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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Belle


When I'm not working, I like to spend a good portion of my time reading.  Recently I finished reading  Belle by Paula Byrne.  I was aware of the movie when it came out, however I always like to read a book before watching the movie.  I must say, I'm definitely glad that I read this!  I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I gather, this book is not that much like the movie.  From the previews, it seemed that the movie was focusing on Belle's love story and her struggles in England.  Seeing as not that much information was really available about her love life, it really seems as though they took a lot of artistic liberties with the movie; not that it's a bad thing. 

This book was definitely a more historical account on what occurred during the slave abolitionist movement in England.  It was so informative and I honestly learned so much about all the different players in the movement.  Although there was a lot of information about Belle's great uncle, the Lord Chief Justice, there wasn't as much information available about Belle herself.  Most of the story surrounding Belle was written by making deductions, based off of everything else that we know was happening around her.  I'm normally not into historical accounts or stories, but this one really drew me in and it was honestly such an amazing book.  Even though I don't think the movie will be as fact based, I still really look forward to seeing it.  

Let me know if you've seen the movie or read this book and what your thoughts were.  I would seriously love to hear.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Belated Canada Day ('Merica)


Yes, I am well aware that the two are completely different countries.  I was not in Canada for July 1 and so I could not celebrate Canada Day, but I also could not justify celebrating the Fourth of July without paying Canada its respects as well!  So Happy Canada Day to all my Canadians and of course, Happy Fourth of July to my American friends :)

Moving on, I didn't have any concrete plans for the Fourth.  I woke up early to drop one of my friends off at LAX and I wasn't sure how the rest of my day would go.  Thankfully, a friend of mine invited me to spend the afternoon with him and his friends on their yacht.  It was an absolutely perfect afternoon with good food, great company, and margaritas!  I wish that I'd taken more photos in the moment, but literally the photo above is the only one I took (when we were initially walking into the marina).  We had so much fun just conversing with new people and playing dominos.  The yacht stayed docked the whole time, but the owners took us around on their dinghy boat.  I'm new to boating so I didn't realize that when you're on the marina, you literally don't need to get back into your car for anything.  Whenever we had to make a store run etc. we were able to just take the dinghy and hop out since everything was built right around the water.

It was honestly just amazing to spend the afternoon with successful people of color and made me want to work that much harder.  It really is an incredible and inspiring sight.  So one day when I'm a big successful lawyer, you'll all be invited to come celebrate Belated Canada Day on my yacht. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Where Have I Been?

I know, I know, I've been gone for a while!  I'm back in LA and I started my first legal job at the District Attorney's Office this summer so it's been a little hectic.  I must say, I absolutely love it though.  There is actually never a dull moment at the DA's Office!

Apart from being at work though, I've been enjoying my last days of being 23!  My birthday is tomorrow and even though I'm not home to celebrate with my family, I'm so thankful to have great friends that have gone out of their way to make it amazing.  I've been celebrating since Friday night, bouncing around different bars and clubs in LA and going out for brunches the next day!  I can't complain.  It's really a week long affair that will end with a short trip to Vegas this weekend coming up.  I can't wait.



(I tried out this great spot for brunch in LA called "My Two Cents."  Seriously it was so amazing!)


Oh, I forgot to mention that I wrote my first motion today at work.  It's going to be argued in court tomorrow so I'll get to see my work in action.  If that isn't an amazing birthday gift, I don't know what is!

Hopefully you all have been enjoying your summer.  Let me know what you've been up to.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

As you know, I am in Toronto for a short break before I have to start work in June.  Anytime I come home, my sisters and I (as well as our friends) try to find something new to do.  This time, we ended up going to this great little place on Queen Street called Paintlounge.  It is a cozy little art studio and cafe that my sister, Vanessa, ran across.  Paintlounge offers workshops for all skill levels, but we decided to go in for a freestyle session.  We each received our own little canvas and had access to a number of acrylic paints and supplies, to help us get our inner Picasso on!


