I Made It!

by jenna on July 18, 2009

I made it!!!! Wow, what a long day—California seems like a whole new world and is just SO far away! I AM SO TIRED but soooo excited to finally be here!!! Here’s a recap :)

The three alarms Ryan and I set last night goes off at 5:40 am. I decided rather than wasting time by eating at home I could conveniently pack instant oatmeal, a small container of pb, raw cacao nibs + goji berries. I made a juice to go with kiwi, celery, spinach, apple and cucumber. I didn’t take a picture because it is part of the MOVIE I am making of my time in Cali! 😉 Little did I know though that that juice would be my only “food” for many hours. Meh.

The flight from Tampa to Phoenix was rocky, rocky, rocky!!!!!!! And, they were OUT of hot water so no oatmeal :(. I really wasn’t that hungry anyways though (nerves) so I just nibbled on a larabar from my snack stash. This is an awful picture because when I was taking it we were in the middle of bad turbulence!


I tried to sleep but of course could not. So instead, I read 200 pages of The Time Traveler’s Wife!!! OMG, great book! I want to savor each page and am cursing my speed reader self.

After my lovely 5 hour flight out west, I RAN through the Phoenix airport. I “freshened up” in the bathroom (hehe) and actually got a skim milk cappuccino + the perfect oatmeal from Starbucks because I was already tired and knew it would be a loooooooooong day. The oatmeal was actually really good though! Much better than oatmeal I’ve had at Starbucks in the past—I think they used two packages this time PLUS they gave me all three toppings (brown sugar, nuts and dried fruit) so I dumped everything in once on my connecting flight and dug in.


I landed in San Fran around noon but my body felt like it was 3:00 and time for a nap! I wasn’t hungry at all but I knew I should eat something so I ate half of the very (very!) smashed almond butter and banana sandwich from the bottom of my carry-on while I waited in baggage claim for Rocky Slaughter, another Top 10-er who I was meeting and driving up to Sonoma with.

The car ride up to Sonoma was great! We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and I got so excited!! San Fran really IS as foggy as they say…..it was so amazing. Rocky and I both had a greens bar in the car to fuel our energy levels since he’s about as tired as I am since he flew in from Boston!

He loves these things too!
Just got to Hotel Healdsburg after checking with Murphy-Goode and WOW this place is aaaaaamazing!!!!! Just look at my room!

Um can I live here forever? Please?? The bathroom has one of those super deep HUGE bathtubs and a walk-in shower. I can’t wait to have the biggest bubble bath ever later!
So I’m just sort of collecting myself right now before taking a shower and getting ready for cocktails and dinner. I’m excited to meet the rest of the Top 10 and have some goooode wine! Apparently I also have to make a speech about myself tonight so that should be interesting. I’m so tired that I’m shaky but I hope a nice long shower will (semi) cure that.
I’m tweeting up a storm!!!


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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

crystal July 18, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Goode luck!


Kim July 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Good luck, Jenna! You will do great! :)


Becky July 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Savor every moment of this terrific opportunity! Fingers crossed for you!


n.d. July 18, 2009 at 7:53 pm

MM the sandwich looks delicious and the hotel looks amazing! enjoy your time there!


Danica July 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Goode luck although I don’t think you will need it! We are totally having a heat wave here too so hopefully you packed light :)


MegaNerd July 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Good luck! I hope you get the job, you deserve it!

I laughed at the part about 3 alarms. I slept thru a 10k race once and ever since then I have set MULTIPLE alarms for important events.

Have a great time, Jenna! 😀 Your room is amazing, and I’m sure the rest of Cali will be the same.


Karla July 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Been waiting all day for your update! So happy to hear you made it safely. Your room looks amazing!!! Have fun tonight and Goode luck on the rest of your trip!!!


MarathonVal July 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Your hotel room is beautiful! Just be yourself and you will do great, Jenna! You were made for this job!


courtney July 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Goode luck tonight! Have fun 😉


Barbara July 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

You will rock this interview…just be yourself! Awesome Awesome!


Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

So exciting! Welcome to CALI! It’s super hot today, so be sure to drink lots and lots of water!


Rebeca July 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

GL I’m sure you’ll do well… just be YOU and they’ll love you!

Hope the shower helps with the fatigue!!!


Still Life in South America July 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Glad you got there safe and sound. Sorry to hear about the turbulence. And NO hot water?!? Egads.

My best interviewing tip is to pretend like you are the interviewer, interviewing them (rather than the other way around). This always helps calm my nerves. You will charm them, I am sure.


EatingRD July 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Wow, what a great experience!! Good luck with everything, you’ll do great :)


kailey July 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

glad to hear you made it safe and sound!
even if the sammie was smashed, it still looks delicious! sick hotel room too!


Jessica July 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Woo hoo I bet you’re going to have tons of fun!
Do all starbucks have oatmeal like that? YUM…


Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

So glad you made it safely.

have fun tonight, you are going to dazzle them!!


lauren July 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm

yay! so excited for you! you’ll do GREAT!


