Switzerland – Day 4

I thought the show on Tuesday was hectic, but it was nothing compared to yesterday.

I didn’t go to the gym in the morning because after my nap Tuesday night I couldn’t sleep and so I reset my alarm and slept in. I met with everyone for breakfast around 7:30 again. Once we were done we headed over to the show around 8. The bus was once again crowded, but at least it wasn’t raining.

I forgot to show how they can transform the show space in just one night. Before and after

Switzerland Day 4

Switzerland Day 4

At the show I did back to back videos from 9-12. By the end I had 7 videos to work on. I headed down to the press office to start editing around noon. Once there I felt like I was chained to the desk. Luckily there weren’t many other people in the office so I was by myself.

Switzerland Day 4

Around 3 I realized the last time I had eaten was 7:30 that morning but the office closed at 6 and I needed to get at least 4 videos done. So instead of food I had rocket fuel aka European coffee. This stuff is STRONG.

Switzerland Day 4

The videos were a lot more time consuming than I had hoped. One woman had talked for over 20 minutes and even though Karen gave me notes about which parts to use, it still took a while. I was able to get the 4th video uploaded by 6:20 and then I took a very long bus ride home. I made it back just in time to head to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Geneva. We went last time and for weeks all I could think about was the food.

Patara is a thai restaurant down by the lake. We tend to turn it into a tapas place because the food is so good we want to try a little of everything. I was STARVING so I was so excited to eat. We had a bunch of appetizers like thai tacos, spring rolls, tuna carpaccio, dumplings. I would have gotten photos but we devoured it quick. The coolest were the prawns in an actual shell. I got lobster and scallop curry as my meal. I asked for a less spicy sauce but they didn’t oblige and after a while I could barely feel my lips but I kept eating because the food was just too good.

Switzerland Day 4

After dinner we decided to head over to the Brittania for drinks. We walked in and everyone was staring at the TV screens where a soccer game was on. It was so hot inside and everyone was intently watching this game so we decided to go somewhere else.

There is a very pretty looking church across the street Basilique Norte-Dame de Geneve.

Switzerland Day 4

We went down the street to Les Brasseurs. Inside it smelled like puke and was again hot so we got drinks and sat outside.

One thing about Europe is they always warn you about pickpockets. There are signs everywhere but I was shocked when I was told there have been a bunch on the show floor! I always keep an eye on my stuff but I have to be extra cautious until I leave.

Switzerland Day 4

Switzerland – Day 3

Day one of the show is officially over and man was it a long day. For those of you who have never been to a tradeshow, they are not glamorous. I mean to be honest it’s awesome that I got to go to Switzerland, but the show itself is long and hectic. Especially now since I feel like I have to make these amazing videos.

Yesterday I set my alarm for 5am to go to the gym. In hindsight I did not need to go that early, but once I am up I am UP.

Switzerland Day 3

Brian showed up in the gym about an hour later. He was smart and slept a little longer. After the gym I headed back to my room and got ready. We had decided to meet for breakfast around 7:30 since we had to be at the show by 9. Breakfast was good. They have mini mutely packets that I am obsessed with!

After breakfast we headed to the show in the rain. Good thing I brought an umbrella. We take the bus to the show and it was PACKED! I felt like a sardine and everyone was wet and sweaty and smelled. Not a fun ride. Once we got to the show we organized the booth and started the day. It’s crazy how many people go to these things.

Switzerland Day 3

I did 2 video interviews in the morning and then taped the opening ribbon cutting and then the awards. It was a long morning and I was exhausted when I got to the press office to start editing. This is my new home for the next few days!

Switzerland Day 3

From noon until 3:30 I was editing like a mad woman. It gets tiring staring at the same thing all day long.

Switzerland Day 3

At 3:30 I had to go back and shoot another video. I realized then that I hadn’t eaten yet so I grabbed a little salad to hold me over. After I raced back downstairs to edit the last video before the end of the day. I got everything done and uploaded in time! I mean I am an official photographer and all.

Switzerland Day 3

When the show ended at 6 we all crammed back onto another excruciating bus ride back to the hotel. The sales guys were going to some reception right after. Karen had asked me to go to dinner with her but I had just eaten so I told her I would wait to go with the sales guys later. Big mistake. I passed out when I got back by accident and woke up around 8:30. The sales guys finally got back around 9:30 so I grabbed dinner with them in the restaurant next to the hotel. The curry pasta I had was delicious.

Because of my poorly timed nap I could not fall asleep! I also had a loud guy talking on speakerphone in the room next door that didn’t help. I skipped the gym this morning because I was just too damn tired. Now another day of the show!

