Circa 1987


I’ve been up since 5:45 for some ungodly reason. I think it’s because I’ve been going to bed earlier these days and, therefore, waking up a the crack of dawn. At least I know I’m getting my 8 hours! Breakfast was overnight oats:

I’m having some issues getting my camera to focus this morning. I’m not sure what’s up…going to have to fiddle with it later. As usual, my oats were a combo of: 1/3 c oats, 1 T chia seeds, 1/3 c soymilk, 1 chobani, banana, cinnamon and 1 T almond butter. I woke up this morning STARVING!!!!!!
I actually have a pretty busy day. I just sent a couple chapters to my editor and need to crank out a few more. Going to yoga bootcamp at 11:45 and then racing to a meeting in the afternoon in “the other valley” (aka Napa).

Please control your excitement:

Noooooooo!! YES!!!!!!!!!!
Am I the only one who was totally obsessed with Oregon Trail last year back in the 90’s?!! Okay, so there’s a good chance I’m still obsessed with it and spent some time this morning searching for a free download of the game for my mac. No big deal. Anyways, now apparently you can get the Oregon Trail APP for your Iphone! I don’t have an iphone but I need one after hearing about this. Seriously now…..I was sort of the champ of getting my oxen across the river, don’t know about you.
I’m off to strategize my food supply for the trip west write several chapters in the book before bootcamp class. Be back!

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  • Kelsey
    January 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Oregon trail!!! Loved that back in the day as well. 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

    LOVED Oregon Trail!!

  • Seth @ Boy Meets Food
    January 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Oh, heck yeah! That game was awesome! I liked going hunting. 🙂

  • Michelle
    January 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I used to play on the first Mac Computers in fifth grade on those big floppy discs..remember those?

    I always hated it when my raft sank. poor cows.

  • Morgan
    January 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

    LOVED Oregon Trail. That might have made my decision on iphone vs. crackberry a lot easier!

  • Crystal
    January 12, 2010 at 8:44 am

    That is so weird. Went out to dinner with friends last night and Oregon Trail was totally a topic of discussion! Remember at the end you could choose to ford the river or take the long way around the river? Everyone always went across the river because you got to play the sweet river crossing video game! Love it!

  • Evan Thomas
    January 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I don’t think I ever played that in grade school! Was I deprived or what?

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    January 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I loved Oregon Trail! We played it all the time in grade school!

  • Marissa
    January 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

    AHHH!!!!! LOVED that game!

  • Karissa
    January 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I loved that game! I used to have the CD version a long time ago!

  • Brynne
    January 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I LOVED Oregon Trail!! Best game everrr!

  • Kate
    January 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Make sure the switch on the lens is on Auto Focus (AF) instead of Manual Focus (MF) At least that’s what I’ve found to be the problem before!

    • jenna
      January 12, 2010 at 8:51 am


      that was TOTALLY the problem! Thank you so much!!!

  • Chloe (No Sugar and Spice)
    January 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Oh man, I LOVED Oregon Trail – what kid in middle school didn’t? The best part was shooting the big bison and it telling you “you have shot 556 lbs of meat, but can only take 27 lbs on your wagon”.
    Man, that would be reason enough for me to get an iphone.

  • Niki
    January 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Loved that game! I am so getting this app!!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Oregon trail was one of the best things back in the day. OR maybe ever 😉

  • ellen eats beets
    January 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

    LOVED Oregon trail. Your oats always look scrumptious! Have fun at bootcamp

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 12, 2010 at 9:01 am that was the best game ever! i don’t have an iPhone, but i’m forwarding this to the husband so he can get it on his!

  • Erin
    January 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I need to download that app ASAP — Oregon Trail was what we played during computer class in elementary school. Not sure how it was educational, but it was definitely fun!

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Haha yep…used to LOVE it. Except for the fact that I was always dying of a broken leg, or something :).

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

    OH MY GAWSH!! I loved Oregon Trail in elementary school!

    I guess now that I’m a vegetarian, killing 60 pounds of bison might not be as thrilling to me as it was when I was 8. 🙂

  • chelsea
    January 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

    omg do they still have that anywhere to play online?? totally obsessed and agree iphone needed just to play the game!!!

  • Erinn
    January 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

    HAHA! I don’t have an iPhone, but I always steal my boyfriend’s so I can play games from back in the day like Oregon Trail, Simon, Etch-a-Sketch, etc. It’s awesome. Just tried your overnight oats. Amazing. Have a good one!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    January 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Mmm…yeah..definitely rushing to my phone to purchase that asap. I rememebr “computer time” in elementary school and you would just sit in front of the screen and play Oregon trail. Best time of the day!! 😉

  • Aynsley -
    January 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What you never got held up with Diarrhea or Dysentery or whatever they called it then?!

