Let the 2013 Wedding Season Commence!

As you read this, I am on my way to Hawaii. Hopefully, I’m already there. Sitting on a beach, reading a book, and drinking a fruity cocktail. Ah, vacation.

The last time I went to Hawaii I was a senior in high school, and Kevin’s never been. It feels like we’ve been looking forward to this forever. When I came home from work last night I immediately declared “WE ARE ON VACATION!!!!!!” and opened a beer, so I suppose you could say I am excited. Our days shall be spent eating and drinking and lounging, and, the best part, watching some of our favorite people tie the knot.

This vacation is also unique in that it marks the beginning of our 2013 wedding season!

You see,  Kevin and I kind of consider ourselves somewhat of professional wedding goers.

Before you roll your eyes and gag, hear me out!

In the five plus years we’ve been together, we’ve attended close to 20 weddings. The first year we dated we had twelve weddings between the two of us, and from that point on we’ve been invited to at least three a year. Kevin is fairly confident that our wedding may have been his 50th.

You read that right. Fifty as in 5-0. My husband has been to over 50 weddings.

When I first met him I thought he was crazy, but now that I’m right in the thick of it, it doesn’t seem that unusual.  With him being older than me, we’ve had two huge wedding phases. Basically, between the ages of 27-32, all he did was attend his friends weddings. And now that I’m 30, all we do is attend my friends weddings.

But then we got married, and the weddings just… stopped. After a solid five years full of watching some of our favorite people say “I Do,” we were suddenly hit with a wedding lull. We were invited to eight weddings in 2011, and then 2012… not a one! Zip. Zero. Nada.

And ever since my wedding, I’ve been dying to go to another one. Because now I know just how much hard work and time and effort and stress and tears the couple put into it. I have a whole new appreciation for things I never noticed before, or thought twice about. Those escort cards that you looked at once and then threw away? Now you know that hours were probably spent on those. Hours! Those chairs you are sitting on? An exorbitant amount of time was probably spent discussing whether or not they should splurge for the chiavaris. The guestbook… the table numbers… the list can go and on.

But now, the wedding season is back! This year, we’ve got seven, and most of them are the weddings of some of my very best friends.

I will admit, having so many weddings so close to each other can sometimes get a bit stressful. Every single vacation day I have this year is being used solely for wedding related events, and this stuff adds up! A lot. But you prioritize and save accordingly, because for me, it is totally worth it. Caitlin Moran would probably think I’m wasting my money, but it’s how I want to spend my disposable income, because I know this time is fleeting. I know that in the not too distant future our lives will be different and our priorities will change. But right now, I feel so fortunate that I am in a position in my life where I’m able to go to these weddings, and I’m so honored and thankful to get to be a part of them.

Because, let’s face it, watching your favorite people publicly declaring their love is pretty awesome (and it’s something I think everyone should be able to do). The fact that these weddings are usually in some pretty kick-ass locations makes it even more fun. It’s  kind of like a forced vacation. Over the years I’ve traveled to England, Mexico, Colorado, and multiple places throughout California for weddings. I’ve been “forced” to take some of the best vacations I’ve had, and I have made so many great memories because of it.

So as my life turns into a whirlwind of bachelorette parties and bridal showers and weddings, I say, bring it on!

2013 wedding season, let’s do this!

What is your attitude towards weddings? Love them? Hate them? What’s the most you’ve ever been to? Do share!

MargaretFebruary 27, 2013 - 6:47 am

Love them!! We’re in our third year of wedding craziness- we’ve had 7+ every year (including our own). They’ve mostly been in Ohio though- so no fun traveling for us.
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JessicaFebruary 27, 2013 - 7:31 am

I have a love/hate relationship with wedding season! We had 7 and our own last year. Actually, every weekend in August we were at a different wedding. It’s so much fun, but then it’s also so expensive and time consuming, especially when none are in the area. But I would never trade it! Have fun in Hawaii!
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LaurenFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:28 am

LOVE THEM!!!! Have fun!
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nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 27, 2013 - 10:10 am

