Morning Routines

Hello, its Friday!

I start all my days pretty much the exact same way, in case you were wondering. Around 6:30 my eyes open and I will them shut. I want to sleep in till seven; I want to sleep in till seven….but alas, my tummy grumbles and I can think about is food. Oats in particular. I shall never sleep in till seven. Sigh.

My house is COLD because I don’t sleep with the heat on. I’m pretty proud of this fact because it means that I potentially save $1.00 on my gas bill, which in Jenna language means I am being responsible and saving money, therefore I should totally be able to afford blond highlights. However, right when I wake up I stick my feet into my huge slippers, bundle up in my robe and shuffle my way to the ancient heating system and crank that baby up. Money down the drain right there. Such is life.

I sing to Dexter and give him a treat. Sometimes.


And then I boil water in my thrift store kettle, make some Earl Gray tea and prepare my oatmeal. I have a hole in the sleeve of my robe because many times I have gotten a wee bit too close to the flame on the burner while making my tea. Once, I even set my robe on fire but we won’t talk about that.


I control my ravenous appetite for thirty seconds while I set my breakfast down on the wooden floor near my front door (about fifteen feet from the kitchen because I live in a hole) and catch a bit of the morning light to take the perfect photo.


And then I carry said breakfast and hot tea back into my bed, arrange cookbooks and Dexter around me and eat. I usually call my mom right after and we talk about how we wish we were here or here.


And then I blast inspiring music while I get into exercise clothes and do some form of physical activity before washing my dishes, making more tea and sitting on facebook for entirely too long.

Today is the boyfriend’s birthday! He is the big 2-7 today so let’s all wish him a good one 🙂

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  • Jocelyn
    April 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

    sounds like a wonderful morning to me :D:D
    Happy birthday to your boy!!!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

    haha I can’t believe the hole in your robe! too funny. Sounds like a glorious morning to me… I wake up, shower, go to work, eat breakfast at my desk in my work clothes. Much less fun than in bed!

  • OrganicAshley
    April 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

    So… when are we going to meet this mystery boyfriend? I know I know. Private Life….
    Happy Birthday Mystery Man!! Celebrate with Style 🙂

  • Beth
    April 16, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Glad you’re feeling better, and Georgia in the spring is a great de-stressor (that’s coming from a die-hard NorCal baby-it’s taken me over 12 years, but I can finally say that there are things about Georgia I truly appreciate! lol).

    Will we ever find out the identity of this mystery boyfriend?? (I didn’t miss anything did I?)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 16, 2010 at 7:49 am

    We also don’t sleep with our heat on! We turn it off each night. 🙂

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    April 16, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Ha ha, cute post. 🙂

  • Diana
    April 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Sounds like a good, peaceful morning. 🙂
    Happy birthday to your boyfriend!
    Have a great day!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I love your routine, it sounds cosy – especially the Dexter/phoning your mum bit 🙂
    I agree with Organic Ashley – I want to see te BF!

  • Shelly
    April 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Dexter looks like one of my cats, Pancake! The difference is that if I set my breakfast on the floor, all of my pictures would have a cat face in them (or else they would have the cat face first in my breakfast).

  • Lisa
    April 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I am in love with that mug! And your breakfast looks delish!

  • Becky
    April 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Dexter is such a cutie. I love morning routines. And tea routines are such a good part of the morning routine.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    April 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Happy birthday to the BF! I seriously need to get on this bfast cookie train

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    April 16, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Morning routines are essential. I’ve got mine down pat and could never change it for anybody! 😛

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life
    April 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I wish I had that much relaxing time in the morning.. I would have to get up at 5am to be able to relax..

    Happy Birthday mystery boy 😉

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    April 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Your morning routine sounds nice and relaxed. Happy birthday to the boyfriend!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    For a minute I thought you ate your breakfast on the floor. And I felt really sorry for you. Ha ha. In bed is much more comfortable. Happy Birthday mystery boyfriend!

