Honestly Good

Morning 🙂

We’ve just been relaxing over here on my mom’s last morning in California. For the last house, I’ve just sat in bed with my coffee, reading, and it’s felt amazing!



This morning I used:

So good! I loved the crunch and sweetness from the bit of granola plank. Thanks, Honest Foods, for sending me some delicious samples! 🙂


I’m about to throw on some gym clothes, hop on a conference call, and then drive my mom to the San Francisco airport. We are stopping somewhere on the coast for lunch and then it’ll be time to say goodbye. 🙁 Both my parents are coming for Christmas though so I’m already excited about that. I feel so far away over here sometimes!

Headed straight to the gym post-airport….be back later!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

    That is so great your parents are coming for Christmas!! How fun!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 19, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Christmas will be so fun w/ your parents there!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 19, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Spending time with my mom is something that I appreciate more and more each year 🙂

    I really like the soft baked granola bars that Honest Foods sent me, but I thought the planks were too hard. I also thought they were a bit too calorie dense – I had a hard time stopping at the 1/2 plank serving size.

  • Jenna
    November 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Christmas will be here before you know it!!

    My mom lives in TX and my brother lives in souther Cali, while I am in MN. I agree that it is HARD at times living so far. But at times, I think it makes you grow closer. The time you get to actually spend with your family is now more special and cherished more. 🙂

    Enjoy the morning with you mama!

  • katherine
    November 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    So great that your parents will be there in just a few weeks!

  • Evan Thomas
    November 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Don’t worry, Christmas is just around the corner really!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    November 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Have a good workout! That is so exciting that your parents are coming for x-mas, it is right around the corner!!!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    November 19, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I love coffee & blogs in bed 🙂

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    November 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Glad you had a good visit with your mom! Enjoy the last few hours 🙂

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    November 19, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Enjoy the last few moments with your mom! Maybe by Christmas you can convince them to move to CA with you!!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 19, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Where do you get your bowls? I love the colors!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    November 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I live far from my ‘rents too. It’s hard but I’m sure you are fine. Tons of friends for a sweet you!

  • Britt - Runnerbelle
    November 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    That is great that your parents will be out for Christmas! Enjoy the last few hours with your mom. 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Your oats always look so good! Yay, I’m glad your parents get to visit for Christmas, that will be a nice present for you 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Your oats always look so good! Yay, I’m glad your parents get to visit for Christmas, that will be a nice present for you 🙂

  • Erin
    November 19, 2009 at 9:47 am

    A West Coast Christmas with the family will be fun! 🙂

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    November 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Awesome your folks are coming for Christmas – I’m away from my family too and it’s so nice when they visit!

  • Mahealani
    November 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Hahaha, this was the first foodie blog post i checked this morning, and before i even read what was in your bowl i said “hey TJ’s raw almond butter!!!”. My coworker was confused. I just picked up my first jar and glopped some into my oats this morning. YUM!

  • Lizzie
    November 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Boooooo . .. . I hate good-byes! Though as I heard one guy say at the airport once, “It’s not good-bye, just see you later!”. I was already sniffling and that only made me cry harder!! 🙂

    But how fun you get to have both your parents with you to celebrate Christmas California-style! They must be so proud of you and happy to know that you are happy. Have fun at the gym!

  • brandi
    November 19, 2009 at 10:16 am

    that’s so fun they’re coming for Christmas! It’s only a month away, which is crazy.

    Hope you two have a good lunch!

  • Traci
    November 19, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Happy to see your visit with your mom was so great! I’m from Boston but lived in CA for a couple of years too. It did feel so far sometimes, but made the time spent with family even more precious. Enjoy!

  • Carolyn
    November 19, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Christmas isn’t far away at all! You’ll see them soon. Enjoy the day!

  • Allison (Balance in Bites)
    November 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I’m glad you’re able to spend time with your family at Christmas – it’s only about a month away! I’m seeing my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, both, and I’m really excited about it. =)

  • Anna
    November 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Christmas will definitely be here before you know it…and something tells me you’ll be enjoying a fabulous Thanksgiving meal out there in Sonoma 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Nicole (dishin')
    November 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Christmas with your parents will be awesome! It’s right around the corner 😉 Glad you had a nice visit with her!

  • lindsay
    November 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Christmas isn’t too far away now… Hope your Mom has a safe flight back and have a good gym trip!

