Let The Madness Begin

Happy Monday!

I’m actually feeling productive so far because I just bit the bullet and paid my August school loan payment. Now I can breathe a little easier (and be a little poorer) for the rest of the month.

August is, by far, my BUSIEST month yet! I also printed out my monthly google calendar and started to fill the bad boy in


There might be one more extra trip thrown in there that is a secret as of right now! 😉 For some reason I have an aversion to filling out my calendar online like a normal person would. I have to print it out and use a black pen. However, I do use google tasks and love the feeling of electronically drawing a line through each one as I finish. Can you say Type A personality? How do you guys keep on top of your life? In my mind, organization is key!

Breakfast was a bowl of Nature’s Path FlaxPlus cereal with soymilk!
I’m pulling my yoga clothes on and getting ready for 90 minutes of Shakti Flow at the studio followed by a rather massive grocery shop and some True/Slant goodness.
See you in a bit!

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    August 3, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Girl, I have to hand-write it too!! Something about that pen and paper =)

    Wish I was going to Shakti Flow, too. I’m not feelin’ too great…I think Jen is subbing for Ashley. Give her my love and enjoy class!

  • Allie Katie
    August 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Eeeks I am doing yoga tonight for the first time in four years. Holy guacamole–wish me luck! Have a great time in your class!

  • Matt
    August 3, 2009 at 8:38 am


  • Runeatrepeat
    August 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I love paper calendars for the same reason. I have one at work and one at home AND I print out a google calendar when I remember 🙂

  • Brittany
    August 3, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I’m a calendar queen. I must have at least 3-4 different calendars going on right now, some for work, some for personal use, some online, some off. I like the hand written ones best, so I know how you feel.

    Happy Monday Jenna.

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    August 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I need to get more organized with calendars and such. I am terrible with remembering dates 🙁

  • sirenjess
    August 3, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I have to write stuff down as well. I’ll forget it’s on the computer. I love that cereal. It tastes like Total to me. Okay, I know you love frozen yogurt and I have to share this with you. I just came back from San Francisco last Thursday and while I was there running the San Fran marathon (qualified for Boston, yea) I had the best frozen yogurt. It’s in a liquor store called Michaelis in the Marina/Cow Hollow area. It’s on Union St. and there are all these cute shops. You have to check it out when you go for the Nike Women’s. I’m running the marathon and I can’t wait to go back. They have peanut butter fro yo and it’s seriously the best!!!!

  • Courtney F
    August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I am a list person by all means. I will find little pieces of paper with grocery lists, to-do lists, whatever lists. I just recently found google tasks and love love it. I fell so accomplished seeing things scratched off. I will still have my scratch pieces of paper though. A girl can only give up so much.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    August 3, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I use an old fashioned hand-written calendar — as great as technology may be, I just love writing it down myself and physically ‘X’ing out the days that have passed. What can I say? I’m a weirdo 😉

  • monica
    August 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hey! Why are you going to Lexington? My boyfriend moved there—I am in Atlanta. It is a pretty fun town with lots of good eats. Let me know if you have time and maybe we could meet up or at least I could suggest some good eats! Monica

  • Taylor
    August 3, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Oh I’m old fashioned too! I have to print everything out and write by hand. And I am a little OCD with organizing, I may or may not have a few planners and calenders?! But I mean I have to have one for my desk, one for my purse and one for my social life- I know call me crazy!

    Have fun at yoga and have a great Monday 🙂

  • Hilary (Red Head, Yellow Dog)
    August 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I’m all about my planner. I have to do lists and events written all through it and post its galore. I also use it to write down quotes I hear that I like and books I want to read! I need to write everything down or I forget it!

  • michelle
    August 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Calendar with post it’s. I love crossing things off! I always have a daily to-do list and I make sure that for every 2-3 tasks I put something on there for my personal/mental well-being, be it reading recipes, playing with DH in the pool, manicure, etc…

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    August 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I am the same way. I have some obsessive compulsion that requires me to write my schedule by hand. Same with math problems. I like to see the entire thing written out before me. None of that calculator crap for this little “Type A”-er!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    August 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I much prefer hand writing tasks too…despite all the gadgets we have to do it electronically!! I think it’s something about having it where ever you go and being able to write anything anywhere on the page. I’m going on a massive grocery shop today too!

  • britt
    August 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

    i can totally appreciate writing things out and crossing off tasks. i will always have a paper planner i carry around rather than using something electronic.

    enjoy yoga this morning!

  • nicole h
    August 3, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I have to have a planner for school and a calendar that i can see whenever i want. I like the feeling of knowing what is going on.

  • Meggilizz--Meggie's Munchies
    August 3, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I LOVE calendars!!! I’ve got 3 within view of me right now! I have to handwrite everything with different colored pens & highlighters. Have a great time at yoga 🙂

  • Whitney
    August 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I love google and all its Type A madness.

  • Leianna
    August 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I would rather write a calender than use my blackberry as well! August is always a busy month for me to, trying to fit everything in before fall and it’s my b-day month I like your simple cereal and soymilk! Student loans make me cringe:(

  • Eve
    August 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I really like my outlook calendar for staying on top of things – and it’s usually in sync with my blackberry so i have it on me at all times. I also have a really busy August!

