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Returned From Sea

Happy Memorial Day!

I attended a fantastic Memorial Day service at church yesterday morning all about finding hope when you feel hopeless. Hit very close to home after all the recent events, that’s for sure! I can’t believe its already Memorial Day…..can you??

Sorry for my lack of post last night but, like our fishing trips seem to go, we didn’t get home until MIDNIGHT and I was so tired I couldn’t even see straight. Let alone open up my laptop. I showered and fell right into bed. We had a good time but were gone a loooong time and didn’t get to eat dinner until 10:45. NOT my style and believe me, I was as cranky as ever. But here’s a full recap!

Before we left yesterday I made a filling lunch, which was a good idea it turned out since my next meal would not be for another almost 12 hours. Meh.


A morningstar farms pizza burger (LOVE these!) wrapped up in an Ezekiel wrap with 1/2 of an mashed avocado. Tasty, quick and super filling! Plus the last grapefruit with a little agave squeezed over! 🙂


When fishing with Ryan I know we are in the long haul so I am always sure to pack essentials. Yesterday I packed snacks—-


The other half of my One Lucky Duck raw granola bar, carrot sticks and an orange


Plus a total change of clothes (jeans and long sleeve t-shirt), a book, a magazine, a journal, a liter of water and a hairbrush. I’m very glad I packed each one of those things, I tell ya!

For the first time in an entire week, the weather was perfect and after we caught bait and anchored up we made some mojitos!



Ryan made the mojitos from adding light rum to a mix at home and we brought organic mint and tons of ice onboard! I LOVE mojitos!

We never caught anything but had fun regardless. However, around 7:30 I started getting very antsy to say the least. I was cold, I had to pee and I was hungry. The terrible three. Don’t mess with Jenna when she’s hungry!!!!! Ryan knows that very, very well.


I’m not trying to say Ryan is insensitive, which is definitely is not. Ryan is just a hard core fisherman and when the fish are out (or he thinks they are out), we stay out. I ate my orange and read my book.

Finally we got back to the dock around 8:30, cleaned the boat for an hour and headed to BJ’s Brewhouse for dinner. I was so hungry I could have eaten cardboard!! Of course I ordered something I knew would come out very fast, even though it wasn’t the healthiest option! I started with a cup of the tomato soup, which was more like a thick bisque and probably full of cream but it tasted like the best thing I’ve ever had after being so hungry!


And for my entree, I ordered the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad with shrimp instead of chicken and the dressing on the side. Sorry for the blurry picture….my camera is on its last leg!


Being the guy he is, Ryan ordered the bacon cheeseburger and I’m not going to lie, I went to TOWN on his fries. I ate almost all of them!!!  I was starving and they were piping hot seasoned thick cut fries. Nothing tastes as good as a fry when you are really, really hungry! Am I right or am I right?! The salad came with onion rings on it but I took them all off. Not a fan.

We got home around midnight and I fell into bed. This morning, woke up at 7:30 and made a big bowl of Optimum cereal (1.5 servings) with a banana in unsweetened vanilla hempmilk with white tea on the side. Mmmmm


I feel so sleepy though I might go back to bed and lay down!! Hey, its a holiday! 😉 I am planning on going to a 10:00 spinning class this morning but the rest of the day is up in the air. Ryan doesn’t have to work but I told him I was taking a break from the boat after yesterday’s exhusion so he might go with his dad instead.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy Memorial Day!


Hop on over to KERF and read my special guest post….all about France! 🙂

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 25, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Oh yah, you don’t want to be around me when I’m hungry either. NOT good! Glad you had good weather out on the boat though! So weird to see the sun again after such a long absence =)

    Hope your day is great today!

  • meg
    May 25, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Happy Memorial Day! Looks like a fun filled day! Loved your guest post!

  • Jocelyn
    May 25, 2009 at 6:40 am

    oh no! your last grapefruit!! whatever shall you do..
    Perhaps next time u go with the bf to pick up *oranges* lol

    happy memorial day over there in the usa!!

  • Emily
    May 25, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I get sooo cranky when I have to wait to eat, too. Good think you packed some snacks.

    And yes, fries are the best food ever when you’re starving!

