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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?

keeping traditions alive.

24 Nov

I’ve always been into traditions. The rest of my family is, too, but probably to a less OCD extent. I love Thanksgiving weekend because it is full of them. When I was in high school, Thanksgiving was a nice little break from school, and a great time to chow down on some of my fav holiday fare (read: my mom’s cranberry relish and pumpkin bread). In college, I loved Thanksgiving weekend because I was reunited with all my high school favs. The real fun began, though, the first Thanksgiving everyone was 21 and “Blackout Wednesday” became a thing.

This was the 4th annual #BOW (yes, that is a real hashtag we created this year). This year’s festivities also coincided with my friend Matt’s 25th birthday, so his level of celebration was off the charts. Every year, we pre-game at our friend Jeff’s to start off the night. This year was particularly eventful.

orange jello shots.

shots with ryan’s mom, pam.

After this debauchery, we literally have parents drive us to the Mexican restaurant we always go to. Every year, we order margaritas, Matt gets intoxicated, and then delivers a speech/roast about everyone. His quip about me was something in the “Gillian actually isn’t studying right now” or something to that effect. This year’s speech was funny in parts – but awkward when the waiter kept coming to tell him to quiet down upwards of 8 times.

whitney and me marg-ing it up.

me and my buddy alex.

kopstein + whitney.

matt, mid-speech.

After we sorted out the bill, we walked next door to a local “club” that features live music every year on the night before Thanksgiving. Whitney and I called it a night around 11:30 – but apparently most of my guy friends kicked it there until 2.

On Thanksgiving morning, my friend Hannes picked me up to head over to Cal Lutheran University to run the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash. This course was much better than the course last year, which took place at the Thousand Oaks Mall. I ran 23:07 in a 5k last weekend, and my splits were a huge joke. My goal this week was to run more conservatively to start, and to beat 23:07. I clocked a 22:56 and my splits were all in the 7s. Phew. Hannes and I ran the first mile or so together, then he finally took me up my offer to leave me at my slow pace. He finished in 20:54. Beast. I love this tradition (yes, doing something 2 years in a row makes it a tradition). Always a nice reminder on Thanksgiving morning that I’m not anywhere near prime 5k shape.

First race I’ve ever been to where they immediately sent me an e-mail with my time/place. (7th in my age group out of 87). There was a pretty big field – over 1,700 runners!

The rest of Thanksgiving Day was pretty low-key. My little bro decided to kick it in the Bay Area with my Aunt and Uncle for Thanksgiving. We made up for it with ample FaceTiming.

my uncle and my dad.

my aunt doin’ work.

my bro, after his 7 hour nap. I kid you not.

3/4 of my immediate family feasted around 4.

After dinner, we went and saw “Silver Linings Playbook.” The film critics are loving it, but we all thought it was so-so. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were both great, but some parts were disjointed and felt long, cliche, and a little weird. I’m glad I saw it, but I wouldn’t really give it rave reviews by any means.

I got a little bit Instagram happy on Thursday – whoops. Here’s what I’m most thankful for this year:

law school posse. LA. house music. my family. and caffeine.

On Friday, I spent most of the day teaching myself Ethical Lawyering since I literally know nothing. I did an impromptu cross-fit workout that was a recent post from Carrots N Cake. The WOD was called “99” and featured

  • 1 mi: 7:28
  • 33 push-ups (modified – girl way)
  • 1 mi: 7:27
  • 33 air squats
  • 1 mi: 7:19
  • 33 burpees (modified – 3 sets of 11)

I liked this workout and felt more accomplished than just going out and doing a short run. The best part, though was a tweet I received from Tina herself after I tweeted about my workout!

Last night I was able to catch up with a high school friend, Hayley! Whitney and I met her for  drink and then headed to see her cousin’s band, Magic Bronson, perform at a local venue. I liked their music a lot – it was synthy and sort of electro-rock. It was great seeing Hayley as well. She is co-director of a summer camp and works in Fresno so we don’t get to see her all that often.

