Happy Friday!

It’s Friday! Yay!

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A few random updates/things to share:

1. I made these sweet potato veggie burgers for dinner last night, and they were fantastic! Super easy to make, though it did take me a bit longer than I expected. Kevin and I skipped the buns to go low-carb, but honestly, it was so good you didn’t even need the bread. And the garlic yogurt sauce was incredible.

2. Kevin had LASIK yesterday, and is, so far, completely fine! He is basically having the exact opposite of the experience I had. Before the surgery Kevin told the surgeon that he was pretty nervous about it considering everything that happened to me, and the surgeon said that out of the 75,000 LASIK surgeries he has performed, it had been 10 years since he had a case with complications like mine. So… lucky me! I keep saying to him “what do you mean your eyes aren’t burning? why aren’t your eyes constantly tearing? It seriously doesn’t hurt to open your eyes or blink? How is this possible?” Welcome to what a normal LASIK recovery is like. *And regarding the picture, considering that Kevin is bald, we were extremely confused as to why they had him wear a hairnet?

3. After reading Julie’s stellar recommendation, I downloaded the audio book version of The Handmaid’s Tale (I had an audible credit from all the books I listened to while recovering from LASIK), and holy moly, it was such a great book! I’m absolutely shocked that it was written in 1985, because I feel like it is so relevant to today. I’m also shocked that I hadn’t already read it. Also, it was narrated by Claire Danes, and she killed it. She was insanely good. Now THAT is what a good audio book narrator is supposed to sound like.

4. The SF blogger meetup that Stephanie and I put together is turning into a real legit thing! Not that it wasn’t a legit thing before, but it started with a handful of women, and now we’re at 20. Kind of crazy. I got an email from last night from a blogger who said she heard about it through an ALT class, which I think is rather awesome. If it keeps on growing, we may need to find a bigger venue. What a wonderful problem to have!

Other than that, I’m looking forward to this weekend immensely. I’ll be spending tomorrow celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday in Sonoma, and on Sunday I’ll be getting together with some friends for a boozy Easter brunch.  Food and wine and friends. My favorite kind of weekend.

What are you all up to this weekend?

Julie / BoundMarch 29, 2013 - 11:42 am

Yay, so glad you liked it. Isn’t Claire Danes ridiculous? And I’m soooo annoyed that I’m not in SF now. This blogger meet-up is going to be so fun, I can totally tell. Have a drink for me, ok?

nancy @ adore to adornMarch 29, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Have a great weekend!!
Well…there you have it…at least you were “special” in regards to Lasik.

Anna & AnneMarch 29, 2013 - 1:59 pm

What we really want to know is: Why did Kevin need a hairnet?! KIDDING!

Hi from Kevin’s coworkers 🙂

KevinMarch 29, 2013 - 2:13 pm

@Anne and @Anna…. I was wondering that too!

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMarch 29, 2013 - 9:07 pm

wow, 20 people?? now i’m nervous. 🙂 really excited to you and everyone else! enjoy your wine-filled weekend, sounds awesome.

Andi of My Beautiful AdventuresMarch 30, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Those burgers look AMAZING!!!!!

MelissaMarch 30, 2013 - 10:29 pm

So bummed I can’t make it to the meet-up! Pretty sure I heard about it from that blogger who heard about it through the Alt Class 🙂 Would love to attend future events though so hopefully there will be more!

CamilleMarch 31, 2013 - 8:58 pm

So glad the meetup is a success! I shared your post with a few blogger friends 🙂 I’m so excited to meet you and a ton of other bloggers!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeApril 1, 2013 - 10:53 am

Those sweet potato burgers just blew my mind. Legit have all of that in our pantry. Going in the meal planner pronto. Thanks for sharing!

Coming to you from Bound (love her site!) and will be sticking around. Love your blog.

Happy Monday!


nicole marieApril 1, 2013 - 11:14 am

uhh sooo shocked kevin did lasik after your experience.

and huge FOMO over the sf blogger meet up

kate @ undeniable styleApril 2, 2013 - 1:31 pm

I love everything about this post. I’m going to have to try your recipe and read the book, and of course, I’ll be at the meetup.

[…] The Handmaid’s Tale– I cannot recommend the audio book version of this enough, which is narrated by Claire Danes. She kills it. I wrote a bit more about this here. […]

And This Basically Sums Up My Relationship With Wine…

I came across this coaster and loved it so much that I knew it had to live here on my blog too. In case you’re having a hard time reading it, it says:

Have ANOTHER drink,” he says, “for it
will make you more ATTRACTIVE, funny,
BEAUTIFUL and wise.”

“No,” say I. “For I am STRONG and SENSIBLE,
and drinking will not do those things you say.”