Switzerland – Day 2

We got to Switzerland early this time. 3 years ago when we arrived we had to go straight to the show to set up since it started the following day. Because the show didn’t start until Tuesday we were able to relax Sunday. My boss decided we should all sleep in and meet to go set up the show around 2pm.

I don’t know why but I woke up around 7am. Once I was up I couldn’t get back to sleep. I woke up PARCHED…blame all the beer and salty foods. I went downstairs to grab some of the free continental breakfast. I felt like a slob in my pajamas when everyone else was dressed nice for the day. Oh well….I drank about 15 mini glasses of apple juice too.

After I ate I went to get coffee at Starbucks. Europeans drink strong coffee or espresso. When I got back I relaxed and attempted to watch Game of Thrones. You can’t stream any of the TV show stations outside of the US :(

I decided I needed more sleep so I took a nap. Around 11 I decided to go check out the hotel gym. I was bummed when I realized there was no treadmill…only some weird elliptical/stepper hybrid and 2 bikes. They did have a baby barbell and weights for me to use though.

Switzerland Day 2

My texts have been weird over here and I didn’t get a text from my coworker asking if I wanted to run around the lake until an hour after she sent it. Bummer.

After I worked out I got ready for the day and met my coworkers in the lobby at 1. We went to Starbucks again and then headed over to the show. Trade shows are weird things. In Europe they are HUGE. The booths people buy and have set up are massive and expensive. When we go for setup its organized hysteria with all the people that work there trying to get everything set up.

Switzerland Day 2

This will look completely different once everything is set up. We organized magazines and the booth and then hung out for a little figuring out the e-newsletter. Karen, Tim and I had neglected to eat lunch before we went and we wound up not leaving the show until 4pm. We hopped the bus and headed back down to our hotel. We decided to walk down to the lake to get food and found a cute spot right on the water where we could sit outside. Even though the food is technically free I still feel bad spending a lot. It’s difficult to not spend a lot in Geneva though.

I decided to get a caesar salad and a half order of escargot (6 pieces instead of 12). It was the best escargot I have ever had. Even better than the French pavilion at the Disney Food & Wine Festival….and that is saying a lot.

Switzerland Day 2

Europe is also notoriously slow at service. We didn’t finish up until around 6 and then headed back to the hotel. My boss let us know they were meeting at 7:15 to go get a drink and then dinner with this guy Richard (British accent) from a company in the industry. I had met him the last time I was here so I decided to go and just drink. We went to my favorite bar again….the Brittania.

After the 5th round of drinks we finally decided to go grab food since the show was the following day and being hangover at a trade show is not fun. One of my coworkers, Matt, got his beer in an awesome glass which I took from the bar. The bars get these glasses for free from the beer companies so I never feel bad about taking them.

Switzerland Day 2

I also made a bold statement how I wasn’t a clepto I just didn’t get paid enough to afford nice things…oh well my boss laughed it off. We headed down the street to Les Brasseurs and got pizza. It was pretty good and of course more beer.

Switzerland Day 2

All of us originally said we wanted to get to bed early…sadly I wasn’t back in my room until 12:30 and I am getting up at 5am for the gym before the show tomorrow! It is going to be a long day.

Switzerland – Day 1

So I am in Geneva this week for work. I work at a publishing company and randomly I get to go on fun trips to different places to do videos. I was in Geneva 3 years ago for this same show. Geneva is so pretty but also so damn expensive!

On Saturday I got a car service to take me to the airport for my flight. The flight was at 5:45 and I got the car at 2. I hate stressing about being late so I just went early. I got to my gate around 2:30 and sat down and started reading Game of Thrones. When I sat down the plane was already at the gate.

Switzerland Day 1

Around 4:45 they started boarding the plane. I was in group 3 so I got on pretty fast. We were in a 737 so it was 7 people across. A row of 2, aisle, a row of 3, aisle and then a row of 2. I booked a seat next to the window and I was disappointed as soon as I sat down. When we flew to Cali two weeks ago we had nice seats, awesome TVs that had direct tv and movies. This plane looked like it was made in the 80s. The tv was tiny and I had NO legroom. I mean I am short I cannot image someone tall sitting in these seats.

Switzerland Day 1

At first some guy came and sat next to me. He was annoying. He kept taking things out of his backpack, then putting them back in. He took all the materials out of the seat pocket in front of him and threw it into an overheard. Then he sat there holding his backpack while people passed by. Next thing I know he is two rows in front of me! I guess he looked at his ticket and realized he was in the wrong seat. Luckily no one else sat down next to me so I had both seats to myself.

