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extern days.

19 Jan

On January 7, I started a judicial externship. I am working for a judge in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. While I am sure I will have more to say in a couple of months, I thought I would give a brief overview of what I’m doing there.

  • The Chambers. The judge I am working for emphasizes camaraderie and team work. I am lucky to be working with 3 other externs, all of whom go to Loyola. They’re all funny, super-smart, and genuinely fun to be around. The days fly by. Additionally, the Judge’s staff includes two clerks and a secretary. The Judge LOVES baked goods and encourages us all to bring them in at all times. I brought in brownies yesterday but forgot to pop my head into his office to let him know they were there. Later, he told me “We contemplated firing you…feel free to interrupt me in cases of emergency.” Gotta love a federal judge with a sense of humor!

 

  • The Work. The program in place is really awesome. Each week, we are all assigned one or two motions that are pending before the judge to research. We prepare a workup of the motion (also known as a memorandum). We submit an outline version to one one of the clerks, who then meets with us and gives us substantive feedback. Then, we prepare a final draft. Before it is submitted to the clerks, one of our fellow externs peer edits our paper. Finally, the memos we prepare go to the judge for his approval. It’s awesome to be able to research and learn about real legal issues in real cases. Definitely different from sitting in class.

 

  • The Surroundings. I get to spend a lot of time in the heart of DTLA. While my law school is close by (and I externed in this general area over the summer), I’m getting to check a whole bunch of new-to-me eateries off the list. During the first week, we headed to a kebab place (reminded me of Spain) in Little Tokyo called Spitz. Yesterday, my fellow externs and I headed to Wurstkuche. I will never a hot dog this delicious again. INCREDIBLE.

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I’m really enjoying this experience so far – but I am going to be BUSY this semester. I’m also taking a class (Evidence) and have obligations with the journal I’m on and the Vis Moot team. It will be crazy, but a different sort of crazy…stay tuned!

2012 remixed.

31 Dec

If you haven’t been able to tell by reading this blog, I love traditions. One thing I have done on this blog for awhile now is to recap my year via songs. [Check out 2010 and 2011 here!] I love music and I think it’s a great way to reminisce on the past year – plus I like re-reading these posts to remember everything that happened in that year! Before you check out my 2012 song selections, you should listen to DJ Earworm’s 2012 mash-up. Here’s mine:

January – Calvin Harris Feel So Close

I picked this song because it reminds me of the best winter break ever – where I checked out a ton of new restaurants, went on a bunch of LA hikes, went out, and explored LA. In January I also started second semester and reunited with some of my favorite AXOs,  celebrated my birthday with a dinner + drinks, and ran a half-marathon with one of my best law school friends, Blake, at the Rose Bowl, and battled running injuries off and on.

loving LA.

loving LA.

i'm not that old but i'm not that young.

i’m not that old but i’m not that young.

February  – Big Sean f/ Nicki Minaj – Dance

In February, I met my first real blog friend in person (Katherine of Left Coast Contessa). I also became re-obsessed with spin (indoor cycling) after almost a YEAR away and spent more time in the gym. Other than that, February was a pretty low-key month. I was briefly obsessed with this song due to the part when Nicki Minaj says “Islands of Waikikiiiiiiiiii.” I annoyed everyone repeating that for a few weeks.

view from my gym's parking lot.

view from my gym’s parking lot.

March – Flo Rida f/ Sia – Wild Ones

In March, I took a torts midterm, headed to Palm Springs with Whitney, Matt, and Jenn, and was able to fight off a knee injury to run three miles with my Dad during his marathon. During March I also went to my first Kings game, headed home to celebrate my brother’s 21st birthday, and studied a good amount.

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palm springs bound.

palm springs bound.

April – Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (FatRat remix)

April was a pretty intense school month – I had a lot of assignments due and geared up for finals. I had a beach day with my law school bests, went to a couple of comedy shows, had an oral argument, and lived vicariously through my parents’ trip to Vegas. I also did the She Runs LA 10k, tried Pure Barre, and did  The Color Run with my friend Riley. At the end of the month I went to a  Bruce Springsteen concert!

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

post she runs la 10k.

post she runs la 10k.

post color run.

post color run.

baby we were born to run.

baby we were born to run.

May – The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (Tiësto & Hardwell Remix)

Like any month where finals occur, the majority of it is spent studying. I spent the first 2+ weeks studying for and taking my finals, punctuated by small study breaks with my law school budz – like the time we celebrated Cinco Day Drinko instead of studying for Torts. In May I officially FINISHED 1L buttttt then immediately spent a week on the write-on competition to join a law review or a journal.  I finally kick-started summer with kayaking with my mom, a hike with Taylor, and some solid vedge-time. I also discovered my love for SoulCycle in May.