  • K
    May 25, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Being around me when I’m hungry, cold, and have to pee is like being around an angry bear! It’s a scary situation!! Sounds like you guys had a good time though 🙂

  • Liza
    May 25, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Gosh just the other night I nearly finished the fries that were served for dinner, I was SOOOO HUNGRY!

  • FoodsThatFit
    May 25, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Hey Jenna Girl! I read your guest post on KERF and it was great! I love hearing about your experiences over there and love the French attitude about eating. It seems to fit right in with the idea of intuitive eating and feeding your body real food.

    Will be thinking of you this Memorial Day and know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Hangry Pants
    May 25, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Sounds like a nice enjoyable day. Hope you were able to relax and enjoy the time on the boat.

    Great guest post on KERF by the way. I want the afternoon sweets!


  • Sara
    May 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

    hey jenna!
    I really enjoyed your post over at KERF. Just yesterday I made my first-ever batch of homemade croissants. As I bit into one hot out of the oven at dinner time I was feeling guilty…Guilty!? why should I feel guilty? I worked all day on those croissants and they were perfect and golden brown. Its too bad the way we Americans can deprive ourselves of the joy of good food. Oh well, I quickly pushed the negative thoughts out of my mind and enjoyed my croissant 😉 Thanks for the reminder that good food, even good food with butter is really okay!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    May 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

    You are absoltely right – fresh, hot, seasoned fries always hit the spot when you’re starving!!! Hope you have a good and restful day!

  • Jaime (Embracing Balance)
    May 25, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I have heard about your blog so many times recently and I’m embarassed to say that I finally stopped by after reading your post over at KERF. Absolutely loved your French woman recap!

    I will be stopping by much more often!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 25, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Cranky when hungry? Aren’t we all! Terrible Three, haha. And I LOVED your guest post on KERF! So much wisdom…

  • Abby
    May 25, 2009 at 8:02 am

    If I’m hungry, tired, cold, have to pee or without electricity (from a storm or something)–watch out. If any of those things are combined, it’s better to just evacuate the premises and return at a later time…

    Glad you were able to enjoy the day and the sunshine. I’m a big snack packer myself (to avoid the situation above), but I think that long on the boat would have required more than one Mojito for me.

    Nice guest post on KERF, as well. As they say, when in Rome…you have to try new things when you have the opportunity. I bet you haven’t had a croissant or coffee back home yet that quite compares!

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    May 25, 2009 at 8:04 am

    OMG i’d never have the patience to stay out in the boat if i was hungry and had to pee!! hahaha glad you made it 🙂

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 25, 2009 at 8:15 am

    LOVED the KERF guest post! How fun to have gone fishing… I haven’t been in years!
    Did you see the food blogger giveaway on my site? I think you’d LOVE it!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    May 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Agh! I hate being hungry, too! Nothing makes me crankier. Um, I hope you didn’t have to go 12 hours without peeing,too!

    I read your guest post at Kath’s blog, too, very interesting stuff!

  • Sheri
    May 25, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Great guest post on Kath’s blog! I too HATE being hungry and I am right there with you on the cranky don’t mess with me when I am like this feeling! 😉 Have a great Memorial Day!

  • Susan
    May 25, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Mojitos are my drink too. SO good. I hope to grow some mint this summer to make them, and maybe try some mint juleps too!

    I’m with you on the fries thing. I have a lot of memories of being out with friends on Friday nghts in high school and dropping by this diner to order a HUGE tray of fries when we were all starving at 10 pm. Ahh… the memories of my high school metabolism… 😛

  • spicygranola
    May 25, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Those mojitos look really good, but they probably didn’t help the needing to pee situation. I’m glad to hear your are full, dry, warm, and back on dry land now! Great guest post.

  • RunToFinish
    May 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

    too funny… as soon as D realizes I’m hungry he immediately starts trying to find me food… I swear I’m not that bad!

  • sarah
    May 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I was wondering what the nutrition facts were for the one lucky duck treats were…I tried to look on there website but was unable to find them. Thanks!

    • jenna
      May 25, 2009 at 8:58 am


      I have no idea!! It doesn’t say on the package. Sorry!

