Posted by Lauren
Happy WIAW! We’re back in the link-up action (via Jenn’s blog) after taking a break last week. I only snapped photos of my main meals, leaving all snacks and sweets undocumented….
I ate both breakfast and dinner at my desk at work (kinda boring), but luckily I went out to lunch in Palo Alto! I met my former boss at Pluto’s, a fast-casual salad/sandwich/carvings kinda place. They’ve got 8 locations in Northern California, with one more on the way in San Luis Obispo! I’ve only been to their Santana Row location once or twice, so I was really excited to try out Palo Alto’s and compare.
Speaking of Pluto’s, who is ready for some facts about our favorite non-planet planet?
- Pluto was discovered on Feb. 18th, 1930, the same year Scotch tape was invented (the guy who invented tape was an avid banjo player, such a hipster).
- Clyde Tombaugh was only 24 when he discovered Pluto, a fact that kind of makes me feel like a slacker!
- Clyde also was a huge UFO nerd… We’re talking eerie rectangles of light and mysterious green fireballs spotted in New Mexico and a deep belief in extra terrestrials!
- Percival Lowell, a businessman and astronomer, first proposed that there was an unknown 9th planet and he searched for more than a decade before Clyde came along
- When an 11-year-old suggested the name Pluto, Percy was totally on board because his initials are the first two letters in PLuto
- It takes Pluto 248 years to orbit the sun…. that’s way too long to wait for birthday cake
My picks: sweet potatoes, pepperoncini, red onion, lima beans, broccoli, mushrooms, sweet corn + a nice slice of foccacia bread on the side
- Pluto is 40x as far from the sun as the Earth (that math = Pluto is 3.6 billion miles from the sun)
- This tiny rock is only 1,400 miles wide (aka half the width of USA)
- A person that weighs 200 lbs on Earth would way 14 pounds on Pluto because it has 1/15th the gravity of Earth
Snacks – nectarine, strawberry flavored Nutrigrain bar, some candy from the bowl at work…. :)
- Kids from the 80s and 90s had their world rocked when, suddenly, Pluto wasn’t a “planet” it was a “dwarf planet”
- This change officially happened in 2006 (the same year Google bought Youtube for $1,650,000,000)
- Also in 2006? NASA sent a piano-sized spacecraft called New Horizons to Pluto. It will get there by 2015, after 9 years floating through space!
Dessert – Trader Joe’s cat cookies, one of my all-time favorite TJ items… they are now all gone!
- Pluto’s (the restaurant) makes amazing salads. I already want to go back.
- Pluto is cold.
- And, this:
Question: What’s your favorite planet? I always liked Saturn after doing a report on it in middle school. However, it wasn’t the rings that drew me in, it was Saturn’s moons (especially Titan) that I found so interesting.
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