Dessert/ Dinner

Getting Between The Lines

Whew! It’s been a really intense day of writing. I sort of feel like I want to pull my hair out right now.

I met with Marcy for almost three hours and we totally dug and tore into the middle section of my book. I had sort of forsaken it during the past couple weeks to work on the beginning and end and knew it needed some special attention. And wow….yeah…I have A LOT of work to do. Like, a lot a lot. I could probably pull all nighters from now until the end of the month and I still would have a lot of work to do. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh πŸ™ I snacked on half a clif bar (sorry no photo) and a cappuccino while we worked. I’ve started to opt for the full fat cappuccinos at the coffee shop and, let me tell you, they TOTALLY blow away anything made with nonfat or soy milk. Pshhh!

I got home around 5:30 and found myself in front of the fridge, mindlessly picking at the cold leftover macaroni and cheese. I figured I might as well just make it a meal so I reheated it with a little earth balance and then threw a laughing cow wedge in there as well. SO GOOD. This is definitely the secret to reheating Annie’s mac & cheese—-laughing cow!


I also had some TJ’s baked tofu and, errr, a pear. No veggies. Oops.

After I ate I debated opening up the bottle of wine that my new neighbor brought over but then decided to be lame and have a cup of tea instead. I’ve had a dull headache all day and thought wine might just put me over the edge.

Oh, the choices!

Dexter stared from his map
I also had some Annie’s bunnies with pb and jelly. It reminded me that I want to buy graham crackers next time I’m at the store.
I think it’s time to close the laptop now and start again in the morning.

ps–my mom just text messaged me to tell me that “she just became a vegetarian”. Dad, I don’t think you know this yet so…surprise! And mom, now you have almost a million people to keep you accountable! πŸ˜‰

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  • Such a Blessed Life
    March 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    You are a superstart Jenna. YOu’ll get the book done. Oh, and dexter is presh. He and my cat would make a great couple. ha!

  • Such a Blessed Life
    March 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Oops. Not superstart. SUPERSTAR. lol

  • Such a Blessed Life
    March 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Oops. Not superstart. SUPERSTAR. lol

  • Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    March 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Are the bunnies good? (meaning the cookies) I’ve been meaning to buy something sweet for dessert but lately I’ve been gnawing on a chocolate bar πŸ™
    Have you ever eaten at Cafe Gratitute in Berkeley?! Raw food but sounds delicious! I know you’ve eaten at Chez Panizze (sp?) and I’m SOOO jealous. Have a good night!

  • Marcy
    March 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Oh wow, I need to check out your blog more often! Those pictures of your car are crazy. I am completely wiped out too, but will resist pulling out my hair. I guess now we know why so many writers turn to the bottle. Ha!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    That’s what my tea stash looks like too. Except I have it all in their respective boxes so they take up a crap load of space! Try adding Greek yogurt to your Annie’s–so creamy!!

  • Tara
    March 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Haha what a funny text. That mac and cheese looks great!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    March 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Your tea sack looks a lot like my tea drawer!

  • Picnics and Peonies
    March 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Bah, I know the feeling of being overwhelmed by work (or school in my case)! I’m so excited for you to live in Paris again; it’s my favorite city in the world! I’m going to be there in July for a week… Maybe we can rendezvous? Have a great night!

  • Jamie @ Tearaveler
    March 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    reheating Annie’s Mac with Laughing Cow is the BEST!!! =) And I’m very jealous that you’re going to Paris! I was supposed to study abroad in the south of France (Cannes) but ran out of money… it’s on my someday list =)

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Hahaha Congrats to Mama ELR for being a Vegetarian πŸ˜‰

    Everything will work out with the book – it always does, yes? I believe in you!

    And full fall cappuccinos are where it’s at. Ok, how about just full falt dairy in general. Full fat everything. Yes, much better.

    You’re just headin’ to bed, and I’m just wakin’ up in Paris! So weird! Have a good night πŸ™‚

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    March 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Good luck to Mama ELR! And good luck to you, girl – I know it will be a busy month but I am positive the book will be fab!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Love today’s tea pics. I just realized I haven’t eaten meat in 6+ weeks. I don’t know if I want to make it official or not though…

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 5, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I think I’m going to smile widely whenever I hear or see the word ‘bunny crackers’. TOO CUTE.

  • Frogs and Men@ Paris Food Blog
    March 5, 2010 at 12:31 am

    i love ginger tea!

    laughing cow? you mean la vache qui rit? you must start preparing yourself for the summer
    a bientΓ΄t
    the paris food blague

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 5, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Awww, Dexter. Sooooo cute.

  • Frogs and Men@ Paris Food Blog
    March 5, 2010 at 12:34 am

    i love ginger tea!

    laughing cow? you mean la vache qui rit? you must start preparing yourself for the summer
    a bientΓ΄t
    the paris food blague

  • Erica
    March 5, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I’ve never liked macaroni and cheese leftovers because they just aren’t the same when reheated. But I’ll try your trick, because that sounds legit!!

