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Sushi and Nail Rant

Hello friends!

I’m blogging from the very, very quiet condo of Ryan this evening even though he is off on his “Team Johnny Weber” annual Kingfish tournament. I desperately needed some quiet and actually am looking forward to staying by myself tonight. Tonight is the first night all week where I have kept myself together and I’m looking forward to a bubble bath and a book.

This afternoon I ran errands and had appointments… the midst of it all a woman was talking about “the kid that accidentally shot himself in the face” and I whispered that was my brother. Of course she was shocked but I somehow didn’t break. That was so weird. I snacked on a Chobani with a half cup of h2h and Naturally Nutty around 3:15


And then this evening I picked up a wide array of sushi from our favorite place for my family. My aunt is leaving first thing in the morning so it was our last night all together. I got a seaweed salad and just picked a wide variety of rolls, including spicy tuna, yellowtail with lemon zest, salmon, avocado and crab. I picked at a little of everything—


Yall will have to excuse the gross paper plates I’ve been chowing down on lately. As perfect timing would go (haha), our dishwasher broke three weeks ago and it would just be way too much to hand wash dishes right now.

I stayed and talked to my dad and aunt for awhile and then headed over to the condo. I made a little sundae for dessert with a scoop of the love of my life with a spoonful of all natural whipped topping. I love that stuff.


Tomorrow morning I’m going to an “energetic flow” yoga class at 10:30 and then my mom and I are getting manicures. Guys, I haven’t been able to paint my nails in……………….a year and a half!!!! You can’t have painted nails in culinary school, obviously, and then I immediately went to work in the kitchen where lovely hands are valued second to last. Right now I’m desperately working on getting rid of my burn scars (hello mederma) and I’m going to start taking care of my nails again…starting tomorrow!

I hope everyone has a lovely night…..stay safe and I will see you in the morning!


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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    SO proud of you Jenna! You are doing fabulous.

    Can’t believe someone would be saying things like that…but then again, South Tampa will be South Tampa.

    I hope you enjoy yoga and your manicure with Mom!! That will be such a nice time!

    Oh, and next week I am going to a bunch of Yogani classes…If you see one that looks interesting let me know. I’d love to catch a class together =)

    Lots of love to you!

  • weight and meditate
    May 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Yay! You can take care of your (arm) skin and hands again! Enjoy your evening alone.

  • kim
    May 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Nighty-nighty angel. Enjoy your bath and do showcase your nails tomorrow. 🙂 Lovely display of sushi. What’s your fav kind?

  • Jen
    May 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Some pampering sounds like a great idea, Jenna. Hope you enjoy your nice, quiet evening. 🙂 Sending lots of love your way!

  • MJ
    May 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Jenna – If I may be so bold as to say I’m proud of you for speaking up when you heard the woman talking. You’re stronger than you even know.

    I think there’s some really pretty deep flamingo pink polish calling your name……maybe to go with a new suit for surfing?
    Here are a couple links you might like:

    Make sure to put sunscreen on the areas with the burns – helps reduce the scarring response to the sunlight.

    Enjoy your time with your mom tomorrow!

  • Meg C.
    May 1, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I bet yoga will really feel great for you tomorrow. I did some yoga right after my grandfather’s funeral and I was amazed at how much tension was released that I didn’t know I had. I believe I’ve seen “Yoga for Grief” talked about somewhere, too. Best wishes to you Jenna!

  • Faith C.
    May 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I hope you have a lovely, quiet evening, Jenna…(((hugs))) to you for being such an amazing person.

  • Kelly T
    May 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    ha what audacity. good for you for letting her know that you never can be sure who’s around you in public. have fun at yoga and with your mom jenna! right now cherish the little things. xo

  • Donna
    May 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    The loss of a child brings consuming pain and grief to parents. Bereaved parents do not ever “get over” the loss of a child. It’s an “out of order” process that is a life-altering experience for parents. How are your parents dealing with this devastating loss? I feel the closeness you have with your parents and would like to know how they’re doing. Perhaps they could contribute their feelings through you and your writing.