Cinco Day Drinko

Cinco Day Drinko

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

kayaking in Ventura.

kayaking in Ventura.

it was love.

it was love.

June – Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe Mash-ups (Call Me Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia + Call Me Maybe v. 99 Problems)

June was officially summer. I kicked it off with a short trip to SD  with Jenn where I PR’d in the half-marathon (1:38:55), began my externship at the criminal courts building, did a little paddle boarding  (I still have a bruise on my hip),went to Dodger games, hiked, and spent a weekend in SF where Whitney, Kathleen, and I created the “cerveza cycle.”

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paddle-boarding!

paddle-boarding!

my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.

my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.

cycling...

cycling…

...and drinking.

…and drinking.

July – Kirko Bangz “Drink in my Cup”

July started off with a bang with a Fourth of July 10k in the Palisades, followed up with a little rage-fest with my section budz. I also discovered electronic musician Sahy Uhns, celebrated my blog’s third birthday, and saw The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl.

fireworks.

fireworks.

sahy uhns.

sahy uhns.

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August – Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz “Mercy” 

In August, I saw The Hood Internet perform live, was inspired by various Olympic endeavors + caught up with friends from home, wrapped up my externship, went through On Campus Interviewing at Loyola, and traveled to Orange County with my mom for a few days where we saw Pageant of the Masters, paddle-boarded, and soaked up the sun. I also missed a one-night stint in Vegas due to a sudden onslaught of an illness, serving as a reminder that sometimes I need to listen to my body. I also celebrated Aviva’s birthday on the Sunset Strip and went back to school as a 2L.

The Hood Internet!

The Hood Internet!

paddle-boarding in Newport.

paddle-boarding in Newport.

September – Psy “Gangam Style”

In September, I ran my high school’s annual pancake breakfast race, hit up the SC/Cal game, and went to Monterey for my friend Angela’s wedding. I also started going to Trivia night at Barney’s Beanery in WeHO. When I wasn’t gallivanting around, I was busy with my course-load (Con Law, Law of Sales, Torts II, and Ethical Lawyering) as well as my extra-curricular activities of the Entertainment Law Review and the Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration team. #phew

OPXC alumni.

OPXC alumni.

in real life, we're friends.

in real life, we’re friends.

angela + adrian.

angela + adrian.

October – Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” 

In October, I continued the trivia night tradition, played tourist in Hollywood, spent a weekend in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s 13.1, celebrated my friend Blake’s birthday in Manhattan Beach, and saw Adrian Lux perform live at the Exchange in DTLA. All in all, a fantastic month.

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blake's b-day.

blake’s b-day.

we don't waste no precious time.

we don’t waste no precious time.

November – Zedd “Clarity” oh…and Morgan Page f/ Greg Laswell – Addicted 

I hit up another SC game (this time v. Oregon), saw Book of Mormon, and visited my parents at the newsroom of the Los Angeles Times on election night! I also ran two 5ks – the ‘Stache Dash in Costa Mesa with my roommate and her boyfriend, and the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Trot at Cal Lutheran University with my running buddy Hannes on Thanksgiving morning. I also enjoyed a long weekend at home for Thanksgiving that was punctuated by our annual “Blackout Wednesday” tradition.

jenn and me post-race.

jenn and me post-race.

thankful.

thankful.

happy Blackout Wednesday!

happy Blackout Wednesday!

December – I couldn’t pick just one: Will.i.am f/ Britney Spears “Scream & Shout” AND Bingo Players + Flo Rida “I Cry

I spent the overwhelming majority of December studying and taking finals. I finished on December 14th and then celebrated in Manhattan Beach. Celebrations continued with Loyola Bar Review, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl, and my friend’s Hawaiian Christmas party. My family and I spent Christmas Day in Las Vegas (#VegasChristmas) and the very last week of December has been soul(cycle)-filled.

christmas in the library.

christmas in the library.

loyola bar review.

loyola bar review.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

#VegasChristmas

#VegasChristmas

I hope everyone has an exciting and fun NYE celebration and an even better jump-start to 2013! I’ll be posting my goals and resolutions for the new year tomorrow.

What was YOUR favorite song from 2012?

and so it begins.

