re-entering society.

21 May

Dang, it feels good to be done with 1L.

After going out on Thursday for Bar Review/celebrating/going to sleep at 3 am, my body still was up with its game-face on at 7. Cool. I wanted to spend the day relaxing and just enjoying not having to study for the first time in weeks.

This goal of “relaxing” also included not letting myself workout. That idea didn’t last long – I quickly convinced Jenn to go on a 5 mile walk with me. We enjoyed some Jamba Juice at the half-way point.

la brea + santa monica blvd.

caribbean passion + soy protein boost.

I got a little bit sunburned, it was that nice out. We joked about how lucky we are to live in a city that so many people seek out as a tourist destination.

Later that day, Jenn and I combined forces with Aviva and Armita for a little lunch/shopping excursion before Whitney and I headed back downtown to celebrate our friend Kelsey’s birthday.

Whitney and I headed out early for dinner at Urbano Pizza Bar. I’d been there once before,  and loved it, and my earlier post came in handy so I could remember which pie was my very fav.

Luckily our waiter helped us out by pointing to the Spicy Sausage one. Delectable. We also ordered the Prosciuto di Parma.

pizza urbano.

Our food took a little while to come (this is an important part of the story) but I passed the time by telling funny stories. (You’re welcome, Whitney). After dinner, we met up with Kelsey and her crew at The Yardhouse, after braving the throngs of Laker fans and waiting in line, we finally found her!

Kelsey is one of my best friends from high school. I ran cross-country and track with her for four years, and she was (and still very much is) one of my running inspirations.  She went to USC for college and now lives in San Diego, so it’s not often that we’re all in the same place, so it was so fun to celebrate her 24th! We also hit up Pattern Bar where I downed an IPA. Typical.

And for the sake of nostalgia…

dream team 05.

Whitney and I grabbed a cab back to our car (we parked at Urbano). As we were heading into the lot, I realized we forgot to get our parking ticket validated. So, since Urbano was closed, we figured the bar next door, Library Bar, would do it for us. We walked over to the doorman, who immediately asked us “where we went after we left Urbano,” and apologized that our food took forever to come. Dan was a character – and we will seek him out in the future. Fun fact: making friends with bouncers was one of my favorite things about going out in Berkeley.

Saturday morning involved some serious DIY. Jenn and I, along with her friend Megan and Whitney, painted a few walls of our apartment! Here’s a sneak peek…

Adds a nice little “homey” touch to our place!

After I scrubbed [most] of the paint off my body, my parents swung by for an early dinner. I love cryptic texts from my mom that begin “what are you doing?” and end with “can we take you to dinner?”

We walked to Tart. I’d been here once before and liked it, but this spring/seasonal menu was way more up my alley.


It’s adjacent to a hotel, so we had a blend of other dinner guests and people using the pool in the background keeping us company.

Our waiter was awesome – attentive but not over-bearing, and FUNNY. Wish I remembered his name.

I went with a good old fashioned Strawberry Lemonade and left the drinking to my parents.

my mom and her mango mojito.

We app’d it up with some fried zucchini…

fried zucchini.

And I went with a chicken cesar – with pine nuts!

It was fun having my parents make a pit-stop in my neck of the woods – glad they were up to the challenge even with the recent bouts of crime near my “hood.”

Sunday morning involved a 10-miler, followed shortly by this bad-boy:

Here’s where the depressing part of my weekend came in. I am working on my “write-on” packet for the competition to get on the Loyola Law Review. This is what our parking structure looks like on the Sunday after finals. Tear.

It’ll be over in about a week. One more week of “intensity.”

Sunday night, Whitney introduced Jenn and I to her favorite ice cream place – Sweet Rose Creamery. It reminded me of Ici (for all you Berkeley kids).

sweet rose creamery.

so many flavorsss.

I went with the chocolate and coffee which was delicious. We spotted Josh Brolin and Diane Lane there which was also sorta nifty.

chocolate + verve coffee.

And in keeping with tradition  last week’s workouts:

  • Monday – 3 mile run (pre-final tradition)
  • Tuesday – NROLFW 2A
  • Wednesday – Spinning (Andrew’s class)
  • Thursday – 5 mile run (pre-final)
  • Friday – 5 mile walk
  • Saturday – light weights + run
  • Sunday – 10 mile run + PM: NROFLW 2B

Felt strong this week, hoping to add in some more fun things this coming week.


8 Responses to “re-entering society.”

  1. Steve May 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    His name was Oscar.

  2. Steve May 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Did you see SNL, “The Californians”? My boy Jackson Browne got a shout out!

    • gillian May 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      I didn’t. Will have to watch.

  3. leftcoastcontessa May 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    soooo much good stuff. I love the verve coffee flavor at Sweet Rose. I used to go weekly cause it’s so near my apartment. Also love the patio at Tart!

    Congrats on being almost totally done and thanks for the graduation shout out on your other post 🙂

    • gillian May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you!! The Verve flavor was amazing – definitely would get that again. I love Brentwood – it’s probably good I don’t live within walking distance of Sweet Rose though or I would camp out there.

      The patio at Tart is a totally different world from eating inside!

      And thanks for all of the law school support! Congrats again and I hope first day of BARBRI went swimmingly!

  4. Devan Gregori May 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    congrats gillian!! sounds like a wonderful weekend, that ice cream looks delicious! might have to stop by ici tomorrow…

    • gillian May 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

      thank you devan!! I miss Ici!! Let me know what flavor you get if you go 🙂

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