  • emily
    April 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Happy birthday Jenna’s boyfriend!
    Your morning routine makes me giggle.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:02 am


    fleece is SO dangerous when cooking! (yet i still wear my robe every.damn.morning)

    I already have similar char marks on both arms, as I have also caught on fire one two many times.

    at least i know how to stop/drop/and roll

  • Julia
    April 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Sounds like a very relaxing and simple morning (minus the robes on fire concept haha)!
    Happy Birthday to the Boyfriend!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Happy birthday, mystery boyfriend 😉

    Sounds like a cozy morning routine– I refuse to turn the heat on when we sleep as well…and we live in PA, so it is an ICE BOX when we get up!

  • Jess
    April 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Happy Birthday to the boy!!!
    We are truly creatures of habit.

  • Emmanuelle
    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I love morning routines 🙂
    Happy birthday to the boyfriend!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Sounds like a great morning!

    Happy Birthday birthday Boyfriend boy 🙂

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Happy birthday to the man in hiding!

    Your robe story reminds me of the time Ry was candeling my ears, went to blow out some ash and blew it into my hair and the back of my neck! There’s a nice big whole in my synthetic long-underwear shirt and my hair was a little bit singed on the end of my ponytail! ha… we lovingly refer to it as “the time you lit me on fire”!

    We also live in a hole so most of my photos are either taken in the windowsill or outside of the house – it’s impossible to get nice photos otherwise!

  • Alex
    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your morning routine with me. Yesterday and today, it seems, we have been going through the same things! Love it.

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday boyfriend! Your morning routine sounds relaxing…I run around and try not to get ready/eat/check email and not be late to my train!

  • M
    April 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Happy Birthday Adam! 🙂

  • Caitlin in MD
    April 16, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I refuse to wish him a Happy Birthday until I know who he is!!! 😉

  • Evan Thomas
    April 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Happy birthday to him!

  • Jacquie
    April 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Happy Birthday boyfriend!!!

    PS: I don’t sleep with the heat on either. Actually sometimes I put the AC on because I like it cold. You get get snuggly 🙂

  • Daisy
    April 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I would wish him a happy birthday If I knew him!! 😉 😉

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    April 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

    uh ohhhhhhh. #27 spilled the beans. adam?? interestingggg (not like i have a CLUE who adam is, but now i know his name! ha)

    anyway, happy birthday to him! and great morning routine. i will my alarm to stop beeping – my eyes stay shut on their own.

    oh and ps, thought id let you know that a friend of mine texted me last night to tell me she saw my comment on your blog!!! looks like youre just bringing people together left and right! (oh, hi abby!)

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    April 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Aww, happy birthday boyfriend. haha I’ve dropped an oven mitt in the flame before…wooooopsies.

  • Daisy
    April 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    #27 M.

    Could that be your MOM? Is Adam really the boy?! omgosh sorry i am so nosy. Its only because i love you / your life and your morning routine blog bost.

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I LOOOOVE that green mug.

    Happy birthday to the boyfriend! I hope you guys have something fun planned! 🙂

  • Jessica
    April 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

    thanks for sharing your morning routine jenna! 🙂 sounds similar to mine! haha
    happy birthday to the mysterious boyfriend! 🙂 i am sure you celebrate in style with jenna!

  • Erika
    April 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Hard to wish someone without a face or name a Happy Birthday 😉 But none-the-less, enjoy celebrating the day with your boy…

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Very cute and sweet post this morning 🙂 Happy Birthday to your boyfriend 🙂

  • Lizzie
    April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Green Brier!! My boss and his family went there one year for a extended family get together and loved it. It looks very serene!
    I am the same as you – need to eat breakfast ASAP! A couple of years ago we were travelling o/s and I really wanted to visit this cathederal in the countryside. We had to get a super early train and I didn’t eat anything until 10am . . . better planning next time so I am not unbearable to train it with! 🙂

    Happy Birthday no-name boyf! 🙂

  • theemptynutjar
    April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    wow, i think we are the same age …and i want that routine! sounds so neat…maybe when i am 40 or 50 years old , i might have it! Better late than never, right?
    dexter looks like salem from sabrina, the teenaged witch.

