Getting Back to “Normal”

FOOD

One more week of mostly dining out, since I was traveling.  I got home yesterday though, and have already made my meal plan for the week, went grocery shopping, and finally had a much-missed green smoothie!

this was probably one of the better quick meals I had at the hotel.  A big spinach salad with oranges, cranberries, and brown rice in a red wine vinaigrette
this was probably one of the better quick meals I had at the hotel. A big spinach salad with oranges, cranberries, and brown rice in a red wine vinaigrette
another hotel meal!  Hummus and veggies, wine, and a case to study...
another hotel meal! Hummus and veggies, wine, and work!

When I travel for work and go to events or dinners thrown by others (usually vendors), I certainly have no say in where we go.  Vendors, being who they are, aim to impress, so it’s always expensive steak or seafood restaurants.

At one such event this week (at a place called Rare Steakhouse no less – I shuddered at the name!), D had arranged for a meal for me.  Overall, it was pretty good, though a grain or starch would have been nice.

cold asparagus soup.  Other than being a bit salty, it was yummy.
cold asparagus soup. Other than being a bit salty, it was yummy.
bad picture of stir fried veggies - mushrooms, pearl onions (which were amazing), green beans, broccoli.
bad picture of stir fried veggies – mushrooms, pearl onions (which were amazing), green beans, broccoli, and bell peps.

I also spent some time with family (sister, her kids, and my parents), and had a couple meals out.

a surprisingly amazing grilled veggie pita.
a surprisingly amazing grilled veggie pita.
simple pasta and veggie dish in a garlic-olive oil base
simple pasta and veggie dish in a garlic-olive oil base

I did sneak out to The Green Owl – a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Madison!  It was pretty good – not blown away (the corn bread was dry and crunchy) – but it felt good to be in a veg place.

tempeh gumbo with cornbread.
tempeh gumbo with cornbread.

At the software venue itself, they take great pains to accommodate all dietary preferences and allergies – which I much appreciate.

quick box vegan lunch - spicy slaw and a mango wrap
quick box vegan lunch – spicy slaw and a mango wrap

The best though??  A green smoothie in my kitchen while wearing pajamas!

vanilla coconut milk, spinach, banana, and frozen pineapple.  Simple and perfect.
vanilla coconut milk, spinach, banana, and frozen pineapple. Simple and perfect.

FITNESS

Only real workout of note was a very hot run today.  It was in the low 90’s and I was a drippy mess, but it was just nice to run through my neighborhood and then collapse on the living room floor in the AC!

LIFE

The past few weeks have been a ridiculous amount of chaos.  Those who know me know that I thrive on that, but even I like some peace and quiet now and then!  So for me, it’s getting back to “normal”…(aka, controlled chaos).

After getting back from my residency, I was heading out a day later.  Honestly, I don’t know how my consultant friends do it!  Traveling is fun, don’t get me wrong, but it gets old living out of a suitcase!

While at the conference I not only did the normal conference stuff, but (mostly) caught up on work and spent every free minute studying.  Not complaining though, it was a good groove.  Even my flights were spent in intellectual pursuits versus my typically vampire trashy novel reads (though I’m missing those!).

I will say that Epic (the software vendor whose conference I was at) really does a great job.  Their work environment is one of the most creative I’ve ever seen, and they take corporate social responsibility very seriously – which I love.  The facilities are green and off-grid, they bolster the local economy (18,000 attendees at this conference and they insist we stay, travel, and dine locally to put our money into the local businesses), and they prove to me that a company can be wildly successful while maintaining ethics.  Love it.

They’re fun too….

healthcare electronic medical record jokes are everywhere.  As a James Bond junkie, this is one of my favorites...
healthcare electronic medical record jokes are everywhere. As a James Bond junkie, this is one of my favorites…this was from the 2007 conference (hence 007), and the entire theme was spy movies

This year’s theme was “the Classics” and everything was done as if it were an old TV show.  Think I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone, etc.  The owner gave her address as Lucille Ball.  It was awesome.

The Executive Address - never boring as most of it is a bunch of skits put on by the employees - always in character - to show what new functionality is coming out.  Also a time to celebrate all the great achievements healthcare organizations have realized due to their software.
The Executive Address – never boring as most of it is a bunch of skits put on by the employees – always in character – to show what new functionality is coming out. Also a time to celebrate all the great achievements healthcare organizations have realized due to their software.

Spent some free time on the “back lawn” catching up on work while they set up for lunch.  Picnic blankets, live music (which are Epic employees showing off their non-software talent), tents, and tables.

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One of the cardiology-specific sessions I went to

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And finally for conference updates….nothing like taking a cornhole/bean bag toss break!

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Overall though, while it was enjoyable, all I really wanted to do was come home.  I worked from home today, picked M up from school for the weekend (yay!), and have worked on getting everything in order here at home.

D has been on nights all week, so he’s finally back to days, we’re ALL home, and I plan to enjoy every last second of it (while studying the entire time, of course).

I leave you with a few last shots…

my life now....
my life now….
java in my bathrobe on the back porch while reading the news and enjoying the peace
java in my bathrobe on the back porch while reading the news and enjoying the peace
and being incredibly annoyed at this display in WI...seriously people?  Summer isn't even over yet and I have two holidays BEFORE I need to worry about Christmas!
and being incredibly annoyed at this display in WI…seriously people? Summer isn’t even over yet and I have two holidays BEFORE I need to worry about Christmas!

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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