The rest of the weekend will be pretty low-key with some studying sprinkled in. Finals hibernation is coming…

Hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving!!

Do you have any traditions you’re obsessive about?

 

last weekend was crazy.

26 Oct

So last weekend was fun. Too much fun. In fact, I vowed to stay in this weekend and be completely productive, but alas, that has failed. Here’s what I was up to last weekend. Thursday I stayed in and watched American Psycho with one of my law school friends. After fiddling with the DVD player for 30 minutes and being completely unable to figure out how to get it to work, we settled for my laptop. I’d never seen American Psycho before and was warned it was pretty graphic. Butttt I ended up loving it. Christian Bale is phenomenal in it, and I liked the suspenseful/psychological elements of it. I also mentioned that I thought Christian Bale’s character looked a lot like Scott Disick. So of course I did some research and found that other people feel the same way. The author of the book upon which the film is based even tweeted recently that if the film is re-made, he’ll only be okay with it if Disick is cast.             I also found out that Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” video was inspired by the film.

On Friday, I headed out to the South Bay to celebrate my friend Blake’s birthday. First we had a delicious dinner at Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach. Then, we went to a couple of bars in Manhattan Beach (Sharkeez and Hennessey’s) and drank way too much – fireball shots anyone? Love my law school posse.         Me, Heather (Blake’s fiance!) and Armita:      

It was an epic night and fun was had by all. On Sunday, I hung out for most of the day and then went to a school event on campus – the annual PILF Auction. It was pretty mellow but not that many 2Ls were there. After that, I met up with my friend Chris to go to a show at The Exchange downtown. The show was GREAT but I didn’t get my hearing back til about 4 pm the next day. Adrian Lux had a ton of energy and he mixed a few of my favorite songs into his 2+ hour set. Needless to say, I slept like a baby that night! This week was lackluster at best – school was sort of boring and tedious and I felt sort of “blah” at school and with my workouts. I’ve gone on a few easy runs since NWM 13.1 and my hip pain is subsiding (thanks in part to an amaaaazzinnggg yoga class on Monday at Core Power yoga). I’m thinking about jumping into another half marathon on Sunday, but am now thinking that may not be the best decision. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

mash-up mania with the hood internet.

4 Aug

It’s no secret that I LOVE mash-ups. My obsession began in 2007 when I started listening to Girl Talk while living in my sorority house in college. I love the innovation and creativity that stems from something that already exists (and I am equally interested in the legal issues pertaining to copyright infringement and where “creation” begins and ends). I’ve seen Girl Talk live three times (in Barcelona, at Pomona’s Fox Theater, and at The Treasure Island Music Festival…all in 2009).

Last night, Armita and Whitney joined me for a show by another mash-up artist I like, The Hood Internet at the Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club. These two Chicago-based guys create mash-ups of hip hop songs with indie rock beats. The show was a great time – The Hood Internet’s set was incredible, colorful, and energetic, and the opening acts (Tanya Morgan + Psalm One) were pretty decent as well.

Here are some of my favorite tracks from The Hood Internet:

It was a fabulous show and I’m SO glad we went. Well worth the $15.

Interested in other mash-up artists? Try these classics:

What is your favorite mash-up of all time?

an encore at the echo.

18 Jul

Lots of fun stuff going on this week but I wanted to get a quick post out about last Monday night. As you may remember, on Friday I went to a show in Santa Monica where I discovered Sahy Uhns. I really enjoyed his set, and so when I found out he was performing again on Monday at The Echo on Sunset (in Echo Park), I was all about going. Aviva knew yet another band performing after him (American Royalty) so she was down to go as well, after the Dodger Game ended.

