Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

Old Soul

It’s CHILLY!! But before I get into all that drama, let’s recap the day.


I poured a TON of wine at work today!!! It was the first icky day that I’ve seen since living in California and I was surprised at how busy we were. Tons of tastings and chilly hikes up the hills in dry creek valley. I’m finding out the secret is wearing layers...and boots.

My lunch was a bit random since I don’t have much to pack from my little kitchen. I brought a chicken sausage and cheese sandwich, bell pepper slices and an apple:



It worked.

A bar later in the afternoon:


I was soooo thankful to get out of there at 5:00 so I could get home and change into comfy jeans and fleece. We have a huge front moving in tomorrow (a typhoon from Japan??!? where am I??) and the temperature is dropping. Unfortunately my heat is broken so I’m bundling up with many a fleece layer. The electrician is coming tomorrow. A bunch of y’all have asked why I have to move and I really can’t get into details because it’s personal business of my landlord…everything is fine though and I’m sure it will all work out. I’m just anxious to get settled.

I was thrilled to eat hot leftover soup and grilled cheese for dinner!


And then walked to the bookstore, which is only about two blocks away. I bought the new Anita Shreve book and can’t wait to get all warm under the covers tonight and dive in; she’s one of my very favorite authors! A new book just seemed to go with the “storm coming, heater broken, no tv and barely wireless internet” theme I seem to be living. It’s all good. πŸ˜‰

Dessert was about a cup of yogurt with chocolate chips, honey and a bit of granola-


And I’m currently sipping on vanilla rooibos tea and wearing three sweaters. I’m 93. It’s fine.

Tomorrow’s plans include finding a warm spot with ample internet so I can completely and totally catch up on my emails, freelance assignments and blog comments. I also WILL find a yoga studio and re-stock at Trader Joe’s.


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  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Wow am I really the first to leave a comment? This has never happened, ever!
    Seems like you are cozy in your little place. Try wearing double layers of socks? Maybe a knit hat as well. My apt is “rustic” and we often have to wear outdoor clothing, inside in the colder months.
    Have a good night!

    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness

  • BroccoliHut
    October 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    That soup looks so velvety-good!

  • Jil
    October 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I looove Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt — so yummy, and cheap!!

  • Allison
    October 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    You’re so right – nothing better than getting cozy with a book when it’s gross outside! Enjoy!

  • Fran
    October 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Jenna – contact Colleen at
    I know that’s waaay far south from you, but Colleen is awesome and maybe she could recommend someone close to you. Tell her you talked to Fran from Wisconsin. πŸ™‚ Stay warm!

  • Lindsay
    October 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Definitely not looking forward to this typhoon rain headed our direction! Hope you can get some quality relaxation in this week before your half marathon next weekend.

  • Lu
    October 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I hope that your living situation gets resolved soon. What a bummer! The chicken sausage sandwich looked pretty good for a lunch on the run. Hope the weather improves.

  • Liz
    October 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Layers are totally the way to go! I always have a sweater or a long sleeve shirt in my car, cause you never know! Have fun searching for yoga tomorrow. Sounds like you need it bad!

  • maria
    October 11, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Fantastic idea for a healthy dessert. Love it!!!

  • Ellen @ peaceinmotion
    October 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    mmm I love sweaters and tea. I know you’re not used to it, but bundling up when it’s cold out does get fun, I promise sistah!

    Dessert looks yumyumyum!

  • Michelle
    October 11, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I totally remember living in the attic in PA. It would be FREEZING in the winter. I would go to sleep with every layer on possible. Hope that you’re still having fun. Just have faith that it will all sort itself out.


  • Marissa
    October 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    My mom always said red wine warms the soul!

  • missmolly
    October 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    wow! doin yoga at 93? you are awesome! haha

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    October 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Wow, I know this is well overdue, but I’m just catching up and I love the new banner! It’s gorgeous!

    Bundling up is so new, right? Even though I’m a Midwest chick who’s grown up with the cold seasons, it surprises me every time fall hits!

    “I’m 93. It’s fine.” ABSOLUTELY hilarious and adorable!