Switzerland Day 1

Around 5:15 the plane was loaded up and I figured we would be moving soon.

Switzerland Day 1

Was I ever wrong! All of a sudden they announce over the intercom that there was something with the paperwork because ovens on the plane had been replaced so we would be a little delayed until they had all the proper paperwork. Ok so I kept reading my book. About 30 minutes later they announce that the ovens in fact had not been replaced and a maintenance person was on board checking them out. Then it turned into that all 3 ovens (in first class mind you) had to be replaced and they only had 2 so they were looking for a third and it could take up to an hour! We had been sitting on the plane for about an hour and a half at this point.

They told us we could get off and stretch our legs but to stay near the gate. I got off to get some food because who knew when they would be feeding us. In the little deli I got a sandwich, chips and a mini bottle of wine. I went to get back on the plane and the gate agent tries telling me and this other guy that we can’t get back on until they reboard at 8:15. It was 7:30 at this point. We both told him they didn’t say that to us before we got off. The guy threw a bigger fit then me about having to work and stuff so he let the two of us back on.

Once on the plane again I curled up across the two seats and read and drank my wine.

Switzerland Day 1

At 8:15ish after they rebounded the plane they announced that everything was fixed and replaced and now they just had to wait for paperwork. We finally pushed back from the gate around 8:45…3 hours late.

Switzerland Day 1

We didn’t take off until a little after 9pm. Once in the air I tried watching Frozen on my baby TV and then attempted to get sleep. I barely slept. Even with the extra room I couldn’t get comfortable because the chair barely reclined. I was thrilled when the sun came up and we were finally over Switzerland.

Switzerland Day 1

We landed around 9am Switzerland time (6 hours ahead of NY). Once we finally got past the long line at customs we got our bags and headed to the hotel. The last time I was here the bed was a single…definitely only room for one person and it was even hard for me to roll over. This hotel though is a lot nicer. I have a full bed and a lot more space to move around. Maybe the fact that the owner of our company was with us….

Switzerland Day 1

After we checked in I showered then met everyone for lunch. We walked down to the lake to get some food. Spring has sprung here!

Switzerland Day 1

The lake is cool too. It has this huge geyser fountain that shoots out of it. I still have yet to find out why.

Switzerland Day 1

We got lunch down in the older, cobblestoned area. We sat outside in the sun and it felt wonderful. I even got sunburnt! Across from me at lunch was a window in an apartment building and inside was legit a huge lego person. The whole time we ate and drank I couldn’t stop looking at the lego man!

Switzerland Day 1

After lunch we headed back toward the hotel and decided to keep drinking at a bar called the Brittania. It seems to be where we always end up here. After our first round some crazy drunk British guy came over to let us know how America sucks and we are all murderers. I forget how people in other countries hate Americans sometimes until you are there. The best part was the one guy with us, Tim, said to the guy that we aren’t murderers so to leave us alone. This guy goes on a rant saying Tim must be a soldier because he has muscles and he probably killed people and stuff. Ridiculous. Finally his friend got him away from us and we just kept on drinking and having fun. It’s weird drinking with the owner of your company but we had a good time.

Switzerland Day 1

We drank for so long we just decided to leave and go get dinner down the street. One thing about business trips is that it’s not my money I am spending so I will eat and drink whatever because to me it’s free! The dinner place was ok but not the best food. We called it a night pretty early….around 10 since we were all jet lagged.

I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow.

I am going to try and blog each night about the day before. Have a great day!

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

I love to cook. Problem is I don’t usually have time to do it. I have vowed to try and make time, even if it’s just once a week, to cook something new. Yesterday I decided to try spaghetti squash pizza. I found the original recipe idea here. I love pizza, but it just has so many carbs. I figured any way to make it a little healthier was worth a try.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

So the first thing you need to start with is your spaghetti squash. You need a bout 4 cups in the end so either a large one or two small ones will do.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Poke holes in the shell and microwave it for about 5 minutes. This will make it softer to cut. In all honesty I didn’t know this until AFTER I hacked it up with a knife. You are going to want to cut it in half and then in half again.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Now you need to scoop out all the seeds (guts) with a spoon. Once they are all clean you want to preheat the oven to 400 and fill a tin with a little bit of water. Place the squash soft side down into the water and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

