Welcome To My Studio

Happy Friday!

I found a patch of weak wireless signal here in my empty living room turned yoga studio—


I was all set to do a yoga podcast this morning but then I remembered that the sound on my laptop seems to have….broken. It worked perfectly fine on Tuesday and now there’s nothing. That really, really stinks. I have a pretty old laptop and might be in need of an upgrade in the not so distant future….

So, no yoga. Instead, I utilized the weak patch of signal to catch up on my emails! I’m so behind! I made some almond buttery oats for breakfast—



Half a farm fresh melon!


The oats were pretty basic—1/2 cup oats with 1 cup soymilk, banana, cinnamon, sea salt and a plethora of almond butter. Mmmm mmm gooooood. Reminds me of home. 🙂

I then set to work on making my first cup of coffee here. I have this tiny french press that I got from BlogHer Food and a really, really good bag of freshly ground extra dark french roast so I boiled some water on the stove and attempted. Ehhhh coffee grounds went everywhere and it was a minor explosion…in the end, I produced about a half cup of REALLY strong coffee. I guess it was worth it! Putting a larger french press on my list. Check check.

Stayed up really late last night and unpacked everything! My trunk is still full of pictures for the walls but I’m waiting to hear on some news before I start totally decorating. Unfortunately there’s a slight chance I might only stay in this place for a month. Don’t ask. It’s stressful. Trust me…everything is not as perfect as it may seem on your side of the laptop! There’s always something…I’m definitely not leaving Healdsburg but I just might have to find a different location. Bah. It really stinks because I LOVE this place I’m at right now and reallyyyy don’t want to move again.

Can’t figure out the heat and am sitting bundled in blankets and robes. Going to make a dash to a hot shower then get to work. Catch you laterrrr!

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  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life
    October 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Your place is soo cute!! I am happy your sorta found internet! I hope everything is ok down there and you are moving again, if you move again, for good reasons!! I love eating cantalope right out of the bowl!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I love your studio! So cute!

  • Michelle
    October 9, 2009 at 8:32 am

    It’s so you! It’s gonna be so much fun. I live in a flat right now..a true flat…no walls. It’s awesome. I love it! Have fun making it yours. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back into yoga. ~M

  • Leianna
    October 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Such a cute apartment!
    Coffee explosion sounds like a great way to start the morning!
    Hope the living situation turns out for you. I know how much it suck to move, I’m in my in-laws basement right now looking for a house!

  • Rebecca
    October 9, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I hope everything works out for you! I think if coffee exploded all over my kitchen, I’d laugh for 20 minutes before cleaning it up.

  • brandi
    October 9, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I hope everything works out for the best – whatever that might be.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 9, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I love your studio!! Hope everything goes smoothly and it’s all yours 🙂

  • Cara
    October 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Your little place is adorable (as if you haven’t heard that enough!)

    When do we get to hear what the NYC adventure was about!?

  • Julia
    October 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Good luck, hope everything will work out fine for you…!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I like that elephant on the desk in the background!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    October 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Moving does stink! I actually had a dream last night that I was moving again…But you can do anything you set your mind to 🙂 Look at how much you’ve accomplished so far! Love that almond butter jar of oats. I am going to TJ’s TODAY to stock up on almond butter. It’s been way too long…

  • Stephanie
    October 9, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I am sure that wherever this next step takes you will be for the best, whatever that is! 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Hey Jenna, I pray that your living situation works out for you. Love the pics and hope you have a great weekend. Yummy oats, I need to put soymilk in mine 🙂

  • Heather (Live,Love, Enjoy Nature
    October 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

    “Ehhhh coffee grounds went everywhere and it was a minor explosion”
    I bet you were probably laughing about it. I know if it happened to me I’d get a kick out of it :). Hope everything works out with your new apartment. Everything happens for a reason, if your not meant to be there then there’s somewhere better for you to live :).

  • Jessie Bea
    October 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

    My coffee filter ripped in half this morning resulting in a river of coffee ground liquid pouring out of my machine this morning! The coffee gods must be telling us something…
    I’m sure everything will work out for the best for you in the end, I bet that uncertain feeling is tough though. Good luck w/ everything!

  • christie, honoring health
    October 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I hope that whatever it is works out for the best. Hang in there!

  • angieinatlanta
    October 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Mmmm…oats in a jar sound amazing right about now!

  • Kristie Lynn
    October 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

    How coarse were the coffee grounds? French presses work best with coarse grounds. I’ve been doing the boil water on the stove trick for a while without too much trouble so maybe tomorrow’s coffee will be a success? 🙂

  • Diana
    October 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

    The studio is cute!

    And I’m sorry everything’s so stressful at the moment. I hope everything gets better. 🙂

  • MelissaNibbles
    October 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Cute apartment! I hope everything works out soon and you can start to feel more settled. Happy Friday Jenna!