  • Jolene (
    October 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Yum – a sausage sandwich … what a great idea!

  • Diana
    October 12, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I’m sure everything will be ok. πŸ™‚
    Last night I went to sleep at 9:40pm. I just really needed it!

  • Gillian
    October 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I got the strangest vibe of nostalgia looking at that sandwich. I think I used to make sandwiches all the time like that when I was younger, and I want another one now!! So impressed with that soup you made, I never thought of making fire roasted chilies on stove top, you are brilliant!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 12, 2009 at 12:36 am

    They have lightweight woven thermal underwear top & bottom that is actually nice looking and really keeps you toasty. When I lived in San Francisco on winter nights wore that, PJs and had TWO down comforters that folded over in have so buried under four layers of down comforter to keep warm. Oh, and sox. A real prom date. lol.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 12, 2009 at 12:41 am

    OH! PS! I love “Warm Things” in the Marina on Fillmore in SF….if you go, pop across to Real Foods where they have ‘Bitch’ wine big seller if haven’t seen….really neat label and funny–I think. And around the corner on Union Street are blocks of great shops and restaurants…fun area.

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 12, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Ooh love Rooibos – my favourite tea! Hope you get warm πŸ™‚

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 12, 2009 at 12:44 am

    PS–Sorry, forgot the link & also MUST HAVE!!! I had a feather bed from this place, under your sheet and then just shake it out to fluff up when change sheets….plus I put one in a duvet on top….SO nice for winter…like a comfy nest…so nice aftr bath…really sleep well.

  • nic
    October 12, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Love your new heather here!!! Beautiful!!
    Hope the heat-thing is getting fixed today!! And good luck on the apartement-hunt!! You will find a great ap!! πŸ™‚
    Hug n.

  • Laura J
    October 12, 2009 at 3:05 am

    do you have Uggs? You probably do but if you don’t, give in to the craze. The warm/snuggly factor far outweigh their heinous uggliness. Mine are Brookfield Talls which are a bizarre but awesome combo of cowboy boot & Ugg and I live in them October-April here in CT.

    PS–the Tuscan White Bean Hummus at Trader Joes is the best! Smoother than chickpea based hummus and its flavors are very wine friendly!

    There will be other half-marathons if you just can’t do this one. You may need to cut yourself some slack, you have been through so much lately. You can take on the world another day.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 12, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Good luck finding that yoga studio!

  • Sandy
    October 12, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Ditto Kailey – I live in the midwest and every year I have this feeling that maybe winter won’t come this year. Ha. It is always a surprise to need jeans and sweatshirts but there is comfort in the change of seasons too. Leads to new food choices and changing routines. Hope the weather is just passing though and warm and sunny is back in your forecast soon.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 12, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Sounds like you had a very productive day! Good luck with the tasks for tomorrow. It will be nice to get used to your area and feel a bit more at home. πŸ™‚

  • Still Life in South America
    October 12, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Layers are definitely the key to happiness when the cold hits. Also, a knit cap is the finishing touch. When I am camping, I won’t sleep without a cap since a lot of body heat is lost from the head.

    I hope your next place is just as cute (but more toasty)!

  • christie, honoring health
    October 12, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Good luck will all of your to do’s today! Stay warm!!

  • Stephanie
    October 12, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Guess people love their wine, rain or shine! πŸ˜‰ And good luck finding your next place, it will all work out for the best!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 12, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I had heat problems all winter last winter, and they are already starting again, so I know your pain. I would drink like 10 cups of tea a day on my days off, but that doesn’t help the fingers and toes πŸ™

  • Marla
    October 12, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Happy apt hunting and luck to you….we all know it will work out great as you say too !
    I am thinking finding a place with WORKING HEAT will make you forget this first apt very quickly πŸ˜‰
    I find the site kijiji useful compared to craigs list..
    Also my best apts have been found by word of mouth through others…any connections at work ?If people find out you are looking they may be able to hook you up.
    So glad you get today off…it’s thanksgiving Monday here in Canada….so if you eat a turkey sammie today,we’ll make you officially a Canadian-ha!Esp if you add homemeade cranberry sauce-ah,I digress!
    Happy thanksgiving Canucks!!!!

