Happy Monday! I want to first and foremost apologize for no Monday 5 last week! Due to some, um, inattention on my part, I was stuck in North Carolina one more day than planned…without a laptop, #nothelpful.
In any case, both last weekend and this one were nice. last weekend I got to explore some of Raleigh, NC and this weekend I was able to stay in more and get up to date on some things at home. Weekends are just the best.
This week’s five is a combination of things I’m excited about in Raleigh and then a few others that are unrelated. I hope these past two weeks have been good and that there are things you’re looking forward to this week too!
This restaurant has some of the best South American food I’ve had in North America. Their specialty is a typical Venezuelan dish called the arepa, and they do it so well! The also have sweet plantains, salads and bowls. Having had authentic arepas while in Venezuela, I was impressed with how delicious these were. The owner is from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, and clearly knows what he’s doing! Guasaca isn’t too pricey and has a pretty low-key environment, and arepas are also relatively healthy; so, delicious + nutritious + inexpensive = yesplease.
NC Museum of Art
I love art. One of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting a bigger city is to check out their art museum. Raleigh’s does not disappoint. The main building itself is relatively new and I love how they designed it. The ceilings are super tall and accordingly the windows are enormous which allows so much natural light to enter the building. I think this makes for a nice aesthetic and the collection itself is pretty impressive. The even had some Monet pieces! One of my favorite parts of the museum is the pathway outside. They have a garden with some Rodin imitations and then a long walkway that passes some more modern, life-size pieces and goes into the woods behind the museum. We really enjoyed the walk after and I think it’s the perfect activity after being indoors for an hour or two!
9 Months that Made You
This PBS documentary is one I found on Netflix (shocker) and it’s so good! I’m only a couple episodes in but have found it truly fascinating. The show covers what occurs at each stage of pregnancy and all the things that can happen if there’s a mishap at some point or another. For each stage they follow a person or family who lives with a genetic disorder, how they got it and what they take away from it. Learning about the genetic disorders themselves is so interesting and makes you truly appreciate the miracles that is a healthy person! It’s also inspiring to learn about all the people who don’t have perfect health and how they live happy and fulfilling lives despite that. I’m not a huge documentary buff, but I’m definitely excited to keep watching this one!
Ring on Every Finger
This is a new country song by LOCASH that is so adorable. The tune is upbeat and the lyrics are so cute! He sings about getting engaged, the excitement about popping the question and how he’ll ‘put a ring on every finger’ if that’s what it takes. I feel like there aren’t too many songs about marriage/engagement out there today and I love that they decided to write one about it, especially one that is so cute and excited!
I’m so excited that the new season started last week. While pollen is not fun, the beautiful weather here in Charleston is definitely something I’ve been looking forward to. I love being outside and am thankful for the perfect weather to enjoy it. Summers here are pretty brutal so I intend to make the most of this time to spend outside and smell the roses (maybe after taking some Claritin)!
Happy Monday and I hope everyone has a lovely week!