WOW that is definitely a good share of weddings!! haha. I have a co-worker who has a high count too (though I forget what it is now of course)…both a count of weddings he’s attended AND weddings he has been a part of (either as a groomsman/best man/officiant).
I think it goes to show that people like you are so friendly that people want you to be a part of a special moment in their lives. =D
xo,
nancy
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Julie / BoundFebruary 27, 2013 - 10:27 am

Yay, I LOVE weddings. I’ve only been to one since we got married, and I was thinking the exact same thing the entire time…”God, I’m SO glad all I have to do is sit here and drink and dance and eat cake. And not wear a two-ton dress that makes me sweat buckets when I try to bust a move.” Seriously, my dress was so soaked by the time I took it off that it stood up by itself. (Probably shouldn’t share that on the internet, but I thought it was hilarious).
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AliceFebruary 27, 2013 - 1:24 pm

I LOVE a good wedding. Haven’t been to one in aaaages, but yeah, I’m looking forward to the 27-32 time when all I do is go to them, haha!! x
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Allison @ Lawfully LostFebruary 28, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Have SO much fun in Hawaii! I’m terribly jealous, especially since we got about a foot of snow in the last 24 hours. Have fun!

I know exactly what you mean about being a professional wedding goer. For me, it’s a total love/hate relationship! Brock’s 31 and we started dating when he was 25. I think we’ve gone to about 25 weddings in the last 6 years, and all but TWO were for his friends. Being 26, last year was the beginning of my own friends’ weddings…so far there’s three this summer and I anticipate many, many more next year!

xo

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My Name is Serena and I’m a Feminist!

Alternately titled: How To Be A Woman Book Club

Last week I hosted book club. I was particularly excited about it because I couldn’t wait to discuss the book I had picked. It was How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. And it was fantastic.

It led to so many incredible conversations about feminism and love and sex and relationships and kids and money and marriage, and well… on being a woman.

I’ve mentioned before just how much I love my book club, and nights like that one just confirm it. Getting together with so many great woman and having real, true, deep conversations is just incredible (okay, maybe not all of our conversations were deep… more minutes than I care to admit were spent talking about the Bachelor).

I started off the night by making everyone stand up and yell “I AM A STRIDENT FEMINIST!”

Really. I did.

My friends did not think I was serious, but I was! If they said it timidly I made them say it again louder! Girl power, yo!

As usual, copious amounts of wine were involved, and apparently I drank so much that after everyone had left I became super creepy and posted a weird picture of myself staring into the camera on instagram. I woke up with no recollection of doing this, and it wasn’t until Kevin said to me “you loser! Look at what you posted last night! What a creeper!” that it came back to me. It was promptly deleted, but note to self: DO NOT INSTAGRAM WHILE INTOXICATED. Bad idea.

Moving on.

I really loved this book. I related to so much of it, and even when I disagreed with some of what she had to say (and I disagreed with a fair amount), she made me think. She made me evaluate why it is I feel the way I do. She made me stand up (literally) and yell “I AM A FEMINIST!”

She writes about feminism in a way you can actually relate to, as if you were meeting a good friend for a drink at a bar and just happened to fall into a deep conversation about feminist theory and gender inequality and how modern day pornography is affecting our youth.

Plus, she is absolutely positively hilarious. I laughed out loud more times than I can count.

Fair warning, she is pretty liberal, talks a lot about sex, and swears like a sailor, but even if you are on the conservative side I think it’s worth reading. Because more than anything else, she is just pro-women. She wants us to stand up for ourselves and say “Hey! Why is that random man getting paid 30% more than I am for doing the exact same job?! What kind of bullshit is this!” instead of just accepting it. She wants “women to have more of the world, not just because it would be fairer, but because it would be better.”

And I agree.

I could go on and on about how great this book is and why you should read it, but instead I’m going to post some of my favorite excerpts.

Grab a hold of your lady-balls and enjoy!

