Last Wednesday, January 29th was my 26th birthday so I thought I’d do a little recap of how I celebrated (mostly for my own posterity…now that I’m getting old my memory might not be what it used to be…).
The morning started dark and early at 5:30 a.m. at Back on My Feet at Homeboy Industries. We ran a couple of miles and I brought 2 dozen donuts to share. We always talk about how hungry we are after we run and I am hoping this sparks a tradition for other members. #JustSaying.
It was so fun to see how appreciative and excited people were over donuts. Love it.
Later that day, I went to school — Wednesdays consist of two hours of Sports Law in the morning and two hours of Remedies in the afternoon. I had lunch in between with a bunch of friends, and my friend Aviva brought me a Crumbs Peanut Butter Cup cupcake. (Sign of a true friend — she knows I’m PB OBSESSED).
After class, my mom met up with me — she did some work from the DTLA library and then hung out with me for the afternoon. She ALSO came bearing cupcakes — this time from Sprinkles. (Told you, total fat kid over here..). My mom picked two — my favorite of the two was the Red Velvet.
My mom and I decided to celebrate with happy hour at a local rooftop bar I love, Perch. I got mini sliders and we shared a fruit plate, and I sipped on the happy hour ale. So nice to be outside with a rooftop view of DTLA during January!
After happy hour, we hung out a bit (my mom fixed my disaster of an ikea dresser using gorilla glue, happy birthday to meeee) and then I headed off to teach my spin class, and my mom took it for the first time! (Major props to my mom for toughing it out the whole time. One day we’ll get my dad inside the spin room as opposed to lookey-looing from outside).
After spin wrapped up, I had a quick dinner with my parents, opened a couple of gifts, and dug into those cupcakes. (Aviva’s Peanut Butter Cup was the best, yay Crumbs).
My brother’s birthday card cracked me up:
I got a lot of birthday bling: two bracelets from my parents, two new covers for my Fitbit, and a RoadID I’d needed forever. I love that my parents included “Please pause my Garmin” on the RoadID. Hopefully that is never used, but I love the joke behind it. Jenn also got me gorgeous bangles seen here –>
On Thursday, the treats continued when I walked into my Biz Ass class and my friend Colleen had brought me a Mocha flavored cupcake from a local place in Silver Lake called Lark. She brought me a bunch of cupcakes last year when we worked together at Judge Klausner’s chambers, so I made sure to tell her that when you do something two years in a row it is a tradition.
I also wondered what it is about me that people think I am a cupcake hound. I think it’s because of my inner fat kid, but others insisted that because I work out a lot, it’s no big deal.
I extended the b-day festivities on Thursday by stopping by the Fig at 7th farmers market to pick up a bouquet to fill out the vase Aviva gave me. Love:
I celebrated my birthday for real on Friday.
We started with a small-ish group dinner at DTLA’s Border Grill. There were 10 of us total: 5 law school friends, my best friend Whitney, two of her friends who are now my friends – Molly and Riley, and my roommate Jenn.
We had a lot of fun, delicious margs, and they even let me blow out a candle!
I loved having various people I love get to know each other and joke around. So fun. (And Whitney sneakily handed her credit card to the waitress before I had a chance to pay my bill — so sweet and unexpected. Thanks, Whit!)
After dinner, we headed over to King Eddy’s Saloon, my favorite “skid-row adjacent” dive bar. This place is super divey but it was the perfect place to indulge in cheap beer with tons of friends. I loved combining all of my favorite people into one place.
I hung out with my DTLA Running crew:
And my DTLA Running AND Back on My Feet LA girls:
And my favorite Loyola 1Ls/spin fanatics. If I had a fan club these girls would be in it. It’s time for someone to tell them that would be the lamest club EVER.
I call Alexis my own personal cheerleader — she is so positive and fun. Mostly though we’re friends becuase she uses more hashtags than I do. #fit and #fab.
Whitney has been my best friend now for about 8 years, and over that time I’ve gotten t0 know her core group of college friends really well. I loved spending time with them and am so grateful for my friendship with them!
Some of my high school guy friends came as well — loved seeing Eric, A.K and Andrea, Matty and Sharon, and of course Jeff and his roommate, Jason. I refer to Jeff as “my own personal Chris Harrison” because: he looks, acts, and talks just like Chris Harrison, he gives good advice about dudes, and he has actually told me before: ”Gillian, Gentleman, this is the final rose tonight. When you’re ready.” Pretty sure they need to cast us as the leads (him the host and me as the Bachelorette, because obviously) in a future season.
My LLS buds were raging — love them:
It was such a great night — LOVED combining all of my groups: LLS, high school, college (thanks, Jenn, for holding it down), Gold’s Gym, and #DTLARunning. It was an epic, IPA-filled birthday.
At the end of the night, 5 of us wolves remained in the wolfpack and we hit up Bar 107 for three minutes before I decided hip hop was in order at the Crocker Club. Mostly I was just stalling until it was appropriate to order lobster grilled cheese at L.A. Cafe. (FYI it’s always appropriate. Most delicious thing ever).
4 hours of sleep later I taught a very fun and toxin-releasing spin class.
26 started off with a bang and I’m excited for the year ahead! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me!