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
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Keep Calm and Coffee On

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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?

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
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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!

Fun Facts about Presidents Day

Happy Presidents Day friends!

When I think of Presidents Day,
I rarely think of taking time to celebrate and honor the presidents of this nation,
and instead I think more about how I’m going to spend my three-day weekend.

Like most random holidays, I tend to know little about their background.
My pure joy of having an extra day off work supersedes any interest I have in the history behind the holiday.

But in an effort to become a little more educated,
I decided to do a quick Presidents Day for dummies, and share it with you here.
You can thank me later.

Fun Facts About Presidents Day


  • Presidents day was created in 1885 in order to honor our first president, Mr. George Washington, who was born on February 22nd, 1732.
  • Though commonly referred to as “Presidents Day,” its official title is still “Washington’s Birthday.”
  • Up until 1971, the holiday used to be celebrated on Mr. Washington’s actual birthday, February 22nd. In an effort to create more three-day weekends (thanks Uniform Monday Holiday Act!), it is now always celebrated on the third Monday in February.
  • Though the holiday was originally created with the sole purpose of honoring our very first president, it has now come to be viewed as day to recognize and honor all presidents, past and present.
  • The holiday is also viewed as a tribute to the Purple Heart medal, an award established by George Washington for soldiers injured in battle. The award was not actually put into effect until 1932, on what would have been Washington’s 200th birthday.
  • Today, Presidents Day is one of the biggest “sales” weekends of the year.

And there you have it.
Some background on Mr. Washington’s Birthday.

I will be spending my Presidents Day at home trying to catch up on errands and clean the house.
Super fun stuff, let me tell you!
What are you all up to?

Julie / BoundFebruary 18, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Awesome. I think everyone just assumes today is for Lincoln and Washington…tough luck, Hoover.
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Rebecca PrillFebruary 19, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Thank you for this post! I am actually a bit ashamed of myself that I didn’t give it more thought. I majored in history/education in college and I too had the day off.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!

I’m one of those annoying people that love Valentine’s day.
Even when I was single I loved it.

Granted, I’m apt to love any holiday that centers around sweets and wine,
but Valentines Day was always particularly fun for me.
I guess I just enjoy a day that celebrates love, as cheesy as that may be.

Last Valentine’s Day Kevin was out of town,
so I ended up crashing the plans of two of my best friends.
It was a blast.

Fortunately for me, Kevin is in town this year.
We are not doing anything major,
just going to a tapas restaurant in our neighborhood and snuggling with wine.
A night of good food and good wine.

Otherwise known as how I spend most of my weekends.

No matter what you’re relationship status is,
I hope you have a lovely, and loving, Valentine’s Day!

What about you?
Are you a Valentines lover or hater?
Any big plans?

nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:33 am

ah…I have to admit, I am not the hugest fan of V-day…but I certainly don’t hate it either. Have a great Valentine’s Day!! xo!

SerenaFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:44 am

@Nancy – Yeah, I’m cheesy like that. My love of it has definitely faded as I’ve gotten older, and I hate the crappy heart shaped chocolate boxes, etc., but I still think it’s a fun excuse to do something nice and have a good date night. And when I’ve been single, it was fun because it was always a crazy girls night.

StephanieFebruary 14, 2013 - 9:48 am

I love Valentine’s Day too! And I blogged about it myself. I’m worried that my Valentine might have to work late – so plans are still up in the air. Enjoy your night!

Julie / BoundFebruary 14, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I love it! My mom used to sneak chocolates underneath my pillow tooth-fairy style when I was little…pretty much sealed the deal.
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CourtneyFebruary 15, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Happy day after Valentine’s Day!

Our V-day sounds very similar. My boy and I went out to dinner at a new restaurant in our neighborhood, and then dessert for our favorite banana pudding at a different restaurant that we also love.

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40 day and 40 nights

As I’m sure many of you know, today is the first day of Lent.

I’m not here to write about what I’m giving up, because well, I’m not really giving up anything.
I’m a non-practicing Catholic and when it comes to religion,
my views are all over the place.

However, my Mom is Catholic, and sometimes she can be quite the riot.
She frequently sends me text messages that make no sense, but are hilarious nonetheless.
Kevin said we should start a twitter account called “Texts from Mona.”

(FYI her name is Mona Lisa. I kid you not.)

You might have seen this on my instagram already,
but the texts I received from her yesterday were too funny for me not to share here as well.

So without further, my mother, via text:


Mom Cell:  Morning sweetheart, today is “Fat Tuesday,” ie the day before Lent. 40 days & 40 nights of something you’re addicted to (love, reefer) whatever it is. :-):-)

Me: Hahaha. I’ll give up reefer! It will be easy for me.

Mom Cell: Remember when I gave up sex? Since backridden, I weigh 128 pounds! Oh my, my face is fat!!!  :-)*

Me: You are funny. I’m sure you look great.

Mom Cell: If cellulite is great, then I’m Fabulous!!

*parts of that text were edited to protect to protect the innocent.


So. A few things.

Is she implying that I should give up love? Um… wtf.

I don’t really smoke “reefer,” thus, giving it up would not exactly be a challenge.

No Mom, I don’t remember when you gave up sex.
If you ever told me that, I’m sure I blocked it from my memory.

Backridden, I think, is her new word for hurting her back and being bedridden.
She recently pulled a back muscle and hasn’t been as active as usual, apparently making her “backridden.”

My entire life my Mom has never been bigger than a size 4.
Her idea of “fat” is most people’s idea of skinny.

for context, here’s a picture:


And there you have it! Texts from my mother.

Are you giving up anything for Lent this year?


P.S. In an effort to emulate the cool bloggers, I started a formspring!
You know, because I’m sure you all just have tons of burning questions you are dying to ask me and all.

So far I’ve been asked a total of one question.
From my husband.

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Patty McClainFebruary 13, 2013 - 11:03 am

You and Kevin will be happy to know I have given up all worrying for Lent. So if you hear something from me that sounds like worrying, it’s not!

KellyFebruary 13, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Oh my goodness, this was such a great post!

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MariaFebruary 18, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Truly grateful for that explanation of ” backridden”, as I was totally wondering if your mom was referring to some sexual position that made her skinny, but caused her face to get fat! She was talking about giving up sex, wasn’t she? This made me laugh quite a bit. En espanol, we say, “madre, solo hay una!” You only have one mother, yours is hilarious.