keeping traditions alive.

24 Nov

I’ve always been into traditions. The rest of my family is, too, but probably to a less OCD extent. I love Thanksgiving weekend because it is full of them. When I was in high school, Thanksgiving was a nice little break from school, and a great time to chow down on some of my fav holiday fare (read: my mom’s cranberry relish and pumpkin bread). In college, I loved Thanksgiving weekend because I was reunited with all my high school favs. The real fun began, though, the first Thanksgiving everyone was 21 and “Blackout Wednesday” became a thing.

This was the 4th annual #BOW (yes, that is a real hashtag we created this year). This year’s festivities also coincided with my friend Matt’s 25th birthday, so his level of celebration was off the charts. Every year, we pre-game at our friend Jeff’s to start off the night. This year was particularly eventful.

orange jello shots.

shots with ryan’s mom, pam.

After this debauchery, we literally have parents drive us to the Mexican restaurant we always go to. Every year, we order margaritas, Matt gets intoxicated, and then delivers a speech/roast about everyone. His quip about me was something in the “Gillian actually isn’t studying right now” or something to that effect. This year’s speech was funny in parts – but awkward when the waiter kept coming to tell him to quiet down upwards of 8 times.

whitney and me marg-ing it up.

me and my buddy alex.

kopstein + whitney.

matt, mid-speech.

After we sorted out the bill, we walked next door to a local “club” that features live music every year on the night before Thanksgiving. Whitney and I called it a night around 11:30 – but apparently most of my guy friends kicked it there until 2.

On Thanksgiving morning, my friend Hannes picked me up to head over to Cal Lutheran University to run the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Dash. This course was much better than the course last year, which took place at the Thousand Oaks Mall. I ran 23:07 in a 5k last weekend, and my splits were a huge joke. My goal this week was to run more conservatively to start, and to beat 23:07. I clocked a 22:56 and my splits were all in the 7s. Phew. Hannes and I ran the first mile or so together, then he finally took me up my offer to leave me at my slow pace. He finished in 20:54. Beast. I love this tradition (yes, doing something 2 years in a row makes it a tradition). Always a nice reminder on Thanksgiving morning that I’m not anywhere near prime 5k shape.

First race I’ve ever been to where they immediately sent me an e-mail with my time/place. (7th in my age group out of 87). There was a pretty big field – over 1,700 runners!

The rest of Thanksgiving Day was pretty low-key. My little bro decided to kick it in the Bay Area with my Aunt and Uncle for Thanksgiving. We made up for it with ample FaceTiming.

my uncle and my dad.

my aunt doin’ work.

my bro, after his 7 hour nap. I kid you not.

3/4 of my immediate family feasted around 4.

After dinner, we went and saw “Silver Linings Playbook.” The film critics are loving it, but we all thought it was so-so. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were both great, but some parts were disjointed and felt long, cliche, and a little weird. I’m glad I saw it, but I wouldn’t really give it rave reviews by any means.

I got a little bit Instagram happy on Thursday – whoops. Here’s what I’m most thankful for this year:

law school posse. LA. house music. my family. and caffeine.

On Friday, I spent most of the day teaching myself Ethical Lawyering since I literally know nothing. I did an impromptu cross-fit workout that was a recent post from Carrots N Cake. The WOD was called “99” and featured

  • 1 mi: 7:28
  • 33 push-ups (modified – girl way)
  • 1 mi: 7:27
  • 33 air squats
  • 1 mi: 7:19
  • 33 burpees (modified – 3 sets of 11)

I liked this workout and felt more accomplished than just going out and doing a short run. The best part, though was a tweet I received from Tina herself after I tweeted about my workout!

Last night I was able to catch up with a high school friend, Hayley! Whitney and I met her for  drink and then headed to see her cousin’s band, Magic Bronson, perform at a local venue. I liked their music a lot – it was synthy and sort of electro-rock. It was great seeing Hayley as well. She is co-director of a summer camp and works in Fresno so we don’t get to see her all that often.

The rest of the weekend will be pretty low-key with some studying sprinkled in. Finals hibernation is coming…

Hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving!!

Do you have any traditions you’re obsessive about?


One Response to “keeping traditions alive.”


  1. 2012 remixed. « That's G - December 31, 2012

    […] 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 […]

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