No Dancing Here

by Heather on January 31, 2010

Morning everyone!  Bunker + Keira say, “Whatup?!?!”

Yesterday was a good Saturday…a little hectic, but still good.  I was planning on going on a hike with my friends Stefanie + Stephanie, but I decided we could use some extra $$$ so I went and worked at my company’s booth at SIA again. Beforehand I cleaned, picked up poop in the backyard (blech!!), did laundry, and worked out (I did a full-body circuit training workout that I recorded off of Fit TV).  Afterwards I sat down to figure out what to do about lunch, and all I could think about was mac ‘n’ cheese!  Soooo, I figured I might as well go for it so I didn’t eat everything else in sight because all I really wanted was this:

It’s a super easy recipe…I had to use spaghetti because it was the only noodle of any kind that we had!  Still tasted yummy to me :)  Here’s the recipe:

Easy + Not Healthy Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • 4 oz whole wheat noodles
  • 1 cup cubed Velveeta
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4-1 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • 1 tsp ground dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat broiler on oven if topping with shredded cheese.  Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain.  I took mine out a little before completely done since I was going to broil with cheese in the oven.  In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour.  Stir constantly to create a roux for about 1 minute.  Whisk in milk and, stirring constantly, let thicken for about 1 minute.  Stir in velveeta.  Stirring constantly, let it melt thoroughly.  Add seasonings, stir.  Add drained pasta and coat thoroughly with cheese sauce.  If you’re wanting broiled cheese, pour into an oven-safe pan, top with shredded cheese, and broil for about 1-2 minutes, or until cheese on top is bubbly and brown.  DEVOUR.

I had about a cup of this, and put the rest away so I wouldn’t eat it all.  Because I totally would.  Don’t test me!

When Nate got home from skiing, he hopped in the shower and we headed downtown to the convention center.  On the way I finally got around to eating my Kind bar that I bought on Thursday!

It was yummy, and I was pleasantly surprised that it had macadamia nuts in it!  SOOOOOO good, I love those things!

After the show was over for the day, we walked across the street to Rock Bottom for dinner.  We all split some edamame:

And huge pretzels with cheese sauce (mmmmm…more Velveeta!!!):

I decided as soon as we got there on the Turkey Chimichurri Burger with fruit on the side instead of fries:

This was really good!  The turkey burger was perfectly done, and the pickle de gallo on top was a cool addition!  I didn’t see any chimichurri sauce on it though, til the middle.  That was the only disappointing part.

Nate got a steak with parmesan fries and squash:

His was pretty good…the fries were great (obvi, they’re FRIED), the veggies were good, but the steak (albeit perfectly cooked for my taste) didn’t really have a lot of flavor.  Maybe it was just my bite, but all I tasted was char.  He liked it though, and that’s what really matters!

We got home and crashed like the old people we are!  We were watching the X-Games on ESPN, and the next thing I know Nate’s waking me up and telling me to go to bed.  Oops!

Breakfast this morning was another breakfast cookie (recipe in the recipes section!!!) on a little tiny plate because I was trying to be fancy and use a different kind of plate:

‘Twas a little small…but still tasted delish!  This was my last packet of Chocolate Amazing Grass.  Probably a good thing because I need to do some sort of breakfast variety or else you guys will quit reading!  Can’t have that :)

In regards to the title of this post, yesterday we walked around the convention center to check out other booths.  There was rumor that Skullcandy was giving out free headphones!  Nate and Jonathan and I walked over to check it out, but I immediately felt completely uncomfortable because there were scantily clad ladies standing around dancing (they worked for the booth) and apparently the only way to get free headphones was to dance for them.  Couple things here:  1) I’m not much of a dancer, 2) I don’t really care if I get free headphones, and 3) most importantly, I really detest how women are exploited in the whole “Sex Sells” advertising theme in America.  I’m not some performing monkey who’ll perform for free stuff; I think I’m better than that!  I took some stickers and walked away awkwardly.

How do you guys feel about this?  Would you have brushed it off and danced for the headphones?  How do you feel about trade shows (and other entities) hiring beautiful women to wear next to nothing to come into their booth? I’ve gotta say, I was really proud of my company at this point because we had fit models, but they were all wearing ski pants and jackets and were completely clothed, and I thought they were the prettiest ones there!

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1 Salah January 31, 2010

Wow….isn’t it cold there haha I bet those girls were freezing? I either would’ve walked away awkwardly like you did or I would’ve danced like a crazy person just to make fun of the whole thing…haha because I seem to go through headphones a lot (dropping them and stepping on them…etc.). However, I do not understand why you would have scantily dressed women at a ski event!?????? I mean come on now….no one ski’s in booty shorts and a bra, thats just silly.


2 Jennifer January 31, 2010

Hi Heather! I don’t know if you remember me, but we both were in Phi Lamb together @ Tech! I noticed the link to your blog on Facebook and have been enjoying reading it! I read about the Farmer’s Market the other day so my husband and I went yesterday and loved it. (I live in Highlands Ranch) Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I’m going to Whole Foods right now to buy some Amazing Grass and try out those breakfast cookies!


3 lpskins January 31, 2010

Ew, thats annoying. That kinda stuff really pisses me off. That man and cheese looks fierce. Velveta is soo sooo delish. I want some now. Thanks a lot.


4 thedallasceliac January 31, 2010

I’m not a dancer, but even if I was, I wouldn’t have danced for a pair of free headphones. Maybe for a couple thousand dollars, though. :)

Your homemade mac n cheese looks delicious!


5 Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie January 31, 2010

Cute Doggies…


6 theprocessofhealing January 31, 2010

Mac and Cheese sounds absolutely amazing.. one of the best dishes ever invented.


7 rebecca January 31, 2010

i agree with your stance on “selling sex.” i hate it. i probable wouldn’t have done it either, just because i would get too embarrassed. ;)

also……….thanks for being a good friend! i appreciate you and nate very much. :)


8 Michelle @ Tea at Dusk February 1, 2010

You’re dogs are so cute. :)

I hate the sex sells thing too. My husband and I are into video games and the industry is terrible about objectifying women and using them to sell their games/products. It is very, very slowly getting better but you don’t have to look hard to find scantily clad women at conventions or models in games.

Good for you on walking away and not supporting what they were doing. I would have too.


9 Katie February 1, 2010

There is a Rock Bottom close to my house also (I am outside of Denver too) and those pretzels are seriously addicting! It is dangerous.


10 quarterlifewellness February 1, 2010

Your pups are too cute!! And YUM edamame is one of my favs!!

Just found your blog, can’t wait to read more!


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