Breakfast/ Dinner

Home Sweet California

After a lovely 13 hour day of traveling, California welcomed me home!

We finally lifted off from Dallas…only an hour late!


Don’t yell at me, but I enjoyed my favorite carbonated beverage up in the air 😉


I LOVE me some diet dr.pepper. Artificial sweeteners and all…its just so good once it hits your lips. I figure one every once in awhile won’t kill me. I also ate a balance bar…but it escaped my iphone camera lens (real camera is smooshed up in my carry-on bag and it took me a reallyyyy long time to zip up the zipper on that so I was scared to open it and dig out said camera…somehow no matter what I always come home with way more stuff than I left with..hmmmm)

My flight finally arrived at 4:30 and Beth was there waiting for me! Such a great friend, no?! 🙂 I was STARVING since it felt like almost 8:00 and we grabbed a quick bite at this amazing hole in the wall Thai restaurant near her house. The picture quality here isn’t the best because I still couldn’t reach my Canon at the bottom of my suitcase and used my iphone.

Anyways, I ordered the thai green curry with tofu and brown rice and it was faaaabulous!!!!


It was my first Thai curry since I was 18! There’s actually a really bad story involving me and curry, and I won’t get into details here, but let’s just say it was bad enough to make me stay away from the stuff for almost seven years. However, Beth talked me into it last night and I decided to bring it back in my life!
I felt like I was running a marathon when I was driving home. I was SO TIRED and just wanted to be at the finish line (aka my bed). I finally got home and fell into my clean sheets at 9:00 and slept like an absolute rock for the next eight hours.
Then, it was time for oats in a jar!

Mmmm mmm good. I used 1/3 cup oats, 1 T chia, 3/4 cup almond milk and some dried cherries…plus Barney Butter of course!
Gosh…haven’t even unpacked my suitcase yet. Since I’m up at the crack of dawn anyway, I think I might just hit the road again to go pick up Dexter. He’s all the way in Petaluma, which is about 40 minutes away but the place closed last night before I could get there. Other plans for the day include grocery shopping, writing a ton and biking.
Happy Tuesday!

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  • Kati @ Living Well
    February 9, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Glad you made it home safely! It’s always so nice to fall into your own bed when you’ve been away for a while. Seeing your oats makes me wish I’d made some this morning! I had Averie’s vegan pancakes instead :> Yum!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 9, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Oh I absolutely LOVE curry. It’s bad though because it’s one of those foods that I cannot stop eating until the plate is gone! Clears the sinuses too. haha.

  • Karla
    February 9, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Glad to see you made it home safely!!
    I loooove Thai curry! I’m sort of curious what your story with it is….

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    February 9, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I love me some diet dr. pepper! Good choice 🙂 And green thai curry is delish! Although you have to be careful – I once made the mistake of running too soon after eating it. Yikes.

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Glad that you made it home! 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    February 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

    welcome home to california! sounds like a long day of traveling!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Glad you made it home safe! I love Thai food, but have actually never tried curry anything. I don’t know what’s holding me back!

  • Olga @ Healthing It
    February 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

    What a great plan: writing and biking…that sounds awesome 🙂
    I love Diet Dr. Pepper too! But for the past 3 flights I’ve been on, they didn’t have it!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Glad you gave curry another chance! I’ve actually never had Thai food. And we have three really good Thai places in town. I think I know what I’m going to have for dinner one night this week 🙂
    Glad you were able to get back safely!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:11 am

    glad you are back safe and sound – have a lovely bike ride!

  • Run Sarah
    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Sounds like a long trip home! That Thai curry looks amazing, SO good!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    February 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Whew what a long day of travelling!

  • megan
    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I love diet dr. pepper too 🙂 I have a can waiting for me on my shelf at work actually. It’s a great treat when I’m bored and tired at work!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

    whoaaaaaaaaa . . . Dr Pepper is my secret mistress. It is really so delicious yet do bad!

  • Becky
    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Thai food is the best, esp. thai green curry! Delish! Glad you and thai food reintroduced yourselves to each other! I bet your kitty is totally missing you- it’ll be great for you to pick him up!

  • Jil
    February 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Aww, what a good friend! and yes green curry!! loovve it!

  • Christie
    February 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I love the Old School reference to go along with that tasty Diet Dr. Pep! One of my favs, once it hits your lips 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I’m sure Dexter will be so happy to see you!

    And I agree that the occasional soda won’t kill you. It might kill me but not the normal person.

