A few obsessions…

I always really enjoy when bloggers post a few of the things they are currently obsessed with so I thought I would do the same! There really is no unifying theme here other than they are all things I use/eat/see/do on a regular basis and wish I could use/eat/see/do more often. If you know me you’ve probably had to tune me out more than once while I lecture you about the amazing-ness of each of these.

Josie Maran’s Aragan Oil

This stuff is like nectar from the gods. Yea it’s a weird concept- here take this oil, it does magical things to your face, hair, nails, and fine china. I don’t know what makes this any different from olive oil or really any other oil BUT IT IS. I wake up looking tired and dry and gross… a few drops makes me look awake and bright. And kind of like this.

Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese

I mean… does this even need a description? It’s like what I’m pretty sure the baby of awesomeness and perfection tastes like. It’s the main ingredient in the BEST and most addicting macaroni and cheese ever, which literally could only be better if it actually contained crack. That mac n’ cheese recipe was the first one our Fat Kid Posse conquered. The Fat Kid Posse (consisting of Cindy, Ketakee, and Michael) started as a study group during 1L finals… but we spent most of our time discussing food (mainly cheese and various baked goods) and we quickly evolved into just a group of people who appreciated anything heavily caloric. This might explain our grades first year, and our expanded waist lines.

The Fun. Album “Some Nights”

This entire album is just UNBELIEVABLE. Yea, I know that I’m passenger #6,872,545 on that bandwagon. But I don’t care. I tend to be that person who listens to the same song OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. In high school I spent 6 months listening to The Goo Goo Dolls album Dizzy Up The Girl… fine it was closer to 9 months. Yea well this Fun. album may surpass that. I listen to it mostly when I’m studying but since I’m a law student that’s a large majority of my time (ok I’m totally lying, 2Ls don’t study), but I do listen to this album all the time.

Ray Ban Aviators

I got these over Christmas and pretty much wear them everywhere, and the fact that I love them is only partially motivated by the fact that Jen Aniston owns the same pair. They are instant cool and efficiently cover up a significant lack of makeup or allergy abused eyes. Added bonus:  I wear them as I walk to work in Beverly Hills and whenever I walk past Urth Caffe people always do a double-take thinking only someone really famous could be wearing such awesome sunglasses. A paparazzo took my picture once. True story.

American Cinematheque Screenings

I have always had an obsession with old films. For pretty much all of high school the only things I watched were TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and TGIF on ABC (Sabrina The Teenage Witch was AWESOME). The American Cinematheque keeps a slate of film revivals and special screenings going all year round, and with a theater in the heart of Hollywood and one in Santa Monica there’s always something awesome to see! Where else can you go to see a remastered version of Strangers on a Train, see Rudy literally WITH Sean Astin and Jon Favreau (who then invited us all out for drinks), and see My Week with Marilyn followed by a Q&A with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh?! The work they do with preserving films and doing screenings of hard to find films is just amazing. Plus concessions are reasonably priced. Gotta love a Big Gulp sized Diet Coke for $3.

What are some of your obsessions???

Ok I couldn’t help it… one more Fun. song!

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WOW! This week was super busy! I always feel like when finals are approaching there are that many more non-school activities trying to take my attention… or maybe I’m just more receptive to them.

This was a big work out week, I worked out every day and capped off my Lenten promise to run 20 miles per week with 23.5 miles this week! It’s actually amazing how changing up your workout routine (I added 4 Pure Barre classes this week; and 2 6-mile runs around the Rose Bowl) really helps to keep you motivated and interested.

I also finally gave in to Gillian’s nagging to sign up for a race and signed up for my first half marathon! I was really super inspired by my friend Morgan completing her first half marathon with the Hollywood Rock and Roll Half marathon. So January 5th I will be running 13.2 miles through Downtown LA at NIGHT! It feels kind of like a loop hole that it’s over 6 months away… I guess that means I can’t use the “I didn’t have enough time to train” excuse when I give up and start walking at mile 7. Now I just need to get my shin-splints under control.

I also feel like I went out a lot this week, even though I declared that I was going into finals hibernation mode and being a no-fun Sally.

Last Sunday I headed out in WeHo with my friend Ryan. It was his “cheat” day and he was craving some terrible looking fried burrito thing from Fiesta Cantina. I’m always down for some WeHo fun so I tagged along for the promise of a diet coke. We also hit up The Abbey which was RAGING  and Ryan introduced me to their BAKERY. Yes, the arguably most well known gay bar in all the world which caters to a culture that shuns all carbs has a full bakery that’s open until the bar closes. We split a cookie and watched half naked muscle men dance to bumping techno music. It was magical.

Sunday night rage fest in WeHo!!

Tuesday I grabbed drinks at perennial hot spot Father’s Office. Which was definitely an experience and I got to try a few new beers! Unlike Gillian I don’t take pictures of my drinks… nor do I actually remember the names of the beers. But since I was with a beer enthusiast you can trust me that they were pretty good.

