Saturday, May 26, 2012

#40: Red Mill Burgers

Nothing much has been going on this past week or so; I've been through an interview process with a prospective job and haven't heard back them yet which kind of makes me a bit nervous and sad.  I've been trying to think of what to post and I realized I never wrote about my trip to Red Mill Burgers! My parents surprised me one afternoon by taking me after we dropped my sister off at her work; I didn't have my camera on me so no pictures.

I first learned about Red Mill on Man vs. Food and knew I had to try it out.  It's a much smaller place than I thought it was.  We got there around noon so it was starting to get busy; a line was already out the door and quickly got longer behind us.  Me and my Dad got Double Bacon Deluxe w/ Cheese and my mom got a Bleu Cheese and Bacon Burger; we also got 2 orders of onion rings.  The burger was great; the bacon was crispy and rather peppery and their 'Mill Sauce' was a slightly spicy mayo. The onion rings weren't bad; the onion itself was quite good but the they definitely use a wet breading, so it's a bit thick and a bit too much for my taste. I couldn't really figure out what spices they use and it kind of drove me crazy. The fries looked really good and I will need to get them next time.

Price-wise, I say definitely on the cheaper end of the non fast food burger joints. I go to Fat Burger and Charlie's Flame Broiled Burgers every few months, and Red Mill is a dollar or two cheaper.  You do have to get the sides and drink separate from the burger and there is no meal deal at Red Mill. I will say that of the three, I would choose Red Mill last, mostly because it is more of a hassle to get there and the other two are just a bit better.

Overall, I highly recommend.  I would suggest either going before or after the lunch rush; it get's crowded very easily and some people are extremely rude when it comes to trying to get a table.  Another negative is parking - the dedicated area for parking is very small and is shared with the Starbucks next door so you might have to go hunt down a space then walk to the restaurant. But, the food is good and that's what matters to me.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Zombies Are Gonna Get Me

I am finally starting to train for Run For Your Lives. Went out this morning for my first workout and tried to follow the Couch to 5K format. For the first week of workouts, you warm up with brisk walking then you alternate between jogging and walking for 20 minutes.  My sister went out with me and things started off well but I may have to approach training differently as I still seem to have asthma that only ever acts up when I do something strenuous as running. I had to use an inhaler back in junior high when I did cross country running and I may get one now.  As a result I didn't do as well as I wanted this morning - I think I ended up walking about 2/3 but I tried to alternate as much as I could. I do love my running shoes though.
I need to figure out when I go out to jog. I got up later than I wanted today, so the sun was higher up (I think it was 11 when we started).  Since I work in the mornings, I don't want to go out when I get home at 4 but I'm not sure if jogging at 8 at night is that good of an idea as well. I'm also going to try out my mom's rowing machine on the days I don't jog. 

Any tips or ideas on training or nutrition are much appreciated.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time For Changes

So finally, after about a month of waiting to see who would be getting the senior position at work, a decision was finally made... and it wasn't me.  I had my panel interviews Thursday and surprisingly, they chose that afternoon (I got my feedback that day as well) and announced the new senior yesterday.  I have mixed feelings about it.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sakura-Con 2012

Ah Sakura-Con. I've been going to this con for 9 years - next year will make it 10!  The past two years, I actually considered not attending, but ended up going (and with no regrets). I do stay at a hotel in downtown as driving to and from the convention is just too much of a hassle (and it's just fun).  This was the second year I stayed at the Sheraton which is right across from the convention center - it's sooo convenient; I'll probably never stay at another hotel for this convention.

They moved pre-reg pickup this year to being across the street from the convention center - not sure why. Me and a friend waited closer to the end of pre-reg pickup as usually there are hardly any lines and takes just a few minutes to get your badge. Not so this year - we ended up waiting about an hour, but luckily we spotted another friend in line in front of us and joined him. Pizza was waiting for us by the time we got back to the hotel room and the rest of the night was spent working on finishing up costumes.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In Review: April

Hmm... still not doing that great on posting on a regular basis. I need to just pick a night where I sit down and focus on blogging.

Ups:

Sakura-Con! I didn't really do as much this year compared to last. Rather sad that I missed the h.Naoto fashion show and cried over that I couldn't buy a gorgeous dress, but I had a blast in my Sailor Moon costume and I spent more time with friends this year. I'll write up a more detailed post about the con.

Me and a friend tried out a new restaurant (to us, at least),13 Coins, thanks to Restaurant Week - for $28 dollars, we each got a three course meal. Really good. We want to go back sometime, once at least to just try out the appetizers. Met up with the same friend later in the month for lunch, where she gave a listening ear to let me rant about work.

Downs:

Nothing much really. Just annoyed that the interviewing process for a higher position I'm going for is being dragged out for no apparent reason.


Books

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her - Melanie Rehak
The Immorality Engine - George Mann
Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made A Nation Cool - Brian Ashcraft
From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America - Beth L. Bailey