Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Saturday Night MPA Banquet

Good evening! Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’m back with my last post about my MPA conference in Detroit this past weekend. If you missed the first two posts, be sure to check those out as well:

Anyway, tonight I wanted to share some pictures from our final night at the conference. Saturday night was the Banquet and Awards Ceremony and we got all dressed up before heading down to one of the ballrooms for the event.

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First there was a cocktail hour in the lobby where we met up with some of our friends and snapped some photos. Here are our friends Brad and Elena:

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And here I am with Elena and our friend Ashley:

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The whole group included the five of us, plus our friend Drew.

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Cheers!

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There were a lot of pharmacists and pharmacy students attending the banquet. Even though they had a ton of tables set up, they actually ended up running out and some of the students had to stand in the back! I felt bad for them.

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Here’s our table – #19!

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Unfortunately we couldn’t all sit together (Brad, Elena, Ashley, and Drew had assigned seats since they’re students and a pharmacist buys their banquet ticket for them), but Eric and I did get to sit with our friends Dan and Julie. Julie and her husband live in Lansing, but we haven’t seen Dan in a while so it was great to catch up with him; not just at dinner but over the whole weekend!

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For the meal itself, there were salad and rolls waiting on the table for us when we sat down.

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The server told us that the main meal was a filet and chicken with roasted potatoes, but she did ask if anyone wanted to hear about the vegetarian option. I’m usually not a big fan of the meat selection at these types of banquets and tend to roll with the vegetarian dish, so I quickly said yes. When she told me it was a vegetarian lasagna, that was all I needed to know to make my choice.

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The lasagna noodles were stuffed with artichokes, sundried tomatoes, spinach and ricotta cheese. It was really good!

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Here’s a picture of Eric’s plate, which was the standard entrée:

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Apple pie for dessert!

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Unfortunately it was cold because it was sitting out during the entire duration of dinner, but that didn’t stop me from eating it!

Once the banquet was over, we changed clothes and then met up with our friends again for a night of fun and drinks at the hotel bar, Volt.

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Obviously, that picture was taken when the bar was closed but it definitely didn’t look like that on Saturday night! The pharmacy convention is held on the same weekend as a tattoo convention, so the place was hopping! We had a great time hanging out with each other and meeting lots of other pharmacists and pharmacy students. Can’t wait until next year!

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For previous MPA posts, be sure to check out the following links:

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In case you missed my Facebook and Twitter posts, I’m now officially on vacation until next Saturday! I’m actually in Lansing right now (just got here a couple hours ago) and tomorrow Eric and I are leaving on a jet plane for Los Angeles! We are only staying until Monday so it’ll be a short trip, but I’m still excited. We are attending anther pharmacy conference, but this one is a national one. I’ll try to blog once or twice while I’m gone, but I’m sure I’ll have tons to post next week once I’m back in town.

See ya in LA!

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