For Those Of You That Are In Need of Motivation…

If you’re feeling rather slumpish like I have been lately,
I thought you might appreciate this motivational penguin.
I know I did.



And if you’re not feeling slumpish?
Well, who doesn’t need a little motivation now and then?

You can do it!


Believe in yourself!

Not bad advice, if I do say so myself =)

Happy Hump Day friends!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeJune 5, 2013 - 12:40 pm

YES! This is totally what I need after a few bad work days this week. Have you seen this guy? :

Sarah @ Scissors and a WhiskJune 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Lol, too cute!! Penguins always instantly make me think of one of my second grade (now third grade, eep!) students. Totally cute! Made me smile.

nancy @ adore to adornJune 5, 2013 - 5:55 pm

AW I love this. Not to mention penguins are seriously some of the cutest and funniest animals! haha…I love to visit them at the zoo.

MistyJune 6, 2013 - 7:43 am


Mallory HillJune 6, 2013 - 11:59 am

Thanks for sharing this little guy. After getting some not great news from my “day job” I need a little extra motivation today!

nicole marieJune 10, 2013 - 12:01 pm

but really, it’s time to come back to blogging now… it’s been 5 days… #notastalker #liar

Happy Birthday to My Sun and My Stars

Today is Kevin’s 30-something birthday.

I’m going to keep the mystery alive and not tell you all the actual number,
but he is entering late 30s territory.

But hey, you’re only as old as the person you marry, right?

And if ever there was a man that is young at heart, it’s this guy.


Happy Birthday Kevin!

You make my world go round.
I’m so thankful you’re mine.

Us in Napa this past weekend.



nancy @ adore to adornJune 3, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Happiest of birthdays to your husband!! You two seem so fun and sweet together in these photos!

It seems our husbands are birthday twins! Mine just celebrated this weekend! =)


MichelleJune 3, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Awww happy birthday!! Can’t wait to help celebrate this Friday!! :)

StephanieJune 3, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Happy birthday to Kevin!!! What a sweet little birthday post. Love the Game of Thrones reference. :)

JessicaJune 3, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Happy Birthday, Kevin! Love it!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeJune 4, 2013 - 9:43 am

Couple of cuties! I love celebrating birthdays, too! Hope you guys have fun toasting! Cheers!

Nicole MarieJune 5, 2013 - 1:38 pm

happy birthday kevin!

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It’s Friday I’m in Love

Friday, I couldn’t be happier to see you!

A few things I’m loving on this particular Friday:

If you’re a San Francisco local, chances are you’ve already seen this article. Nicole sent it to me earlier in the week, and since then I’ve seen it all over facebook and what not. It’s about why we San Francisans are just so damn busy all the time, and it’s so so so true. My personal favorite is the slide above, but “we’re eating farm-to-table at a loft that used to be a fire station but that is now also a shared workspace” is a close second. My friends Caitlin and Jono moved here from San Diego about a year ago, and they used to make fun of me and Kevin for needing to make plans with us a good three weeks in advance. Now they are right there with us. There’s just so much to do in this city!


The other day my coworker sent me this article. It’s about an exercise called “prancercise” in which you prance around. Like a horse. If you don’t watch this video and laugh, then I don’t think we can be friends.

Please watch the video.
It’s that good.


Last week I downloaded this new app called Buycott, and I kind of love it. When you’re shopping, you can scan a product and then see what the history of the company is. For example, if you’re trying to avoid Monsanto products, this app will help you do that. It’s pretty awesome, BUT it will increase your shopping time by a lot.


I absolutely DO NOT LOVE that last week House Republicans passed a bill making student loans more expensive, but I do love that Kevin forwarded me an email about it and changed the subject line to read “F*%king Republican Dingleberries.” And before I start getting emails/comments about this, I know not all republicans are dingleberries, okay? But it still made me laugh.


New friends and old friends. Lately I’ve been making some awesome real-life connections with blog ladies, and it’s so wonderful (and weird, but good weird) to have online friends turn into real life friends. I had drinks with Mish last week, and went to a game night, hosted by Mo, which was full of awesome blogger girls. And, sorry but I have to call her out on this… is it weird that only Heather knew what bukakke and smegma meant? Hmm…. (Note to my MIL Patty and friends – DO NOT GOOGLE THOSE WORDS!)

BUT! It’s also sooooo awesome getting to hang out with old friends. Vegas for my best friend’s 30th birthday, bachelorette parties and weddings galore… Over the past couple of months I’ve gotten to see and catch up with so many of my most favorite people, and it’s been awesome.


And with that, I’m off to Napa for yet another wedding! I know, I know.

I assure you my life is not normally this crazy, it’s just a busy month.