    I love Stash’s teas- at school, our grocery store stocks the herbal sampler, which I adore. The licorice is my favorite- so sweet, but in an unexpected, not-fruity way!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    March 5, 2010 at 1:06 am

    You’ll get it done :D. You have a good idea of your audience already and know we’re all dying to read it… don’t stress toooooo much. It’s going to be great, even if you published it today! PS- Your Dexter looks just like my aunt’s Romeo.. cuties.

  • Becky
    March 5, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Your cat is so freaking cute. You definitely need to post more photos of him and the silly things he does. Love cats! πŸ™‚

  • Christina
    March 5, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Way to work so hard! It’s obvious you’re willing to put it all on the line to pursue your dreams.

  • christie, honoring health
    March 5, 2010 at 2:46 am

    You can do it! I have no doubts that your book is going to be awesome!

  • M
    March 5, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Go, ELR Mom, Go! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 5, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Just think of this book as the peak of the race. You’re at the highest and most intense peak now, but once you get through the editing, it’s all downhill and the finish line will be in sight.

    Best of luck!

  • Kelly
    March 5, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Whatis Dexter going to do this summer while you’re in France?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    March 5, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Holy tea! You have quite the selection there. πŸ™‚

  • Jil
    March 5, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Aww, congrats that you’re in that editing phase though!! πŸ™‚ Your book will be fantastic. I don’t get full fat often, but it is amazing what a difference it makes in flavor…mouth feel…all of it! πŸ™‚ Yummy.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 5, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Dexter!!! I’ve missed that hansome face on your blog! The book will get done…don’t stress out about it too badly! It will all be worth it when you’re in Paris πŸ™‚

  • Maya
    March 5, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Laughing cow makes ANYTHING better, n’est pas?

  • eatmovelove
    March 5, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Yeah – I can imagine there are alot of
    “I’m gonna pull my hair out” over whelming moments…blah.
    It’ll be fine.
    Can’t wait to see it out in the bookstores – keep your eye on the “prize”.

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 5, 2010 at 4:41 am

    When working on the book gets you stressed remember: this is YOUR dream. It’s hard now but imagine yourself in Paris with a finished book. BTW doesn’t laughing cow make everything taste better?

  • theemptynutjar
    March 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Jenna, you are a trooper….i read a random article before that said that most writers take YEARS to write a book…and then YEARS just to edit it…so you must be “jammed” up πŸ™‚ But you will do it, just take each day a second at a time.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    March 5, 2010 at 4:47 am

    That is such a cute text from your mom. Cheers to her for being a veggie now πŸ™‚

  • Marla
    March 5, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Dexter is sooooo cute!
    What are Dexter’s travel plans for the summer ? πŸ˜‰

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    March 5, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I still can’t believe how little time they give you to write a book these days! It seems kind of crazy! Sorry you’re so stressed. That’s what yoga and hot baths are for, right?? I hope you get through the editing phase but think of the sweet getaway at the end of it all where you will have nothing to do but enjoy Europe and write! πŸ™‚

  • Jody
    March 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Yum…..laughing cow in Annie’s mac and cheese sounds soooo good. I find that it’s hard to get the sauce to “stick” to the pasta. My Annie’s mac is always better when I have my second serving or leftovers when the sauce is thicker and sticks better to the pasta.

    Dexter is so cute….we don’t get to see him enough πŸ™‚

  • jen trinque
    March 5, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Mmmm, baked tofu (or regular tofu) and Mac and Cheese go so well together! Congrats to your mom on going veg, has she been veg before?

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 5, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Full fat lattes/cappuccinos really do make the world a better place.

    And good luck to your mom!


  • jenna
    March 5, 2010 at 5:19 am

    i agree with you 100% on full fat caps!! they rock my world for sure!!! they fill you up too and keep you full for so long!! πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait for this book! πŸ™‚ In the end it will be worth all the stress and long hours!!

  • kirsten
    March 5, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Yay congrats to your mom! She should do a guest post on how she likes being veg! πŸ™‚

  • Marla
    March 5, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Do you find the wriitng process more forced and strained with a deadline ,and more creative when just off the cuff?
    I guess it’s a bit like what came first the chicken or the egg! πŸ˜‰

    It just seems funny to read about you and Tina having to pump out pages for your book’s deadline.I think I always pictured writing a book more romantically (and less like homework!)

    Curious on your thoughts!You are definitely a talented young blogger and I am sure your book will be just as lovely!Your words have drawn me to your site many a time.Best wishes!

    PS Are you and Tina writing for the same publisher or are your similar deadlines just a coincidence?I was wondering if this is a publisher who is savvy to realize popular blogs mean a ready and waiting reading audience for book buying (if so, smart publisher to realize the far reach of blogs these days ,esp for a young female market!)

