Thank you all for your outpouring of love and support with regard to my family this week. I have to admit, this is (fortunately) unfamiliar territory for me, and while it’s obviously a good thing that I’ve never had to go through something like this before, it makes the whole situation that much more difficult because I don’t know what to expect. It’s that fear of the unknown, and it definitely has me spooked.
Unfortunately, we received more bad news today. I’m feeling…helpless. It’s hard for me to carry on life as “normal” with so much chaos going on inside my head. But I’m trying. It’s what she would want.
I was able to take a trip up to Milwaukee on Saturday, which was difficult but at the same time very much needed. I plan to go up there as much as possible. I’ve also been doing a lot of writing about her and her impact on my ever-growing family. My grandma is such an inspiring and accomplished woman that it would be almost insulting not to record every detail on “paper” of some form. The woman bore 10 children, after all – one of whom was Papa Bender. And let me tell you – he was a handful!! 😉
This brings me to my next topic: my 10k race this Saturday. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been training these past couple of months. What started out as a new challenge for a girl who has never run more than 3-4 miles at a time has become a race with a true purpose. It’s no longer just a race to be run to benefit all of those who have been touched by cancer in any shape or form. It’s a race to be run for all of those people + one, a very special “one” who means the world to me.
Yesterday afternoon, I ran 7 miles. SEVEN. I never thought that this distance would be possible for me, but I proved myself wrong and I’m glad. It took almost exactly 70 minutes, but that’s more than OK with me. My goal for the race this weekend is to beat 60 minutes. I now believe that it could actually happen.
Although my weekend was busy and blurry, Bobby and I did take a few moments for ourselves. On Friday night, we visited Thai Spoon + Sushi, a blogger favorite that has become one of our new favorites as well. With 1/2 priced sushi from 4-7 pm every day, you can’t really go wrong.
It’s become a habit of mine to start out with a bowl of miso soup. They are very generous with their portion sizes here, and I love the fact that they include huge pieces of tofu. You can see it right in the middle of the below photo, to give you an idea.
Another great part about sushi is that with so many varieties, you can pick and choose something new every time until you find the most satisfying combination. Bobby and I have decided that our absolute favorite is the unagi roll, made of eel, cucumber and sesame seeds. It’s topped with an unagi sauce that you can see in the front right and back left of the picture below.
Our assortment was made up of the following:
- Alaskan: salmon, avocado and sesame seeds
- Unagi: eel, cucumber and sesame seeds
- Negihama: yellowtail, scallions and sesame seeds
- California (with orange on top): crab, masago, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds
Here’s my plate with one of each. Clockwise from the left: Negihama, Alaskan, California and Unagi.
I just love the way sushi fills me up without giving me that overstuffed feeling. Combined with the soup, it makes for a very voluminous, delicious and cost-friendly meal. Perfect for the foodie on a budget.
And that’s all she wrote. I did my best
Happy Belated Birthday, Melissa!