Free styling can definitely be a little bit intimidating, but they also have little booklets available with several photos for inspiration. Once we got started, I think we all kind of found our groove and it was a lot of fun.  There was one couple in the studio painting before we arrived and they were very friendly.  They guy actually offered to take a polaroid of the four of us painting (see below). 

(My painting in progress)

(My nephew chillin by the window & waiting on us to finish)


Finally we were able to complete our mini masterpieces and I think they turned out quite well for our first times.  I would definitely be interested in going back to this place.  

P.S. I received the last of my final grades today and I actually managed to pull off a decent grade in Con Law.  I was really scared for that class and had no clue as to how my grade would turn out.  In the end, I completed my first year of law school with all A's and B's.  Straight A's would have been nice, but still, I am proud of myself.  I'm so happy to be done with 1L year and I cannot wait to see what 2L has in store for me!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weddings Make Me Want To Get Married


The day after I arrived back in Toronto, I attended the wedding of a family friend.  It's so crazy to think that the people I grew up with are all getting married and starting their "real" lives.  In no way do I feel ready to be anyone's wife, but I have to admit that every time I go to a wedding, it makes me want it a little bit more.

I've never really enjoyed being the center of attention, so the thought of a big wedding never appealed to me.  I just felt like it would be too nerve wracking having all of those eyes on you, prying into your private affairs.  Considering the fact that I come from an enormous family though, small weddings aren't really an option!  Seriously, my side of the family alone could fill a church.  

This wedding made me appreciate the grandeur of such an occasion.  It really is a beautiful thing to have so many people come out and celebrate with you.  You could just feel that everyone was so genuinely happy for the young couple and it makes me think that maybe being the center of attention for just one day isn't so bad.  The dancing/music was incredible and I hadn't had that much fun in a long time (probably not since my sister's wedding last May) .... so it's official: I must really love weddings!

That day still isn't on the horizon for me but when it does arrive, I'm sure it will be big and beautiful.  I really am thankful to have so many people in my life that will be there to celebrate with me.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I Have A Life Again !

I should have spent today packing ... but instead I went to the beach with my girls and I don't regret it at all.  We went paddle boarding at Malibu Pier and we're all pretty new to it.  I was a little nervous at first because I have pretty extreme phobias of (1) getting swept away by a ridiculous current (2) getting eaten by a shark or annihilated by a whale.  I definitely had to get over both of those fears pretty quickly today and I'm glad that I did.  I had so much fun and realized the further out you get into the ocean, the safer it feels!  I'm not going to lie, I did go under a few times, but I managed to get back on the board without getting snatched by a sea creature.  Overall today was a win!  We ended the evening with dinner and drinks at Malibu Cafe.  I personally couldn't order any cocktails because I was DD for the day ... but I told the man to make me a virgin drink that was prettier than everyone else's.  He did a pretty good job.

I'm so happy to be on summer break and actually enjoy the company of good friends before we all start work.  I also have a write-on for law school that I should start on at some point ... but hey, til then ... surfs up!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It's Mother's Day ... Oh, And I'm A 2L !!!


First off, Happy Mother's Day to the greatest woman I know.  The older I get, the more I am able to realize just how hard my parents have worked to give my siblings and I the lives that we have.  I cannot wait to graduate from law school and get a good job so that I can give them something back.  By no means will I ever be able to repay them for everything they've done ... but hey, maybe at the very least, I can get them out of the cold so they can enjoy this beautiful Cali sunshine with me.

Second on the list: I completed my first year of law school on Friday and it was very anti-climactic.  I fully expected to be jumping for joy by the end of it, but instead I was just so beat.  The semester always seems to fly by and then final exams just drag on.  It's over now though and I couldn't be happier.  I'm no longer a little baby 1L .. I'm a 2L now :)  I celebrated a little bit by going out to the Bungalow Friday night with friends.  I had the most amazing night and I'm so grateful to be surrounded by so many great people.

Now that I have a little bit more free time, I will be paying more attention to this blog and hopefully coming back with some decent posts soon :)