Thursday I started early by drinking IN class with my friend Derek. If I haven’t explained it before, USC Law is pretty much like going through undergrad again. But instead of frats providing free booze, the school does. So Derek and I decided to make Employment Law a bit more fun by adding in a bit of liquid courage. I think we shocked our professor with our rate of participation… and giggling. I then went bowling with about a dozen of my closest friends, where I realized that I suck at bowling. But I did get to wear awesome hot pink pants and drink wine that was poured from a single serve plastic bottle.  Pretty much it was the classiest night I’ve had in a while.

My classy single-serve plastic bottle of Sutter Home

Friday I got roped into attending our weekly “Bar Review” which was an after party to the annual USC/UCLA basketball massacre. I’m ok with them beating us in basketball so long as we keep beating them in bar passage rates. USC/UCLA rented out a club in Hollywood called The Agency. The bouncers wore bow ties (awesome) but the club was empty and I was sober so Derek and I left about 30 minutes later and preceded to have a dance party in my car. Lets just say we both should be embarrassed at how well we know this little diddy: 

Saturday was way more low-key, I went to see Titanic 3D with my friends Blanca and Marjorie! It was TOTALLY WORTH IT. Blanca cried with the gay couple sitting next to her and Marjorie and I nerded out over the trailer for one of our company’s upcoming blockbusters. A large part of why it was so great was that I was 9 when Titanic came out the first time and never saw it in theaters… plus Leo is HOT and Kate is gorgeous. No one minds seeing their faces on a 3 story tall screen. It’s always great to see movies like that on the big screen, and while I HATE 3D for movies and think it’s the worst thing to happen to films since smell-o-vision, James Cameron is truly a perfectionist and used it to create depth rather than height on the screen which seriously draws the audience in.

Best part is the company logo at 0:40

Sunday (in addition to family Easter Linner) I got to catch up with my 3 best friends from childhood- Rachel, Rebecca, and Megan. Rachel, Megan and I get to hang out pretty regularly (as in getting our nails done and having lunch like once a month) but Rebecca is currently working at a hospital in Pennsylvania so catching up with her is a rare and delightful treat!! One day soon I’ll do a longer post about these three fabulous ladies, I’ll even include a few childhood pictures. However, due to a minor misunderstanding in 4th grade I don’t have any from that time with Megan’s head still in the picture.

I ended the night with the weekly tradition of watching The Amazing Race and The Good Wife with Gillian and Matty!

A few random things:

I realized that I am definitely never going to be a litigator. In a settlement exercise this week when the plaintiff requested $157,000 in damages…. I countered with $690 out of principle. My professor sighed and said, “you’re going to make this a really long night aren’t you?”

Urth Caffe smoothies and quiche make the best Saturday brunch.

Parents should be banned from sending emails titled “EMERGENCY!!” when they are out of the country. Not cool. I thought my mom had been kidnapped by the IRA and I was going to have to hire Liam Neeson to find her.

We Totally Started the Fire

One of my favorite parts of Gillian’s blog (thatsg.com) is when she recaps her week… if only because I find it entertaining when she “forgets” to include me in our joint activities.

So I thought I would treat all of you (ie. Gillian and her parents) to what I’ve been up to this week. I’ll obviously skip over the boring “I went to work” “I went to class” “I cooked a lean cuisine for dinner” shenanigans. However,  I will say that my job is pretty freaking awesome and I got to sit in on the best phone call ever.

Most of the people who know me know that I am one of those people who is purposefully busy all the time. I am overly involved in on campus organizations at law school, give myself silly workout commitments that I feel guilty for breaking (except when I sit in bed all morning blogging), and generally don’t feel accomplished unless I’m running round like a chicken with my head cut off.

This week had a particular sense of urgency because the event I had been preparing for for months was going to be on Thursday- a big mentor event bringing together USC’s intimidatingly successful entertainment law alumni with members of the organization I run USC’s Entertainment Law Society (ELS). But more on that later.

I spent Monday making phone calls and harassing the assistants of our confirmed mentors. The one thing this whole process has taught me is that assistants are pretty much the most important people in the entertainment business. If they don’t like you, you’ll never get to their boss. So BE NICE TO ASSISTANTS… and flirt a little. Flirting always helps.

Tuesday was my mom’s birthday. My dad was out of town so my sister and I took my mom and our grandparents (my grandmother’s birthday is today!) out for dessert at The Melting Pot. We ordered the “Yin and Yang” (white and dark chocolate fondue) and the S’More (Milk chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker crumb fondue).

Some rice crispy treats, strawberries, brownies, and cookie crumb covered marshmallows yummmm!

