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5 Mar

So, almost everyone at Loyola is on Spring Break this week. Unfortunately, there is no spring break in federal court. #sadface. My co-externs and I are (relatively) plugging through this week but I am tireddddd. There are lots of fun things on the horizon, though: later this month I’m heading to Vienna, Austria for a moot court competition, and I’ll also have more free time once moot court practices are over. #woot. I’ve been so busy with work and extra-curriculars that I’ve felt somewhat like a chicken running with their head cut off. Whoops. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

lots of soulcycle

lots of soulcycle

Last Thursday, Whitney and I took a Soul-Cycle class (with THE BEST instructor, Laura Crago). We dragged her boyfriend, Tyler, and Tyler’s BFF/our friend, Joe. Joe was a beast, and well, let’s just say two days later Tyler need icy hot delivered to him and had trouble putting on his shoes and socks. Poor guy.

To break up the work day, we’ve been trying to eat at a variety of DTLA eateries. We tried UMAMIcatessen recently – and I loved the Truffle Burger.

umami!

umami!

When I’m not moot court-ing on Sunday mornings, I try to join my buddies for a short Runyon Hike (and a mimosa or two afterwards…again, whoooops). They’re all trying to get in shape for our friends’ A.K. and Andrea’s wedding in July, so obviously I support the physical activity.

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On Friday, Armita, Aviva, and I went to a concert – Adrian Lux and Morgan Page at Club Nokia. The show was great – I was SO happy when Morgan Page played my two favorite songs of his, Addicted and Body Work, one right after the other.

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On Saturday, I bolted out the door for a dentist appointment, and then went to a delicious lunch at Pitfire Pizza for my friend Meredith’s surprise birthday party. Meredith’s boyfriend threw the party, and she was SO surprised – she literally burst out crying when she saw all of us. It was so nice to reconnect with Meredith and a few other girls from my sorority. As corny as it sounds — and a few years ago I’d NEVER thought I’d say this — there really is truth to the “sorority bond.”

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Happy 25th Meredith!

Happy 25th Meredith!

Later that night, Taylor, Armita, Aviva, and I grabbed dinner and went to a concert at the Hollywood Palladium – we saw Sound Tribe Sector 9. I’d never heard them before but really enjoyed their electronic/psychedelic rock vibe.

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STS9

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This was a fabulous weekend – but I am totally paying the price this week. Three cups of coffee at work today and I was still a zombie. My workouts are sucking this week, too, but I’ll try and get to bed early and try and un-shamble my life by the weekend.

Two important questions:

1. Anyone ever have/throw a surprise party? Negatory on both accounts. I’m nosy AND not the best with secrets.

2. Best concert you’ve ever been to?  The first time I saw Girl Talk live might take the cake…or when I saw Passion Pit perform (before they were huge) the summer I interned at Chiat\Day.

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?

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?

one more to go.

14 May

Today I completed my third final – Contracts. It was a beast – 30 multiple choice questions, and two fact patterns each with 3 sub-questions in 3.5 hours. We started at 11:30 and finished at 3, so needless to say I was starving starting around 1 and powered through. I think it went decently well, but it’s always hard to gauge these things until grades come out.

After the exam, I popped over to Yardhouse at LA Live with Aviva, Blake, and Taylor for some grub. I combined lunch and dinner and enjoyed a Lagunitas IPA. Nom. These tests are laborious, but it is so nice having something fun to do IMMEDIATELY after.

I thought all I did this week was study, and while that is mostly true, I realized I had some fun sprinkled in there as well. It’s hard for me to remember which day is which, what the date is, etc. right now since every day during finals is essentially the same. I have two full days of studying ahead of me, and then I’ll take my last final, Intellectual Property,  Thursday afternoon.

One thing that keeps me sane during finals? Working out. I took some pictures as I left the gym this week:

pretty DTLA.

My workouts this week were not as on-point as I normally like, and I chalk that up to, you guessed it, finals. I am trying to keep my workouts varied (my mom says that there is a term for this – called “hopskotching.” News to me, but I like it so I’m gonna go with it). My knee is feeling great, but I want to make sure I am doing enough non-running exercise.

