Scandalous Lime Popcorn
I recently attended a wedding rehearsal dinner at one of the most gorgeous wineries that I’ve ever been to in Clinton, Connecticut. While I haven’t been to Italy or Spain or even Napa, New England wineries have their own charm and uniqueness.
The rehearsal dinner was on the winery’s grounds within a renovated barn that lay only a few feet from a beautiful pond and grape vines stretching for acres. I instantly fell in love with the ambiance. My first thought was, “I want to live here.” My second thought, “Where’s the wine?”
There were no assigned seats at the dinner, so I chose to sit with my old friends from Starbucks and a few friends-of-friends. Out of all of these baristas, I am the only one who still works at our store. I could not be happier for all of these beautiful people who have moved across the country, gotten married, started families, and found their callings. During the meal, a mutual friend turned me to and said, “Hey, aren’t you the one who takes the pictures of the food? All of your Instagram photos are great!”
My face lit up like a stop light and I began to sweat. Shouldn’t I be proud of my hard work and blog?
Of course I am. It’s just that I was caught off guard.
So, I definitely am not the biggest fan of being the center of attention. When I was younger, I was a total leading lady. I enjoyed performing in plays and was calm and clearheaded during public speaking events. Now, I can’t even talk about my little blog without blushing.
What’s wrong with me?
I proceeded to respond to my friend sitting across the table about the writing process and the happiness that I have discovered since starting this blog in January. It surprised me that she was curious and attentive during our discussion.
One weakness of mine is having difficulty being the center of attention, but I’m working each day on finding confidence and expressing pride in my work.
This is when I channel my inner Olivia Pope. If you know anything about Scandal, then you know that Olivia Pope is bold, courageous, and extremely confident. She trusts her gut and embraces who she is even if it means leaving behind beautiful, topical islands with fancy wines that I could never afford.
Today’s recipe is Olivia Pope inspired. I think this woman runs on popcorn and Gettysburger. I don’t know how she keeps her slender figure.
Anyways, today is the finale of Season 4, which means I will be glued to the television set at 9 PM holding my breath and hoping Shonda Rymes doesn’t kill off my homeboy, Huck. I’ll also be eating this popcorn because it’s amazing.