Orlando, Sweet Orlando

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I’m back in Orlando for approximately 30 hours before I leave for the Healthy Living Summit! AHHHH so excited.


I had a lovely farewell brekkie with my mom before I got on the plane:


I had watermelon and toast with almond butter.


She drove me to the airport and I prompty started my Operation Beautiful note-posting spree in the Knoxville Airport:



On my first flight, I snacked on a Kashi TLC bar:


So, I’m about halfway through The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I must say that I am REALLY impressed.  It is SO engrossing.  I may be a total dork, but I find the industrial food system to be really, really interesting.  Especially all the information about Big Organic (Is Big Organic really any better than industrial food? That’s a pretty complicated question!). I’ll do a full book review when I’m done, I promise.


I posted two more Operation Beautiful notes when I landed in Atlanta:



It makes me so happy to do that!  🙂


I grabbed a banana before my flight:


And I snagged peanuts from the flight attendant:


One taxi cab ride later, I was HOME!  I miss my mom, but there is nothing like being in your old house, smelling your Husband’s smell on the pillowcase (is that weird? probably), and petting your doggies. 


I made a quick lunch:


Which included a veggie burger with cheese, a carrot, and blueberries.


I have a list of things a MILE long to get done, including a two-a-day run and bike ride.  I am so excited for the Healthy Living Summit that I can barely breathe!!!



  • brandi August 12, 2009, 10:47 am

    glad you got home safely! I'm hoping to read that book soon, too. I read IN Defense of Food and loved it.

  • K from ksgoodeats August 12, 2009, 10:52 am

    Glad you made it home! That doughy bun kills me – I want it 🙂

  • Jessica August 12, 2009, 10:55 am

    I have in defense of food at home and I'm on the waiting list for omnivore's dilemma! I can't wait to read them both!

  • Angela (Run Study Eat) August 12, 2009, 10:58 am

    wow. I'm going to snag a copy of that book at the library. Yum! for all your eats today, once again looking delicious!

  • Taylor August 12, 2009, 10:58 am

    I love the operation beautiful note that says "change how you see, not how you look"!

    Can't wait to hear about the fun and exciting things from the blog summit!

  • lookingforserenity August 12, 2009, 11:00 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip back! can't wait for the summit!

  • randomlymikey August 12, 2009, 11:03 am

    glad you got home safe. your moms table center piece is so cute!

  • Raya August 12, 2009, 11:09 am

    I too had a giant carrot like that for lunch. I felt like Bugs Bunny! 🙂

  • Eve August 12, 2009, 11:17 am

    I love the feeling of coming home after being away – it's so nice! I bet your hubby is missing you with these 2 back to back trips!

  • Carrie H August 12, 2009, 11:20 am

    Not weird.


  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) August 12, 2009, 11:26 am

    I'm really interested to hear your thoughts on the book when you're done. I started reading it last year but got distracted. I need to pick it up again!

  • runnerskitchen August 12, 2009, 11:30 am

    I really enjoyed The Omnivore's Dilemma – the description of the chicken farms was heartbreaking. Your home cooked lunch looks perfect after a day of travelling!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) August 12, 2009, 11:45 am

    I LOVE the Omnivores Dilemma, it was my first intro to Michael Pollan and now I'm hooked.

    Can't wait to see what you guys have cooked up for the HLS!

  • Pam August 12, 2009, 11:51 am

    Missing your husband's scent is not weird at all. Glad you had a good time!

  • Elina August 12, 2009, 11:54 am

    Haha, my husband says that I have "Elina smell" and he loves it. He says he misses it when I'm not around. 😀

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn August 12, 2009, 12:02 pm

    You are ROCKIN today! That's a lot of happiness spread through OPBU.

  • Amie August 12, 2009, 12:06 pm

    Ooh! I wanna read that book – can't wait for your review. Glad you got home safely – yay to leaving soon 🙂

  • seesaraheat August 12, 2009, 12:11 pm

    glad you made it home safely! Have fun with the husband and doggies. And good luck with all the summit stuff 🙂

  • recipesforcreativity August 12, 2009, 12:48 pm

    I don't think it's weird to like your hubby's smell – when my boyfriend was out of town and came back, it was so nice to have him and his smell back!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) August 12, 2009, 3:00 pm

    That's not weird at all! It's always good to be back home, no matter how wonderful a trip was in my opinion.:)

  • Casey @ Double Scooped August 12, 2009, 3:10 pm

    yayyyyyy Friday!!

    By the way, if we can't get to the cocktail party on Friday until 10, is that a problem? My friend Ania and I would LOVE to be there for 7 but, unfortunately, WORK is a bit of an inconvenience! lol

  • Casey @ Double Scooped August 12, 2009, 3:11 pm

    and p.s. the pillows DO smell magnificiently like BOY. 🙂

  • kat August 12, 2009, 4:22 pm

    If you are interested in Big Organic you should pick up Organic, Inc by Samuel Fromartz. It's a really good look at the progression from *wee* organic to Big Organic. Highly recommend!

  • eatingmachine August 12, 2009, 4:26 pm

    Those birds on your mommy's table are super cute!
    i'm reading in defense of food right now-on a lonnng waiting list for omnivore's dilemma at the library..

  • Christina August 12, 2009, 4:40 pm

    That veggie burger looks delicious! I love when you can see the actual veggies.

    I can't wait to read more about the omnivore's dilemma. I'm looking for a new book to read, this one might be the lucky book!

  • Nina August 12, 2009, 5:25 pm

    I'm halfway through defense of food now, and omnivore's dilemma is next! i hope i like it as much as i like DoF.

    also, your brand of veggie burgers are so green! hahha i love it.

  • Andee (Runtolive) August 12, 2009, 6:34 pm

    You made me really interested in reading that book. Have a great time in Boston!

  • Sammie August 13, 2009, 4:52 am

    Vacation is always fun but I love to come home to the smell of my own house. It is so comforting. I hope that you have a safe trip to Boston. I can't wait to finally meet the Florida girls.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. It sounds like a read that I might like too.

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