Hand Over Your Lettuce

My new macro lens came today and I love, love, love it!

I mean, who wouldn’t want to take the most up close and personal photographs of lettuce?
I’m getting hungry again just looking at it!
It even makes channa masala look pretty!
Well, sorta.
That would be Trader Joe’s brand, in case you were wondering. I rarely ever buy frozen entrees anymore because I lack both a microwave and the patience it takes to cook frozen meals in the oven. However, tonight I really wasn’t in the mood to cook so there ya go.
Anyone have those days where you just feel scatterbrained to the point of tears? I have no clue what was wrong with me today, but I just felt like I was on the verge of crying all day long. I couldn’t get my act together and my mind was everywhere. It’s a complete miracle I didn’t drop 6509 Riedl glasses at work, or even break one for that matter. Goodness!
And on that note, I think I need some chocolate. Stat.
Edited two hours later to add:
Sometimes all you need is a really good book. I feel SO much better and I didn’t even have to eat the chocolate.
Now, an hour past the time I previously edited.
Frozen banana soft serve with freshly whipped cream and dark chocolate chips.
Suddenly, all balance has been restored to my life.
I’m really going to bed now. Goodnight.

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  • Angela
    August 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Those photos look amazing! Makes me want to eat a salad!

  • Erin
    August 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Yum, I love Trader Joe’s packaged meals. They actually have great ingredient lists — the pre-made Indian food has really simple ingredients, like tomatoes and chickpeas, without preservatives or nasty additives. Yum.

  • sarah
    August 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i know what you mean…i had a week like that last week, nothing wrong i was just a mess. good luck, hopefully chocolate will help!

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    August 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    hahaha! Love it! SO glad you got your lense. I had chana masala tonight too! I made it from your recipe :)…it was amazing.

  • Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes
    August 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Oh yes, and today was ALSO one of those days for me. I think I’m hardwired sometimes to just be going in 79 gazillion directions that I can’t think straight.
    Love the photography!

  • crunchy granola gal
    August 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    oh wow. i need a good camera.

    i have days sort of like that – i don’t feel like crying, but i get randomly depressed about everyone and everything and can’t seem to find a way out of it. i usually feel better the next day though – just another silly girly moody thing 😉 ugh. but guess what? it’s almost friday!

  • eatmovelove
    August 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Well – I did cry all day at work – tucked away in the office, in the bathroom…drying my red face…long, hard day.

    But alas, I am alive. And I Thank God for that.

    Always be Grateful for what we have people. Because we are lucky to even have that.

    And I think your photos are stellar. Who knew lettuce could look so lovely? …lettuce…really?… 🙂

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life
    August 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, I really want a new camera now!!! I never saw chana masala look so good!

  • Molly
    August 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am so scatterbrained, too! It’s been bringing me anxiety. My attempt fix: large to do lists to get organized

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    August 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve definitely been on that teary anxious mode recently. Unfortunately I think too much chocolate made it worse not better. Hope yours does the trick.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    chocolate is always the way to go. and you’re right…it must be a great lens if it makes channa masala look beautiful 🙂

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Great photos!! And when I feel the way you felt today, I’m about ready to begin that dreaded monthly cycle. And the older I get, the more hormonal…yuk…..but at least it will pass. Chocolate and wine is always a help:)

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    August 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    WOW! that salad looks sexy! sweet lens 🙂 🙂

    and absolutely. I feel like that has happened to me a lot, especially when i worked at a coffee shop >.< people are crazy about their coffee! lol 🙂

  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    August 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    loving ur macro lens just as much. cuz one can now FULLy appreciate having the sensation that if i move a couple centimetres to the screen, your salad and masala will jump right into my belly!! <3

  • Courtney (Delightful Devours)
    August 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Wow beautiful photographs. You always have great photos!

  • Kim
    August 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I had the same kind of day. Full moon?
    You took some pretty photos, though!

  • Angharad
    August 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I hate days like that! And you describe it perfectly…I get clumsy and scatterbrained and just ARGH! And then I want to cry a lot.

    Go eat some chocolate.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    August 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I recently broke my macro lens and had to buy a new one. Now the new one is sitting there unopened, LOL. I really need to switch back again!

    Oh, and that salad looks divine. I love salads, they’re in my top 5 favorite foods. 🙂


  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    August 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I just posted about having on those days…when you are on the brink of crying and feel frustrated/sad/lost. Yes, I soothed my soul with chocolate and ice cream.

    I want your lens!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I completely agree about the book part! Sometimes all you need is just a good read and you feel TONS better. It’s cheap escapism 😀

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    August 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous – I think macro lenses are so much fun. Books are such great things – they really do take you to a different place. I sometimes get so immersed in the story that I am reading that I’m unaware of what is happening around me.

  • Heather
    August 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Totally can relate to your day, but thankful for the blessing to live another day 🙂 I have a Francine Rivers book waiting for me on my book shelf… I think this is a sign to start reading!! Enjoy!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    August 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    yay for a new lens!!! 🙂

  • Sana
    August 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Since my mom makes fresh channa- it would be a sin to buy it frozen. But I am glad you like it!