20 Dec

Winter Break is my favorite time of year. Sure, Summer is my favorite season – but winter break is THE BEST. No work or classes getting in the way of my fun. At some point over break I will have to buckle down and work on a brief for the moot court team I’m on, as well as finish up my paper for the Entertainment Law Review. But until then, I am taking full advantage of sleeping in, seeing friends, and celebrating.

Winter Break kicked off in Manhattan Beach. The following night, I met up with Whitney in Santa Monica and her friends (who have become my friends over the years) for the 2nd year we’ve done the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl. My friend Aviva from school came as well! We ended up all getting separated, but it was a fun night. We hit up SOUTH, The Gas Lite, and Sonny McClean’s.  Oh, and we took tons of photos.

getting ready with Riley. I've known her now for SIX YEARS. #nuts.

getting ready with Riley. I’ve known her now for SIX YEARS. #nuts.

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me and aviva.

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part of the crew at SOUTH

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It was also a lot of fun running into old friends from high school, my coworker from over the summer, etc. I love this event – and the entry fee goes to a food bank, so at least a little Christmas cheer is being spread 🙂

I took the next few days easy – got back in the gym, took care of some Christmas shopping, and found a dress for my friends’ wedding coming up in a few weeks. HUGE accomplishment.

On Tuesday night, I celebrated the end of finals at Loyola’s end of semester Bar Review at a lounge in DTLA called Elevate. Pretty views of the city, pricey drinks.

yay section 3!

yay section 3!

I was also able to spend a little time exploring downtown last night – there’s a certain festive holiday spirit there. The holiday lights remind of how every European city, for the two months before Christmas, has lights at almost every intersection

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how pretty is DTLA?

how pretty is DTLA?

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On today’s agenda? So far there’s a lot of Teen Mom going on. Maybe I’ll tackle cleaning my closet before I have a team meeting for my moot court team tonight.

Happy Thursday!

2.5 L!

15 Dec

Oh hey there blog world! I’m so happy to be back. The last 3 weeks have been completely consumed by studying for finals. The rumors that they’re “easier” 2L year is a total lie. It’s less stressful for sure, but you still have to put the time in. Maybe one of these days I’ll do a “law school survival guide” post. But I have to make sure I didn’t fail all my classes first.

After Thanksgiving I essentially went into lock-down mode. But first, I did manage to take a short break on Dec. 1 to celebrate my BFF’s birthday at a fun brunch at Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica. Their breakfast pizza was bombbbb (thanks for letting me share a slice, Riley!). A bunch of Whitney’s circles collided for her birthday – work friends, college friends, her boyfriend Tyler and his brother…It was a lot of fun, but I’m still bummed I couldn’t partake in the endless mimosa festivities.

riley, whitney, and tyler

riley, whitney, and tyler

IMG_2553Oh, and I loved Whitney’s sweater so much I went out and bought it the very next day. I quickly settled into my study routine. I had Ethical Lawyering on Dec. 4, then Torts II the next day. Then, I had a few days off before my Con Law final on Dec 10, and finished it off with Law of Sales yesterday, Dec. 14.

The library was full of Christmas cheer, which was a nice reminder of what season we’re in.

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I kept myself sane by looking for memes tangentially related to my classes…

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…and took many Starbucks breaks with my buddies.

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My roommate’s birthday fell in the finals time-period as well – we celebrated with a little brunch action at Tart.

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Finals were fine…I think. I started getting progressively more delusional as time went on. Evidence? My emoji use increased:

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and I literally started to LOSE it. Study sessions turned into giggle fits in the library. Whoops. My studying waned as time went on – I was SUPER efficient and in gunner-mode for Con Law…but by the time Law of Sales rolled around, reading my outline was a little too taxing.

After the first 2 finals, IPAs were imbibed at the local Yardhouse. Also, in the midst of all of this, I was offered the opportunity to apply for a judicial externship for the spring. A professor urged me to do it when I initially hesitated and I went for the interview and was lucky to be offered the externship. I’ll be working for a U.S. District Court Judge next semester which will be a great learning experience. I’m shocked they offered it to me, though, my nerves totally came through in my interview. Never really mastered the “never let ’em see you sweat” mantra.

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After my Con Law final we went to Jenn’s birthday dinner at Wood Ranch. DELICIOUS.

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While studying for my last final, I took a lot of meme breaks. This is my fav:

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I also became BEYOND obsessed with the Zedd album. Get yo headphones on and listen to this immediately. Favorite track? Clarity.

The last couple of days were boring and UCC-filled. I took a nice little study break with Armita and Heather. Love it.