  • katie
    October 12, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I really admire you Jenna- many other people in your place would be complaining like crazy and really down about having to move again (and maybe you ARE doing that with your parents and close friends- which is also totally fine and necessary to vent!) but you always manage to put on an upbeat optimistic face to the blog. We’d like you anyway if you were whiny once in awhile πŸ™‚ But your optimism is very refreshing and inspiring to me. I wonder if you have ever thought about uggs living in FL, but they might be an important investment in northern Cali- I’ve been drooling over these in the brown or grey: The classic ones are so warm and like walking on a cloud!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    October 12, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Soup looks great! Good Luck with moving, I totally understand wanting to be settled.

  • Rebecca
    October 12, 2009 at 5:09 am

    My boyfriend and I are actually thinking of moving to Northern Cali for grad school (from NY). I don’t know if I could make the transition away from my family though.

    I’m sorry your heat doesn’t work. I hope it gets fixed today!! I am always cold so I understand your dilemma. I also love layering clothes though! I guess you didn’t really do the layering thing in Florida. I can’t imagine living somewhere that is hot ALL year.

  • Susan
    October 12, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Good luck finding a yoga studio! May I suggest some HOT yoga to warm you up? πŸ˜›

  • Lizzy
    October 12, 2009 at 5:29 am

    cuddling in a warm spot with hott tea and a great read is my favorite thing to do ever! I hope you have luck in the coming days with finding a new place! i know something equally as good will come your way!

  • Evan Thomas
    October 12, 2009 at 5:39 am

    That soup looks so deliciously rich and thick!

  • Carlota
    October 12, 2009 at 5:51 am


    I had this feeling when I move from my parent’s house i a very warm city to the coldest city in’s cold here from march till december..when I say cold, It’ 10ΒΊC in december..and in July is -2ΒΊC..too cold for Brazil..I’ve learned to always were double socks, buy warmy pijamas and eat a lot of lentils soup and drink a lot of hot will find that cold citys can be good to, you just have to find a way to feel confortable and warm.

  • Errign
    October 12, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Hi Jenna-

    If you’re not opposed to them, try wearing winter hats. That’s wear all your body heat escapes from!

  • Errign
    October 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Hi Jenna-

    If you’re not opposed to hats I would suggest rockin’ a winter one – since your head is where all your body heat escapes from! Plus, you can get REALLY cute ones πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 12, 2009 at 6:09 am

    That sounds just like me, I am 93 too I guess, haha!

    Hope everything works out with your living arrangements, good luck to you and have a great day πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 12, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Reading about your night under the covers with a book and lots of layer reminds me of my first apartment. I would be in flannel PJ’s with a hoodie under a big blanket with a book. So comfy. Good memories.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 12, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Sounds like you need a Snuggie πŸ™‚

  • Pure2Raw Twins
    October 12, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Good luck with your yoga studio search. I am in the process of finding a new one as well. Maybe we will both be lucky and find one! Hope you get warm soon!

  • rhodeygirl
    October 12, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Good luck Jenna!

    When I get really cold in the winter I sip on hot water all day… it really helps to keep me warm! Also, space heaters are amazing…

  • Erin
    October 12, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Soup, fleece and a good book are the key ingredients for a fabulous chilly evening.

  • Joy
    October 12, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Hope you’re keeping warm! What keeps me toasty in CT winters is double layering socks with boots, SCARVES, and layering. Tucking in your undermost layer is great to because it’s so close to your body/you won’t get a draft πŸ˜‰ Good luck tomorrowww

  • ShutupandRun
    October 12, 2009 at 6:51 am

    I love reading about your adventures with new job, climate, everything!!! Stay warm, enjoy this time of newness and change.

