2014-04-07

Death by

An uneventful sprangbreak is the best kind for me.
The only bad thing is that I couldn't blog because I only had like five pictures. 

March: Friday the 21st
I was suddenly hit by a craving for death by sushi, and Tina was in town, so we went to Sushi Para.
 Yelps says that they close at 11PM so Tina and I both ordered more rolls thinking we had ample time to finish. But they actually close at 10PM. Tina and I felt like such assholes because we were the last ones there and still had to finish our plate of makis or else we had to pay for the leftovers. I think we left at 10:20. We'll be going to the other sushi para next time. ^_^;;

Went back home for some relaxing.
Sad polaroid cause Tina is gonna be moving to Utah for her next internship! :(

Sunday the 23rd
 Spring in Chicago

Had rehearsal after work in like four hours so I walked around and had lunch at Water Tower Place.
 Wow Bao for lunch. Their thai iced coffee is actually quite decent.

Thursday the 27th
My mom and I drove up to Dundee to get me some health insurance before the deadline. 
We were hungry so Yelped up Maestro Grill.

Mom really liked the tomato barley soup.


Her shrimp something.


My fettucine.


My super pretty chocolate cake.
I have to remember that the chocolate cake is never the fluffy kind I think its gonna be.

How accurate. 

Saturday the 29th
Got home from work late and was craving dduk bok gi.
So mom made some on the spot!

April: Tuesday the 1st
Tried making a smoothie from the things I got at Trader Joe's. It was meh. I need syrup. And tapioca.

Saturday the 5th
Crappy picture of awesome Jersey Mike's philly cheese steak.
Soo gooey and gooooood. Probably the most satisfying lunch I've had at work. I could only have it cause my coworker Leman was nice enough to take orders and get them for us. I would never have walked there and back in time to enjoy!

Today:
My mom took vacation from work so we went to Ay Ay Picante for our first time trying Peruvian food!.

Cool Nazca line design wallpaper.

My chicha morada aka purple corn drink.
A taste I've never tasted before! So refreshing and yummy!

Fresh bread with aji sauce. I'm so happy I finally know what this sauce is cause I've been craving it since I've first had it around a year ago. I finally know what it is!

Calamari appetizer with limed red onion.

Mom's sudado de mariscos. A combination of seafood, except they forgot the tilapia.

My lomo saltado. Lots of flavor, especially in the rice and juices that came out of the meat. Yum!

They had a Yelp check in deal for 30% off one entree that we took advantage of but the waiter ended up taking 60% off! As I got on the elevator at home, I realized that he forgot to put the calamari on the tab. No wonder the bill came out so cheap! 

2014-03-18

Pop Champaign

Sunday the 2nd
I wasn't scheduled for work for some reason so my mom and I had my belated birthday meal. I found Chicago Q on Yelp and headed there cause of the high reviews.
 Starting sides. The pickles were way too sweet.

 A feast for the two of us.
 The girl who took the order heard me wrong and gave us this.
I was a little disappointed cause it wasn't as AMAZING as everyone said, especially the mac and cheese. It was good though. I loved their vinegary bbq sauce.

Thursday the 6th
Hopped on a bus to Champaign with Kevin for unnofficial. 
Sandy picked me up, and while I was changing in her room, she laid out this surprise for me!
 Belated birthday cake and gifts! Everything is hand made! I am not worthy! T^T
 The first one looks like its Sandy's birthday ha ha ha! 
I've had to take double polaroids the entire trip cause I fail.

We had a nice and long catch up.

Friday the 7th
While Sandy was at work, I headed over to Zach's house to meet up with Tina and Kevin.
 Kenny made fish pie with mushroom gravy!

Jelly came over with her friends and we headed to a bar together.

