Wow, sorry about that. I needed a little break from humanity yesterday. We all have those days, right? I ended up going to a meeting at work and then heading out to Healdsburg to meet some friends for jazz in the park and dinner. Sometimes all you need in life is a little dancing and french fries to make everything better. However, because going to the jazz concert was a glorious spontaneous decision, I was sans camera and therefore, last night was sort of OTR (off the record).

Let’s start over.

Good morning!

Just cleaned my breakfast plate:

This morning I had two HempPlus waffles with egg whites and maple syrup, plus a huge grapefruit. I’ve missed grapefruits—during the winter I probably ate one a day!
After this lil breakfast digests, I’m heading to the gym. I’m still doing Gina’s Summer Shape Up because I love it! It really helps me to go to the gym with a plan in mind rather than just wandering aimlessly, toting the latest issue of US weekly.
I think it’s almost time for the next ELR Book Nerd Club discussion! How many of you have read The Help and want to chat about it on Monday? I read the book over Mother’s Day weekend when I was visiting my mom and Grandma in Wisconsin (yes, I read the whole book in ONE weekend because it was that good!).  
Speaking of reading, right now I am reading Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky and CANNOT put it down! I’ve never read anything else by her and checked this book out of the library a few weeks ago on a whim. I started it two days ago and am completely absorbed in the story. All I want to do is sit on the couch and read, read, read! It’s seriously that good and makes the elliptical almost bearable.

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  • Ellie
    June 23, 2010 at 9:39 am

    My Mom said the help was so cute- glad you got to OTR last night- sometimes just need some non blog time! Reading “Born to Run” which I think makes me a huge runner nerd

  • Ann-Elizabeth Leek
    June 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I LOVED The Help! I would love to discuss and here other’s thoughts on it. Such an amazing book that I too, couldn’t put down.

    • Ann-Elizabeth Leek
      June 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Just read my typo…so sorry. I meant “hear” other’s thoughts :). Oops.

    • Ann-Elizabeth Leek
      June 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

      “hear” not “here”…oops.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Those books sound so good, I need to get on that!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    June 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I loooove grapefruits too and haven’t had one in too long! I love the idea of egg whites with my waffles… plus jazz and french fries! yum!

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    June 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Everyone needs and deserves and “off” day – even bloggers! Glad you found time to relax 🙂

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    June 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Ahh… I need to start going to the library more often!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I am in the process of reading THe Help right now! Love it!

  • Jennu
    June 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I’m not reading The Help right now but I am reading Alone in the Kichen with an Eggplant! Have you ever read that? I highly reccommend it!

  • Beth
    June 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    About 3/4 of the way through The Help. I am loving it! I can be ready for a discussion come Monday. Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day “off”.

  • Ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

    The Help was an amazing book!!!! I’ve made at least 5 more people fall in love with it after I read it. Spread the word – it’s a must read!

  • Kaz
    June 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed your ‘off’ day. 😀

    Oh, I love those books that just suck you in! I’m reading one now and I can’t bear to put it down. =P (But, I must! Life calls and all that.)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I loved The Help, too. I read it this winter, but I think it’s fresh enough in my mind to discuss!

  • jenna
    June 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    the help is great book!

    not my daughter sounds like a good one too.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

    wow, that’s awesome that it makes the elliptical almost bearable…that’s saying a LOT!

    enjoy your workout!

  • Katherine
    June 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I always read on the elliptical! my mom read The Help and said it reminded her a lot of some of the ways that her/her mom was raised with household helpers

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Oh gosh, I hate grapefruit! I’m amazed people can eat it :s

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Ooh, I will definitely check out Not My Daughter. That sounds fascinating and very Jodi Picoult-esque!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Yay for Waffle Wednesday! You should check out Van’s new varieties : )

  • Shelly
    June 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I read The Help a few months ago (for my IRL book club). Looking forward to discussing it- I think it’s a great book!

  • Mellissa
    June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

    We just read The Help for my book club last month, I am excited to discuss again.