  • brandi
    August 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i use online planners for some things, but I have to have a paper calendar or something to physically write on for some reason.

    have a good morning!

  • Anna
    August 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Do I see LEXINGTON on the calender? Does that mean Lexington as in Kentucky? Is the infamous Jenna going to be in MY town? WOOOOO!

  • MarathonVal
    August 3, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I’m the same way! I was given a palm pilot years ago (long before the Crackberries came out) and I just couldnt use it because I love, love, love skimming through my planner by hand andm most importantly, crossing things off the list! I’ve never used gmail task though, great tip!

  • Deva
    August 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Dude, I totally hand-fill my calendar too, almost exactly as you do, and was going to do that today. 🙂

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    August 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I use my Outlook calendar now, but all through highschool and college I was a slave to my day planner. It is SO satisfying to manually cross off your to-do list. Mmm, I need to go eat some brekkie now and get this week started!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn
    August 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hey Jenna

    How has the cereal been treating you as far as the fullness factor? Does it last at least 3 hours? Just curious

    Thanks and happy August 😉

    • jenna
      August 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm


      it does keep me full! I couldn’t eat cornflakes and stay full but the FlaxPlus does because of the added protein. I love it!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    August 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I use Outlook too, but I do print off months like you and have them lying around… I also have a proper calendar in the kitchen where I mark they days that I exercise, it’s a good motivator.

  • Denise (apple hill adventurer)
    August 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

    i make lists … so many lists
    then i end up throwing them away or dont really look at them haha, i think its just the process of getting it out of my head, and onto paper that is helpful.

    and i keep a calendar like you 🙂

    do you keep track of serving sizes for your cereal ?

    • jenna
      August 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm


      I do! I have cereal scoops that are measuring cups 🙂 I would eat the entire box if I didn’t!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

    You just described me *exactly*…I need to be organized and love using a pen to cross things out as I go. 😀

  • Catie
    August 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I have to hand write everything! haha. Even when I said I would hang out with someone or else I will forget. I have a calendar on my door and while at school I have a planner that is a bit larger so I can fit more things. haha

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I’m always the one to write out to-do lists and mark things on my calendar. There’s just something about physically writing events out that makes me feel so much more organized!

  • Jen Papaya
    August 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I dig that green bowl!!

    And I’m a list person through and through. I write down EVERYTHING. With a pen & paper. Packing for a trip sortof gives me carpal tunnel.

  • K
    August 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I love my planner – there’s nothing more gratifying than crossing off the days/events by hand. I have a PDA and a Blackberry but I love the pen and paper!

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 3, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I’m a type A as well. I still use a school planner for my schedule even though I have it in online. I just need to have it on paper for some reason 🙂

  • Becci L.
    August 3, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I’m an organization freak too. It drives my family nuts! I love printing off a blank calendar (or getting a new planner at the begining of the year) and writing stuff in!

  • Angharad
    August 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I’m a hand written kinda gal as well. Love me a hand written list and getting to cross stuff out as I go! I write out my training schedule as well so I can get the same satisfaction – weirdo!!

  • Sarah
    August 3, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I guess I am not the only one wondering if that is Lexington, KY on your calendar? Any chance for a blogger meet up? I’m only 45 minutes away and I’ve been dying to meet other bloggers!

  • miladybowen
    August 3, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I’m with you on the pen-and-paper organization! I use all kinds of spreadsheets and documents for other things, but for scheduling and organizing, a paper calendar lets me really get a sense of how my time needs to be laid out. I’ve never been successful at switching to electronic organizers. Plus, electronics don’t allow for cute little symbols and drawings!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I am definitely the same way about having to pencil things into an actual planner and I feel so much more organized when I write everything down. My boyfriend keeps all his scheduling in his headn, I don’t know how some people do it!

  • Ashley
    August 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I have Post Its EVERYWHERE! My computer(s) are surrounded by them at work. The mirror in my bathroom at home has a few. Oh and my car is home to one of two stickies.
    I also use Google Calendar for email reminders, like my dentist appointment next week I have to book 2 months in advance. Without those two things I’m lost! I hate writing in bulky planners. They remind me of being in school.

    OH and my phone has a daily remind for my Pill. Gotta love technology!

  • Kaila
    August 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I keep my room spotlessly clean. If the place I spend the most time in is organized, it inspires me to keep my life that way, too. Lol. And the paper-and-pen calendar thing, that’s a favorite of mine. It’s more personal.

    Have fun grocery shopping! 😛

  • Lainie
    August 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I am the same as you…I have to print my calendar out and then write in it. Who knows why I can’t fill it in online? It just isn’t the same 🙂 I actually use a very old-school daytimer and just write everything down that way….I’d go crazy (and be unorganized) without it!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    August 3, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I definitely have a paper planner — I just can’t deal with the computer calendar! Maybe it would be different if I had a blackberry or iphone that I could carry with me. I do love the Google Tasks though!

  • Jessica
    August 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    im organization obsessed. you should see all the lists on my desk! LOL. and on my phone …