  • Errign
    April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday Boyfriend!

    I loved this post 🙂

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Awesome, creatively written post!

    Happy Birthday to the mystery boyfriend!

  • SallyH @
    April 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I love a good slow moving morning. I don’t understand how people just jump out of bed. I need about an hour to get going, if not more. I just wish I could commit to doing ‘some sort of physical activity’ in the morning every day but I’d rather just sit and drink coffee and read something. But I do wish I had an auto-wake-up like you do. If I’m not woken up, I can sleep until 10 or 11 every day. But I’ve got a cute little 5 year old alarm clock who usually gets me around 8:30.

  • Martha
    April 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Happy birthday to the top-secret boy! He’s really getting popular with all of the suspense. 🙂
    I was so excited to see that you love the Greenbrier!! I grew up in southern WV, so in a silly way it sort-of feels like it’s mine. Did you ever tour the nuclear bunker there?

  • Sarah
    April 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Mwahahaha I think I know who the mystery man is!!! It wasn’t a stretch to come up with a few names of contenders, and then I did a quick social media investigation and found some more clues. Just wonder why you don’t want us to know? Obviously you have your right to privacy, but you and the person who I think it is seem like you are naturally very transparent people. I’m not saying it’s wrong I’m just saying it’s interesting how people choose to handle these things. I can totally see why you’d want to hold back if you are still working out your relationship, but if you end up getting married, will you tell us who is? 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Happy birthday to the boy! Love the hole in the bathrobe haha

  • Jess
    April 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    You say you want to keep this bf a secret, but then reveal personal info about him…. c’mon you KNOW you are dying to tell us ;-P

  • Michelle @ NewLeafEats
    April 16, 2010 at 9:09 am

    That’s pretty much how I was in my first apartment! All I had for heating and cooling was an (expensive!) electric window unit in the living room of my 500-square foot flat. I’d like to say that I saved money by not keeping the air on during the day while at work, but nooo. I’d come home with it 105 degrees outside and immediately crank the air ALL THE WAY UP because otherwise there was NO WAY any room other than my (now blizzarding) living room was going to break 85 degrees anytime in the near century if I didn’t.

    I spent as much on my electricity in that apartment that I now spend heating and cooling a townhouse 2.5 times its size. Three cheers for central heat and air? 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 16, 2010 at 9:09 am

    happy birthday boyfriend! love your morning routine…i sleep sans heat too, but as soon as i wake up i have to go turn it on or my husband complains. such is life!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    What a cute post. Dexter is adorable. Love the robe story haha

  • jennifer @ take the day off
    April 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I think a good way to celebrate his birthday would be to post a picture of him…just kidding. Happy Birthday to the mystery man that is winning (or has won?) your heart!

  • Tricia
    April 16, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I would sing Happy Birthday but I don’t know his name!

    Happy B’day Mystery Man!

  • Sarah R
    April 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Fun post! And a happy birthday to your secret boyfriend 😉

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Happy Birthday to your boy!

  • Jenni
    April 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Not a morning goes by that I don’t sing to my kitties 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    April 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Happy birthday Mystery Man!!!!

  • Sharon
    April 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Earl Grey tea is a huge part of my morning routine too-2 cups minimum. Also hitting snooze and snuggling into bed further with my kitty. Then rushing around like a lunatic as i’ve hit snooze one too many times and need to dress, make lunch (and breakfast), pack a gym bag, and make it to work by 8:15! it doesn’t help I live 14 miles away from work… and I never ever sleep with the heat on, it doesn’t matter how cold it gets at night. it’s terrible for my allergies/sinuses. Of course it’s California so it never really gets that cold…if I lived in Michigan it might be a different story!