(and if you’re not into reading everything below, you can get the gist of the book by watching this entertaining short video here)

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On Being A Feminist:

“We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism.’ We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29 percent of American women would describe themselves as feminists—and only 42 percent of British women—I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue,’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF SURVEY?”

“It really is important you say these words out loud. “I AM A FEMINIST.” If you feel you cannot say it – not even standing on the ground – I would be alarmed. It’s probably one of the most important things a woman will ever say: the equal of ‘I love you,’ ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’ or ‘No! I’ve changed my mind! I don’t want bangs!’ Say it. SAY IT! SAY IT NOW! Because if you can’t, you’re basically bending over, saying, ‘Kick my arse and take my vote, please, patriarchy.’”

On Waxing:

“We’re at risk of a situation in which every boy expects to undress a girl and find a thorough wax job, and every girl — terrified by the idea of being rejected, or thought abnormal — waxes for them. My beautician told me she has had girls of 12 and 13 coming in for Brazilians.”

Personal note: On Saturday I had the most painful Brazilian wax of my life. It was so bad I almost asked her to stop, and while I laid there in pure torture, trying not to involuntarily kick the esthetician, it was as if I could hear Caitlin Moran whispering in my ear “why the fuck are you doing this to yourself?” Ladies, WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?

On Having (Or Not Having) Children:

“Women are so frequently scared about their biological clocks – YOU’VE ONLY GOT TWO YEARS LEFT TO HAVE A BABY – that they never get the chance to consider if they actually care or not if the damn thing grinds to a halt. With female fertility being presented as something limited and due to vanish quite soon, there’s a risk of women panicking and having a baby “just in case” in much the way they buy a half price cashmere cardigan too sizes too small in a sale.“

“No one has ever claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of their existence, and were the poorer and crippled for it…every woman who chooses — joyfully, thoughtfully, calmly, of her own free will and desire — not to have a child does womankind a massive favor in the long term. We need more women who are allowed to prove their worth as people, rather than being assessed merely for their potential to create new people.”

“Feminism needs Zero Tolerance over baby angst. In the 21st century, it cant be about who we might make, and what they might do, anymore. It has to be about who were are, what we are going to do.”

On Abortion:

“I cannot understand antiabortion arguments that center on the sanctity of life. As a species, we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain, and lifelong, grinding poverty show us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.”

On Gender Equality and Sexism:

“These days, sexism is a bit like Meryl Streep, in a new film: sometimes you don’t recognize it straightaway… very often, a woman can have left a party, caught the bus home, washed her face, got into bed, read 20 minutes of The Female Eunuch and put the light out before she puts the light back on again, sits bold upright and shouts, ‘Hang on—I’VE JUST HAD SOME SEXISM AT ME. THAT WAS SOME SEXISM! WHEN THAT MAN CALLED ME “SUGAR TITS”—THAT WAS SEXISM, AND NOT JUST AN HONEST MISPRONUNCIATION OF THE NAME “ANDREA.”‘

“Ladies, we are at a massive disadvantage in the workplace. Your male peers are flirting with their male bosses constantly. The average work place is like fucking Bromancing the Stone.”

“When people suggest that what, all along, has been holding women back is other women bitching about each other, I think they are severely overestimating the power of a catty zinger during a cigarette break. We have to remember that snidely saying, ‘Her hair’s a bit limp on top’ isn’t what is keeping womankind from closing the 30 perfect pay gap and a place on the board of directors.”

“Simply being able to vote isn’t the same as true equality. It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and shit all over it, so we can see it properly.”

On Strip Clubs:

“…if a white man suggested starting a cleaning agency that only employed black cleaners, dressed up in plantation clothing, and being excessively cowed and deferential to their employers, the entire world would be up in arms…but what are strip clubs and lap dancing clubs if not ‘light entertainment’ versions of the entire history of misogyny?”

