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24 Dec

[The title of this post is inspired by my latest obsession, #XMASJAMMIES.  LOVE THAT FAMILY].

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the abundance of Christmas parties that take place during the month of December.  Last year, I went to my law school friend Chris’ “Hawaiian Christmas” party — and not to be outdone, I ended up going to four different Christmas bashes this year.

To kick it off, I went to a Back on My Feet Happy Hour with some members of Team Homeboy and Team Union Rescue Mission at El Escondite downtown.

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Later that night, I drove down to the South Bay to go to my friend Heather’s best friend’s “Nightmare Before Christmas Party” (Friday the 13th in December = perfect theme).  Fun fact: I have never actually seen that movie.  No photos from that one (huge blogger fail), but I always have a good time with Blake and Heather.

The next day marked what is probably my favorite day of the year — the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.  This is the third consecutive year I’ve done this with my best friend Whitney, and her friends from college. Last year we did the Wilshire route, and the year before we raged on Main street. This year we upped the ante on our attire and went as Santa’s “Reinbeers.”  I called dibs on “Dasher.”

Riley is Whitney’s best friend from college — so we took our annual “best friends by transitive property picture.”  Riley is one of my favorite people and I love that we have become friends over the years!

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Me, Whitney, Riley

We made multiple stops along the Wilshire route — Sonny Mclean’s, The Charleston, O’Brien’s Pub, The Gas Lite,  JP’s, and Tinga. 

Apparently our unofficial uniform is the cross-body, chained purse:

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There is a rule in my family that if you do something two years in a row it is a tradition.  Well guess what, immediately after going to The Gas Lite and before continuing on the crawl, we now have to have a late dinner at Poquito Más.  This also requires running into a Loyola classmate.  (Yes, that happened two years in a row, #typical #3LOL). IMG_5267We ended the night dancing and making fools of ourselves at Tinga.  It was a great night — however I felt the repercussions of it the next day.  Still — if you’re in the LA area, seriously consider making the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl a tradition. So fun.

The following weekend was also filled with fun Christmasy events.  On Friday, one of my friends from my running club, Jeremy, threw an Ugly Sweater Party (that also had a heavy hip hop theme as well).  This song was on repeat, I kid you not.

I wore a fantastic ugly sweater –> unnamed-4

Other fun highlights: I made cookies inspired by HRG. I made mint chocolate chip cookies and pressed a Dove chocolate mint into the center of each one.  They went over well. We ended the night at a club downtown and witnessed a cat fight.  Christmas party success.

My Christmas party season was rounded out in a fun way.  Cynthia, also a member of my DTLA running club, threw a White Elephant Christmas gift exchange at her apartment.  We had amazing appetizers, lots of beer (duh), and delicious homemade tamales. The rules for the game were simple — everyone had to come with a running-related gift. We drew numbers to see who went first, and the next people to open could either steal a gift or open a new one.  Gifts could only be stolen twice (or a third time if the stealer was willing to take both a shot of vodka AND a shot of tequila…runners are serious).

I brought a box filled with different running gels and chews — and included my fav flav. My friend Andres ended up getting my gift!  My number was first so I picked the most creatively wrapped gift — a shoebox wrapped in LA Marathon ads!  I got a pair of running gloves (so necessary for the early a.m. runs) and some Clif Bloks. BcEEM6DCUAABY0H

It was so fun seeing things people brought — a foam roller, water bottle, beanie, Starbucks gift card, a gift certificate to a yoga place, etc.  Such a fun way to celebrate!

I love how these parties allowed me to see different groups of friends throughout the holidays.

Weigh-in: Did you go to any fun themed holiday parties this season?

 I want to host a White Elephant gift exchange next year — or a cookie exchange. Or both!

halloween spin playlist.

31 Oct

Happy halloween, fitness friends!!

Source: HuffPost/Getty Images

Source: HuffPost/Getty Images

I taught two spin classes last night — back-to-back — and for the second one I decided to break up the routine and do a Halloween Ride!

I perused a few Halloween workout articles online and mixed some of their suggestions with a few of my personal favs…”Come Little Children” from Hocus Pocus, anyone?”  My class had fun and liked the variation.

I thought I’d share it here in case anyone wants to make their workout today a little bit more festive!  (If you want more details about what we did on the bike for each track, just leave me a comment!)

What’s your favorite Halloween song of all time?

Mine is probably Thriller — gotta love MJ!

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?

#VegasChristmas

26 Dec

This was definitely one of the most memorable Christmases my family has ever had. I headed home on the 22nd and spent a few days catching up with old friends and spending quality time with the fam.

On the 21st, I headed to one of my law school friend’s parties in Santa Monica. The theme was “Hawaiian Christmas” so I trekked to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt for $5 and a Santa hat at CVS (also for $5). I loved the theme – and brought Christmas and Hawaiian beer – and had fun catching up with some of my law school favs. We ended the night with a 1 am trip to Norm’s. My hamburger craving was duly satisfied.