  • marisa
    October 9, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Looks so cute! Hope everything works out!!

  • marisa @ vinyasa-mama
    October 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Looks so cute! Hope everything works out!

  • AshleyP
    October 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Good luck with everything!!

    And thanks for answering my email regarding the whole saving/personal finance thing. I’m drafting a (nerdy) blog post on the topic right now, if you’re at all interested!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    October 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    My bedroom growing up was in the attic – it looked very similar to your new apartment. I hope things work out and you can stay there!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Happy Friday – It will all be ok!

  • Steffi
    October 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Jenna, here is how you do french press.

    First-get a electric T-pot. I have one just for this purpose. It boils water in 90 seconds. they have many at Bed Bath, amazon, etc. perfect for oats, coffee, tea, etc.

    Then my perfect cup is if you are making 4 cups (I guessing your press has notation on side for # of cups???), then 3 Tablespoons measured coffee grinds(ground to FRENCH PRESS but any works). So 2 cup, then 1 T coffee grinds.

    If none, measure the water so you know where 1-2 cups is on side and mark with perm maker.

    Pour boiling water over grinds, stir!! Very important. Wait 4 minutes and then put plunger in and press.

    You will have nice froth on top. MMmmmmmmmm.

  • Whit
    October 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Ahhh, best wishes with everything!

  • Pure2Raw Twins
    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Love your place! Sorry about your yoga session and your coffee spill. Glad that everything ended up working out. Moving is no fun sometimes… I have done it one to many for my liking.

  • BethT @ Pretty By The Bay
    October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Bummer about your place. Hope it works out for you.

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    October 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I’m sure you will settle down soon, readjusting and moving is super stressful, but you’re doing a great job at it, especially by eating so healthy! I would be downing chocolate left and right 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Sorry for the heat and hassle. I’m still praying for you as you adjust to your new life.

    BTW that is my favorite type of Almond Butter. I have a jar in my fridge now and I just finished up the old one. I’m getting a new one on Wednesday just to have on stand by 🙂

  • Denise
    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am


    About your podcast… may want to try hooking up those mini speakers they sell to the laptop. For some reason when we’ve had sound issue problems, we’ve still been able to get it to work through speakers hooked up. Or possibly download the podcast to an mp3 player.

    What a cute space…hope you get to stay if that is your desire.

    I completely loved your farm to table post….what an enjoyable day that must have been!


  • Steffi
    October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Jenna, here is how you do french press.

    First-get a electric T-pot. I have one just for this purpose. It boils water in 90 seconds. they have many at Bed Bath, amazon, etc. perfect for oats, coffee, tea, etc.

    Then my perfect cup is if you are making 4 cups (I guessing your press has notation on side for # of cups???), then 3 Tablespoons measured coffee grinds(ground to FRENCH PRESS but any works). So 2 cup, then 1 T coffee grinds.

  • Evan Thomas
    October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Oats in a jar are a perfect way to break in the new pad

  • Fattie Fatterton
    October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Jenna – if you have your system restore turned on, you can go back to before the sound stopped working and that always fixes it for me.

  • Betsy
    October 9, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Be sure you don’t fill your French press too full. That will help avoid the coffeexplosions!

  • Jenna
    October 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

    hope everything works out for you jenna!

  • Simone P:T
    October 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Your place is actually a lot bigger than I thought. I think my studio is maybe 1/3 of the size of yours…cozy?!

    We have no heat turned on here yet either, but I’m not guna lie, I secretly think I love making the “mad dash” to the shower from beneath my comforter. I heart fall!!

  • Nicole
    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

    What a cute spot for you…it’s unfortunate you have to move. I hope something even better awaits. That coffee sounds great even if it created a mess!

  • sue
    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 am

    your studio is so cute….i hope you don’t have to move again but whatever happens- hang in there…don’t forget you’re living your dream!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Awww, sorry to hear that the morning didn’t go too well. I can definitely understand your frustration, but try not to let it get to you. Just think of everything that’s been happening in your life in the last few months… you have handled it all SO WELL and I know you can get through these other minor issues as well. 🙂

  • Hillary
    October 9, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I too had oats with banana, cinnamon, soy milk (and walnuts) this morning – yum!

  • Nicole
    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

    This might sound silly but have you tried restarting your labtop? My old one had a similar problem with sound, but that did the trick!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Your place is so cute! Once you get coffee, everything just seems to fall into place…

  • Allison
    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Ohhh noo 🙁 moving is such a pain… I hope everything works out! The almond butter oats sound awesome especially on a day where you have to be bundled in blankets to keep warm!!!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I hope it all works out… moving can be stressful and soooooo time consuming. Even simple moves!

