weekend balance.

12 Sep

This past weekend was a balance of a few things: school work, half-marathon training, downtime with my friends, and of course, Sunday Dinner. Here’s how it all went down:

Friday was my Dad’s birthday, so I braved LA traffic at the worst possible time (Friday afternoon) and headed out to the suburbs. My mom made some delicious pasta and a fabulous salad, and then, per my Dad’s request, we all went to Baskin Robbins so he could get a Root Beer Float. Yes, it’s officially 1943 and my Dad has shunned any and all desserts that could remotely be classified as trendy. But, since it was his birthday, I kept the judgmental comments at bay…for the most part. Here’s my Dad enjoying his old-fashioned birthday dessert.

Yes, we are officially that family that sits outside the semi-ghetto Baskin Robbins and watch cars go by. My Dad’s gifts were all music themed (except for my brother’s gifts which were all Starbucks-related and will probably be the most used). After my Dad proclaimed that Nicki Minaj is “amazing” I felt like this would be an appropriate gift. “Super Bass” isn’t on the version I bought though, so my fingers are crossed Daddy-O still likes his present.

I went back to LA in time for my early-morning run in Santa Monica. We did a speedy 5-mile course along the bike path in SM into Venice – and the guy I was running with said we ran right by former-Governor, always-jacked Arnold! So funny. I spent the bulk of my Saturday working on school stuff at my favorite, relatively-nearby library. I’ll try to sneakily take a picture sometime, but the city of Beverly Hills really does do some things right.

After going crazy having no human interaction for hours while I was jamming at the lib, my sanity was restored by going out with my friends at our local dive bar, St. Nick’s. It was surprisingly bumpin’.

i went with a stella. no IPA on tap. sad.

apparently there aren't enough pics of me on the blog, so Bryan took this awkward one.

this is the time Bryan learned how Twitter works.

Andrea and AK.

Me, Emily, and Andrea. They pretend to like me because we were all in the same sorority at different colleges.

After that little adventure, I went to bed so I could get up and run 10 miles. No joke. With my half-marathon coming up in a few weeks, I had to get in a ten-er this weekend. I wasn’t that stoked on the idea at first, but it was one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. Perfect weather, and I got into the zone, big time – and wasn’t really all that tired at the end. I’m stoked about the SF Nike Women’s Half and looking forward to 2012: The Year of the Marathon.

After hitting my favorite library again on Sunday, it was time for the all-imporant weekend tradition: Sunday dinner! We went with the easy and fool-proof classic, tacos. We also improvised guac by basically throwing a bunch of random spices together with some avocado – and it turned out! I rounded out my meal with a Corona + Lime…but not everyone was up to beer-ing because some people raged a little too hard Saturday night.


[Learn about Homeboy Industries and their “Jobs not Jails” philosophy here].

they cook, i pretend to help and take pictures. pretty good situation.

sunday din. fist pump.

After a long day of a bunch of this:

I am off to tackle my workout on my training plan for today – “stretch and strengthen.” We’ll see if I can get through a yoga class without tearing something.

Hope everyone had a great Monday!

12 Responses to “weekend balance.”

  1. Steve September 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    1943. Seriously? I’m pretty sure I paid for the ice cream, too.

    • gillian September 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      LOL! Well I had to do some public teasing of your old-fashioned dessert choice.

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Steve September 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

        Ok. But it was … delicious!

    • gillian September 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      Hahah no he’s much younger than that.

  2. leftcoastcontessa September 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh popov, great case!

    Have you read “Tattoos on the Heart”? Its the book by Father Boyle and it is great. Love Homeboy.

    Congrats for keeping up with half marathon training while in school.

    • gillian September 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      Haha glad you recognize that case! It is pretty entertaining. I have not read Tattos on the Heart – I’ll have to look into it, I’m sure I’d like it! I’ve never actually been to the cafe downtown – but it’s on my list.

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’m hoping to stick to my schedule – at least until things get super crazy.

  3. Amber September 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    i love your love for IPAs 🙂

    • gillian September 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm #


      Hopefully the bar on has them on Thursday!

  4. Caroline September 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Ah, yes, I love that you went to St. Nick’s. We tried to play Sorry (board game) there, because I guess the bar has tons and that’s normal to do, but we quickly realized it’s a little difficult while drinking, ha!

    • gillian September 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Haha that’s awesome! It was actually pretty fun – and the crowd was relatively young! Good 90s pop music too, but sadly no Watch the Throne!

      • Caroline September 16, 2011 at 10:15 am #

        Winston’s still wins in my books for playing that song TWICE while we were there haha

      • gillian September 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

        hahah i know – i freak out EVERY TIME i hear that song. especially in public.

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