  • Kristin
    May 25, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Loved your post on KERF! I need to be French! haha

    Have a relaxing Memorial Day.

  • Amanda
    May 25, 2009 at 8:55 am

    yes to the fries when i’m super hungry! especially when they’re really hot and salty!

  • Annie D.
    May 25, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Looks like you had a great time! The food looks super yummy!!

  • Janna
    May 25, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I love that bathing suit! Is it from Victoria’s Secret?

    • jenna
      May 25, 2009 at 9:09 am


      Thank you! I actually got it from Jcrew when I was in high school about six years ago! lol

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 25, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Your KERF post is fantastic, Jenna! I adore it, and I have the same philosophy about enjoying an area’s culture fully when in it.

    Oh my I turn into a monster when I am hungry. Seriously, it ain’t pretty. I’d be all over those fries, too!

    Hope you have a lovely Memorial Day!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Sounds like you had a nice time! Although I totally hear you on the terrible threes! I had that!! I am glad you didn’t have to resort to cardboard! hahaha

    piping hot fries? oh man. I would have went to town too!

    Enjoy your holiday!!

  • Christie
    May 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I totally know what you mean about “hardcore fisherman”. My father, my husband, and my brother-in-law are exactly the same way. I like to go fishing but I hate it when I am ready to go and they want to stay. I get cranky too :\

    PS I loved your KERF guest post. Makes me want to go to France!

  • hk
    May 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    sounds like a good day full of fun things! have fun 🙂

  • Kaila
    May 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

    interesting guest post! you’re a good writer!
    did you speak french in france or could you get by on english?

    • jenna
      May 25, 2009 at 11:13 am


      Thank you! I speak enough french to get by so I mainly did speak the language while in Paris. Except of course when I was with my classmates and Ryan!

  • ratzx31
    May 25, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Hey jenna, read your guest post on KERF blog! great post! thanks for the great tip o french women eats and reminder on eating intuitively, not obsessing over calories!!!! will and must try to remember that and put into practice, something that’s hard to break away from! 😛 keep writing! love your style of writing! thanks again!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Sounds like you had a good time. Minus the terrible threes! Have a great Memorial Day!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Seriously… NEVER mess with a skinny girl when she is hungry! You won’t come out of that confrontation alive! 😀
    Thick cut steak fries are the best kind!
    I found Jillian’s quick fitness blurbs on hulu last night. I did the butt one this morning along with a few other things. Hopefully it will get me rear in gear! Thanks for the inspiration to get exercising!

  • katie s
    May 25, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Great KERF post!! I definitely want to pack it in and move to Paris for the summer!! And those mojitos looks tasty! I’ve only had a mojito ONCE, believe it or not, but loved it!

  • Coco Knudson
    May 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Mojitos are the most refreshing drink during the summer! What kind of mix do you use? I’ve never tried those Ezekiel wraps, but they look delish!

  • Priyanka
    May 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

    oh no, the terrible three can make me very cranky too!! The shrimp salad looks so good!!

    Loved your guest post on KERF!!

  • Emily
    May 25, 2009 at 11:29 am

    This is very random and quick Jenna but I think the picture of you looking out over the boat is stunning!

  • Hallie
    May 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Great post on KERF! I don’t know if I’ll ever get out of the American style of eating and thinking about food 🙁 I lived in Spain for a semester, and even though I walked a ton, I actually gained a few pounds…damn Spanish bakeries!

  • Ali
    May 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I have to tell you that your post over at KERF really felt like you were writing specifically to me! I am going to Ireland on Saturday for school and I am so excited. I had a specific mindset in mind about making sure not to gain while I was there, but after reading your entry I have re-thought the idea and am going to eat what I want, as intuitively as I can! Thank you so much- it really hit home!

  • Sarah
    May 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, I am the same way! Don’t mess with me when I’m hungry, whew. My husband makes fun of me sometimes for packing lots of snacks but I tell him its better than the alternative aka the monster I become 😉

  • Leanne
    May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

    On the boat with a mojito… Doesn’t get much better than that!

  • Jo
    May 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Looks like you had a fun day. Well done for being so organised and taking snacks!

    By the way I loved your post on KathEats 🙂