Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday in the desert

Breakfast was an oversight. We thought they were feeding us, unfortunately they were not.  The real unfortunate part is that we were up since 5am and had plenty of time to go out to breakfast, however our starving bodies were anxiously awaiting a breakfast that didn't happen.

When we finally reached the general session at 8:30am and realized there was no food, Melis quickly ran back to the hotel room to salvage some snacks.  My hero returned with half a peanut butter sandwich for each of us and a Lunabar.  It was a bit of a protein and sugar overload for 8:30 but I was happy my growling belly wouldn't overtake our speaker's voice!

Speaking of speakers.  Jean Kilbourne was our keynote speaker this morning and her presentation blew me away!  Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in media messaging.  She demonstrated the inequality and impotence in the media through visual images of advertisements and staggering statistics.

Honestly, Jean Kilbourne's presentation made me ill.  I watched in horror as picture after picture demonstrated the effect the media, and most importantly, the advertisers have on the way women view themselves.  The message seemed grim.  When advertisements are compared to those of 20 and 30 years ago, it seems that they only get worse.  Where is the improvement, the change, the difference?

The presentation was hard to swallow, but it awakened a desire for change within me and a renewed passion for the organization I work for, Girls on the Run.  We teach media literacy to girls starting at age 8.  Media messaging affects women and girls (and men) of all ages and it is time to make a difference.
This was second breakfast...fruit and decaf coffee.

Lunch was very enjoyable today.  It began with a hot cup of lentil soup.
For the main course I had a light pasta dish with steamed veggies.
Dessert was...surprise, surprise...

Every meal has been so enjoyable, but when all the others are getting delectable desserts, I feel quite left out with my plate of fruit.  At first I enjoyed the healthy and delicious snack, but by dinner tonight I was quite envious of the Red Velvet Cake and Tiramisu!
After lunch and another break-out session we headed to Camelback Mountain for a hike with a large group of women from Girls on the Run.  We signed up for the hike months ago and I was so excited to take on this challenge.  Of course I have been nursing a sore ankle, but I desperately wanted to get out of the resort so I rode the bus with the others, took my book along and relaxed at the foot of the mountain.
The scenery is beautiful here.  I got to enjoy much of it during the marathon, but it was nice to relax and enjoy it today!
Unfortunately I couldn't view the scenery from the top of the mountain, but it was still a nice afternoon.

This evening culminated with a nice banquet and another amazing speaker, but more on that tomorrow!  Good night!

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