  • Jil
    January 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Lovvvved Oregon trail! I always died though — dysentery, cholera…you name it. haha Or the oxen drowned trying to forge the river…hahahaha

  • BethT
    January 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I played Oregon Trail on an Apple IIE computer. How old am I??!

  • Carrie
    January 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Wow, I haven’t thought of that game in years! Now I feel like playing a video game. Uh-oh!

  • Sarah
    January 12, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Never heard of Oregon Trail, feeling deprived. No wait, I do have an iphone (for work of course) so I guess I can make up for lost time!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I LOVE Oregon Trail. My oxen always died haha. We played it all the time in elementary school- I guess that was their way of “teaching” us how to use computers.

  • Jenna
    January 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Have fun at bootcamp!!

  • Sana
    January 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Blast frm the past! I would be so sad when everyone died! I was so obsessed with the Oregon Trail- I used to read tons of books on it!

  • MelissaNibbles
    January 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

    How have I not heard of this game? I should come out from the rock I live under.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE Oregon Trail! My oxen always died haha. We used to play it all the time in elementary school- I guess that was their way of “teaching” us to use computers!

  • Natasha
    January 12, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Love that game too! I downloaded it to my Blackberry!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Oh wow I thought I was the only person on the face of the planet who actually LOVED that game. I was obsessed. I still have the game and may or may not still play it on occasion… must look up the iphone app asap!

  • Jenn
    January 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Sounds like you’re forging ahead on your book. Just wondering if you could share what types of chapters there will be? Is it broken down into aps, entres, desserts, etc, or chicken, tofu, breads…? Can’t wait to see it! Good luck writing today:)

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Oregon Trail? What a dweeb I am!! Thought you were referring to the Overland Diaries that I used to read as a docent at the Huntington Library in San Marino. Last night, rain poured down here, windy as the Four Horsemen coming thru. Now calm and bright. National prayer vigil for artist/FB friend Josie worked! She is out of brain surgery and appears all went well! Isn’t it great when something so scary turns around! Wow–turning in chapters, hooray for you!!

  • Katie
    January 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Loveeeed that game!!! My favorite part was shopping for food at the general store before we traveled, haha some things are consistent.

  • katie davis
    January 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

    It’s so funny you mention Oregon Trail…a group of my friends and I were having a very “deep” discussion about our love for it over Christmas break and how we used to play it on the computers in grade school with the black screens with green type. Oh the good ol’ days…how times have changed!!

  • Christin
    January 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I loved Oregon Trail, too! (And where in the world is carmen sandiego!!) Recently tried to download free versions of both those games, but to no avail. 🙁

    Like Katie, my favorite activity was going “grocery shopping” haha.

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

    You probably don’t have enough light for your camera to focus. It happens in winter when you get up early.

  • Nicole
    January 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Oh my gosh! I was recently talking about Oregon trail with someone the other day, loved that game!

  • katherine
    January 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I loved Oregon Trail as a kid! That might have to be my next iPhone app purchase. Bye bye productivity!

  • Allison K
    January 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Oregon train was the best.
    I loved making my characters. haha. We used to always use the names of the boys we liked in our class.
    oh, to be young again!

  • Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I’m not telling PB about this app. His old diaries ( have SO many entries about Oregon Trail and how he was doing in it. Supposedly he was better than anyone else in class, or so he says.

  • Monica
    January 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I LOVED that game back in the day! The husband has the new app. on his iPod Touch and I play it every time I get the chance. Such a classic! 🙂

  • Danielle @ ECGWCW
    January 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

    My husband is obsessed with Oregon train!! I can’t wait to tell him about the iphone app!!!

  • Anne P
    January 12, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Lol SHUT UP. I freaking loved that game!!!! Typhoid and yellow fever, here I come!! 😉

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    January 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Looove that game! Hunting was the best, especially when you encountered some bison. Enough food for WEEKS!

  • Fit Lizzio
    January 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

    when in doubt, ford the river 🙂

  • Callina
    January 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I found a download of Oregon Trail during college and used to play it during class 🙂 I was a rebel. When I was younger we would name the characters really silly third-grade potty humor names like Mr. Fart or something and we used to think it was the most hilarious thing in the world. Oh man.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I loved Oregon Trail and was the dork who would stay in at recess and play it. But I almost always won because I learned some good tricks. Not that I remember them now.

  • Jennifer M
    January 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

    you can also get the oregon trail as a download on the Nintendo DSi…it’s tempting me! 🙂

  • Kelly
    January 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Oh my gosh, LOVE Oregon trail! Wish Verizon would get iphone so I could get it!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat)
    January 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    OMG there is an oregon trail app?! Downloading NOW!

