It’s a miracle—-I can see! Other than that though, it’s been a pretty uneventful evening. It should be noted that, in a brief period of writer’s block, I hauled my butt to Ross and bought a very cute sundress on sale for only $6.99.
Then, after dinner, while I was leaning on my fridge contemplating life while eating piece after piece of watermelon, the strap broke. Just like that. In the middle of my kitchen with watermelon held in midair.
There are no photos. I need to learn how to sew. I continued eating more watermelon.
What there are photos of, however, are my dinner, which was equally as uneventful. Let me present egg whites on toast:
And some TJ’s tomato soup:
Followed by numerous slices of watermelon, which resulted in the busting of my strap. So what did I do in a moment like that? I ate a Skinny Cow ice cream cone and finished my book.
I CAN’T BELIEVE THE ENDING!!!!!!! Seriously…..I went back three times and read the final six pages. I just couldn’t believe it. You’ll have to read the book to understand. Trust me on this. I’ll probably be up all night analyzing it in my head and then re-read the whole book tomorrow. It was that good.
Something tells me it’s time for me to go to bed now.
Bethany @ More Fruit PleaseJuly 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm
I’m intrigued! I think I’ll be adding Secrets of Eden to my summer reading list. Are you going to do one of your Jenna’s Lit Class Review/Discussions on it?
Mama PeaJuly 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm
I finished my first draft today. My last sentence was about whole wheat pastry flour. Somehow I don’t think that’s as earth shattering, but I can’t wait to read yours.
postcollegecookJuly 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm
okay jenna… now i have to read it… thanks a lot!
firstname.lastname@example.orgJuly 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm
so glad u didnt spoil the ending! *phew* right! hehe
mm looks similar to my breakfast this morning! <3 yummy!
have a great night love
Suzanne de CorneliaJuly 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm
Have been inhaling non-fiction books as if slated to banned next week. But will get this at the library. I love that when a story continues to intrigue after the last page is read, and the book is closed.
The California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara is this week–benefiting the Foodbank. Thurs 7/15 thru Sat 7/17. The Fri 7/16 event is sold-out, the 7/15 is nearing sell-out. Tickets still available for the main Sat 7/17 beachside event. Limit 3K people.
I’ve listed local foodie secrets/things to do. For instance; Julia Childs fave place when she lived there: La Super Rica taco shack! http://tinyurl.com/oe4ezq
Nice Road/Get Outta Dodge Trip!
Becki @ HikeBikeEatJuly 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Ross and TJ Maxx are awesome!
The Wife of a DairymanJuly 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Had some watermelon tonight myself for dessert. SO good!
Wow! That’s great about your book being complete. I bet it’s such a good feeling:)
AnnaJuly 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm
Although your dinner was so simple, it looks absolutely delicious to me right now! Thanks for the book review. Looks like I’ll have to check it out!
GinnyJuly 14, 2010 at 1:42 am
Have you read his book The Double Bind? Also very good! If you email me your address I will send it to you. I just finished reading it and love it. Currently reading Beach Music per your recommendation in older posts 🙂 Love it!!!
Julia @ Brit BrideJuly 14, 2010 at 2:38 am
I was so confused there for a minute. I though you meant YOUR book… the one YOU are writing..!!
I even clicked the link and thought… Chris… er… is she writing under a ghost name?? Then the penny dropped!
Jessica @ How Sweet It IsJuly 14, 2010 at 3:32 am
That book is on my list to read!
Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)July 14, 2010 at 4:19 am
Another book that I’m going to need to buy. A crazy ending is my style, especially when it makes you want to reread the entire book all over again. 😀
Jen (Running With Cake)July 14, 2010 at 4:31 am
Glad you liked the book! Similar to you, I analyze the endings of movies way too much – so much that it’s hard to sleep after I see them. It’s funny how movies and books can do that to us!
Heather @ Side of SneakersJuly 14, 2010 at 4:43 am
I love when books have endings that make you react like that!!
Diana @ frontyardfoodieJuly 14, 2010 at 4:44 am
Oh man I hate it when stuff like that happens! Worth it for watermelon though right?
I love a book that affects me that much……unless it’s in a bad way like I’m angry because I feel like the author copped out or something.
I reread the end of A Tale of Two Cities in highschool like four times to be sure what happened. So I know the feeling.
RebeccaJuly 14, 2010 at 4:51 am
I could eat a whole watermelon in one sitting. I love when books have good endings. Sometimes a book is so good, I’m sad when it ends! That’s when I just read it again!
Janna (janna's keeping it real)July 14, 2010 at 4:51 am
Your random-ness cracks me up yo!
Courtney @ 3 MonthsJuly 14, 2010 at 5:03 am
I’m definitely going to have to read Secrets of Eden now!
Kelly @ Healthy Living With KellyJuly 14, 2010 at 5:23 am
Awesome!!!! Congrats on finishing!
