Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yet another reason why this is no longer a food-only blog...

Today was low on motivation/productivity and high on frustration and sore butts. My run this morning wasn't spectacular by any means, and the most interesting thing about this evening's secondary run was the number of kamikaze bugs I inhaled/ingested. Yum.

Since the bugs didn't fill me up, I had to make dinner when I got done. Pizza (I ran past a Domino's and an Applebee's on this loop) smelled divine. I didn't have a frozen pizza, nor did I want to ~*spend money*~, so I did what any self-respecting grad student having a bad day would do: made mac n cheese for dinner. I've been on a s'mores kick as of late but have sadly depleted my chocolate supply, so I'm baking chocolate brownies (with mini marshmallow) as I type. I feel like my diet has reverted to that of a toddler, but at least I made my food. And I'm eating a salad. See mom, you did raise me right!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Oh! The places you'll go...

I just got back (at 1am last night) from my first trip abroad. One of the perks of being a grad student is the opportunity to travel to conferences in really amazing places. All you have to do is work your ass off to write a paper and make a presentation and submit the whole mess, then sweat through your suit as you make said presentation in front of a bunch of old men. If you're lucky, your presentation will be so confusing that either a.) no one asks questions or b.) everyone asks easily answerable questions. If things go badly, well, hopefully your advisor is there and/or you can pray for a conveniently placed sinkhole.

So this trip was to Estoril, Portugal. For someone who can list exotic places like Yuma, AZ and Niagara Falls on her list of 'almost a foreign country' places, a trans-Atlantic flight is about the biggest thing ever. I was woefully unprepared in terms of cold hard cash, but I survived. I didn't have to resort to begging or prostitution and I even managed to pick up some stuff for my friends and family back home. (Side note: I must spend at least 6 months in Europe at some point, or just a country that sells KinderJoy/Kinder Eggs. Mine came with the 'Pop' Happy Hippo character. I am in love.)

I'll be updating with highlights of my trip and some good pictures. I miss the sunshine and weather of Estoril/greater Lisbon already, but I'm planning on downgrading/canceling my cable and starting a travel fund. I have been bitten by the travel bug and couldn't be happier about it :)