Dinner

Where Am I?

Yesterday was an interesting day.

We went from the epic cherry blossom parade in San Francisco

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To eating Indian food on the banks of the Russian River, a stones throw from the Pacific coast.
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However, midway through our naan and baigan bhartha we realized that we were the only ones speaking English in the restaurant. One might assume since it was an Indian restaurant others would be speaking the native language.
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Bu no.
After a bit of deductive eavesdropping, we came to the conclusion that all the others were speaking Russian.
Russian? Yes, Russian.
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This is just one of the many episodes since moving to California where I have to ask myself where am I?
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Perhaps the Russians got confused? Perhaps there is a fur trapping conference in the fine city of Jenner, California? We can’t know for sure.
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Other conclusions I have come to in the past 24 hours:
1.) The amazing biscuits at Brenda’s are not made with shortening like I thought, but pure butter. Yes, butter! I got this fact verified by two people in the kitchen because I just couldn’t sit still until I found out the secret to their divine flakiness.
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Roll, baby, roll
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2.) After two deep conditioning treatments, my hair is still like straw on my head. This would be backfire number 569 since the highlights I got two weeks not only put me in debt, but also ruined my once soft hair. I have determined the only way to remedy this situation is to just not wash it as much.
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  • Daisy
    April 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

    hang in there girlie. I know a lot who struggle come tax time. I’m sure you’ll figure it you cause you’re a positive thinker and you always do.

    PS did I miss something? what’s with the sea caves?! haha

  • Daisy
    April 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    *figure it OUT.

  • eatmovelove
    April 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Oooh girl !!! I was wondering if you needed to get another job or not to work while doing the book…or if the book covered you enough??? What type of work are you or would you be interested in ?
    Working in a restaurant, studio, marketing…?
    Love the indian food pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann
    April 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Awww jenna…dont cry. Youre young…you have it all right there in front of you. Im jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ And you rock. You really do ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree with everyone else, youre writing is getting better and better. This post was fantastic.

    Chin up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennie {in Wonderland}
    April 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Are you not working at the winery anymore?
    That Indian food looks fabulous!

  • LindseyAnn
    April 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    My boyfriend is a senior at an engineering school, and they have a rather large population of international students. I always love walking in to his apartment building and hearing all the Chinese students that live upstairs talking!
    And, tax time is rough, but things will shake out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    You can always apply for an extension on your taxes and they’ll give you until October 1 so you have more time. My boyfriend has done it the past few years and had no issues. Money stress sucks… i’m sorry ๐Ÿ™

  • jen trinque
    April 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Are you hoping the Sea Lions will pay your taxes? Or are you getting a job at the sea caves? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am positive it will all work out – it always does, there is no other way, you know? You’re such a shining star something good will definitely come your way!

  • Adam
    April 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Your posts have completely taken a humorous turn! Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat
    April 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I hear you on the taxes. I almost cried when i found out how much i had to pay the government this year. No, i lie. I did cry.

  • Katharine
    April 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I am loving your hilarious posts of recent times! I too suffer from straw hair after highlights. Definitely stop using shampoo frequently – maybe only once or twice a week?? Rinsing and conditioning will be enough most days if your hair is that bad. Also Redken Extreme Deep Fuel is AMAZING, but pricey =( Good luck!!

  • Sarah
    April 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Are you getting a job with sea lions? I am SO confused. You always keep me guessing. And I echo everyone else re: the awesomeness of your posts lately. I totally owe you a phone call. Thanks for the encouragement and support even if I didn’t return your calls ๐Ÿ™‚ I love you!!

  • BethT
    April 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Um, you forgot your most important conclusion (re: the contents of my uterus…)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    feel ya on the owing the government your life thing! no bueno…i think a cookie would be WAY more fun than a job though…

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Haha! I like that in the same section, you owe you’re life savings AND you want a cookie – you got your priorities sorted, it’s fab ๐Ÿ˜€

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    April 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    hang in there. everyone suffers from tax sadness this time of the year. but it’s almost summer, and we all know that sunshine and a good book makes any day better! one the book is out of the way, you will either a) MAKE IT or b) have time to supplement with another job. i vote a! also, in terms of hair, try divachan “no poo” hair shampoo. it doesnt have detergent in it, so it wont dry out your hair. (ask mommy to send you a bottle and take pity in you) and use kerasilk conditioner. it is unreal. keep your head up

  • Holly
    April 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Jenna – I too highlight my hair alot and have to be careful of “straw” hair. For immediate results, I’d suggest Matrix Biolage hydrathรฉrapie Conditioning Balm and Daily Leave-in Tonic. They both do wonders for “straw” and you’ll be smooth in no time.