  • Lily
    April 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Cute post! Very comforting morning routine. Mine is the opposite. No oats, no tea, no inspiring music, no cosy robe….just RUSH RUSH RUSH. Why do you put your food on the floor and eat in bed? Just curious. What inspiring music do you listen to?

  • casey
    April 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I LOVED this post, and happy birthday to the boyfriend!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    April 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Food is what makes me get out of bed every morning too. Sleep or food…food always wins 😉

    Happy birthday to the boy! Hope you do some fun celebrating!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    April 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

    listening to your morning makes me feel cozy. Tell the bf happy birthday..maybe for his bday he can come out on your blog! 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Aw, cute post. I love my morning routine : )

    Happy Birthday, mystery guy!

  • Beth (Blessed and Inspired)
    April 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You’ve encouraged me to set a morning routine for myself. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

    Oh, and happy birthday boyfriend! 🙂

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I love having relaxing mornings, this sounds so peaceful! I wish the boyfriend a happy birthday and hope you guys are celebrating tonight!! Happy Friday!

  • jenna
    April 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

    happy birthday to the bf! have a good one 🙂

  • jenna
    April 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

    happy birthday to the bf! have a good one 🙂

  • Angharad
    April 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Love your last couple of posts!

  • eatmovelove
    April 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Happy B-Day to the Boy!! Will he ever make an appearance??!!!
    What’s your breakfast?!

  • runnerforever
    April 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Happy B-day to your boyfriend. Your breakfast looks good, but I am not sure what exactly it is?

  • Liz
    April 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Um…It’s obvious who the boyfriend is: Adam! She stayed with Adam and Rocky when she first moved to California! There are pictures of them together from last year.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

    A cat, talking with my mummy, drinking tea–all favorite things.
    I neglected to post a fave de-stressor—listening to this–which is also works for a B-Day Wish to the BF:
    Hehe. Hope it’s a great one!

  • Alina
    April 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love that description! Particularly the part about arranging your cookbooks and Dexter. I am completely envious of the fact that you naturally wake up at 6:30. I set the alarm for 6 and press snooze about a million times until I am late for work. Are you naturally a morning person?

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I’m a morning tea drinker, too! So much better than coffee. 😉

  • Erica
    April 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Mwahaha! I know your secret… 😛

  • Erica
    April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Mwhaha!! I know who your boyfriend is… not hard to figure out btw.

  • Abbey
    April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Today is in fact Adam’s Birthday. I think Jenna wants us to know because that info is easy to verify. Mystery solved! 🙂

    Jenna, I hope you & Adam celebrate in style!

  • Sarah
    April 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday mysterious bf! My morning routine includes trying to justify turning off my alarm, pulling the blankets over my head, and ignoring the world…but I never do and eventually drag myself out of bed and fumble my gym clothes on.

  • Tina
    April 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I used to hate mornings, but now I love them! I don’t know who I am anymore! Geez-getting old sure is a drag-haha!

  • maura
    April 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday Boyfriend! Have a great day Jenna!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Jenna’s boyfriend ! 🙂

    I always wake up earlier than I want to, as well. Stinks!!


  • Anne
    April 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Fun post!

  • amanda
    April 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Have fun celebrating your boyfriend’s birthday! Btw, the oats are a perfect way to warm up and look delicious!

  • megan
    April 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Jenna, this is such a lovely post. The morning musings of a writer. I feel cozy just reading it.

  • Gina G
    April 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i love the morning! =)

    happy happy birthday to your boyfriend!

  • Emily
    April 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOYFRIEND! I think today would be a perfect day to come out of hiding!! =] JKJK!

  • Cole
    April 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Happy birthday, boyfriend! And I love lazy mornings, I’m envious of yours!

