Dinner With Dad

Hello my friends, I am loving this sunny weather today, despite it being Sunday….

Last night I had a dinner date with my dad in Northampton πŸ˜€ My dad Jim, only lives about 50 minutes from my school, so meeting up with him is fairly easy as neither of us have to travel too far. I had not seen him in awhile so I was very excited about my Saturday night plans, as opposed to my usual ones that involve staying in!

After driving around for literally 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot, I finally SNAGGED one and met up with my dad right at 7:00. We were dining at my favorite restaurant in Northampton, Osaka! Japanese food is among my favorites when I go out to eat so I was psyched we decided on there.

Osaka specializes in creating amazing sushi rolls and they also have hibachi for party and group gatherings. I have tested a number of sushi restaurants in the area, and this is by far my favorite one with the food always tasting so fresh!

We started the meal with miso soup and edamame

 

Daddy!

Then it was time for the main part of the meal, Sushi of course!

I am all about the raw stuff when it comes to sushi, so I ordered a combination plate of various kinds of sushi and sashimi and it also came with a california roll. This was so so delicious, fresh, and simply great! All of the flavors were very distinct for each type of fish, I think the salmon was my favorite!

My dad ordered the Volcano Roll, “tuna, white tuna, salmon, yellowtail and king crab with chef’s special sauce on the side.” I didn’t try any of his but he said it was fabulous as well. Overall it was a great time, this restaurant never disappoints me!

After we walked around Northampton for awhile, checking out some of the shops that were still open and continuing to catch up. At one point we stopped in a cute shop so my dad could pick out a particular night gown she liked from this place. It was quite fun trying to choose one, especially when my dad was holding up four different “girly” nightgowns at once trying to decide πŸ˜€

Looks like the right fit right? :p

I had such a nice evening with my dad, catching up and simply enjoying each others company. At the end of the night we both wondered why we don’t do this more often, and there is no reason why! So I am looking forward to more dinner dates with my dad quite soon. I love him so much and am thankful to have such a close relationship with him!

Confession: I got back to my room around 9:30 and thought about going out for maybe .5 seconds and realized how much I didn’t want to. I was having similar feelings like last week 😦 For one thing, I was tired from the lack of sleep I had gotten the night before, and I just was not up for it. Also though, eating has to play a role in my decision to not go out. I was pretty full from dinner and the idea of changing into an outfit that would show off (in my mind) my “bloated” stomach was something I was not in the mood for. And so these issues strike again, I am so looking forward to them GOING AWAY!

Sorry to end on that negative note, I had to confess to it though!

Well it is Sunday after all, so I must complete some homework. I am also working on a very important post for later today. I hope everyone has a productive/relaxing/whatever ya need to do- day!

See ya’ll later πŸ™‚

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Boston's Run To Remember

I have been enjoying writing this blog so much so far. It has been a great way for me to get out my thoughts, and simply reflect on my life. But honestly, the best part has been how people have responded to some of my posts or contacted me. It makes this whole experience so fulfilling to know that others understand and it motivates me to keep going with this delightful new hobby!

The direction of the blog still seems pretty unclear to me. I enjoy writing about what is on my mind, some daily eats, favorite products, people in my life, memories, and fitness. I am sorry if it seems all over the place, I am trying to get it into a more organized plan πŸ™‚

Okay back to this post!

RA work last night was quite an interesting experience! A few write-ups of note, a guy pulled an EXIT sign down on the 4th floor and made all of the lights go out in the building…this led to the alarms going off and emergency maintenance had to come asap! All was resolved, for the most part, the guy that pulled the sign down ran away and doesn’t live in the building so we couldn’t catch em! Grrr…Β  Other worthy mentions, a girl fight right outside the office I sit in! Everything was resolved though πŸ™‚

As I talk about often, running is one of my favorite forms of fitness and I keep myself motivated in the sport by singing up for different road races around the area. I have completed a number of 5ks, a few 10ks and 4 and 5 mile distances. Last year however, I took a major step in my running by singing up for a half-marathon, Boston’s Run To Remember! Although I was running cross country last year, I had never completed a run longer than 9 miles, but I believed I could do it.

