The Grandma In Me

So, I had to eat early and on my own tonight because I’m meeting Ryan at 6:15 for an event he has to go to for work. The “event” is a fashion show at Saks so it should be fun. The invitation said “cocktails and hors d’oeuvres”, which meant that Jenna better eat dinner beforehand. Ryan could be totally fine making a dinner out of hors d’oeuvres, but me—not so much. Ryan (and everybody else in the world) knows how cranky I get when I’m hungry or there’s no food I can eat. He’s seen the wrath first-hand and, therefore, now always encourages me to bring snacks or eat before. He could be fine not eating until 10:00 at night (which he usually does because he works late during the week) but me—no way on earth. I’m a grandma eater—the earlier the better! Plus,Β  hors d’oeuvres at parties are always something like cheese and crackers and mini quiches. We could have gone out to eat after, I suppose, but I told my parents I would come over to their house at 8:00 to help my brother write a paper for school (the english major in me).

So Pizza it was!! I ate the other half of my pizza from last night, which I’m confused about since the dough I bought yesterday was a “large”–supposed to make a 16″ pie. I divided the dough exactly in two to make two 8″ pies. So, today, since I ate half of my pizza last night, I should have eaten a 4″ pie. Except it was much larger than 4″….more like a 6″….oh, I don’t know! Maybe I just made it thinner or something.Β  It tasted really good. I put some more black beans on top and dipped it in the remaining guacamole from last night. I always tell myself I won’t eat all the crust and I always do. Oh, carbs, how I love thee.


This afternoon was gorgeous.Β  It was so nice to just lay by the pool and relax for once. I snacked on some fresh fruit mid-afternoon (the other half of my mango from this morning and a kiwi) and also had a spoonful of almond butter πŸ˜‰ Sometimes it’s just exactly what you need. You know? I didn’t go to the gym today and had some stuff to pick up at the drugstore, so I walked. It was about a 30 minute walk there and back and it was so nice because I think I got more sun on my shoulders and I got to show off the cute new sundress I got! haha.


I’m all dressed up and heading out to meet the boy. I plan on having a glass of wine or just sparkling water, depending on how I feel. Have a good evening, everyone!

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  • Kristin
    April 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I get the same way, so I always eat before parties! (And unfortunately, always end up snacking there! haha)
    That mango looks delicious, I think I might pick some up this weekend!
    Can we see this cute sundress? I love urban outfitters!
    Have a great time tonight!

  • Becky
    April 3, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I feel the same way about cocktail parties! I do not deal well with being hungry so if I don’t like the food for taste or health reasons I ended up starving and cranky. No fun. I usually eat beforehand but not as big a dinner as I usually would, just in case the stuff is good πŸ™‚ Plus then whatever you drink goes straight to your head.

    Second on seeing the sundress! And I’m also so jealous of you … in Florida on a business trip and the weather is fantastic. Can’t believe people get to live here year round!

  • ibex hk
    April 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    i’m the SAME way, it can get ugly πŸ™‚ have fun at the event!!

  • ashley
    April 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    That pizza even looks good reheated!

    I know of a fashion show at Saks to benefit young girls with cancer. Could that be it?

  • mags
    April 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    i am the EXACT same way. i turn into the devil when i’m hungry… and it makes me so frustrated when my boyfriend doesn’t understand why, if i’m hungry, i won’t eat all the fatty, fried appetizers… i don’t want those!!!

    anyways, enough of my ranting! jenna, i’m just wondering, is there a reason you always tell yourself NOT to eat the crust? i feel like with your blog especially, you are really comfortable with eating good, healthy food, and i don’t know why a whole wheat crust would be something you would want to stay away from. just curious, given that your portion was not very large to begin with. have fun tonight!

  • Romina
    April 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I find it’s better to eat before parties too, that way I don’t stuff my face!

  • jess
    April 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    hey jenna!

    I am the Exact same way (SUPER crabby if I haven’t eaten in a few hours), which pretty much means that I’m snacking every couple hours or so. Sometimes when I go Out out to dinner I won’t eat a lot and sometimes people express concern, but it’s just because I’ve been snacking all day and am full! Do you ever get comments like that? How do you deal? Being thin (and now, actually, in recovery from an ED, but this occurred before then as well) I find that saying ‘I’ve just been eating all day’ doesn’t quite have the same reassurring ring that it once did.

    Also, to jump in on the white rice ‘discussion’ of lunch- I find that white rice, and even flour tortillas tend to taste gummy and just leave me feeling generally like, well, a giant ball of gummy digesting flour, haha. So don’t stress about little ‘rules’- heck, as a ‘rule’ i TRY not to watch trashy T.V. (whether or not I succeed… haha!). I can’t WAIT till all of the sushi places offer brown rice! Anyone know of any sushi places in orange county where that’s an option?? Usually the more authentic spots Don’t offer it because, well, it’s not traditional.

    Okay, sorry for what turned into a bit of a ramble. Hope everyone’s having a great thursday! I’m going out to celebrate (just found out I’m admitted to UC Santa Cruz for the fall!!!!!)- Pasta baby!! (whole wheat, too πŸ˜‰ Color me excited!)


  • VeggieGirl
    April 3, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Always best to eat beforehand – especially when in doubt about what concoctions will be served ;0)

    You and I had the same snack today – nothing better than some refreshing mango and kiwi!! By the way, have you tried Champagne Mangoes? they’re smaller than “regular” mangoes – and sweeter!! Love ’em.

