This is the first post in the new portion of this blog.  Obviously it’s been a long time since I’ve posted as WriteWoman.  Most of my blogging has been through my Black Books Blog since 2005.

I’m posting again here because I wanted to write about some non-book topics, specifically travel and wine. But, as usual, I have been wringing my hands in worry and procrastination about launching a wine and travel blog perfectly.  On my own domain, with the right look, etc.

And I’ve let weeks and months pass me by.

It would be better to do this that way.  And if I wait, I might never do it at all.

Fortunately, I’ve been doing what I envisioned and visiting vineyards.  But not posting.

Here’s where all of this comes from – the seed of this new blog.  I’ve been a little blue about my suburban life.  I go to work, I parent, I get excited when I can go to a mainstream movie and have dinner at a chain restaurant with my husband.  Boring and typical.  Fine most of the time.  Except when I’m sad about not making a second trip to France or never having been to West Africa.  Or on the nights when I wonder if I’ll ever have the time, money and opportunity to visit a country long enough to learn something and make friends.

Focusing on what I couldn’t do was draining and pointless.  So I decided to do what I can for now.  Even if it meant only a little day trip.

So in August, when my husband and son were on a weekend trip to Chicago (hey, that’s somewhere I could have gone!), my daughter and I had our first No Boys Allowed (NBA) weekend.  We invited two friends and went on a trip to a winery.  It was one of our best ever days.  (And I’ll post pics from that trip very soon).

I decided that what would be fun and uplifting and enough would be to make day trips and side trips that would be my right now adventures.  Yes, I still want to plan big trips and travel out of the country again. But I had fallen into a habit of waiting for the perfect time to do everything.  And everything was passing me by – and I am tired of regrets.

So this blog is my little project to record the adventures.  I’m starting with trips in Florida to our region’s wineries.  And I’m reading about wine and learning something new.

Of course, this has great benefits, as I have lovely glasses of wine at home.  My little suburban life is already improved.

If you are a wine lover and have a favorite wine blogger or winery site to recommend, please leave it in the comments.  Maybe you’ll give me an idea for another adventure.

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