A Solemn Derby Day

Good Morning!

Well, I made it through the night last night by myself….only waking up a couple times. I can’t believe a week has gone by since the accident…..I feel like I lost a week of my life; everything has been in such a fog. However, today is one of the best days of the year so we all must celebrate accordingly……DERBY DAY!

I know we have spent last year’s Derby Day together, but I wanted to reiterate how much the Kentucky Derby means to my family. My entire dad’s side of the family went to school at University of Kentucky and my uncle still lives in Lexington and is very in on the horse business. My grandpa actually used to breed racehorses!

This year Derby Day is a much more solemn affair than it has ever been in the past but a few days ago, up in Lexington, my uncle and some old college buddies bid on a horse for John at an auction party. The horse’s name is Regal Ransom and he is not a favorite by any means, but if he DOES win, my family will receive about $7,000 straight to the John T. Weber Memorial Fund. How amazing would that be?! So we all have to cheer for Regal Ransom this evening……I know I will be!!!!

Anyways, this morning I was so excited to share my breakfast with you because it was something different than I normally eat and it was sooooooo delicious:


I toasted two HempPlus waffles and layered them in plain Chobani, 1/2 banana, raw almond butter and a little raspberry preserves. Oh my goodness, was this ever amazing. I never tried the greek yogurt on waffles combo because normally I really don’t care for the “hot-cold” combination. I didn’t think cold yogurt would be good on hot, crispy waffles but boy…was I wrong! The yogurt was thick and tangy and was thick enough to not run all over the waffles and instead sat perfectly like clouds. It also boosted the protein content of this breakfast way up. I will definitely be recreating this in the future!

It was also incredibly filling; perfect fuel for the power yoga class I’m attending later this morning.

I’m going to my parent’s house now to say goodbye to my aunt, who is flying back up to Wisconsin this morning. She’s the last family member to leave so the house is going to be really quiet now. Which is why I’m going to keep my mom busy by treating her to a manicure. She says she’s not ready for yoga yet but I need it.

Say a prayer for Ryan, fishing on Team Johnny Weber right now!!! John has a pretty busy weekend going on between the fishing tournament and the Derby. I wonder where he is right now.

You Might Also Like

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 2, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I’ll be rooting for Regal Ransom!! That’s so great.

    Breakfast looks delicious! I may have to try that.

    Enjoy yoga and your time with Mom, you are so sweet to take her for manicures =)

  • K
    May 2, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Go Regal!! That would be fantastic! That breakfast is an all star – YUM!!

  • lauren
    May 2, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I can’t wait to watch the race! Have a wonderful day with your Mom!

  • jessnyc
    May 2, 2009 at 7:09 am

    your breakfast looks so yummmy!!!! i’ll be cheering on regal from here! the debry sounds like alot of fun 🙂

  • Brittney
    May 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I hope Regal and Team Johnny both do well today 🙂 Enjoy your yoga time!

  • Jori
    May 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Can’t wait to see Regal Ransom pull it off! We will be cheering him on.:) Breakfast looks very tasty! I may try that tomorrow!

  • Sarah
    May 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

    thats neat that you have family affiliated with UK. I go to school there and am from Louisville so am a big derby person. I’ll be rooting for regal ransom.

  • weight and meditate
    May 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I’ll be watching, hoping for a win by Regal Ransom! I’m sure John would love the idea of a busy weekend, so I’m sure he’s in both places!

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    May 2, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Hooray for Derby Day! I’ll be rooting for Regal Ransom. 🙂 I spent a few years growing up in KY so definitely know how big a deal Derby Day is. In fact, my husband and I have plans tonight, but in honor of Derby day I’ll be making a Derby Pie tomorrow. 🙂

    As always dear, sweet Jenna I will be praying for you, your mom, your dad, Ryan and everyone else who knew John today. I know you are such a God-send to your mom right now.

  • Anna
    May 2, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I live in Lexington and used to go to Keeneland every year on Derby Day (haven’t gotten the chance to go to Churchill Downs…yet!) with my grandpa. He’d get us a room inside and we’d have a free buffet and drinks all day while betting on the horses. It was always alot of fun.
    My grandpa passed away a few years ago so I haven’t been to watch the Derby there since then but because of it, Derby Day holds a special place in my heart as well.

    I will definitely be rooting for Regal Ransom today….and Team Johnny Weber. 🙂

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 2, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Yay for manicures! They make any girl feel better. I’m so glad you can finally indulge in one.
    I will be rooting for Royal Ransom and Ryan’s fishing team today! Now, go get pampered and then sweat out those toxins! Have a quiet, restful, day for you and your family.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 2, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Enjoy your day today, I’m sure the yoga and mom time will be nothing but healing for you. I’ll be rooting for Regal Ransom!

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Definitely rooting here!
    Keep strong, Jenna, and God bless!

  • sue
    May 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Run and fish your hearts out for Jenna’s dear brother!
    May he be watching it all with love,pride and pure joy!

  • Amanda
    May 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Regal Ransom is a Dubai horse, so his training up to the Derby is unique. The favorite was scratched, so now Regal Ransom has one less horse to beat. 🙂

    By the way, I am very into the horse business up here in Lexington. I had always wondered what your ties were. Kentucky is a great place!

  • Still Life in South America
    May 2, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Whoo! Do those waffles look out of sight. I’m so jealous. 🙂

    The Derby, yoga, and manicure sounds like such a fun Saturday. Enjoy your day!

  • Stephanie
    May 2, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Jenna, I remember when my mom died, and all the friends and family finally went home. That’s when the reality really sunk it and it started to get very, very hard. It’s a normal stage of the grief process, but it’s hard for your heart. So I’m very glad you’re in grief counseling, and that you have so many lovely people close by you. And remember, you can always post here and ask for support when you need it. Everyone here adores you and cares for you. God bless you. Steph

  • Sharon
    May 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Sounds wonderful – enjoy your day!

  • Gina
    May 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hemp waffles?? I’m drooling as I type…seriously those look so good!

  • Debbie
    May 2, 2009 at 8:28 am

    A day of “heaven”….enjoy!

  • linds
    May 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I’ll be cheering for both team johnny and regal ransom. I hope they both win!!!!!!!!

  • MaryBe
    May 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I’m glad you were able to get some rest. That would be awesome, if your horse wins

  • Runninduff
    May 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    GOOOOOOOOOOO Regal Ransom! I’m normally not a Derby watcher..but I might just have to tune in today!

  • ari
    May 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

    ohhh man that breakfast looks SO good.
    i’ll root for your house!

  • Stacey M
    May 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Your blog is called Eat, LIVE, Run, and you sure are living!
    I assure you, John is all around you. My grandmother passed about five years ago, and every couple months, my family will randomly smell her very unique perfume in places it would be *impossible* for anyone else to have caused it (i.e., in my own empty car, etc.) Seriously! Look for the signs. Jenna, he’s there 🙂

  • bobbi
    May 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    woot woot go go! Love the breakfast!

  • Tiffany
    May 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

    phew! I thought those were egg whites on your waffle for a second. haha We all love ya Jenna! One day at a time 🙂

  • polly
    May 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

    enjoy that yoga, sweetie. Those waffles look quite heavenly indeed. Johnny is smiling on you. Can’t wait to go to yoga together some day! 🙂 XOXO

  • Brooke
    May 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I am going to have to copy that breakfast.

  • Anais
    May 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Great idea on the manicure! And that breakfast looked absolutely amazing!! I can’t wait to try the chobani yogurts 🙂