out here grinding.

20 Sep

Today was long. 5 mile run in the morning – the overcast weather though made me mildly excited for the seasons to “turn” (somewhat of a joke in LA) and to run in cooler weather all the time. I kick-started my morning with my new favorite breakfast – Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal! In the bowl – oats, 2 teaspoons heaping pumpkin, sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon, and a handful of dried cranberries. It tastes like Thanksgiving in a bowl, and is sufficient to keep me full at least until I get to the library.

new breakfast obsession.

I jammed at the library for a bit, then learned all about the International and Comparative law options at my school – and also ate some bomb Lebanese food. Owning. Then I spent 2 hours internalizing adverse possession and another two on pre-acceptance reliance, before jamming at the library again for a bit. Like how I’m bookending class with trips to the library? I am a walking literacy campaign.

Other things that are helping to keep me sane: yoga once a week (last night’s class was the perfect start to my week), phone calls with far-away friends (can’t SF be a little closer?), Sumatra X-Bold drip coffee from Starbucks, and one or two guilty pleasure TV shows. Oh, and having fun on weekends. There’s that.

Speaking of weekends…this last one was a doozey. Saturday night involved a trip to both Winston’s and Bar Lubitsch …and the night ended with slices at D’Amore’s. My friend Whitney’s best friend from college, Riley, was in LA for the weekend, so we had to show her a good time – even if I got embarrassed playing “Thumper” in public or trying to cut the line at Lubitsch. Here are the highlights…

riley: "i'm the child of two bartenders!"

the boys.

me, riley, and whitney.

ending the night at d'amore's. boom.

And the other weekend classic I’m becoming fanatical about? My friends’ and my tradition of “sunday dinner.” Yes, perhaps inspired by Jersey Shore, we take turns hosting a homemade dinner at our respective houses/apartments. Last Sunday was Whitney’s turn, and she and Riley concocted a menu of Turkey Sliders, french fries (steak cut + sweet potato) and I put together a salad. We had record attendance: Whitney and Riley, Matty and Ryan, and my roommate Jenn and me! A ver…

i'd say i don't normally look this haggard, but that would be a lie.

I did not include the photo of Ryan pure judging my (terrible) knife skills. One day I’ll get a domestic gene in my body. That day is not today.

whitney salvaging my not-quite-ripe peaches for my salad.

my salad: mixed greens, grilled peaches, heirloom tomato, orange bell pepper, cucumber, and paul newman light italian dressing.

the sliders!

I asked Whitney for the trick on the sliders – ground turkey, egg, teriyaki, and breadcrumbs – cooked and served with a slice of pineapple, teriyaki sauce, and white cheddar cheese on hawaiian bread. So. good. I didn’t wake up hungry on Monday, that’s for sure.

After dinner we walked to nearby Toppings for some frozen yogurt. Not that I needed it, if for no reason than I was already bordering on delirium and the extra sugar probably didn’t help.

i swirled cookies n cream with something else. any guesses?

What do you build into your routine to help you “stay sane” when your schedule gets busy? 

6 Responses to “out here grinding.”

  1. Whitterdoodles September 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm #


    • gillian September 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

      hahah correct! 🙂

  2. leftcoastcontessa September 21, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    So impressed with your library going. During 1L I couldn’t bring myself to hit the library after class.

    • gillian September 21, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      Lol thank you. The biggest hurdle to staying in the library is that I am CONSTANTLY hungry. Definitely feel like a second-grader with the amount of snacks I’ve been packing.

  3. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    LOL, this post…

    It looks like someone had avocado! Lord, I love them…they make any salad/sandwich/wrap/burger/pasta salad/etc/etc amazing.

    • gillian September 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      Haha totally agree. My mom, however, claims they “taste like dust.”

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