    Oooh, I hope to see a photograph of your new sundress!! It sounds fab!!

  • ibex hk
    April 4, 2008 at 12:17 am

    me too, i’m so in the sundress-buying mood…uhh oh πŸ™‚ I’ve already done damage at anthropolgie, spring shopping is the best!!

  • Jill
    April 4, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I had not idea you were an english major, I am as well! (Yay for ‘pointless’ majors!) Anyway, why NOT eat all the crust, that along with the sauce is the BEST part (can you tell I’m a pasta girl?) Besides, carbs are so healthy!

    Btw, on a side note of white rice; paired with beans and legumes is actually better than brown as the two work as complementary proteins, allowing for more essential amino acids and proteins to be absorbed, so if you like them, do that! Yay!

  • Jill
    April 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Oh, one more thing, Into the Wild is a great book if you stick to it! I have a rule where I have to read the book before the movie (I’m silly like that) and am SO excited to see the movie – you have good taste and you liked it!

  • Meredith
    April 4, 2008 at 12:56 am

    I made your Mom’s recipe for sweet and sour cabbage today and it was sooo good! I’ve already had it for lunch and dinner! Thanks or posting it!

  • jenna
    April 4, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Girls I was TOTALLY kidding about “telling myself not to eat all the crust”. I guess it just came out wrong. i eat all the crust everytime and I never feel bad about it. Sorry! Its hard to “joke” on the internet I guess!

  • jenna
    April 4, 2008 at 1:38 am


    That’s it! Ryan is on the board of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation here and all the proceeds from tonights event went to the foundation. I hope to get involved when I move back!

  • Ella
    April 4, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Sometimes I try not to eat all the crust! (Even if something is whole grain, too much of it can be too high of a glycemic “load,” you know?)

    I just watched Into the Wild — it’s a movie that makes you feel and think…loved it!

    I think one huge benefit of living in a warm climate is the ability to have small, but ongoing opportunities to get vitamin D via the sun…def don’t get that in NYC!

    Is it just me or do Jenna’s pictures look more bright and “sunny” than on a lot of other blogs :~)

  • Alli W.
    April 4, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Grandma Jenna (and everyone else). I had my first Larabar today!!! Apple Pie!!! And it was sooooo delish!!!! Great find. Thanks for giving me new food choices every day.

  • Natalie
    April 4, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Just letting everyone know since alot of us are vegans I hope your as excited as I am to know that the Oprah show tomarrow is discussing the reality behind treatment of animals and what you can do to help. Lisa Ling will be on and i hope this show will be really eye opening to people!

  • Ally
    April 4, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Jenna, for an English major, you have a lot of grammar issues. The one I notice the most is:

    “……..” . (dot) comes within ” .” So does , (comma) ” ,”

    Good luck helping your brother and don’t forget to hit the spell check.

    Sorry, but I have to say it. I thought Ryan was your dad when I saw his picture….. He just seems a lot older than you are.

  • Jill
    April 4, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Yay Natalie! Congrats! I’ll have to watch – I’m not a vegan now but I’m really starting to feel I want to become one… I’m just kind of scared – it sounds hard!

  • jenna
    April 4, 2008 at 11:56 am


    Sorry you feel that way! There’s tons of other blogs out there that might have better grammar for you! πŸ™‚

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I hate those mini quiches… And I also have a grandma in me, hahaha, all my coworkers laugh at me because I go to bed at 22:30!

  • ryan
    April 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Wow Ally,

    I am only 30, I know I am losing a little hair lately from the stress of my job, but didn’t realize I had aged so much, thanks. Well i must be getting to my bridge game now, it takes me a while to get there with my walker and I have to be back at the nursing home by 5 for dinner.

  • Anne P
    April 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    lol Ryan i love your response. nice work!

    and jenna i am SO the same way about always having to eat. my boyfriend feels the same way as ryan and totally encourages me to eat first if there might not be food wherever we are going… he can go til forever not eating as well but knows what happens to my mood when i haven’t!!

  • ally
    April 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    …….. sorry if my ealier comment was ?? I guess it sounds (or reads) kind of bad it was meant to be a joke. I thought your grammar could use some improvement since you want to be a cookbook writer and who knows if a publisher comes to see this site! I didn’t know one constructive critisism would kick me out of a website. That is quite childish, don’t you think?

    You wrote:
    There’s tons of other blogs out there that might have better grammar for you!

    Yes, and “there ARE tons of other blogs.” What you wrote is incorrect again…

    I wrote you look older and not that you were balding….. are you??

  • Fiona
    April 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Ally, I think your comments are coming across as sightly rude. I am sorry, I just had to say it.

    And if you are going to criticize, you should probably read your own comments. “Critisism” is spelled incorrectly. πŸ˜‰

  • LolaFunk
    April 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Lol Jenna and Ryan I love your responses to Ally!

  • Jay
    April 4, 2008 at 7:52 pm


    Why did you “just have to say” that Ryan looks like her father? I found your comments very rude.

  • Jill
    April 5, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I tend to think when it comes to blogs I get too excited and enjoy writing and don’t mind the grammar so much. I love the way your write, Jenna, it feels like I’m talking to you – personality man!