“if women are having to strip to get an education – in a way that male teenage students are notably not – then that’s a gigantic political issue, not a reason to keep strip clubs going. “

“Just as pornography isn’t inherently wrong – it’s just some fucking – so pole-dancing, or lap-dancing or stripping, isn’t inherently wrong – it’s just some dancing. So long as women are doing it for fun – because they want to, and they are in a place where they won’t be misunderstood, and because it seems ridiculous and amusing, and something that might very well end with you leaning against a wall, crying with laughter as your friends try to mend the crotch-split in your leggings with a safety pin – then it’s a simple open-and-shut case of carry on, girls. Feminism is behind you.”

“In 2010, Iceland – with a lesbian prime minister and a parliament that is 50 percent female – became the first country in the world to outlaw strip clubs for feminist, rather than religious, reasons. ‘I guess the men of Iceland will have to used to the idea that women are not for sale.’ “

******

I highly doubt you read this far, but if you did, hurrah!
(that’s me pretending to be British!)

Have you read How to Be A Woman? What did you think? Would you read it?

Most importantly, do you consider yourself a feminist?

MoFebruary 26, 2013 - 7:28 am

This made me laugh out loud. And join your book club in a month. I’ve always wanted to be in one, but have been leery about what kind of people I would meet. So, if we meet, and I make the cut, I’d love to join!

PS – when do you go to Hawaii??

StephanieFebruary 26, 2013 - 8:41 am

I definitely read this full post and I added this book to my reading list. I’ve heard friends recommend it before but they never went into much detail other than to say “if you’re a woman, you have to read this book.” Thanks for such a thorough review!
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Julie / BoundFebruary 26, 2013 - 10:42 am

Rahhhh, why am I not in your book club? This has actually been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for quite a while. If you loved it this much, I think I should just go ahead and buy it!
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nicole marieFebruary 26, 2013 - 1:12 pm

hahahahhaha totally saw that instagram and love how kevin responded… literally laughing gout loud…
definitely going to read this book. completely agree with every quote.

ps. i’ll be joining your bookclub when i move back fyi

AliceFebruary 26, 2013 - 1:15 pm

I LOVE Caitlin Moran. She is brilliant! And I love the fact that she is standing up for women (even if I don’t like the term “feminist”- I am a “peopleist” maybe?! In that I think extreme feminism can sometimes be used to make women equal to the detriment of men, which I don’t think is really fair either. But generally love the concept!) xx
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I Am A Neighborhood Snob

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The Mission is fast becoming one of my favorite neighborhoods, and on Saturday Kevin and I spent some time exploring it a bit more than normal. We had lunch and moseyed around, and every time I’m in that part of the city I become more enamored with it. It’s home to some of the best restuarants in all of San Francisco, great boutiques, and the always wonderful Dolores Park. If the SF rental market wasn’t so ridiculous right now, there is a good chance that Kevin and I would have headed over that direction awhile ago. However, having a two bedroom rent controlled apartment in a neighborhood we love means we wont be moving anywhere anytime soon.

One would think that because the Mission is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city that I would get over that way often. I am embarrassed to admit it, but that is not the case. I am a lazy lazybones and tend to consider anything more than a one mile radius from my apartment “far.” When you live within walking distance of a million places to eat, drink, and shop, it’s sometimes hard to summon the motivation to go anywhere that requires a bus or taxi. Driving is usually not an option because parking is a bitch, and, well, alcoholic beverages are often included in our outings.

After spending Saturday afternoon in the Mission, Kevin and I took a long drive around San Francisco. We went through Bernal Heights and up to Glen Park, coming back down through Twin Peaks and Upper Market and then heading back home through Hayes Valley. And I realized something…

I am a neighborhood snob.

It’s true. I actually think this is a fairly normal phenomenon in this city… people get very territorial about their neighborhoods. Two blocks in a city this small can make a BIG difference, and when you love the area you live in, you want to share this love with everyone else. After all, San Francisco living doesn’t come cheap.

But on Saturday I realized that so many of the neighborhoods that I’ve written off are actually pretty awesome. Granted, some are still a bit too “far” for my preference, but they all have their own unique San Francisco charm and appeal. I’ve lived in this wonderful city for almost seven years, and I love that it’s still surprising me. It might only be seven by seven miles, but it’s a pretty fantastic seven miles. Some of the best seven miles in the world, if you ask me.

