Le Sigh

Good Laaaaaaaawd, it’s been one of those days.


Four loads of laundry

Two hours at the Verizon store (trying to fix my broken data card)

One apartment deep clean

One major grocery shop

Twenty minutes of sprints on the apartment treadmill

One hour of phone calls, emails and appointment setting

1,000 words written for the book in preparation for my conference call with my editor tomorrow and my meeting with Marcy on Wednesday


After all that, I needed a glass of wine.

KJ to the rescue! Love this Meritage (red wine blend!) because it’s affordable and delicious. I poured myself a healthy sized glass and wrote on. And on. And on and on and on.
Might have to delete some of that. Sometimes I ramble when I write….especially whilst under the influence. And by under the influence, I mean I had one glass of wine. Promise! I still managed to make a delicious Israeli couscous salad for dinner, topped with Athenos feta.

This was painstakingly simple. All I did was simmer some Israeli couscous until it was tender (bout 10 minutes or so) and then toss it with a few sliced kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and a little dressing made from olive oil and balsamic. Topped with feta, of course!

I promise to try to be saner tomorrow. Whewwwwwww!

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  • Ellie
    July 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I always both love and hate those days. I love getting lots done-but at the same time I just want to stop and breathe! Congrats on making it! You totally deserve a glass of wine (a great treat of course)!

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    July 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Doesn’t it feel great to accomplish so much in such a short time! It really is amazing what you can do when you’re on a roll. Yet, when I really think about it, if I did all that in one day, I think I’d need a whole bottle of wine! Cheers to you!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I hear all the Great American Novels were fueled by some form of alcohol. 😉 The couscous looks great!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    July 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I love Israeli couscous – so much better than regular couscous.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    That couscous looks delicious! Not too bad for being “under the influence”, lol. Don’t worry- I believe you only had one glass! And after the day you had it seems like you really needed that glass!

  • *Andrea*
    July 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    this meal looks great! so simple yet so delicious. love it. you were very productive than today. yay!

  • Carrie
    July 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    So. Tired. Of athenos in blogs. And I love feta… major sponsor overkill.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    We’ve all had days like this before. Enjoy the wine 🙂

  • Camille
    July 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Hey, at least you got a lot done!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    July 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Haha, that looks yummy! Get some rest, Jenna!

  • Amanda
    July 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Yum! That salad looks good…dinner tomorrow 🙂

  • The Weekly Yogi
    July 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Think of days like this like the spice of life! The feeling of kicking back in relaxation after a busy day is sheer bliss.

  • Rebecca
    July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Wine is always the answer to a stressful day.It’s awesome that you got so much accomplished!

  • Allison @ livingoneday
    July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Ooh that’s sounds delish. I love Israeli cous cous. I used to drink wine in college everytime I studied for finals. It was amazing

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    The salad looks great. 🙂 Your food is always so appetizin’-lookin’!
    Congrats on getting through a tough day! No one likes those one bit. Hope you get some relaxation time soon. 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    July 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Congrats on getting a sh*t ton done today!! What a way to start the week!!

  • Chelsey
    July 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    mmm yummy dinner – sometimes the most delicious recipes are the ones which are the simplest!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    July 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… sometimes wine is just NEEDED. It might not make your problems go away but it sure does help 🙂

  • Bec
    July 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I love those days when I get a ton done but I also really need some downtime in my life too! Hope the conference call goes well 🙂

  • Heather
    July 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    yikes, what a day! vino was definitely in store i would say…

  • Kasee
    July 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Hey, I tried to email you a gazillion times with a question? Did it work? Did you get it a thousand times?

    • jenna
      July 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      I don’t think i got it? Try again? sorry!

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    July 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    sounds like it has just been one of those days haha wine was well deserved…plus it’s a Monday…the day after the weekend needs extra TLC.

  • Ashley
    July 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Glad you got to enjoy some wine! Israeli couscous has the most amazing texture. LOVE it…especially topped with a nice soft cheese! yummmm

  • jill
    July 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    at least you didn’t blow off the run…nice work!
    And, the meal looks delicious!

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Wow! You got a lot done today. That always feels so good. And a little wine helps everything doesn’t it?!

  • Heather
    July 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Your day sounds like my weekend! Must feel good to have it all done though!

  • S @ extremebalance.net/blog
    July 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    The secret to surviving grad school was “write under the influence, but edit stone cold sober.” 🙂 Onward!

  • Anne
    July 13, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Ah, sometimes the right glass of wine just hits the spot and opens a creative vein…love it when that happens 🙂

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    July 13, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Oh my. CRAZY yet productive day!
    Enjoy your glass of wine my dear 🙂

  • Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life
    July 13, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I think I need wine, too! 😮

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    July 13, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Sometimes a glass of wine just makes the world seem that much better 🙂 Hope you enjoyed yours!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    July 13, 2010 at 3:59 am

    That looks like such a good simple summer dinner.

  • Sarah
    July 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

    You definitely deserved a big glass of wine. I need to have one of those productive days soon, too!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    July 13, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I love productive days! If I did not plan them, it’s even better. At the end of the day you’re just like *whoa, did I really do all of that?*. After a day like that, you definitely deserve some kind of reward!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    July 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Mmmm – that couscous looks delicious!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Holy crap sister that would make ANYONE need a glass of wine! Work it!

    I love simple Middle Easter/Mediterranean meals.

  • Krista (kristastes)
    July 13, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with busy days like that. But now you can relax and no more cleaning for the rest of the week 😉

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 13, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Rest up! We all need days to unwind and relax after insane business. 😀

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Hope tomorrow (today?) is better! That couscous looks yummy 😉

  • Andrea @ Sweet N Green
    July 13, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Wow girl, that does sound like a busy day! I absolutely love that meritage blends, one of my favorites! 🙂

  • Jen
    July 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I just wanted to stop by and comment on your blog! I’ve been reading/following for about a month now and I have to say, I am envious of your life 🙂
    Thanks for your posts…they are always encouraging as I look to get heathlier and lost 30 pounds before I turn 30 (in February) YIKES!!!
    Thanks again and keep up the great writing and blogging!!!

  • Kelly
    July 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I love productive days like that. They totally kick your butt, but it’s such a good tired looking back on all you have accomplished. 🙂

  • Orls
    July 13, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Ah, my old bosses husband used to work for KJ in Europe. He arranged for me and my family to visit one of their vineyards in Italy that doesnt’ do public tours.
    I am still immensly popular in my family with the wine afficianado and he still refers to it as his best holiday experience ever.
    I like KJ for this reason alone. 🙂
    Good Times

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real)
    July 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I feel like I should stop being a hater, and give couscous another try…

  • nicolette
    July 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Yum- Sundried tomatoes and couscous, perfect quick summer supper- Thanks!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    July 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Woah, that’s quite a day! Hopefully you can relax a little today.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple, comforting meal after such a hectic day. I love the combo of flavours you used in the couscous!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    July 13, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Wine and writing go together like peas and carrots! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Balsamic and feta is one of the best combos of my life. I live off it some weeks 🙂