Greetings from the middle of nowhere!
The dairy cows are mighty friendly ’round these parts.
I spent last night in Twin Falls, Idaho—which happens to be the home of Chobani’s largest yogurt plant!
Naturally I had to celebrate with a cup of yogurt when I arrived at my hotel.
Fresh from the farm! 😉
Have you tried the new Flips yet? They’re like a portable dessert—except healthy enough not be dessert, if that makes sense. I absolutely LOVE the Almond Coco-Loco flavor, which comes with coconut yogurt, dark chocolate chips, and almonds.
Anyway…it’s Monday! But I’m guessing that you’re not here for me to tell you what day of the week it is—you want to know why the heck I’m eating yogurt in a hotel room in cow-ville. 😉
Well, I have a little story to tell. Remember how I was supposed to fly to Salt Lake City for the Park City Blend Retreat last Thursday? Umm, that never happened. I made it to Park City…eventually, but only after driving nearly 500 miles and getting lost 4327 times.
I don’t think I’ll be taking a road trip by myself again anytime soon. 😉
So here’s what happened:
On Wednesday evening—the night before I was supposed to fly—I met Meg and Laura for mid-week mojitos at Bardenay.
While we were sipping and chatting away, I started to feel abnormally tired and achey, but I just chalked it up to the fact that I’d weight trained my legs for an hour earlier that day.
After drinks, I ran out to Target to pick up some last minute essentials (ahem, snacks) for the trip.
By the time I’d arrived home, however, extreme exhaustion had set in. My body temperature had rocketed to a very warm 102 degrees; my eyes were bloodshot; and I was shaking uncontrollably.
NOT a good prognosis for travel!
When I woke up the next morning, it was worse—103 degrees. As much as I wanted to board the plane to Salt Lake, I knew the 100+ passengers I was supposed to fly with wouldn’t be too keen on flu exposure. However the thought of missing Blend—an event I’d been excited about since booking my ticket last January—was devastating. And not only that, but I felt awful leaving Meg—who was already en route to Salt Lake City—alone.
Long story short, I canceled my flight, said a zillion prayers for a speedy recovery, and then planted myself on the couch all day and chugged…
I’m not one to take medicine at the drop of the dime, but NyQuil and DayQuil were my best friends during that 24-hour period.
I also watched Les Miserables, which is a movie that’s been on my must-see list for months.
I have a hard time sitting through long movies (this one is close to three hours!), so I opted to wait and see Les Mis on Netfliix. I’d heard such great things about this movie, and really, really wanted to love it.
I feel like I’m in the vast minority, but I simply wasn’t enamored, even though I adore musicals. I’ve never seen Les Mis on stage before, so maybe that had something to do with it? Perhaps knowing and loving all of the songs beforehand would’ve made me feel more connected to the film?
I thought it was a decent movie with some beautiful songs, but I felt restless (even with a fever!) as I watched and thought it was too long. (I must say that I thought Anne Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream” was absolutely gorgeous, though).
But I digress! By the time my fever broke Friday afternoon, it was too expensive to rebook my flight to Salt Lake.
$537?! Yikes! I could fly to Europe for that amount! No way-hosay. I was determined to get to Park City for the final day of Blend, though, so I packed up the car Saturday morning and embarked on my first solo road trip.
Of course, six hours of driving required some serious fuel…
No road trip is complete without fast food ice cream amiright? When I was young, my family would always stop at Dairy Queen or McDonald’s for a cone on road trips. To this day, it feels like a necessity.
While I was eating my ice cream, I realized I’d over-shot the turn to Salt Lake City! Since I was already 45 minutes past my exit, I ended up taking a detour, which tacked on another hour to my trip. Finally, six hours later, I was in Park City.
Love these ladies!
I ordered the “award winning” Chicken Salad, which came highly recommended by Annette.
Wow. It was honestly one of the best Mexcian-inspired salads I’ve ever had. Beneath the greens was a melted cheese-topped tortilla, rice, beans and char-grilled chicken. Everything was topped with guacamole, queso fresco, and an absolutely amazing creamy cilantro vinaigrette.
I can’t stop thinking about that vinaigrette!
Afterward, we stopped at Java Cow for a sweet treat.
First-time cow riders! 😉
I was still feeling ice creamed-out from earlier, so I ordered an almond milk cappuccino with a shot of stevia-sweetened hazelnut syrup.
It hit the spot!
The next morning, I finally had a chance to meet some of my favorite “blends” in person. I feel as though I’ve known many of these ladies for years, simply from reading their blogs. It was truly wonderful—and exciting—to give them all a hug!
The twins! (Lori and Michelle)
While spending time with amazing (and inspiring!) women was definitely the highlight of my 24 hours in Park City, the product perks were pretty nifty, too.
Oh, and then there was Sunday morning’s seriously sweaty workout, and seriously delicious breakfast.
But I’ll tell you more about those things on Wednesday.
I hope you have a marvelous Monday, friends! Be sure to check out the other MIMM posts at Healthy Diva Life!
p.s. I ended up driving halfway home Sunday (missed turn-free!), which explains why I was eating yogurt in a hotel room last night. 😉
I want to know…
Is there a movie out there that everyone seems to love that you don’t think it all that great?
I’ve never understood the fascination with the Twilight movies! The same goes for The Princess Bride—just could never get into it.
What’s your favorite way to eat yogurt? Favorite flavor? Brand?
Have you ever taken a long road trip by yourself? What’s the longest road trip you’ve taken?
What’s the best thing YOU ate last weekend?