While your squash is baking you can start putting together the other crust ingredients. In a large bowl add the cheese (3/4 cup), egg, egg whites, garlic and spices.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Once the squash is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven. You can either wait for it to cool or I use an oven mitt. Hold the squash and scrape out the insides with a fork.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Put all the squash into a strainer as you scrape it out. Once you are down with all the squash make sure to strain it or dry it out.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Now you can add the squash to the rest of the crust ingredients. Make sure to mix it well.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Now on either a round baking pan or a cookie sheet spread a piece of parchment paper. Don’t forget the parchment paper! It makes it much easier later. Spread the crust out over the parchment paper and pat down to make a layer of crust.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Bake the crust at 400 degrees to 12-15 minutes, or until the crust appears dry. While the crust is baking cut up mushrooms and onions and sauté them until cooked.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Once the crust is dry and cooked remove from the oven and spread the pizza sauce over the whole thing.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Now this is where this pizza can become anything you want…the toppings! I decided to use mushrooms, onions, baby spinach, chicken and parmesan cheese. Then I sprinkled the remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese over that.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

Pop it back in the oven on 400 degrees for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and browned.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

And voila! A delicious pizza made with spaghetti squash! Let it cool a few minutes then slide the parchment paper off the pan and slice it up.

Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

It was so good I gobbled it up. I always eat pizza with a fork and knife and this definitely is a little softer than normal pizza so I recommend a fork and knife. I split the pizza into 3 servings (since there are only 3 of us) but they were pretty large servings so it definitely can feed 4 people. I cannot wait to try this crust with all different kinds of toppings!

Spaghetti Squash Mushroom Chicken Pizza

Ingredients
4 cups cooked spaghetti squash (2 small)
1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano, dried
1 tsp. parsley, dried
salt & pepper

Toppings
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/4 red onion, diced
1 cup pizza/pasta sauce
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. Rotisserie Chicken

Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Line pizza pan with parchment paper (DO NOT skip the parchment paper!!)

Poke holes in spaghetti squash shell and microwave 5 minutes. Remove and cut in half, then in half again. Remove insides. Place in baking tin with a little water and bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes. Remove and let cool. With a fork scrape out spaghetti squash. Press your spaghetti squash in a strainer to get out any excess moisture (or use cheesecloth).

In a large bowl, combine spaghetti squash, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, egg & egg whites, garlic, and spices. Mix together until well combined. Let sit for a few minutes – if you notice a lot of liquid gathering in the bottom of the bowl then drain it off.

Press the squash mixture evenly into the prepared pizza pan.

Bake at 400 for 12 – 15 minutes, until crust appears dry.

While the crust is baking – sauté the mushrooms and onions in a fry pan until mushrooms are soft and onions are translucent. Remove from heat.

Remove pizza crust from oven. Spread the pizza sauce over the crust. Spread your onions, mushrooms, spinach and chicken over the sauce. Top with the Parmesan cheese and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

Return to 400 degree oven and bake another 10 – 15 minutes or so – until cheese is bubbly and edges of crust are browned.

Let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting. You can use the parchment paper to slide it off the pan to make it easier to cut.

Nutrition
Serves 3
Calories: 328 | Carbs: 21 | Fat: 7 | Protein: 39

Project Life: February

As I mentioned last week, I have finally caught up on project life. Today I will be posting my February spreads. I will post March on Friday and then every Friday will be my weekly page posts. It feels so good to be caught up and being about to take each spread week by week instead of rushing trying to finish them so I don’t fall more behind!

Project Life February Week 1

Project Life February Week 2

Project Life February Week 3

Project Life February Week 4

I realized going back through my photos that I didn’t take as many as I thought I had been taking. Now I consciously try to take one everyday, even if I don’t use it I at least have something. I also found that planning out your pages ahead of time is really helpful. I will draw the page layout and then in each spot put what picture I plan to use or text/filler. Makes it so much simpler.

Any other cool design ideas you think I could use?

Motivation Monday: Infographics

I haven’t posted a motivation monday in a while. I honestly have been obsessed with catching up on my project life pages, but now that I have I can work on other things.

For the most recent issue of Nutraceuticals World I developed an infographic on GMOs. It’s funny because when we were at the Jillian Michaels talk last weekend she brought up GMOs a lot. GMOs are genetically modified organisms. There is a big push right now to stop using GMOs or at least force companies to label products that have used them. Pretty interesting…

Nutraceuticals World GMO Supply vs. Demand

I didn’t realize how hard an info graphic would be to produce until I had to do one. It real is difficult trying to organize all the facts in an understandable way. Hopefully a lot more interesting ones to come!

