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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!

weekend warrior [a delayed recap].

2 Aug

This post is a little bit delayed – but for good reason! I had an insanely busy weekend last weekend, and this week has been packed full of work and school events. Here’s a recap of what went down last weekend.

On Saturday, my Dad, brother, and I met up for lunch in Sherman Oaks at the Blue Dog Beer Tavern. We went once last summer and apparently I ordered the same thing – the turkey chipotle sandwich, which was excellent.  My newly 21-year-old brother did most of the “day drinking.” Here he is with his “Raging Bitch” IPA.

On Saturday night, Aviva, Armita, Jenn and I had dinner in Brentwood, and then popped over to a local middle school for the Eat. See. Hear. presentation of “The Princess Bride.” If you can believe it, I’ve never seen the movie before! I enjoyed it, and now understand the “inconceivable!” references. I sipped on an IPA during the film. Sunday morning featured a trip out to Malibu Wines. I enjoyed the “light flight” and some picnic grub from Trader Joe’s. Afterward, I toured Aviva and Armita around my house and showed them my high school.

 

Later that night, my mom and I headed to the Hollywood Bowl to see “The Producers.” I’d never seen the movie or the musical before, but LOVED it. It was hilarious – and I have been going around quoting some of the lines since then. Dane Cook was really impressive in the role of Franz Liebkind – who knew he could sing or act!?

Tomorrow is my last day at my externship! It’s been a fun summer and I have learned a lot, but now I am gearing up for OCI (On-Campus Interviews) which start in the next few days. It will be a crazy week, but I am looking forward to it. Time to brush up on my interview and networking skills!

Here’s LAST week’s workouts:

  • Monday: Yoga
  • Tuesday: 3 mi. run + New Rules’ Body Weight Matrix
  • Wednesday: 4 mi. run
  • Thursday: 3 mile run + NROLFW 3B
  • Friday: 1000 m Swim
  • Saturday: 5 mi. run
  • Sunday: OFF

We have a random day off today so I am catching up on important TV (Bachelor Pad) and getting organized for the week ahead.

Happy (Almost) Weekend!

g turns three.

22 Jul

I had this post over 50% done and then my apartment lost internet for 75 minutes  for some reason. Blah.

This last week has been filled with fun adventures, starting with the Sahy Uhns show at The Echo last Monday.

Tuesday was a sorority (Alpha Chi Omega. Boom-boom) reunion at Luigi’s on Third. It wasn’t the most amazing Italian food I’ve ever had, but my rigatoni with carmelized onions, bacon, and spicy tomato sauce was pretty on point. It was also fabulous for my roommate, Jenn, and me to be able to catch up with  Krisse, Meredith, and Amanda.

AXOs in LA.

I also enjoyed a side cesear salad and the table shared these polenta fries. I am all about foods that are funky and different.

polenta fries.

On Wednesday, (I feel like I am singing the One Saturday Morning theme song – I know other 90s kids remember it) my fellow externs and I had lunch at Olvera Street which is suuuuper close to the courthouse where we’re “working” this summer. I’d been there once or twice as a little girl when my parents exposed us to as much of this city as possible. We had a leisurely, food-coma-inducing lunch at El Paseo Inn. We then poked around the different stalls.

masks.

I am determined to throw some sort of Mexican-themed party in the future and want to come here to buy decorations. Día de los Muertos or Cinco de Mayo…or both? Anyone?

we didn’t partake in this, but it was SO tempting.

We also spotted the most manly/Ron Swanson-esque drinking vessel. Ever.

Thursday included a trip out to my parents’ house for some Optometry action. The good news? My bad eye didn’t get any worse. The less good news? My good eye got worse. #lawschoolproblems. I bummed around at home and decided to take a “mental health day” on Friday. I slept in, walked with my mom to Starbucks, and got to the gym for a little lunch time spin & swim.

Saturday’s “anchors” included my friend Justin’s going away party (he’s off to law school at Michigan State) and dinner with my law school crew at Stout before seeing The Dark Knight Rises. I’d been to Stout once back in October,  and was stoked to try a different burger off their menu.

First up? A Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Delish. I paired my beer with the “Morning After” burger complete with a fried egg and bacon.

I lived it up and also sampled some sweet potato rings.

how cool is Aviva’s ring (made from nails)?

