Working Weekends is a series that goes beyond the Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 grind. What does a working mom’s weekend really look like? If you’re a working mom like me, the weekends are for fun, food, and family. In that order. Just kidding; food comes first. Be sure to follow along on Instagram as well.
You know how you’ve lived in a city on and off for a total of 10 years and you still haven’t gotten around to seeing certain sights or attending certain festivals? You keep saying that you will eventually, but eventually never seems to come. Oh, that’s just me? Okay. Well, this weekend I finally got around to actually attending an Omaha event that I’ve been hearing about for years. Taste of Omaha was this past weekend and we decided to head downtown on Saturday to partake in the festivities.
So what’s Taste of Omaha?
As a non-native Omahan, let me see if I can explain this. From what I gathered from my limited research, it’s a food festival where different vendors come together to let patrons sample their menu. It’s not the whole menu, but some items (maybe the best ones?) from it. I have to admit that even though we’re making it a point to try a variety of restaurants in Omaha, there were so many vendors there that I’d never heard of. Everything from Thai to Greek was in the building…er, park. There were just so many things to choose from! So…I got a cheeseburger. Haha, I know. Very adventurous, indeed.
Jam had a hamburger and both she and Hubz tried a Chocolate Chocolate Chip cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Of course Jam wanted that to be her dinner, but umm…no. We also made sure to grab some Sno Cones! They were “help yourself,” style so we certainly got creative.
After making our way through the crowd (OMG, there were so many people!), we headed for the carnival side and this is what I learned:
- There are so many things that I don’t know about my husband. His immobilizing fear of heights is one of them.
- Jam is a thrill seeker. She wants to get on the highest, fastest rides, and then ride it again. And again.
After a whirl on the ferris wheel, we headed out. I would have liked to have stayed longer, but the way my anxiety and introversion are set up, that just wasn’t a possibility. There were just so many people!! Next year, I’ll do things a bit differently.
How to Have a Great Time at a Large Festival for Highly Sensitive People
Visit during the “off time.” For someone like me, attending on a Saturday night was just not a good idea. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but an early morning or midday Sunday probably would have been better.
Get familiar with the area. Prior to going to Taste of Omaha, I had been to Heartland of America Park exactly one time. One. I had no idea how the park ran and with the festivities spanning into Iowa this year, I was really lost as to where I was going. It’s funny because the park is not huge or anything, it’s just with the amount of people, it was a tad bit overwhelming.
Have a plan on what you want to try. That cheeseburger from above was a direct result of being too overwhelmed with choices. Yep. That’s how it manifest for some of us, me included. We just pick what we know instead of trying something new because we don’t know what to try. Too many choices. Next year, I’ll have it in my mind of what my “must try” items are!
Come prepared. Why oh why did I not remember to stop by the ATM before getting to the festival? I have not paid ATM fees in YEARS and just like that, the streak was over. And because I didn’t know if the festival had ATMs available, or if they accepted debit cards, I was ruminating on this as well. Ugh.
Leave when you’re ready to leave. It’s so easy to talk yourself into staying just a little while longer because: you’ve paid your money, you planned this as a day long event, your friends/family want to stay, etc. Unfortunately (fortunately?), highly sensitive people like me can only take so much stimulation before it gets bad, really bad. So know and respect your limitations! We ended up only staying for about 1.5-2 hours and then headed for a quiet park nearby.
Overall, Taste of Omaha was worth the hassle and we had fun! Next year, though, we’ll be a little better prepared.