GOOOOOOOOOL…It’s Friday

WHO IS PUMPED FOR THE WORLD CUP??  (Yes, I spelled the word “goal” in the Spanish method)  Of all the sporting events, soccer is probably my favorite.  This is most likely correlated with the fact that I started playing soccer when I was in preschool.

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I didn’t really play but rather complain about running, annoy my teammates and drive my dad nuts.  He was always my coach and I always felt the pressure to perform and sometimes felt different than the other girls.  But, something started to click when I was in 8th grade and I started to really enjoy the sport.  Soon this daisy picker turned into a soccer athlete.

IMG_0556The days I spent at SCU soccer camp without realizing I would end up there 4 years later for college

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Also, I feel like everyone has their own special sport they like to watch (disclaimer – if you don’t like sports, ignore this generalization).  It often is related to the sport they grew up playing and so for me, would be FUTBOL!  There’s something magical about the art of soccer, the passion of the play, and the speed of the game.

CIMG7387Just exploring the Olympic stadium in Barcelona

American football – you better block out 4 hours for that.  Sure it’s fun but what’s up with the timeouts?

Hockey – who knows what’s happening there

Baseball – It’s America’s favorite past-time and can be exciting but let’s be real.  How many nail-biting moments are there?

I’m not hating on any of those sports because I love to watch it all but soccer is like nothing else. I grew up watching the Los Angeles Galaxy play at the Rose Bowl and later at the Home Depot Center.  Any Cobi Jones fans?  How about Landon Donovan?

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We also were lucky enough to be present at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.  All my good pics are at home but here’s a little love from my time at Santa Clara.  I LOVE BRANDI CHASTAIN! Just saying.

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Of course watching my own country play is fun but how about roaming around Europe and Spain?  That’s where the true passion is.

My trip to Madrid’s stadium was nice, but watching a game in Barcelona was even better.

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I was talking to some of my friends recently and we were confused why people act surprised when we say we like sports?  So girls don’t usually like to watch sports?  Sure, I don’t watch ESPN religiously but I don’t mind attending a sports match or watching on TV once in awhile.  I guess we are quite unique in that sense.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” – Pele

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Springtime at Lincoln Center

Sure there are perks to living in the city.  Namely, having a taxi at every corner (if it isn’t the end of a shift though), oodles of options for restaurants, plenty of public transportation, and the occasional awards show right outside your doorstep.

IMG_4678 Gosh, if spring is always this gorgeous, it makes having a gnarly winter worth it.  I have decided that spring is my absolute favorite season, no matter where in the world I am located.

IMG_4681 So it turns out there are plenty of hot spot attractions right by where I work.  There’s Central Park, the Plaza (now Fairmont), and lovely 5th Ave shopping. There’s also Lincoln Center, the Julliard School, and the Film Society at Lincoln Center.  I even wandered up past the ABC studios and another famous Magnolia Bakery.

IMG_4686A few weeks back, I was ever so lucky to find myself in possession of tickets to the Chaplin Award Gala.  This was the 41st year of the gala and was honoring Rob Reiner for his career of acting, directing, and producing.  To be honest, I didn’t know much about the gala or Mr. Reiner himself when I said yes to the tickets.  They were passed down by one of my bosses and why would I ever say no to such an opportunity?

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Like I said, I didn’t know much about the gala or the guest of honor, but that’s just because I grew up under a rock.  Turns out that after a little Google and Wikipedia search, I did know some of his work.  Um, The Princess Bride, or When Harry Met Sally?  Goodness Kaitlin, get your act together 😉

IMG_4692 It was only last week that I visited Katz’s Deli and wrote up my review here. Needless to say, Billy Crystal was just as hilarious and Meg Ryan looked fabulous.  She was much taller than Crystal and when they showed little clips from the movie, I noticed how the camera must have angled to lessen the height difference. Well played Hollywood.

IMG_4697 There’s good ‘ol Martin Charles Scorsese, handing over the award.  Not only did we get to hear all about Reiner’s career, but to see the one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history as well?  Quite the night.

IMG_4702And this would be the gala we were not quite lucky-enough to get invited to.  The tickets were in the $200 range and I was not ready to fork that over, but we can dream of rubbing elbows with the NYC elite.  We improvised with a trip out to Filipino food, an adventure I will soon recount right here. 🙂

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
– John Muir

Back in the States!

Well, it’s been quite some time since I last posted and am happy to say I’ve reached home base and am back from my international holiday.  We Americans like to call our time off a “vacation” but I might need a vacation from my vacation.  I just adore how the Brits call it a holiday; just the way they speak makes things so quaint.  We left on June 19th and didn’t arrive back until yesterday, July 7th.  My parents accompanied us and led us through London for the first weed and then Meghan and I were off gallivanting across Great Britain through York, Edinburgh, Windemere and Oxford. Continue reading