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I Miss My Kitchen!

Run, Run, Run!

Good evening, everyone!  Since there was nothing on the conference schedule until lunch, I woke up to eat an energy bar and drink some water, then went for nice run!

Distance: 4.95 miles

Time: Appx 54 minutes (Seriously, a Garmin would be awesome!)

If I can run 5 miles, I can run 9.3 miles in a week, right?  🙂  I only had time for the rest of my Apple Cherry Pomegranate Juice from the Farmer’s Market, then it was time to shower, get ready, and go to the Conference!

SWE Conference, Day 2

IMG_3384IMG_3383Don’t we all look nice?

I was impressed by all the fresh veggies and HUMMUS at lunch!  I didn’t feel like the vegetarian pizza, because there was no way it was going to measure up to yesterday’s pear and gorgonzola pizza, so I went with a cheese sandwich (aka, a turkey sandwich with the turkey removed… no veggie sandwiches available!)

IMG_3379Big pile of fresh carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and jicama with hummus.

IMG_3382Veggies, with my sandwich (still with turkey–I removed it right after this picture!), and dessert…

IMG_3380A baby brownie and baby chocolate cookie.  Yum!

And lots of water, because I’m not used to running in this heat and humidity!

The sandwich was relatively dry, but I was very impressed by the veggies and hummus.

After lunch, a few of us went to a great workshop called “Trendy Stress?!” I’ll be doing a post on the topic soon, because we got some great tips!  We had a meeting for everyone from Region H (all members from Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), then went out for dinner at P.F. Chang’s.

IMG_3385I got the Coconut Curry Vegetables, with brown rice (rice unpictured). The tofu was pretty good, and the sauce was decent, but overall the meal isn’t one I think I would order again.  But I did get some protein, grains and veggies in the meal!

Kelley wanted some ice cream to soothe her sore throat, so we stopped at Coldstone on the way back to the hotel.  I was hungry, but not feeling ice cream, so I was pleased to see that they now have Tart Frozen Yogurt!  Check out these nutritional stats for the Like It size:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0 g

Sugar: 24 g

Protein: 3 g

A little low on protein and high in sugar, but as far as frozen desserts go, it isn’t half bad!

IMG_3389I had it mixed with strawberries and bananas. Yum!  And now, my stomach is no longer growling.  However, my later snack of toffee peanuts may have also contributed to this.  🙂


Megan at Runner’s Kitchen is having an awesome Chobani Giveaway.  Chobani is by far my favorite Greek yogurt, so you should go check it out!


I am having an excellent time at the conference, and loved hanging out with Kari earlier this week, but I have to say I am really looking forward to getting home.  I desperately want my kitchen back — both so I have total control over what I eat, and so I can stop spending money on eating out!  Plus, I haven’t seen Dan since we made the move official, and I want to have a celebratory dinner while we look for apartments!


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October 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

It’s Official: We’re Moving!!

Whew, today has been a whirlwind!  I thought today was going to be a “slow” day at the SWE conference, but I’ve been gone for 10 hours!  Hence, my blog reader on Thunderbird has exploded… 🙂

SWE Conference, Day 1

I started the morning with the best pluot I have ever tasted, courtesy of the Studio City Farmer’s Market the other day!

We went to the California Pizza Kitchen for lunch (+ breakfast for most of the group):

IMG_3364I decided that I didn’t want a “typical” pizza flavor, so I decided to branch out.  I tried the Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza with field greens, and it was so incredibly good!

IMG_3365Lesson learned:  Pears on pizza = delicious!

IMG_3366We decided to get dessert too, since we knew we wouldn’t be eating again for awhile:

IMG_3367I got the chocolate souffle cake.  It was good, but I wouldn’t get it again.  The pizza, though, I would definitely order again.

Six of our group got to go to….

Behind the Scenes at Disneyland!


Unfortunately, pictures weren’t allowed once we got to the park, but we did take some on the bus.

The beginning of the tour was AWESOME.  We got to go underneath the “Soarin’ Over Califonia” ride to watch the ride from below.  Then we actually went on the ride.  It was so cool to see!

The rest of the tour was only okay, but still interesting.  We went behind the scenes of one of the rollercoasters as well, but a lot of what they told us went way over my head.  It was still fun, though.

Rock Bottom Brewery

We met up with the rest of our group for dinner at the Rock Bottom Brewery.  After such a big lunch, I really wasn’t very hungry and wanted something light:


IMG_3378French Onion Soup. I didn’t eat all of that cheese, don’t worry. 🙂

IMG_3375A glass of Reisling to celebrate my and Dan’s big announcement:

We’re Moving!

Dan has signed the paperwork and is mailing it in tomorrow, so it is now official:  We are moving to Ithaca, NY after graduation.  Dan has accepted a job with IMR Test Labs as a metallurgical engineer.  I’ve started looking for a job there as well.

So, any readers in the Upstate New York area? 🙂

It is supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow, so I’ll be able to get a run in!  Yay!

October 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm 6 comments


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