may daze.

31 May

Finals are over. Grades are starting to roll in, and write-on is completed and turned in. I have been enjoying my week of pure summer before work starts by seeing friends, hanging out, and enjoying the gorgeous LA weather.

On Monday, my buddy Taylor and I tackled a 7-mile hike in the Pacific Palisades.

This is a shot from the top, at Eagle Rock.

It was just long enough to count as a real workout, and we ran a little bit on the way back. It was so gorgeous out AND I came away with a souvenir of a skinned knee “scaling” a rock. Win!

A few hours later Aviva joined us for dinner in Santa Monica at Sushi Roku. Aviva went with a salad (not a raw fish fan). I went with an Asahi, in honor of the famous Civ Pro case (FML). Taylor and I realized we were both going for the Caterpillar roll so we ordered a second one and split. Both were delicious, but nothing can compare with the Caterpillar roll. Who knew eel, eel sauce, and avocado could be do bomb? NOM.

On Tuesday, I swung by school to turn in my write-on packet. After, I drove out to my parents’ house because my mom and I had long-running plans to spend the day together.

First, we had a mediocre lunch at The Mermaid Tavern in Thousand Oaks. We were hoping it’d be on par with Ladyface but it was lackluster at best. Fail.

Our next stop made up for it, though. We rented kayaks at Ventura Harbor for an hour.  My mom has been an avid kayaker for years – her license plate frame literally used to read “My other car is a kayak.” We spent an hour on the water, spotted some sea lions, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

sea lions!

On our way home, we stopped by the Camarillo Premium Outlets. I scored two pairs of Nike Tempo Track shorts at the Nike Outlet for $9 each. Later, my mom and I hopped over to her gym and I acted as her “trainer” during her first NROLFW workout which was fun!

On Wednesday, I started my day with my first massage ever, via LivingSocial. I was pleased with what I got for my $35 – even if the masseuse claimed I “wear my shoulders like they’re earrings.” It was an interesting combination of intensely painful  and super relaxing. Next, I did a workout at SoulCycle WeHo. This deserves its own post, but I am DEFINITELY a fan.

I rejoined up with – you guessed it – Taylor and Aviva for dinner at Tart, quickly becoming one of my LA eateries.  I started things off with a Stone IPA.

love the mason jar.

I chowed down on their “meat + 3” option. Any protein + 3 sides for $15. I went with steak, mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, and country apple. All of it was really good, especially the macaroni and cheese.

I am still full.

Next up on the agenda was Men in Black 3. Even though I knew it was only getting “meh” reviews, I had to see it since I was a fan of the first two. I can’t believe it’s been 14 years since the first one came out, and I remember seeing the second one with my aunt and uncle in Oakland a few years later.

This, for some reason, is my favorite scene from the first one, probably due to my brother’s insane impression of it:

I also love how each of the films has its own song. Which is your favorite of the three?

May was largely spent in the library, but the last week made up for it – here’s to an exciting June!

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2 Responses to “may daze.”

  1. Andrew May 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I usually drink gin from a jar, but beer is good too.

    • gillian May 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Good call, being open-minded about alcohol vessels is key.

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