Chocolates and My Last Packed Lunch

by jenna on August 28, 2008

I present the chocolate box:

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I told you guys it wasn’t anything to write home about…but it was the cause of much stress and frustration over the last couple days!!! Its “glued” together with chocolate and filled with an assortment of chocolate candies and truffles:
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More chocolates to take to work today!

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Now my lovely little box is sitting in the window of the Chocolate & Sugar classroom. I have to say. I’m glad chocolate is over! That is DEFINITELY not my thing. Sooo messy and intricate. I like digging my hands in bread dough much more! Tonight we start working with sugar and next week I have a sugar sculpture due, so stay tuned!

The good news was that we got out at 11:00 last night so I was in bed around 11:30! And……I just couldn’t take it anymore—-I went to the gym this morning after a two day break! My legs were starting to itch and I just needed to break a sweat. Here’s what I did:

couple minutes on treadmill to warm up

3 sets of triceps kickbacks. 15 lbs. 12 reps

3 sets of shoulder raises. 10 lbs. 12 reps.

2 sets of pushups. 12 reps

3 sets of sitting hammer curls. 10 lbs. 15 reps

3 sets of bent over dumbbell row. 15 lbs. 12 reps

3 sets of back hyper extensions. 12 reps

3 sets of reverse crunches. 12 reps

3 sets of bicycle crunches. 20 reps

3 sets of knee-ins. 20 reps

Total workout time= 30 minutes

Before I left (and sorry! I forgot to take a picture this morning…), I had half of a carrot cake clif bar. YUM! When I got back, I had overnight oats:

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With a spoonful of almond butter, half a banana, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup…..drool.

It’s my last day of work!!!!!! I had to quit now because I’m about to change back to morning classes at school and, therefore, can’t work mornings at Roy’s anymore. It’s bittersweet. This job has worked out perfectly for me and my schedule and the people I work with are like family. I’m all set to train two new girls though this afternoon to take over my position!

So, I bring you my last packed lunch. I packed a turkey/hummus wrap with 3 slices turkey, about 3 tbsp hummus, spinach and jalepinos on a whole wheat wrap with a string cheese and an apple:

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And for snacks—-some almonds for this morning with my last (sniff!) cup of coffee at Roy’s and some yogurt with 1/4th of a blueberry/vanilla plank for an afternoon snack.

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Why do I feel like today should be Friday?!

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Christie I. August 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm

What a sight for my google reader eyes this morning! That chocolate box looks so beautiful!

Good luck with your last day. I know leaving a job you enjoy is hard but you have a bright furture ahead!

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Dinah Soar August 28, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I think your chocolate box is beautiful–great job!!

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Katie S August 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

That chocolate box looks like heaven!! Yum! Great job, Jenna!!

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Megan August 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Very impressive chocolate. I hope your last day goes well!
I feel like it should be Friday too!

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Angie August 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful chocolate box! You did a great job.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Lauren August 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm

whoa – those chocolates look amazing! I wish it was friday!

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Rose August 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Today SHOULD be friday for sure. That chocolate box is amazing!! I can imagnie how much time it took…

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VeggieGirl August 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm

What are you talking about?!?!??! That box is SPECTACULAR!!!!!! I’m awestruck – nice work, girl!!

Best of luck with your last day of work!!!

Yes, today feels like Friday, but it’s not. Damnit.

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arielle August 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I feel like it’s Friday, too. All day yesterday I thought it was Thursday and it totally screwed up my day.

The chocolate box is AWESOME. I need one. Now.

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Justy2003 August 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

That chocolate box looks awesome…I want to eat it! AND the chocolates inside :) I’m sure the people at work will loooove the chocolates you made!
Enjoy your last day of work!

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Julz August 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

NOT ANYTHING TO WRITE ABOUT???!!! Are you out of your mind?!

As someone who’s been fortunate enough to travel all around the world with parents who LIVE for luxurious hotels, I can tell you that your presentation is one of the most beautiful works of chocolate I’ve ever seen!!! LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT in London and New York = CHOCOLATE CHANEL <333 However, I MUST SAY, that box could def give the Cocoa COCO (wink, wink) a run for their money! You should be so proud of yourself! And you better be putting together a portfolio of your work!!! It’s SO gorgeous!

I agree that this week has gone by SO FREAKING SLOWLY! What the heck is that, man?! I felt like yesterday should have been thursday and today Friday… It’s tripping me up!

Have the best last day Ever! And I’m sure they will L.O.V.E. those Chocolates! Who wouldn’t!

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gina (fitnessista) August 28, 2008 at 1:45 pm

happy last day of work! the chocolate box is gorgeous!

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suzanne August 28, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Are you kidding!! That’s beautiful ;)

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Lindsey August 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Don’t sell yourself too short, the chocolate box is stunning!

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Shalane August 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Drooooooooooools!

Amazing chocolate box!

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rhodeygirl August 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm

yummmmm. i thought i was finally over my daily chocolate cravings, but these pics just brought them back haha. sooooo beautiful jenna! and it DOES feel like frida,y why is thaT?

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Becca A August 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I think you did a fabulous job on your chocolate box, it looks professional in my opinion. Have a great last day of work!

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Michaela August 28, 2008 at 2:15 pm

If you like Runner’s World, you should check out this book written by a former editor of the magazine. It’s called Run Right Now. What a Half-Century of the Run has Taught. It’s by Joe Henderson and talks all about training, injuries, races, and the overall thrill of running. Some of it is for hard core marathon runners but it’s a good read for anyone who enjoys hitting the pavement.

