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Taken by Surprise
A Little Giddy
Getting in Touch with My Azn
Photo Fused. Me in Pic 1 and Santa in Pic 3. Go Windows 7!

Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Windows 7, had set up a Santa picture booth in Chicago Midway. I did this mostly because it was free and they gave me a $20 off coupon for my next Southwest flight. All I had to do was anonymously fill out a “How Cool is Windows 7” survey.

And then there is also the fact that I’d never really had a picture with Santa before.

I asked my mom why I had never done the Santa pic before, and she just shrugged and said, “It’s really not a big deal back home.” To which I nodded and shrugged, too. Because I never felt like I wanted to or needed to or even had to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what I wanted for Christmas. It just…wasn’t done.

However, it is a sweet novelty to (finally) be able to do it, so there I was, sitting on Santa’s knee and getting all giddy like a child again.

Then he asked me what I wanted for Christmas. And I gave him a blank look. I had completely forgotten the whole point of sitting on Santa’s knee was to tell him what I wanted for Christmas. I thought for about ten seconds but couldn’t think of anything that I really wanted.

I gave him a smile and said, “Actually, I’m happy. Maybe for Christmas, I just want to stay as happy as I am now?”

He nodded and said, “That’s really good, sweetheart, let’s wish for that,” and then gave his customary booming, HO HO HO laugh.

And that, folks, was my first time on Santa’s knee.

(And for decency’s sake, probably my last.)

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The Little Bear of South Hall

Sather Tower

Top of the Campanile

Stanley Hall

Greek Theater

Bridge to Faculty Glen

Hearst Mining Circle with Campbell Hall & Sather Tower

with Krystal

Cesar Chavez Student Center

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It was an extremely hot day in the Bay Area, which made for a perfect beach day in Northern California. 100+ degrees inland = approximately 80 degrees on the beach.

PERFECT.

Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA

One of those Cool Beach Bluffs, Usually Shrouded in Fog, Perfectly Clear on Tuesday

A Little Bit of Laying Out, A Little Bit of Football, A Little Bit of Awesome

Running Up to Meet the Waves!

Running Away from the Cold Water!

Check out the Detail in the Jean Shorts...Wrong Use of the Camera Focus

My Favorite Picture for all the Little Details

These Two Were Fun to Watch: Humphrey and Herschel

Gorgeous Beach Day

Crab Cakes and Chowder for Lunch, Fun Beach Day, Capped off with a Beer from the Brewery...Now, we can go Home.

I’m beginning to really like this camera.

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Extreme 100 degree temperatures. Warm desert air like a constant giant blow dryer. Glittering pool days. Candy-colored bikinis. Sparkling lights. Drinks. Shots. Drinks. Shots. Dance Dancing the Night Away. Sleeping as the Sun comes up. What? Say what? Oh, that’s right…it’s Summer and it’s Vegas all over again.

Good as Gold

cheers to life!

Rollin' 8 Deep

What Better Way to Catch Up?

Complimentary Dinners are Love

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

Party Bus for Free

Club Hopping Like We Were 21

Help! I Need New Feet!

Ahhh…a post shall be dedicated to the minutiae of the trip. Suffice to say the word “comped” is the best way to describe the entire weekend. Say what? Three days in Vegas and I only paid for a couple cab rides. Epic Summer Vegas Weekend, loves.

Shout out to @Sigh, TNT, H2, HeyHey, Daf, Bedhead, and Missionary! Had a TON of fun, Ladies! ❤

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Playing at the Beach

Clear waters, white sands, yes please...

Relaxing Cottages

My cousin Vinny went back to the Philippines for a mini-vacation. He went to the beaches in Cebu and Palawan. I’m so jealous. I really miss being back home. The clear waters, the white sands, the warm, balmy weather, island hopping, snorkeling…sigh.

I think I might go back for a couple of weeks. Who wants to go vacation with me to the Philippines?!?

Boat for Island Hopping

On the Boat, you can see right to the Bottom

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Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be about fun, surf, barbecues, friends, frisbees, and visiting loved ones who have fallen in the wars. Not for me this year.

On Saturday, I studied.

On Sunday, I studied.

The highlight of both days? Watching Harry Potter reruns on ABC Family. I won’t deny it, I’m a huge fan even though I never got past the halfway point of the 5th book. I started law school, okay. You can’t blame me for never having finished it.

Anyway, on Monday…well, I took that day for myself. So really, I had a Memorial Day. But I did good with it.

As usual, I woke up between 7:30 and 8. I don’t usually need an alarm clock because I’m one of those weird people who just wake up. My eyes open and I can’t go back to sleep. I laid in bed and contemplated what to do with my morning of nothing. I flipped through the channels on tv, but there was nothing on. A quick check of the weather told me that it was going to be fairly warm, so I decided to tan. Hey, it’s summer. Even though it’s Bar Prep summer, it’s still summer.

I put on a bikini, grimaced at the weight I still need to lose, mentally checked myself to eat healthier and check the gym schedule, then headed down to the pool with my handy blackberry, notepad, and a couple of torts flashcards. I guess I can’t ever really fully justify a full day off. Type A personality really does get in the way sometimes.

Our pool isn’t amazing. I live in an older building in dtLA and we really only get a few hours of sunshine over the pool area because when you’re surrounded by high-rises, the only time sun really hits you is when it’s directly overhead.

