Happy Day

Over here at Left Coast Contessa I rarely update on the political. Those that know me know that I’m not shy about my liberal leanings (hello, “Left Coast”!) But as a law student and Californian I wanted to just take a moment and talk about the striking down of prop 8.

I was very happy to see that Prop 8 was declared unconstitutional. Granted, there will still be a long fight in the courts and there is much disagreement over which approach is the right one (ie: Supreme Court vs. ballot props).

However, I will say that I was proud of the message that was sent today from the court: Proposition 8 “fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.” 

I also was a HUGE fan of the court talking about applying strict scrutiny to  equal protection claims based on sexual orientation. The court essentially said that there is no reason to classify people based on sexual orientation.

So, while there is still a long battle ahead, lets enjoy the moment and celebrate!

The opinion can be read here

My One Year California-versry!

One year ago today I drugged up Izzy Cat, packed up several suitcases, enjoyed a final luxe breakfast at the Eliot Hotel Boston and moved to Los Angeles! I cannot believe that it has been a year since I moved to LA. Time has flown by and I have done some much in the past year including…

Sometimes I still cannot believe that this is my life! Going to UCLA has been like a fairy tale for me and I feel so lucky that I have had the opportunity to go on this insane journey. Here are some pictures for the past year…

my going away dinner (aka, weight loss before)

new apartment

Hey Section 3/4!

It’s been an awesome year! Here’s to the next one!

Eggplant-wich

Tonight was not a blogger fail. Tonight was an eggplant sandwich. I’ve made it before, but there were some select alterations this time.

This time I used panko instead of breadcrumbs (as you can tell there was a small amount of burning, but not so burned as to taste bad). Toppings included goat cheese, prosciutto, tomato, and an onion that the farmers market man said was “so sweet you can eat it raw”.

Side dish was potato “chips” and roasted chickpeas!

Love a roasted chickpea!

I also had some citrus. According to Real Simple it boosts your mood and contributes to a sunny disposition.

Two important items of business:

1) I need to stop buying things because I love how they look on me. I will go broke if this habit continues. Don’t worry M&D, it was only an $18 dress from the Buffalo Exchange.

2) I have a new fav blog! It’s called yes & yes. They have a variety of “lifestyle” related posts and I love their “words of wisdom” section. I found this there:

That is your reality check for the day. Lets be zen now everyone and don’t sweat the small stuff!