I can sleep when with I’m dead, right?

What are you all up to?

Patty McClainMay 31, 2013 - 7:43 am

Don’t worry. I won’t google “those words”. I’m not looking for trouble. However, I will google MIL ( jk). Can’t wait to introduce Prancersize to the ladies I walk with in the morning!

StephanieMay 31, 2013 - 9:45 am

So much goodness to comment on here! First, I saw that Prancercise lady on CNN yesterday. The clips of the video were creepy/funny enough but then seeing her interviewed just sent it over the top for me. Also, saw the SF busy article and it’s so true! “I’m 30 and going out seems exhausting” is often my excuse. Also the I’m-in-the-FiDi-you’re-in-the-Mission (or I’m here you’re there in reference to any two far apart neighborhoods) is also my excuse. You have no idea how many times I’ve said, “ugh, but they’re in the Marina!” when deciding whether I want to live my quiet slice of Potrero for a night out at a bar. So lame, I know.

Also, totally knew what smegma was but I’ve never heard of the other word. Until I googled it. Oops.

ChantalMay 31, 2013 - 11:44 am

hahah you are busy lady! little wedding planner over here. man that lady in the prancercise video has a nasty camel toe. nasty.

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 31, 2013 - 1:33 pm

my god, prancercise is amazing. hahaha she equally creeps me out and cracks me up. i gotta say though – it’s working for her! joanna is in better shape than i am!

ps – being the only one to know those two words is weirder for me than it is for you, trust me! apparently i’m a dude. a perverted dude at that.

MichelleMay 31, 2013 - 1:49 pm

That video is so amazing. I aspire to be as awesome as she is when I grow up.

Rich KrawczykMay 31, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Didn’t need to google any of the words including camel toe – on which I totally agree with Chantal!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeMay 31, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Aren’t online friends turned real friends like the best thing ever? It’s this totally new thing to me, and now I’m talking about my blog friends to my significant other as much as I talk about work or the people I see face-to-face everyday. But the thing is, blog friends are this special thing – they really WANT to know all the parts of you that you find important. They aren’t your friend because of location or circumstance or convenience or just because they need more friends. It’s because they truly stand behind you and support you. I love that about it! So happy that you’ve found a great blogging community!

KerryMay 31, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Well you just made my Friday… fun post! Especially loved LOLing watching that video while inadvertently listening to the new Aceyalone album. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Sarah @ Scissors and a WhiskJune 5, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Oh my word… That video!! “The trot is hot.” lol. I gotta give it to her though, she looks fit for being older!

For my Father-in-Law

The other day my father-in-law told Kevin that he would like to see some pictures of me in which I am not holding a wine glass.

At first I was deeply offended.

Who is he to imply that all I do is drink wine?
I do a great many things!

And not all of them involve wine…

So here you go Pat. This one’s for you!

As you can see, though wine is my go-to beverage of choice, I’m also very good at drinking beer!


Pilsners and hefeweizens are my beers of choice, but as long as it’s not an IPA, I’m happy.

I’m also extraordinarily skilled at pouring baileys into my coffee when I’m on vacation.
And on most weekends.
And as an after dinner digestif.

Classy, I know!

Sometimes, when I’m feeling fancy, I may even order a cocktail or two…

And sometimes I can even drink them… without spilling!

I’m a woman of many talents, I tell you!

But all that aside,
it seems to me that this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black…

Oh hey there, black kettle! Look who’s talking now!

Just kidding.

(Not really)


What is your go-to beverage?

SaraMay 30, 2013 - 6:25 am

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time… haha – thanks for the laugh. Love that Uncle Pat!

Brenda L.May 30, 2013 - 6:42 am

Serena, you are hilarious! I could definitely see you doing some type of stand up comdedy or writing a book. I’m so glad I found your blog a few months back. You are so entertaining. Love it!

Way to keep it classy girl!


LaurenMay 30, 2013 - 8:04 am

This is truly amazing!!!

StephanieMay 30, 2013 - 9:36 am

Haha. This made me chuckle. :)

I’m thinking of carrying a mini bottle of Bailey’s with me to spike my Starbucks while I’m out and about.

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 30, 2013 - 8:58 pm

hahaha this cracked me up. even in the short time i’ve known you i’ve noticed how much you love posing with your wine glass – glad to see it spans all types of alcohol! :)

nicole marieMay 30, 2013 - 10:33 pm

hahahah don’t worry my little sister tells me that allll the time… niky, are you ever not drinking?!! oh just you wait little girl! you’re only 18! the world of wine is waiting for you :)

bpJune 5, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Hi Serena!

This is a fun post! Hey, a girl’s gotta stay hydrated, right?

