beyond stellar. / Day Zero Goal #52 - Try sushi for the first official time and love it.

this past week actually did turn out to be pretty darn fantastic (:
however, because i was doing soso much, i hardly had time to update! so here's a quick recap of the past week:

monday (5/23) was what felt like the climax of the past week/or so of crazy rainings and tornado-ing. i don't remember much of what happened besides at night, when tak [aka daniel's bff asian friend] was over for dinner/fhe and we convinced daniel to try a carrot! needless to say, we documented the entire experience and if you are a relative or close family-friend, just ask me and i may be given dk's permission to show you the vid (: 

as a treat, naturally, i promised him that if he ate+swallowed an entire bite of a carrot that i would take him to menchie's that night for some yummy fro-yo deliciousness. he deserved it (: [editor's note: for those of you who don't know daniel, he has been quite adverse to eating any fruits/any veggies besides corn-on-the-cob for almost a decade. so this is kind of a big deal!]

<3 goofy faces. his looked yummy, but sadly [seriously, how depressing] he says it didn't taste that great because he had some weird carrot taste in his mouth.

daddy got his heath on while i got some extra YUMness on myself:

literally all of my favorite things in one.. vanilla soft-serve fro-yo, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, mini marshmallows, resse's, rainbow sprinkles +  a few gummy bears.. all put together in the best waffle bowl of my ever life! YUM. i clearly started out trying to be a bit healthy but instinct took over when i saw all of my other favorite toppings lying around...

dad finished first and ran over to kroger to get some essentials while dk + i headed over to [none other than] gamestop so he could check out some games. he could hardly tear himself away from the 3ds picture on the front display-window before going inside.

alas, our visit was brief because the sky grew dark and the tornado sirens were yelling at us to head home and seek shelter ASAP.

okay, it's a slight over-exaggeration of how dark it actually was at 8:30pm but that's the way the picture with the flash turned out and it shows the fear well enough (:

we all survived [!!] the death storms once more and mama and i even posed for a picture of our unplanned matching-ness on the second floor while daniel was taking a shower upstairs as well during the climax of said storm... i know, i know, we are all clearly daredevils.

the storms passed and tuesday [5/24] came and went without me really remembering much about it... probably because i didn't work out at all [whoops!] but i did work from 5:30pm-close down on the farm [bob evans] so i'll just blame my lack of memory on my overdose of cinnamon cream hotcakes after work..

om nom. wednesday [5/25] i woke up and did 3.5 miles on the planet fitness treadmill. however i forgot that the program i usually use is the '5K' one so after 3.3 miles [3.1 + cool-down] it slowed to a stop and eventually shut off... but don't worry, i turned it back on a manual program and showed that treadmill who was the boss.

so. many. treadmills. i never realized how huge this place looks... probably because i'll never be tall enough to be able to see from this high of a view.

when i got back mama + i headed out to get her hair done [where i chatted on the phone with jeffrey for a half-hour] and then to bob evans [where else??] for lunch before heading off to lennox to see a movie... guess which one?!

YESSSSSSS. potc4, on stranger tides, with our amigo mejor, johnny depp! for the second time (: sadly, however, the car was having some trouble and making some crazy scary noises so mama + i pulled over into an empty parking lot after leaving bob evans and attempted to be mechanics/aka opening up the hood and checking the three things i know to check for: oil, windshield washer fluid, + coolant. lucky for me, the latter was completely empty so we assumed that must be the problem. 

we headed over to meijer and after a 10-minute conversation about what kind of coolant to get [there were at least a dozen different ones] with a 60-year-old mechanic that just happened to be in the auto aisle when i walked down it, i grabbed the "right one" and went to go save the day! we filled up the coolant tank about halfway and headed on down sawmill road... only to hear the grinding noise yet again. we pulled into goodyear and they got a good look at it while we walked the ten-minutes or so home. turns out that essentially that grinding noise was occurring because one of the front wheels was coming off of the axle... and that they were shocked that it hadn't already come off!! thank goodness we didn't head out on the highway [and managed to say a prayer right when the grinding noise initially began, good thinking mama!].

we didn't end up having time to see the movie [sad, i know] because i had to head off to work! bob's crew [johnny + sarahd + i] tried FRIED MUSH for the first time, since it is going off the menu in about a week... let's just say: holy YUM. why didn't we try this before?! crazy good. too bad it's also completely terrible for you.

the next day, thursday [5/26] i rolled out of bed and attempted to cross-train on one of the pf bikes... something i have never done before and will probably never do the same way ever ever again, for the following reason: i jumped on the bike and picked something that looked [a] relatively easy, and [b] something that fit what i wanted to do. program: cardio [duh.]. level: two [relatively simple, right?]. WRONG. i ended up enduring a brutal 7.1 miles over the course of 30 minutes... which felt nothing like normal biking at all.. even intense biking-biking. the hills/intervals/everything was crazy intense! my legs felt literally like jell-o once i stepped off the bike so, after some serious stretching, i headed home and proceeded to sleep for the next two hours.

woke up, showered, + headed off to dk's 7th grade awards ceremony! so proud of my brother (: mr. esquire academic achievement award recipient!

