bridal expo: Well… you know… you kind of have to be engaged to go to one. Though this bridal expo allowed couples who were considering getting engaged. I don’t think all bridal expos allow that, though.

Why I went to the bridal expo: Franklin found a flyer at a bridal boutique near my hairstylist. He bought the tickets before we got engaged.

My thoughts on the bridal expo:

  • It was a waste of time and money
  • It was held outdoors under some tents and a barn
    • This wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t raining
  • Speaking of the rain and it being outdoors, the parking lot was on grass and literally every car had to be pushed out onto the road since every car was getting stuck in the mud
  • Most of the fashion show models were white. I think there was only one guy who was possibly Indian and maybe an Asian woman? I say maybe because it looked like her makeup made her look… not Asian
    • As much as I don’t want to return to that hillbilly trashy yeehaw bridal expo, I’m going to try to be a model for it so there can be black representation
  • At least I wasn’t the only black person there like mom thought I was going to be… (it was located in a town that’s not known for diversity)
  • I’m going to a classier, indoor bridal expo in November

I also tried a cake pop at the aforementioned bridal show!

Barrier to trying a cake pop: I wanted to try it a few years ago at a Relay for Life event, but I only had $5 with me and I already used $2 so my friend could put someone in a makeshift jail for charity.

Why I tried a cake pop: A table advertising a bakery had some to give away for free.

My thoughts on the cake pop:

  • It was hard to bite (I guess I wasn’t expecting so much frosting)
  • It honestly wasn’t that great and I even gave the rest of it to Franklin

The same day as the bridal show, after getting my socks muddy and wet, that’s night’s dinner was French Creole food! I went to a new restaurant and tried some jambalaya for the first time! Credit goes to Franklin for picking that night’s dinner.

Barrier to eating French Creole Food: French Creole food usually has seafood in it. I don’t eat seafood unless it’s salmon.

Why I tried jambalaya: I don’t have to have seafood in it. I got to choose my own protein (chicken).

My thoughts on the jambalaya:

  • It was a huge portion! I already knew right away that it was coming home with me to share with dad.
  • I wasn’t expecting an entire piece of boneless, skinless chicken. What do you mean I have to cut it myself?!
  • Oh boy, that rice was spicy. Luckily it wasn’t “my tonsils are burning!” spicy like the spicy chicken soup at Carrabba’s.
  • I wasn’t a fan of the andouille sausage. After looking up pictures of jambalaya, I conclude that my sausage should have been cut thicker.

I had another new food last weekend at a crab feast, or maybe a food type: Deer meat

Barrier to trying deer meat: My family doesn’t eat deer meat and mom freaks out whenever you mention eating deer.

Why I tried deer meat: A burger is a burger and I had to eat SOMETHING at the crab feast since I don’t eat crabs (Story time! I used to love crabs, according to my dad. However, one day when I was two years old, my mom walked by while we were eating crabs and said “Eww!” I stopped eating crabs then and I’m too scared to try crabs again because I’m sure my lack of exposure will cause an allergic reaction).

My thoughts on the deer meat:

  • While the burger was pretty good, there were onions mixed into the burger and I got worried because the last time I ate onions, I felt sick for two hours. Thank goodness nothing happened
  • I loved the deer steaks. I’d have it again, but dad told me that you have to be very careful not to overcook deer meat since deer meat is a lean meat.

Due to white men not giving women of color credit for an idea, I will no longer be walking in the Light the Night charity. Even though it was MY idea to do this charity walk, Franklin still made himself team captain and no one is donating to my page. Only his page. If you would still like to donate, you can go to this link.

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