Dinner/ Seafood

Dinner Specials at 5!

Early bird dinner was a success!

I used to have to eat at 5:00 when I went to school at night so it wasn’t too much of an adjustment. I’m always hungry anyways! My mom made dirty rice with shrimp that she sauteed in olive oil and garlic. My body was just craaaaaving something substantial and I cleaned my plate!


I thought I would crave something sweet and dessert-like after, but I didn’t. I’m actually quite full. I think my body is just weirded out by the fact that I’ve already been awake for 15 hours today. It doesn’t know what to do with itself! Good news is that I got a locker lock, already packed my breakfast and snacks and I’m about to take bubble bath number two to ease myself into relaxation mode.

Tomorrow I go to work til 12:30, have to see the dentist at 3:00 for a post-op from last week and in between I’m desperately going to try to do a yoga download. Looks like I’ll only be able to actually get in a studio to practice twice a week on my days off but I can still practice on my own via yogadownload (thank God for them!) to supplement that. Boy, am I ever glad I didn’t join a gym here…….running on a treadmill is the LAST thing I feel like doing after working from 4 am on! I think my job counts as exercise in itself—my feet were killing me today!

I have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off because its my graduation (!!) and I have family coming in from Wisconsin to go with us to the ceremony in Orlando on Saturday. I also was able to make an appointment with an Ayurvedic Physician and Certified Acupuncturist on Friday afternoon for a 30 minute consultation and then a 30 minute acupuncture session. I cannot wait!

See you tomorrow!

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  • jsc
    January 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Congrats on making it through your first day! Sounds like a lot of tough work! Hope you are able to sleep well tonight! Dinner looks awesome, care to share the recipe for the rice? 😀

    • jenna
      January 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm


      Haha well I promised my mom that I wouldn’t tell….but it was this all natural, organic pre-made rice that she heated up 😉

  • justjen
    January 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Good luck with the doctor! I hope they can steer you in the right direction with your eating/migraines/etc.

    I hope you get plenty of sleep tonight.

  • Allison K.
    January 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Those shrimp look delightful! I can’t wait to hear about your Ayurvedic doctor experience!

  • Mindy
    January 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I used to go to an acupuncturist back home! My mom recommended her. Being Chinese, my mom is a firm believer in accupuncture and going into it, I was very skeptical. On the first visit, the acupuncturist made me stick out my tongue.. after which she asked me if I had stomach problems. And I had definitely been having stomach problems for about a month before my visit. It was amazing. After two or three sessions I had no more stomach aches. And she helped me with my headaches/migraines also! Hope you have a good experience too 🙂

  • Mel
    January 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Dinner looks awesome, as usual!

    Sleep well tonight

  • Maggie
    January 13, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    A really easy way to get yogadownload mp3s is to download them on iTunes. You can get the 20-minute ones for free without having to sign up with yogadownload and go to the download page, etc… Also if you just do a search in the iTunes store there are A TON of free yoga classes. There are a bunch from “Yoga for the People” that are an hour long and free! I did one this morning. Good night!

  • Alexia
    January 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Looks like you survived your first day!

    That dirty rice looks delish! Yummm!

    Yay for GRADUATION! I know you are super excited!!!

  • fittingbackin
    January 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    WOW that meal looks SO good.

    I’m glad your first day has gone by relatively painlessly! 🙂 (is that a word?)

  • Nicole
    January 13, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    You made it through the first day! Have a relaxing evening, you deserve it!

  • Kailey
    January 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    What an awesome first day! I’d be completely pooped, even with caffeine. I’m exactly the same way and can’t sleep before big days, but hopefully success in dreamland will come for you tonight!

  • Marissa
    January 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Acupuncture can work wonders!

  • Sammie
    January 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    You have such a sweet mom and she seems like a heck of a cook. I hope you have a restful evening. Have a great day at work tomorrow.

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    January 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Get some sleep! And yay for graduation!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I have a friend who SWEARS by acupuncture. She had such terrible back pain she was living on vicodin, but now she is completely drug and pain free due to the acupuncture. I hope it helps you too!

    You raise an interesting point about being on your feet all day. I often wonder how much, if any, exercise people with physically demanding jobs should do. Clearly its not the same as those with a desk job. If you have any insight, I’d love to hear it!