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Yesterday’s 70 Multiple Choice exam was lonnnnngggg and tiring. IMMEDIATELY after the test, Taylor and I knocked out an errand. #RAGE? We had to go get finger-printing for externship background check purposes (see above) and had to wait until finals didn’t hog every waking minute of my life. After that, I meandered around Target and came away with 3 things (a sequined miniskirt, a tube of wrapping paper, and the Mindy Kaling book). Delusional much?

I celebrated last night in Manhattan Beach with one of my best law school friends (Blake) his fiancée (and my friend) Heather, and Heather’s best law school friend, Steve. Good times were had by all 🙂 SO stoked for their wedding!

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

off track.

9 Nov

Hi blog world. I have gotten off track with two things that are important hobbies of mine: running and blogging…but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy doing a zillion things – both fun and academic. I figure, if I get caught up on my blogging, maybe my work out mo jo will come back too.

In terms of school, we are rolling right along approaching finals territory. Yesterday, my friend Aviva and I had a graded interviewing and counseling session with a fake client for our Ethical Lawyering class. It was a weird experience – conducting a client interview with an actor – but probably helpful in the long run. I’ve also been working diligently on a note about a case, Fraley v. Facebook, as part of being a member of Loyola’s Entertainment Law Review. I’ve been able to incorporate references to Antoine Dodson and Kim Kardashian in my article, though, so that has been pretty entertaining in it’s own right. My other classes (Constitutional Law, Law of Sales, and Torts II) have been fine – some days are more interesting than others, that’s for sure.

One cool thing about law school is the wide array of guest speakers that come through. In the last two weeks, I have been able to attend three really impressive lectures. The first one was a presentation called “Hamlet for Attorneys” given by Loyola alum Judge Gregory Alarcón. Alarcón is obsessed with Shakespeare and realized that Hamlet in particular has a lot of lessons that can be applied to being a successful trial lawyer. I really enjoyed the presentation and decided to try and read Hamlet again. A few days later I was able to hear Frank Gehry, the architect who designed Loyola (and also my favorite architect of all time). He was charming and funny, and just from hearing him speak for 45 minutes definitely revealed his status as an innovator. Finally, last night I got to hear one of the DAs on the OJ Simpson case, William Hodgman, discuss the process of jury selection, and to some extent, what went wrong for the prosecution in that case. I remember being really young when all the OJ stuff was happening, but this definitely made we want to go back and read more about it.

When I haven’t been nerding out, I have been gallivanting around LA a fair amount. Last Friday, I was able to see Book of Mormon at the Pantages. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I have been incessantly singing my two fav songs since (Hasa Diga Eebowai and I Am Africa). Offensive? Sure. BUT AWESOME.

my new love.

On Saturday, I took my buddy Kayvan up on an invite to go to the USC v. Oregon game. Tailgating was a lot of fun – and games at the Coliseum are always a good time…even if I wasn’t too concerned about the outcome of the game. #calfootball.

Last weekeend also included a lot of Mexican food – two trips to Border Grill and one to Lotería Grill…whoa nelly). I loved the cute interior at Lotería.

As everyone is well aware, we re-elected Obama on Tuesday! It was exciting, but not nearly as exciting as last year. I stopped by the LA Times Tuesday night to say hi to my Dad, and to see how things were going in the newsroom…and then my mom and I hopped across the street for dinner at Pitfire.

Also worth mentioning: I have been taking advantage of sales on various online shopping vendors lately. I recently fell in love with Madewell, thanks to my friend Armita. These gems arrived yesterday. And this is coming from J. Crew. Yay, sales! (I miss rebajas in Spain so much).

In terms of my workouts, I have been sort of in a plateau lately. After the NWM 13.1, I had about a week of pretty bad hip and IT band pain, but it has since dissipated. I have been running and hitting the gym, just with less gusto than usual. It is also the time in the semester where I am having to spend more time in the library, so that has shifted my priorities as well. I have a couple of fun 5ks coming up, so I am hoping that these kick me into gear.

Happy Friday, everyone!

How do you beat the workout blahs? 

What’s  your favorite musical?

blogger fail.

24 Sep

So I am officially the worst blogger ever. I have hundreds of unread blog posts in my Google Reader, haven’t updated my own blog in two weeks…it is truly shameful. So with that being said, I’m going to take a new approach to my blog. No weekly posts recapping my workouts (it’s too much of a commitment to HAVE to post every Sunday) but I will try and keep up to date with where I’m at with everything. So before I launch into all the fun stuff I’ve been up to – here’s the pertinent updates:

School: 2L is rolling right along – but the “they work you to death” rumors were definitely true. Besides a full course load of Constitutional Law, Law of Sales, Torts II, and Ethical Lawyering, I’m also on the Entertainment Law Review which includes cite-checking, source-collecting, and writing a 33-page note about a case by the end of the calendar year. #Woot. I’m also on a moot court team, but I have a few more weeks before that really kicks off. It’s a lot, but I like being busy.

