Meep meep!

I’ve been fortunate to live in very walkable cities for the majority of my adulthood – Ann Arbor, Seoul, Chicago, and DC. I fell in love with exploring cities on foot and mastering the art of public transit. So while I’m loving LA for its weather, food, and all my new adventures, I’m not a fan of the fact that I can’t really get anywhere without a car (although, I do ride the Metro almost every day and it’s been great to get to and from work so far).

I’m starting a new job next week and I won’t be able to Metro to it anymore. The past couple weekends, R has been so sweet and has given up what little free time he has to take me to test drive cars. Cars aren’t important to me, so I was looking for inexpensive, compact cars that got good gas mileage. After hours of test driving, researching, and pleading with R and others to just tell me what to get, I finally decided and I drove home my new car last night!

2012 Honda Fit - white

I test drove the Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, and the Honda Fit and in the end I just knew I’d be happiest with the Fit. Although it didn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Ford Fiesta (like Bluetooth and voice activated features), it was much roomier and had better visibility than the Fiesta and the others. It also felt most like a car I’d still be happy driving five years from now.

Now, this is a huge deal for me. Not only is it my very first car I’ve ever purchased on my own, but it’s the only new car I’ve ever driven, and the first car I’ve had of any kind since 2004.

In light of my new purchase, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and think back on all my past cars…

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Making dreams come true with tofu.

I make dreams come true. That’s what I told G when I went with her to BCD Tofu House for some soon dubu (soon doo boo) – Korean spicy tofu soup – one of my all-time favorite Korean dishes.

BCD Tofu House on Western. By the way, BCD stands for Buk Chang Dong in case you're Google mapping and see that and get confused because you never knew what BCD stood for. Just some advice.

BCD Tofu House is a chain I frequented often in Seoul when I lived there my junior year in college. I loved it so much that I went for my 21st birthday. After moving back to the States, I always looked forward to going whenever I was in New York City. So very sad to hear that the Manhattan location is closing. BCD being 24/7, it was often the fourth or fifth stop of the night and an obscene hour once we got there.

This is probably 5:30am on a Thursday in Manhattan. Oh, NYC, you really are a lot of fun, but you make me so tired thinking about you.

G had never been to BCD before and told me it was her dream to go (her words, not mine). Naturally, me being the purveyor of dreams (and a HUGE fan of tofu), I went with her.

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A sweet sugary victory and a hot bowl of pho.

First, let me say a big fat congratulations to our boys in maize and blue for the deliciously sweet victory over Virginia Tech last night.  It was a nail biting OT win (I’ve always loved kickers), but “we” did it!  SUGAR BOWL CHAMPS 2012!  What a night it must’ve been in NOLA.  R and I went there last year and we loved it.

Gibbons' 37 yd field goal wins Michigan a Sugar Bowl victory.

It was the first day back at work from the long holiday week, so I was exhausted come 5:30pm when the game started plus I had work to do from home.  Seriously, why are bowl games on weekdays?  I decided not to join G at her friend’s place to watch and instead met up with R for dinner at our favorite LA pho shop.

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Happy 2012!

Happiest happy new year!

What an eventful year 2011 was for me: I tried my first case in the clinic I was in at law school, I graduated law school, I moved to California with R, I took and passed the bar, I was sworn into the California State Bar making me an actual real lawyer, I got a new job, and I started this blog.  Whew.  I’m excited to see what 2012 brings!

The end of 2011 was lovely.  R and I had a special first Christmas Eve dinner together.

Roast crispy duck with soy sauce, honey, molasses glaze.

The combination of a very long trip to Best Buy on Christmas Eve and a still partially frozen duck even after it had been thawing in the fridge for three days pushed back dinner to 10:30pm.  R was such a gentleman though and didn’t complain one bit even though I know he was probably starving.  I followed the instructions from The Hungry Mouse.  It was good, but some parts were a bit dry.  The legs were awesome though and now I got a big jar of duck fat in the fridge I’m dying to cook with.

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A very merry Christmas.

It’s been a wonderful Christmastime, but it’s also been a very busy one.  With holiday parties/get-togethers, friends in town, finishing up a project for work, getting ready for my dear friend G to come live with us for the month of January, and interviewing for new jobs (and getting one), it’s been a busy couple weeks.  But, I’ll be home for Christmas and I’m looking forward to spending the week at my parents’ getting fed, watching movies, and relaxing (and catching up on all the blog posts floating around in my mind).  I don’t think it’ll be a white Christmas in Chicago, but it’ll certainly be a happy one.

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