- Date: Saturday, November 11, 2006 -- 7pm
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Kitchen: Vigleik and Shihchi's Apartment
- Fellow Chefs: Shihchi and Vigleik
- Dining Companions: Bridget and Kari
- Recipe Rating: A-
I am now in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Driving down here yesterday I felt extremely nostalgic -- the endless crop fields reminded me so much of driving through rural Wisconsin. The atmosphere here feels a little bit like Madison too -- lots and lots of coffee shops and students. Yesterday was Nora's 30th birthday, so I had dinner with her at the co-op where she lives. The food was really good, and the people were great. The co-op has been around for a number of years, and they seem to have figured out how to make it run very smoothly. It was interesting to talk to Nora about the set-up that they have --there are clearly a lot of benefits to cooperative living.
I gave my talk this morning, and I think it went pretty well, so that's a relief. I didn't get as nervous as I usually do. Probably this is in part because I am getting used to speaking about my research. Also, I think it helped that when I looked around the room I realized that I knew 6 or 7 people in the audience. It's always nice to have familiar faces in the room!