Far From Florida

Happy Saturday!

I’ve had a thoroughly lazy and enjoyable Saturday morning, chatting with Miss Polly on the phone for nearly an hour, listening to country music and reading. I’m taking a rest day from exercise and it felt good to just stretch out in my nice warm bed. 🙂

Breakfast was oats, obviously.


Mmmm pumpkin butter + almond butter make this girl very, very happy indeed.


It’s 33 degrees outside!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Florida girl in me wants to pull on another sweatshirt and hibernate but I must brave the cold and go to the winery, where I will romp around in the hills of Dry Creek Valley all day, leading tours and pouring wine. At least it’s sunny outside, unlike yesterday. I feel like it’s going to be a great day!


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  • VeggieGirl
    November 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Phone chats with Polly = I can personally attest that they’re incredibly uplifting 🙂

  • Maria
    November 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I have to tell you that your blog is my absolute favorite! I love your spirit and wish you all the best with your book deal. I too am a food blogger, but I am so much more than that. I am a mother and a wife and a writer and a runner and am currently training to for a marathon. I am also working on becoming a Certified Nutritionist in hopes that all those things comined will allow me to write about health and fitness and children’s nutrition AND do it all from home so that I can be more present with my family. Good luck to you and keep on keepin on!

  • Nicole
    November 21, 2009 at 9:53 am

    You will feel better if you go outside! I promise!!! I was so depressed the first winter that I had in Germany because it was freezing and dark, and I didn’t want to brave the cold. I got smart the next winter and forced myself to be outside at least 15 min a day. It helped so much! At least you have work that helps you with that! Have fun at work today!! 😉

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

    oh its so cold…here is about 50..but I already catch cold !!!
    pumpkin butter + almond butter great combination! did u make the pumpkin butter yourself or buy it from TJ?

  • Evan Thomas
    November 21, 2009 at 9:56 am

    33? Sounds like New England, guess you guys are getting a taste of how we feel 😛

  • Megan
    November 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Happy Saturday! Enjoy your day at the winery…even though it is incredibly cold! The Louisiana girl in me would have definitely pulled an extra sweatshirt on 🙂
    p.s.- pumpkin butter & almond butter make me a happy girl too!

  • Jamie
    November 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Ah i know the feeling of wanting to hibernate… but it feels so good to get out too. Have a good day!

  • Kristie Lynn
    November 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hopefully all that romping up and down the hills will warm you up!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I can’t believe its that cold there!!

  • Tania @ Moment Anew
    November 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Teehee! The Canadian in me read that as 33 degrees Celsius and I thought…damn that is HOT….and then I quickly realized you meant Fahrenheit 🙁 Wow, it’s actually colder where you are! It’s about 11 degrees Celsius/57 degrees Fahrenheit here in the Toronto area!!! Eeek!

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded)
    November 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Wow, I had no idea California was that cold! From one Florida girl to another, I feel your pain! Eventually you will get used to it though. 🙂

  • Ameena
    November 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

    California weather is weird. Sometimes its 45 in the morning here in LA but then 85 during the day!!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

    33 Degrees in Northern California in November? That’s highly unusual and a bit disturbing. Oh well, good excuse to curl up with some cider and a good read.

  • Jenna
    November 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

    wow! that is quite chilly in cali! have a great day at the winery!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 21, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It’s sunny and cold today too in Carmel. Power-walks in the cold are great. Am not a fan of gray days unless can sit by a fire, watch Rom-Coms, eat something terrific from Whole Foods + great wine. Plus watch the French version of Cinderella’s ‘So This is Love.’ Gah.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    November 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I love days like this, staying all warm and snuggly for a while and then braving the cold. It makes me feel at peace. Have a great day!

  • Still Life in South America
    November 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Do you usually enjoy a glass or half-glass of wine after your shift? That will warm you up.

    At least Dexter can snuggle with you now at home. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I love the pumpkin butter + almond butter + hot oats combo – very Autumn! I bet once you get in the sun and start movin’ you’ll warm up. You might want to invest in a pair of spandex running tights though (for both running, walking, cycling, and wearing under jeans!). They can be a god-send during cold weather 🙂

  • Jolene (
    November 21, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I am so jealous of the warm weather!!! Winter is coming in Saskatchewan, and there is nothing I can do to stop it!!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    November 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Just bundle up and maybe grab a Starbucks holiday treat–strictly for warmth purposes 🙂

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    November 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, it’s not even that cold hear! Bundle up, and have some tea!! =)


  • Jenny
    November 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    oh brr! At least you can wear cute scarves and mittens =)

  • Katie
    November 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    LOL I live in MO that is nothing although it’s been gorgeous here!

    I love being all bundled up though in the blankets cuddling with my puppy and a good book. So cozy!

  • Jaya
    November 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I realize how atrociously off-topic this is, but I somehow managed to find your coveted Lindt Fleur de Sel bar in Canada and you couldn’t be more right – every atom of it is perfection! I am visiting my sister in India next month, and I am definitely going to be bringing along a stash for her as well. Thanks for flagging this bar – it may have seemed like indulgence at the time, but I assure you that your unintentionally promoting it was pure altruism!
    Glad you had a great visit with your mom and a warm presence in your bed 🙂

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I thought of you as a drove past Healdsburg today on my way home. You’re a lucky girl to live in the heart of the beautiful vineyards.

  • Lizzie
    November 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    How fun to have Dexter back!!
    I haven’t been in Northern Cali in the winter, so not sure how cold it gets, but wondering if it might be an idea to invest in a North Face jacket? I bought their Metropolitan Parka (3/4 length) 2 weeks ago and even though it hasn’t dropped below freezing yet, I have already got my money’s worth out of it! It’s great b/c (well again, it hasn’t been below freezing, so this may change), I haven’t needed to layer up nearly as much as with my other coat (which is lined, but not ‘North Face’ lined ;)).

  • ellen eats beets
    November 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Those oats look they would warm the soul 🙂 I’m not excited to go back to a Boston winter. Australia has spoiled me

  • eatmovelove
    November 21, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great attitude about ‘feeling’ like it would be a good day – despite the cold! I’m so sick of crappy weather and it totally affects my mood negatively 🙁

  • Leah
    November 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I read that it was 33 degrees and got so jealous thinking how hot that is. Then I realized you’re not in Canada and you meant farenheit not celsius!!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    November 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Geez that’s colder than it is here in Illinois! yikes!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    November 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Time for lots of layers. That’s colder than it was in Boston – I ran outside it a short sleeve shirt earlier today!
    You’ll get acclimated though. I spent 3 years living in Houston – that was weather I never got used to – I definitely a New England girl at heart.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 22, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Ah, cold weather!! No bueno.. here is NYC we’ve been having freakishly warm weather, but usually we’re that chilly, too!

  • Tina
    November 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Looks amazing!!!

    I absolutely can’t STAND cold weather. I’m from Seattle, but still. I cannot handle the cold at all.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love pumpkin butter in oats with nut butter, so glad I discovered that too 🙂

  • Carolyn
    November 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    At least the wine will keep you warm. 🙂