Of course, the threats of waking everyone up each morning a la Tracey Turnblatt were never realized, but I thought about it. You know I did. [And these lovely ladies are probably happy I then thought better of it.]
I WordPress automatically posted for me, I was in Baltimore last week for the 65th Society of Public Health Education Annual Meeting (aka conference). Despite the fact that I was more dressed up than I have ever been since I joined my program–yes, I DO own business attire*–some things about me never change.
Like the fact that I traveled with an incredible assortment of food.
From the veggie burger on English muffin I ate on the plane to the can of mixed nuts I carried around with me all day, the words “food will not be provided” meant I was TOO well prepared for the long days with little time to stop for real meals.
But trust me, when one of my compatriots whipped out her instant oatmeal in the hotel room and started stirring it into coffee-maker-produced hot water, I knew no one would judge me for the yogurts I frozen and then pulled from my suitcase upon arrival.
Crab cake slider? Yes, please!
And although at first I was a little uneasy about eating mashed potatoes for dinner, I must say the appearance of a mashed SWEET potato bar changed the game a bit. [Plus, I had the opportunity to remember just how tasty freshly shaved sharp Parmesan is…]
Amid the connections, the fun, the bonding with the girls in my program, and the almost constant firing of the synapses devoted to potential future health research, I did get out of the hotel for a bit.
One of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had–the composition of which I still cannot put a
finger tastebud on–was hiding down a dark alleyway at Abbey Burger Bistro, after all.
I also managed to make time for one lovely (and very needed) run around Inner Harbor…
…and the obvious trip to the local Whole Foods, where one of my comrades said, “I have this sudden desire to eat everything on the salad bar and buy twelve kinds of trail mix…you are rubbing off on me, Sarah.”
I needed snacks. Clearly. There was more travel ahead. And I always travel with
an excessive amount of food.