When You’re Cool Like Me

So this evening, I’m sitting on my couch petting Dexter and reading emails.

It’s 5:15. It’s Friday. I have no plans. Should I paint a bird?

My initial thought was I’m hungry but maybe just bored so I probably should just stand in front of my freezer for awhile. This is not out of the ordinary for me, as I am 79 and all.

But just as I was moving my body from the couch to the kitchen (per usual), my phone started flashing and I was saved! Saved! Suddenly I was cool and had friends and an excuse to put on a really cute outfit!

I met my friend Tina for drinks and appetizers at Jackson’s, one of the cool new Santa Rosa establishments. I got a cosmo!

Sidenote to add that I 100% endorse cosmopolitans. Whenever I don’t know what to order at a bar and start to get nervous around so many pretty people with pretty drinks, I always just order a cosmo and then regain my composure. I had my first cosmo with my dad on my 21st birthday and then proceeded to almost fall off the barstool of a very swanky restaurant. But that’s another post for another time.
Anyways. We also shared a beet and goat cheese flatbread from the appetizer menu—

Shared is another word for devour. This was gone in about three minutes flat. I could eat, like, seven more.
And the best news? I was still at home by 8:30 and can still be 79 with a cup of tea and my cat.

California Wine Festival winner to come in the morning!

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  • Mabel @ Eat, Move, Live!
    June 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Jenna! That flatbread looks amazing! And many of us can relate to just choosing to relax with a cup fo tea on a friday night. Nothing wrong w/ doing that once in a while 😉

  • Kaz
    June 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’m a lightweight, too. A sip of wine and I’m on the floor, conked out. 😀

    I love staying in on Friday nights, actually. It’s my “decompression” me-time. We can be old grammies together. x)

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Jenna – with a cup of tea or a classy cosmo, you’re always cool!

    I totally want to try out Jackson’s – yummo!

    & I’d love for you to recap your 21st =)

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    ah! I had a cosmo with my dad too 🙂 He makes them at home for me too when it’s not a wine or beer night. They are my go to drink and oh so delicious! Have a great weekend!

  • Becki @ HikeBikeEat
    June 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Woohoo Fridays! I’m being crazy as well, sipping a fancy brew and listening to some Owl City while a cool breeze rolls in the windows. Wild!!!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    June 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Can I just say that the flat bread looks freakin’ awesome!! YUM!!

  • Kerri Beth
    June 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Yay for Martini Friday!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick R
    June 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Ammmaazing looking flatbread, I want one for my breakfast now 😛

  • Anne
    June 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Second that. Being 79 – or something – sometimes sucks, sometimes just hits the spot. And I am making something with beets and goats cheese asap to mop up the pool of mouth water that’s threatening to get into my keyboard here.

  • Jenna
    June 26, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I know you’ve probably said this before, but where did you find those amazing mugs with the different cities on them?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 26, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Can’t ever go wrong with a cosmo!

  • Kristin
    June 26, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I think you should stop painting the birds!

    I just don’t think it will look as nice if too many are colored.

    Maybe you could get a few cheap pieces of canvas and paint something on your own. Sometimes if I am in a funky mood I color. Don’t judge me but I have a coloring book and well sharpened crayons and I just color. I think it might help you in the same way!

  • eatmovelove
    June 26, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Very SATC. Love flatbread!

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales
    June 26, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Haha I always feel like I am an 80 year old at heart… sometimes a cup of tea and going to bed at a decent hour is all you need in life 😉

  • Jenny
    June 26, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Is it the same jacksons as the one on harbour island?

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    June 26, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I want that flatbread!!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Haha…I am 79 too! One of my usual Friday evening activities is standing in front of my freezer, just in case something calls out to me while I’m standing there. Ya never know what will beckon for you to eat it, and you have to be prepared. 🙂 I’m glad you had a fun time out!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Love finishing the day with a cup of tea. 🙂 And it’s okay, I’m probably a 50-year-old in a teenage body. 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 26, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Some nights there is nothing better than embracing our inner senior citizen and enjoying the company of tea + a good book. I’m okay with being an 80 year old at heart. 😉

  • Kelly
    June 26, 2010 at 6:15 am

    haha! I am the same way when it’s my turn to order something at a bar. I get so flustered for some reason and usually default to a boring glass of Chardonnay. OH and don’t worry, I am 79 too. I felt accomplished for staying up until 10:45 last night lol

  • Erin
    June 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I love little unplanned excursions like that. And make it home in time for bed and a book — ideal! My roommate just woke up with a killer hangover that makes me so happy I’m not a big partier. 😉

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 26, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Mmm love cosmos! I had my first (VERY STRONG) one when I was out to dinner with my best friend and her mom. I’m not sure if she was trying to get two 17 year old girls wasted, but she definitely succeeded. Glad your weekend got off to a good start!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    June 26, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Ha! I love the story about your first cosmo! Sadly, I’m almost 26 and have never had one – I guess I should do something about that!

    And that flatbread — Mmmmmm 🙂

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    June 26, 2010 at 7:06 am

    That’s my kind of evening. A fun dinner date with a friend and home for the night in my pj’s.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 26, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Oh I looooove cosmos! When in doubt…

  • Alyssa
    June 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Mmmmmm…roasted beet and goat cheese anything is my cup ‘o tea. Looks great! And there’s nothing wrong with occasional old lady-ness. Call it depth.

  • Rebecca
    June 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I love Cosmos. I’m going to a wedding today and was planning on drinking wine at the open bar, but you may have just inspired me to order a cosmo.
    BTW I was 79 last night and went to sleep at 8:45. 🙂

  • Casey
    June 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I just made the tempeh, goat cheese, raspberry jam combo – heavenly. like unbelievable.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 26, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I love being old 🙂 I randomly sit on the couch on a friday night with Hunni and the Puppers all the time.

  • Samantha @ Foodedu
    June 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

    lol–I often feel like I am 79 also–this old lady likes to go to bed early, but I have a dog, not cat! What a great looking flatbread!

  • Ellie
    June 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I was also a old person last night! I went to bed at 10:30 and watched 10 things I hate about you

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    June 26, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I love out-of-nowhere drinks with a friend like that! But definitely the key is to be back home early, in time to put rolls in our hair and talk to our cats 😀

  • Danielle
    June 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

    That’s my kind of night! Just enough 😉 enjoy your weekend!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I had a similar night…..and so I gardened. I really AM 79 I guess. I hope having friends garden with me made me cool enough to not just be an old woman.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble
    June 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Love evenings where you’re able to go out, but still get home and be able to relax! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Liz
    June 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Acting 79 because your boyfriend dumped you and your friends have all moved away and you live in the middle of a student area in a big city so you hear all the people outside having fun = sucks. (Uh, that only happened to me once like 5 years ago….) Acting 79 because you’re choosing to be a homebody = awesome at times! Nothing like just veging out. I’m married and I still do this at times – like right now, where I am traveling from work and I am just hangin’ out in my well-equipped an airconditioned hotel room.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Love cosmos aaand that flatbread looks amazing!