Ahhhh lounging about never felt so good 🙂 Last night I got a 98% on my practical and then got home at 10:00! Lights were out by 10:30 and it was awesome. I don’t remember the last time we had such an early night. Of course, try as I might to sleep in on my first day of break, it was impossible due to allergies and my hungry belly, so I woke up and made some cereal (1/2 cup Ezekiel cereal with 1/2 cup pb granola) with hemp milk and strawberries. Those two cereals worked deliciously well together and started my morning off just right. I would have made french toast or pancakes but I’m all out of maple syrup!


So, here is my first day of spring break….all planned out:

Go to library and return books and check out new books to read over the next week. Any suggestions?!

Shop at Whole Foods for snacks to bring with me on my trip tomorrow!! (with the Easter bunny’s gift certificate!)

Work out

Lay out in the sun

Bake cookies if I have time

Pack and do massive amounts of laundry

drink wine and eat take out for dinner!

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  • Ellie
    March 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats on your practical and the early night! And enjoy your first day of spring break…take advantage of all the free time you have to do whatever you want whenever you want!

  • rae
    March 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    hey jenna

    just want to let you know i made my first batch of vegan cookies–im not vegan, but i like the idea of cutting out the saturated fats and animal products from my desserts. my husband loves brownies (too much!) and said he would try vegan cookies as a substitute.

    i made them with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, some canola oil (not very much to moy suprise), vanilla soy milk, ghiradelli chocolate, natural peanut butter, and lots of oats. they were really dense and tasty. i also like that the ingredients list was very simple. i found it on recipezaar and made my own modifications (like less sugar!). my husband really likes them.

    have a nice break! thanks for the enticing ideas.

  • Kelly L.
    March 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Happy Spring Break Jenna! Have you read Water for Elephants? It is FABULOUS. I’m almost done with it and loved it.

    Other great ones…

    -Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand-
    -Any of Sophie Kinsella’s books (these are easy, fun beach reads)
    -Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

    I go through about a book a week so I have read a TON. These are just some good ones.

  • Becca A
    March 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Hey Jenna (or anyone else),
    I’m planning on going to my first yoga class ever tomorrow. I’m excited (but a little nervous). Any tips or things I should know beforehand?

  • hk
    March 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    yum, sounds like a great combo! your strawberries look delish!

    As for fun, easy, light reads…

    -Marley and Me ( so cute!)
    -Kite Runner (not so light, but great)
    -The Namesake (one of my all-time faves, by Jumpa Lahari-amazing tales of India..cuisine included 🙂 )

  • Stacy
    March 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I think you mentioned liking The Other Boleyn Girl. If you haven’t read any of her other books I would highly recommend anything by Phillippa Gregory. Water for Elephants was also great.

  • Patricia
    March 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I recommend my FAVORITE book… Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude.
    There’s nothing compared to reading it in Spanish… but the English translation is pretty good too!

    Enjoy your spring break! Mine was two weeks ago…

  • Romina
    March 28, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Congratulations on the 98%!!! Great work. =) And also, congrats on it being Spring Break!!

  • Mel H
    March 28, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I’m weird, but I love mystery and murder books! haha! james patterson’s books are all great- esp. the women’s murder series!! Can’t put them down! Enjoy your break Jenna and the sun!! Its raining cats and dogs today in Kentucky AGAIN!!

  • Cara
    March 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like a great day ahead of you! What kind of books do you like? I read a ton but not sure which type you like. My favorite of the year is Jodi Picolt.

  • mags
    March 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    hey jenna!
    these books are NOT food or cooking related, but for pure pleasure reading, i have found that anything by jodi picoult is AMAZING and you will not be able to put it down!! my favorites are salem falls, perfect match, 19 minutes, and my sister’s keeper.

    have a great day!

  • Becky
    March 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I completely agree with the Namesake recommendation – I read that in like 24 hours flat. Her book of short stories is great too — supposedly she is FINALLY coming out with a third book this spring. And Water for Elephants – so good!

    It’s a bit creepy, but I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy and it was incredible. Also recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns. And no one has ever really heard of this book, but The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney is a great blend of mystery/historical fiction. I couldn’t put it down.

  • Becky
    March 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    PS – enjoy every second of the R&R! Been in the working world for almost 6 years now and even though you get vacation days and stuff nothing beats that school-feeling of completing a course/finals and feeling all light and free like a massive weight has been lifted. Enjoy while you can!

  • Elizabeth
    March 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    You might enjoy Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is all about her family’s effort to eat more locally grown (often by themselves on their farm) food. I am reading it now, and really enjoying it.

    Happy Spring Break!

  • BethT
    March 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Fellow blog readers OR Jenna – anyone have the olive oil cake recipe? Pretty please post it. I can’t find it in the recipe section. THANKS!!

  • Jen
    March 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I just finished Jodi Picoult’s new book, Change of Heart, which was good. a lot of religion to muddle through, but it was a good read. If you haven’t read anything by her before, try The Pact or Nineteen Minutes. Both good reads.

  • Kelly T.
    March 28, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    im writing a lot of these books down. I love hearing what other people enjoy reading.

    Congrats on you 98%

    I wish I could lay out in the sun. Jealous.

  • Janie
    March 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Jenna-

    I’m sure you’ve already said this on your blog, but I don’t remember. What is the name of the PB granola that you are always talking about? It sounds delicious and I want to try and find some!

    Thanks so much!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hooray for your A+, on your practical!! :0)

    Sounds like a PERFECT schedule for your first day of spring break – enjoy it, girl!

    I have quite a few book recommendations, but they’re all different genres – are you looking for a “mindless read,” a cookbook, horror story, comedy? haha

  • jenna
    March 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys!!! I have actually read every single book Jodi has EVER written because I’m completely obsessed with her….my library didn’t have her newest one yet though 🙁 Water for Elephants was checked out too!! Sad! I picked out “The Gravedigger’s Daughter” by Joyce Carol Oates. Its like 500 pages and should keep me occupied for a little while…….

  • Sara F
    March 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    have you ever read Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foyer? It is pretty wonderful, but not as good as his second book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. You should look him up. He’s a pretty interesting guy. Also, if you’re in the mood for some very clever chic lit, Megan McCafferty’s series Sloppy Firsts is EXCELLENT. So witty, relatable, and easy to read. Enjoy your break. I’m pretty jealous sitting here writing papers and studying for tests 🙂

  • angelcubbie
    March 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Jenna and everyone, I asked this question on Kath’s blog too. Can you gain 3 pounds in one week? I weighed myself last week and since then my weight is 3 pounds higher, I’ve been working out almost every day which is typical for me as I’m a runner (I want to maintain, not lose or gain) and averaging a net of 1350, sometimes closer to 1450 on some days over the last week, I’m 5?9 and typically 125(this may seem small but I have a small frame so it’s right for me), was this 3 pounds most likely water weight or weight gain?

  • Jen
    March 28, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Jenna, too funny that you are addicted to Jodi Picoult – me too! I’ve read all of her books. I couldn’t wait for the newest one to come out, and now that I’ve finished it, I’m sad that I’ll have to wait so long for her next bew book!

  • Kristin
    March 28, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Sounds like a plan! I’m a bit jealous, I must admit- I had a day full of appointments and classes today!
    Enjoy your break, have a fantastic, relaxing time- you deserve it (Congrats on the 98)!!

    I can’t wait to hear about your culinary adventures. Good luck!