In Preparation

Happy Monday!

The California countdown is now fully in swing…..I can’t believe I leave on Saturday!!!! Ahh! I enjoyed hearing about all your ideas for Wine 101 this week. Tune in later for Lesson One and in the meantime, your “homework” is to read my latest article on True/Slant about the health benefits of red wine. 😉

I’ve got a very busy week ahead of me, as I prepare for my final interview out in Sonoma. I LOVE traveling, but getting everything together can be stressful. I’ve been known to prepare for days and then when I reach my destination realize I’ve forgotten something small but essential, such as my glasses. Don’t ya hate that?! The guest room looks like a hurricane hit it right now as I have been spreading out all my outfits everywhere. Also, don’t think I have mentioned it yet, but I will be documenting my trip on video! The good ol’ FlipCam will be coming with me so I can turn my experience into a movie for you guys. Pretty exciting, no?!

This morning I made a big yogurt bowl for breakkie:

Mmmmm who doesn’t love a melting mountain of almond butter?!
In this bowl I used a vanilla Oikos, ~1/3 cup honey nut shredded wheat, ~1/3 cup H2H, 1 banana, almond butter and a sprinkle of raw cacao nibs.
Tea balancing on my book buddy!

Hot news! If you haven’t jumped over to the Healthy Living Summit website in awhile you need to right now! We just added a new “question and answer” sections where you can post us questions and us Summit committee members will answer you!
Still to come—-Wine 101 + a sweet new giveaway! 😉

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  • HeatherBakes
    July 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Good luck getting everything together for your trip! Packing is such a pain- I have to make a giant list and then check off as I go, otherwise I ALWAYS forget something.
    Can’t wait to see your video footage!

  • Jenny
    July 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Hey Jenna!
    Congrats on the interview!
    I was actually hoping you could answer a question for me. You see, i started practicing bikram and i have been at it for about a month . . . going 3-4 days a week. I usually go mon., weds., and friday. I have also been really good about my eating, but saturday is usually the day i go out to eat in a restaurant and indulge a bit. The past few weeks i would weigh myself on sunday and would see a three to four lb. increase in weight, but then i haul my butt to a yoga class and cut my calorie intake just a bit then monday thru friday i would go back to my normal healthy eating and my weight stayed in check. However, today i found that after 2 days of indulging (Thanks to some birthday celebrations) my weight only went up a pound and some change and i find it easier to get back to starter weight. Could this be because yoga is helping to improve my metabolism?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 13, 2009 at 8:50 am

    That’s so exciting about your trip! It’s coming up so fast!!! Just keep thinking happy, positive thoughts… I know you’ll do great! And LOVE the idea of the video. How fun!

    AWESOME greek yogurt mixture. That almond butter looks amazing! What brand is it?

  • april
    July 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Your trip sounds like so much fun!
    Breakfast looks amazing! Especially the puddle of almond butter!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    July 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Melting mountains of almond butter are perhaps my most favorite thing EVER!!

    And don’t stress – you’ll be awesome! Good luck with the prep 🙂

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    July 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Good luck with getting ready! I do the same thing – I’m a compulsive packer but I always forget something important, usually contacts-related.

    Can’t wait to see the video of the trip!

  • katie s
    July 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

    So excited that you’re video taping the trip!! Can’t wait to see! I’d say don’t worry about packing, but I am just like you! I think just remember that you’re not going to the desert; if you forget something you can always (hopefully!!) find it wherever you are staying! I can’t wait to read all your wine lessons this week!! There are soooo many types of wine (specifically reds) that I know nothing about… although I tend to love ’em all!!

  • Help Meghan Run
    July 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Heck, I’m excited for your trip this weekend! 🙂 And Greek yogurt, almond butter, H2H, and banana may just be my favorite meal ever (and my breakfast yesterday!).

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn
    July 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Hey Jenna!

    It totally helps me when I make a list of things I need to pack before a trip. But you abosultely cannot check an item off the list until it’s really packed up! Next tot eh suitcase doesn’t count– that’s my worst mistake haha.

    You’re going to rock it!!

  • katherine (the runner wife)
    July 13, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Looks like you’re starting your busy packing day with a great breakfast! Hope it give you all the energy and focus you need!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    July 13, 2009 at 9:17 am

    love that heavenly mound of almond butter!

    So excited for your trip — you’ll be awesome!

  • bobbi
    July 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Hey lovely!!!! I just caught up on your blog, I have been out of town all week! CONGRATS on making the finalist list! Sonoma is beautiful, I wish I lived closer I would love to meet with you 🙂 YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT THERE!

  • Meghann
    July 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Did you see someone posted a question asking how much older Ryan is then you? lol

  • Andrea
    July 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I’m so excited for you wine classes!

