Monday, February 17, 2014

A romantic Valentine's Day with my new friend

As I previously stated, it's my firm belief that Valentine's Day is a woman's holiday, so instead of fighting it, I embrace it. Although I did technically choose a man for my life partner, I see no reason why that should hold me back. I just mainly reserve Valentine's Day festivities for my (female) besties. Yet another reason I don't believe in the concept of marrying your best friend.

On Sunday, we had our annual super romantic Valentine's Day date. We try to expand our horizons with different activities.

Can you imagine trying to bring your husband here? NO.
Our husbands were pretty confused by the concept. You role in, choose a pre-made pottery piece, and use their paints and various other decorating materials (if you're artistic, I stuck with the paintbrush), and create a masterpiece. The scene from Ghost does not factor in at any point.

We did have one other painting pottery experience, back in 2006. It was one of the most stressful days of my life. It turns out that if you don't have an artistic bone in your body, paying to use materials that real artists use won't change that.

In light of that experience, my main goal this time around was to choose something that I could just paint, without worrying about trying to create a pretty design. I left that to the real artist in our party (Casi). She designed a whole beach themed serving plate and dish. I bow down to her talent.

I went with the frog. I can cover it in green, no problem. Plus it's meant to hold your kitchen sponge.

My plan worked perfectly, and I enjoyed a stress free experience. I did tune out of some portions of conversation because I was really focused on perfectly applying my green paint.

The semi-finished product:

The place fires and glazes it, so supposedly all the colors will be what was promised on the poster, instead of the weird ones you see here. I'm truly looking forward to our reunion in a week. From then on, my creation will be proudly displayed on the kitchen sink.

Since Saturday's race, I haven't ran. I did the bike trainer Sunday, and a Jillian Michael's DVD today. I'm not really sore or anything, I just wasn't in the mood to run.

Tomorrow I have to return to work after this glorious, 5 day snow break. I'm pretty apprehensive. I'm not sure I remember how to work.

What's your favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day?

Do you find artistic endeavors enjoyable or stressful?


  1. My favorite way to celebrate VD is with a bottle of red, dark chocolate and my pink robe- pure bliss!

    I have absolutely no artistic ability (except a flair for words) so anytime I have to be any kinds of artistic (including dancing with other co-workers when I haven't had any alcohol) I get all panicky and stressed.

  2. My friends and I were supposed to do a paint your own pottery date too! We have to wait until after tax season though because they only offer night classes and that's an issue over here. I can't wait to see the finished frog!

  3. I can totally imagine taking my husband there. I can't imagine him enjoying himself, but I can totally picture him pretending. I have a good imagination.

    I like art stuff. Unless it's forced artsy stuff like making cute Valentine's gifts for preschool. I crack under the pressure.

  4. Art and I are not friends. Everything arty I try to do looks the same. And it's not good.

    I don't do Valentine's Day. And since it was on Friday this year, and I'm 95 years old, I just wanted to sit at home in my PJs like every other Friday night. So it was pretty good. :)

  5. At one time I frequented Marquette, MI's pottery painting shops multiple times a year. I LOVE those places. A couple (like, two) of my MANY attempts at being artistic were a fail :) I'm more "crafty" if you will!
    I hope your frog turns out beautifully!

  6. I'm disappointed you didn't include a picture of Casi's creation. I hate those paint your own pottery places for the same reason you haven't been since 2006: I have zero artistic abilities. Everything I paint ends up looking like a 3rd grader made it.

  7. Cute frog! I was out of town for VD this year, so Patrick and I celebrated on Sat. We ordered thai food and binge-watched House of Cards. It was fantastic.


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