Spotty Prep July 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Nice room! I too have been impressed with the Starbucks oatmeal lately! Also, I haaaave to get Time Traveller’s Wife!


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Such an awesome experience! And look at that ROOM…gorgeous and quirky all at the same time. LOVE it! 😀

I’ll have to give the starbucks oatmeal a try sometime when I’m on the go…there’s something exciting about ordering oatmeal…haha. 😀



Matt July 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Good luck tonight!


Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) July 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Glad you made it there! Good luck with everything!!!


nicole July 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm

good luck hope you get the job! have fun in cali


Brit July 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Good luck! You’ll do great! =)


brandi July 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

i’m glad you got there safely!

you’ll do great tonight – have fun, be yourself and it will be fab. that hotel is beautiful!


Alyssa July 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Good luck and rock it! You know you will :)


karmen July 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm

im so excited for you! good luck =) enjoy every minute!


Maria July 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Wow, that hotel room is amazing :) Good luck on your speech, I know you’ll do well!!!


Linda July 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Oh wow, how exciting for you!
Perfect room!
I live just outside of Phoenix, could have waved to you when you flew by…ha!
Can’t wait to read about all your adventures…so cool!


Jocelyn@ProjectBWord July 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

yay! Sounds like fun! The hotel room looks great! Good luck!


Cyndi July 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Just have fun with it.

You never know…


Angharad July 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Woah, this sounds like a super fun, exhausting travel day! Way to go on blogging/videoing/tweeting the whole thing – I am so impressed!


Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm

That hotel room is gorgeous! Good luck!!


Karissa July 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Good luck Jenna and have fun this weekend! By the way I made the salmon that your mom made the other night – it was delicious!


Cora July 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Maybe a good thng that there was no hot water on flight, ’cause I have read some reports recently of the water available on flight often being quite contaminated and taken from taps on flight and usually does not make it to full boiling point to get rid of bacteria…..so I always avoid hot water on flights!!!


Rebecca July 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Your hotel room is amazing! Have a great time and good luck!!! I love California so much!!


Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm

GOOD LUCk!!!!!!
And glad you made it through the turbulence :) I HATE turbelent rides! With my family in Hong Kong, it’s never a pleasure to be on a flight not knowing when it’s going to start getting rocky. You’d think I’d be used to it by now with growing up in tokyo and traveling back and forth all the time.. but there are always surprise bumps in theair!


Lizzy July 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Ah Jenna good luck!
I hope it all goes well! that room looks beautiful!!! so excited for you! :)


Megan (Runner's Kitchen) July 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Love that you shared your Amazing Greens bar! Have fun tomorrow :-)


Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum July 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

what a gorgeous green hotel room!!! Good luck deary <3 You will kick major booty! That Starbucks oatmeal looks really good.. I still have yet to try it


Megan July 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Glad to see you made it safe and sound! Good luck!!


Tay July 18, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Yay!!! Have a good time! And I’m a speed reader too and often hate it! I finish good books way too quickly when all I want to do is savor them!


Mary July 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Good Luck Jenna!!! Enjoy your time in Cali! :)


Caroline July 19, 2009 at 12:07 am

Glad you made it safely! I bet that sammie tasted just fine, despite its mushed state–banana & AB always tastes good to me!


JB July 19, 2009 at 12:13 am

uh, your hotel room is gorgeous! and as smashed as that AB and banana sandwich, it looks soo gooood.

and i’m sure you don’t need it…but good luck!!!!


Michelle Hisae July 19, 2009 at 12:37 am

Haha, no way. My friend and roommate used to date rocky. Small world! Have a great time and good luck! I hope you get it!


Courtney Craig July 19, 2009 at 1:31 am

How funny that you’re staying at the Hotel H! I just heard about it over & over again when asking for recs for a friend traveling to Napa next week! I passed along the rec to her; we’ll see if she can find availability there! Good luck with your visit, Jenna!


Courtney Craig July 19, 2009 at 1:32 am

How funny that you’re staying at the Hotel H! I just heard about it over & over again when asking for recs for a friend traveling to Napa next week! I passed along the rec to her; we’ll see if she can find availability there! Good luck with your visit, Jenna!


Sara July 19, 2009 at 2:07 am

Rock it out Jenna!!!


Rebecca Hoover July 19, 2009 at 2:32 am

Good for you Jenna, I ‘ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.


Susan July 19, 2009 at 5:16 am

Awesome room!! I always FLIP out when I stay at places with huge bathtubs – such a luxury! Hope you got rested up :)


Morgan July 20, 2009 at 11:27 am

Enjoy every second of your trip, it sounds beyond amazing! Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my all time favorite books. I have 4 books I won’t ever let anyone borrow because I always want to make sure I have them, and that is one of them! Did you know there is a movie coming out in a few weeks with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana (who is gorgeous!). Enjoy the end, and have tissues on hand!


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