I’m not sure how January flew by me so quickly, but it sure did. Is that a side effect of growing up? A year seemed to creep by as a kid, but now I barely can keep up what month I’m in.
This post takes place on January 24th, but I’ll hopefully be caught up by next week since it was a laid back weekend, I think.
On Friday the 24th, we went to Smoothie King after Stephen got off work. I ordered my usual Vegan Mango Kale and he ordered the Banana Boat. I was eager and forgot to take a picture of the glorious smoothies.
A coworker of Stephen’s mentioned a restaurant called Steam Boys. They serve homemade dumplings and other food that’s good for your soul. I thought this was neat how you could watch the guy make dumplings as you waited in line to order. [I’m pushing aside my germaphobe self as I look at this picture, but it’s fine.]
I loved the atmosphere of this cute restaurant. It was packed, and so many conversations buzzed around us!
We found a spot in the corner of the place when you first walk in, so it was quieter for us. I was super conflicted on what to order. At first I wanted to order some noodles, but I changed my mind last minute and tried their Pork + Shrimp dumplings.
These were scrumptious.
Stephen ordered the Hot Dumpling Bowl. I’m envious because I didn’t even read the description of his order, and they had such a wonderful spice level to them!
I should’ve ordered his because they tasted so much better.
We also ordered the Beef Bao and it was our first time trying them.
They were so light and fluffy. The meat inside was so flavorful and this was a neat new food to try. The picture probably doesn’t look that appealing, but you got to try it for yourself.
Afterwards, we went back to the rad Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park that we visited during our one year anniversary. Shamelessly, I wanted to play Pokemon Go because I needed more pokeballs in the game. I’ve played the game since they released it, and there’s no stopping me now!
There was a Pokemon [Throh] that Stephen and I didn’t have, so he was determined to get it. I brought tripod with me because I wanted to take pictures too. Throh was way away, so he had us walk up all these steps and then another set of stairs after the one pictured.
What a workout. I was tempted to roll down the hill afterwards, but going down steps aren’t as difficult as going up them, so I managed to survive. I could use the exercise anyways.
Stephen wouldn’t let me stop and have a small photoshoot because he didn’t want the Pokemon to disappear, argh. We both caught it, but I didn’t get to take the pictures I wanted because there were people walking on the steps, sadness.
I did have him take a few with me and some others, so I suppose that’ll do for now.
We went into the indoor area. [I’ll take better pictures once we explore it more.] I don’t remember seeing this cute set up whenever we first went into the market area.
We just made a pit stop inside, but we’ll definitely be back. They have so many different food choices, entertainment areas, and coffee shops! They have lights strewn up too and it’s such a neat area.
After we left the market area, I was craving some coffee from The Well. I wanted to order the Yorkshire again, but I was sad to discover that they changed up their seasonal drinks again.
I decided to take a chance on The Breckenridge: Bourbon barrel-aged brewed coffee, bourbon maple syrup, orange bitters, heavy cream (one size).
I first ordered it cold, but the lady warned me that the syrup or one of the ingredients throws off the taste of the drink, so I tried it hot. It had an interesting taste to it. I think the orange bitters was the flavor that stood out the most.
On Sunday, Stephen and I had to go grocery shopping — his favorite activity, not. I make it as painless for him as possible. After reading some blog posts over the weekend, I read that Jinjer bought some of the Cheez-Its, so I just had to try the Buffalo Wing flavor. I forgot how much I liked Cheez-Its. I’ve also got a craving for some Veggie Straws, so I’ve added that to my grocery list as well.
After grocery shopping, there was an event at the Ford Ice Center where you could ice skate and watch the Preds practice. We just showed up for the practice this time around.
It lasted for about an hour and a half or so, and it was super cool to see how they practiced. It was loud and so many sounds echoed inside, especially whenever the hockey players hit the puck. That was like a sharp cracking sound — well, to me it sounds like that. I don’t know if you’d really describe it like that. It’s kind of soothing to go to a game and hear them make contact with the puck.
After the game, I FaceTimed with
Haley Mason, the best, best pup.
I miss that sweet face. He needs a phone so I can bug him more often.
On Monday, we decided last minute to go to a hockey game. They played against the Toronto Maple Leafs. We parked at Nissan Stadium so we could walk along the Pedestrian Bridge. I need a more quality picture of it during the day, but it was less crowded walking to the game.
I love looking at the pretty city. The lights are super pretty as they’re reflecting on the water too.
I ate about 3/4 of the popcorn that we bought and Stephen drinks most of the water we get. That seems to be a good balance between us.
We ended up losing — massacred actually — but as usual, it was fun to go.
I hope your first month of 2020 was spent well and your goals are still in your sights for what’s to come.