1. I spent two days at a Pediatric End of Life Conference early in the week (Yes, I know. Most people read that sentence and immediately begin to cry and wonder how anyone could do anything that depressing. But pediatric palliative and end of life care is a very real part of my job. It is something I take very seriously and consider to be privilege. I jumped at the opportunity to spend two days hearing from experts in the field. You now have the right to go back to not thinking about such sad things hopefully ever again :) ) I work at a hospital in downtown Richmond (due to my fear of HIPPA I will never utter its name, sort of like Voldemort). And there are incredible food carts all around. My normal lunch "break" is 5 minutes downing a Cliff bar and a jug of diet pepsi in the break room while simultaneously fielding phone calls and call bells from patients. So having a whole 45 minute break at the conference was like a little vacation. It meant I actually had time to get food from a cart and sit down while eating it without giving myself heartburn.
There are a million options with the carts, anything from Mexican to sandwiches to Thai to Carribean. But of course I turned to Christopher' Runaway Gourmet . I am obsessed with their tuna salad and marinated cucumbers. The best part is you always get a big chunk of crunchy french bread with your order. If you're looking for a (literal) out of the box lunch I highly recommend heading downtown the next time the weather is nice and perusing the many carts. It always makes me feel like I live in a much bigger city than Richmond.
We both made it through the experience without any fractures (something we high fived over beers at the little food cabin at the bottom of the beginner slope) and had a great time watching college basketball and eating delicious chicken pot pie that night in our friends' condo. Any time I go skiing and don't die I consider it a momentous victory.
5. And finally, because no weekly wrap up would be complete without a George and Sandy picture.