Life Lately

Last week was a busy week in our household. Monday was Kevin’s birthday, and since we didn’t have an “official” celebration until Friday, he had no problems throwing out the “but it’s my birthday week!” card all week long, which led to more eating and drinking than usual. We went to dinner at Zarzuela (one of our favorite restaurants in the city) on Tuesday and then had an official birthday celebration with lots of friends on Friday, which was a lot of fun. So much fun, in fact, that I may or may not have fallen asleep at a table (aka passed out) and been “kindly escorted” out of a bar, among other things.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that, as thinking about it still makes me want to hide under my couch out of embarrassment.

Moving on.

My good friend Rachel’s bridal shower was on Saturday, and considering how I felt after Friday night, it was a small miracle that I made it and looked even remotely presentable. But I did, and I’m glad, because it was beautiful. Lauren did such an amazing job putting it all together, and more booze and lots of sugar always eases a hangover.

Good conversation with good people doesn’t hurt, either.

Prom Pose woo hoo!

Sunday was a rather gloomy SF day, dreary and overcast and misty, The perfect day to just stay inside and watch movies and do nothing. But instead, we bundled up and met some friends at Off The Grid in the Presidio. Despite the chill it was a wonderful day, full of friends and good food and boozy beverages.

Other than that, I’m still trying to fight my way out of this slump rut thing I’ve found myself in. But it’s getting better, so hopefully I’ll have some more exiting blog content soon.

How was your weekend?

StephanieJune 11, 2013 - 5:06 am

I, too, “fell asleep” in a cab over the weekend. Aren’t we too old for this behavior? Nah!

JessicaJune 11, 2013 - 7:17 am

Gah, love the awkward prom pose! And my hubby always pulls the birthday week card- men and their damn birthdays! I only get one day!

MeganJune 11, 2013 - 7:36 am

What a great way to spend your weekend!

StephanieJune 11, 2013 - 8:43 am

Zarzuela is one of my faves too! You have excellent taste in restaurants, my dear. We should hit one up together soon ๐Ÿ™‚

MistyJune 11, 2013 - 8:46 am

The ideal, simple weekend for sure… I crave them when life gets busy!

Your weekend looks absolutely lovely!

LaurenJune 11, 2013 - 11:17 am

Thanks for the shout out! I love the prom photo and of course the book club one too!

RachelJune 11, 2013 - 11:58 pm

ahaha I hadn’t seen our prom pose! “My good side!”

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeJune 12, 2013 - 8:06 am

Oh man, have we all been there. Water under the bridge! Your girlfriends look so sweet and I love the throwback prom pose. Last time all my college girl friends got together, we decided that awkward senior photo poses were a great idea. Oh the photos…

Nicole MarieJune 12, 2013 - 1:52 pm

hahahahahah literally laughing out loud….
well if it makes you feel any better i “fell asleep” on the kitchen floor saturday night and eating pizza and chips with ketchup (don’t knock it till you try it), granted it was 7am but please people i’m 27 how in the hell am i supposed to party till 6am and make my way home in one piece?! i’m still recovering….

Kristin WJune 16, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Birthday weeks really are the BEST! And girl…I can totally relate to overindulging and “falling asleep.” That’s when you know you’re old, right? You fall asleep instead of do crazy, embarrassing stuff like dancing on bars…

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

StephanieJune 3, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Happy birthday to Kevin!!! What a sweet little birthday post. Love the Game of Thrones reference. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Life Lately | SpillerenaJune 11, 2013 - 5:01 am

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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?

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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