Eggplant Parmesan with a side of Swoopy Bangs
June 18th was a big day. Not only did I finish another book, but I tasted a new food. And checked off an item that wasn’t even on my list, but in retrospect probably should have been.
Hubs and I made a last-minute trip to South Carolina on Sunday to see his family and while we were there, we cashed in a gift card to Travinia Italian Kitchen we’d received as a Christmas present. The food was amazing, and I decided to seize the day and order Eggplant Parmesan.
Why was this a big deal? Because I’ve never tasted eggplant before. And because I don’t really like red sauces. As you can see in the photo above, I did ask them to go light on the sauce, but the fact that I even asked them to “go light” instead of “no sauce on the plate anywhere, please” was a big deal in and of itself. And then add in the eggplant….well, miracles do happen… I loved it. The breaded eggplant actually reminded me of the consistency of fried green tomatoes, which happen to be a favorite of mine. I would absolutely order this dish again, and can’t wait to try eggplant served other ways like grilled or sautéed. yummy yummy. And of course, I love putting another check-mark next to
bringing the grand total of check-marks up to six!!! For a girl who is a super-picky eater, this is a major accomplishment. And eating eggplant wasn’t the only adventure I had that day…
I’ve wanted bangs for a while now, but I’ve just never had the guts to pull the trigger. Husband has also voiced on occasion that he likes my hair as it is….so I figured why change? But today…..something got the best of me…maybe it’s this whole turning 30 thing that’s made me willing to step out and try things I never would have tried before…but I walked into a hair salon I’ve never been to before, in a town I don’t live in, and had a girl I’ve never met before cut long swoopy bangs into my hair. And I LOVE them.
It wasn’t as entirely random as it may seem. Just that morning, I’d looked in the mirror and commented aloud that it was time for a trim; something a little less……Pentecostal. My husband has a good friend who lives in Columbia and is a stylist so I pulled up her Facebook page and saw that she works at Cline’s Salon Vista. A quick iPhone Google search later, I called the salon and although Kristin wasn’t available, another stylist, Kelsey, was. Both girls have gotten glowing reviews on Yelp and other business-review sites so I figured I’d go for it. Fortunately, Kelsey was as knowledgeable as she was nice (and her own haircut was adorable!) so I felt totally comfortable entrusting my head to her hands…and scissors. The end product wasn’t near as dramatic as I’m making it out to be, but its perfect for me. Just a tad funky, good for my hair health to be freshly cut and trimmed, but still totally “me.” So I guess I could say I get to cross off:
31. Get Swoopy Bangs
Even though it was never on my list.