Last Hurrah

Alrighttttt. So remember in my last post how I felt kinda crappy during my workout after too many nights of desserts? Heh heh…well, we went here this afternoon.


And I got frozen custard. But we’ll get to that in a sec.

First let’s talk about last night! Dinner was again made by my lovely cousins. They made chicken and beef kabobs! My cousin Megan was the grill master, and she cooked the meat perfectly.


I had a chicken kabob, and it was ohh so tender. She says it was her first time grilling kabobs. I dunno if I believe her. They were too amazing. 😉 We also cleaned up some of the leftovers from lunch.


My cousin and aunt commented on my “interesting” choice of salad dressing. I mean, if it’s gonna be on my plate, might as well just eat the salad with it. Salad dressing is too much work.

No dessert last night! (Different story today.) Megan and I plopped on the couch to watch a movie. We decided we were in the mood for a cheesy, girly teen movie, so the choice ended up being The Last Song with Miley Cyrus (before she became “twerk queen” as my other cousin calls her) and her now fiancé Liam Hemsworth. How shweeeeet.



It was sappy, sweet, sad–the norm.

We also showed each other some of our various yoga poses and break dance moves in the living room. It was a good time. Then we said our goodbyes 😦 Thanks so much, guys, for hosting us these past couple days!

This morning we left our hotel at around 6 AM and surprisingly passed swiftly across the border. We didn’t bring a plethora of sandwiches to eat on the road this time, so we made a pit stop at Binghamton for lunch…and a college tour at Binghamton University!

First we ate at a Korean and Japanese restaurant called Ebishura, and it had conveyor belt sushi!


I’ve never really been a fan of having my sushi touring the restaurant, but this place had good reviews on Yelp. Yeah, we listen to those people.


You get charged by the number and type of plates you take off the conveyor belt.

We shared a bunch of sushi plates (all came with 4 rolls each) from the conveyor belt and ordered a few extras from the menu. Ben also ordered the pork katsu bento box. It was a pretty good lunch overall. Definitely no the best sushi I’ve had, but for a college town in upstate NY, not too shabby!


Next up was the Binghamton University info session and its nice, long campus tour. Our tour guide was really cool and hilarious, which was a plus. I’m still not sure if it was him or the actual college that sold me, but I really like it, so it’ll probably be on my list! It was also great to get in a long (sweaty) walk after sitting in the car for 6 hours. Sick. of. sitting.

Since we were nice and heated after the tour, we agreed that a cold treat sounded good…which brings us back to Rocco’s Italian ice and frozen custard. Hey, I’m considering it our last hurrah for the summer since this was the last day of our last official vacation. Sounds like a good excuse at least 😉


Black raspberry frozen custard. CREAMY GOODNESS.

Back into the car we went, and a few hours later, we stopped by a new-ish Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. It’s the only Vietnamese restaurant close to our house, so despite not-so-great reviews on Yelp, we wanted to try it out. It was pretty delicious to us! Again, we’ve been to lots of Vietnamese restaurants, so this wasn’t THE best, but good enough considering the proximity.Image


Pho for mom, dad, and Ben. Grilled lemongrass chicken for me.

Now we are at home, sweet, home! That’s a wrap, folks! This was probably a lot longer than you even cared to read (if you’re still reading…).

One last thing though! (please?) Since school is starting for so many people already, how ’bout a little prayer for the start of the year, eh? (<–under Canadian influence) Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, or none of those, the school year has a way of laying a whole lot of pressure on everyone in the community. So…to the Lord we turn!

Dear God,

Help us as we start this hectic, yet blessed time of year.

May we grow closer to you through our works, studies, and activities.

Strengthen us to make the right decisions. Enlighten us as we learn, not just intellectually, but spiritually.

May we be well-rested, but grant us patience and perseverance when we are tired and weary.

Help us to be supportive of one another yet humble enough to accept the assistance of others.

May we glorify YOU through our works and achievements, not ourselves.

Fill us with joy for learning, growing, and improving.

Help us to strengthen and nourish our relationships with family, friends, teachers, and anyone else we encounter.

Thank you for all the opportunities ahead of us.


So tell me: When does the school year start in your area? What was your last vacation? Have you ever tried frozen custard?