After a failed attempt to get my brother to go to the show with me (He doesn’t normally try to “touch electronica”), I ended up going to see Sahy Uhns perform sans company. At first, I thought it would be a little weird going to a show alone, but in a weird way it was sort of oddly liberating. I enjoyed his 30 min. set big time, and danced and bopped around without thinking about if anyone cared what I was doing or worrying if my friends/brother/whoever were also having fun. May not be something I’ll do all the time, but I was happy that my “YOLO” mentality paid off.  As soon as I heard the first song start up when I walked in the door, I was INSTANTLY happy I went, albeit unaccompanied.

sahy uhns.

I am sort of picky about liking new artists. I am not the type of person who hears something once and goes and buys an album – but I just might with this one.

As Sahy Uhns was finishing up, Aviva and Taylor popped in for the rest of the show. I liked DJ Ahh G’s sped up version of “When I Dip/You Dip/We Dip.” What a 90s classic. I liked American Royalty’s set as well – they are definitely a blend of rock and electronica (can you guess which of those two I prefer?). Hah.

american royalty.

I wouldn’t mind a de-brief on how they named themselves. I am hoping it is somewhat tongue-in-cheek…otherwise that is a bit presumptuous.

All in all, definitely glad I made it out and caught both sets.

#YOLO. For real though. And I don’t care if “YOLO is Carpe Diem for dumb people.” It’s not my fault Carpe Diem hasn’t been in a Drake song.

Have you ever been to a show alone? Thoughts?

sunday funday [cliché but accurate].

15 Jul

Last time I plopped by I was recapping my epic Friday. The rest of my weekend was much more mellow  and it even included  some “spring” cleaning on Saturday.

I started this morning with a 6-mile run. Before that, though, I knew I’d need to eat a little something. I was fresh outta bananas so I decided to try the Quaker Banana Nut Bar I was sent in my VoxBox through Influenster.* I took the package’s suggestion and warmed it up for 10 seconds. It was good! Light enough to be eaten just before heading out the door for a run, but not so heavy that I felt it. The flavors were rich – it actually tasted pretty close to real banana bread, or at least wayyyy closer than a Clif Bar or something would (and Clif Bars are my bar of choice. Hah.) I liked that I could see the nut pieces on top as well.

After my run, I was off to spend the day at the Concerts in the Park  in Manhattan Beach for a little Sunday Funday with Aviva, Armita, and our friends Blake and Heather who live over there. We got there early (around 1) and staked out a spot and hung around eating and drinking the day away (mimosas, gotta #stayclassy). The music, atmosphere, and people were all awesome.

mimosas. [a little leftover champagne from blake and heather’s recent engagement party]

The motown music was awesome – we all literally danced to “Proud Mary.” The woman singing Etta James’ classic “At Last” was incredible, too. Yay for the Tom Nolan Band!

tom nolan band.

Loved today – I need to spend more time in the beach cities!

When I got home, Jenn and I grabbed dinner at local favorite, Mendocino Farms.

she loooovess her mendo.

summer cubano.

I went with the summer cubano [Slow braised carnitas, prime honey ham, Mendocino Mustard, housemade pickles, Cuban mojo sauce, crispy plantains on Dolce Forno’s soft roll]. It had me at the words “carnitas” and “crispy plantains.” I also stole a bite or two of Jenn’s orzo side salad – the curry flavors were incredible. I am definitely starting to get on board the Mendocino craze!

Before I round out the weekend with my workouts, I wanted to share some links I’ve been enjoying from around the web:

And finally, it wouldn’t be Sunday unless I shared my workouts:
  • Monday: Cardio Barre
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (easy)
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: 3 mile run (treadmill) + 800 meter swim
  • Saturday: OFF
  • Sunday: 6 mile run
I am trying to get back in the swing of things to gear up for a fall marathon by running a little more, and I am trying to swim, spin, and lift at least once a week. I didn’t do amazingly well on this, but I took 2 days off which I think my body needed based on some weird foot pain (dang high heels!)
Anyone have any links to add to that list?

Does your city offer free concerts in the park?

* [Disclaimer]: While Influenster and Quaker sent me this product to review, all opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.