Anyways...on with the story. So most of our time in Dallas was spent doing 1 of 5 things: 1) Working--me at the firm and Reed with P90x :-); 2) Eating--seriously...we both gained more weight than I will admit while out there; 3) Shopping--if you ever come to visit us in Dallas make sure to leave extra room in your suitcase and bring some spending money because they have fantastic shopping out there; 4) Attending law firm activities; 5) Driving around admiring all the incredible homes in the area---that might sound boring to some of you but Reed and I absolutely LOVE looking at beautiful homes that we will probably never be able to afford haha.
But before I blog about those regular activities I want to blog about one exceptionally fun weekend we got to spend with our friends Diana & Jason and their baby Blake (well not so much a baby anymore)! Diana & Jason are some of our best friends and we were crushed when they left us here in Provo to go to medical school in Galveston. So we were soooo happy when they made the very long drive from Galveston to Dallas to come visit us this summer! Although Dallas is not their top choice for Jason's residency, we are still praying they decide to move there anyways so we can be close to them again :-). As I mentioned, there is not much to do in Dallas besides eating and shopping but there is at least one other semi-exciting thing to see and that's the Arboretum. Reed and I visited the Arboretum two summers ago when we came out to interview and we really liked it (even though it is SOOO HOT in the summer) so we took Jason and Diana. This year they had a bunch of really neat glass sculptures up around the Arboretum so that was fun to see.
Does anyone else think it looks like Blake is doing Kung-Fu in this picture?
I liked both these pictures and couldn't decide between them so I'm just putting both. And it's my blog so I can do that :-).
Blake was so cute when he would see the fish swimming around in the little ponds. He would start clapping like crazy.
Now on to my list of our 5 Dallas activities. First up: 1) Working. I don't actually have pictures of me working but I have pictures of me with some of my favorite people at work (all taken on my last day there)! On the left is me with one of my mentors, Sarah and the one below these two is me with another one of my mentors, also named Sara. I can't find the picture with my partner mentor Michelle but she is basically my hero and I'm sure you will hear much about her in years to come. I seriously had the best mentors in the world at Weil. They were a huge part of my decision to go there. On the right I'm with Margaret and Paige. Margaret is probably one of the main reasons I got an offer at Weil because I did an assignment for her that she gave me very high praises for (probably higher than I deserved...). I so enjoyed working for her. You can also tell from these pictures another reason I chose Weil. They have TONS of women. And very successful women. Weil is easily one of the best big law firms to work for as a woman. They give almost 6 months paid maternity leave (which all the women actually take) and they have a great track record for making women partners. They also have zero tolerance for sexual harassment (which all firms claim but many don't actually follow the policies). The only men in the pictures in this section are the ones from my summer class. I had a great summer class and I am thrilled to work with them at Weil.
Dallas is an awesome place for foodies (or wannabe foodies like us). They claim to have the most restaurants per capita of any city in the U.S.!! (Though I think San Francisco and New York claim that as well...there seems to be some debate on the internet). Whether that is true or not, it is certainly true that they have great food and a LOT of it. We went out almost every single night for 6 weeks to a new place each night and didn't even scratch the surface. Reed's favorite activity this summer was probably Weil's "Tour de Steak" where we toured around the 3 (well 4 if you include our private steak dinner with the firm's BYU alum) of the best steakhouses in Dallas and ranked them. Here is a photo from one of those dinners. This one was probably my favorite Tour de Steak dinner because we were sitting next to Paul and he kept us laughing so hard the ENTIRE dinner...my cheeks were so sore by the end from smiling the whole time. Though my favorite steak was actually at a place called III Forks with our BYU friends at Weil. Maybe if I'm ever rich I will take people there where when they come to visit Dallas :-).
Here is the first meal Reed and I had in Dallas... We figured it was only proper to start our time in Dallas with a red meat meal and it was great. We had a LOT of red meat while we were out there...I have been on a bit of a steak-free diet since coming back.And finally here is a picture of all the summer associates after our Taco cook-off at Fearings. Fearings is seriously an incredible, incredible restaurant. And I guess Chef Fearing (in the picture with us) is world-reknown. Everyone was really star struck by him but I don't really follow famous chefs haha so I had never heard of him before. But the menu at Fearings is amazing! I should note that I was vehemently opposed to wearing that dorky hat but they made me put it on for the picture. And I hate this picture cause of it but I had to use it in order to tell the story about our cook-off. >: -(
3) Shopping!! Okay...I only have one picture for this but I couldn't leave it out of my blog because we did a LOT of shopping in Dallas (which might be why we are still poor after a summer of making money haha). Here is the ice skating rink in the lovely Galleria mall on July 4th!
4) Law Firm Activities
The pictures that look like we are from the 80's were taken during Weil's 80's Casino & Prom Night. It was a blast even though after winning TONS of tickets to enter into the drawing, I was the only summer associate not to win anything haha! It was really bad luck especially since the drawing is kinda supposed to be rigged to make sure summer associates win :-). But we still had a great time :-). The other pictures are from the summer associate trip to New York (Reed didn't get to come) for Weil Weekend. We did some team building activities, ate out a lot, went to a Broadway show and attended a few fancy rooftop parties (after one we went to a club until like 5 in the morning...pictured below...I won't even tell you what kind of money Weil spent to get us in and past the long line without a prior reservation). It was a pretty incredible NY experience. Definitely not like anything I've done in Utah haha. The last picture is me with Elizabeth (the fabulous and brilliant recruiting coordinator who was the brains behind all the fun activities) at the end of our progressive dinner where we were taken around in limos to various different partners' homes for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, the main course and dessert. There were many other activities with the firm but we didn't take a lot of pictures...most of these are actually pictures the firm took and sent to me.
5) House Lusting: One of Reed and my favorite activities was walking or driving around some of the lovely neighborhoods in Dallas and just looking at all the beautiful houses. The homes inside Dallas are so unique (not like in suburbs where they all look the same). We fell absolutely in love with a few of the neighborhoods but it will be quite some time (if ever) before we can afford to live there. Here are a couple of our favorite homes...let us take a moment to drool over them and pretend we live there :-)....