  • a
    January 12, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I never played Oregon Trail in school but I did have a brief love affair with the FB app edition. Much fun to kill your friends off.

  • Ellen
    January 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I miss Oregon Trail. The old school version Atari-like version that was green and black. Caulk the wagon!

  • liane
    January 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

    For a moment there I was disapointed that my crackberry would not be able to join in the fun of the Oregon Trail. But now I am seriously jumping around in giddy excitement that there is a crackberry app as well… OH thank gawd!!!
    Totally off to find that app….
    I see my productivity for the rest of the day completely evaporate.

  • liane
    January 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

    For a moment there I was disapointed that my crackberry would not be able to join in the fun of the Oregon Trail. But now I am seriously jumping around in giddy excitement that there is a crackberry app as well… OH thank gawd!!!
    Totally off to find that app….
    I see my productivity for the rest of the day completely evaporate.

  • eatmovelove
    January 12, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Busy day! Have fun.
    Going to bed early…huh – I should try that one…

  • Traci
    January 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Yoga Bootcamp sound great! Have fun.

  • Kate
    January 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I am old enough (29 – heh!) that I used to play Oregon Trail back in the day on actual floppy disks. The oxen and wagons were all green, and just walked across the black screen all the way to Oregon – or death! Mwahaha!

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    January 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I loved Oregon Trail! I haven’t played in forever! I wish I could get my hands on it! I look forward to reading about your training for the 100 mile bike race. That will be quite an adventure!! Will you be purchasing a road bike?? I’ve always wanted one!

  • Christina
    January 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I LOVED Oregon Trail! I know there was a facebook app of it a while ago.

  • Becky
    January 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I always hated it when the sad music would come on to tell you that there was “bad water”.

  • Liz
    January 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    OMG- I LOVED OREGON TRAIL!!!!! I used to play it all the time when I was little. My friends would play and we would name the characters after ourselves and then the husbands after whatever boy we happened to like at the time. I think my favorite part of the game was the hunting. I was SO good at getting those buffalo. Really, if virtual hunting was an actual job I could have made millions, haha.

  • Lauren
    January 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I wake up at 5:45 every morning, but it’s definitely with the help of an alarm.

  • A @ Please Don't Eat Me!
    January 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    ummmmmm… NOPE you were not the only one obsessed with it! we had it at home.. and played ALL THE TIME. note to self.. when my contract on my phone runs out.. get an iphone.. lol

  • Jessica @ Going Off Birth Control Pills
    January 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I nearly squealed when I saw that picture!! Yes, I LOVED Oregon Trail! I wish I had an iPhone… I really want to play it now ;(

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    haha I have never heard of that game but it looks like fun!!!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Good luck at boot camp- It sounds osooo intense! 🙂

  • Jenny
    January 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    OMG Love Oregon Trail!! My roommates and I bought it off amazon in college to re-live our childhood. it’s fabulous 🙂

  • Meghan
    January 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    OMG I love Oregon Trail! And I thought my iPhone couldn’t get any better. This is amazing! Love your blog-

  • Karla
    January 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Haha! I used to love the Oregon Trail!!

  • Jen
    January 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I have that app on my phone!!!!!!!! 🙂 its pretty great but far from having it on a computer screen

  • Rocky Slaughter
    January 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Where’s the link to the freeeeee stuff?

  • Jolene (
    January 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I have no idea what Oregon Trail is!! Am I missing something!!? LOL!!

  • M
    January 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I think you have to be of a certain age group (born in the 80’s) to know about Oregon Trail…I can tell you my friends and I loved it! One of my friends lived near the public library (circa ’89) and we would walk there all the time to play on the ONE computer in the kids section! Ha ha…

  • Julie @savvyeats
    January 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I loved Oregon Trail! Though I always did die of dysentary…

  • Tay
    January 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Duudddeee I was IN LOVE with The Oregon Trail. But the 2nd edition – which was more “realistic” than the cartoon 1st edition. I was devastated when it broke 🙁 Honestly though, I’ve tried out the free app for the Iphone and it was pretty dumb. Not really like the computer game at all. Disappointing!

  • postcollegecook
    January 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Oh how I miss Zeke and Jed!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 13, 2010 at 4:52 am

    to this day i’m scared i’ll kill my future kids if i ever go on a road trip. TO.THIS.DAY.

  • Carly
    January 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Sorry I’m late to the party on this, but do you have Verizon? There is an Oregon Trail cell phone game that is pretty true to the original computer game, and works on most phones.

  • Amanda
    January 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

    loved that game!

  • Ashlei
    January 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I LOVED the Oregon Trail in the 90s! I’ve been wanting to get an iPhone for awhile now. That may have just convinced me to 🙂