After waiting almost 4 months, R and I got our bar exam results. Thankfully, it was good news for both of us and we celebrated with good food, lots of Salvadoran beer, and new friends.
Last week, we made it official by going to the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium to take our oath and get sworn into the California State Bar.
The venue was very nice and made the whole ceremony feel, well, ceremonial and special.
I wasn’t going to go because in California, you can be sworn in by a notary public and there is one at work. Also, R was so whatev about the whole thing that I began questioning whether it was worth it to go to the swearing-in ceremony. But my team convinced me I should. My director told me to “celebrate everything” because “why not?” That made perfect sense to me.
Afterward, we took an early and long lunch and went to Houston’s in Pasadena. I’ve been to the one in Bethesda, Maryland and had a great steak there. And, it’s our friends’ favorite restaurant, so we decided to check it out.
The decor is warm and inviting. We ordered Blue Moons on draft and split the French dip sandwich with fries.
I enjoyed the sandwich, but it wasn’t amazing. I thought splitting it was plenty for lunch, but probably could’ve finished the whole thing if I was hungry and I didn’t have to work after. Considering all that, the prices are pretty high at Houston’s, (the sandwich was $18), but since we split it, it wasn’t bad. Plus, it was a special occasion. Celebrate!, remember?
Overall, I enjoyed my meal and my long lunch with R, which we never get to do during the week. I’m glad I decided to go to the ceremony and that I dragged R there with me (he had actually been sworn in by a notary public the day before). It is fun to celebrate your accomplishments and to take time to enjoy them.