  • jane
    May 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Jenna, you are so amazing. to see how you’ve keep your humor and kindness and honestly and passion through all this tragedy is just inspiring.
    enjoy the bubble bath + book– sounds like a divine combo!

  • greenbean
    May 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    hey there Mikey!

  • allijag
    May 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Love that little kitty face. Glad you finally had some quiet time to yourself! Can’t wait to see the manicure tomorrow!

  • jessnyc
    May 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    no nail polish for a year and a half! well i’ll be, i never knew that! have fun, pamper yourself silly. 🙂 enjoy the alone time hun!

  • Michelle
    May 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Aww that kitten looks soooo tiny! Enjoy your manicure! 🙂

  • Matt
    May 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Enjoy the nails tomorrow. You deserve it!

  • Shannon
    May 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Jenna, you are awesome. I really hope you and your mama enjoy getting your nails did. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your bath and book, and get a great nights sleep, you very much deserve it, you are such a sweet girl. 🙂

  • Brynn
    May 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Jenna – I agree, it’s SO weird to hear something that has changed your life and family forever mentioned so casually. I went to dinner with friends a week after my cousin died last year. We were just leaving when one of them mentioned “that guy who accidentally fell out of his frat window” like it was just an entertaining story. It’s still very strange to hear about it from an outside perspective. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and although I LOVE the food, your positive spirit is what really keeps me coming back. Your strength over the past days is inspiring, so thank you for continuing to write!

  • Jenni
    May 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    kitties rule! ^..^

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t take care of my nails either…I do too much with my hands, between dishes, cooking, diapers, etc. I hate chips even more than I hate bare nails, so that’s the trade off.

    Way to have the bravery to say something with the woman talking about your brother so brazenly. She will probably be a lot more careful with her words, which is a lesson we all can learn.

    Enjoy your quiet evening!

  • *Andrea*
    May 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    i’m so sorry you had to over hear that.. people will talk. i’m glad you’re taking some ‘me-time’ as i call it. your nails will look beautiful 🙂

  • Jess
    May 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Have fun getting your nails done. You totally deserve it–you are doing so incredible. Yummy eats! Love your snack!
    <3 jess

  • MaryBe
    May 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    You need some alone time. Just try not to think too much, or over think things, ok?
    Your kitty is so cute

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Enjoy the manicure!! Getting my nails done is my bi-weekly treat to myself!!

  • Erin
    May 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I started reading your blog about a week or so ago…a few days before we heard the sad news. SO sorry for you loss! You are inspiring in how you are dealing, greaving and moving forward. As with everyone…my thoughts are with you. I have two older brothers…and to lose them…would be crushing…I do not know how I would deal…he is your angel.

    I have fallin in love with your blog, way of life, and way of eating. I had recently bought some amazing greens at the store and been drinking them each morning for my 6am workday. After finding your blog, you reminded me how much I LOVE almond butter. I love peanut butter but now addicted to almond. 🙂 I will try to write in the future…and read others.

    I was wondering if anyone on this blog suffers from IBS? I have been eating a little differently, with the greens, sprouted grain bread, more salads, herbs, and fruit my diet. I already ate healthy, but am eating even better. But its not digesting well… I am trying to get slower to see if that helps… is it he extra fiber? or just combination? I love the foods, am real excited to experiment with more raw and clean foods, but want to digest it all better. Bad bloating/”other” if you must know. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Allie Katie
    May 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Jenna–good for you for saying something, my dear. I am certainly proud of you for it!
    You are SO brave, and I just wanted you to know that if you ever need a few days off from us, please feel free to take it. I know you said this is therapeutic and helpful for you to write to us (which is an honor, by the way), but if there ever comes a day when you wake up and say “I need a day off from those crazy kids on the internet!” we won’t fault ya for it.
    But until then–keep the thoughts, emotions, and food coming.
    You’re the best!

  • Erin
    May 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Hi kitty.
    Hope you’re doing ok hon. Keep on truckin and lots o hugs with your family.

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    May 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    That article about your brother was wonderfully written. Enjoy getting your nails done!

