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When In Rome…

31 Jul

Coworkers in the office were talking one day about a local, and quite beloved  burger place that had been in the community for as long as they could remember.  They were lamenting about not having eaten there lately.  It was time to think about going there for lunch soon.  I had never heard of it.  So……. always one for a culinary adventure, I was drawn in (okay, I butted into) the conversation.  I am a fan of any cuisine and always willing to try something new, but the food was not what drew my attention.  It was the beverage of choice that piqued my interest.  It was the Witch Doctor.

What in the world?  Witch Doctor?  “Oh yes, it is delicious!”  Erica and Lisa, two coworkers, stated with emphasis.  “In fact, now my mouth is watering for a witch doctor” Erica said.  Okay, now I was hooked.  I had to score an invitation to have lunch at this local institution.  I am not one to hint, so I just flat out asked (and would have resorted to begging if necessary) if I could come a long the next time they went to “Whataburger number 10 in Midway”.  Midway, by the way, is a locale, not a town.  So much to learn!

A few days later, Erica announced that today was the day that we were going to Whataburger number 10 for lunch.  I could hardly wait!  A warning though…they only accept cash.  I immediately dashed off to my office, relieved to find $11.00 cash in my wallet (as the mom of 3 kids, readily available cash is a hot commodity!).  Whew.  That was enough money for the requisite burger, fries, and witch doctor.  I could go along.

At one o’clock, off we went to Whataburger number 10 in Midway.  I was so excited and could hardly stand it.  It did not disappoint.  Whataburger number 10 is an old fashioned drive in restaurant, but there is seating inside too.  We went in.  The large menu posted on the wall listed all food and beverage.  A quick scan of the menu, and I zeroed in on what I was looking for.  The witch doctor.

Local drive in, Whataburger number 10 in Midway, as it is fondly referred to by local folks.

Local drive in, Whataburger number 10 in Midway, as it is fondly referred to by local folks.

Here goes.  What is a witch doctor?  It is listed on the menu, which makes it totally legit.  It is a mixture of all of the different sodas from the soda fountain. But that’s not it.  It is topped off with a dose of dill pickle slices.  Yup.  Pickles.  So how was it?

And here it is.  The long anticipated Witch Doctor.

And here it is. The long anticipated Witch Doctor.

Here is the soda fountain.  Of course hailing from Chicago, I call it pop, but in North Carolina, this is soda.  When in Rome...

Here is the soda fountain. Of course hailing from Chicago, I call it pop, but in North Carolina, this is soda. When in Rome…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay...so here I go.  My first with doctor...the excitement is building...

Okay…so here I go. My first witch doctor…the excitement is building..

Slurp!  Delish!

Slurp! Delish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was yummy. What went along with my witch doctor?  A cheeseburger and tater sticks.  Man oh man, it was good.   I do not usually eat a lunch like this as I typically brown bag it.  Whataburger was a fabulous splurge.

Tasting local food (even when it’s a newly discovered place close to home) is crucial to life experiences.  A true pleasure. Always a must when the opportunity presents itself.  It is also a fun to “photocdoc” the experience (thanks Miranda!).  As I always say…when in Rome do like the Romans.  And when in Kannapolis North Carolina, grab a witch doctor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A door, A window, and Patience

4 Feb

Slam!  We have all felt it.  Heard it.  Knew by the pit in our stomach that it happened.  Smack, right in the face.  Ouch.  A door slams.  Not really, physically, but it is sometimes can feel as though a door has closed somewhere in our life.  What follows is a matter of character.  What do we feel?  Is it chaos?  Excitement?  Confusion? Passion to succeed?  Embarrassment? All of the above?  That drives us to start looking, to embark on a new search.  For what?   Faith.  A sign.  Assurance.  Calm steady waters.  A well defined direction.

But it doesn’t come right away.  We look, we dig, we pray, we cry, we beg for answers.  We fight it.  Why?  Because that closing door represents change.  And that is scary.  Maybe we want to run away.  Just bolt.  But maybe embracing it is a better reaction.  Standing still for a moment may allow us to feel the wind of change brush over us.

I have had this happen.  Doors have slammed.  And yes, perhaps I incorrectly perceived the closing door as a problem. Something negative.  But as I march forward in life, peace in the unknown is replacing unrest in the unknown.  I am now making an effort to embrace slamming doors, because a window is springing open.  Maybe not right away, but it will happen.  The past confirms it.

Baby steps.  Change doesn’t happen in a grand style.  It happens in baby steps.  As I reflect on recent doors closing (yes, that’s plural.  Sometimes life is a dog pile) my initial impulse is to bolt.  But then I do what I do when I am stressing out.  I go for a run.  And my head clears up.  You gotta get rid of that junk in there sometimes!  This happened today.  As I ran, I had some random bullet point thoughts to share and to reflect upon.

  • Maybe the closing door is simply my straight path to becoming more “me”.
  • Isn’t becoming more “me” a fabulous thing?
  • Why do I fear the unknown?  I am a woman of deep faith,  and there is no fear in faith.
  • My past is littered with closed doors.  Where did that take me?  A window always opened.
  • I am not alone.  This happens to lots of people.
  • What am I afraid of?  Really deep down afraid of?
  • Yes life is tough right now.  But I have loads of blessings to focus on.
  • Am I perceiving the slamming door being negative with my heart, or with my ego?
  • The windows are opening.  New things are happening.  But they aren’t in my plan.  My road is curving.  Hello!  That’s not a bad thing!
  • My spirit is becoming more peaceful, even with massive life changes this year.  Accepting change is a beautiful thing.

These thoughts are what I have been pondering.  And I have been trying to process them with my heart, not my brain.  Not an easy task.  While I am artistic  and creative with my food, I can be somewhat cerebral at other times.

This blog is about wellness of the mind, body and spirit.  You simply cannot have holistic wellness with these things not be aligned with one another.  We all get out of balance.  A bit topsy turvy at times.  Especially when doors are closing and we can’t see the open window.  I have decided to stop staring at the closed door and patiently wait for the window.  It’s starting to open.  Trust, faith, and love need to drive this bus.

I end this blog with one quote.  I hope it speaks to your heart as it did mine.

“Love is what we were born with.  Fear is what we learned here”.–Marianne Williamson