I didn’t follow a specific plan, but continued doing some workouts with the track team, a long run on Saturdays (9-11 miles) and strength work during the week. This plan seemed to work for me because as much as I enjoy the sport, I do not like running more than two days in a row. I feel sluggish on the third day and usually am not into it.

On May 30th, I woke up atΒ  5 am and drove with my lovely mother to the Seaport Hotel, where the race began. On my way I hate greek yogurt and a banana, but realize now how much more I should have eaten before this long race. My mom tolerated me as I became nervous and bossy when I thought we were going to get lost..we didnt though and made it with plenty of time to spare!

I had picked up my race packet the day before so that saved a lot of stress and time the morning of the race. The race was starting at 7:30 but it was already 75 degrees out and climbing. It was supposed to be a hot one that day, ah well can’t do anything about the weather bu embrace it πŸ™‚ And I did just that, I realized I was going to be sweating bullets so needed to hydrate throughout the race. The course was relatively flat, with a few small inclines every so often, but truly nothing of concern.

It was a slow start while people spread out, but I met got up to pace around the second mile. Right from the beginning though, I felt so energized and simply awesome! . I completed this half-marathon, a distance I had never officially practiced. I finished with a time of 1:40, and let me tell you, I was so surprised!

This year on May 29th, I am participating in Boston’s Run To Remember again, and this year have a goal to PR! Last year it was to finish, now I am going into the race with a goal and determination. I am training in a similar way, with doing longer runs on the weekend, a day or two of speedwork, and cross/strength training. We shall see how it goes!

After this race, I truly feel I am ready to tackle a full marathon! I will develop a plan for this, which includes proper nutrition. No skipping out on foods during MARATHON training! So I have to get my head in the right place first πŸ™‚

*Is anyone else looking forward to an upcoming race? Or one you completed that made you proud?

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Boston’s Run To Remember

I have been enjoying writing this blog so much so far. It has been a great way for me to get out my thoughts, and simply reflect on my life. But honestly, the best part has been how people have responded to some of my posts or contacted me. It makes this whole experience so fulfilling to know that others understand and it motivates me to keep going with this delightful new hobby!

The direction of the blog still seems pretty unclear to me. I enjoy writing about what is on my mind, some daily eats, favorite products, people in my life, memories, and fitness. I am sorry if it seems all over the place, I am trying to get it into a more organized plan πŸ™‚

Okay back to this post!

RA work last night was quite an interesting experience! A few write-ups of note, a guy pulled an EXIT sign down on the 4th floor and made all of the lights go out in the building…this led to the alarms going off and emergency maintenance had to come asap! All was resolved, for the most part, the guy that pulled the sign down ran away and doesn’t live in the building so we couldn’t catch em! Grrr…Β  Other worthy mentions, a girl fight right outside the office I sit in! Everything was resolved though πŸ™‚

As I talk about often, running is one of my favorite forms of fitness and I keep myself motivated in the sport by singing up for different road races around the area. I have completed a number of 5ks, a few 10ks and 4 and 5 mile distances. Last year however, I took a major step in my running by singing up for a half-marathon, Boston’s Run To Remember! Although I was running cross country last year, I had never completed a run longer than 9 miles, but I believed I could do it.

I didn’t follow a specific plan, but continued doing some workouts with the track team, a long run on Saturdays (9-11 miles) and strength work during the week. This plan seemed to work for me because as much as I enjoy the sport, I do not like running more than two days in a row. I feel sluggish on the third day and usually am not into it.

On May 30th, I woke up atΒ  5 am and drove with my lovely mother to the Seaport Hotel, where the race began. On my way I hate greek yogurt and a banana, but realize now how much more I should have eaten before this long race. My mom tolerated me as I became nervous and bossy when I thought we were going to get lost..we didnt though and made it with plenty of time to spare!

