Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday #43: 14,000 Steps

Self portrait in a gallery piece at The Last Bookstore in LA. 

Happy Easter, to those of you who celebrate this holiday!  I've never celebrated Easter, but there's been so much going on lately that it's felt like a holiday for most of the week.  My best friend Gina came to visit me, I spent time with my friend Roberta today at The Huntingdon, and there's a lot of preparation to be done before the new week starts tomorrow.  Suffice to say that I am knackered especially as I've walked 14,000 steps today! 


Gina finally arrived in LA!  I think we've been friends for nearly a decade now; I honestly lost track of the years.  As Gina puts it, we first bonded in undergrad by going to lunch, and were then stuck together forever.  Much of our friendship was built around shopping, food, and studying together.  She received her a PhD a few weeks ago so while this trip didn't involve a lot of studying, it certainly included copious amounts of food and shopping (I gained 5 pounds in one day from eating, no joke).

We went into LA via metro to eat at Bottega Louie.  We saw some well dressed, California fashion savvy women taking photos in front of the restaurant which prompted Gina to say, "Look! Bloggers!"  I suppose that's the thing you start recognizing when you hang out with me in addition to the (probably annoying) constant shutter clicking.  After lunch, we went to The Last Bookstore (post coming soon!) and took a trip to Little Tokyo.  During her trip, we also visited the Norton Simon Museum, ate our weight at Ramen Tatsunoya, and did a lot of walking around the city (13,000+ steps on all the adventure days).  

 Gina and I (top).  Walking through the Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo, LA (bottom).

It was so much fun having her around!  We go back so many years that it was like having a little piece of home in LA with me.  I also took every chance to photograph Gina during her visit.  At one point, she asked, "Do you think you have enough pictures of me?"  Nah.  She was my first photographic subject when I got my DSLR all those years ago and will always be one of the most beautiful, inspiring women to me.  


My roommate Paul's birthday was on Friday -- what a week of nonstop activity!  We had an impromptu wine and game gathering that evening with people dropping in and out.  I played photographer/annoying-person-with-the-camera as I usually do and got a few snaps that I'm sharing.  Heck yeah, some Bananagrams happened! 


Some other things I did:  my lab had a full group meeting this Saturday in preparation for a research communication event.  I went in to listen to the practice presentations and then went home to get some painting done.  It was definitely one of those weekends where everything I painted looked like absolute GARBAGE.  I managed to fit in an ab workout afterwards that left me very sore.  I started watching the much buzzed about 13 Reasons Why and wrote up a post on Lumene skincare (click?).  There's still SO MUCH to do in terms of tasks and experiment planning so I'm off!

Are you watching 13 Reasons Why?  Anything exciting in your week?


  1. Sounds like you had a busy but nice weekend! Good luck with all the lab work.

  2. Sounds like you had a good weekend! What do you think of 13 Reasons Why? I want to watch it but then I don't...

  3. Awww, sounds like you had a great week!

    Meg | Elmpetra

  4. Gina sounds like a very lovely woman to have around. It's nice to see that you both had a great time. Also, well done on those steps! To answer your question, I have finished watching 13 Reasons Why and even though there were part I didn't like or agree on, I loved the series. It has a very good message behind :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. Ah! This sounds like a really nice week! Reminds me that I need to visit my lovely good friend that I met in college. :) Oh, and also reminded me that I need to watch 13 Reasons Why! Can't wait to hear about The Last Bookstore; the name alone sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing :D


  6. Busy week for you! Yay to Bananagrams, I love that game even though I'm not very good at it. My best friend + her boyfriend was over on the weekend so we played Jackbox and Keep Talking and No One Explodes - good fun for round off the long weekend here. Loved your Lumene skincare post, and what a deal for only $50!

    Cherie ✿ sinonym

    1. PS YOU ARE SO TALENTED AT PAINTING. I'm sure it was just one of those days!

  7. aw man your week was fuuunnn! isn't it always nice to meet an old friend? especially the one you haven't seen for like, ages. and the stories just flow and flow and then suddenly it's afternoon and you both have to part. what a perfect day, i must say.

    (also! i think Gina looks like Deborah Ann-Woll!)

    djdjdjdjdj birthday with lots of wine! man! what a great week you had! <3