Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Almost There

I've been neglecting this blog for a few week now and I apologize. Not that we have many readers anyways...
This month has been a whirlwind of final projects and season finales with We Are Young and Somebody That I Used to Know playing in the background (why are they on the radio every single time I get in the car?!?)
A few days after my last post, Obama graced SC with his presence (coming from Seattle, as a matter of fact!) to party at George Clooney's house. Unfortunately, I decided to leave for class the same time his helicopter landed, so the roads that I normally take were completely blocked. After speaking to an ill-informed cop, I made it via freeway. I wish I could have waited on the street to catch a glimpse of him in his car but I guess an education is important too. 
The next day I got lunch with Sydney at Le Pain and got a cappuccino, quinoa tabouli, and carrot soup. We chatted with some British guys before we left, which made me want to go to England even more. 
I traded some cupcakes for free Starbucks and dinner! Yes, the people at Artisan Cheese gave me my favorite arugula salad and some very yummy cheeses. I can't even believe I liked them!
My friend Jared turned 21 and we celebrated at his and Kara's apartment. It was a joyous occasion filled with lots of Muppets and Star Wars. 
Mother's Day was very relaxing. Anna and I got my mom and pretty plate from Big Sugar and we enjoyed the cheeses and cupcakes as a mid-day snack. Anna had to work so my dad, mom and I took Gabe on a walk around the neighborhood and made dinner. 
We had a bounty of a meal. Corn, potatoes, artichokes, chili, tomato and avocado and a chicken. The chicken actually caught fire, which is possibly the most hilarious thing I've ever heard. I honestly wish I could have seen it, especially because it was on a rotisserie over the barbecue. 
Last Thursday we had a combat class in theater so I learned how to fake slap and punch people. I particularly enjoyed the backhand. 
On Friday, my dad and I went to LAVC's production of Nuts, which was intense but good. 
We went to Santa Monica on Saturday morning, beginning with breakfast at Le Pain. I got an acai soy yogurt parfait with rawnola and bananas. It made me miss Hawaii and acai bowls. I had to take pictures for my final project so I went to the bluffs and walked the pier in search of a good shot. 
Everyone else went to REI in lieu of my sister's upcoming trip to Peru in July. I stopped at Lush and got another face mask and looked around the British import store. 
I ended up working both Saturday and Sunday this weekend and ended up with many more sweets. One dozen went to Starbucks, another went to American Apparel, and the last went to school with me today. Oh, and the bag of donut muffins went on the senior trip with my mom and sister. 
Anna and my mom left yesterday morning to Santa Cruz Island (by Catalina) for the week. I had a counseling appointment to discuss my credits (I don't even know what is going on anymore) and was late to dance because I overslept while taking a nap. 
I performed my final monologue this morning in class and I'm quite proud of it! Everyone complimented me on my performance and my dress (although they could be just being nice) so I've been feeling good all day! And I'm so glad I was able to get rid of those cupcakes and make some friends along the way! I think we all deserved cupcakes. 
I went to yoga today because the end is near for my Groupon. I was hoping to take a class with Honey Badger but it was her husband, who made us sweat so much. My mat was practically soaked, it was so nasty. But I feel very cleansed and not guilty at all that I ate an entire avocado with my dinner. And had some vegan coffee ice cream that my dad made while watching Glee. 
I can't believe all my shows are done! What am I supposed to watch all summer!? I guess I can get a leg up on all those shows on Netflix people keep telling me to watch (Arrested Development, Party Down). Or I could do something productive...
Also, good news! My dad's best friend is coming to visit on June 11 and 12, bringing his kids with him! Actually, his daughter, Gillian and I are very close and I can't wait to see her! It's been a couple years since we met up in New York. And speaking of New York, Lena is coming home for most of the summer! She'll land June 13 and I can't be happier that we'll be together! I still want to go to NY but I'll figure that out when she gets here. And there's the possibility of going to Outside Lands in August in SF. Ahh summer is going to be good. I want to see everyone at UW but I don't know when I'll have a spare moment to fly up and have people be in town!
This weekend I have an in studio dance rehearsal and then Sunday, my mom, sister and I are going to drive to Arizona to visit my cousins! I haven't seen them since I was a senior! I checked the weather and it was like 108 or something ridiculous today, so I don't know if I'm looking forward to the heat but I'm definitely excited to see my family!
Here's to my last week of school, next week is finals! 

xxx Sara

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mountain Climbing

I'M SO BUSY UGH. I've got a screenplay to finish and a scene to memorize for school and I've got to do them by the end of this month! But hey, then it's going to be summer break! It seems this semester has flown by, I can't believe almost a year ago I was packing up my room in McMahon and saying goodbye to Seattle. 
My photo class is just weekly assignments so far, which is nice. It's not too stressful. I had a fashion piece due last week so I photographed Anna's friend, Cecily, since she's a professional!
This is a goofy one but I like it. 
Now, to get to the title of this post: a couple friends invited me "hiking" in the Old Zoo on Friday. These are the same friends who also had me climb the Sepulveda Dam, btw. I find out, after they pick me up, that we're going to climb this huge mountain in Griffith Park.
so high
view from the top
We didn't get all the way up to the fence but we were nearly there. It reminded me of that mountain in Holes with all the onions. 
I didn't want to rip my leggings (which happened at the Dam) so I complained almost half the time going up. It was a hard trek too since we had to climb up slippery dirt and over boulders. 
side of the mountain
lots of crevices to sit in
these were everywhere
I got a nice splinter as a souvenir
After AJ and I almost slid down the mountain, I went home to shower and change before we went out later. Anna came with us and we went to see the current show at MOCA. I forgot the name but it was sooo sick. Just really colorful and bright. We also went at night so there was live music and a bar (not free) and the Kogi truck. 

coffee bar surrounded by water
There was this really cool artist from China who used dynamite and other explosive devices to make these huge pieces. I enjoyed the videos of him blowing stuff up. 
We went to Menchies afterwards which was delicious obviously. 
I was sore for the rest of the weekend and got more sore after yoga on Sunday. 
My parents went to a wrap party for Hawaii Five-0 on Sunday and saw the Asian guy from Heroes and brought back dessert. 
My sister and I also watched 17 Again, which was alright, but made Zac Efron look really cute. 
hey I have that shirt

This week I'll be working on my scene, trying to memorize as much as I possibly can and asap so I can have it down by the time of the performance. 
I want to visit Lena in NYC over the summer, so I need to start looking at flights for June or August. I miss her so much!
Good luck on the end of school to everyone! It's hot today, so it seems like summer is fast approaching!

xxx Sara