+ i also got a nice picture with mrs. barrett [formerly known as ms. hubbell, when she was my middle school band instructor/high school color guard director]:

came home to enjoy my new favorite homemade salad for lunch [lettuce, blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon-ed almonds + raspberry vinaigrette = YUM.] with a side of hawiian bread.. aka my [finally successful!!] attempt at the zupa's nuts about berries salad that i have been trying to recreate:

YUMMM. for the almonds [since i have yet to find pre-cinnamon-ed almonds, and this was simple enough] i just bought a bag of slivered almonds from kroger's organic section, put them all in a ziploc bag + sprinkled some ground cinnamon into the bag and shook it all up! the cinnamon stuck to the almonds surprisingly well [and adding a little extra cinnamon on top of the whole salad just makes it that much more delicious!]

before heading off to work for the night, we had yet another downpour, this time with some hail [or so we thought]:

crazy crazy. the rain is falling so quickly you can't even see it!

friday [5/27] i rolled out of bed early again to go running an easy 2.1 miles at a steady 8-minute pace at pf. i have to say i honestly cannot wait until i start my marathon training plan [two more weeks!!] so i can start logging more miles each day... two miles just does not cut it anymore!

came home, showered, then went off to dk's last-day-of-school picnic at davis with mama + daddy. it was great to see old teachers [namely mrs. mcghee, who is about to have her first baby in just about a month!] and walk around discovery park with daniel while talking about our plans for summer (: came home, went to work for the rest of the night at good old bob's.

saturday [5/28] i seriously felt like i was moving non-stop all day long. slept in until 10am and then went running 5.5 miles at an 8:20 pace at pf... seriously i was beaming the entire time and probably the whole rest of the day because that is the longest i have ever run continually without stopping! i even had my bag of power bar energy bites + my water bottle in the cup holders in front of me but i was too excited to stop or even slow down once (:

came home, ate breakfast, cut the grass in the backyard and showered all within like 40 minutes. insane. i ran off to the memorial day party that was going on at claremont so that i could see grandma + daddy + daniel for at least a little bit. we played a few rounds of boccie ball and then i was off to work at 2pm until about 7:30pm.

went home to refuel + then headed off to osu campus to see sarawhit perform with her dance company, dance connection! i was a bit late and only caught her third dance out of three that she was in [as it was on campus at osu], but she was beyond stellar! all of the dancers were, it was a way cool performance - and thank goodness elise was watching in the back with me while we munched on pretzels (:

oh BLA.. we were so cool in high school when we came up with that. and no, mike did not know she was going to wear that shirt [aren't they a gorgeous couple, though?! i take full credit for their [almost!] two years of happiness together (;]

after the concert i rushed off again, back to powell to try sushi for the first time with sarahdill + sean from work! 

my expression explains it all...

my first one was a sweet potato roll, and the second was salmon [the one that's pictured above]. they were DELICIOUS. i also tried a slew of other asian goods [as sarah + sean managed to rack up a $50 bill between the two of them.. hahah] from soup to lettuce wraps. yum yum yum yum YUM. beyond stellar. and yes, i am still in my bob evans uniform because i have not had time to change since i initially left home before work. don't judge.

we topped off this deliciousness with some deep-fried cheesecake [my treat, a delicacy] which was soooooo yum. words. cannot. explain.

johnny boy showed up a bit late though so this was all pretty much gone... but it was fun getting to hang out with mis amigos regardless! by this time it was nearing 11pm, aka past my bedtime, so i headed straight home on a full stomach.

sunday [5/29] was nice and super spiritual + relaxing. went to church in the morning and had a great big worthington ward reunion there [nicole + jessica williams, rebecca johnson, michael + brian martin, michael lawson, riley henderson] and they even gave us free panera after church from these huge garbage bags.. we all took home handfuls. it was fantastic. oh, and the relief society lesson was based on the hunger games!! basically favorite day at church ever. if you haven't read the hunger games yet, [a] you're crazy, and [b] GO READ THEM. nownownow. i have the third book if you want it (:

the rest of the day consisted of some light reading, organizing some family pictures on the family computer and just spending some good overall quality time with the family (: i also got to skype with my bffs from utah [jeffrey, daniel + jared!!] and they all got to meet mama, daddy + danoo as well. that was a serious treat. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. in case none of you knew.. they always know how to bring me up when i'm feeling down...

what a stellar weeeeek. i know it's tuesday and so i should be updating about monday [yesterday] as well, but  it's time for me to get ready for work! slash i'm pretty sure this is a huge enough post as it is. until [hopefully!] tomorrow, xox.


  1. lsakdjflsakdjflskdfj holy long blog.
    1. love love your outfit in that picture with mama! and love her of course:)
    2. love pirates. i'm glad you lived through you're car trouble though:)
    3. on 5/27 i definitely thought you said you ran 21 miles. i just about died!
    4. love sushi:) welcome to the club of loverssss!
    miss you. love your face.

  2. 1. omg i can't believe he ate a carrot.
    2. love pirates.
    3. love that you guys don't even care when there's ridic storms out.
    4. how have i never heard of menchie's?
    5. NUTS ABOUT BERRIES!!! SO JEALOUS!!! i will start working on a sweet tomato basil soup recipe.
    6. make sure you're eating before you run too! no energy = no good.
    7. <3 sushi <3 hunger games (still working on #3!!) and <3 that me and micaela had the same idea for doing numbers for our comments. let's also please skype this week.

  3. wow.. go daniel (maybe thats what he will blame for getting sick???) i still need to borrow hunger games. what marathon are you doing???

    thanks for the update :) xx


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