Mele Kalikimaka!

Mele Kalikimaka!

one of the rare instances where I am not trying to choke Taylor and he is not pushing me into strangers and spilling their beer.

one of the rare instances where I am not trying to choke Taylor and he is not pushing me into strangers and spilling their beer.

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Before I headed the the ‘burbs, my roommate Jenn surprised me with my Christmas gift. I had earlier given her a Garmin 10 (birthday + Christmas combined). She gave me this GORGEOUS dress (I have been ogling this style since Emily Maynard wore something similar on her season of The Bachelorette) and a book on eating Paleo. I have been interested in learning more about Paleo and trying to eat more cleanly. Perfect. Gift.

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I headed home and went on a run, hung out with my family, etc. That evening, my mom and I headed to my good friend Angela’s parents’ home for a holiday party/post-Wedding get together. I was able to attend Angela’s wedding in September and it was so fun to catch up with her and see her parents. Her mom is QUITE the hostess – they had an amazing spread of Mexican fare and a whole table devoted to desserts (blogger FAIL – I didn’t nab a single photo of the night). Friends from high school and Angela’s family were all there, which was so nice. Angela and I were extremely close all through high school, and while we don’t get to see each other that often, I am always so amazed by how we quickly slip into conversations as if no time has passed. Such a fun night!

my family's tree.

my family’s tree.

The next day, I spent a little bit of time at a memorial service for the Grandma of my good friends Garrett and Jeff. It was a very sweet service. Grandma Dorothy was a HUGE Dodger fan so everyone was encouraged to wear Dodger gear. One of her favorite players, Andre Ethier, sent a personalized e-mail that was read aloud which was very touching. I got to speak with Grandma Dorothy a little bit over the years and she was always incredibly sweet and funny. I will always remember that she told me I looked beautiful at my senior prom. 🙂

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I was also able to catch up with my good girlfriends – the night of the 23rd featured drinks at my FAVORITE local place – Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie – for drinks with Hayley and Whitney. Love the vibe there. and the beer. I was also able to spend a couple of hours on Christmas Eve with my friend Lauren who is now in Texas for grad school. We don’t get to see each other that often, but it is always so nice spending some time with her when she’s in town. I was also able to run with my friend Hannes – he’s a beast though and my pace was embarrassing throughout our 5-miler.

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the tree + beer at Ladyface.

My family and I had a low-key Christmas Eve dinner of tamales (our Christmas Eve tradition), homemade rice, and a delicious salad. My brother announced he had a “Christmas Eve gift” for everyone – and he handed us all a couple of scratchers. We all thought it was a great idea – and my Dad won $20!

$20 richer.

$20 richer.

After he won, he goes: “I want to go to Pechanga tomorrow…Or Vegas!” He said both of these things half-jokingly…but then we thought about it…and everyone was really up for the idea of spending Christmas Day in Las Vegas! So we booked a discounted room last minute at The Palazzo and I found tickets for a show. We decided to wake up early on Christmas Day and drive to Vegas. That meant we’d open our presents on Christmas Eve! So we took a little break and did our stockings – I got a lot of great things.

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In lieu of our usual cinnamon bun interlude between stockings and presents, we just took a small break. Everyone gave and received some really thoughtful gifts – I got two amazing coffee table books, a really nice wallet and Longchamp purse, and a few other fun things. My parents know me scarily well.

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We enjoyed our new presents and then prepared for our last-minute decision to have a #VegasChristmas. My brother and I were SO excited. I love Las Vegas – and so does basically everyone in my family. Sure, it’s a little tacky and glitzy, but that’s the charm in it. I love Vegas for it’s ironic fun. Such a fun Christmas surprise.

We got up and were out the door by 8 am, drove to Vegas sans traffic and checked in around 1 at The Palazzo.

mother and son, you know in Vegas for Christmas.

mother and son, you know… in Vegas for Christmas.

On our way to the hotel, I saw lots of ads for all of the DJs that will be in Vegas for NYE. After hearing about one of my friend’s recent experience onstage with Diplo this week, it was all I could do not to squeal at the thought of seeing Kaskade, Afrojack, Steve Angello, deadMau5…or basically anyone in the EDM world from the 28th to the 31st. Not a whole lot of DJs are in town for Christmas…but it was fun to have a more family-centered time in Vegas.

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So while I’d have to keep the DJing to another trip, we did Vegas right. We started with a late-ish lunch at Grand Lux.

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And then set off to explore the strip. My brother has a HUGE obsession with Sublime, so we trekked to the Hard Rock Hotel to check out the Sublime display there. He was in fandom heaven.