Fitness: I recently tweeted that I’ve lost my running mo-jo mostly because it’s been so so so hot lately and I have been super busy with school. I got in a 12 mile run a couple of weeks ago, but only managed to eek out a  7 miler last weekend. Whoops. I’ve been spinning and lifting though – trying to mix it up.

So here’s a smorgasbord of some fun stuff I’ve been up to…

I grabbed dinner with a friend two weeks ago at Barney’s Beanery and it just so happened to be trivia night. We got rocked but it was still fun. I’ll be back.

Later that week I hit up the all-law schools bar review at Supperclub in Hollywood. It was one of the most fun bar reviews yet. Oh boy.

That weekend I also visited Whitney’s new apartment in Santa Monica for her house-warming, and found a new-to-me gem of a restaurant, Caffe Concerto in Koreatown.

This weekend was equally epic – Friday involved an all-day Intellectual Property Symposium for the Entertainment Law Review, but then I met up with an old friend from Barcelona for some beer. Saturday featured a 7-mile run and then the Cal/USC game. It was SO much fun – except for Cal’s loss. I enjoyed beer, tailgating with my friends, and of course, yelling at obnoxious U$C fans.

cool, blake.

go bears.

Sunday involved a great spin class, hours in the library, and then a couple of beers with my friend Chris at this awesome place in K-town called Beer Belly. I had a Ladyface IPA (#heaven) and another one whose name escapes me with delicious citrus-hops. We also tried the duck fat fries (with duck on top). So good.

The coolest thing about this place was the fact that you can select the music that plays throughout the whole restaurant using this awesome free iPhone app called “Remote.” I dominated the playlist for awhile – and managed to play Sail by AWOLNation when we were leaving. Awesome.

This week will be busy with school – and then I’m heading up to Monterey on Friday to see my high school BFF Angela GET MARRIED!!

a birthday and some con law.

20 Aug

So after my bout of pink eye and a missed trip to Vegas last week, I healed up quickly after the saintly doctor at the Urgent Care on Wilshire and La Cienega fixed me up with some medicine. I laid low for a few days, did a lot resting/discovering new reality shows (Honey Boo Boo is my new fav), and just tried to get better.

On Friday, I was well enough to go on a nice little morning hike with Jenn and her friend (and now our friend) Ryan.

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Later that night, I met up with a bunch of my friends for my friend Emily’s 23rd birthday at Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica. I sipped on the “Villa Alena,” an Italian sparkling wine. It was super sweet – and had hints of raspberry, cherry, and peach. A departure from my normal IPA (don’t worry, I ordered a Racer 5 after), but I liked it a lot.

champagne at bodega wine bar.

On Saturday, I wasn’t able to run long, but I was able to kick it poolside for one of my law school BFF’s birthday…Aviva’s 23rd! (I swear not all of my friends are babies!) We kicked off the day at the Best Western on Sunset. It was the nicest Best Western I have ever been to – just look at that pool! It felt like such a little respite from Los Angeles. Total vacation mode.

Best Western Sunset.

aviva’s cake.

jane and aviva.

Later, a few more friends joined us for dinner at Pink Taco, cake, and drinks at The Den. I had a great time celebrating one of my best friend’s birthdays, and it was such a nice way to end my last weekend before starting 2L.

On Sunday, I was at school all day for an orientation for the journal I am on this year, the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review. Today marked the official start of 2L. The most noticeable thing was getting upgraded from 1L parking (underground) to the above ground parking with this sweet view.

best footnote, ever?

Finding this gem in my Law of Sales textbook was also a mood-brightener.

I only had one class today – Con Law. It was definitely interesting and the Professor seems great. It was nice being back on campus, reconnecting with some people, seeing the crazed 1Ls, and getting back into the swing of things. This year will be nuts, but I’m excited for it.

Here are my workouts from last week – it was a REALLY mellow week with my random illness. Need to get back on track if a fall marathon is going to be a reality!

  • Monday: 3 mile walk with my mom
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run + spin
  • Wednesday: OFF (Ill)
  • Thursday: OFF (Ill)
  • Friday: 3 mile hike
  • Saturday: Cardio Barre
  • Sunday: 3 mile run

Have a great week, friends! xo