Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll

I got a good dose of endorphins and happy hormones last Saturday. Actually, the happiness rush began last Thursday evening, when I received a care package from my Dad! He says it’s for passing my quals, but I think he would have been kind enough to send me a little something regardless πŸ˜‰ . It absolutely made my week and I thanked him for it!

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“This is what happens when your Dad wants to surprise you for passing your qualifying exam a little over a month ago…and when Sprouts has a 3/$5 deal on @lennyandlarrys cookies. Shipping just the cookies alone in a small mailing box did not justify the shipping price. So in went some other items, and the box naturally grew wider πŸ˜‚. Haha, I was so happy to find this at my doorstep yesterday evening ☺️”

On Saturday, my friend from lab (let’s call her “E”) and I were able to hang out outside of lab again. We had not spent some free time together since our movie outing to see Hidden Figures last month, so a girl’s day was overdue!

We both met in lab (duh) Saturday morning to take care of some things for our experiments. From there, we bused to Koreatown, laptops in hand and with coffee on the mind.

She used to frequent a little, hole-in-the-wall place known as Document Cafe. Based on her previous ventures, she has been insisting that we both go together sometime to have coffee and get some work done, since they have a good environment for working and strong wi-fi.

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People here know the drill…

We finally did so on Saturday, and I was able to prevent her from buying for me ;). She got a simple cappucino (with barista foam art) and I felt adventurous and bought their affogato.

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“Affogatos and data analysis on a Saturday afternoon with the lab bestie β˜•οΈ πŸ”¬ πŸ€“. This vanilla bean ice cream + chicory root coffee mix from @document_coffee_bar was excellent!”

We found seats by the wall, set-up our workspaces, and waited for our caffeinated creations to be completed.

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Waiting for treats!

My affogato immediately reminded me of a mini root beer float. It had a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream at the bottom, chicory root coffee throughout the cup, and then another generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream at the top.

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Cute little spoon to eat the Affogato with.

I will say that it doesn’t taste good unless you completely immerse the coffee with some of the ice cream, the melted parts. Otherwise the drink tastes too bitter…

We spent about 2 hours at the cafe enjoying our afternoon treats and working on lab-related data analysis/readings. We also chatted while doing so, just so that we made the whole experience a little bit more fun.

After getting our fill of caffeine, we had enough energy to walk to Wilshire/Vermont. It was approaching 4pm, and we figured why not have some froyo before calling it a day?

Yogurtland was just down the way, and I went to town with three different flavors of froyo, poppers, mochi, maraschino cherries, and Whoppers chocolate malt balls.

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“Yesterday’s fun day out in K-Town naturally ended with a stop at @yogurtlandinc . Froyo makes the best accompaniment for lab gossip πŸ™ŠπŸ˜œ”

We gossiped about lab and the crazy antics of our colleagues. It felt so good to be able to vent and laugh with E outside of lab!!

I left for home around 5, and got back around 6. Since our “last” team long run before the marathon was the next morning, I went to sleep early to ensure I’d be rested enough to put in a good effort into the taper πŸ˜‰ . Sure enough, it worked since I ran the 12 miles at an average pace of 8:07/mi! Really, really hoping that I can pull off a sub-4:00 come next Sunday!

I definitely do think that having days much like Saturday have been helpful in keeping my mood up, and feeling validated by my running improvements has also helped a lot. I know that it’s normal to have an ebb and flow with moods and feelings (it’s HEALTHY to feel sad sometimes), but if I can find ways to keep my happiness up the majority of the time, why not πŸ™‚ ?

What do you do to keep happy?

Document Coffee Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Super Good Sushi

Super Good Sushi

Visiting my sister is always such fun, and this past weekend was no exception.

Before leaving on Friday morning, I treated myself to one of the new Arctic Zero flavors that I picked up along with Snickerdoodle Dandy—Cake Batter. It was one of the creamy flavors, and so even though it didn’t have any fun mix-ins, it had a very smooth, creamy consistencey and I was able to get a whiff reminiscent of cake batter when I popped off the lid.

Arctic Zero - Cake Batter
Arctic Zero – Cake Batter

I had it on its own, but I have no doubt it would have made for a stellar treat if topped with nut butter, whipped cream, or sprinkles πŸ˜‰

Arctic Zero - Cake Batter
Arctic Zero – Cake Batter

The day before I left, I also received a care package from my parents. It included trail mix, bars, socks (running and novelty, including pizza and brontosauri πŸ˜› ), olives, store-brand nutella, and a gift card. It definitely made my day πŸ™‚

Care package goodies!
Care package goodies!

My trip to Fresno on Friday felt like it took longer than previous trips, but this time around, my sis was texting me about where to eat when I arrived. She was hungrier than I was, haha!

Mr. Sushi chopsticks
Mr. Sushi chopsticks

For lunch, we ended up heading into the Tower District once my sis picked me up from the train station. After a quick Yelp search, we learned about Mr. Sushi, and how they had some vegetarian options.

Rice bowwwwls
Rice bowwwwls

For our main entrees, my sis got the tofu bowl while I got the Vegetable Don Bui, which is just a regular rice bowl.

Lol @ the rolls
Lol @ the rolls

While they had some “creative” named rolls, we got the spicy vegetable tempura roll since it was the only special vegetarian roll. I find it funny how the Snow White roll is right below several suggestive rolls, haha.

The art was somewhat suggestive too (naked, but tattooed bodies).

At least the walls were red?
At least the walls were red?

Even though it was almost 2pm on a Friday, there were still plenty of patrons getting some grub.

At the bar
At the bar

I was seriously jelly over my sister’s tofu bowl! She let me have two of them though, and even though they look like crisp, golden bricks, they are super soft (and hot!!) on the inside.

That tofu!!
That tofu!!

Our tempura roll was plated with such flair. It was drizzled with a variety of colorful sauces, and served with horseradish and wasabi on the side.

So fancy
So fancy

Five for me, five for the sis…everything about this was perfect.

Close-up!
Close-up!

My rice bowl was ginormous, and I would say the rice outnumbered my veggies 3:1. Since my sis’s bowl was exactly the same as mine, just with the added four blocks of tofu, we both swooned over our veggies. They were cooked in this mildly sweet, almost BBQ like cornstarch sauce that was just irresistible. The rice, however, was overkill. I was not able to finish the entire bowl…that’s how large it was!

So much rice!! But the veggies were good!
So much rice!! But the veggies were good!

After lunch, we waddled back to the car with happy tummies. We retreated back to my sis’s dorm and rested up before heading out again in the evening!

Mr Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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