I thought The Dark Knight Rises was just ok. I’m not that into action movies, and while the effects and score were awesome (as well as the cast, save Anne Hathaway), the plot was just so-so. I also laughed out loud when Marion Cotillard’s character said “The only thing he is guilty of is loving me” in a non-ironic fashion. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

It was also weird seeing this film in light of recent events, and parts of the movie were definitely eerie. My thoughts have been with the victims and their families all weekend, and it is just so unbelievably tragic.

On a lighter note, Sunday got kicked off with a workout, and then Armita, Aviva, and I headed over the Melrose Flea Market at Fairfax high to do some shopping.

I’m looking for a bar cart which is apparently ridiculously hard to find. While I didn’t find one, I scored some other awesome finds amidst the endless array of trinkets.

didn’t buy these bad boys.

or these banksy prints…

But I did score a vanity tray for $5:

in use.

These awesome arrow earrings:

a gun + CA necklace. Not sure why, just liked it. Insert “gunner” joke here.

And this cool bracelet:

After perusing the flea market and people watching (its a hipster/indie mecca), we snacked at Ink.Sack. I am in love with Michael Voltaggio – still need to go to Ink., though!

cool walls.

avocado melt (complete with fritos!).

Definitely need to stop by here more often…

Last up for the weekend? Celebrating my blog’s 3rd birthday! We nerded out and bought a cupcake to celebrate.

This little blog started out as a way for me to beat summer boredom after returning from Barcelona in the summer of 2009. I never thought it would lead me to meet people, make blog friends (blends), and become a real hobby. To all of my readers – THANK YOU! 🙂

Finally, it wouldn’t be Sunday without a little workout re-cap. I’m pretty proud of what I did this week – lots of cross-training:

  • Monday: NROLFW 3B (weight workout)
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: Spin + 900 m swim
  • Saturday: 7 mile run
  • Sunday: NROLFW 3A weight workout + Spin

I hope everyone has a great week! 

Any changes/additions you’d like to see in That’s G’s FOURTH (!!) year?

happy april 25th.

25 Apr

 

[Thanks to my friend Dominique for sending this my way this morning] 🙂

weekend wars.

15 Apr

Hello loyal reader(s)! I can’t believe it’s already mid-April. This year is zipping along. It’s great summer is right around the corner…it’s less great that finals are even more imminent.

Keeping with the trend, here are the highlights of this last week…

Monday marked the official end of my Legal Writing class – the mandatory first-year oral argument. It was basically a glorified recitation of my brief. I did pretty well – the judge afterward told me I was “poised and articulate.” The argument was ungraded and no winner was declared, but it was still a fun exercise. Primo Coffee Roasters, Inc. (my fake client) FTW! Other Monday highlights?  I registered for NWM 13.1 in October – as a student I didn’t have to enter the lottery and was guaranteed a spot! I’m still working on getting my roommate, Jenn, to commit and I’m crossing my fingers that my mom’s number gets pulled this year!

The rest of the week was punctuated by boring classes (joinder and interpleader, products liability, yuck) and a few reminders of just how small our section of 80 can seem (high school gossip but with a bunch of type-A neurotic people can be really funny).

Friday was stormy and gloomy – so Aviva, Armita, Blake, and I camped out in the library. I study raged with Civ Pro and we took a lunch break at Simply Salad which was an excellent call. Later Armita and I indulged at The Bungalow on Larchmont by splitting a piece of incredibly rich red velvet cake.

the perfect antidote to studying. and drama.

Our nightcap? Hanging out at Armita’s apartment and watching The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, yet another film I’d yet to see in its entirety – although I had seen clips my senior year at Cal in a Media Studies class (the lecture was about voyuerism apparently and the objectification of women – I looked at my notes #nerdalert).

Saturday was a great day – I kicked it off with the She Runs LA 10k (full re-cap post to follow, just waiting on Brightroom to get its act together and post the photos). Later, I headed to the WeHo library to churn out some work and try to ignore the loud members of the public who confused the library with a karaoke bar, McDonalds playplace, or a roller coaster. I forget that public libraries are open to the public. Other FML moments included the time my dad texted me a photo from the hotel he and my mom are at in Vegas. Cool story, bro.

a snapshot from the Vdara.

Now all 3 members of my family have been to Vegas in the last month. That’s NOT okay.

While I was at the library, one of my section buddies, Eyad, messaged me and invited me to a get-together he was planning that night – dinner at Sushi Hiroba on Vine and then Comedy Sportz!  I immediately agreed to go – I grew up going to Comedy Sportz shows at this very theater, my brother was a member of his high school team, and, well, I love to laugh.