  • Marie
    August 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    So true… sometimes zoning out to a good book just brings more peace to my world. Nothin’ wrong with chocolate, though 😉

    • Marie
      August 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Or banana soft serve, for that matter… yum.

      • sherri
        August 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

        i concur…

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    August 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I lovee you for making homemade whipped cream for your healthy BSS. mmm!

  • Dorry
    August 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    That’s some of the best-looking banana soft-serve I’ve ever seen! Love me some chocolate chips.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    August 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Having just moved cross-country and enduring unemployment (which I’m happy to report, am no longer enduring), I know how it feels to feel anxious and on the brink of a teary breakdown. I’ve been like that for the past month, and I feel for those around me who’ve had to put up with it. A good chunk of your novel should help you escape with whatever’s making you tick.

    I’m very impressed by the quality of your photos! That camera was a worthy investment, indeed. Looking forward to the many more gorgeous food shots to come!

  • Amanda
    August 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thats how I was yesterday… constantly on the verge of tears. For no reason. Yuck!

  • Carlos
    August 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Wow great shots. The dessert looks amazing…now I want some.

  • Hwasun
    August 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Yes I do know how you felt like. I have been feeling like that for 3 days now. I want it to be over soon enough so I can go back to my normal life. I probably have to go get some chocolate too!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    August 6, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I think that dessert would put anyone back in a better mood.

  • Lacey
    August 6, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I love banana soft serve with whipped cream on to. Even my husband loves it and he is not one for healthy treats. I bet my chocolate chip cashew cookie dough balls could be great shopped up in some to make a healthy version of chocolate chip cookie dough icecream. Gonna have to try that! ….runs off to put some bananas in the freezer.

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    August 6, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Has frozen banana soft serve ever looked better? If THAT didn’t clear your mind, I don’t know what would! 😉

  • eatmovelove
    August 6, 2010 at 4:31 am

    oh my God!

    Your Edits are hilarious! SOoooo true….

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 6, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Awesome lens! I’d love to get a macro. I can’t decide between that or a wide lens. Both would be wonderful to own. 😀

    (p.s. your banana softserve looks amazing! 😀 )

  • Amy
    August 6, 2010 at 6:06 am

    New lens, banana soft serve and a good book. Sounds like a wonderfully cathartic evening to me!

  • Kristin
    August 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Francine Rivers book and any combination of bananas and chocolate….if that doesn’t do the trick, what would?! For those of you who have never read her Redeeming Love…best book. Ever. Jenna, hope your day today goes better!!

    • sarah k. @ the pajama chef
      August 6, 2010 at 7:01 am

      i was just going to say that! redeeming love is great! my sister- who doesn’t like to read 🙁 – even enjoyed it and read it in less than a week!

  • Jess
    August 6, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Francine Rivers, my favorite 🙂 Her best is Redeeming Love. Actually, that is not just her best, but the best book in the world.

  • Alyssa
    August 6, 2010 at 7:34 am

    That new lens really is fantastic 🙂 Great buy!


  • Shelly
    August 6, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I felt that way- frazzled to the point of tears for no good reason yesterday. I find that happens to me during my *ahem* monthly cycle.
    I find cardio and chocolate help quite a bit!

  • Camille
    August 6, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I love the new lens!
    The soft serve looks incredible!

  • Shanon
    August 6, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Reedeming Love is on my booklist of must reads! Let me know if you like it.

  • Lauren
    August 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    your plates are ADORBS!!! i want!

  • Jen
    August 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Looks like I need to make a Trader Joe’s run!
    If you are a Francine Rivers fan…I’m assuming you’ve read Redeeming Love. If you haven’t…you NEED to!
    It’s my FAVORITE book!!!
    (and your blog is one of my FAVORITE, DAILY MUST reads).

    Thanks for blogging!!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    August 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

    lol. And your night is complete! :p

  • Beth
    August 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I had the same kind of day yesterday – just wanted to cry and was not happy…we all have those days and it does feel great when you get past them. I do think mine had something to do with my high school 10 year reunion this upcoming weekend…puts me in a weird mind frame. Oh well, it will be fun!
    I hope you are feeling better today and have a great weekend!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    August 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I’ve had several of those kind of days lately. 🙁 I start freaking out about everything I want to do, need to do, and should do, but never have the time for. Work has been crazy, so that’s not helping.

    But then last night and the night before, I went on a really hard run. I can’t believe how much better I felt! I mean, I was sore, sweaty, and gasping for air, but I think the endorphins pumped me up. Plus, I probably slept much better. 🙂

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

  • Kaitlin With Honey
    August 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I will definitely be copying that dessert… possibly this weekend!

  • Christine
    August 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, the new lens really does make everything look awesome. I am stuck in the stone age with a AA battery-powered point-and-shoot, and you have no idea how jealous I am that your camera can adequately capture the magnificence that is banana soft serve. No joke.

  • Janice
    August 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Oh that’s the new Francine Rivers book about her mother right? so want to read that – currently working on book 1 of the Mark of the Lion series 😉
    I love the pics? The new lens?
    Oh and channa masala – I think I cook up a batch 1x a wk now – my Hubs favorite meal 😉
    Many blessings!!!