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Really Good News!

TWO items of good news, well really, 3…

1. My thesis advisor from grad school emailed me yesterday to ask if she could submit my thesis abstract to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) this year! Wooo! Now I just need to make it!

My thesis was on undergraduate nutrition programs and what students look for in programs. I used an analysis technique called conjoint analysis which weighs attributes against one another with this really complex tool. If you’re a nerd and want to know more, I’m happy to go further in-depth 🙂

2. Yesterday I reached 333 hours (1/3rd!) of my diabetic hours in order to sit for the Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) exam. I actually ended the day with 338 hours — busy day! I am getting there and learning so much about diabetes along the way!


3. Friday! Woo! (I have to work today because we had Monday off for President’s Day…::grumble grumble::) 😉


Last night we went to habachi grill (sometimes called teppanyaki) — delicious!

Question: Have you ever been to a Japanese habachi/teppanyaki grill? Did you enjoy it?

And…any weekend plans? 🙂

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  1. Kenya
    February 19, 2010 / 8:25 am

    Back here in Illinois (Tinley Park) there is a habachi grill called Hamada & it is the BEST! We love going there every once and a while. Next time you are visiting, you should try it out!

  2. February 19, 2010 / 9:37 am

    Woo hoo…congrats to you!

  3. February 19, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Yay, congrats! I’ll be going to FNCE in Boston so hopefully I will hear all about your research!

    I love hibachi, but I don’t go much because it’s the most fun when you’re in a large group!

  4. lessonstolearn
    February 19, 2010 / 12:38 pm

    What great news! Friday’s even better this week….Lots to celebrate!

  5. eaternotarunner
    February 19, 2010 / 1:04 pm

    Congrats on both! That is so exciting 🙂

    I love teppanyaki, so fun!

  6. February 19, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    Congrats!!! How exciting!

  7. February 19, 2010 / 1:37 pm

    I love hibachi. Glad you got to enjoy it. Congrats on the FNCE submission. Yes, I am a nerd and yes I want to know more. I am totally serious, that sounds really interesting. And congrats on getting a third into the hours. I think that was about where I was when I moved overseas. Oh well! Lots of congrats all around today.

  8. February 19, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Nope never been to a habachi grill before but want to some time! Congrats on being 1/3 the way through with your hours.

  9. February 19, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    congrats! I love hearing good news on blogs 🙂

    I am obsessed with hibachi places. I love them. I just hate how EVERYTHING including my hair smells after i leave. I always wear washable clothes (nothing that needs to be dry cleaned) and leave my coat in the car!

  10. February 19, 2010 / 3:32 pm

    YAY!! Mucho congratulations!! You deserve all of this success, you worked hard for it!! 🙂

  11. February 19, 2010 / 3:37 pm

    Congratulations on your thesis!!! And it must feel really good to have so many hours logged! Be proud of yourself!
    I have actually never been to a hibachi restaurant, but have always wanted to. It seems so fun!

  12. February 19, 2010 / 3:41 pm

    Congrats! That’s wonderful. I’m really thinking about going to get a masters/Ph.d. for nutrition after I finish my bachelor’s for nutrition. I definitely think I’d need some time off school before I started back up again, but hard work pays off…like getting your thesis submitted! That’s so cool!

  13. February 19, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    Awesome about # 1 & # 2! Sorry about #3…

    Love, love, love habachi!

    Happy Weekend! 🙂

  14. February 19, 2010 / 4:10 pm

    Your thesis sounded like something I’d see on “Numbers”. Congratulations.

  15. February 19, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    Looooooove hibachi grills! I’m obsessed with the pink sauce! So delicious (and not nutritious!).

  16. February 19, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    Hii Nicole! CONGRATULATIONS on both of those incredible achievements!! I’m so glad your hard work and passion has paid off and is being recognized. You truly deserve it!

    YES do I love teppanyaki. My favorite restaurant was a place on Maui Island in Hawaii…the only Teppanyaki restaurant…SO good I will never forget it. The chef was a freakin’ magician and could toss around bowls full of rice without dropping anything…mmm. Though I have to attribute a lot of the flavor to their giant mounds of butter. Ehh…not so healthy for ya. I know you’re gonna have a rockin’ weekend!!

  17. February 19, 2010 / 4:57 pm

    AWESOME news girl! have a FAB weekend-reward yourself!

  18. February 19, 2010 / 5:35 pm

    Good luck with the thesis!!!!!!!

    I always wanted to try habachi! I can’t wait to hear how it was

  19. February 19, 2010 / 5:57 pm

    Theres a teppanyaki place near me and we’ve been there a couple times. I loved it. At least, until the part where my boyfriend matched a COUPLE we were with, shot for shot of sake. I wanted to kill him by the end of the night. lol
    Congratulations!! Its so exciting about your thesis! Such a compliment.

    • Nicole
      February 21, 2010 / 7:40 am

      Haha, that is totally something my husband would do. And, I too, would want to strangle him!! 🙂

  20. February 19, 2010 / 6:36 pm

    Congratulations on the thesis, that’s awesome!

  21. February 19, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    I’m glad you had such a great day!! Hopefully the weekend continues to be a good one.

    We used to go to Hibachi restaurants for special occasions a lot when I was growing up. I loved them!

  22. February 19, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    yay congrats! all of those things are MAJOR! fridays are wondrous :). but really, the thesis thing is awesome and 1/3 of the way done with your hours is great too, you’ll be done before you know it! i’ve been to a habachi grill a few times but not really anymore since i don’t eat meat—kinda limits the optoins!

  23. February 19, 2010 / 8:44 pm

    Congrats that’s awesome! I hope it gets accepted!

  24. February 19, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    Hey Nicole!!

    I received my coupons today! Many thanks.

    Congrats on the great news.

    I love Japanese habachi. It is one of our favorites to do when we go out to eat.

  25. February 20, 2010 / 2:17 am

    Hey Nicole!!! Congrats, girl! That is really cool! This is a great achievement that shows the quality of your work! Good luck with writing the abstract!

    For this weekend, no big plans: hair dresser this morning (yay!!!), then movie with the hubby tonight. And tomorrow we are having our good friends over for a healthy brunch. I’m anxious to cook! I haven’t had much time this week.

  26. February 20, 2010 / 6:40 am

    Congrats on the great news! Your thesis sounds very in-depth and very beneficial. Way to go!

  27. February 20, 2010 / 7:09 am

    That’s fantastic news! It must feel good to be getting through all your required hours and to be learning so much.

    Today I’m going to a boxing class and then hanging out with some friends tonight. Have a great saturday!

  28. February 20, 2010 / 9:23 am

    Congratulations Nicole! That’s great news (except for you having to work yesterday)!! 🙂

  29. February 20, 2010 / 10:20 am


    Did they do the onion volcano at the Hibatchi restaurant? That’s my favorite part.

    • Nicole
      February 21, 2010 / 7:41 am

      Oh yes! Love the onion volcano!

  30. intheskinny
    February 20, 2010 / 1:23 pm

    Congrats! All of your hard work pays off!!

    How are you liking the 4 10 hour days?

  31. February 20, 2010 / 5:05 pm

    Woo!! Congratulations!!!

  32. February 22, 2010 / 6:06 am

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! It’s always good to know your headed in the right direction 🙂

  33. February 22, 2010 / 7:29 am

    Congrats on all your great news!! I believe you have such a great future ahead. Keep up the great work girlie!

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