So, today is sort of a big deal.

Like any well bred Southern girl, I was raised on college football. And not just any college football. I was raised on SEC football, which, if you are from the South, you know is more like a religion than anything else. When going to college, I was given a list of schools acceptable to apply to……the list consisted of schools only in the SEC. Yes, it might sound a little intense and even though I did end up transferring from Alabama to graduate from College of Charleston, but the Crimson Tide is still in my heart.

Call me crazy, but I’ve stood on the sidelines at games and cried when they lost and danced all night long when they won. Once, I was even on ESPN screaming my head off and jumping up and down in my cocktail dress and rainbow flops. Classy.
Okay so anyways, needless to say, I’m super excited for the game tonight and woke up at like 6:15 thinking about the spirit of Bear Bryant. Normal? I think so. I calmed myself down enough to eat some overnight chia oats

I used 1/3 cup oats, 1 T chia seeds, 1/3 c almond milk, 1/2 c yogurt, almond butter, banana, cinnamon and berry syrup 🙂
After breakfast I climbed back into bed with my tea and worked on the book for an hour. I have a little more work to do now before heading to the yoga studio to train and then take a “yoga strength bootcamp” class at 11:45. It might hurt. Especially since I’m already incredibly sore from staying in frog pose for an ungodly amount of time during yesterday’s class.
I shall return!

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  • Karla
    January 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    College football is so exciting! I like watching it when there are a lot of people around! Sadly, Cornell doesn’t really have a football team! I miss football games at Cal!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie
    January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

    My husband was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and is a huge Roll Tide boy! We will definitely be watching the game tonight and I’m sure like my husband, you’ll be screaming and hollering too! Roll Tide Roll!!!

  • Beth
    January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Uh oh, I’m a Longhorn and will be rooting for Texas all the way tonight!! HOOK ‘EM! 😉

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 7, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I’m from Texas (Texas Tech) but did graduate work at Alabama. Can’t wait to watch ‘Bama win! ROLL TIDE!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Hope your team wins, good luck! My college football was horrible…I wish I had such team spirit for a team, sounds like fun!

  • Jtine
    January 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    SO GLAD to see a Roll Tide post here – I’ve seen so many blog photos of people in burnt orange I could puke (I’m a USC Trojans fan, and I absolutely hate everything about Texas with every cell of my being so I’m one of the biggest Tide fans outside the SEC today!) Good luck!!

  • Yasmin
    January 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Oh no honey, you’ve got it all wrong! I graduated from UT and I’ve got my burnt orange on and my horns up!! Hook ’em! You’re going down 😉

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Love college football – we have been waiting all week for the game!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    January 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I go to an SEC school and don’t pay the least bit of attention to football. People think I’m NUTS.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    January 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Oooo I hear you girl – us Iowa Hawkeye fans are NUTS about our team!! They just beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday – couldn’t be prouder! Enjoy your day, and the game!

  • ellen eats beets
    January 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Love college football, just not my college’s football. We are not too good 🙁 Breakfast looks yum, have fun at yoga!

  • Jil
    January 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Lovvvve college football!! I’m not a southern girl, but I still love it!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

    This is my favorite time of college football season! Will definitely be watching!

  • Carolyn
    January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I thank God every day that my husband doesn’t watch sports. Not sure why, though, considering his hobby is cars which is a much more expensive one. LOL 🙂 Hope your team wins!!

  • devon
    January 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I completely understand. I’m a huge FSU fan, and I was raised in the South. I married into a family of Gators though. GO BAMA!

  • Ameena
    January 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

    College football is great…not that I really understand football but I love having it on the background!!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    January 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Yoga strength bootcamp sounds fun!

  • Rachel
    January 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I didn’t realize you went to CofC. I went there for a semester before transferring. Charleston is so beautiful… I miss it! I don’t miss the random rain showers though.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    January 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I am more of a pro football fan — I think is how most North Easterners are (Go Giants!)

  • Amandamoo
    January 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Since the husband works in sports radio my life pretty much revolves around sports (except when I’m at work, then I get some peace!). I totally get your enthusiasm! Plus, the championship games are so much fun to watch simply because of all the excitement from the students!!

