Behind The Butter

Thanks, Mom

Well, it was bound to happen at some point.

I don’t even remember the last time I was sick. I think it was back when I was doing my culinary externship in 2008. For the past two years I’ve bragged to all my friends that I never get sick. I’m always the one that takes care of the sick people. I’m the friend that’s always there, bringing homemade soup, tea and kleenex. Germs don’t affect me. I thought myself immune.

Until yesterday.

I woke up yesterday morning with a scratchy throat but I thought it was just allergies. Because I’m a freak, I still went on a two mile run in the cold drizzly rain and wind. I know. I KNOW.

Throughout the course of the day I felt progressively worse and worse, and then hit rock bottom late last night. My throat hurts, my nose is congested and I’m achy. I debated staying one more day in Wisconsin and milking the whole mom and grandma card, but somehow I got myself on the plane this morning after zero sleep with a big cup of jasmine green tea, a packed lunch from grandma and a make-up bag full of kleenex and nose spray.


Blah blah blah BLAH.

You know the worst part? I probably gave my mom my ninja disease as well because we shared a bed and I was up blowing my nose all.night.long. Happy Mother’s Day, mom! Love you!

I blame the state of Wisconsin. Sorry, but we have a thing called sunshine in California and I’ve been doing just fine in it. Wisconsin, you can take your freezing rain, candy raisins and fake Indians and just go away. It’s my blog and I can cry if I want to.
Anyways, here are some cute mother daughter photos to tide you over until I recover in California. Currently, I’m on route to Phoenix and then I have a three hour layover until my flight to San Francisco leaves later this afternoon.



Mom-Paris toasting Jenna-Paris red wine
Mom, I love you.
Thanks for always putting up with me throughout all the hysterical phone calls, snot, sore throats, homesickness, tummy aches, spontaneous backfire ideas and Anthropologie credit card charges. I’m proud to be your daughter.

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  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I’m sorry you’re sick, that sucks!
    I gotta say, your mum is really beautiful!! And you look very like her – good genes!
    I hope you don’t get TOO ill doing all the travelling..I think you totally should have milked the mum/gran-sick-person-treatment though:P

  • Diana
    May 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Aw, hope you feel better soon Jenna!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    May 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I have a theory about healthy people and getting sick. I think that b/c we try to take good care of ourselves we only get “super bugs” the kind that knock you on your butt! I never get sick, but when I do I usually have to stay in bed all day(s)
    I hope you feel better soon!

  • SAS
    May 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    why all the hate on wisconsin?? don’t blame us!!! you came on a terrible weekend, we have had sunshine and 80 degree weather many times over the last few weeks!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hope you are feeling better soon 🙁 Rest up!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    aww cute pictures of you and your mommy! sorry you’re sick!! I hope you feel better quickly!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Aw, you and your Mom are so adorable together. Aren’t Moms the best? Off to bake scones for mine! 😀

  • Danielle
    May 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Oh no! So sorry you’re sick. I was actually just bragging to my friends that I never get sick either… I hope that’s not a tell-tale sign :/ safe travels.

  • Michelle
    May 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’m sorry you’re sick! Hope you feel better fast. My tip? Eat some garlic 😉

  • jaimegirl
    May 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    wait wait wait—-all of a sudden you’re praising the NoCal weather??? i seem to recall about a million instances of you complaining about it over the last few months……..

  • AM
    May 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Um, i see where you get your gorgeous looks! Your mom’s beautiful.

  • Allie
    May 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    your mom is just gorgeous! feel better. travelling when sick is the worst.

  • Monica
    May 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Jenna, you are my favorite blogger.
    Never change (:
    I hope you feel better soon!
    Have a safe flight

  • Cara
    May 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    #4 and #10—— Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m the opposite…I always get sick. But Hunni has the super wolverine type no sickness thing like you. Hopefully that means you heal quicker too.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Sorry you are sick!!
    You and your mom are practically TWINS!

  • Jin
    May 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Aw take it easy’s just your body telling you to relax and rest a bit. Take some time off blogging and you’ll be right back up your feet. Wisconsin will miss you-no need to hate!

  • jaimegirl
    May 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    #14—–i will not “shhhhhhhh”-it’s called freedom of speech. i can write what i want, thank you very much. god forbid i point out something contradictory i have seen written here. just the truth.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    May 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Bummer…sorry you are sick! But it sounds like you are in GOOD hands! 🙂

  • Kelly
    May 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Haha this post was cute. I’m sorry you are sick, I hate sickness especially on a plane!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Aw, hope you two feel better and regardless, have a wonderful day together!!