  • islandgirleats
    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Nothing wrong with Dr. Pepper! I can’t remember the last time that I had one, but they are GOOD!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Diet Dr Pepper is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and that green curry looks fabulous! It is one of my favorites as well! I hope you’re starting to feel a little more rested! Traveling will take it out of you for sure!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 9, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Diet Dr Pepper is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and that green curry looks fabulous! It is one of my favorites as well! I hope you’re starting to feel a little more rested! Traveling will take it out of you for sure!

  • Laura Georgina
    February 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

    It’s great to be home, isn’t it! Just wait till you get your Dexter back and then you’ll truly have arrived 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I miss curry too! I haven’t had any bad experiences with it though…I can only imagine haha
    Enjoy your day 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I love diet drinks…i don’t drink them all the time, so i figure when I do it’s not going to be TOO bad for me. have fun with mr. dexter and hope the bike ride goes well too 🙂

  • The Brunette
    February 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

    So happy that Thai curry is back in your life! Coconut milk and lemon grass make anything taste good.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    February 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Mmmm….I couldn’t stay away from Thai curries if I tried! Hope you can rest up from your travels. 🙂

  • Katie @Run This Life
    February 9, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Mmmmmm. Diet Dr. Pepper- it’s so good, you just have to have one sometimes! I am sure that Dexter was so happy to see you…It was nice to see how much you enjoyed being home!

  • Katharine
    February 9, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Mm, thai food! So good. Glad you had a nice visit home! Welcome back to San Fran. 🙂

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    February 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Glad you arrived safe and sound!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Glad you made it home! A little artificial sweetner once in a while never hurt anyone 😉

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    February 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

    That curry looks fantastic and is making em crave Thai food. I will have to go get some soon. Glad you got home safely 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Glad you had a safe flight. And there’s nothing wrong with a little Dr. Pepper now and then!

  • amanda
    February 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Glad to see you made it back safe and sound in cali!

  • Ally (Exercise and Pies)
    February 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Diet Dr. Peppers is always sooo amazing. and vanilla coke zero. (i like a little bit of fake stuff… its my downfall)

    Glad you made it back safe!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

    grocery shopping, a foodie’s favorite chore =)

  • Tiffany
    February 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

    wow, sounds like you had quite the travels! i’m sure it’s both bittersweet and comforting to be back “home” in california. your thai curry looks yummy! have a great and relaxing day!

  • eatmovelove
    February 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I like how you’ve embraced your new place as home – truly a grown up girl ;)…also how do you feel about eating out most of the time?? versus making your own stuff? like soups , sandwiches and stuff. I love it! It seems alot of people harp on the control over your own ingredients and such. Bah!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I *love* Thai food — need to get some this week, for sure!

    My weakness is Diet Coke. I drink water 99% of the time but maybe once every three months, I just need that fix. 😉

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    February 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Glad to hear you arrived home safely. Hope you get a lot checked off your list today.

    A @ Still Life

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    February 9, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Love thai curry! Must have been a terrible experience!

  • Kristina
    February 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Thai food is the BEST! Glad that you have been reunited in a good way.

  • Jessica
    February 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    ok, after reading your blog for a while I bought some tempeh and had it raw for lunch with cheese and japalenos and spinach…

    super yum,

  • Lauren
    February 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

    No shame in the soda! I don’t see you turning into a lazy, soda drinking slob any time soon. 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    That sounds like a nice day and glad you made it home safe! Clouds are so incredible looking when you are above them… beautiful. And Diet Dr. Pepper… there’s always room in my life for that. Enjoying it every now and and then is no worse than any other treat 🙂

    I love thai but not a fan of curry. I’ve only had it once but It was no bueno..

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    That Thai curry looks delicious! Glad you allowed the food to make a comeback in your dietary life!

    While I don’t drink diet sodas anymore, I do remember enjoying Diet Dr. Pepper. It was the least “diet tasting” of all the flavors out there.

  • Allison k
    February 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Welcome home and welcome back the land of thai curry. Thai curry is my absolute favorite curry…I love all kinds! now i’m craving some!

  • tiffnie
    February 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    oh my goodness, I love Thai food! I’ve been lurking around your blog for awhile but it took curry to beckon me out of hiding ;P Where is that restaurant? I’ve only been to Thai restaurants on the Inner and Outer Sunsets and am looking for new places to try…

  • Jenna
    February 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Glad your back home!!

  • ellen eats beets
    February 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I ate sooooo much thai curry while in Thailand. It was absolutely amazing, and I’m waiting to find a place near me that makes it as well!

