Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Got Milk?

On the first day of my agricultural communications class at Poly, professor Gearhart gave us a quick quiz on our California agricultural knowledge. Although there were some things I knew already, I was shocked at how many awesome new facts I learned about California agriculture that I had never even heard of before.
For instance, did you know that California is the number one producer of dairy in the U.S? All these years I have taken fresh, real whipped cream on my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie for granted. Without California's dairies, however, would I perhaps have been raised on Cool Whip instead of real whipped cream!?? We may never know, but I am certainly grateful that I never had to find out. Thank goodness for real whipped cream and thank goodness for California agriculture!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Midterm "Zombies"

Yesterday as I was leaving my last class, a pretty funny thing happened that got me thinking. To set the scene for you, it was about dusk and there was a very warm stillness in the air that was decidedly eerie, yet comfortable. As I was walking quietly along Poly View Drive, something in the distance catches my eye. The lighting was very twilight-zone-esque and I found it hard to see much -- but thought I could make out three bodies up ahead, sort of running after each other. As they got closer, I could clearly see three males, wearing what appeared to be ripped and bloodied t-shirts, with powdery white faces, blackened eyes, rotting teeth, and messy hair. Although I wasn't quite sure of what I was witnessing, a stride or two closer confirmed for me that this was indeed a zombie encounter. As "they" continued along in their hurried, limping zig-zag of a gate, I could hear them grunting and carrying on... heckling people as they went along. I was practically in stitches by the time they passed by me, and even squealed a little when the last character nearly staggered right into me. Whether this "zombie" encounter was the work of some Halloween hooligans, Cal Poly's student government, or was truly the return of the living dead... I may never know. I will say, however, that the experience reminded not to take myself so seriously. Especially in the midst of midterms, it's important to have a belly laugh or two. Even at my most frazzled, I simply can't help but feel better after a good dose of laughter, and yesterday was no exception. So to all my fellow Mustangs out there, I wish you the best of luck this week with your midterms and advise you to keep an eye out for those zombies!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Weekend to SAVOR

After looking forward to something for so long, it is a strange sensation to know that the event has finally come and passed. And although this past weekend was exhausting, I am happy to say that the annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast food and wine event was wonderfully successful. The festivities started out with a participatory SAVOR rodeo that we hosted and ran at the Madonna Arena. Next was the running of our vendor booth in Santa Margarita, and finally on Sunday, the SAVOR 5 and 10K races through downtown SLO to benefit finding a cure for cancer. The SAVOR event is fun because it is a chance for locals, who may have only heard about us, the chance to see what the Madonna Inn is really all about.
To top off this fun weekend, we celebrated my grandma Phyllis's 85th birthday yesterday at my parents' house. Not only was the party a fun time to mingle with cousins and family friends, but was also a great opportunity to celebrate and honor a woman who has truly been a blessing in each of our lives. Here is a photo of my grandma and her newest great-grandchild, Carissa.