March and April 2015

So I’m going to try and fill you in on the highlights and small trips I’ve taken during my blogging hiatus. Let’s see if I can remember how to do this…

Sunday-Monday, 3/8-9/2015: Chicago

Just 1 week after landing in LA, I was off again! I was invited by some potential employers to interview for a job. The actual job was not going to take place in Chicago, but it was the most centrally-located city for all of the applicants, I guess. I did not get this particular job, and the story behind this rejection deserves an entire blog unto itself, so I will not go into it. But yes, I spent about 24 hours in Chicago on a job interview. It was fun, an interesting experience for sure. That’s about all I’ll divulge at this point, I don’t want to bore anyone.

Tuesday-Wednesday, 3/10-11/2015: San Luis Obispo
I hid in an actual box. It was quite uncomfortable, but hilarious. Her screams were everything I could have hoped for.
I hid in an actual box. It was quite uncomfortable, but hilarious. Her screams were everything I could have hoped for.

Immediately after my Chicago trip, I drove up to SLO, as I and all its residents so lovingly call it, to surprise one of my best friends on her birthday! She was definitely surprised, and it was so nice to get to see some of the friends I hadn’t seen in over 6 months.

Ice cream celebration! Back row, L to R: Shoshana, Allen, Madison, Leanne, and Hallie. Front row, L to R: me, Jordyn [the birthday girl], and Rebecca. If you’ve read my Israel posts, you may recognize a few faces who visited me!
Ice cream celebration! Back row, L to R: Shoshana, Allen, Madison, Leanne, and Hallie. Front row, L to R: me, Jordyn [the birthday girl], and Rebecca. If you’ve read my Israel posts, you may recognize a few faces who visited me!
I started off the weekend having a sandwich with my old roommate, Rachel, at my favorite place: High Street Deli. After surprising Jordyn, we all went out for sushi and ice cream. Then the next day, I had breakfast with Hallie before heading back home. A quick yet fun trip!

If you have never been to SLO, I cannot tell you how highly I recommend it. Aside from the fact that I lived there for 4 years for college, it is just such a fun, vibrant place that has so much going on. Plus, now that I’m of age, you can’t beat being in the middle of wine country!

Sunday, 3/15/2015: Graffiti Run in Pomona
L to R: me, Mel, Sam, and Chelsea
L to R: me, Mel, Sam, and Chelsea

I’ve always wanted to do one of those 5K color runs where they throw colored chalk at you. Why? I have no idea. I hate getting dirty and I am usually opposed to exercise (later I’ll go into my change in mentality). But this one was a blast! 3 friends and I decided to participate in the Graffiti Run! It got messy, but was overall a really fun experience! Definitely would do it again, especially now that I’m in better shape.

Sunday, 3/29/2015: iHeartRadio Music Awards

My amazing mom let me be her +1 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards! It was a very cool experience! Made quite a few contacts, but unfortunately didn’t meet any celebrities. But I got to attend a VIP after party! Definitely fun!

Mom and I rocking the red carpet!
Mom and me rocking the red carpet!
Friday-Sunday, 4/24-26/2015: San Luis Obispo

Back to SLO I go! This time, it was alumni weekend for my sorority! I once again started the weekend having a sandwich with Rachel! I’m such a creature of habit. Then, Hallie took me wine tasting at Edna Valley Vineyards!

Hallie is my other half and I love her
Hallie is my other half and I love her

We then went to have Shabbat dinner at the Chabad house, truly a Jewish home away from home for me when I was in school. It was so nice to have a delicious Shabbat meal with them! Afterwards, a night out with all the older girls to the bars! A fun time was had by all.

The next day we had lunch and introductions at one of the girls’ houses. I pretty much knew all of the newest members, either through meeting them virtually or through my expert social media stalking skills. I’m not that creepy, I swear.

My sorority family! L to R: Jordyn [grand-little], Rebecca [little], me, Rachel [big], Hallie [little], Rachael [grand-little], Sam [great-grand-little], and Rachael [great-great-grand-little]. My other great-grand-little is also named Rachel, but she wasn’t there. We are the Rach(a)el family, apparently
My sorority family! L to R: Jordyn (grand-little), Rebecca (little), me, Rachel (big), Hallie (little), Rachael (grand-little), Sam (great-grand-little), and Rachael (great-great-grand-little). My other great-grand-little is also named Rachel, but she wasn’t there. We are the Rach(a)el family, apparently
Then it was off to wine tasting once again! While the wines weren’t stellar, it was super fun to catch up with everyone and hear about everyone’s lives. At that point, I was the only one from my graduating class without a job, which was a bit disheartening, but I had to remind myself that I’d barely been back for 2 months and that job-searching takes time, obviously.

My last day, we had brunch on campus, and then walked around talking some more. It was fun, and then it was back to real life once more. So glad I was able to attend the weekend festivities!

I think that’s all I’ll include in this post, as there are still a lot more things that happened and I don’t want to be too boring on this post. Stay tuned!

-Girl in Chicago, SLO, and Los Angeles 🙂

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