Q(ampersand)A, fro-yo, and a blogger meet-up

Did you know the & sign is called an ampersand? That’s one of my favorite random facts.

elohorn asked me about the importance of potassium. Potassium is an ESSENTIAL ion to body function! The first step in cellular muscle contraction is potassium entering the cell. Hypokalemia (low serum potassium levels) can cause hyperexcitablity in the atria of the heart (which I believe is what happened to Teri Schiavo), due to the cells being underresponsive to electical stimulation (for my science-y friends, hypokalemia lowers the resting membrane potential).  This leads to arrhythmias via two different and excessively complicated mechanisms, but trust me, it’s bad news bears.

And the difference between light and dark meat is the presence of myoglobin, which binds iron, making meat redder.

BAM, physiologied!  Somehow that is not as awesome as BAM, lawyered.  Boo.

On Saturday, the new frozen yogurt place near my apartment opened up. Matcha Frozen Yogurt (Columbus, OH) is an assembly line, self serve fro-yo place that had its grand opening on Saturday.  In honor of their opening, everything is 50% off this week.  Husband and I decided to try it out after my 7 mile run in the blazin’ heat.  It did not disappoint.

You grab a cup and fill with one of the 8 flavors of fro-yo from the machine. There were also lots of tiny cups so we could try samples.

Bin 1 of toppings included Twizzlers, Chips Ahoy and Oreos

Bin 2 included a bunch of cereals, Chex Mix, Butterfingers and sprinkles

Bin 3 had M&Ms, gummi bears, marshmallows, Skittles, and Malted Milk Balls

The fruit bar had a bunch of berries, some Asian fruits that I forgot the names of, mochi, and these fruity bubble things that were little spheres of happiness

My creation. Gummis are a fruit, right? For the record, I ate only a fraction of that. I am a wuss. Also, Jelly Bellys in fro-yo are nowhere near as awesome as they sound.

Everything about Matcha is cute and fun.  The owner was on site and extremely friendly.  We filled out a survey asking us what kinds of flavors and toppings we want to see in the future.  Considering the way husband is talking, we’ll be going back.

In other news, I finally got to meet an internet friend!  Michelle from The Running Jewess is moving away this week (to go to grad school at Stanford because she is super brilliant), so Sara from Words to Run By and I decided to meet her for brunch before she left.  We also brought my husband and Michelle’s charming friend Chris.  Great times were had by…well, I hope all, but definitely by me!

Me, Michelle, and Sarah. Please note that Sara and I came pretty much straight from a race that morning. No judgement!

I was super nervous to meet some random stranger from the internet because I feel like a creeper already knowing so much about someone I’ve never met.  Luckily, Michelle is super easy to talk to and we had a great conversation about all kinds of crazy stuff.  I loved hearing about her experience running the Boston Marathon and I think we scandalized the people behind us with our conversation about horrible porn and Nip/Tuck.  Have a great move, Michelle, and we’ll definitely be visiting you in California!

Ever met up with a blogger?  Was it awkward or awesome?  Best fro-yo toppings? Any more physiology questions?  I’m going to confess most of my posts this week are scheduled in advance because I am crazy swamped at work for the next two weeks.  Please forgive me if I get behind on your blogs!


About Sarah S @RunningOnWords

Married 20-something in flux and trying to cope by running and occasionally crafting.
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18 Responses to Q(ampersand)A, fro-yo, and a blogger meet-up

  1. pawsitivelife says:

    I think that if we met we would get along splenditly…for now though I have to blog stalk you…cest la vie

  2. I drove by that yogurt place the other day (Saturday, I think…no, Friday) – I need to try it!

    I have met a few bloggers IRL before and I am always so nervous! I am a lot more outgoing online than I am in person, or I feel that way. Looks like you guys had a nice time!


  3. Kim (Book Worm Runs) says:

    I wish we had a fro-yo place nearby…I get jealous seeing it on everyone else’s blogs!