    I have always wanted to try wine’s but have no idea of where to start. I dont drink beer ( ICK!!- sorry guys 🙂 I have always been more of a fruity ( chic drinks) kinda girl.

    I would love if you would recommend some wines to start with for the beginner wine drinkers out there! Thanks!

  • Maria
    July 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I know what you mean about spending so much time preparing, but ending up forgetting something. This always happens to me too!

    That video sounds like a great idea. Can’t wait to see it 🙂

    Oooh lovely yogurt bowl with all that almond butter oozing everywhere 😀 Love the addition of cacao nibs!

  • sarit
    July 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hi Jenna,

    Just wanted to let you know that I finally gave in a few weeks ago and ordered the chocolate superfood mix. Well, I got it in the mail the other day, and I was very hesistant to try it. This morning after my run, I added it to my green monster, and WOW!!! it was delicious!!! Defintley worth the money (plus the international shipping since I’m in Canada!). I’ve gotten so many great ideas from you and I just wanted to say thank you!
    Good luck on your interview.

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    July 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

    That bowl of yum looks extra enticing this morning!

    Good luck preparing for your trip, you are going to do great! THe movie is going to be so fun!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    July 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

    mmm, your breakfast looks so good! you’ll need some power food to get you through this week! perhaps you should bake some cookies for the Murphy-Goode judges…couldn’t hurt 🙂

  • brandi
    July 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

    nice breakfast! looks like you had a good weekend! I’m just catching up on everything, but I hear you on the packing. I’m leaving for Honduras in a week and am already freaking out about making sure I have everything!

  • MarathonVal
    July 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I’m so excited that you will be video taping your trip! Can’t wait to see it!

  • leslie
    July 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    love that melty almond butter. i always (obsessively) make a list before packing so i don’t forget anything!

  • K
    July 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Jenna, I am SO excited for your trip! You must be jumping out of your skin to go!! I’m so happy you’re going to include videos – I can’t wait!

  • Jess
    July 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Love the mound of almond butter! 🙂 Super excited for you!
    <3 jess

  • Meg
    July 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Good luck with all your trip preparations!

  • Jaya
    July 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I have been following along for so long now, but I want to come out of lurking because I really believe that the support of one’s community is a better confidence booster than even the best planned wardrobe ensembles! You are going to do great because (and this is why I love and ace interviews) all that is left to do is shine. This huge blog full of sophisticated, simple, somber, silly and serene thoughts is just a nano factor of your personality, so imagine how great you will be in person! I am constantly amazed by your resilience, luminescence and the work ethic and passion you put in to everything you do. I have no doubt that you will impress and inspire at your interview. More than anything, enjoy the chance to talk about what makes you wonderful and perfect for the job. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    P.S. My best interview prep tip is to always comment a photo or article in someone’s office space (if that is where the interview occurs). This way, you can decide the tone of the interview and establish a personal connection that puts everyone at ease. I know, so Dale Carnegie, but it works!

  • Courtney
    July 13, 2009 at 11:18 am

    That yogurt bowl looks SO GOOD! Where do you find your cacao nibs? And do they taste like dark chocolate or are they more “natural” tasting?

  • Jessica
    July 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Eeee I’m so excited for you! I really hope it goes well!!!!!

  • Rose-Anne
    July 13, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been lurking around your blog for the past few days and it’s been making me happy! Your voice is refreshingly happy and laid-back but your material is so smart and spot-on. And you’re inspiring me to cook these days! Rock on.

  • Island Girl Eats
    July 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Morning! Before I go away, I always make a list of the things that I need to take. I think of all the steps that I take to get ready and write it down. By doing that, I can’t say that I have ever forgotten anything major.

  • skinnyrunner
    July 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    good luch with your interview and have a fun trip!!!

  • Sarah M
    July 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    The video posts of your trip to Cali will make for great blog entries!!

    I have done so much travelling over the years but still have not mastered the art of packing perfectly. My best advice is to pack 2 outfits and essentials in your carry-on. The last thing you need is to stress over having lost luggage and nothing to wear.

  • Sarah
    July 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    mm, mm, mm. that yogurt bowl looks totally delish.

    be careful not to forget your jammies! that’s what i always forget, even when i make an effort to remember them!

  • Taylor
    July 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Dang all that almond butter is making me drool!!

  • Mandy
    July 13, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Yay for tea on the Book Buddy! Glad you are enjoying all it’s many uses.

    Your yogurt bowl is making me very hungry. I’m about to go to my anniversary dinner with husband. Nice to go to celebration meals hungry!


  • Rebecca
    July 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t wait for the movie!! Your yogurt bowl looks so yummy!