places i miss: catalunya

30 03 2010
oh barthelona.

oddly enough, i wasn’t absolutely in love with barcelona when i was there.  everyone who has been usually raves on and on and ON about how wonderful barcelona is and how it is their favorite city, blah blah blah.  i was not impressed.  perhaps my lack of interest was because it was new europe and i was already madly in love with old europe.  but now, nearly two years after my visit, i find myself missing it.

in hindsight, barcelona and the rest of catalonia was downright beautiful and i wish i would have appreciated it more (i kinda complained a lot – about the metro system, the food, the everything). after all, i had just come from paris where the metro was fast, the food reigned supreme, and the city visually stunned me at every turn.  i looked at barcelona in comparison and it didn’t measure up.  my bad.  barcelona should not have been viewed from the critical perspective that paris imbued upon me.

one thing i wasn’t blind to was the architecture.  it’s kind of impossible to ignore giant spirals jutting into the sky or buildings that look like monsters.  i love-love-loved the architecture.  gaudí’s presence was everywhere.  the food could have been better, but now that i think about it, i was there in august when most of the best restaurants were closed (those euros love to go on holiday in august).  and i did enjoy the gallons of sangria i consumed.

maybe i’ll go back someday and look at it with fresh eyes.  for now, i will leave you with some pictures from the trip:

one of the towers of la sagrada familia

wonderful goodies at the world famous farmer's market in barcelona

the beautiful pastel homes in girona

i'm hatching! taken at the amazing and odd home of salvador dali in portlligat

d with a beer at mcdonald's

nick and me at parc guell

castle along costa brava

mae west's face - created by dali with living room furniture, located in his museum in cadaques

i sure did take a lot of pictures of a place i claimed not to have liked.  it is also quite possible that i just miss traveling.


the healing properties of ice cream

29 03 2010

blogs are so much better with pictures, aren’t they?  well, there won’t be any on this post, so if you like pictures you should navigate away from the page.

instead, i will talk about the healing properties of ice cream.

i don’t know about you, but a big bowl of ice cream will cheer me right up.  somehow i feel like character on a cathy comic strip when i reach for that carton of rocky road, but i don’t care.


26 03 2010

went to turbo kickbox with the sister-in-law today.  those oc housewives can punch up a storm, let me tell ya.  is it bad that it feels like my arms are going to fall off?

fun times

23 03 2010

some pictures from spring break so far:

my little baby doggy

me all hot and sweaty after my teensy tiny 5k

an interactive kids' storytelling program. nice message, huh?

nick getting eaten by a megashark!

my giant pen

i had cabrales-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon at this wonderful little place

A Day at the Races

20 03 2010

Running my first 5k today.  WHOA.  I move to Santa Monica and I become active or something.  Who woulda thunk it?  What’s next?  Hiking?  Probably.  The Malibu Hills/Mountains are gorgeous.  Beckoning even.

Bikram Yoga

19 03 2010

If you’ve never done it, you’re missing out on torture.  Torture that burns the cellulite off.  It’s amazing and horrifying all at once.


17 03 2010

I have never in my life been so conflicted about time off from school.  I am so excited and yet so unhappy about spring break.  On the one hand, I am looking forward to a week and a half away from campus because law school really knows how to rip you a new one.  On the other hand, I have to spend most of spring break studying for finals in six weeks.  Yes, I have to study for finals even though they’re six weeks away.  Apparently, law school involves hard work or something.  Can’t really complain though – I’M LIVIN’ THE DREAM!!!!!!!!!!  Gotta love getting what you want, and boy, did I want law school.  I still do even though it hurts.

Some things I’d like to do over spring break:

  • take all those old clothes I cleaned out of my closet to a donation center
  • play dress up a la Carrie from SATC movie
  • get a beer and a cheese plate from Father’s Office at least once (but I’d be okay with going every day, too)
  • go to the spa for a body scrub and a massage
  • play with my dog
  • finally finish my bikram yoga series
  • study my ass off

One event that is already planned is an mini-stay in San Diego with the hubby.   It’ll be a much-deserved getaway for us.  He’s been so amazing throughout this law school thing –  he’s 100% supportive, no matter how grumpy I get.  He even makes me homemade barbeque sauce.  That’s how I know he loves me.  Well, that’s one of the ways I know he loves me.

Oh yeah, and I’m running that 5k this weekend.  Oi.

Sigh.  Back to work.  Spring break doesn’t start until tomorrow.