So today is Friday, and day 14 of this experiment. There is a new restaurant/brewery that opened up right across the street from my gym. I drive by the area often, so I have seeing signs for it for a few months now. It looked intriguing, and so it quickly became another one of those places that I always think “Oh I should check that place out sometime.” Of course, I am never motivated enough to find time check out any of the things I think that about trying. But on this gorgeous Friday afternoon, visiting Granite City seemed like the perfect new thing to try.
I considered that this is probably an activity better enjoyed with friends, but I am far too impatient to try and organize a group activity, so I just went on my own after the gym. seated me at a table in the bar area, a bit too close to this group of five older ladies enjoying a friday happy hour. I briefly wondered if I seemed like a weirdo for coming here on my own, but realized that I didn’t care either way. It must be hard to experience life for the people who won’t do something if they can’t find somebody to do it with them.
The restaurant/brewery was very cool. There were about six big TV’s up ahead of me. To my left, I could see the area where all the brewing equipment was. There was a big bar area too, a big dining room area behind me. My one regret is that it was a beautiful day out and I probably should have asked for outdoor seating, but I was enjoying taking in the scenery.
The food was amazing. I got a linguini pasta with chicken and asparagus, she offered to have extra cheese on top, and that was incredible. They offered free small samples of their different beers. I tried their Hefeweisen and a double IPA they made whichtasted amazing. I didn’t finish all the food there, but took it home and devoured the rest a couple hours later. By the time I was leaving, the Happy Hour Ladies to my left were still going strong! This was an awesome place to check out today!
So fourteen days! It is amazing to me that I made it two full weeks with this experiment! Especially since almost every single day I wonder if this is going to be the day that I quit. The downside
to this experiment is the amount of time and energy that it takes to cram something new into an already busy and exhausting day. It really requires a lot of continuous effort. I can see now why ruts can become so hard to break out of. When it takes almost all your time and energy just to maintain the rut you are in, forcing yourself to devote even more time and energy to take the necessary actions and make the necessary changes can seem almost impossible. However, trying new things everyday has changed my general mood about my life. Every day I find myself at some point excited about the new thing I am trying, the new place I am exploring. It is a very interesting way to reignite a small spark of exploration within my soul. Even if I end up giving up on this after today, I can safely say that after two weeks of New, this experiment was a success!