  • Samantha
    May 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Woman, I am adding you to my pantheon of heroes. You have so much grace and love about you that I can feel it through the internet without ever having met you.
    I’m glad that you are doing the Nike 1/2 marathon, I just ran my first one on March 15th and it was so, so, SO much fun, and I felt so powerful by the end, like I could do anything in the world. Just keep going til you see that “13” sign, because once you do, you become a completely different being; I screamed out “HELL YES!” and didn’t care WHAT anyone thought about it! I’m also running in the Nike race, since I live in the Bay Area and have seen the preparations in the city many times (SO many people show up for it! It’s really cool!) but have never participated, but I will this year! I signed up for the full marathon… Like I said, after the 1/2, I felt like I could do ANYTHING… haha… we’ll see about that!!!
    Glad to hear that you are taking good care of yourself and make sure that kitty gets plenty of huggles 🙂
    Love from CA,

  • Stef
    May 2, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I just read the article about your brother you posted, I’m glad that they mentioned your blog, Mikey, and that t-ball kid! John really must have been an amazing person. I’m so sorry that you had to overhear that woman’s insensitive comment, but I’m glad you didn’t let it tear you down. In a way it is a good thing, maybe she is one more person who will NEVER own a gun, and who knows, maybe she’ll get inspired to do something about gun violence/accidents!

    I’m also glad that you are getting some peace and quiet, it must be nice to decompress after a long week surrounded by people. I hope you get to enjoy your new gym membership too, it sounds like a lovely club.

  • Angie
    May 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I’ve read your blog for a while and I’ve only commented once, but I have to tell you I think you are an unbelievably strong. Your positive attitude continues to amaze me. Have fun getting that manicure. You and your mom certainly deserve a little pampering.

    Hang in there, girl. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lara (Thinspired)
    May 2, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Jenna, it sounds like you handled yourself with grace and dignity in an awkward situation. I think there is something to be learned from both sides of that story!
    Just catching up on your posts and I am so happy that quitting your job has brought you some relief. It sounds like it was the right decision for you.
    Hope you can find some good quiet time this weekend, Jenna!

  • Tara
    May 2, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I’m so glad you’re taking such good care of yourself. Have fun at yoga/manicures – you deserve to pamper yourself!

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    May 2, 2009 at 5:42 am

    enjoy the manicure — you deserve it 😉 love that lil kitty 😉

  • jen
    May 2, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Yes, Jenna taking a few days or even a week away from your blog may be very healing for you.It’s wonderful you have been so open and sharing with us all ,but honestly sometimes a person needs solitary time to just be at one with themself,just to have peace and quiet after all the crazy business of a funeral preparation and family and friend visits.You are probably more tired than you know, so the more sleep,alone time and quiet you can grab here and there will really be necessary.Not to isolate, but just have time to be yourself and do whatever it is YOU need to do for you, whether it’s sitting in the steam room every day,reading a zillion books,having a week escape at a beach to be by the soothign sounds of the ocean.
    We will all be happy for you to have a break from here whenever and however often you mentally need to do so.We are all loyal readers and will always come back for your lovely writing!!

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    May 2, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Enjoy spending time with your mom, getting your nails all pretty. I’m sure it will be a good time of just doing something fun, after such an intense and emotional few days. We’re all thinking of you Jenna!

  • Runninduff
    May 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

    You made it through such a tough week. Sometimes after its all over things get really hard because everyone leaves and returns to their normal lives, meanwhile yours is still broken. Just don’t forget that everyone is here for you and reach out to people if you need anything. I know for me it took a good 6 months until I even felt like a normal person again, but just hang in there. Get through each day…talk to John in your head when you miss him. You have tons of people who love you and are thinking of you and have created this awesome blog which can be a good outlet for stress and venting. No one understands what you are going through, but we are all here to listen and offer kind words of encouragement. XOXO!

  • Kat
    May 2, 2009 at 7:58 am


    I had a breast reduction a couple of years ago and wanted to use a natural product for my scars. The women at Whole Body recommended Rose Hip Oil and it worked wonders. It is an oily product so might not be the best for your hands during the day. But maybe just at night?