Flying South

by jenna on November 9, 2008

Hi guys!

I’m sitting here at my gate at Chicago O’Hare—my flight leaves in an hour. Jenny (aka Fancy) was SO kind enough to drive Kath and I to the airport today!!! Jenny thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We stopped at Whole Foods (obvi) along the way for a quick hit shopping spree. Don’t worry…it will be on the video! I didn’t have time to take a picture of what I got because we were rushed and running and trying to get to the airport on time, but I did get a box of my beloved blueberry z-bars along with a clif mojo bar, 3 luna tea cakes, CHUNKY ALMOND BUTTER, and a dark chocolate bar. It was the perfect way to end a perfect weekend!

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I also picked up lunch since I hadn’t had anything since the instant oatmeal at Starbucks this morning (I had a nonfat Chai at Panera):

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This is a huge mumbo jumbo of everything I could find. Asian noodles, tuna salad, tofu (I didn’t eat the tofu actually it was SO salty), 2 blocks of feta cheese, broccoli and mediterranean couscous salad. I slammed it down in Jenny’s car on the way to the airport! Delicious!!!

Our blog reader meet-up was very successful yet again this morning at Panera! (and yes, my scarf has an ice cream cone on it. haha)

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Kath and I walked there with Anne, who ran with Kath earlier. It was about a quarter mile walk, which was nice. I love all the walking! Even in the cold :). Once at Panera, we met up with the other bloggers and a bunch of readers and had some lively discussions over bagels and coffee. Anne got a free chocolate chip bagel and I had 1/4th of it with my nonfat Chai.

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It was just so great meeting all you girls! I wish we all lived closer together. Thank you all so much for coming!!

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Angie with Kath and I!

Unfortunately, I won’t be home tonight until around 10:00. I’ll be in Atlanta around dinner time and get into Melbourne at 8:30, but after finding my bag, car and driving the hour home, it will be late! I got the day off tomorrow though so I can sleep in, do laundry and re-group for the week.

Again, thank you SO MUCH to all the fabulous ladies that took the time to come and meet up. You have no idea how much it meant to me to be able to actually meet yall in person and finally put a face to a name!

See you back down South! ;)

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VeggieGirl November 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Your trip was the EPITOME of enjoyment and a worthwhile experience – so much fabulous food, fun, information, and meet-ups!! :-)

Have a safe flight!!

**By the way, I went out and purchased “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life” by Dave Grotto today!!!! :-D

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hk November 9, 2008 at 1:56 pm

seriously- SO fun :) safe flight!

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Tina November 9, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Looks SO fun! Wish I was there! :)

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Shelby November 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm

You had such a fabulous time! I love the ice cream cone scarf, it’s adorable =)

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Fancy November 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Ok Everyone….Jenna and Kath are so much fun! We had a great time together today at Whole Foods and driving to the airport. They are seriously as sweet in person as they are on their blogs. I can’t wait for both of them to come back to Chicago and hang out with me again! Thanks for such a fun morning, guys! I’m so glad I could help you both out :)
-Jenny (aka Fancy)

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Lida November 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Had such a great time, Jenna! wish i could have made it to Whole Foods with you guys. Have a good flight back!

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Oh She Glows November 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Im so glad you had such a fabulous time!

All of you girls are so gorgeous, my goodness!

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Kelly Olexa November 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I’m so bummed I couldn’t make it down there to see you gals – due to this dreaded cold! But I know there will be more and more gatherings in the future! Yay!
safe travels!

:-)
K

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Moran November 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Ya’ll look great! Have a safe trip home!

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Gliding Calm November 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm

aww so much fun!!! i’ve loved reading about this trip every leg (?) of the way! take care and hope you have a great flight home Jenna! (No screaming babies, no delays, smooth flying, no overly obnoxious passengers, etc.)!

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seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter) November 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

ahhhh -whole foods with the best 2 bloggers in the world. I AM SO JEALOUS!! have a save flight. i agree w/ gliding calm-no screamin babies is #1 for sure!!

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Megan November 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Looks like the meet-up went great and was fun! Love the Whole Foods stop off! Get home safely!

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polly November 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Jenna,
What a fabulous time! Thank you soooo much for posting and keeping us up to date on the fun. I am adding that book to my Christmas list for SURE!!

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Mara November 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I’m officially freaking out!!! “Fancy” and I went to college together and she was my “auntie!” If you’re reading HI AUNTIE JENNY!!!!!

I’m so glad you had a great weekend… hope you can make it back soon!

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Runeatrepeat November 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Ahhh, I wish I could have went too! But, I am way on the other side of the US. Glad you had fun :)

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emily November 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm

cute scarf!

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Alyssa November 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

What a fun trip, I’m so jealous!

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Michelle November 9, 2008 at 5:09 pm

So glad you had a wonderful weekend in Chicago! I loved all of your info on oats! Your scarf is so cute! Where did you get it?

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Grounded Fitness November 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm

looks like you had a great time!!

Kelly Turner
http://www.groundedfitness.com

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bobbi November 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

AWWWW what a wonderful trip! How fun and memorable:)

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Amy November 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Hi Jenna! Love the blog (and the trip sounds like it was soo fun!)–I have a question about culinary school. Do you have any advice for someone who is considering going to pastry school (trading a job as a teacher for life as a culinary student)? Pros/cons, misconceptions about the courses involved, etc?

Thanks!
Amy

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Kimberly November 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Look at all of you gorgeous girls!! :)

P.S. Scarves bearing ice-cream cones rock.

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Fancy November 9, 2008 at 9:37 pm

HI MARA!!!!!!
YOUR AUNTIE MISSES YOU!!!!!!
Love,
Jenny :)

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jenna November 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Amy,

Just be really sure its what you want to do and explore different schools. Its very very expensive and was definitely the toughest thing I have ever done. Most of the girls dropped out (not to scare you!), the hours were insanely long and it was a loooooooot of work!

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jenna November 10, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Michelle,

I got that scarf from Urban Outfitters almost 3 years ago! Thanks!

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