I realized the other day that I was “so LA” when I was out to dinner with my friend/neighbor/walk-to-work buddy Peter and his new roommate, Fadi, at Sugarfish (the best sushi I’ve ever had). My schedule this year is really laid-back (#3LFreeL or #3LOL will be used a lot in the next year), so I have a lot of time to do fun things and generally be obnoxious. In between bites of halibut, Peter asked me what I had planned for the next day.
This was my response: “Well, in the morning I’m going on a #SOULDate with my friend Katherine. We met through each other’s respective blogs and became friends in real life. And then later that day I’m meeting a law school friend in Malibu to do some snorkeling.” It then dawned on me…I could not, if I tried, be any more “LA.” HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. Whatever, LA is the best.
Sugarfish was incredible. I am new to delicious sushi. I only really realized I liked it in the last few years – I used to be weirded out by the idea of eating raw fish, and before that I didn’t even like COOKED seafood. I ordered the $30 fixed-price meal called the “Trust Me.” All of it was delicious, but the halibut was my fav.
The next morning, I set my alarm for 7 to make it to Soul Cycle in Santa Monica to meet Katherine for the 8:30 class. I left at 7:35 and got there an HOUR later, walking into the class a solid 10 minutes late. As heartbreaking as that was, I enjoyed the class and liked the instructor, Molly, a lot, although she’s no Laura Crago (mine and Katherine’s fav ever). Katherine and I grabbed coffee after and she filled me in on super important (not sarcasm) healthy living blog gossip.
Although I joke about my LA hobbies (spinning, blogging for two) I love the fact that my blog and social media obsession has allowed me to get to know people and make real friends! Katherine and I have gone spinning together at least 4-5 times now and have definitely become friends in the process. One of these times we’ll take a photo together – but post-spin is never when I am looking my greatest. Anyway, Soul Cycle is the best.
After our spin fest, Katherine and I parted ways and I drove down PCH a little to meet one of my law school budz, Taylor, at his parents’ house. He has all kinds of weird hobbies, the latest being spear-fishing. Since we both don’t have Thursday class, I jumped at the chance to snorkel/be in the water while he tried to kill some stuff. Multiple victories were had: I fit into a wetsuit made for a tiny child, I saw a bunch of fish and MULTIPLE seals, and Taylor did not puncture me with his harpoon. Yay! The visibility wasn’t awesome as the day went on so no fish tacos were consumed, but all in all it was great to be out there!
I left the ‘Bu and headed back to DTLA where Loyola was having its first “Turf Club” of the year. Yes, I went to school by choice when I didn’t have class, but it was because they were literally giving out free beer. And, as my friend Ross pointed out, they weren’t keeping to the prior “two drink” minimum. Beers were had and “networking” was conducted. A win for all! Also – HUGE upgrade on my law school’s part for switching from Coors Light to Golden Road’s Hef this year for a beer option. Clearly my priorities are in order.
Other “LA” things I’ve done recently include seeing the Dodgers lose (sadly) to the Red Sox last Sunday, and going on a run to U$C with my running group. Although I didn’t go there, running a couple of laps around their track is pretty magical. Eww did I just say that?
My status as an annoying social media…enthusiast was revealed today when I went to pick up a package for my subscription-box obsessed roommate. (She’s on vacation and has 4 boxes of loot waiting for when she gets back. Everyone has their vices. I am not judging). Anyway, there was a package for me too – my own bag of loot c/o Klout! KIND bars sent me a bunch of bars to sample and INCREDIBLE high-quality incase brand headphones. I will never use earbuds again for anything other than running.
That’s about all the news I have. I’m off to sub a spin class in a couple of hours and then beat the heat by (probably) listening to Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” remixes at length.
Oh, last thing, I binge-watched Orange is the New Black in the last week after making fun of my mom for doing the same thing. SO good. And of course, someone told me I look like Piper Chapman so now I have completely internalized the show. The other day I thought I saw Crazy Eyes on my run to SC. Nope, Gillian, you are not Piper Chapman, the show is fictional, and fake prisoners are not roaming the streets.
Have a great Labor Day weekend y’all!
Fav LA stereotype? I probably embody it, let’s be real.