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 boyfriend 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.
Let’s start off with new places I went to:
- Belleview, Florida
- Ocala, Florida
Barriers to why I didn’t go there before:
- When I would go to Florida, I would always be in Orlando
- After what happened to Trayvon Martin, I planned to never go to Florida again because I felt it wasn’t safe for black people anymore
Why I went to Belleview and Ocala:
- My boyfriend’s dad lived in Belleview and that’s where we stayed during our trip to Florida
- The hospice my boyfriend’s dad was at is in Ocala
My thoughts on Belleview and Ocala: Belleview is a nice place to live if you are 55 or older and I can imagine myself living there when I get old. I was only in Ocala three times during my trip (two of which was to visit my boyfriend’s dad in hospice), so I don’t have much of an opinion on it.
Now let’s talk about a new activity (if you could call it that) I did this month. I flew on JetBlue for my flight to Orlando.
Barrier to flying on JetBlue: My family typically flies on Southwest Airlines.
Why I decided to fly JetBlue: My boyfriend had me choose between two different flights and I chose the one for JetBlue since I’d have to be at the airport by 6 AM if I wanted to catch the flight on Delta Airlines. Diaryofself does not want to wake up when the sun is still down.
My thoughts on JetBlue: I would fly JetBlue again. There was in-flight entertainment (I never flew on a plane with TVs in front of me) which meant I didn’t need to waste iPod battery, there’s more room between seats compared to a typical airplane, and you get a choice of five different snacks instead of one snack.
Now for a new food I tried. Blue cheese. My boyfriend said it shouldn’t count as a new thing I tried because I could barely taste the blue cheese, but this is my blog and my journey so I do what I want!
Barriers to why I didn’t try blue cheese: I’m not sure in all honesty. It might be the appearance of the cheese that makes me think it won’t taste good (my issues with food are moreso based on the appearance than texture).
Why I tried blue cheese on my burger: Since I’m working on trying new things, I thought that getting a burger with blue cheese on it would be a good idea when my boyfriend and I took my dad to Greene Turtle on his birthday.
My thoughts on blue cheese: It wasn’t that bad. I could barely taste it, but it was a little bitter when I could taste it. It seemed to melt somewhat easily, so I liked how it tasted kind of creamy.