Home Again, Jiggity Jig

May 17th

I made it home safely to Phoenix yesterday, after circling above the city for an hour, waiting for a severe dust storm to clear. When I made it outside the airport, the warm weather and scent of pending rain embraced me like a mother who’d found her misplaced child.
New Mexico was lovely. The obesity conference I attended was nothing short of fantastic and Marion Nestle is officially my new public health hero. Without blabbing too much, let me just say Dr. Nestle is smart, dedicated and changing the way Americans eat. I think I have a professional crush of sorts.
The conference took place at a new resort just north of Albuquerque called the Sandia Resort and Casino. It is brand, spanking new and by far the nicest casino I’ve ever been in. (Even better than the Atlantis in the Bahamas. And yes, I realize how white trash it is to be comparing casinos, but I’m calling a spade a spade.) If you are ever in the neighborhood and looking for a nice place to stay, make reservations. You won’t be disappointed.

Sandia Resort and Casino, pool, golf course

Beautiful, no?


Although there is lots of tourist-y native art. But some of it is really pretty…

Native American statue

Like this lady! I love her jewelry.

How do you finish off a day of listening to doctors and experts discuss how America is eating itself to death?

the perfect afternoon treat

With booze, fried chips and the latest Britney gossip. That’s how.


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  1. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the conference. The resort looks gorgeous, just like the type of place I’d like to escape to right now (as long as my dissertation doesn’t have to come with me…) LOL at that last picture, looks like a great way to finish off a day at an obesity conference! I hope you’re having a nice week so far.

  2. Obesity conference? That sounds very intriguing. I’ve recently made some healthy lifestyle changes (eating right, working out regularly, etc) that I hope are permenant.

  3. I love New Mexico – I had no idea until I wandered through there going from LA to MN one Christmas….The conference sounds very interesting & the resort looks gorgeous. And what better way to celebrate ending the meetings by fried chips & alcohol – whooo! 🙂 Glad you’re back. You were missed.

  4. Emily May 17, 2006

    An obesity conference? You make this to easy my friend. 🙂 Miss you!!

  5. Emily May 17, 2006

    too easy

  6. okay this is too much. first there’s the elizabeth gilbert book… have you read last american man? it’s really interesting and the guy lived/lives an hour or two away from me (i’m in tn. near the nc border)…. and then you’re doing all these things with my favorite nut, and NOW i hear you got to see/hear Marion Nestle in the flesh? oh me. oh my. i have food politics… sadly haven’t read it yet. what else will i find at africankelli that i like?