Back at Zach's soon after.
 Ugh. I had maybe 5-6 shots in fifteen minutes which was a TERRIBLE idea. I died as soon as I got back to Sandy's. Thank goodness Zach and Sandy live a block away from each other. OTL

I had three hours to recuperate before heading to Loria's friends place for more drinking before heading out to some bar/performance hall thing. I just ate fruit. Loria's new friends were super funny. The music at the place we went to was more something I'd like to listen to in my car than dance to. 

Saturday the 8th
I was super hungry and grubhubbed. 
 Thai, Chinese, and Japanese all in one restaurant. It was all decent.

Headed to Zach's with Sandy after rolling around doing nothing for some hours.
 Al pastor nachos that were pretty yummy.
We were playing a charades game on Kevin's phone for a little until Zach's friends? acquaintances? popped in. We played some lame circle of death that kept getting interrupted by a few irritatingly drunk people. I was dying to leave. 
We finally left for my favorite bar and danced the rest of the night away. I don't think I've ever danced so hard in my life. I stayed sore for the next three days!

Sunday the 9th
Last day in Champaign. :(
Tina, Kevin, Kenny, Sandy, and I headed to Black Dog.
It doesn't look like much, but I got soooo full! I actually couldn't finish it! It was so much yummier than Chicago Q for a fraction of the price!

 Kevin's friend, Brian, showed up at the perfect moment to retake this picture for me after my third fail!

The ride back was the saddest I've ever felt leaving Champaign because I was leaving both of my best friends. It was the first time I left without Sandy leaving with me or expecting her to be five minutes away when I got back home. I also had so much fun during that short weekend. It was something I really needed after feeling so stressed, depressed, and lonely for a long time. I don't know what I would do without those people in my life.

*******
Back in Chicago. 
After finally getting home to drop off some things, I headed back out for Eva's cause I needed her help filming something for a class.
Eva found her old sketchbook from high school and we died laughing over these drawings:
 Too bad they never finished the comic.

I finished at 6:30 in the morning. Thank goodness my class started at 3:30PM;;;

Wednesday the 12th
Not happy about the snow after it had just been 60 degrees the previous day.

Stayed after school to watch Heartbreak House cause a few classmates were in it.
 Beautiful set.
 Set change just by pushing the wall in!

Saturday the 15th

Bryan and Jaleesa!

Ima's funny looking phone.

Sunday the 16th
I discovered something horrible at work.
I forgot that I had put my glasses in my backpack awhile ago and now they're broken! I'm so sad cause I've had these for around seven years. At least I now have a legit excuse to buy a new pair of glasses?

2014-02-28

Just one

It's already the last day of February and all I have is this one measly post. 
This month has been terrible for me. I haven't had this many white hairs since I was 12 when my parents divorced. I've been so stressed and anxious that the back of my neck physically hurts. So all I've been doing is trudging to school and watching depressing documentaries on Vice's Youtube channel. I'm become seriously addicted and have spent every free moment just watching them since the last week of January. I started from their first video and now I'm almost totally caught up! They have 1000+ videos.
*******
January: Thursday the 30th
The strangest thing happened. My mom wanted to go to the newly opened XSport in the neighborhood to take advantage of one of their new year promotions. I went with her to help her register and...
I got a membership too. Wat??? I'm even paying for a personal trainer. HUH???!!! Never in my life did I think that would ever happen. I've only worked out twice though...OTL

February: Sunday the 2nd
Lunch with mom. 
 I only got a seafood pancake cause we were supposed to go to Ginza later that night. We ended up not going cause she didn't feel well.

Monday the 3rd
Finally finished my old old old bottle of Daisy! 
 About time! I made sure I used every single drop since it's my favorite perfume. I finally started using Chance that I bought over a year ago....

Went to Ginza with mom and Kyle.
 The one plate I didn't forget to take a picture of.

Tuesday the 4th
Selca before napping
 Lulz

Waiting for Kyle at Starbucks.
 Finally used my gift card. Their drinks are whatever but their maple pecan things are yummy!