Eyad goes big with these events – there were over 20 people in our entourage – and only 4 of us from school!I noshed on some edamame and went with a caterpillar roll and then we booked it over to the show.

Comedy Sportz is “competitive improv.” It’s really similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway – they take audience suggestions and every show is different from the last. I recognized a few of the games: “What Are You Doing?” “Da-do-run-run” “Back in My Day” and a funny variation on charades. Two of my suggestions even made it into the sketches: “Kim Kardashian” and “The human head weighs 8 lbs.” Random, but they worked. The show was entertaining and reminded me of my brother’s affinity for improv, and well, the time he got “brown-bag fouled.”

the posse. The red team were the winners of the night (and funnier than the blue team, #imho).

I high-tailed it to the gym this morning to catch up with my favorite spin instructor and work it out. I did some library-ing for a few hours after, and then made myself go shopping – I had some coupons/free gift cards to Victoria’s Secret after purchasing a bathing suit, so I got some freebies and $10 off a cool yoga top I ogled when I walked in the store from their VSX workout line.

I also popped into American Eagle because Whitney alerted me to their cute, colorful, shorts. I did the annoying girl thing and texted her for advice about which color to get.

I went with the yellow ones. And snagged the shirt too – it was on sale. I also did something out of character and ended the mall trip with a Frappuccino (Grande Mocha Light). I had a smoothie on the brain and this did the trick.

sometimes you just gotta treat yo'self.

When I got home, Jenn regaled me with stories from her family’s get-together for her Grandpa’s 82nd birthday. He is of Guatemalan and Spanish descent so I scored some sweet worry dolls…which is perfect since I have a whole slew of neuroses!

My week was a nice blend of fun, a ton of school work, and workouts. Here they are:

Monday: Pure Barre (review to follow!)
Tuesday: AM- 3 mi. run, PM – Pure Barre
Wednesday: Pure Barre
Thursday: AM- 3 mi. run, PM: Yoga
Friday: Off
Saturday: 6.2 mi run (She Runs LA 10k) (recap to follow!)
Sunday: New Rules of Lifting for Women workout 1B, Spinning

Now that my Pure Barre living social deal is over, my goal is to get back in the gym and do more spinning, body pump, and weights.

And finally, here are some links from around the web to kick off the week!

The deal behind Instagram. 

I’m 24

Can guys and girls just be friends?

-A cool event in LA today encouraged people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.

My torts class spent an inordinate amount of time talking about whether or not manufacturer of products should be held strictly liable for injuries that result from unintended uses of their products. We looked at a bunch of pictures like this one – is this a reasonably forseeable use?

– OMG! Coachella!

– love these close-ups of my hood.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week!

back to reality.

19 Jan

Why yes, that was an Eminem – Lose Yourself reference. Sorry blog world, I’ve been busy enjoying the tail end of my winter break. I started back up at school this week (Tuesday to be exact) and I have been adjusting to the good ol’ grind. This semester I have the second half of Civil Procedure and Contracts, and am starting Torts and Intellectual Property. Loving all of them so far – the month off was just what I needed.

Here’s the fun things I did the last week or so of winter break…

My roommate Jenn and I hit up the popular WeHo lunch spot Tender Greens to see what all the fuss was about.

bbq chicken sandwich with baby spinach salad.

I liked the sandwich – a decent deal for the area at $10.50 for a big sandwich and side salad – but the sandwich needed something. BBQ sauce would have been perfect.

jenn loving some tender greens.

After our lunch last week, we passed by a place called Sno Bar – which bills itself as a cross between ice cream and shaved ice. Jenn and I split a small Peanut Butter flavor with chocolate chips.

peanut butter.

It was refreshing but I’m not sure I would seek it out. I did love the art on the walls (at the Santa Monica Blvd. location).

i'd go back just for the art.

Last Tuesday, I went over to Whitney’s where she whipped up a delicious pasta dish for us and we sipped on some wine. Later, I hung out with one of my law school buds, Aviva (and Jenn) at El Carmen for some margaritas to celebrate my summer job plans coming into fruition. We sat two tables away from Jeremy Piven. Soooo LA.

whitney's pasta.

On Wednesday, Jenn invited me to a screening of “My Week with Marilyn” at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

the egyptian.

I really liked the film – I learned more about Marilyn Monroe and both Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh were fabulous. The best part about the night was hearing Michelle and Kenneth answer a few questions after the show! They were both funny and well-spoken, and Michelle seemed to still be channelling Marilyn.