  • Sarah
    January 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    My husband is so fired up for this game even though both of our loyalties lie with the Pac 10. Good luck with Yoga bootcamp!

  • Kelly B.
    January 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Oh sorry Jenna…GO LONGHORNS! I went to rival Texas A&M but I live in Austin so I gotta root for my State, City, AND conference! BIG 12 all the way! 🙂 Hope it is a good game! 🙂

  • Jenna H
    January 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m from Texas (which I think is hilarious that most people just say I’m from The South but us crazy Texans always specify) and college football is just as intense here as I’m sure you can imagine so today is a big deal in my house as well :). I was also given a list of schools based on their football teams, TCU being the only non-Big 12 school allowed and even that was a stretch for my family. When I got accepted I was allowed to go only on the condition I cheer for Texas in all their Big 12 games. Kidding, but not really. ( if i had chosen A&M i seriously wouldve been disowned.) I go to TCU and bleed purple, but was raised on Texas Football and am so excited about today’s game. Hopefully Mack Brown, Shipley, and Colt can ease the hurt of TCU not ending up undefeated. (it’s too soon to talk about..)

    It should be a great game and p.s- The eyes of Texas are upon you 😉

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    January 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love the flapper costume!

    And the lovely cinnamon-topped oats! Oatmeal and chia seeds sound like perfecto football watching fuel 🙂

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind
    January 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I feel ya. There’s just something about football that pumps me up!

  • Sarah
    January 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

    wish my alma mater (illinois) was good at football! when i was a soph in college we went to the national championship for basketball…we almost lost to arizona in the elite 8 and i def was crying like a crazy person. we ended up coming back and winning and my friend who was with me was not a sports fan and im pretty sure i freaked her out:)…hope alabama wins! o also my best friend bartends at the official alabama alumni bar in chicago so if you are ever in chicago you should go! its called houndstooth!

  • holly
    January 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

    i have a random question~
    do you still work doing wine tastings? i apologize if i have missed a post about this- but i have noticed you being home alot working on the book, doing yoga or working at the yoga studio, or traveling around seeing friends. just curious if you still have the job you moved there for-


    • jenna
      January 7, 2010 at 9:53 am


      Yep, I still work there. Only like once a week and starting again later in the month.

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Aw…that flapper costume is super fun! Your oats look yummy. 🙂

    Have a great day Jenna!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    January 7, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I’ve got to try me some overnight oats! The good thing about being sore FROM yoga is that MORE YOGA usually helps! :>

  • Meg
    January 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I can’t believe you went to Alabama! I graduated from UA in 2003, and of course, will definitely be rooting for them tonight! Great post, as always. 🙂

    Roll Tide, Roll!

  • Paige
    January 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    ROLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!! I think we were probably at THE University at the same time actually. I can’t WAIT for tonight and I think we have a great chance at winning.

    I love reading your posts everyday! What an adventurous, sweet spirit you have! Keep up the great work.

    living vicariously through you in (FREEZING) Alabama!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Oh you southern girls 🙂

    I wish I understood the difference between college and NFL. Alas my family didn’t grow up with it and I didn’t start watching it until I was in HS.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Aww, it was fun to see a couple of your college pics. Just curious, are you still working for the winery? Happy Game Day!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 7, 2010 at 9:59 am

    P.S. I had a dream you were my roommate last night : )

  • Allison K
    January 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Have fun watching the game tonight!

  • JW
    January 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Rollll Tide Jenna!! I am so excited about the game! My family and I are big Alabama fans. My parents are out there now along with my aunt and grandparents!! They toured Hollywood/LA yesterday and said there were Alabama fans everywhere!! LOL. Wish I could have gone, but I gotta work:(.

  • Chelsea
    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 am


    That is all.

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    January 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

    College football really is exciting. Especially if you have a good team to root for 🙂

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Roll tide is sort of in the family, well the family meaning very close friends of ours. So we are definitely rooting for them. Go ‘bama!!

    Sweet home Alabama..
    Roll, tide, roll! 😉

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I know less than nothing about sports (except for the SF Giants), but best of luck to your team!

    Your overnight oats look delish! Good luck with yoga-boot camp, yeesh, that sounds intimidating!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    That flapper picture is so cute!