And so I’m vowing to spend more time exploring this city that I am so privileged to call home. Expand my San Francisco horizons. Spend more time discovering new places in new neighborhoods, and step outside of my Russian Hill – North Beach – Marina lazybones comfort zone.

Do you ever get stuck going to the same places because of convenience? SF people, I’d LOVE to hear some of your favorite neighborhood spots!

ritaFebruary 25, 2013 - 7:26 am

i think we all get like that! i’m a neighborhood and a suburb vs. city snob. as my friends move to the burbs (many of which are closer to downtown than parts of the “city”) i’ve had to learn to accept them… and while they may not be for me, they aren’t that bad!

i also love the mission and can’t believe how quickly it has grown and how expensive it is! my cousin has an amazing apt there but i cannot get over the rent.

Julie / BoundFebruary 25, 2013 - 7:37 am

I was definitely a neighborhood snob when we lived in Boston. Beacon Hill = awesome. Cambridge = THE WORST. Haha. I may be a little bitter being tethered there for two years for school. I think it’s totally worth it to get out and explore though! Tell us what you find so I can explore the next time we come up!
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JessicaFebruary 25, 2013 - 7:56 am

I’m a neighborhood snob too! I hate going anywhere too far! But it’s true, sometime you find gems outside your comfort zone!
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StephanieFebruary 25, 2013 - 9:11 am

I’m a neighborhood snob, too, for the same reasons you mention. The Mission is our neighborhood’s neighbor so I head over there fairly often but, I have to admit, I’m a sucker for our own little neighborhood. I can walk to local grocery stores, the library, an independent bookstore, quite a few non-Starubucks cafes, and a whole lot of yummy restaurants and cute dive bars. Why would I want to drive or (gasp) take muni anywhere else? One of my goals for this year was to take better advantage of living in SF and explore the city more. I’ve only been here a year so there’s a lot for me to discover. If you ever want a partner in crime, let me know. :)
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nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 25, 2013 - 10:18 am

OMG…I’m a snob!
Well…sort of. I was born and raised in SF so I have to admit that I tend to stick to what I used to do as a kid. I love exploring but somehow, it doesn’t feel like “home” when I do. Isn’t that weird to say?
I don’t like going to tourist stops (and when I used to work near the wharf…I often found it so frustrating!) but I love to eat so usually my explorations revolve around food. =D SF is such a great food city!
It’s so funny how the Mission is changing. I feel old saying this but it was so not that way before. BUT that’s a good thing it’s changing. I love getting tacos there! =D

xo,
nancy
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BeckyFebruary 25, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Girrrrrl. I am SURE you could rock the bf jeans. I felt frumpy at first, but I think the comfort just got me. My pair are literally 6 years old + they probably need to be replaced.

I was a neighborhood snob in Philly so I can relate to this. I would venture to other neighborhoods to check out restaurants but otherwise kinda stayed in my little hood. SF looks amazing and I need to get there and check it out–looks gorgeous.
Thanks for your sweet comment!
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AliceFebruary 25, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Oh god I’m exactly like this- though I’m a town/ village snob. Or even a county snob to be completely honest… but I’m sure all the places I’m a bit “ew” over are lovely! And to me, a city of seven mile by seven miles sounds ENORMOUS. My ex lived on an island that was 6 miles by 4- and that boggles my mind!! xx
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ChristinFebruary 25, 2013 - 1:55 pm

i’m such a snob about NYC neighborhoods and like rarely leave mine because like…who wants to take the subway if i dont have to go to work? not me. also, i need to spend more time in SF. i’m from the east bay but we rarely made it out there and in college i just went to get drunk and you cant call that seeing the city. lol.

Camille ImanFebruary 25, 2013 - 5:03 pm

I venture into different neighborhoods quite often in SF mainly because I have to. I live in the East Bay which makes me a bit neutral in the snobbery department. I moved to the bay area last year because I love to explore and so I find it adventurous to wander around different neighborhoods in SF because it’s all new. I do have my favorites picked (pretty similar to yours), possibly even where may live next.

