Guys, today has been………a day.

I just don’t know. I have no words. The DMV beats down and crushes my soul….every time. I cannot win.

The boyfriend bought me lettuce and kombucha to make everything better.

The lettuce also came with kidney beans, mushrooms, beets, cucumbers, carrots and a hard boiled egg. He fed me dark chocolate, too. It was a dire situation.
I feel better now.

Maybe I should paint another bird?

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  • Kim
    June 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Awww, sorry to hear you’re having one of those days. That’s what my day was like yesterday. DMV stinks!! That dark chocolate and the presence of your bf had to make ya feel a lil better. 😉 Your bird comment/pic made me laugh. Possible defeat for the moment, but I can’t imagine you ever letting it keep you down for long! Hope the rest of your day gets better for you! Sending positive vibes your way! 🙂

  • Crystal
    June 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Where did you get those bird posters? I know you said it in a previous post, but I can’t find it.

    • Sabrina
      June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      I’m the crazy person that just went searching her site for that post! HA!

      Here is the link:

      • Kristin
        July 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

        But did we ever find out where the fabric was from? I’m sure I can find something similar….I just love that the colors in the fabric are so neutral so you could go wherever you want with the birdies!

  • Evan Thomas
    June 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    You can still find kombucha? I swear they’ve taken it out of EVERYWHERE in New England

  • Stacey
    June 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Those birds are super cute. I also hate the DMV and have had my time with them lately along with DEQ oh and the police because of all of that.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    The boyfriend knows his stuff. 🙂

  • Kaz
    June 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I’m sorry you’re feeling cross. The DMV does that to me, too. =P

    Yay for nice men who bring you eats! That bird ‘painting’ is brilliant, by the way. 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    The DMV does have a way of doing that.. lucky you to have such a SMART boy!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    This boy sounds like a keeper. I’m glad he could cheer you up with such delicious things. 🙂 I hope the dark chocolate helped some….

  • Marcia
    June 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Oh honey, you see, vanity can cost you a lot. Not just the effort to blow dry your hair, but the 2 hour wait.

    You see, I need a new driver’s license (I live in So. Cal). My existing one expires on Friday (my, ahem, 40th birthday). I couldn’t get an appt until after my license expired.

    I went in at 7:55. I was in and out in 25 mins, INCLUDING the drive there and back and the wait before they opened. I was # 13 in line even.

    Who really looks at your driver’s license? Bouncers and ticket agents at the airport.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Can you find a DMV in a smaller town to go to? That’s what we did in NY and it helped a lot.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Sorry to hear it was one of those days, the DMV is pretty horrendous.

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Another bird and another chocolate sounds like a plan. 🙂
    Keep on truckin’, dear. I’ve heard that California DMVs are not for the faint of heart. You should feel like a freakin’ gladiator now.

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Major points for the BF!

  • Dad
    June 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Slow down, breath, think—all will be cool!
    Love dad!
    PS: Thanks for the Fathers Day thoughts……

  • Sabrina
    June 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry to hear about the DMV. When I moved to Philly and had to change last name + get PA license I had to go home to get other documents twice. I hate them. HATE.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    aww good boyfriend!! I’m sure things will turn around 🙂

  • Brynne
    June 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    What a great boy you have :0) Another red bird? Or a different color?

  • Mae
    June 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I love the artistic painted bird, haha… you should paint one every time your stressed.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Sorry about your less than terrific Tuesday. Kombucha and dark chocolate are always happy things though!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    isn’t it horrible how life-sucking the DMV is? i’m so sorry it was a horrible day…but thank goodness for a good boyfriend who knows how to cheer you up!

  • eatmovelove
    June 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    After another 10 hour day mounds of chocolate until my belly swells and I have to roll onto the bed is all I can manage.

  • amanda
    June 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Did you hear kombucha was banned from whole foods because of too high alcohol content? I saw it on

  • MMiller
    June 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry you had a stressful day! But glad “the Boy” knows how to help! And love how you decided to just paint another bird to relax!

  • M.
    June 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Hey, I have spotted a comment from your Dad! How cool-great to have him dropping in to comment once in awhile like your mum! Hey Jenna’s Dad-as you prob know , we think your daughter is a wonderful writer and love her blog 🙂

    Jenna,any chance we can have a tour of your new pad soon? 🙂

  • Charlotte
    June 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Ah, the DMV is #1 on my list of top-ten worst places to be in the world!

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Those birds look so beautiful!! Come paint my house! (:

  • Michelle
    June 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    The DMV just stinks. Period.

  • Camille
    June 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I’m glad your survived the DMV. Good boyfriend you have there!

  • La Historiadora de Moda
    June 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    The DMV has crushed many souls Sorry you had a stressful day!