  • Sarah
    May 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Cute photos!

    I feel like you always say you don’t get sick, but in reality, you have a cold or some other ailment once every couple of months, LOL.

  • Angharad
    May 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    You and your mom look SO alike it’s uncanny! The first photo of her holding you with her head down…it could be you!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Lisa
    May 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. I live in WI and hardly ever get sick. When I lived in NoCal, I always got sick! We’re opposites. Maybe it was that I was depressed by my environment out there, even with sunshine, I was not happy. To each his own I guess, right? I would blame the plane ride–I know too many people who catch stuff on planes and feel sick a couple days after.

  • Meg
    May 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Happy Mother’s day to your beautiful Mom 🙂 I know she’s happy to have you as a daughter, of course! Hope yall feel better!!

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    May 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I love your relationship with your mom. Not only do you love and respect her, you also strive to be her. Happy mothers day jennas mom!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    TWO GORGEOUS BEAUTIES! ur momma has such a radiant glow, uve got good genetics to look forward too!! <3 xoxo

  • Alyssa
    May 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Gross, feel better soon!!! 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Isn’t that ALLLLLLL the truth?! I love my mother soooo much it’s ridiculous. But, when I was 17 and she was 36 (and totally Eva Marie Saint Beautiful!) she became a Grandmother! And today ‘our baby’, my son, called from Amsterdam and said, ‘If you’re happy–I’m happy.’ Any hardship and every sacrifice we all made is worth it and paid-off by that comment. He is the world’s greatest son. How lucky am I to say that?!

    Today, when should be getting ready to move into new place tomorrow (still in Carmel and with an AMAZING garden) instead of going out to invited breakfast or getting reeady to move, etc, could NOT put down Donald Spoto’s ‘Enchantment’ his bio about Audrey Hepburn. READ THIS all the way through. Will SOOOO improve anyone’s life. Have no idea what an incredible woman she was until do!!

    Happy Mummy’s Day to You, your Mother and Grandmother!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Hope you feel better soon, Jenna!

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    May 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Please wish your Mother a happy mother’s day from your readers.
    She obviously raised a lovely daughter and son and I can only imagine the comfort of having her mother and you there with her after such tragedy.
    I am in admiration of her strength and courage-bless you
    Jenna’s Mom!

  • Stacey
    May 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    That’s so cute. You and your mom make a great pair.

  • Katie
    May 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    You look EXACTLY like the younger version of your mom from the photos!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  • Sally
    May 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Have a good flight, feel better!

  • annisa
    May 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I can’t believe you are sick!! That sucks. I always get sick when I travel. How will this affect your race? Hope you feel better soon!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    You and your mom are SO cute!! Hope you feel better- being sick sucks!

  • Kelly at Local Foodie Fight
    May 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    What a lovely post. I got to spend Mother’s Day with my mom too, I don’t normally get to. It was such a treat.

  • Katherine
    May 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Wonderful photos of you and your mom; I can definitely see the resemblance. Great genes!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    girl, i hope you feel better soon! being sick is the worst. i LOVE the old photos though! you are such a cutie-pie 🙂

  • Jane
    May 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    It seems like I have often heard you talk about how you never get sick…as you are getting sick. Maybe you just forget?

  • simpledaisy
    May 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I think I have the same cold as you….I feel horrible! I ran a half marathon yesterday that I think did me in:(
    Hope you get well soon.
    Anywho….cute photos of you and your mom!!!!

  • simpledaisy
    May 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I think I have the same cold as you….I feel horrible! I ran a half marathon yesterday that I think did me in:(
    Hope you get well soon.
    Anywho….cute photos of you and your mom!!!!

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie)
    May 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Sorry you’re sick! You’re a strong one, I’d totally milk it for all it’s worth. At least you had some momma time. Praying you feel better soon!

  • eatmovelove
    May 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Feel better soon! I thought you’ve been sick a few times though in California.???…or maybe I’m just thinking of your migraine headaches.
    Take care.

  • Julie
    May 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    But what did you eat?

  • MMiller
    May 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I would blame your illness on the airplane travel! I always take Airborne when I travel! Hope you are feeling better being home in your own bed!