  • K
    January 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hope you get plenty of rest tonight 🙂

  • Victoria
    January 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Your mom is awesome. That dinner looks great!

  • Brittany
    January 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Your early bird dinner looks delish – your mom seems pretty great! Hope tomorrow goes just as well as today. Sleep well.

  • zestycook
    January 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Dinner looks awesome Jenna – I have not had shrimp in forever. Great choice!


  • Meg
    January 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    What a yummy dinner! I can’t wait to hear about your consult and acupuncture.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    Sounds like your first day on the job was a success. I agree – working on your feet like that IS exercise. I think your job supplemented with yoga will definitely keep you in tip-top shape, especially if you’re riding your bike a lot. I’m excited about your Ayurvedic consultation. Have a good day tomorrow!

  • Oh She Glows
    January 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Just got caught up on your first day- wow I got tired just reading it! lol. Good job for making it through. I don’t know if I would be able to get up at that hour!


  • Sharon
    January 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Dirty rice? LOOKS GREAT! -lol0

  • jsc
    January 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the rice! 😉

    I had navratna korma tonight and we picked up some coconut milk ice cream for friday.. must be dental season :p, and I found they also had coconut milk yogurt! I will have to go back to look for the rice you speak of, haha!

    Now if only you would make a bread baking video *hint hint* 😀

  • Eliza
    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 am

    that shrimp and rice looks so good…i wish my mom was here to fix me dinner! good luck with work.

  • Jenna 2
    January 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

    your dinner looks really good!!

    Is the acupuncture appointment for your migraines?

    • jenna
      January 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm

      Jenna 2,

      Well that and other things…..basically to feel more balanced. I’ve had acupuncture for my migraines before though and it does instantly take away the pain, the only problem is having to go there when you suddenly get a headache. Hopefully with some holistic preventative meds, I can contain them.

  • Beadie
    January 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

    I am so excited to hear about you appt. I have always wanted to try accupuncture but I have been skeered. I hope it goes well!

  • Brandi
    January 14, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Hooray for the end of the first day! Glad to hear it went well and don’t worry – I get joked on for being “old” all the time. I can’t stay up past 10 for the life of me!

  • Tami
    January 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I bet your company from WI will be relishing in the warm weather! Currently in my part of WI it’s -10ish with windchills in the -20s! It is supposed to drop to -25 tonight with wind chills in the -30/40s! I could so use some of your warm weather right now!

    Hope your day at work is going well for you today!

  • katie s
    January 14, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Jenna- Congrats on finishing your first day!! Quick question, how were you able to find the ayurveda specialist? Just by luck or by searching?

    • jenna
      January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      Katie S,

      Nope! She actually attended my yoga detox weekend and passed out business cards there. I can’t wait. I’ve had acupuncture before and loved it. It feels heavenly!

  • MaryBe
    January 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I found your site by following a link from KERF, and have spent the last day and a half reading it! Congrats on your upcoming graduation from Culinary School, that is a major accomplishment. Sounds like you are enjoying your new job!
    I love your blog and I am addicted now!

  • runjess
    January 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Adjusting to a new schedule really messes with your appetite, doesn’t it? I never know when to eat when I travel overseas. I end up accidentally going for a long time without food sometimes.

  • HeatherBakes
    January 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Yum- mom meals are the best 🙂

    Good luck getting adjusted to your schedule! That’s so hard to get used to.

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    January 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Hope you’re surviving day #2 today! You can do it!!

  • Ryan
    January 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Jenna! Somehow I don’t think I have visited your blog before, but I heard from Meghann that you’ll all be around for the Gasparilla half! I haven’t registered yet, but I’m seriously thinking about doing the 5K on that’s on the 28th and thought I’d say “hi” in case I run into you, Caitlin and Meghann 🙂 Have a great day!

  • tracy
    January 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    what part of Wisconsin is you family from? I live near Milwaukee and we are experiencing record cold, -30+ wind chill. I bet your relatives are glad they are going somewhere warm!

    • jenna
      January 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm


      My entire extended family lives in Milwaukee. My aunt is veryyyyyy excited to be coming here tomorrow! 🙂