  • Madison
    January 7, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hook ’em Horns!!!!!

    (…sorry for that!) By the way… those oats look insanely awesome! Yummy!

  • mrs. smith
    January 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    San Francisco undoubtedly has the best food ever! It’s amazing.

    That cookie place looks so cute. I’ve been through SF with my mom’s friends – 3rd generation SF locals – and they’ve steered me clear of Castro. Next time I’m going with my husband, and maybe then we’ll be brave enough to check it out that place!

  • Lauren
    January 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    You might have shared this before, but i was wondering why you transferred from Alabama to the College of Charleston?

  • JenniferfromLaJolla
    January 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

    SEC! SEC! SEC! I am a Georgia Bulldog and while I love living in Southern California, I have to agree–they don’t get just how important college football is here! I am rooting for BAMA and not-so-secretly hoping that when the Tide wins it all, Kirby Smart will announce that he is returning home to be the DC for the Dawgs!

  • Ellen
    January 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I graduated from UT, live in Austin, so I say—–Longhorns all the way!!!!

  • Ellen
    January 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I graduated from UT, live in Austin, so I say—–Longhorns all the way!!!!

  • Ana
    January 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

    yeaaa! SEC football is the ONLY college football! i went to LSU but my other half loves Bama. so football trash talk is constant! especially with the awesome season Bama is having compared to the crappy games LSU has had! Roll Tide!

  • Jenna
    January 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Yummy oats!!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Enjoy the game tonight! Overnight oats are a hit in blog world today! 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    January 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    haha, sweet flapper girl picture!

  • Molly
    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

    college football might be one of my favorite things in the world. Im not from the south, but I know what you mean about the intensity. I love it!
    Good luck today 🙂

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    January 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    That’s awesome how much passion you have for your team! Love the ESPN story – too funny!
    Are you training for anything specific? Good luck at the yoga class – it does sound intense!

  • Jenny
    January 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Go Bama! I’m more of a BIG 10 person but hey any football is good football 😉

  • Marianne
    January 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    As a loyal Auburn fan I am going to have to say “HOOK EM HORNS!” Even though I am a SEC fan I just can’t cheer for Bama!

  • Rachel
    January 7, 2010 at 10:59 am

    The eyes of Texas are upon you, you cannot get away.
    Do not think you can escape them, at night or early in the morn’.
    The eyes of Texas are upon you, ’till Gabriel blows his horn!!!

    Hook ’em Horns!!!!!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    January 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am a total Yankee, but one of my best friends was raised in Austin, so I kind of get it!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat)
    January 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I live in a college town so football is kind of a big deal here too. I’m really like football but I think it’s more about being at the game with all of the energy and craziness!

  • Brea
    January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I think you are totally normal. You are describing me on Monday. I’m a huge Boise State fan and they played in the Fiesta Bowl against TCU on Monday night. I woke up in the morning thinking about them and I was excited and nervous throughout the whole day. I’m a huge fanatic as well 🙂 When Boise won I called my grandparents who live in Boise (I live on the east coast) just to celebrate with them!!

  • Christen
    January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I live in Tuscaloosa and although I am not a Tide fan (grew up in Tennessee, Go Vols — sorry!), it has been so easy to get caught up in the excitement and mayhem. Its still the SEC and football! So many of my friends are out in CA right now and seriously, here in Tuscaloosa it is like a holiday — people are taking off work, calling in sick, and there is a snow alert so businesses and schools are closing. Crazy!

  • Jamie
    January 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Have fun at the game!! I love being so excited that I can’t sleep.. 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    January 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    goodluck to your boys! sending them good vibes today 😉

  • Nicole @ kismetsbooty
    January 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I went to an SEC school Auburn…War Eagle! be exact. So I know exactly what it is like. I was there for every game home and away my freshman year and I was born and raised in Cape Cod Mass. I love it, every minute. So unfortunately I will have to go with Texas…cause I just can’t bring myself to cheer for Bama…but I still love!!

  • Mary
    January 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Woo hoo!! SEC football is the best! It really is like a religion here!! Speaking of Charleston, can you suggest some restaurants there? I will be going in February for vacation!