  • Mastering Public Health
    May 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I think you speak for all daughters in that last paragraph. At least, all daughters with good mothers. Very well said! You and your mom are both lucky to have each other.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. I’m just getting over that same crud : (

  • Jess Z
    May 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I am so sorry you are sick – a tamper on a nice time with family. Living in WI, I have to say I was giggling just a bit as I read your post. It has been awful weather the last few days! Hope you are feeling better soon- up your green monster consumption! 😉

  • Camille
    May 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    You and your mom looks so much alike. My Mom and I do too, I love it 🙂

  • Lindsey
    May 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I generally blame Wisconsin for everything anyway! 😉 (My boyfriend is from there, and I’m from Michigan… it’s a running joke between us and our families.)
    Feel better soon, Jenna!

  • Jaclyn
    May 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, you guys look so much alike, espc when she was younger!! I love this entry, it’s so sweet. I’m close with my mom too!

  • SallyH @
    May 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    No, no! Don’t blame Wisconsin! I’d blame the airport or recycled plane air. Hope you are better soon!

  • aldr
    May 10, 2010 at 1:37 am

    oh no, feel better.nothing worse than sick and travel. your bed will feel so GOOD when you get home…

  • Nicole
    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Your mom and you are too cute! Hope you’re quickly feeling better!

  • Thealogian
    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I am also sick. Since Wednesday, it was an allergy attack that turned into an actual cold. I wish you a speedier recovery!

  • Jessica
    May 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Sorry to hear you’re sick! I got sick last month for the first time in a long time too, it’s no fun. It’s good you had your mom and grandma around though. The pictures of you and your mom are cute!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Hope you feel better!


  • Laura
    May 10, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Arrrggg what is it with cold+’flu viruses at the moment?! I’ve very kindly caught Man Flu off my Dad- after slightly making a point about men making more of a fuss when they are ill than women. But its arrived just in time for exam period so I’m allowed to be grumpy right? Its a sign of a good immune system if you rarely get ill but then, when you do, get it really bad- its not the bug making you feel bad, its your body waging war on the little invaders. Sunshine/UV definitely kills bugs too, bring on the sun! Oh, and to the others- I think recently when Jenna has been ill, it has been due to migraines- slightly different from being ill from infections… hope you arrived back safely with some welcoming sunshine! P.S. Bad joke- how many Mums does it take to change a light bulb? None. They’ve already done it. Oh dear. No hope for me whatsoever.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Feel better, girl! I hate being sick, but at least you’re on your way home to sunny California! 😀

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

    great pics! sorry you are not feeling so well 🙁

  • Caitlin in MD
    May 10, 2010 at 7:14 am

    I agree with #22, you get sick relatively frequently – or at least say you do on the blog – but then also comment how you “never” get sick?! Mind over matter, I guess! 🙂

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    May 10, 2010 at 7:25 am

    boo feel better! Hopefully you don’t have too much to do today so you can take it easy!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    May 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I never get sick either, but when I do, I fall hard and don’t take it well at all. Sounds like that’s just what’s happening to you, and I sure hope you feel better soon!

  • Mom
    May 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Sweetheart, I am one very lucky mother to have such a beautiful (inside and out) daughter. Thank you for coming for Mother’s Day! It meant so much to both your grandmother and me. (Oh yes, also Grandpa) Your father and I are so very proud of you and who you are. We love you dearly ~

  • allison @ livingoneday
    May 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    i like to think of it like this: you are living on your own and you are forced to take care of yourself. this past weekend with your family you got to let go of the responsibility a little and you finally got sick. everyone knows being sick with mommy around makes it all better. sorry to hear you are under the weather!

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You)
    May 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

    That happened to me a couple weeks ago! I am hardly ever sick but when I am, man, I am down for the count! I couldn’t get out of bed for a week.

    Feel better soon Jenna! Just rest, it seems to be what your body is craving!

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    May 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Must be the time of year! I’m sick too!!! 🙁

  • M
    May 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Re: # 22, #62, and whoever else mentioned it…

    I agree… Jenna has definitely said in previous posts that she’s sick, but that she hasn’t been sick in years (besides having a migraine). I remember a few months ago before she left for Tahoe that she said she was sick…I guess it just feels like it’s been years! 🙂

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    May 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I always get sick when I travel! (To a colder climate, anyway!) Boo to that. Yay to what sounded like a wonderful vacation with family. Those photos are so precious.

  • Helen
    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Oh no, sorry you’re so sick. At least you are with your mum. Mums are the best in times of sickness. And she looks so glamourous in all photos.