  • Jil
    October 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Your place is so cute!! I was so opposed to living in a studio, before I started looking at apartments here in Boston, but now I love, love , love my studio. It is definitely home! I love your window nook! so cute!!

  • Becky
    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I think I’ve seen your laptop in pictures – black macbook? I have one too and the sound stopped working completely on mine over the summer. I brought it in to the Apple store, they replaced some major part, and it was covered by Applecare…definitely worth looking into if you have Applecare – once the part came in, it took only a few hours to do the repair.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lizzy
    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

    what a cute place! i love it! I hope everything works itself out for your jenna!

  • Lindsay
    October 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hope everything works out very soon for you!

    PS. I just tried almond butter for the FIRST TIME EVER! this week because of your blog. It’s yum-yum and there is definitely no turning back now 🙂

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Cute place! I love the nook area, if I were you I’d put my mattress in there and ditch my bed frame. Looks very tranquil and relaxing. Hope that you figure out the heat situation, though – yikes!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Love the studio setup!

  • MMiller
    October 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Sorry you may have to move again…but if you do, you will find something even better! And warmer! Get an electric blanket in the mean time! If it is damp and cold, you will never warm up! You have me addicted to Almond butter in oats! They are sooo good! Best of luck to you, I’m sure the bumps in the road will smooth out soon! Nobody said it would be easy…just that it would be worth it!

  • Following Julie
    October 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Love your little attic home. It looks cozy, even though it’s apparently cold! Hope it all works out for you.

  • Stephanie
    October 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Definitely try plugging speakers into the headphone jack. Our computer has not had functioning speakers for two years, but this works!

    I love the wine reviews – keep ’em comin!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    October 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    so cute! very creative use of space 😉

  • Funky Lady
    October 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Love my french press…hope you find one that works for you!! Love that frothy top!!

  • Bec
    October 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    You have to use the plunger really slowly!

  • polly
    October 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    PRAYING all gets worked out smooth as buttah, sweet friend. Love you bunches… miss you and I told D we need to fly to Cali to visit someday! 😀 XOXO

  • Nicole
    October 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    What a wonderful area to exercise in!

    I, too, LOVE TJ’s almond butter. It’s sooo good!

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)
    October 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Uggg…I HATE moving. After my last move I swore I wouldn’t move ever again without hiring movers. They’re expensive, but my friends are no longer lured in by pizza and beer.
    You just went through a huge transition so it’s to be expected that it will take a little while for everything to get settled. Keep your chin up!

  • Marla
    October 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    If you do move it is a true sign that your current spot is not the right one for you.If it’s in the cards,it will be.
    I have no doubt that it will work out happily-whether in the “attic” or perhaps in an even cuter spot!
    Fun to see photos.Wow your living room is HUGE-thought it was just the alcove area before….!
    Happy “what will be,will be”ing!!!! 😉

  • maria
    October 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    How fun is having your own studio in your living room? At least until you get some furniture! Haha. I’m also considering a laptop upgrade… well, kind of. I’m looking into a netbook.

  • Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, healthy living blog :)
    October 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Aww I love the studio! I love small little spaces like that where you can just get away… Its really relaxing to have a place like that to access.
    Yum your oatmeal sounds so good. We don’t get almond butter in new zealand 🙁 There’s so much yummy food that I see on here and on other blogs that I can’t make because we don’t have the ingredients in this country!! GUTTING.
    I hope you don’t have to move for your sake. It would suck for you to feel stressed out about it. And coz that studio is super cute! 😀

  • Jen (eatmovelove)
    October 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I admire your positivity even though I know there’s more than meets the eye on the other side of the computer! It’s tough moving and getting settled. I moved to a new city by myself, not knowing anyone, with no car and moved into a studio. I slept on the floor for about a week and ate off a box watching listening to a radio – yikes!! I don’t even want to talk about having to get furniture – piece by piece – and then trying to build it – I kept waiting for my tiny bed to fall apart lol:) Now when I think back to that, I don’t know how I had the energy or mind to deal with it and not break down. And I certainly wasn’t eating as well as you. Frozen pizzas and subway were a staple let’s just say (don’t judge please!!). Take care and you’ll do great! (BTW, I just started a blog and am learning so much from ALL of you guys here – I’ve already picked out a few more blogs from the bunch here and have tons more to go through – thank you everybody!)

  • Anne P
    October 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    go look at my blog post… i think you’ll like it 🙂

    miss you!!! someday we must stop playing phone tag and finally catch up, ha!

  • amber
    October 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    oh that sucks =( glad everything bu the place has been a dream so far!! Enjoy the good stuff!!

  • Nicole
    October 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    It looks great, and it looks like you will have plenty of creative freedom to decorate! Have fun!!

  • Joanie @ The Bright Side
    October 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Love the new banner!!! It is lovely!!! Hang in there, Jenna! We are all pulling for you. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.