I picked a spot, laid my yellow McCormick Barstow, LLP beach towel (courtesy of the white water rafting expedition with @Sigh last summer–what a difference a year makes!), popped in my headphones and listened to music from my blackberry.

It’s hot.

Needless to say, I spent about a half hour face-up and another half hour on my stomach, at which point I memorized a few elements for some quasi-intentional torts. It was so hot I actually took a dip in the pool to cool down. I did a couple of laps. I always lament that I never really took proper swimming classes. I don’t even know how to do that little dive-flip underwater. I always have to stop and turn around. Yeah, lame. I’ll figure it out one day, I swear (–> ooh! One more thing to add to my life list!).

After the brief swim, I went back to my apartment and got ready to go to Disneyland with Mushy!

Lah You

I don’t really know why I like Disneyland so much. It’s really tiring and standing in line isn’t the most scintillating thing to do in the world, but there’s just something about it. Maybe it’s because I’ve totally bought into the “Happiest Place On Earth” trademark. I don’t know. I like how freakin’ nice everyone is. Or maybe it’s the opportunity to be a kid again and be excited for no apparent reason at all.

I used to be this wide-eyed, everything-is-so-new-and-fascinating kind of person. But then I dated someone who wasn’t all too supportive of that and just made me feel gauche and lame for never having tried or done a lot of the things he had. Now, I’m very cautious about what I put my heart into and what I want to show excitement over. Disneyland just kind of makes it okay for me to skip around, eat churros, and race children half my age to get to the front of the line (shhh!).

And I’m always excited to see Tigger.

Hugging Tigger (Disney 10.2008)

Mushy and I hit Disneyland at around 3:30pm. We both have annual passes, so it’s not really a big deal that we arrive late. We have been utterly spoiled by this season pass and the iPhone app that allows you to check the wait times at all the rides. We’ve got going on rides down to a science.

In fact, we were so impressive we hit SIX rides in four hours. That’s amazing in Disneyland time, considering how some people wait almost an hour for just one ride. Our standby favorites are Space Mountain and Grizzly River Run. We also got on Mulholland Madness because Mush hadn’t been on it before, and Soarin’ Over California (because I haven’t seen it before). We went on Indiana Jones and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

She still won’t try Splash Mountain, and it’s gonna take a lot of prodding or guilt-trips to get me back on that. Hey, it doesn’t have seatbelts!

We tried to end the night with some Daikokuya Ramen (the BEST Ramen in LA). But to no surprise, even at 9pm, the wait was over 2 hours long. We were already starving, so we headed down the street and got our fix at…another restaurant whose name I can no longer recall. That’s how disappointed I was not to get into Daikokuya.

And that, folks, was how I spent my Memorial Day.

Space Mountain

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While hiking through Yosemite National Park we pass by this hollowed out tree. I wondered out loud what could have done this to a tree. My youngest brother, graduate of Stanford Engineering, Physics and Material Sciences immediately pipes in, “Lighting.”

But of course, because he is so full of random information, he just has to continue. For the next ten minutes, we stand in front of this true as he explains how the intense heat and energy of a lightning strike causes the sap in trees to expand so much that it literally splits from the inside out and becomes hollowed.

I never knew that.

Now I know.

I’ve also learned about catastrophic failures when things break, and different kinds of glass cracks. Way to go for having a walking encyclopedia like my brother.

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I always meant to dedicate a post to the Vegas trip with some of my favorite people in Law School.  These guys (and beautiful gal) have really become like my family here in Los Angeles.  I adore them and love them to their itty bitty pieces: from TheS’s inability to imbibe copious amounts of Hennessey, to Tinman’s quotable quotes, to Kong’s snores, to Eon’s hushed parental conversations in the hallway, and to @sigh’s shoe-swapping with me.

Quoi le Hell!

 

 

 

roomies

dance-dancing

euphoria

love

family

i really *heart* you guys!

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DSC03207 cropped and fixed

June 19 ’09 Weekend was the Road Trip to SD weekend with my buddy, PMaster.

8:30 AM on Friday, I pick him up from LAX.  Yeah, it’s early. But he’s a morning person…hell, he’s a crack-of-dawn person because of his job.  So, I’m a few minutes late, but I pick him up from the airport.

Highlights:

  • Tacos from Hope Street Farmer’s Market.
  • Singing out loud in the car driving towards San Diego
  • Bomb-ass hotel room at the Hilton
  • Riding the Trolley to Petco Park
  • LET’S GO OAKLAND!!!

  • Walking around Gaslamp District throwing out ideas for the next big thing.
  • Sea World!!!

  • Shamu! Shamu! Shamu!
  • Journey to Atlantis and the look of pure fear on my face.
  • Adventure Zone
  • Hooters and booty-slapping
  • Kayaking at La Jolla!!!

  • Flipping over on my kayak and freaking out about Leopard sharks
  • Long walks on the beach that = super super sunburned feet!
  • Crispy actually listening to the Wicked Soundtrack in my car!?!?!  whoa.
  • KMart Adventures

Aaah…fun times. Awesome weekend with an awesome friend.

Let's Go Oakland! @ Petco Park

Let's Go Oakland! @ Petco Park

Shamu! Shamu! Shamu!

Shamu! Shamu! Shamu!

Kayakers

Kayakers

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