  • Camille
    June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Reading at the gym is way fun! It makes time go by so fast 🙂

  • The Healthy Apple
    June 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Your eggs look so nice n’ fluffy…yummmm…almost looks like ricotta cheese…it’s making me want eggs tomorrow morning, hehe.

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales
    June 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    jazz, dancing, french fries…. sounds glorious!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

    That book is so popular at my library I’m still on the waiting list.

  • Jessie
    June 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Just finished The Help last night and would love to discuss with others who have read it!!

  • Courtney @ 3 Months
    June 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I really want to read The Help! Right now I’m reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and up next is The Poisonwood Bible – which I’ve had for a while now, but used your suggestion to rotate it in to my list a little sooner!

  • Laura @ youngDCliving
    June 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I’m just starting the third Steig Larsson book, which just came out in May, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, after finishing the second and am already hooked! If you haven’t read these, you definitely should, they’re great reads.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I’m reading a really sweet book right now called A Long Time Ago and Essentially True. It’s by a Polish writer who teaches in Chicago, and is kind of a long family saga/fairytale. It’s really good! You should give it a go!

    That sounds like a fun night…jazz in the park is always a good time 🙂

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Jazz? Yes, please. Oh and waffles, too. 🙂

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I think OTR things are my favorite (:

  • Kelly
    June 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve heard The Help is soooo good. I need some recommended reading for my transatlantic flight in August to Italy. I do my best reading on long plane trips. 🙂

  • Katharine
    June 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I ADORED “The Help.” I honestly haven’t found one person who’s read it and NOT liked it. (We also read “American Wife” and loved that, too. Keep the awesome recommendations coming!) Have you read “Little Bee?” I just started and it’s very good so far – something I think you’d like judging from your other reads.

  • Kacy
    June 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I just got The Help from the library (it was on reserve for MONTHS!) so if I have it finished by Monday I’ll join in 🙂
    Jazz in the Park sounds SOOO fun!

  • Kacy
    June 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I just got The Help from the library (it was on reserve for MONTHS!) so if I have it finished by Monday I’ll join in 🙂
    Jazz in the Park sounds SOOO fun!

  • Kacy
    June 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I just rented The Help from the library (it was on reserve for forever) and if I get a chance to read it by Monday I’ll definitely join in on book club!

  • Applesauce
    June 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I read “the Help” and loved it! All the girls in my family started a book club. We use it as an excuse to get together and EAT!! For this one, we did southern/soul food! I will gladly discuss in the ELR nerd book club!!

    p.s. i love your blog, and have been a long time reader…thanks for all you share!

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    June 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    did you ever finish The Space Between Us? Wondering what you thought!

  • Kathryn
    June 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I LOVED The Help. My mother grew up in Mississippi (so did I) during the time period and when she recommended the book to me she handed it to me and said “this was my life.” How cool is that? They are in the process of filming the movie in the town where I grew up!

  • Mindy
    June 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    LOVED The Help! Great choice!

    I can’t read while I’m working out, not even magazines. It slows me down so much! Wish I could though!

  • Willie Lethbridge
    June 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    You mentioned one of the most misunderstood and powerful superfoods in the world: the grapefruit!

    High vitamin C, a good dose of pectin fiber, LYCOPENE, and a whole lot of fat busting goodness.

    I recommended The Help to my sister, who sits in front of the TV all day and refuses to read. I know she would love this book. How can I convince her? I’m at wits’ end.

    By the by, you need to check out Isabel’s site when you get a chance. She’s over at I think we need to start a coalition of healthy, common sense bloggers.

    Just got back from the gym…I’m really tired. But I feel great. Nice post, Jenna!

  • christa
    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Have you read the Stephanie Plum books yet? they ROCK!

  • Chelsey
    June 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I finished the help a couple of months ago – I loved it! And would love to discuss it on Monday! Let me know when!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    June 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, those egg whites are so white. I thought it was goat cheese at first, lol.