ChelseyJuly 14, 2010 at 5:26 am
Sewing a strap back on isn’t really that hard – you just have to know how to thread a needle, and you’ll be good to go. That stinks though it broke!
I am adding that book onto my list!
Angela (ohsheglows)July 14, 2010 at 5:29 am
hahah I thought you were talking about YOUR book and you couldnt believe the ending to your own book and I was cracking up!!!
Love the dress story…it sounds familiar to me as I have lots of those sale dresses (just wrote dressings).
Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)July 14, 2010 at 6:02 am
sounds good! good thing I dont have a bookstore. I would never stop reading. Just finished The Help… I loved it.
MarieJuly 14, 2010 at 6:09 am
Oh I LOVE Chris Bohjalian. I have to second The Double Bind, if you haven’t read it yet. I had the same reaction with that book… I seriously could not believe the ending! Thanks for the review of Secrets of Eden, I’ve been itching to pick that one up for a while now.
RachaelJuly 14, 2010 at 6:10 am
Yay new book suggestion. I read “Sarah’s Key” on the suggestion of your book list and definitely enjoyed it. I’m on the road for three months, and so evenings are all about my headlamp and a good book. It’s not fiction, but I would highly recommend “Stuffed and Starved” by Raj Patel – takes a look at the global food system with an emphasis on taking back healthy, local food for the sake of people and farmers everywhere.
JennieJuly 14, 2010 at 6:25 am
I will have to pick that book up! Chris Bohjalian is one of my favorite authors. Have you read The Double Bind? That book wrecked me for days.
MyThy as in "Mighty"July 14, 2010 at 6:28 am
Congrats on the accomplishment! How many mid-20’s female’s can say they moved to France for culinary school, started a food/lifestyle blog, moved back to FL, and took a flying leap to NorCal to finish a book? Success my dear!
I’ve been a long time reader and am so excited to own your book (signed please?!?) Your’s and Caitlin’s (HealthyTippingPoint.com) are the two books I look forward to this summer! Do you know when the release date is? Will you be hosting a book give-away? 😉
Tracey @ I'm Not SuperhumanJuly 14, 2010 at 6:29 am
And that means I’m buying it today. I love endings that kind of punch you in the gut.
Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/July 14, 2010 at 6:34 am
Must have been a great book I love when that happens.
Jil @ Peace, Love & MunchiesJuly 14, 2010 at 6:40 am
haha at least the strap broke in the comfort of your kitchen and not in public! 🙂
CamilleJuly 14, 2010 at 6:48 am
I would be much too scared to shop with poor vision! My style is already that of a blind person…
Michelle @ NewLeafEatsJuly 14, 2010 at 6:54 am
Yay for cheap clothing finds! I’m don’t typically like buying my clothes at Walmart, but there were a bunch of things on clearance and I walked away with a cute sweater for $5. Almost bought $7 jeans, but I couldn’t justify buying something that was “in style” (straight leg/skinny jeans) if they don’t look good on my body. Ah well. I’ll hit up a cool resale shop when I visit Fort Worth next month!
TinaJuly 14, 2010 at 7:07 am
I love books with surprise endings. I’m going to have to check that book out now.
Katie HeddlestonJuly 14, 2010 at 7:10 am
Ohh my now I guess I have to read that book! I’ve heard good things from it — so I’m pretty excited to see if the library has it 🙂
MMillerJuly 14, 2010 at 7:19 am
LOL…we have all been eating watermelon constantly! It is just so so good this year! I have been wanting to buy a new sundress too! I need to try Ross! At least a strap is an easy fix!
Have a great day Jenna!
Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)July 14, 2010 at 7:20 am
Oh I love book suggestions! Thanks!
For a light, summer read, The Help was great!
HeatherJuly 14, 2010 at 7:27 am
you got my attention with that review!
Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)July 14, 2010 at 7:49 am
I love when a book is SO good, you just want to read it again, right then!!
Lauren @ louisianagrownJuly 14, 2010 at 7:53 am
I bought a dress last summer that did the same exact thing! Except I was on the way to go out with a boy that I really liked and it was quite embarrassing. 🙁
Amber KJuly 14, 2010 at 7:57 am
I was up late last night finishing a book, too! Sometimes it isn’t a good idea for me to be reading at night…
Anya @ Fitness & SunshineJuly 14, 2010 at 8:04 am
Yikes, stinks about the dress! I hate it when a new piece of clothing gets easily and quickly damaged…
KellyJuly 14, 2010 at 8:12 am
I totally thought you meant your book too! I was like “wow, she must have come up with something phenomenal to be so surprised.” haha. Although I’m sure you will come up with a phenomenal ending to your book as well. 😉
It’s a good thing your sight came back before you went shopping or you might have ended up with one fugly dress.
Cynthia (It All Changes)July 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I loved the ending but kind of predicted it a bit. But it was still the perfect ending that I reread the last few pages. Now I’m reading Midwives at lightning speed. I’m going to get Double Blind as soon as I finish my other book at everyone’s recommendation.