KatJune 6, 2013 - 11:00 am

hahahaah!! that is awesome!! Love the “payback” pics hahaha

I survived! Barely.

I don’t know if spending 30 hours in Vegas is the best or worst idea we’ve ever had.

On the one hand, we had all day yesterday to recover, and considering that I didn’t leave the house once, slept on and off all day, watched two movies and many hours of television, and I still feel like I want to die today, I can’t really imagine what I would feel like if I didn’t have all of yesterday to try to recover.

On the other hand, because I only had 30 hours, I went as hard as I could and packed as much as I could in those mere 30 hours. It has been years, YEARS, since I went to bed at 5 am, and now I know why. Perhaps if I spread my fun out over two nights, I wouldn’t have been so miserable yesterday? I’m not sure.

Being one of the first to leave also led to some major fear of missing out, which wasn’t fun. What if Sunday night was more fun than Saturday night? What if I miss out on the MOST FUN NIGHT EVER? What if something super awesome happens right after I leave? Even though I was assured yesterday that I didn’t really miss out on anything, I had some major FOMO going on Sunday night.

Yeah. So anyway. I’m back. And I had a lot of fun. However, a few conclusions:

1) Unless it is a gay club rocking some awesome 80s and 90s music, clubs and I don’t click. We went to Tao and while it appeared people were having a lot of fun there, I couldn’t understand why. No matter what level of intoxication you are at, clubs are just not for me.

2) Renting a cabana is absolutely necessary to a pool day and worth every penny. Also? The “old people pool” is your friend. You don’t have time for that Tao Beach nonsense.

3) Despite telling yourself numerous times that you will “win so much money your trip will be free,” you will, undoubtedly, leave with far less money than you came with. You will spend at least twice as much as you plan to spend. It is just a fact.

4) Spirit airlines is the worst airline in the United States.

And now, some photos:
*if you follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen most of these

Top: Airport Drinks // Being lame and taking selfies in the elevator
 Bottom: It’s never too early to dance // Fancy dinnerTop: Our husbands are throwing grapes into each others mouths. We are married to children.
Bottom: Katie got in a fight last night. Who knew a hand could get so swollen? // Last snuggle time with Katie before I left.

What are your thoughts about the overnight Vegas trip? Yay or nay?


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MargaretMay 28, 2013 - 11:15 am

If I could do an overnight Vegas trip with my friends, I totally would- might be a little far from Cleveland though! We went to Vegas for our honeymoon and it was a blast- but I really want to go back with a group of friends.

I can totally understand your need to pack as much in to one night and the FOMO. I always do that…and then definitely pay for it.

nicole marieMay 28, 2013 - 12:05 pm

right there with you on the clubs and 5am thing…. as my 4th graders tell me, apparently i’m supposed to go to the disco to find a boyfriend. they don’t understand when i say i dont like the disco or starting my night anywhere at 2am and finishing a 6am….

that being said, i’ve never been to vegas after 21… and besides the all day laying out of the pool with drinks, nothing intrigues me about going there.

MoMay 28, 2013 - 12:14 pm

I’m totally with you on the clubs. I love going on dancing – but like you said, to 80’s/90’s stuff – basically like if I was at a wedding. I’ll be in Vegas in August and all I”m looking forward to is sunshine and pool time.

TheresaMay 28, 2013 - 3:32 pm

I’m leaving for Vegas on Thursday! I actually almost didn’t go because of your #1, but then I did the same “What if I miss the MOST FUN NIGHT EVER” thing in my head and bought my flight anyways! haha

We got a cabana at the Palms in their “Palms Place Pool” which is smaller and only open to Palms hotel guests, so basically the old people pool. So looks like I’m all set with your #2.

As for #3, I am hoping to prove you wrong.

#4 Virgin America all the way :)

So glad you had a great trip! Makes me excited for my Vegas weekend :)

CamilleMay 28, 2013 - 5:58 pm

I grew out of going to clubs too! Just isn’t that fun especially if you’re already married. And yes Spirit is terrible. Terrible policies for flying.

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 28, 2013 - 8:26 pm

i love that you went for 30 hours! you only live once, right? that said, no part of living should involve clubs. i went to tao when i went to vegas so i know exactly what you’re talking about. SO not my scene. but i did run into pdiddy face to face outside the bathrooms there, so that’s something!

chantalMay 31, 2013 - 1:07 pm

hahah glad to see you survived! totally agree with number 2. those cabanas are awesome!

kate @ undeniable styleJune 8, 2013 - 10:35 pm

24 hour trips to vegas are the only kind I can do anymore. I’m old. Also: you look darling in that hat. xox.

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