  • Caroline
    April 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Ah, the joys of lazy mornings. I was always a morning person, too. Enjoy these days, because now that I have a young child they are not so lazy. We still start with oatmeal, though! It was the first food I fed her as a baby and she loves it now with peanut butter and flaxseed and cinnamon.

  • Deanna
    April 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Love this post! Your routine is the complete opposite of mine – I need two alarms to get up and it’s all rushing! There’s always breakfast and coffee involved, though 🙂

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Happy birthday to the mystery man!

    I loved your recap of your routine morning. It was simple, vivid, and sounds like a serene way to start each day. Great writing!

  • Kristin
    April 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    How can we wish him a Happy Birthday when we still don’t know who he is? 😉

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    That sounds like a pretty darn good routine to me!! Happy birthday to the boyfriend!! WOO HOO!

  • Jenny
    April 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Happy birthday, boyfriend!

  • Corinne
    April 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    haha that was cute! thank you for the extra peek into your life! maybe tomorrow you will sleep in until 7 🙂 happy birthday mr. boyfriend!

  • Rachel
    April 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I loved this post…but I love every post Dexter is in 🙂

    Happy Birthday to the Boy!! 🙂

  • Kath
    April 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Great post Jenna!!

  • Brittney
    April 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I think it’s silly to keep your boyfriends identity such a big secret. I understand if you do not want to post pictures of him but to keep referring him to the “cute boy” is immature.

  • lola
    April 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hahhahaha keep us all guessing about the boy!!! It’s so much fun and you have the right NOT to tell us 😀
    can you believe I was taking a nap and I was dreaming about reading your blog? How sick is that! I’m obsessed hahahaha 😛

  • Tricia
    April 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Brittney – Why so mean? Seriously, I’m always astounded by the rude comments I read here.

  • Becky Runner
    April 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I love hearing about other people’s routines! It’s so interesting how similar/different they are. Hope you two are doing something fun to celebrate this weekend!

  • Jennie {in Wonderland}
    April 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    My comments sometimes don’t get posted 🙁 Are they being eaten, I wonder?

  • jewels
    April 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    haha i think you wanted us to find out 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Jenna!

  • Kelly
    April 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Enjoy celebrating with the boyfriend!

    I loved this post! A little glimpse into your life. Earl grey tea = life!!

  • eatmovelove
    April 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Tricia I agree about the rude comments. These people are obviously jealous and have nothing better to do with their time. If I don’t like something, I just don’t comment – unless it’s a natural question or something. People are so freaking judgemental and it’s a sick characteristic of this world.

  • Liesl
    April 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Happy Birthday to the boy we are still yet to meet!

  • Katie
    April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Liked this post, added a little flavor to the blog!

  • Stacey
    April 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    My morning ritual is similar. I take my tea and oats back to bed and eat while watching some tv in my warm cozy bed.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Love this post!!!
    And Happy Birthday to the boy!

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    It is not that simple just to name a boyfriend-it can be awkward if the bf doesn’t want hundreds of people reading about him.
    I have a feeling this is a pretty magical match romance wise but if my ESP is off,it can be pretty awkward to name a bf if you are a famous blogger and then what if things don’t work out?
    Maybe Jenna realized from her last romance that was written about on the blog that she wants to keep part of her life a little private since it her life…

  • Jackie
    April 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I loved this post too! So creative, different and natural! Great voice!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    April 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Happy birthday boyfriend! Pretty sure most avid readers know who he is, but its your business at the end of the day! Just because someone blogs does not mean she has to share every single detail. I don’t get some of the mean comments!

  • Amanda
    April 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Mystery Man!!!

    I feel so much better knowing that I’m not the only person who sings to the cat in the morning, we have lucky cats!

  • Susan
    April 17, 2010 at 5:19 am

    i love dexter!!! such a cutie. i want to pet him through the screen. he looks so soft and cuddly. =)

  • Mae
    April 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    A happy bithday to him!

  • postcollegecook
    April 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Great blog post, Jenna. And Happy Birthday Boyfriend (well, belated now).