MoFebruary 26, 2013 - 7:35 am

I am SO nervous about our apt search this weekend! In DC, I’m not to much of a neighborhood snob, but definitely a VA vs DC snob. There is a very clear divide between the Dc’ers and the VA’ers here – us DC people NEVER go into VA, which causes some hostility between the two groups. It’s all pretty silly when you think about it, but yeah, I’m still not going to Virginia.

StefiMarch 1, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Neighborhood snobbery is definitely a trademark of San Francisco residents! I think it’s because every neighborhood is so different and has such a different personality. I for one live in North Beach and think it’s one of the best neighborhoods! ;) I also tend to think “Oh, that’s too bad” when I hear people live in Sunset or the Richmond…

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Art + Wine = A Great Time

Random Person: Oh wow! {said with clear appreciation and fondness}
Me: Uh, I wouldn’t exactly say WOW.
Caitlin: I think they were talking about Shannon’s, not yours.

On Tuesday night me and some girlfriends went to an art and wine event in San Francisco.
We had snagged a groupon for it a few months ago, and with the expiration date looming,
we signed up for the only class available: a still life of a fruit bowl.

Basically, you show up at a bar, order a glass of wine, put on an apron,
and sit down in front of your own canvas and personal painting space.
They teach you about the paints and paintbrushes, etc. etc.
and then they teach how you to create the class painting.

In our case, this was Cézanne’s “Still Life With Apples”

The original.

My friends and I were going more for for the experience and less for the actual lesson in painting,
but once we arrived it was clear that this was not the case for others.
Other people in the class were getting into it and taking it SUPER SERIOUSLY.
They did not seem to enjoy our consistent cacophony of laughter,
nor did they find our references to phallic imagery nearly as amusing as we did.
They were there to PAINT!

I was not there to paint.
I was there to drink wine with my friends and hang out and laugh and maybe paint a little.
In the beginning I tried my best to follow along and do as the instructor suggested,
and every time he would walk by he would say “Great! FABULOUS!”

But then I got bored.
So instead of painting apples and pears, I started to do my own thing.
I added a lime! An avocado! I decided that the wine in my jug would be a rosé.

When the instructor came back and saw that I was painting my wine pink, he was silent.
I told him I was going freestyle.
He did not look pleased.

Cézanne, I am not.

My friend Lindsey arrived super late, looked around, and said “screw this.”
Instead of even attempting to replicate the Cézanne, she proceeded to do as follows:

My friend Shannon, however, was a painting master.
Her fruit… looked like actual fruit!
People kept coming over and oohing and ahhing and complementing her.


Caitlin and I were not so impressive.
Ours looked as though we were five-year-olds attempting a bad paint by numbers.

But at least we tried, unlike other people…

Overall, we had a fabulous time, and I’d totally do it again.
My only complaint was that wine was not included. You had to pay for it separately.
I mean, it’s touted as an ART AND WINE event,
so one would think that your $45 bucks would include at least one boozy beverage.
Their motto is “art + wine = a great time” after all.

But even without the free booze, it was still a good time.

The Details:
What: Art Social (formerly Art Uncorked)
Where: Locations throughout the Bay Area
Cost: $45 a person (currently discounted through Living Social!)
*Note that this price is for the class only, food and wine are additional

Art + Wine = A Great Time!!!

 

Patty McClainFebruary 22, 2013 - 7:25 am

I love that you added a lime and avocado. You must have been craving Mexican food!

JessicaFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:24 am

I think I would have taken Lindsey’s approach. I am artistically challenged. Seriously, the wine wasn’t included?! That’s kinda false advertisement. Glad you ladies had a good time! Some people are too serious!
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JulieFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:58 am

This looks so fun! And I think your painting is beautiful, don’t let any crazy instructors bring you down ;)
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Michelle LimFebruary 22, 2013 - 9:26 am

HAHAHAHAHA. I just laughed extremely loud looking at the original then scrolling down to your painting! I mean, yours is beautiful of course.