Wednesday led into work and a stint in the library like a 1L. For those of you who aren’t in law school (… jealous) 2 and 3Ls pretty much compete to see how little time they can spend in the library. As an epic all day/night/weekend librarier as a 1L the fact that this was my first all day stint there is rather impressive. ANYWAY. This week is my week of networking for ELS. I had previously set up… and forgotten about… a student networking event with the graduate students at the cinema school and the entertainment focused MBA students. Thank God Steven and Ricky are awesome and picked up my slack and put together a KILLER mixer. I made friends with some rather emaciated looking producers from the cinema school, and with some rather country club looking Canadians who were “business” students. It was a great break from the library and I think I made some new friends for Sundance… as long as they don’t leave to drive to Utah at 2am again. This Princess only flies… Southwest. Those pretzels they give you are awesome.

Then a long came Thursday. I went for my usual morning run (part of my self induced fitness routine… 20 miles a week! Considering my roommate just got back from a single 11 mile run we’ll call that my baby steps) and went through every nightmare scenario in my head- what if NO mentors show up! What if the food is bad! What if my advisor starts calling me Banana again? What if one of the students drinks too much at the open bar and throws up on the head of Sony/Columbia pictures?!

Well I shoved my fears down and got to the venue 45 minutes early, because you know those uber luxury Beverly Hills hotels are totally known for slacking. I realized that our party was following a Victoria’s Secret Party, which is not useful information at all other than obviously I choose awesome venues. And I waited. Some of my board members showed up to help set up… aka get free drinks early.

I strategically told all the students (and the Dean) to arrive 30 minutes before the mentors… no one likes walking into an empty party. 20 minutes after the mentors were supposed to arrive and none had shown I had a mini panic attack. Luckily, my good friend Jamie (last year’s ELS president) was there to keep me calm and feed me wine. Then everyone started rolling in. I had forgotten that in the entertainment business 20 minutes late is half an hour early.

I won’t bore you with any more details of the event but suffice to say it was AMAZING. Venue- swanky. Attendees- engaged and maybe a little bit drunk. Food- Mac N Cheese cups. Dean- In love with us. It was hands down our most successful event yet… and I maybe cried a little bit out of relief. And the fact that I may never get to have those mac n cheese cups again.

Me, Jamie, and Dean Rasmussen with our awesome sign! (Jamie makes everyone look like a giant)

My VPs "The Michaels," me, and our advisor- John Schulman.

I left the event and returned home to where I met my good friend Morgan, and two of Gillian’s knuckle heads (and my favs) Matty and Bryan to have a little pajama wine party to try and make our way through the CASE of wine I bought last month. We were unsuccessful… but drunk and happy. Many Girl Scout cookies were eaten.

Friday I had scheduled a friend date with my favorite law school gunner Alex (thank you to Alex’s gf Jen for letting me borrow him!). A little background- Alex and I were in the same super section as 1Ls and I hated him for the first 4 months of school because he was either eating excessive amounts of food (2 muffins after lunch?! WHO ARE YOU?), inappropriate food (sushi at 10 am?! WHO ARE YOU?), or raising his hand to propose 15 minute long hypotheticals. Though by the time we had finished finals we were besties. Bonding over a shared love of constant eating, procrastinating, and that I had driven him home on Halloween while he wore a Lieutenant Dangle costume and we all saw his umm… dangle? He then ate/spilled french fries in my car. It was love.

We had a little snafu at the beginning of our date in that I thought we were leaving from our apartments (he lives in the building behind me) and he thought we were meeting in Westwood. I jumped in my car and made it down Santa Monica Blvd at rush hour in 10 minutes. I AM MAGIC. We then preceded to eat our weight in pizza at 800 Degrees Pizza. IT.WAS.AWESOME.

The restaurant is kind of like Chipotle but for pizza- you walk in and choose a base (margarita, blanca, or cheeseless) and add WHATEVER YOU WANT. The thin crust and 800 degree oven allow the pizza to cook in 1 minute and you have your personalized pizza by the time you pay! We heard it gets crowded so we met a bit early (about 6:20 after our missed connection) and had no problems. By the time we left though the line was out the door and down the block. I will DEFINITELY be going back. The pizza was so good we didn’t even have room for Diddy Reese (cookie ice cream sandwiches) afterward!!!

My pizza- Margarita (extra sauce), meat balls, grilled onion, pesto.
Alex's pizza- Margarita, eggplant, mushroom, grilled onion
Yes. We ate ALL the pizza. Deal.

Alex chomping down on his pizza. This is now the picture that comes up when he calls. You're welcome.

We then met up with Alex’s friend Paul and Paul’s sister Annie (who were both AWESOME) and we headed to the Wellsbourne on the West Side for some drinks, competitive shuffle board, and (literally) glass shattering foozball. We  eventually moved the party to Arsenal where we started the dance party and danced our butts off until we all hit our bed time at…. midnight. Hey, we’re busy students/professionals we have to draw the line somewhere.

I don’t have any video from our awesome dance moves but this is a pretty accurate reproduction:

This weekend I predict some more running, some outlining, and a few fun meals out with Gillian!