Posts by Courtney Tompkins

It’s countdown time!

Less than 2 months away….May 1. It’s the Saturday we wait all winter for.It’s the first downtown farmers’ market!!! From 7 a.m. until noon each Saturday until the snow flies again, we’ll all wander around eating delectable goodies & loading our bags with produce, flowers & crafts. What fresh Iowa fruit or veggie are you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Kidsfest!

If your kids like Spiderman, Princess Leia, Veggie Tales or Diego, you should know… Today (March 5) through Sunday at 4 p.m. is KIDSFEST! in the Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building. There’s snacks, entertainment, crafts, competitions, scavenger hunt and more! What fun! It’s a fun way to let kids run around & blow off […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Grab some popcorn & a soda, it’s movie time!

Today Metromix Des Moines picked their favorite movie theaters in the area which makes a nifty lil guide for next time you wanna catch a flick. I happen to know DMU students are fond of the Cobblestone 9 theatre on Tuesdays when they have $1 popcorn, $1 drinks & $2.50 candy. Or, if you go […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Gluten-free? Peanut-free?

If you have food allergies, traveling to a new city, like say to Des Moines for a school interview, may be daunting. How do you scope out a safe place to eat? I saw a cool new site recently started, called allergyeats.com, but it still needs info for our area. Are there other sites like […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Breakfast, the meal of champions

Since we recently survived international pancake day and IHOP’s national pancake day, I thought I’d share the fact that I have a small addiction to breakfast foods. Like I could eat them all 3 meals every day and life would be good. I’m a fan of pancakes on Facebook. I want to make Pioneer Woman’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Paging Dr. Know-it-all

I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play 1 on TV. My degrees are solely in the communication arts. It is possible that I am the lowest qualified person AT DMU to answer a health question. And yet sometimes I just CAN NOT bite my tongue. Not to worry, I don’t give medical advice as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Heroes

While watching the Olympics (love ‘em!) I saw these GE commercials and wanted to share them. (For those of you reading this via email, click HERE to view the videos. Sorry they don’t come through.) This first commercial is a GREAT reminder of who true heroes really are. It’s something I think of constantly as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Music update

The big 80/35 concert bash has been announced as July 3-4 in 2010. Ingrid Michaelson & Mat Kearney will play People’s on April 3. I am sooo going! I saw Ingrid 2 years ago at 80/35 and I am very excited! People’s also has Dashboard Confessional, Uncle Kracker, Five for Fighting & Needtobreathe on their […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Love isn’t all cupids & chocolates

Love. Such a funny little word that can mean oh, so very many things! I love my husband, my job, my parents, my dogs & oh yeah, my shoes. But they’re all a different form of love! And I think of this weekend’s holiday, Valentine’s Day, as special because it is a celebration of love. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Dine, drink & dance to help out kids!

A friend & co-worker tipped me off but I forgot to post this earlier so apologies for the last minute timing but the Young Variety’s annual soiree is Friday, the 5th (ie. today or tomorrow depending on when you read this!) $30 tickets (or $35 at the door) gets you into the party at Wakonda […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Are you crazy?

If jumping into ice cold waters when the temp is below freezing, or riding a snowbike down hill sounds like fun, check out the Des Moines Winter Games this weekend!

— Courtney Tompkins

Wear red Friday (Feb. 5)!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. Join folks across the nation in wearing red Friday to raise awareness of this horrible, oft preventable, disease and help connect people to the American Heart Association. If you’re on campus, stop by the SEC Commons, Feb. 3-5, noon-1, to donate $5 or more […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good food reviews!

On Friday when I got home from work, my husband surprised me with having dinner and hotel reservations ready for a night out (he is THE BEST) and we hit up Centro, one of our favorite dinner spots. We devoured the pancetta-wrapped gulf shrimp that we love, gobbled up the focaccia bread, then I had […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Catch some tunes Saturday

D.O. student Amy Hynek is not only insanely smart and ready to graduate in May but she’s also musically talented and plays in a family band with her sister, brother & dad, in between classes and rotations! Pumptown is a folk/country/rock band that has performed all over Iowa and will do a show here in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Oprah loves Iowa!

O, the Oprah Magazine recently listed 100 things getting better. Iowa made the list. The only state with such an honor! It’s a random mix of polarizing reasons for why Oprah thinks Iowa is even better than before but hey, we’ll take it…  Here’s the entry (links put in by me): 32. Iowa— Legalizing gay […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about medical apartheid tomorrow @ noon

The DMU diversity office has arranged for Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” to speak on campus tomorrow (1/27) @ noon. Free and open to all, her talk will be held in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Upcoming events @ DMU

Just want to make sure all my lovely readers are aware of two upcoming awesome DMU events…. Mini Medical School begins Feb. 9 and runs each Tuesday evening after for 5 weeks. This is a series of classes for the public. It’s $25 for all 5 classes. If you miss one, it is ok – […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A ‘healthier’ enchilada pie

This month’s theme for cooking club is casseroles and I want to make one that’s somewhat healthy, in addition to satisfying the comfort-food-craving. I found this recipe on www.eatbetteramerica.com, a site a co-worker had recommended. I think I’ll give it a shot next week for the club but I’ll likely substitute in lean turkey and […]

— Courtney Tompkins