Here’s what went down last week:

  • Monday – 3 mi. run (pre-final. This is starting to be a ritual).
  • Tuesday – 30 min. treadmill, no music.
  • Wednesday – Spinning
  • Thursday – 4 mile run
  • Friday – Spinning + NROLFW 2B
  • Saturday – 4.65 mi run
  • Sunday – 3 mi treadmill + light wights

I didn’t get a long run in like I’d hoped and didn’t do as much NROFLW as I would like, but once finals are done I can take my workouts more seriously again. I decided I am running the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 3 so I have a few weeks to get my mileage up! I’m excited about that.

I also had some good eats this week. On Thursday, after our Contracts Review session, I met up with my Dad for a quick dinner downtown. At his suggestion, we hit up The Redwood Bar and Grill for some classic bar grub. This place is an LA Times classic – and also happens to be the karaoke bar used in 500 Days of Summer, one of my favorite movies.

Pretty cool, huh? My dad and I both ordered the veggie burger, which was great.

And it’s hard to beat sweet views of this:

frank gehry’s walt disney concert hall.

On Saturday night, I headed straight from the library home to my parents’ house for some pre-mother’s day family time. My parents and I ate dinner at a local french place, Cigale Cafe. I had a warm spinach salad and my mom and I shared a clam pasta dish, along with my weight in bread. All were delicious.

The rest of the week has included tons of studying, intermittent lunch breaks, and at least 3 laugh-fests in the library or at other inappropriate times, like right before we’re supposed to be silent prior to when the test began, or during the exam (one of the multiple choice questions involved a student who offers to pay his obese professor $500 to run the LA Marathon, hoping he would suffer a heart attack. How does that not elicit a chuckle)?

And to round off this insanely random post, here’s my current house music song obsession.

Time to buckle down to study for this last one…Almost done!

What’s your favorite way to de-stress?

For me, it’s running and doing something fun after the test – going out to lunch or getting a beer, obviously.

Lastly – want to give a quick congrats to my friends Bryan and Katherine for graduating from UCLA Law on Friday! Such a huge accomplishment.

back from the dead.

16 Dec

Yesterday marked my last final for my first semester of law school! It was a long finals period – basically starting with the last day of class on November 22 and finishing yesterday at 4pm. It’s SO nice to be done, but I will definitely miss seeing all of my LLS buddies for the next month!

I plan to pack a lot of fun into my winter break, so watch out for posts chronicling:

the Santa Monica Pub Crawl 

a trip to Las Vegas

numerous LA-foodie adventures

an update on my knee/running/all that jazz…

My goal is to do one fun LA thing a day all winter break, just to make sure I don’t take my time off for granted! First up? Christmas shopping, and then cleaning my apartment, hitting the gym, and getting back into the blogging swing of things 🙂

Hope everyone had a delightful past two weeks – I am trying to retrain myself not to work “Adverse Possession” and the “mile bulge rule” into every off-color joke imaginable.

Stay tuned.

post-Civ Pro IPA at Yardhouse 🙂

How do you celebrate a minor (or major) accomplishment?

dinner downtown: the farm

20 Oct

So today, after a particularly ZzzzZZ inducing Contracts class, I realized my plans to hit up a networking event with attorneys in Beverly Hills was probably overly ambitious for my energy level, but I salvaged the day socially by going to dinner at The Farm of Beverly Hills (located at LA Live) with two of my friends from my section, Aviva and  Amber. I’d never been to the “farm” before – it bills itself as “comfort food” but “better than your mom would make.” While my cesar salad wasn’t anything to write home about, the truffled mac n cheese was the perfect antidote to a long and taxing week.

aviva and me at the farm at LA Live.

so. many. options.

warm cornbread + honey butter

cesar salad.

truffled mac n cheese.

As we ate, we chatted about our classes, gossiped about section-mates (hah!) and chowed down. The best part was realizing that all of the scantily clad 15 year old girls were trapsing around LA Live for the night’s big event at Staples Center….a Chris Brown concert [cue intense Rihanna v. Chris Brown debate here]. Despite his wrong-doings, I’m still a sucker for these: Forever, Deuces, Beautiful People, and Yeah 3x. Before we headed back to campus, Amber and I indulged in Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from the ‘Bucks. I am now 6 stars away from getting my gold card. It’s the little things.

amber and her soy PSL.

I hit the lib for a bit after we finished. Tonight will consist in unwinding with some TV and bidding adieu to this guy until Season 5:

sad.

Lots of fun law-related stuff to share as well – I’m going in early tomorrow to catch as much of this as I can – should be really interesting!

Happy Jersday, everyone! 🙂