Finally. Conferences are over for the time being, no experiments are planned, and I get to live in the apartment I’m half paying for. Coming home is always a bit of a relief these days, after so much time away. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a lucky, lucky girl in many respects, and the opportunity to travel is why I went into this field, at least in part, but I guess I’m getting to be a homebody in my old age. Hah.
It was a great trip, though. I got to visit a good friend (after years and years of promising — slacker me), eat fancy food, check out a place I used to call home, and see some family. And yes, there was a conference involved somewhere. I have lots to say about all of it, but I’ll save that for my next night shift, because tonight, I’m supposed to be writing (thesis, not blog, though this sort of counts as a warm up, don’t you think?).
For now, I thought I’d tell you that this freezes quite well (I had some for dinner tonight). I didn’t do so well on the less meat / less unnecessary food during the conference, because, well, it was a conference, and there wasn’t anything else to do but drink copious amounts of beer and eat pub food. But I’m back on track now, and am training for a 5 mile race, finally, as of today. It’s so good to be back, even if I only have a 2 mile easy run to my name thus far. I’m excited to have a goal that doesn’t involve a defense or scariness of any sort. Just a run around a beach in the freezing cold. Sound like fun to you? The race is one of those Thanksgiving Day affairs, where you run off your guilt before going home and using those miles as an excuse to have second helpings of everything. I figure I will have saved enough foregoing trips to the local coffee house in time to justify the $18 I spent on the entry fee, and it’ll be a good way to start a day full of cooking. We usually invite lab folks who will otherwise starve on Thanksgiving Day (ha) and whomever else wants to show up over for a roast of some sort at our house, so it’ll be a sort of crazy day. But no matter — it’ll be fun regardless.
Stay tuned for the next post on Friday morning. Los Angeles, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Fresno, and Oakland are coming right up.