Holy smokes, what a whirlwind! This weekend was spent with my blog friends, some of my favorite people! I haven’t had a 24 hour period where I haven’t thought about school until this weekend and it was glorious. The craziness of the 7,000 + vendors, people everywhere, and the feeling like you need to be “on” for hours on end really takes some serious brain space.
I’ll start with Thursday because I skimped on last week’s Friday post that would have included this. Thursday was the 5th anniversary of my Otta’s passing and I spent the day remembering old stories with my Oma while making this banana bread. I try and re-frame that day into one where we can think of all the good things rather than the sad stuff. My Otta’s passing was that start of my journey with anxiety and sometimes I use day 1 to day whatever this is as a comparison to remind me that I’m doing really well compared to the worst days around year 2. We both had so much fun smiling together and enjoying each other’s company. It was a beautiful day out and we ate lunch and bread outside in her backyard before I sat in almost 2 hours of traffic trying to get down to campus to teach for the night.
I taught on campus and was really proud of my students! Many of them are noticing their emotional eating habits or the health behaviors that may need changing (i.e. waiting 5,6,7, hours between eating). Some of them aren’t, but it’s a good lesson in real life for me. I can’t change everyone and that’s ok. I ended up staying on campus late till about 9:30 in the library working on stuff so I could enjoy my friends on Friday.
Friday started early with more work, lots of journal article reading. Then I got off the waitlist for an amazing class we have at the Y called Small Group Training – basically a dynamic HIIT/Strength circuit class that made me feel so strong and accomplished after. My workout buddy that whole time was a young mom that I work out with in anther class and she let me know she loves the Intuitive Eating book which made for some fun conversation! My body has been craving some strength movement but I haven’t had the time to go since I’ve been taking babysitting jobs to re-pay myself for my upcoming travel and fun weekends and the timing on those two things always overlaps.
Sarah and I met up around 2:45 on Friday to go shopping at Zara for some new tops and then headed down to Echo Park to meet some blog/instagram friends! We also had a pretty epic jam sesh in the car. We went to Sage Bistro with 8 people and it was really great!
Samosa rolls to start which were 10/10 and some jackfruit tacos (Sarah called them fruit tacos) that were only meh- 6/10. I was there for the company though, so it didn’t matter really. Sarah and I shared both.
Not the best photo quality but Friday night was my favorite. We split up from there and the group that was with me went to get margaritas. I spent most of my time this weekend with JJ and Alayna and Sarah got to meet them. It’s always fun with friend groups meet! We drank multiple margs, ordered guac, and goofed around.
We woke up early Saturday morning and headed to CSULA. I had to give a quick nutrition lecture and then another blog friend Winnie met us and we all hopped in my car and grabbed some coffee/breakfast and drove down to Anaheim for Expo.
Winnie, JJ, Haley, Alayna, and I have been friends for a while over Instagram but in real life it’s been about a year. Many of us have attended/worked multiple food expos together now and have become friends in real life. They are great humans! 4/5 of us are on track to be RDs, so that’s exciting! I made sure to stop by as many brands that I’ve worked with as I could but I couldn’t get to everyone. I was more focused on meeting people. Maddie (on the far right below) and I have been in non-diet RD2BE instagram group for a while and we finally got to meet! She’s just adorably smiley and kind.
Lunch that day was a super overpriced Falafel bowl from a food track that was just ok. I ended up sharing this with a school friend, Brianna, who was working a booth at Expo.
Saturday night we had plans to go to an event but ended up being so mentally and physically fried from Expo that we went to dinner with a bunch of other bloggers instead. We went to the Anaheim Packing District where there’s live music and about 20 places to choose from. After eating weird snack food and a lot of ice cream all day, a glass of wine, a pork slider, and some cajun fries sounded great.
JJ, Winnie, Alayna, and I headed back to their Air bnb on the West Side and slept over. JJ, Alayna, and I spent Sunday together eating goodies and taking an awesome hike at Temescal Canyon. We sampled 6 donuts at Sidecar before hiking.
My favorite is hands down the Huckleberry (purple one). It tastes like a perfectly fluffy blueberry muffin with a little glaze on the outside. We had so much energy that we ended up running a lot of the hike up and downhill. It was raining on us but we didn’t care. Following the hike we went down to the Third Start Promenade to eat, drink coffee, and sit on a bench for a long while watching an amazing musician. The sun was peaking through the clouds and it was just perfect. No photos to show because I was too wrapped up in the moment.
All in all I feel like a lucky kid to have made such great friends in this space. The concept of Expo is really overwhelming to me because I feel like many people use it as a way to get sponsored or work with brands and that’s just not what I feel like I’m put on this earth to do. I never created my instagram for brands. Yes, its fun to work with them sometimes but at the end of the day I hope my blog can become a place where I can offer E- courses, learning modules at an affordable price, and just chat. I already gave up on the recipe creation that so many bloggers do because truly, I am so bad at that, food photography included. I’ve learned to be ok with not doing everything. Just some thoughts. Hope you had a fam weekend. Anything fun?!