  • megan
    October 12, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Jenna, you are such a strong girl, seriously! You have not complained once about the no heater situation or having to move again. It is all happening for a reason though…your new California home is going to be just wonderfully right for you πŸ™‚
    Love you chicken sausage sandwich…I like chicken sausage a lot! My mom buys a parmesan and spinach chicken sausage…so yummy!
    I hope you have a great Monday off!! Stay warm in that crazy weather, too πŸ™‚

  • WendyF
    October 12, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Soup in this weather is the best. The weather feels like we plunged into winter, I did some hill climbing on the bike yesterday in Napa and was never warm. Howell Mountain was cold,cold cold. The storm is supposed to come in tonight and tomorrow is going be really windy and rainy.

  • Sarah
    October 12, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Can’t wait to hear about the book – I love, love, love Anita Shreve! Try to stay warm!! It’s in the mid-30s here in CO, so I feel your 3 sweater pain πŸ™‚

  • Courtney
    October 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Space heater and hot tea are my recommendations! And that tomato soup and grilled cheese looks like such the perfect comfort food…yummy!

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Sara
    October 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    You take such great pictures – everything there looks amazing. I need to learn to make better combos of food. I wish there was a Trader Joe’s near me – that place sounds amazing. Anyways, love the blog keep it up!

  • MMiller
    October 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Hope you stayed warm! At least that is something to look forward to since you have to move! A place with better internet and HEAT! It is only October! I’m sure you will find a new place soon! You are learning more and more about the area and meeting more people!

    You will have me addicted to choc chips in my yogurt next! Boy did that sound good! I usually put granola into it!

    Good luck today!

  • Nicole
    October 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I think you need a “snuggie.” I know they are goofy and to be honest, I can’t quite bring myself to buy one… but the colder it gets (I’m in MN and it’s SNOWING!!!), the more I think it is a good invention. Seriously. Your arms stay toasty and under the covers while you read your book… not bad!

  • brandi
    October 12, 2009 at 8:04 am

    i hope today is a good one! Glad MOST things are going well – I’m sure you’ll find the perfect place for you.

  • Kelly
    October 12, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Sounds like your new life is full of balance. I absolutely love the Napa/Russian River Valley/Sonoma area so reading your posts brings back lots of memories.

  • Paige
    October 12, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Wow this does sound different from Florida! Sounds like a good day, though. Enjoy your read:)

  • Jenna
    October 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    hope your heat getz fixed soon! glad everything will be fine with your appartment situation!

  • Jenna
    October 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    hope your heat getz fixed soon! glad everything will be fine with your appartment situation!

  • Alyssa
    October 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I definitely agree with the Ugg suggestion. I live in MN and I’ve had my Uggs for four years and they still keep my feet nice and warm. I love the header by the way! πŸ™‚

  • beerab
    October 12, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Sorry you have to look for a new place again πŸ™

    For the GPS if you have a cell phone you can use your phone as one- I have verizon and I paid $10 (one time fee) and my phone is a GPS- it’s never failed me I LOVE IT! Much cheaper than spending a few hundred for a GPS!

  • Tina
    October 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    In the winter, I definitely wear like 5 layers everyday. I can’t even think when I’m cold. Dreeeading the winter πŸ™ But this morning my mom sent me a bunch of links to coats she wants to buy so that’s a plus! Haha, stay warm!!

  • Tina
    October 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    In the winter, I definitely wear like 5 layers everyday. I can’t even think when I’m cold. Dreeeading the winter πŸ™ But this morning my mom sent me a bunch of links to coats she wants to buy so that’s a plus! Haha, stay warm!!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 12, 2009 at 10:35 am

    three cheers for creamy fall soups! I’m having a b-nut squash one right now…

  • Sarah
    October 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    chocolate chips in yogurt?! that sounds like heaven!! I’m going to have to try this!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    October 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Your job sounds so fun! I am piling on the layers here too, but I refuse to turn the heat on until November 1.
    I will be in Sonoma after the Foodbuzz Fest, will have to check out your winery!

  • Katy
    October 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I’m catching up on your blog right now. I haven’t been reading many blogs for a few weeks now so I’m rather behind!

    Even though you have no heat or TV or food and your getting kicked out in a month, your totally living the single person life and I’m so jealous. I never did that and I won’t ever get the chance as even if something happens between me and my fiancΓ© (touch wood it won’t!), I still have my daughter. Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can!