    I have met other bloggers in real life and had tons of fun! You automatically have something in common so it make it easier to find stuff to talk about 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    Oh this post totally didn’t go where I thought it was going when I saw your tweet. I saw fro-yo and blogger meet-up and thought “count me in.” Oh well…maybe next time. Anyway, I feel like those kinds of fro-yo places are popping up everywhere and I love them. And yes! Meeting bloggers in real life is such an anxious-making activity. I feel like I don’t match my online persona much at all – and I’m always afraid people will not like me or worse think I don’t like them because I’m more quiet when I first meet someone. Speaking of which, I do totally want to meet up before/during/after the Hot Chocolate 15k! I would suggest fro-yo but it will be December…

  5. Lori says:

    I came across your blog from Walk a Mile in My Boots and saw the Race Club mentions and singlets…so I’m guessing you’re a fellow MiT’er. So hi! 🙂

  6. I loooove the self-serve froyo places…but am so sad that there isn’t one close to my house:( But they’re everywhere else, so I still manage to find my way to one fairly often;).

    I did know it’s called an ampersand, but then I’m a journalism major so I guess that’s not a huge surprise, haha.

    I have met up with some bloggers…it’s weird going there and first finding them, but so far in all my meetings we have all gotten along GREAT, and it’s not weird after the first 30 seconds:)

  7. hehe, I did know it’s called the ampersand, but I spend my days programming computers and it’s an essential character to us nerds. 🙂

    I love the physiology question and answers! I’m going to have to come up with a question for you.

    I’ve never met up with another blogger, since the opportunity has never been available to me. I think I would if I had the chance.

  8. Abby says:

    We have some of those self-serve softserve places around here. I think it’s one of the greatest inventions ever 🙂

    I’ve had a few blogger meetups, two local and a couple while traveling, and all of them turned into genuine friendships!

  9. Sara W. says:

    I have GOT to try that place.

    That’s an awesomely-not-so-flattering picture of me. Ew.

    I had a great time with you and Michelle – it was my first blogger meet-up and I’m hooked!

  10. Sara W. says:

    And yes, I did know that was an ampersand. And it freaks people out when I refer to it as such.

  11. Sam Walton says:

    i want to marry fro yo. and yeah, gummies really aren’t that great mixed in. i just pile on top, eat them first, then dig in to the frozen goodness!

  12. Michelle says:

    I think I may have to stop by Matcha today or tomorrow before I run away, those pics make it look so yummy (and this Jew rarely says no to 50% off).

    It was a pleasure meeting the two of you! I’m sad we didn’t meet earlier since you guys are absolutely awesome. I’ll admit, I was a touch nervous as well but you hugged me after knowing me in-real-life for all of 15 seconds so I calmed quickly. And I expect you to come out to the west coast for a visit, perhaps we can actually run together then.

  13. Lizzy says:

    I am so jealous of your self-serve froyo place. We are finally getting one in my town soon and I can’t wait. I might just be their #1 customer 🙂 I find gummis on froyo or sherbert is way better than just eating them plain. Something about them getting a bit frozen that makes them even more awesome. I met a fellow blogger last week and I was totally nervous at first, but it was all good.

  14. Kara says:

    I would marry frozen yogurt and have 10,000 of it’s babies.

    The only blogger I’ve ever met is Alyssa and that turned out well. 🙂

  15. Raquelita says:

    See, if I were back in C-bus I wouldn’t bother with frozen yogurt unless it was from Jeni’s. I miss Jeni’s soooooo much!

    I’ve met up with a few bloggers (all style bloggers, though, as I used to have a relatively successful one), and it’s been a blast each time.

  16. elohorn says:

    wow I can’t believe I’m just getting to read this now!! I’ve been away from the computer for a few days, but what an awesome surprise to get back to 🙂

    Thank you for the link &(ampersAND) such an in-depth explanation to my question! i’m gonna go grab a banana for a boost of potassium as we speak

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