Fitbloggin is Days Away!

OMG!! Fitbloggin is days away! The excitement is building inside of me, but I am trying to keep it quelled. I have not set my sights yet on my one don’t miss thing in Savannah like I did last year. Last year was my first Fitbloggin. I was a ball of hundreds of feelings. Portland was a great experience. It was a culmination of so many things that actually led me to be reunited with my cousins whom I had not seen in basically half my lifetime. I was set to travel with friends last year, we had flights booked together and things started changing and I ended up flying out on a flight alone. It was fine, I wore my branded shirt in hopes of someone approaching me at the airport, because I was destined to spend the first several hours alone… or so I thought.

I was so blessed that Brooke approached me at the airport. Turns out she was on my flight! We rode to the hotel together, and bummed around the city a bit. We bumped into bloggers in the lobby that I was stunned to find out knew who I was. I don’t expect anyone to know who I am this year, nor did I last year.

This year my original roommates have had to sadly cancel. I luckily was able to join forces with Liz and will be sharing a room with her for the duration of the trip. (which means I get baby-holder dibs!!) I will miss so many of the wonderful people that won’t be making it this year that I bonded with last year. I know situations aren’t always ideal to get away. Family, work, costs all effect being able to get to the family reunion. Know if you aren’t there this year, you are being carried in peoples hearts, truly. You will be missed.

To those that are coming for the first time this year, please come find me. Last year I was so scared to branch out and say hello to people. I stuck close to those I knew, and I Was afraid to approach people for fear of it being clique-ish. What I quickly came to learn is everyone is so wonderful! We all have stories, and the more you talk to people, the more you are going to want to get to know people! I hope to make more of an effort to engage with people this time, however there is only so much time.

Be prepared to laugh and cry. Be prepared to feel things you didn’t expect. Be ready to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Be open to opportunities this is a safe place. Be prepared for “the hangover” which isn’t alcohol, but a desire to be with your tribe.

Look for me, and I will look for you, be warned I won’t remember your name. I am horrible with names. I may address you by your twitter handle or blog name. Be in photos! I barely took any last year, this year I want photos and lots of them. Experience the event, and take it in in whatever way you do.

Tweet me/DM me, friend me via the Facebook group and I will give you my cell number to text me if you are worried you won’t have someone to talk to or sit with.

It’s time to dig out those suitcases kids! Kris is Coming to Savannah!

Wordless Wednesday, with a note!

Photo Booth
The photo expresses more than words ever could how thankful I am for laughter and friendship, keeping me from obsessing about my trip east Thursday!

Thanks Tami, MuddyPaws Cheesecake, and all the vendors that I met Tuesday night at the Toy and Pet Food Drive!

Thanks also to Bill, who will probably never see this, for his service to our country, it was Awesome to see you last night while you are back on leave.  Please folks remember, while troops are being “sent home” there are still so many military families being sent abroad and still serving abroad.

Y’all rock my socks! (Oh and I know I look Fabulous!)

Kick in the Pants!

What did I get Myself into?

Am I REALLY headed to Sushi? REALLY?

So 2011 the year I cross things off my list! When most people spend New Years making their resolutions and the subsequent months not following through it seems a bit depressing.  I have been on my journey to get healthy, lose weight and find things that make me happy.

Edamame,Kick in the Pants Roll,Winter Roll

Edamame, Kick in the Pants Roll, Winter Roll

Happiness… huh… Well… If I am unsure what makes me truly happy then I sure can’t just wait around for it to find me! Time to stop watching others do things and start trying them for myself.  So on my 2011 To Do list are things like Complete a 5k that isn’t on a treadmill, an actual tangible walk complete with T-shirt. (Scheduled, May 30th!) Take camera and visit the boulder field at Ringing Rocks Park (in Pennsylvania).  and Try SUSHI. SAY WHAT?! Girl you done lost your mind, you don’t eat fish! You ate Tuna out of a can, and Papaya Fig and Cream cheese Rolls from Lunds and you think you are going to do Sushi?

So when there was talk of another #SushiTweetup at TiGER Sushi2 well I would not miss my opportunity again! I popped my name on the RSVP list at the last-minute and knew it was time.  Experienced people could help guide me into something that would be a good choice for a Sushi Virgin!  I did not want to end up with… a bad taste in my mouth simply because I didn’t know what I was doing. 

So Today was Fishy Friday! I headed out to TiGER Sushi in Minneapolis.  I got there a little after the “start time” which is unusual for me.  Parked, checked in with work to make sure I was clear for at least a little while and headed in.  I was only a little apprehensive.  I had been asked just prior to heading out by Beth (@WhereitBlooms) how adventurous I was… I feel I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food.  We joked about my Papaya Fig Cream cheese Rolls not being sushi, and that a California roll would also not satisfy the “sushi” demand.  I agree! Besides the worst thing that happens is, (well I could be allergic to it, which I don’t think I have any seafood allergies (YAY!)) I hate it but like I said some hand holding was what I wanted. 