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I spotted one of my favorite musicians…well, not really…but I had to take a photo with this cut-out of one of my favorite MTV personalities…DJ PAULY D!

my main man,

my main man. 

I posted this photo to Twitter and tagged @DJPaulyD in it, just for kicks. He ended up re-tweeting it to all 4.2 million of his followers. Immediately, I’ve gotten a whole slew of random followers and tweets. The internet is so awesome – but I love that I sort of had an interaction with Pauly D. #BeatThatBeatUp #FistPumpPushUpChapstick #YAHBUDDY.

We got another set of drinks at that hotel, and then headed to the Bellagio for the fountain show. No trip to Vegas is complete without it!

#VegasChristmas

#VegasChristmas

We had a very nice Christmas dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s place at The Venetian, called Postrio. It was situated in the part of The Venetian designed to feel like it is in St. Mark’s Square. SUCH a fun Christmas dinner.

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Very memorable.

After dinner, we headed to the theater at The Palazzo to see Mannheim Steamroller‘s show. I’ve been a fan of Mannheim Steamroller for as long as I can remember. My mom has one of their CDs and would always used to play it for us at Christmas. I love their electro/synth-y takes on Christmas classics. It was cool to hear their versions of “Deck the Halls” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” live.

That being said, the rest of the show was lackluster at best. It felt like an extremely low-rent production. Video clips from the mid-80s, disjointed circus routines set to slow Christmas songs, and dancers and performers who seemed disinterested. The music was cool, for the most part, but the terrible production values left all of us feeling like the show was pretty bad. I’m still glad we saw a show, though, and I’ve always like Mannheim Steamroller – it just felt like I was seeing an 8th grade production.

We were all pretty exhausted so we headed to bed shortly after (my brother took my usual place as the family booze-hound and indulged in one last beer before calling it a night). We got up this morning and headed home.

I had a delightfully unique Christmas and I hope everyone out there did as well!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? 

xo

G

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!

two thousand eleven: the playlist.

31 Dec

Last year, I reviewed 2010 in mash-up form. I love starting (and maintaing) traditions so I thought I’d do a similar month-by-month re-cap of my year with a song for each month. 2011 was exciting, and also a sort of transitional year. And, just like last year, if you want a breakdown of the music of the year, listen to this. Here’s the breakdown…

January – What’s My Name Rihanna f/ Drake

This is the song for January because the first time I heard it was when I was in Bilbao with my mom at a coffee shop the beginning of the month. We also went to San Sebastian and Granada and had a great time together in all three (we both loved Granada the most, though). My mom wrote a guest post or two, I re-dedicated myself to long distance running in Madrid, and celebrated my 23rd birthday in Madrid with a night at Kapital (a 7 story club).

with my mom in front of the legendary Guggenheim in Bilbao.

February – Grenade by Bruno Mars 

I am pretty sure that song was popular in the states long before I ever heard in Madrid, but that song reminds me of last February which was a short but memorable month. I bonded with the kids at my school and at my private lessons, immersed myself in Madrid and went to a Real Madrid game (despite being a Barça fan) and got in some long runs. I also went on two fun trips: Marrakesch, Morocco, which remains one of my favorite excursions, and Tenerife, in the Canary Islands which was fun and beautiful.

morocco.

sunset in tenerife.

March – Loca People by Sak Noel

March was a very “Spain” month – I blogged a lot about the kids’ antics, and I also went to Valencia for the Las Fallas festival, showed my sorority friend Amy around Madrid, and dealt with Spanish banking inefficiency my own idiocy. I chose this song for Madrid because it basically pokes fun at how the party scene in Spain is just so “loca.” 

burn, fallas, burn.

April – Jennifer Lopez On The Floor 

April was a fabulous month – I kicked it off by setting a PR in the half marathon in Madrid (my friend Hannes also ran it!) I also developed my intense love affair with 100 Montaditos, went to a typically Spanish capea and tried to fight a bull, and traveled to Mallorca and Barcelona with my roommates and friend Krisse who was visiting. I specifically loved spending one of my favorite holidays, Dia de San Jordi, in my favorite city in the world, Barcelona, with my friends Krisse and Lily. I also became more involved with the blogging world in April and signed up for the SF Nike Women’s Half Marathon!

at the capea.

dia de san jordi with krisse and lily.

May – Hello by Martin Solveig and Dragonette

I picked this song because I heard it at Pacha Ibiza when I was there for a few days at the beginning of the month. Ibiza had been on my list fora  few years and it was awesome – gorgeous views and insane nightlife. I need to go back sometime during busy season (late May – September). I also went to the first communion of a girl I tutor, Gracia, which was fun, experienced the pre-cursor to the Occupy Wall Street movement, 15-M in the center of Madrid, and I did a 10k with my roommate, Kerren. I also hit up the Madrid Open with my 1st and 2nd graders and hung out with my friend Michelle in Madrid.

