The last week of Winter Break was full of friends, laughter, and fun.
The start of my week was relatively chill. I skipped out on ZUMBA Sunday morning and opted to go for a 5 mi run instead. Monday was New Year’s Eve so I ZUMBA’d and ran 5 mi. I was glad that there was no rain in the forecast, even though it was dreadfully cold outside…this made it harder for me to push myself out there and stack up some miles.
On Tuesday, we picked up my friend (whom we haven’t seen in MONTHS) from San Francisco, and we visited the Great Mall in Milpitas. It’s basically a huge indoor outlet mall, but it was a good destination since we all wanted to SHOP. Especially my friend who wanted to spend some of her Forever 21 paycheck .
We had lunch at the food court first, where I had a pipin’ hot bowl of Vegetarian Ramen. Since I was out with my friend, I didn’t want to worry about counting calories so I decided it was a “calorie-free” day, and I slurped my bowl while my friend and I made fun of the music videos that were being played on large TV screens above shoppers’ heads.
While walking to some stores, we helped ourselves to some fro-yo samples. The flavor of the day was Cinnamon Roll, but we guessed something along the lines of cinnamon cheesecake/red velvet cake. I guess we were sort of off !
The three of us went to a few stores together, then went our separate ways for an hour or so (myself vs. my sis and friend). I stopped by the A&F outlet since I had a giftcard, and after pacing around the store for 45 min not being blown away by anything, I decided to get a long-sleeve pullover since I needed something with longsleeves for the cold.
We all met up again, and I had a serious craving for fro-yo. My Dad and I were the only ones who wanted some, so we went back to where they were serving the Cinnamon Roll samples and we each got a cup.
They ran out of Cinnamon Roll (boo) so I settled for a coffee and caramel mix, and I topped it with my usual toppings: mochi :3, mango, apple poppers, strawberries, and pineapple. I was so sad when it was all gone ;(.
My friend was sleeping over so once we got home, we exchanged gifts. Here’s (some of) what I was presented with:
The next two days were spent hanging out with my friend, and our other friend joined us on Thursday. I was able to get in some morning runs since my friend and sister always stay up late and I’m an early riser. Managed to get two pics of some of the breakfasts I had:
We got haircuts on Wednesday, but the car I got (to replace the one that was crashed into) had some issues with a CV joint or something so we were stuck in the parking lot for about 3 hours. That was fun…not!
On Thursday, we were just really lazy the majority of the day, but then went out to Olive Garden. To be honest, I had anxiety about eating out when I woke up in the morning, but I forced myself not to think about it too much, and to just order what I felt like when it was time to eat.
No pics were taken (since the lighting was semi-bad and I was out with friends), but I had the minestrone soup and Linguine alla Marinara. I felt accomplished since I had this silly “fear” of eating pasta for dinner instilled from the disordered eating habits. For some reason, I feared that having pasta for dinner wouldn’t “fill me up” and that it wouldn’t be a satisfying dinner. It was the first time in a while that I felt “okay” with having pasta for dinner, and feeling satisfied with choosing that as a meal option.
But in regards to taste? Meh. I feel like OG’s quality of food has gone down over the years. They really cut back on the salad AND my friend found two hairs in her food—gross!
That’s pretty much what happened over the past few days. I can’t believe tomorrow is my last official day of vacation, and then it’s back to work Monday morning! I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to the two lab classes I have to take, but I just need to remember: six months!
What did you enjoy in the first week of 2013?