Instagramming: March

And March has come to an end. It was a very busy but exciting month…

Instagramming March

1. I started off the month doing an amazing event called Cycle for Survival with the SELF magazine team. It was such a fun event! I would do it again without hesitation
2. I had a bridal shower for an old high school friend. I also realized that I have 2 weddings back to back on Memorial Day weekend….oof
3. Our office renovations started and we were kicked out of our lovely back area
4. I started Crossfit! I must say I am not addicted yet, but I love going to try and best myself
5. Cheryl cut her hair! She got it done at Salon Di Luna in Ridgewood and I love it
6. We headed to California. We started in San Francisco where we stayed near Fisherman’s Wharf, saw sea lions, walked across the Golden Gate Bridge, went for a run, visited Alcatraz and rode a cable car!
7. Next we headed to Los Angeles. We stayed right by the TLC Theatre. We went on a Warner Bros. tour, hiked Runyon Canyon and relaxed by the pool.
8. The point of our Cali trip was for the Veronica Mars movie premiere. It was the highlight of my life!
9. Once we got back we headed to Philly to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. My office lunch for St. Patrick’s Day kept the festivities going
10. We had the first day of Spring and free Rita’s day…too bad it was freezing out
11. I saw my favorite all time trainer Jillian Michaels
12. It is still cold…bitterly cold
13. I got a little bit better with crossfit
14. I got my new desk (finally) which means we are officially moved into the new office
15. We painted the new photo studio which means we get to move soon!

April seems like it is going to be a very in-between month. Sometimes cold, sometimes warm and LOTS of rain. I can’t wait for constant warmth. We started a family weight loss challenge today so here’s hoping the prospect of having to pay $20 every week if I got up keeps me in check. Next week I am off to Switzerland for work!

On a more serious note…last Friday my cousin in Wisconsin was in a serious car accident. It was her and her two children in the car. The kids walked away with minor injuries but she is still in critical condition. I am not the most religious person since my dad died so I am not asking for prayers really, unless you are religious. I do believe in the power of good vibes so if everyone that reads this could send some good vibes her way it would be much appreciated.

Friday Favorites

Another week has come and gone with me severely lacking in posting. I have to say that I am officially caught up with Project Life so that will be a huge chunk of time I will have back. I still need to post about all of California. I wanted to do those this week but that will have to be next week instead. No matter how busy I was this week I still have a lot of things I am loving (and a few I am hating) right now.

Divergent or really more Theo James 

Theo James

How adorable is he! And don’t even get me started on those eyes. I love the character of Tobias in the movie, but he really made the movie so much better. The movie was good but I hate when they change an amazing book. Just leave it alone!

Owl Invitations

Owl Invitations

Aren’t these adorable? My awesome coworker Sara just opened her own Etsy shop. Stop by and check it out. She has some really great stuff!

Resurrection

Resurrection

I have been a complete slacker when it comes to shows lately. My DVR is about to bust. One new show I cannot stop watching though is Resurrection. The whole concept is interesting to me and so far there are a lot of twists to it.

Alex and Ani Bracelets

Alex and Ani

I already got two Disney Alex and Ani bracelets but now I want more. It sucks they are so expensive but now I have something to save up for!

That is really all I have for right now. I have to work on my March grid too. I can’t believe March is over!

 

DIY: Cork Board

So a few weeks ago I saw this amazing cork board DIY from Creative Wish. Now that we have moved into our new office space I decided to remodel some of the things I had.

On my wall I used to have a dry erase/cork board. I never used the dry erase side so I decided to ditch it. Then I found a pretty decent sized cork board in the hallway that I took to spruce up. I got my supplies at Michael’s. I decided at the time to get a bristle paintbrush, not a foam one like in the tutorial. Big mistake. The coarseness of the cork kept making the bristles fall off so I had to keep picking them off individually. I got a light yellow paint for the back and then a blue/turquoise color for the dots. I like bold colors.

DIY Cork Board

So I started with my original plain cork board

DIY Cork Board

Then I coated the whole thing in the yellow paint. I was going to do something with the frame but I decided to just leave it alone.

DIY Cork Board

Next I took a wine cork and my paint and dipped the cork into the paint. I blotted it a little and then pressed down randomly making dots.

DIY Cork Board

Some dots were completely covered in paint and some I either had to go over or just left with some sparse areas.

DIY Cork Board

Now I have a cute cork board for my office wall! This was really a very simple thing to do to make a boring old cork board into something cute and unique.

DIY Cork Board

After I hung it at work I started adding a few things, but I will have to wait and see what else I want to put on it. I don’t want to cover the whole thing though!