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Nicole August 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Your box is gorgeous! Great job, Jenna!

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Christie August 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Those look great! Enjoy your last day at work.

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caitlin (see bride run) August 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

this is the slowest week ever, i swear to god. that chocolate box looks amazing, jenna!

enjoy your last day at roy’s! leaving a job is always bittersweat.

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caitlin (see bride run) August 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

hahaha.. bitterSWEET. not bittersweat. that’s seriously gross.

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jenna August 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Yall are too funny and sweet—thank you for all the compliments! I wish I could share some chocolates with you! I just ate half of my favorite one—its the croquant covered dark chocolate coffee truffle. Went perfectly with my almonds + coffee for a morning snack ;)

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tfh August 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I guess there’s a big difference between those of us with an “untrained eye” and those with professional eyes…

Because let me tell you, I would be writing home about that chocolate box. Too bad you don’t enjoy making them more, because we clearly LOVE looking at them!

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linds August 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Chocolates in a chocolate box- sounds darn near perfect to me! Enjoy your last day at work and your last cup of coffee crack haha :)

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Heather August 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I think the chocolate box looks great! And isnt it funny how when you tell yourself that you are NOT going to work out, you suddenly reeeeeaaalllly want to?

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Littleblackdress August 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Jenna, your chocolate box is gorgeous!
So funny that just when you want a rest from the gym, you miss it! Our bodies really cravy activity, don’t they?

So glad you love overnight oats- they are my favorite thing about the morning!

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Allison August 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm

That chocolate box is great! Much better than most of us could do I’m sure!

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runjess August 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Because it should always be Friday, that’s why.

My body definitely craves activity. The last time I took two days off without any exercise, it felt like my blood stopped moving or something.

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oatmeal August 28, 2008 at 4:02 pm

99% of mankind’s #1 weakness all packed up in such a GORGEOUS box?! That’s just asking for trouble! :mrgreen:
I like the ones that look like crystals! So fun :D

Haha I find it’s really funny [and yet AWESOME] that if you’ve been exercising long enough, it’s a lot harder to just sit on your butt all day! It’s like your body grows to NEED the exercise–which makes sense–since we aren’t made to be sedentary!
And it sounds like you had a great workout :)

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Heather August 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm

What do you mean, “Nothing to write home about”??? Those chocolates are gorgeous! I love the faceted (sp?) ones.

Hope your last day of work goes well!

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Erica August 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Beautiful chocolate box! Looks good enough to…well, eat! Enjoy your last day at work. I know, bittersweet. But a new chapter is beginning! I wondered how you would be able to stay away from exercising… ;-) Oh, and today SHOULD be Friday! Can’t wait for the long weekend.

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HangryPants August 28, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I think the chocolate box is pretty fabulous! Today is my last day of work, too. Have a great time.

Heather

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Jo August 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I wish you could share those chocolates with me too…… I am always in awe of your creations! I have just been doing some baking to take round to my friends house as she’s having a dinner party tonight and my attempts are very much “home-made” – ha ha ha – my carrot cupcakes have exploded all over the tops of the muffin cases and my other “creation” – Jo’s chocolate brownie bars (yes, I just made it up as I went along) is simply hilarious – they do taste good though if I do say so myself .. (feeling a little ill from sugar overload – hands are shaking while i type!!!)

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Grounded Fitness August 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

nothing to write home about?! man, im thinking of writing home about it right now, and ive only seen a picture…

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ModelBehavior August 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Is Roy’s a restaurant or what exactly is it? Are you going to find a new job or take it easy for a while now?

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hk August 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Have an awesome last day- your box is so impressive!!

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Kelly August 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Mmmm I think it looks beautiful to me. When you have some downtime I highly recommend the book The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry. It’s a memoir by a woman who left her office job to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. I’m only about 90 pages in but it’s a very enjoyable read.

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haya August 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

the chocolate box is awesome. also awesome is how there are two people taking your position at work! good job.

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Jennifer August 28, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I’m LOL! I thought I was the only one who got “itchy” when I need to work out or break a sweat! Seriously, I get so itchy and irritable! Glad to know there is another one like me! :)

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Andrea August 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

i can’t believe you don’t like making chocolates!? TO ME they look SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!!!! you have a great talent lady

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jenna August 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm

ModelBehavior,

Roy’s is the restaurant I’ve worked at for the last year. I started as a nightime hostess and sort of moved up to more of a front desk job (since we aren’t open for lunch)….I move in 1 month but since starting in a week I will have class in the morning, not night, I can’t work. So…it would kind of be silly to find a new job for 1 month and I do make some sort of an income as a writer (I write this blog online….haha), I am just planning on finally taking it easy for awhile—-working out, cooking and reading!

Kelly,

I have it! I LOVE that book!!!! She did what my aim was—-write a culinary school memoir. Oh well, I still think I’m going to also..hopefully yall will buy it when its out in like 20 years. Haha! :)

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Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm

That chocolate box is gorgeous!

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Bev August 28, 2008 at 11:49 pm

What a site to behold. You should be very PROUND of the box. Yes i would like to order a dozen . Ha ! Ha!. Veggie Girl , you crack me up.

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michelle August 29, 2008 at 12:48 am

Lovely chocolate Jenna!!! I am very impressed!!!

M

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Erin August 29, 2008 at 2:35 am

You’re oddly modest! It looks beautiful!

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