“Alas,” says he, “then I am surely DOOMED.
For if you do not keep me WET, it is my fate to DIE.”

So drink I do… and drink and drink and
DRINK. For NEVER would I have the
HEART to let a Little Person DIE.

I’ve shared my love of Edward Monkton before, but this print just takes the cake. My favorite one yet.

Don’t worry little person, I will never let you die!

Drew @ Catfish & CaviarMarch 28, 2013 - 6:42 am

Haha this is too cute!

MargaretMarch 28, 2013 - 6:55 am

As soon as I saw the title of this post, I knew I was going to love it. And I do- that’s hilarious!

JulieMarch 28, 2013 - 7:51 am

Amazing. I mean, you’re just trying not to be needlessly cruel, right?!

nancy @ adore to adornMarch 28, 2013 - 9:50 am

haha…this is so awesome!

AliceMarch 28, 2013 - 10:22 am

I LOVE Edward Monkton- this is definitely one of my favourites EVER though!! x

JessMarch 28, 2013 - 1:58 pm

LOL we`re saving lives every day!

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Becoming the Northern California Stereotype

Scene: Saturday afternoon. Kevin and I have just left a store in San Francisco, and I am hungry. We pop into a market across the street, which offers a plethora of processed foods, cheeses, and pizza. I decide to walk a block to an organic market I thought I saw, and buy something a little more healthy.

Me: In what world would I ever forgo pizza and instead choose to walk a block to get kombucha and a curried tofu wrap?!?!
Kevin: It’s awesome! I’m so proud of how healthy we’ve been eating.
Me: Me too! And I’ve been thinking that we should start to make our own granola!
Kevin: Oh for sure. And we should also throw out those eggs we just bought since we’re going to the farmers market tomorrow and they’re not organic.
Me: Definitely.
Kevin: We’re turning into f***ing hippies.

Okay, so if you know us in real life, you would know that Kevin and I are not remotely hippies (at least my definition of hippie). But, lately we’ve been on a healthy clean eating kick, and we love it. We’ve been trying to eat a mostly plant-based Mediterranean diet, limiting the amount of dairy, gluton, and animal protein we eat, and it’s been great. The more I learn about food the more horrified I become by so many things I used to eat without thinking twice about. When you realize just how much shit goes into some of the stuff you’re eating, it’s a lot easier to turn it down. Don’t get me wrong… if I’m craving a burger or a piece of pizza, I’m going to have one, but we’re trying our best to make conscious healthy decisions regarding what we put into our body when we’re at home.

All of this new found knowledge (thank you Kris Carr!) has been empowering, but it’s also made us kind of crazy about food, and shopping, and where we shop. Our new favorite grocery store is your quintessential hippie health store. In this process I’ve realized that when you start to really care about where you shop and what you eat, you start to get the hippie label. Which isn’t a bad thing, by any means, but it cracks me up that caring about food and chemicals and parabens and nitrates, etc., we’re suddenly living what some people consider to be a hippie lifestyle.

But you know what? If caring about what I eat and trying to avoid chemical ridden carcinogenic products makes me a hippy, than peace out friends! I’ll take it.

JessicaMarch 25, 2013 - 8:00 am

We are in the same boat as you, right now. We’re doing are best to eat better and avoid processed junk. But if I am craving something, I will eat it. But hey, I’m ok with that!

ritaMarch 25, 2013 - 9:09 am

ha! welcome to the club! being a hippie gets better and better – i promise!

Julie / BoundMarch 25, 2013 - 10:59 am

Girl, welcome to my life! Like, in a serious way. Everyone makes such a big deal out of the fact that we pay a lot of attention to what we eat, but hey…their loss when we look fabulous at 50 and all those years of downing nachos are starting to show on the naysayers. (Except nachos are soooo good. So there’s that.)

MegMarch 25, 2013 - 11:03 am

i would do the tofu wrap but komucha i just cant. what are the benefits to kombucha? i can’t imagine giving up pizza in favor of a tofu wrap however

AliceMarch 25, 2013 - 1:15 pm

It is so true- the more I read about food, the more I don’t want to eat a lot of stuff. Fortunately, we’re big on home cooking over here, so I tend not to eat too much crap. And that means I REALLY enjoy it when I do!! x

CamilleMarch 25, 2013 - 11:02 pm

My husband and I are becoming the same way. Farmer’s market every weekend, and checking closely for gluten free labels… I’m not a pro at it, but we did just buy a juicer lol!

Rich KrawczykMarch 26, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Far Out Man!

Trust me – you and Kev are in no danger of being legitimately labeled “Hippies”!

I think your lifestyle and the environment you live in are great! But Hippies? No way, not unless it means something entirely different now then when it did in the sixties! Sorry for the bummer news!