Gracia's communion.

raging ibiza.

June – Sufre Marmón by Hombres G

June was bittersweet – I went to Munich with my friend Laura, but then said goodbye to my school (tears were shed). This song reminds me of all the kids – one of them, Alejandro, serenaded the whole class on one of the last days. I also hung out with my uncle Casey and my aunt Melinda – and my aunt and I went to Barcelona and took the AVE! I also headed home to LA at the end of the month (but not before finishing my self-imposed 100 Montaditos challenge!) and I finally entered 2011 and got an iPhone.

my uncle and me in madrid.

loving 100 montaditos.

July – Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo

This song was all over the radio when I first got home, and it was sort of fitting (even though I was happy to be home). July started with a 4th of July 10k (and PR) with Hannes, got my first “real” apartment in WEst Hollywood, went art museum hopping in Santa Barbara and in Pasadena, checked out the street art in Venice and at the Banksy exhibit in LA, went to Santa Cruz with the family, and visited the famous Watts Towers,  and most importantly, went to Vegas! What a fun summer month 🙂

Venice, CA

August – Drake Headlines 

The big “headline” for my August was starting law school! August 22 began a 4-month long-grind but I can honestly say I have loved it so far. Beyond that, I also explored my new neighborhood a little bit with visits to Cuvee, Jack n Jills too and Real Food Daily, Father’s Office, Taste, Toast, and more. I also began marathon training with the LA Leggers in Santa Monica! This is when the blog officially went from a travel and running blog to a food/beer/running blog.

pretty cafes at urth.

September – Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye West

In reality, this song could be August-December because it is that huge an obsession (really I love the whole Watch the Throne album). September involved a lot of school, running, various libraries, lunch at Lemonade and dinner at Gaby’s, and celebrated my Dad’s birthday at home. Other highlights include lots of dorky 1L jokes and a ton of case reading. #win!

oh hey, september.

October – Avicii Levels

I had to pick this song because it made it onto my half-marathon playlist and is a great running jam (school and running would dominate 10/11). I took my first midterm (Property), celebrated my mom’s birthday with a BOMB dinner at Red O, hiked Runyon Canyon, checked out the WeHo library, and ran the SF Nike Women’s Half (poor race strategy and over-eagerness early on would prevent me from PR-ing #sad).

at the race expo. not the most flattering pic but what can you do.

November – Chris Brown Beautiful People

And yet again, I picked a song to symbolize the month based on that month’s race playlist. I was the 2nd female overall in the WeSPARK 10k at Universal Studios which was pretty awesome, and I also got a PR by about two seconds. November was largely consumed by school and finals prep, but I managed to see Bill Maher perform, enjoy dinner at Tart, and have Thanksgiving at home and run a fun 5k locally with some old high school friends and teammates (no PR this time, I will never again see my 5k PR – hah).

universal studios.

December – Take Care Drake f/ Rihanna

It wasn’t even intentional that my boy Drizzy Drake bookended my year…this song is epic and I blared it on repeat while I was studying (as much as you can blare a song while wearing headphones in the library, but whatever). In December I studied for 3 weeks straight and had multiple law school dreams, and injured my knee early in the month forcing me to pull back from my marathon training and cozy up to my local PT. The knee is stronger and finals are over, allowing me some time to fit in Christmas with my family, a trip to Vegas, and of course plenty of time to explore new LA eateries. It feels great to be back off blogging hiatus!

umami burger. another obsession.

Hope everyone has a fun night tonight! Here’s to a fabulous 2012 🙂

Thank you to all of my readers and commenters – this year I really got into blogging and am excited to leap ahead into 2012 with you all!

merry christmas.

25 Dec

Merry Christmas to everyone out there who celebrates it!

I got home to my parents’ house on the evening of the 23rd after an epic trip to Vegas (post to follow) and have spent the last couple of days unwinding and relaxing. We had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of tamales last night (yum) and cinnamon rolls this morning, after we checked out what Santa had left us in our stockings (I got an awesome Starbucks Las Vegas mug, some great gift cards…helloooo In N Out and the App Store – which apps should I get??) and a bunch of other fun little odds and ends.

We also opened our presents this morning – some highlights include Sonicare, this iPhone Case which I am beyond obsessed with (remember the 2008 Olympic Games’ Bird Nest?) I got some great useful things(   fun dishware, towels, sheets) and some other great stuff including a guide to 250 beers from my aunt and uncle, and a Santa Cruz sweatshirt from my little bro. All in all it was a great morning 🙂

After presents we drove down to Decker Canyon for a hike. After spending Christmas in freezing Madrid last year, it was so nice to spend Christmas in sunny so-cal this year. Here are some pics from our hike…

 

 

Hope everyone is enjoying the day!

Now I’m serious, what are a few must-have iPhone apps!?