Thursday the 6th
Wore a short dress despite the cold because we were having mock interviews in Professional Survival class.
 I can't have a good interview for my life. I don't know how to talk about myself professionally cause I haven't done anything and I don't have any skills! T_T

Mom brought tacos she made at work.
They look underwhelming but they were quite good. 

 Friday the 7th
Mom was hungry after her endoscopy so we had lunch at IHOP.
 Mom's soup.

Mom's eggs and chicken crepe.

 I forgot what kind of french toast this was but it was yuuummy! Kudos to IHOP for stepping up their game.

Saturday the 8th
Went to school at 9AM for senior showcase photoshoot. I was told that we would probably end around 2PM which was perfect cause I had work at 6. We finished at 10:45.

Went to Big Bowl for the first time and tried to have a long lunch.
 I need to remember that I don't like hibiscus tea. It's too sour and bitter at the same time. But it sounds so delicious!

I always forget to ask for no cilantro.
I don't remember what it was called but it was decent.

Orange caramel cheesecake. 

I went to work and it wasn't even 12PM yet. So I napped in a chair until my shift started....only to end super early at around 8:30. I was so annoyed the entire day. 

Tuesday the 11th
 I love this sweater because it's so soft. And I love this beanie from Top Shop that every one has cause the powder pink color is so pretty. I just wish I didn't look so stupid in beanies.

 The best selca I've ever taken of myself. 

Wednesday the 12th
Breakfast at Yolk with Kyle before we went to look at her potential apartment before class.
 Hot chocolate to warm my cold tummy.

 My okay bacon waffles. 

 Kyle and the omelette she always gets. 

I got to ride in a golf cart for the first time in my life! It was funny because I was saying how I wished we could be driven in one cause I didn't want to walk.
 I had a lot of fun. I really want to try driving one. Working at a gold course would be worth it.

Friday the 15th
Since my birthday was on a Thursday this year, I decided to have dinner the next day.
 My mom's leopard vest is the warmest thing ever. Not the cutest outfit, but I always try to wear red on my birthday and this was all I had. I also wanted to be comfortable for kbbq! 

Went to Gogi Nara after seeing the good reviews on Yelp.
Didn't make much effort to take pictures cause I just wanted to enjoy the good company and good food.

 Even forgot to take a picture of the pancake before we ate most of it.

I am annoyed at myself for forgetting to take a polaroid, though.

 My favorite jap chae in Chicago now.

Eva and her soon tofu.

 Pretty good kalbi but I think the ban chans and appetizers stole the show.

 Wine sam gyup sal.
I'm so glad I finally found kbbq place that's better than "okay"!

Headed down to Wicker Park for gourmet donuts. There was no parking so we just brought them to karaoke.
 It was late so they only had these three kinds left. I really wanted to try the maple bacon long john. T_T I did like the cinnamon bun-y one.

Kevin got up and sang/danced 'Birthday Sex' for me. It was the highlight of the night. I don't think I will ever be able to scrub the image out of my brain. Ahahaha!

I realized way after we left that we had sang with the lights completely on the entire time! Woops.
22, foo'!

After that, Eva, Kiran, Sandy, and I went to Kevin's to play video games while the others went home cause they were super tired. 
At least I had one pleasant day this month.

Monday the 17th
My new favorite thing:
 Its like a big pajama! So cozy and soft~ 

Friday the 21st
I was walking to the station after whatever reason I was downtown that day, and decided to hop over a large puddle onto the curb. I slipped on the ice and belly flopped into the puddle regardless and my shopping bag went flying. Super embarrassing as it happened on a busy street. But several people were kind enough to ask me if I was alright. 
I decided that I deserved a burger after that so I got one.
A bomb diggity gyro burger. It was so good.

After getting back to Skokie, my mom got me from the station, and we headed to the gym.
We were hungry after so we stopped by Renga Tei. 
I dunno why my mom's phone started taking pictures all glowy.
Mom's favorite spicy tuna handrolls.

My cute dragon.

Mom's chirashi sushi (?)

 My udon with perfectly fried tempura.