As far as eating healthy – Right On!

Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.March 27, 2013 - 1:11 pm

I am in no way perfect with my own eating habits, but since getting married, my hubby and I do make a conscious effort to eat things with ingredients we recognize, and I love it!

A Case of The Blahs

Hello friends. Happy Friday! I feel like I say this all. the. time. but this week felt particularly long. My weekend in Tahoe was wonderful but it also kind of kicked my ass. Staying up late drinking into the wee hours of the morning really takes it out of me. I just can’t hang like I used to.

Lately I feel like my blog has been a bit… blah, and I’m not really sure how to snap out it this blahness. I’ve been feeling rather uninspired. I’ll have these random ideas for blog posts float through my head, but then whenever I sit down to write about them… nothing comes. So I apologize if my blog has been less than engaging lately. (and yes, I know I shouldn’t have to apologize for my blog, but since it is my blog, I can do what I want. and what I want to do is apologize for being boring.) (really I’m apologizing to myself.)

I’ve also started to feel really blah about my apartment, and I think maybe that is carrying over to my blog? That sounds crazy, I know. But I go home and I look around and I feel blah, and then I start to think of all the things I want to do to anthropologie it up and make it feel more “blogworthy,” and then I get overwhelmed and do nothing. I have lived in our apartment for three years, which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere consecutively since I was 18, and in a way I think being stationary for this long has made me feel… stagnant. I’m used to moving and purging and redecorating every couple of years. So now I want to paint a wall or redecorate a room or do… something.


I want my apartment to magically look just like this. And by magic I mean I want Emily Henderson to come over and redo it while I’m sleeping and then not charge me for it.

Last night Kevin and I got into a little tiny stupid argument, (mostly) my fault, about our extra room. You see, our apartment is small, and because of that, our second bedroom tends to morph into that of a storage unit.* And last night I went into it and stared around and then dramatically declared “I HATE THIS ROOM! WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING AN EXTRA ROOM IF WE JUST USE IT AS A CLOSET!” When Kevin looked at me dubiously, I continued: “I’VE WANTED TO MAKE THIS INTO A REAL GUEST ROOM FOR OVER A YEAR! BUT YOU NEVER HELP ME!” This is pretty much the opposite of true, so Kevin was less than pleased. The truth is that he offers to help me all the time, but I am exceptionally lazy and often say “I don’t feel like it, let’s do it another day.” And then he shrugs and says okay. And then I blame him later. Oh, marriage! (And yes, I apologized).

All of this is to say that I think I need to spice things up a bit, here on my blog and also in my apartment. A spring cleaning will do me some good. Purge and clean and update. And maybe then the inspiration will start flowing again.

Or maybe I just need to stop reading so many design blogs?

Probably the latter.

Anyway, how are you all doing? What’s new in your neck of the woods? Any of you feeling the same blah as me?

*Our friend Jesse refers to this as our “room of shame,” because 95% of the time when he comes over the door is shut and I tell him not to go in there. It’s like Monica’s secret closet.

MoMarch 22, 2013 - 8:18 am

Our guest room was literally Justin’s closet/storage room. I would beat myself up about it too sometimes, but really lets look at the facts: We live in small, city apartments. Pretty, stylish spare rooms are for those with multiple walk-in closets, a garage, a basement and a storage shed out back. We don’t have those things. Don’t worry about your spare room! But let’s totally shop together for stuff to spruce up our living rooms.

StephanieMarch 22, 2013 - 9:59 am

I totally understand the blah feeling. We did a major deep cleaning last weekend and I went through my closet and made a pretty huge donation to Goodwill. That helped and it made me feel like it’s now okay to buy more stuff for the apartment.

SarahMarch 22, 2013 - 11:13 am

Aw been there. Wouldn’t it be nice to be like Bre in regards to having crazy awesome designer friends to help decorate our place and even possibly write off some of the expenses since those pictures went on her blog? *sigh* Just have a major purge sesh. Then start taking pictures of the tiny details. I took a pic of my vintage alarm clock in our guest room and it inspired me to do a post on my creative space. I hope you feel better!

nancy @ adore to adornMarch 22, 2013 - 11:25 am

Oh the woes of feeling blah. It’s actually how I have felt lately too. I am trying soooo hard to let it seep into other parts of my life…but misery loves company right?
I hope you find your inspiration soon. Hey…at least we have our meet-up to look forward to! =)
Here’s to the weekend!

DJ @werejustdandyMarch 22, 2013 - 8:49 pm

“I’ll have these random ideas for blog posts float through my head, but then whenever I sit down to write about them… nothing comes.”

YES. This happens to me all the time, and then I’ll have like a month of dead-air (dead-blog?). It’ll come back. And when it does, write like 10 posts at a time!!