On Thursday, Aviva and I did some school-related errands and hit up The Bungalow in Larchmont for a snack and some coffee. It was such a quaint little place and the blueberry muffin we split was pretty bomb. On our way out we also spotted – wait for it, wait for it – Jeremy Piven! Small world slash it’s a good thing we’re going over stalking in Torts on Tuesday.

Later we met our friend Armita from our section at Bossa Nova for happy hour (plantains and sangria were the highlights).

My last weekend of freedom was a great one – one of my best friends from college, Kathleen, flew in from SF for the holiday weekend! I hadn’t seen her since before I left for Madrid in September 2010, so we were way overdue for some catch-up time.

us back in the sorority days. raging, obvi.

We picked her up Friday night, grabbed dinner and hit up The Churchill for a beer. Saturday morning featured a long run for me (a little over 10 – pain free!) with my running group. We did some intense hills and made it to Inspiration Point in the Palisades. I wish I’d brought my camera because it *may* be in the running for my absolute favorite spot in LA. Boom.

Later that afternoon, we had lunch with our friend Kate (also visiting from SF) for an AXO reunion at Short Order – Nancy Silverton’s new burger bar at 3rd and Fairfax, right next to the Farmer’s Market near The Grove. Kate gives a great review of the meal on her blog, but I thought I’d share some highlights.

better than umami, not as good as Father's Office. #imho

krisse, me, kathleen, and jenn. i don't know about them but i was SO HUNGRY.

my friends next to some sandbags?

Later that night Jenn, Kathleen, and I headed out to Santa Monica to check out the pier and stroll 3rd street – since Kathleen had never been! We caught the sunset (epic) and Kathleen treated us to a delicious dinner at Border Grill :).

i ❤ sm.

That night, we added some more members to the gang (Matt and Whitney) and headed out to some WeHo bars – Winston’s (my fav) and Bar Lubitsch.

we've been told we look alike. the funny thing? she has an actual identical twin.

The highlight of Sunday? A hike to the Hollywood Sign with Jenn, Kathleen, and my buddy Bryan. No, we didn’t see a severed head in a bag (thank god) but we did take some sweet pics! The trail was a total of about 6 miles and was relatively easy!

Other highlights include: cooking homemade pizza, an SVU marathon and fro-yo, checking out Beverly Hills and Hollywood and Highland, and catching up with an old friend! Now I’m itching to get up to SF…

That about rounds up my winter break! It was easily my favorite “break” from school, ever – maybe because it was so necessary. I’m excited for this semester: new classes, checking out more cool places in LA, and getting to know more of my classmates! I’m also excited to get back into my marathon training – first up? The Rose Bowl Half this weekend!

Anyway – now that I’m all caught up on blogging I’m going to relax with some TV (it is Jersday, after all!)

How do you adjust to a new schedule after a break in from your routine?

the guiltiest of pleasures.

6 Aug

Throughout my whole life, I’ve developed hardcore obsessions – I’ll watch a movie 20 times and still cry laughing when I hear a favorite line from it (Example: “I’m sorry! Did my pin get in the way of your ass? Lose 5 pounds immediately or get out of my studio, like now!“). While everyone has a guilty pleasure or two, some of mine are downright shamefully delightful:

jersey shore. This is easily my biggest (not-so) guilty pleasure. Can you really say that watching these people act like fools is not entertaining? Quotes like “Is Angelina there?” “No, she died” and the  quest to create a Grenade Free America are pure trashy gold.

cookie dough. Who cares about the “raw egg” stigma, this is the best catch-me-red-handed item to sneak from the family fridge. “Sure, mom, I’ll put a batch of cookies in the oven!”

the real world. Noticing a trend with these antithesis-of-classy MTV reality shows? This is the guilty pleasure that began all guilty pleasures. I haven’t missed a season since Hawaii and get a little too into the drama. My aunt and I have talked about the seasons (and challenge seasons) for years, and when my Dad and I visited her in DC in July we made a point to drive by the house from the DC season. Currently, Real World: New Orelans is entertaining, but the first time around in NOLA was perhaps more memorable.

tequila. Yep, drink of choice. Scary? Nope, delicious. I’m a margarita fan (rocks, salt) but would also never turn down the more traditional salt-lime variety or cinnamon-orange update (thank you,  epic Prague bar Chapeau-Rouge). Try to avoid posting your favorite tequila-related memory in the comment section, my family reads this.