  • Megan
    February 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’ve had some bad curry experiences/curry fears as well–you might have inspired me to try it again!!

    But maybe not…

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I love your cloud shot from the plane – it looks very neat. 🙂
    I’ve never really had a lot of curries in my life, but I’ve been trying to venture out a bit more. I love some spicy food!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Welcome back!!! I was in the Dallas airport yesterday too– we might have crossed paths!!

    Mmmm…I LOVE me some Thai green curry. Delicious!

  • Deanna
    February 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    LOVE Thai food. Just started eating it recently and haven’t gotten into curry yet but want to. Also, my downfall is Diet Coke! So bad for you. Planning on giving it up for Lent then for GOOD, but like everyone else said, every now and then isn’t bad. 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    February 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Welcome back to the sunshine state!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Diet soda in general is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think every once in a while is fine. Don’t apologize for that!! Glad you made it back safely, though I can guess how bittersweet it was to leave Florida. Praying for you, that God will fill you with his peace and that your family have an easy move!

  • Kelly
    February 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Glad you made it home safe! Your thai dish looks yummy! I wanted to ask you – any chance you could provide the recipe for the buffalo shrimp that your mom made? I totally understand if it’s going in your book, but I thought I would check! I’ve seen it on your blog before, and I really want to make it! 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    February 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Glad to hear that you made it home safe – and that you got some well deserved rest 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    February 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Oh man, that’s my fav carbonated drink/soda too!!! I rarely have it but it’s delish, ain’t no shame in enjoying a diet soda!

  • rebecca lustig
    February 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Yum I LOVE curry!

    soo lucky you’re in warm cali. the second blizzard of the week covers all of Pittsburgh, ha.
    Have a good night
    bec xo

  • Leah
    February 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Thai curry is pretty much my favorite thing ever. Maybe I should go get some this week.

  • hemp jogger
    February 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    diet drP is my secret crack. LOVE IT. its like my once/week treat. man alive, so good 🙂

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
    February 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I love that you already feel like California is your home. Looks like taking that big leap of moving was a good decision =)

    I’m with you on the diet soda. Although, I have trouble limiting it to every once in a while :/ I’m either all or nothing when it comes to that stuff. I’ve been trying to find healthy alternatives, though, like brewing homemade iced tea. So far it’s done the trick! Much more refreshing too.

  • Sara @ effortless health
    February 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Yum! Thai curry is delicious! I would skip the rice and just eat the whole bowl! 🙂 (if it wasnt too spicy)

  • Jenn (
    February 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Your Thai curry looks delish!


  • Jessie
    February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’m glad you can eat curry again! Brown rice and creamy curry are wonderful and healthy. Love it 🙂

  • Rocky Slaughter
    February 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    YOU HAD ONE 12 OZ. ARTIFICIALLY SWEETENED CARBONATED SOFT DRINK (a.k.a. the dreaded ‘CSDs’ that have a direct link between consumption and death….)?

    I used to read your blog, but now I’m just appalled and extremely alienated. How could a healthy cute young girl “with a healthy mission” such as yourself so eagerly and intentionally ruin the lives of so many regularly exercising young women (mouse fingers, at least) who steadfastly await your unquestionable nutritional guidance with baited breath? What!? You also got a free bike to champion a cause that will raise more social and monetary capital for a specific charitable purpose that would not normally otherwise have the benefit of your help…? Just REPULSIVE. Didn’t you know that since you were ordained with a large following on your semi-casual food blog that you are inexcusably exhorted with the pooled weight of your reader’s individually-relative moral compasses to carry out irreproachable acts of self-flagellating sacrifice in the name of Eat, Live, Run’s collective conscience? Don’t you realize that life is a strict dichotomy of “cool, hip, and good” or “unstylish, sellout, Bisphenol A laced, and disgrace” and that by selfishly using your blog as your own ‘creative’ platform to post ‘gray area’ topics (which will inevitably be rejected by our binary sense of reason anyway…) you are plainly declaring war on your ‘ethnocentric’ and otherwise-all-accepting readership?


    Ha. This wasn’t meant for anyone in particular on this post. But the some of you who are servin’ up the harsh browns on some of the other posts need to ease up on the Jenna, ai’ght? She shouldn’t have to post with fear of being persecuted every time she has a minor deviation from the impossible code of ethics that has been self-adopted by a small percentage of her readership.

    Whew. Can anyone say verbosity?

    • jenna
      February 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      Ahhh Rocky…that was enough to get me in your hot tub with some pink champagne!!! dangit.