There were tons of twitter peeps there, Too many to mention, as I don’t want to leave anyone out! However our dear #PriorFatPack girl Meredith (@pnutmn) was there! At Coffee and Conversation we talked briefly about sushi, and my desire to try it, and lack of knowledge of knowing what I like.  I was stoked to know I could ask her, or Beth or Missy (@MarketingMama) or Sushi Diva Jenny (@PrincessSushi) for help!

Meredith and her guy Ryan (I think… please correct me if I am wrong) and I decided it was a good idea to perhaps split a few rolls to get my feet wet.  We looked over a special Tweetup Menu (HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!! THANK YOU TIGER SUSHI!!!) and decided to get some edamame, which I just love!  I keep a bag in my freezer and eat it as a snack all the time so I knew it would be safe, and fishy free!  We also ordered two rolls off the Tweetup Menu to start.

Kick in the Pants Roll: Inside is a lively mixture of marinated seared tuna, minced fresh ginger, cilantro, fresh mint leaves, cucumber and kaiware sprouts.  Outside is layered with slender filet of tuna that has been marinated in a zingy sauce. Finally it is sprinkles with finely minced jalapeno & red tobiko.

Winter Roll: Inside: Tuna, salmon, & yellow tail, avocado, spicy garlic mayo & mesago.  Outside: sushi rice, crispy tempura flakes & sesame seeds drizzled with unagi sauce and creamy mango sauce.

 So there it was… order placed.  I really wasn’t feeling any anxiety.  I was surprised!  Perhaps it was that I would be crossing something off my list for the year, perhaps it was the great company, perhaps it really was that I am the Brave Little Toaster I thought I could be!  Word got around a bit at the tweetup that I was a #SushiVirgin.  I felt like I should have been wearing a T-shirt or something with a big V on it. 

We devoured about half of the edamame before the rolls came… and then it was time.  Missy offered me some tips about mixing the wasabi into the soy sauce, and to eat the sushi in one bite.  I grabbed my chopsticks and went for the winter roll first.

I grabbed a piece and dipped it, moved it to my mouth and WE HAVE CONTACT!   I gave it a moment for the flavors to register before i began full on chewing.  I wanted to make sure I was not just inhaling it.  As someone who has on more than one occasion inhaled food and not stopped to figure out what it tasted like I wanted to make sure I was experiencing this. 

Guess what? I LIKED IT! There was no gagging, or freaking out about the fact that I had just eaten fish.  As a kid I wouldn’t go near any kind of seafood, boy how I have grown!  Next up was the Kick in the Pants!  I was so not afraid of this “spicy” roll.  Jalapeno peppers do not scare me.  I grabbed a piece of it, and again put it in and savored it.  I liked this one too! *cue “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead”

I was… on a “roll” get it? HAHA! but seriously! I enjoyed the sushi, I also sampled a piece of a Caterpillar Roll which contains Unagi, and had a piece of a Lucky 13 Roll.  (You can look up the descriptions on the Tiger Sushi site if you like!)

We decided that it was time to order just one more roll.  We scoured the menu and I spotted…

The Snow Monkey: Inside: Tuna, salmon, & yellow tail, avocado, spicy garlic-chile mayo & masago. Outside: sushi rice and layers of bincyo (super white tuna) that have been ever so slightly seared and drizzled with ponzu sauce.  Scattered with togarashi flakes. 

So we shared that roll, it was SOOO GOOD! I am glad I spotted it on the menu, it means I know I can find something on the menu that I can identity that I would eat! Woot Woot!

Snow Monkey Roll

The Snow Monkey Roll (To Go)

So I stayed and chatted for a long time and as things started to wind down I decided I wanted to place a to go order.  I still had a long night ahead of me.  A Snow Monkey would be great for dinner.  I guess this means I am a convert!  I will be watching for Groupon to have another Tiger Sushi deal!

After #SushiTweetup a few of us went to Common Rootsfor some coffee and chatting.  It was lovely to just sit and chat about all kind of things.  It makes me feel almost human when I get to go to these things.  Sometimes with my night shift work I feel out of contact with the world.  I am glad that I can connect and laugh and share a night with good food and friends.  It feeds the soul. My soul is overrunning with goodness this week!

Thank you friends! Next week I shall be nourished too!  Are you busy next Wednesday? Want to come to Woodbury and hang out with Jenn and me?  It is bound to be AMAZING!