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    March 5, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Dexter looks so much like my “fur-nephew”, it’s ridiculous. He’s so gorgeous. πŸ˜€

    Don’t worry…the end is in sight for your book. It’s just about getting it as perfect as possible at this point. πŸ˜€ You’ll be great!

  • Daisy
    March 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I made Annies Mac n Cheese on monday too! Mine even looks like yours with the broccoli and all πŸ™‚ You should check out my pics!! Except, I didnt really have any leftovers. ahh im such a pig!

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    March 5, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I love “texts from Mom”…good for her for taking the leap!!

  • Sarah R
    March 5, 2010 at 5:59 am

    That is one amazing selection of tea. You’ll get that book done, and I just can’t wait!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    March 5, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Look at your mom go!!!! I know she will feel incredibly supported. πŸ™‚ She can learn a lot from YOU!

    Ugh, long writing days are intense. You are so close and doing so well!!!

  • Kelly
    March 5, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Leftover mac and cheese never tastes as good when you heat it up the next day. I have tried a million things. So sad.

  • Carolyn
    March 5, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Love Dexter on his map. I guess it’s a cat thing to like laying on paper. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 5, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Congrats to your mom!!! Amy’s mac and cheese – yummy! I love it cold actually.
    Dexter is precious, he looks exactly like my kitty.

  • brandi
    March 5, 2010 at 6:37 am

    at least your mom texts! My parents don’t know how to do that yet πŸ™‚

    I LOVE that lemon ginger tea. It’s so good.

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Good Luck with all your work! You’ll get it all done, and it will be great!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Good Luck with all your work! You’ll get it all done, and it will be great!

  • katherine
    March 5, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Congratulations to your mother on making such a commitment!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 5, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I feel nervous for you. But I’m sure you’ll get it all done by the deadline. I’ve heard the editing process is the most fun part of writing a book. πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 5, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Don’t stress, you’ll get it all done!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 5, 2010 at 7:03 am

    that’s so cute that your mom sent you a text message πŸ™‚ i bet you’re going to do great with your book deadline…you’ve really poured a lot of time and energy into it, and i can’t wait to read it!

  • Ashley
    March 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I totally have switched over to the full-fat latte’s or whatever I get…so much better…so worth it! I think it keeps me from buying quite as many too. MMmmmm πŸ™‚ Good luck with the book!

  • Sarah
    March 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Full fat is the best, right? I was recently in New York (I’m from Hollywood, CA) and at the grocery store, I picked up the full fat Greek yogurt on accident….and I’ve never looked back, yum!

    How will your Dad do without Mom cooking meat? Or will she still?

  • Lu
    March 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Dexter could be my cat’s long lost brother. They look exactly alike. Even down to the little locket white patch on his chest. There’s just something about a cappuccino with whole milk. Yum.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    March 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

    You will totally rock that book, Jenna. You’re awesome πŸ™‚ But I’m sorry about how daunting it seems right now..
    I LOVE Annie’s Bunny Graham’s. I just ate the last of mine yesterday!

  • Kim
    March 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I need to get more tea!! I’m jealous of your tea collection. I drink it everyday, and I go through it too fast.

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    March 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Dexter is a cutie! Where is he going to live when you go to Paris? Will he go back to FL with your parents???

  • MMiller
    March 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I have been making my own cappuccinos in the vitamix! They are just too easy! about 3/4 cup milk, 1 tsp instant coffee and 1 tbsp white choc chips and a little vanilla extract! But be warned, drinking them every day has me carrying around a few extra pounds! Don’t drink too many before you wear that LBD! You will need it to still fit! And I always used full fat milk and a squirt of whipped cream on top! Just went back to 1% so that I can still have them some days! Don’t stress about the book! You are doing so well with it! You will get it all done! I can’t wait to buy it!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    March 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I love that green plate with the polka dots…cute! πŸ™‚

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    March 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Half a Clif bar! Talk about willpower! I can never stop after only half, except if I left the other half at home just to make sure… πŸ˜‰

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    March 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I have a humongous tea stash, too! I have an entire drawer devoted to tea. Which reminds me – I haven’t had any tea for 2 days! I think I may have to reconnect with it this weekend.

    Thanks for the tip for Amy’s mac! I’ll have to remember that the next time I reheat it. πŸ™‚


  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    March 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, that is so cool about your mom! And your tea stash looks like mine, ha ha. Too many good choices πŸ˜‰

  • Stacey
    March 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I never thought about dipping the bunnie’s. I love a girl with lots of tea. πŸ™‚

  • LindsayRuns
    March 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Does it count if I put in the laughing cow when I’m making it the first time? And buttermilk instead of milk is awesome as well.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    March 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I love your cat!! I’m such a cat girl! I think it is hilarious how they always sit on papers. I have even found my cat camping out in paper bags…shes so strange, but I love her anyways.