Hey, it's me! The lady behind the computer screen. Hello, how are you?
So much is happening on my side of the computer screen that I thought it would be fun to do some kind of check-in, maybe turning this into a monthly thing. In between blog posts and recipes, I would love to fill you in on upcoming trips, monthly triumphs, and whatever else comes to mind. I really liked writing about my recent blogging highs and lows and thought it would be nice to keep that conversation going. I know it's already mid October (still trying to figure out where August and September went!), a little late for an October check-in but i'm going for it. Actually, this is probably the best time to sit down and chat because October was off to a running start and there is still so much more excitement to come! Now, let's get to it.
I feel like I actually want to cry. I made my first recipe video, EVER. I feel like skipping down the street and screaming from the roof tops that I actually made a recipe video!! For the last year and a half I feared videos because even the thought of putting one together was overwhelming. I was still learning photography, I didn't have an overhead tripod or a video camera, I don't know the video editing software.. and my list of fears went on. My daily blog tasks felt so overwhelming that there was no way I could squeeze in anything new.
Then, one day I pulled the trigger and just went for it! The kicker is that I still don't have a video camera. I made my recipe video in my own way, using techniques that I was already familiar with. I was able how to figure out how to take a series of photos and stack the images together to make a 'video'. I love how it turned out and really like its unique look! Ripping off the video band aid was difficult but I am so glad I took the plunge! Check out my first recipe video blog post here.
Every year I go to a really big nutrition conference for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The conference is called the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) and this year it will be in Washington, D.C. - where my dietitian readers at? FNCE is three-ish days of non-stop lectures and educational sessions. That might sound a little stale but I honestly look forward to FNCE every year and have so much fun. FNCE keeps me up to date on the latest nutrition research, teaches me about new emerging trends, and allows me to network with other dietitians. I'm going to be honest, every time I go it feels like a big dietitian pep rally!
For this conference I planned some exciting D.C. excursions, including a White House Tour!! Yes, the White House! Politics aside, I am so excited to be able to go past the gates and walk through such an important, historic, and prestigious building. The tour request was submitted to my Arizona Representative 3 months ago and I just found out last week it was approved. If they have a gift shop, you know I won't come out of there empty handed! White House tea towel, anyone? Before the conference starts I also have a few fun restaurant reservations, food tours, and sightseeing excursions planned. Wish me luck that I don't freeze, I know it's a lot colder in D.C. than AZ!
When I call them broken knees, I don't mean literally my knees are broken. However, I am excited to report that after a year of chronic knee pain, I am on the mend! Last October I went to one too many yoga classes and aggravated some old high school knee cartilage injuries. It got worse and worse, then after physical therapy and some semi-successful steroid injections, I'm getting a new kind of injection. I am actually really excited about this one, it's an injection that will coat and protect my damaged cartilage to cushion and prevent any further damage. Mark and I joke that I will be like a bionic woman and that I brought a whole new meaning to the word gellin'. I am really anxious about getting the shot in a few weeks but I feel so fortunate that we live in a time where these kinds of treatments are available! Maybe when I write my next Happenings post, I’ll have a knee update.
And now I'm off to D.C! Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I do monthly updates more often? Let me know in the comments section below. I hope everyone has a great October!