    Thank you! Love your blog! 🙂

  • Emily
    January 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I LOVE college football, especially SEC! But as an Auburn student and lifelong Tiger fan, I’m going to have to cheer for those longhorns! 🙂

  • Kimberly Lee
    January 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Being a southern girl myself, I understand the importance of college football. Although, my heart belongs to my alma mater Georgia Tech.

  • Michelle
    January 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Roll Tide!! I graduated from UA and will be cheering for them all night (even though I was raised and now live in Texas)!

    My UT friends are going down! lol

  • Marcy
    January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I follow your blog everyday but think I may have missed a post…are you not working at Michel Schlumberger any longer? Love the pictures of you in the flapper costume! Looks like a fun time.


  • Jenny
    January 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Ohh SEC football. As an Ole Miss student you can probably imagine that I relate a great deal to this phenomena…sure makes for lots of excitement to look forward to!

  • Dad!!
    January 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great blog post today! Roll Tide!!
    Love Dad

  • Katharine
    January 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Love that you stick to your Southern roots!

  • meagan
    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    they eyes of texas are upon you…hook ’em!!

  • Leslie
    January 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm


  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    January 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Jenna I love you but hook em

  • katie
    January 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Aww Jenna! wish u could come watch it with me and my friends at clemson!! 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    LOL…bless you for being wiling to post old photos of yourself on the internet!

    HOOK ‘EM, HORNS!!!!!!

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    January 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    loooving the flapper costume.

    what i wouldnt’ give for a good theme night right now…

  • Cynde
    January 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    You look so much like (Lauren Conrad) L.C. from the Hills…… Have you heard that before??

  • ole miss grad, alabama fan
    January 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Just came across your blog today, and what a treat to see your Alabama post- that alone made me add this to my bookmark list on my toolbar. I’m an Ole Miss alumna (Hotty Toddy!), but I was raised in Alabama on Crimson Tide football. I too woke up excited about tonight’s game… ROLL TIDE ROLL! 18 years is far too many years without a national championship…

  • Leah
    January 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    College football is not a big thing in Canada I guess. Have fun watching the game!

  • Tara
    January 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’m a born and raised southern girl too, but I was born in the BEST state in the south..TEXAS that is. HOOKEM HORNS!!! GET READY TO BE CRUSHED BY THE HORNS!!! My dad and brother are at the game right now, and they met Sandra Bullock, Ryan Seacrest, and Matthew McConnaughey at a party for the Horns last night…bet Bama didn’t get that kind of star treatment!! HOOKEM HOOKEM HOOKEM!!!!!!!!

  • amanda
    January 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Have a great time watching the game. As always your breakfast looks yummy!

  • Naomi (onefitfoodie)
    January 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    LOVe the pics!!! I went to a small school so never got to experience the whole sat college game day football, our games were small and not many peopel attended! I would have loved to see a REAL college football game!

  • Sarah T
    January 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    War Eagle! (Sorry, had to say it…)

  • Lee
    January 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I have a houndstooth jacket and people are always telling me “Go Roll Tide” when I wear it. I finally had to ask someone what the connection was.

  • Kristy
    January 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Have some football fun! I was just curious if you are still working or not? Maybe I missed that post?

  • Katie
    January 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Can’t say I was planning to watch this Alabama-Texas game but it started as soon as I got on the dreaded treadmill today and I remembered how excited you were in this post! The first quarter helped me run for a half hour and I walked hills for the second quarter.. twice as long as I planned to work out, great! I credit fun college football, go Bama 😉

  • lauren
    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Jenna! I’m confused — I thought at one point on the blog you mentioned you went to Elon University or Ferrum or something… you went to Bama? Cool!

  • Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life
    January 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I love feeling sore after a workout. It really makes me feel like I WORKED something! Good job! And that bbq looks absolutely delish 🙂

    Yay Bama!

  • Cheryl
    January 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Yum yum! Breakfast looks delicious!

  • Alaina
    January 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I’m late on this post! But I totally didn’t get the college football thing until I moved to Florida where I’m now a FLORIDA GATOR! So I understand now, haha. Football really is like a religion around here and it makes your college experience so much richer if you get into the team spirit.

    Congrats to Bama on the win, and I cheered for them…as difficult as it was after that ridiculous SEC title game :[