Bentos & Biebs

I’m having a pretty fantastic weekend! How about you???

Yesterday started out with my first long run of my half marathon training plan. I was supposed to do 13 miles, but since I haven’t run further than 8 since July, I decided that 10 was a nice compromise. The weather was absolutely perfect—mid 50s and breezy—and I killed it. When I got home, I was super pumped—and probably super annoying. I kept saying, “Teeeeennnn miiiillllesssssssss!” in my best Oprah voice.

Oprah Final Season

I looked pretty much like that, too. Minus the gold microphone. But if I had one, you know I would have been using it.

Then I made a phone call to the total buzz-kill company that is PODS. Back in August when I first got my POD, the service was fantastic. Everyone was really friendly, helpful and accommodating.


Yesterday? Not that much. I was told that I’d be able to get my POD delivered to my new home in Michigan whenever I wanted, I just had to call ahead 5 days in advance so that they could ship it to me. No problem, right? So I call yesterday to set up the delivery, and they informed me that I had been mis-informed by the first person I spoke with and it would be at least 10 days before I could get my stuff.

Not cool, people. Not cool.

Plus, the girl I spoke with kept saying she was sorry in a way that said, “I’m saying sorry but really I don’t give a $h*t!” Well, thanks. So I asked to speak to someone else, who was equally unhelpful. This then resulted in a nasty email saying how frustrated and disappointed I was with the service. They agreed to give me a small discount, but it doesn’t really make up for the fact that now I have to wait to move for an extra week while the PODS folks get their act together. Harumph!!!

Thank you for letting me rant. Open-mouthed smile

In other news, this means that I did find a place to live! Yep, I’m taking the 80s condo that needs a little TLC.


Expect a workout video in the near future. Winking smile

I’m really excited about the place and the landlords have been pretty accommodating to all of my requests, so I think it’ll be fun making it my own. YAY!

Even though the PODS thing brought me down a bit, I wasn’t about to let it ruin my runner’s high completely! I went to lunch with my parents at our favorite diner in town for the best chicken Greek salad in the world—extra beets for me, please!


With the pillowy-est pita bread on the side and tzatziki sauce for dipping!


Then we made a quick trip to Ikea (well as quick as you can do at Ikea . . .) for some decorating ideas. I love going there, but it’s totally overwhelming. I’ve decided my plan of attack has to be one room at a time or else I’m never going to get anything done!

It was at this point that Mom and I both realized that our attire was seriously shameful. I was wearing my favorite jeans that, truth be told, are on their last legs, and an old top that was so stretched out and icky that it needed to go straight into the trash. Mom’s jeans were ok, but her top was in pretty much the same situation. And she was wearing a belt that I had in high school.

Please note that I pointed this out to her a couple of weeks ago and yet she continues to wear the belt . . . Winking smile Love you, Mom!

So obviously we had to go to the mall to replace all of these dowdy clothes. Even though I just ordered some jeans from Express, I found these babies on sale at American Eagle for $30. Can’t pass up that kind of deal!


I also found a couple of cute tops at Loft, which I have to say look cuter on me than these models.


And no, I’m not trying to be all, “Hey, I’m sooooo cute!” or anything. I just don’t think these pictures do them justice.

At this point, we were exhausted and starving because shopping is sooooooooo taxing (or maybe it was the 10 miler in the morning), so we grabbed sushi at a tiny local place that I absolutely adore.


The guys are right there making it in front of you, and everything is really fresh.

We shared a giant Asahi beer while we waited for our grub.


I promise you, it really was giant. But then, so was the glass, so perhaps you can use the little soy sauce teapot in the background as a point of reference.

Miso soup and ginger salad to start.


I know I say this every time I have sushi, but I want to bathe in ginger dressing. I want to drink it. Oh my heavens. I need to figure out how to make that at home. I could seriously eat it every day!

For dinner, Dad had a giant sushi platter.



And Mom and I got bento boxes filled with tons of goodies!


Mine was a Spicy Tofu box with Spicy Tofu (duh), tempura veggies and shrimp, pork gyoza, and California rolls, plus sticky rice and seaweed salad. I didn’t finish, but I put an impressive dent in it.

Happily full, we came home to put on some jams and watch this.


Laugh if you will, but I am totally drinking the Biebs Kool-Aid. For a mega-child star who should probably be really screwed up, he’s actually a really down to earth, well-rounded kid. I was entertained the entire 105 minutes. Excellent rental. Plus, you know you sing along when he comes on the radio.

And I was like

Baby baby baby


Like baby baby baby


Loves it!

Phew, this was a super long post for me! If you made it this far, congrats! Open-mouthed smile

What are you up to this weekend?

Did you have a great workout? Get stellar customer service? Eat yummy food? Watch an awesome movie about Justin Bieber?!?!


10 thoughts on “Bentos & Biebs

  1. Alison Teal says:

    Yesterday I went to a “Cardio Jazz” class. Probably the most 80’s sounding class I’ve ever taken! Too bad I didn’t have the awesome ambiance of your workout room :o)

  2. Lisa says:

    Haha, I watched that movie too..I was curious because everyone was saying how talented he is and what not. He is really talented but the movie contradicted itself by showing how naturally talented he is mixed in with him lip syncing away at his concert.

  3. oh…i wanna see that movie…I heard its really good. Your sushi looks amazing! That is awesome about finding a place to live…not cool about PODS… We had a busy weekend….even stayed out late last night dancing…not our usual thing… FUN… xoxo from Trinidad

  4. i may have also seen the Biebs movie. shameful, I know. 😀 Congrats on getting a place to live! I’m excited to see how you decorate it. After being screwed over a number of times in the past, I know ask that an email be sent immediately to me outlining what they’ve said, and hold on the phone until it’s done. Then I have proof along with exactly who I talked to.

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