I did this once with Verner… let’s just say he was like your friend who did the “real life fruit” painting and mine was more like yours :/

But yes, the wine part was the best part. You guys didn’t bring your own bottles??
….we brought four. Yes, FOUR bottles of wine.

SerenaFebruary 22, 2013 - 9:33 am

@Michelle – It was hosted at a bar, so you weren’t allowed to bring your own wine! You had to buy it there! Totally false advertising, if you ask me!

nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

aw this looks like fun! =) What a blast…even without the wine! Love that your teacher was silent…haha
xo,
nancy
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Sometimes long weekends leave me feeling energized and relaxed,
ready to get stuff done and take on the world!

Other times they leave me with a major case of the Monday blues,
tired and exhausted and feeling like I just want to sleep the week away.

Unfortunately, today I’m feeling like the latter.

I had a great weekend. I didn’t do anything of particular interest,
but I just had a really fun San Francisco weekend.
Brunch with friends in SOMA. North Beach beer festival. Paella dinner party.
Sun and good food and friends and beer.

It wasn’t anything out of the usual, but for some reason,
it has left me feeling exhausted.

I’m grateful it’s a short week, because the only thing making my Monday blues bearable
is the fact that it’s actually Tuesday.

I have a super busy week ahead of me,
one so busy that it almost seems impossible
to get everything I need to get done in just four days,
but I’ve just got to trudge through.
Keep calm and drink coffee, right?

Because before I know it, next week will be here,
and I will be on my way to Hawaii.
I can do it!

What’s that, you say? You didn’t know I was going to Hawaii?

Well I am. Kevin and me. For a wedding in Oahu.
To say I’m excited is an understatement.

I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of details about this soon,
but right now I’m just too tired.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend,
and that you’re feeling better than I am today.

Anyone else out there whose weekend left them feeling totally drained?

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StephanieFebruary 19, 2013 - 9:10 am

I feel you. I’m totally exhausted today and just want to lay on the couch and watch movies. But I hold the weather more responsible than the 3-day weekend. Today is so gloomy!!
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SerenaFebruary 19, 2013 - 10:42 am

@ Stephanie – it is SO gloomy today! It’s like the weekend was a tease!

Jenn from Much to My DelightFebruary 19, 2013 - 11:09 am

Gah! So jealous you’re headed to Hawaii!! I would kill to go back there right about now. I always work on those three day weekends, so I can’t empathize with you there, but I definitely know the drained feeling…February in NYC will do that to a person. Hope you get everything you need to get done before your fun trip! Hope that will perk you right back up!

Julie / BoundFebruary 19, 2013 - 11:25 am

Yay Hawaii!! Do you have your beach reads all lined up?
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MoFebruary 19, 2013 - 11:47 am

Oooooh Hawaii! One reason I’m excited to be in California is that we’ll be that much closer to Hawaii! I’m guessing this means you’ll be out of town when we’re apartment searching though? Have such a great time!

JessicaFebruary 19, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Hawaii- what?! So jealous. We might be going in November- but that is forever away! You can make it through the week! Since the weather sucks right now, I’m ok with working! I’ve already had coffee and tea and it’s only noon!
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AliceFebruary 19, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Oh I’m so jealous of your trip to Hawaii!! I wish we’d had a long weekend here- instead, I started a new job and feel EXHAUSTED. Not to worry though, not long til next weekend! x
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nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 19, 2013 - 1:11 pm

say what?! Hawaii???? How amazing! I’m so envious! I have been fortunate to have gone to Hawaii twice in my lifetime, but I have never gone with my husband! I want to do that so we can share memories of the island together! =) haha. Corny eh?
Have so much fun and drink lotsa drinks for me! =D
xo,
nancy
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nicole marieFebruary 20, 2013 - 1:14 pm

totally normal to feel more tired after a long weekend. 1 more day till friday!

ps. for some reason when you comment on my blog now, i can’t respond to you from the email. i thought before i could and i don’t know what changed!