  • megan
    November 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

    How great that they are coming back for Christmas! I’m sure they miss you just as much as you miss them (if not more!). I’m going home for Thanksgiving (it’s been forever!) and I can’t wait!

  • Diana
    November 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Glad you had a good time with your mom 🙂

  • Jil
    November 19, 2009 at 11:46 am

    That’s great that your parents will be in Cali for Christmas! It’s so much sooner than it seems! Your oats look delish as always.

  • Cathy P
    November 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Your days with your Mom seem to have been amazing! Very happy for you! Your food also looks unbelievable in every single picture! I can’t wait to get out to Cali one day- hopefully to the French Laundry! 😉 Glad all is well with you! BTW- just out of curiousity do you have a TV- I am guessing no b/c you are reading all the time which is great!

  • Leah
    November 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Well, it looked like you had a pretty great time with your mom while she was visiting! And Christmas with both your parents sounds awesome!

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    November 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Awww. I know how that is. My parents are on the other side of the country too. Christmas will be here before you know it though!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    November 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve been dying to try one of those Granola planks but can’t seem to find them around here!

  • Katie
    November 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    AWw it’s hard when they leave! At least you get to do a CA Christmas new experience right?

    Enjoy your lunch and time w/ momma!

  • Mama Pea
    November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    So I saw this story today, and I thought, that’s old news. I read Eat, Live, Run. Duh.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    November 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    As usual, the oats look fantastic.

    Have fun with your parents! The Holidays are always better with family 🙂

  • Jenna
    November 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    aww i am sad to hear your mom is leaving today but look on the bright side christmas is just right around the corner and you will be seeing your dad as well!

  • Karla
    November 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love sitting in bed, drinking coffee and reading blogs. Unfortunately I have so much work to do that I don’t have too much time 🙁 Although I try to recreate it by reading my class readings in bed with coffee.

    For some reason, reading about things like zoning or international development assistance just isn’t the same as reading about what people around the country are eating.

    Such is life.

  • Liz O
    November 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’m sad for you that your Mom left today 🙁 Glad your parents are coming for Christmas, how exciting! I have been there…living exciting places far from home (chicago, paris). The experiences will stay with you always, even if you miss your parents and home from time to time. I finally settled down (after say 10 years of excitement!), got married and live around the corner from my parents. Meet Mom for workout classes and feel like I’ve had the best of both. Independent, fun, “me” time…and time to explore where I want to nest and settle…which is close to those I love. Enjoy your independent, free 20s!!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    November 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Have a wonderful last day with your Mum! I bet it is great to have Dexter now 🙂

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Sounds like you’re going to have a lovely California Christmas with family. Believe it or not, it is possible to have a white Christmas up north (Auburn, Colfax, Truckee, Tahoe) there are wonderful places to ski.

    Yummy oats! I’ve yet to experience the crunchiness of granola in them, will have to try it soon sometime.

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I have tried all TJ’s almond butter, raw is my favorite!!
    Glad you gonna see your parents VERY soon!!

  • MMiller
    November 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Hope your moms flight went well! And I am so happy that they are coming to see you for Christmas! Just weeks away!

  • eatmovelove
    November 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Do you plan on visiting your home soon as well? Do you miss it at all? You seem to have made such a great transition!! Although I guess you are used to travelling having been to Europe and stuff. I miss your mom haha!! Oh and does she eat oats for breakfast as well ?! 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Had to let a fellow Francophile know about this that I rec’d from an Paris expat blog I love:

    Terrance Gelenter, founder/director of PARIS THROUGH EXPATRIATE EYES will be in San Francisco with Debra Ollivier/author of WHAT FRENCH WOMEN KNOW ABOUT LOVE, SEX and OTHER MATTERS OF THE HEART, and Karen Karbo/ The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman:

    When: Saturday, December 12, 5:30PM-9:30PM
    Where: Books Inc.- 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

    Chesnut is a terrifically fun street in The City. Since my son is French, and my novel is set in Aix, and I’m relocating to Aix-en-Provence Nov 11. 2010–I love the above expat blog and am excited about this free event.

    You won’t get this in Florida, Jenna! Here’s the url if interested:

    So nice that you had such a terrific time with your mother–lucky you. 🙂

  • Carissa
    November 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I recogize those San Fran shots. Aah beautiful city. And the holidays really are the BEST time for being with family. It makes me miss living near my mom. A few days together isn’t much when you only get together every 3-4 months. It looks like you two had a fabulous time!