  • Bec
    June 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hope you get everything worked out soon! I love the birds though 🙂

  • amanda
    June 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I hate those days….I had one of those that I just woke up in a bad mood. I went to boxing class and that help me vent my frustration. BTW, I love the bird drawings. You should make one and have a giveaway. 😉

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    LOL. Yes, paint a bird!

    The DMV can transform a sane person into the crazed Steve Martin character in ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ when he snarls the F-bomb 18 times at the reservations counter clerk.

    I think need a coping strategy going in. Like Gregorian chants on IPod, deep breathing, aroma therapy, and favorite cookie-induced calm while channeling Enya and wearing a sock puppet so you can instruct the clerk(s) ‘talk to the hand’ and thereby depersonalize the interaction. If you got out without being tased–probably you did good.

    You must not have yet had the pleasure of riding a jam-packed Bart Train under the Bay from Oakland to SF at rush hour–when it stops in hot mid-summer and the lights and AC go out, and no one explains anything. Lots of fun.

    • Angela (ohsheglows)
      June 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      I just had to say I LOVE that movie. And Steve Martin. That’s all.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    June 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Haha, paint a bird should definitely become an expression!

  • Lori Lieberman, RD, CDE, MPH, LDN
    June 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Great site! I’ve linked you as arecommended blog on my recently created blog. Please feel free to do the same.

  • Claire
    June 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    My boyfriend gets me kombucha and dark chocolate too…the way to our hearts!

  • Anne
    June 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    first, i LOVE that your solution is to paint another bird. it makes me think my unfurnished walls need something similar. as a treat, paint a bird. when they are all painted, start all over again. a canvas with an evolving story. nicely done.

    second, i too spent the day at the dmv. i thought of you. i had a friend with me and we giggled our way through and proved to all the grumpy pants there with us that going with a friend is clearly the way to go. it was a first, but not a last. the person set to help my ‘category’ actually left for lunch without telling us so none of our numbers were called for over an hour and we had NO IDEA WHY! lame-o. but, in the end, i survived, accomplished my goal and now i wish i had a bird to paint.

    here’s to a better humpday than tuesday,

  • foodandfarm
    June 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    the only thing that will enable you to survive the CA DMV is wine. that’s it.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Booo DMV! They always make things so difficult. I still can’t get over what a good idea the fabric for pictures is – genius, Jenna!

  • Carly @ Happy Healthy Foodie
    June 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Aw, that boyfriend of yours sounds like such a nice guy 🙂

  • lola
    June 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hey jenna!! Do you know of any tricks to make your hair grow faster?

    • jenna
      June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I do not! I’ve always had hair that grows unusually fast….I’ve heard biotin helps?

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Ugh, I HATE those days. I hope you have an awesome day tomorrow!

  • style'n
    June 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Love the Birds! What is kombucha? I don’t think we have that here in Boston. : )

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 23, 2010 at 4:18 am

    The DMV and I don’t have such a great relationship either. Hope today is a much better day for you! 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 23, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Yeah, that place could even ruin Mary Poppin’s day. At least you can come home to bird therapy. And the boy. 🙂

  • Megan
    June 23, 2010 at 5:19 am


    • jenna
      June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      IKEA! 🙂

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 23, 2010 at 5:52 am

    What a sweet boyfriend for bringing you healthy food in your time of need 😀


  • jenna
    June 23, 2010 at 6:10 am

    dmv is horrid place! :cringe: I hope you never have to return!

    🙂 sweet bf! There’s a reason we keep them around! Your salad looks yummi.

  • allison @ livingoneday
    June 23, 2010 at 6:38 am

    did you know WF is removing kombucha from all stores because of the “high alcohol content” ?? hahah i wondered why i always felt a little buzzed!

    • Becca
      June 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

      I heard that too! I was drinking somet he other day wondering why I felt weird. I just thought it was “working.” Guess it was in a way 😉

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    June 23, 2010 at 6:50 am

    BF is such a sweetheart for getting you salad….and even better “force feeding” you dark chocolate. 😉 Salad looks delish!!

  • R @
    June 23, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I love those bird hangings!! Hope all is better soon

  • Kelly
    June 23, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Yuck! I hate the DMV too, probably b/c I hate to feel like I’m wasting time. And the DMV is a complete waste of time! At least it’s all over now and you don’t have to relive it for several more years. Maybe they’ll improve the process by then…we can only hope.

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    June 23, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Nothing like a little art to clear your mind after a rough day. Having nice healthy food brought to you by a handsome boy doesn’t hurt either 😉

  • jassy
    June 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

    sweet bf 🙂

    things will be okay 🙂

  • Rebecca
    June 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I hate the DMV. My license picture is horrible but I refuse to go back to get a new one until I absolutely HAVE to. Your lettuce looks awesome, though. And dark chocolate makes everything better.

  • Amanda
    June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Awww, didn’t you know that the DMV requires souls for sustenance? Why else would each employee need to take 3 lunch breaks in an 8 hour shift?