PS your blog looks cute! I don’t think I’ve seen this design yet.

Allison @ Lawfully LostMarch 23, 2013 - 7:29 am

I felt like that last week with my condo and went out a bought new bedding. It made a world of difference, didn’t cost very much, and made me feel much better. Every day this week, I’ve walked into my bedroom and instantly felt better upon seeing my new purchase. Maybe make a small change, rather than a big project right off the bat?

Also, hilarious that your friend calls the spare room the “shame room”. Whether it’s a closet, room, garage, everyone has their own shame room.

Lawfully Lost

HeathersphereMarch 24, 2013 - 7:57 am

I hate the blahs, but I enjoyed your blog and keep on posting, I will read! Take care.

Camille | Planning PrettyMarch 24, 2013 - 10:51 pm

I saw Bri’s new room and was instantly envious! Her sofa is my favorite color! I also need to do a spring cleaning on my blog. I have to take it to the next level, and take pride in my work. I wouldn’t say stop reading other blogs completely but definitely put yourself first! I think we all forget to do that sometimes.

NoraMarch 30, 2013 - 8:11 am

I sometimes feel the same way about my apartment. I would just change a few small things at a time, like get new throw pillows for the couch and eventually it will all come together!


KellyApril 3, 2013 - 4:11 pm

I’m very behind on my blogs (been busy!!) and I’m just reading through all of yours and seriously…JUST before I read this one, I was thinking “Her blog is so cheery and fun. I need to make my blog more like this” 🙂 So, haha…your blah may be my fun!! Just kidding, but I don’t find your blog blah at all 🙂

Blog Rut, Revisited | SpillerenaMay 14, 2013 - 11:03 am

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Happy First Day of Spring & International day of Happiness!

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Today is the first day of Spring.

Considering it’s raining cats and dogs outside, and it is my idea of freezing, I had no idea Spring had sprung until I saw it come up in a tweet.

But… today is another exciting day as well! While you might have already known that today marks the first of spring, you probably didn’t know that it’s also the first annual International Day of Happiness!

A day dedicated just to happiness… I had no idea such a day even existed!

But apparently, it does!

The day, which has its own website and hashtag (#HappyDay) was created last June, at the suggestion of Bhutan (a country who takes happiness very seriously) and once decided upon, the U.N. General Assembly declared the following:

“Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples, Decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness, Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities…”

The happiness day is hoping to encourage us all to ACT, as in

  • Affirm the happiness pledge to bring more happiness to others
  • Cheer the Happy Heroes who bring happiness to others and tell us why
  • Take part on the day by doing something at home, work, school or in your community to bring happiness to others.
    (the website has lots of ideas and events)

Kind of awesome, right?

To learn more and jump on the happiness bandwagon, head on over to dayofhappiness.net!

Happy happy day friends! What are you going to do today to create some happiness?

Are you taking the pledge? (I am!)

P.S. I think this happiness day is already working, because today at lunch I forgot my wallet,
and the restaurant told me I could come back and pay tomorrow!
And that made me very happy.

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JessicaMarch 20, 2013 - 3:20 pm

I never would have known. I will start getting happy now…it’s never to late, right!?

StephanieMarch 20, 2013 - 6:50 pm

I had no idea it was happiness day but I met up with the fiance for a coffee date and said it would be my treat when he ordered. Then the lovely starbucks barista said since I was being nice and treating my fiance, he would be nice and treat me so I got my latte for free! Maybe he knew it was International Happiness Day…

Camille | Planning PrettyMarch 21, 2013 - 12:00 am

So bummed it was raining today too! You should definitely include this post in Artsocial’s be happy link up on Thursdays! Just check her site for instructions tomorrow 🙂

JadeMarch 21, 2013 - 7:23 am

Hey! Lovely post! I could use more happiness in my day. I just went to the Day of Happiness website and I do feel more happy! I’ll have to remember this for next year.

-Jade (found you on BBN!)

MargaretMarch 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

Oh what I wouldn’t give for rain right now (we’re under a winter weather advisory right now…)!

The Day of Happiness sounds pretty awesome too- random acts of kindness really are the best.

JessMarch 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Makes sense to me that this would take place on the first day of spring! I guess the first day of summer should be something like The International Day of Even More Happiness Yay! Hahah

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Louise EduMarch 21, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Hi Serena, so nice to meet u thru the be happy linkup! I think it’s so important to choose to be happy! not only for yourself, but for those around u =) Happy Spring! xo

alyssaMarch 22, 2013 - 9:46 am

Welcome! I’m so excited you joined the linkup this week! Thank you so much for sharing that it was the International Day of Happiness! Kind of perfect for us that it happened to be a Thursday. 🙂