I had picked up my race packet the day before so that saved a lot of stress and time the morning of the race. The race was starting at 7:30 but it was already 75 degrees out and climbing. It was supposed to be a hot one that day, ah well can’t do anything about the weather bu embrace it πŸ™‚ And I did just that, I realized I was going to be sweating bullets so needed to hydrate throughout the race. The course was relatively flat, with a few small inclines every so often, but truly nothing of concern.

It was a slow start while people spread out, but I met got up to pace around the second mile. Right from the beginning though, I felt so energized and simply awesome! . I completed this half-marathon, a distance I had never officially practiced. I finished with a time of 1:40, and let me tell you, I was so surprised!

This year on May 29th, I am participating in Boston’s Run To Remember again, and this year have a goal to PR! Last year it was to finish, now I am going into the race with a goal and determination. I am training in a similar way, with doing longer runs on the weekend, a day or two of speedwork, and cross/strength training. We shall see how it goes!

After this race, I truly feel I am ready to tackle a full marathon! I will develop a plan for this, which includes proper nutrition. No skipping out on foods during MARATHON training! So I have to get my head in the right place first πŸ™‚

*Is anyone else looking forward to an upcoming race? Or one you completed that made you proud?

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Summer Lovin

I wish I could say I am still up because I just returned after going out or something else of interest. However, my RA status requires me to be on duty tonight, but it’s always a great time to do homework, catch up on blogs, and relax. Looking at the positives! <– I just figured out how to do colors on WordPress, accomplishment for the night! πŸ™‚ I am one of the most technically challenged people you will meet, so creating this website has been quite a struggle, a fun one though!

Since it SNOWED this morning,

I wanted to brighten up night by showing some pictures taken from last summer and reminding myself of all the things we have to look forward to with the warmer temps.

Pool shenanigans

Tubing and water skiing in the ocean

Rock jumping! (or at least thinking about it πŸ™‚ )

Road races in shorts and tanks!

Relaxing on the beach with friends (I live right next to the ocean btw!)

Heart-pumping Triathlons

Intense Mud-Fun Races!

An entire summer to look forward to and embrace all the positive changes that will come with it!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

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The Scariest April Fool's Joke Ever

Hello friends!

I can’t believe it’s April already! I am surely NOT complaining because this means we are getting closer and closer to the wonders of summer! I. can’t. wait!

Also, Happy April Fool’s Day! I’m not much of a jokester (that’s a word) myself but have had a few played on me in the past. They have usually been humurous, fun to laugh at and such. However, I can remember one April Fool’s joke my mom played on me when I was around 10 years old that has left me scarred! Mom, if you are reading this, you already know what I am referring to! πŸ˜€

I have a fairly intense fear of bugs. Not all kinds though- butterflies, dragonflies, fluffy bumblebees, lady bugs- are OKAY, not in large quantities though and definitely NOT near me at all! The worse kinds though, are centipedes, earwigs, spiders, slugs, alright you get the point, any kind of bug that is disgusting and creepy-crawly. I know rationally, I am about a million times larger than these “creatures” and could very easily squash them like a bug πŸ™‚ but try telling that to me when I see one- on the ceiling while I am about to go to sleep, crawling across my floor, suddenly in front of my face when I am in the shower….AHHHHH! I am getting goose bumps just thinking about this!

Back to the story: so morning (on April Fool’s) I came downstairs to finish getting ready for school and have my mom brush/put up my hair for the day. I remember distinctly I was in the kitchen with my step dad and step sister. While she was doing this, she suddenly exclaimed, “Oh my GOD Tessa! You have a HUGE bug in your hair! Wow everyone, come look at this!”

Well I’m sure you can imagine I didn’t handle this very well. Basically I went into immediate hysterics/sobbing/crying unctrollably, until my mom could calm me down long enough to tell me she was joking. HA! She felt terrible about distressing me so much of course, and to this day, I sometimes bring it up to give her, if she is mad at me or were joking around, for a little poke of reminder muahaha

Although I can laugh about it now, I think I will be forever traumatized from that. It certainly did not help my bug fear which has only intensified to this day!

Question: Has anyone ever had a note-worthy joke played on them? Or have you completed a good one? I would love to hear stories!

 

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