    Also, every time after I wash my hair, I use Redken Extreme Anti-Snap. Keeps it from being further dried out and breaking off.

    Hope this helps.
    Holly

  • Becky
    April 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    While I agree the posts have been funny recently, they also sound frantic and frenzied to me. I hope you find some calm and stability soon. Maybe more regular hours at the winery would lead to more financial stability and would help?

  • Kait
    April 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I totally understand the needing a job dilemma…I’m about to graduate and have no idea what I’m going to do! Good luck!

  • Tina
    April 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    For you hair, try Moroccan Oil, I think it will help! And yes, don’t wash it everyday, that will help too. As for the taxes, I’m sorry-the gov’t is not my friend either!

  • Cyclist Kate
    April 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Money stress sucks! But the good news is that you’re having so many fabulous experiences, right?? For somebody who is as smart and has proved herself as industrious as you, things will come together, perhaps in a surprising way!

    In other news, I looove Pureology products for hair. Check it out. They work wonders. Also, I like to deep condition with straight jojoba oil–coconut oil might work as well.

  • Abby
    April 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hair is a complicated creature, no? I love highlights in the summer, but then suffer from the brittle-breakage syndrome. When I color it dark, it’s soft but looks drab in the summer. Oy! Can’t there be a happy medium (and have it not cost a small fortune?) Anyway, maybe I’ll try the less frequent washing as well, although I’m not sure post-exercise/greasy look is what I’m going for…

    I’m from Michigan and was recently in Dallas for work. For some unknown reason, I was the only English-speaking person in a cafe full of people from France and Spain. The barista told me I had a thick northern accent…what the heck?

    Eat more, worry less. Things will work themselves out.

  • Kristin
    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I second the redken Extreme Anti-snap. That stuff is incredible. It’s a bit pricey-ish ($15 or so), but it lasts forever. I have crazy thick curly hair and a trial size bottle lasted months. Good luck on taxes and tresses and the whole shebang – you’ll be fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Love the new posts- they’re always putting a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚ Indian food is the best!
    As for the dry hair, there’s a number of home remedies you should try, not only are they all natural, so you’re not putting even more chemicals into your hair, you’ll probably spend less money with these remedies!
    Check out this page for some tips:
    http://health.howstuffworks.com/home-remedies-for-dry-hair10.htm
    Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dawn
    April 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Try devacurl NO POO and conditioner. You will never go back!!
    It is so great. Saved my life.

    Now where is the picture of that boy you are in love with?
    Lurking readers want to know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Dawn

  • Glitterati
    April 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Jenna, try putting coconut oil in your hair before you go to bed, wrap it up, then wash it out in the morning. Coconut oil is one of few oils that will actually penetrate the hair shaft. Moroccan Oil, Argan Oil, etc. are great, but they are mostly silicone-based, which is perfect for sealing the shaft, but not for actually getting in there. Coconut oil, lather w/ gentle shampoo (2x if necessary), good deep conditioner, then towel dry and put in the silicone-based stuff. And avoid heat styling if at all possible (I never can stay away though!).

    Also, Russians & fur trapping? I think I’m missing something. Modern diversity is the best!

  • CW
    April 19, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Tax time does suck for those who owe. I was one of them. I had to give away the $$ I saved for a down payment on a car. So now I have been trying to save back and not buy stuff I don’t need. It’s tough living below (or within) your means sometimes. Clearly, highlights and amazing meals are necessary parts of life, but sometimes you really have to hunker down and be mega frugal. I used to get my hair cut at a nice salon, now I go to Cost Cutters (I actually found a stylist I liked there, I’ve been happy so far and I’ve saved buttloads!). Hang in there!

  • Carly
    April 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Jenna,

    I am sorry that I have to give a giant “WTF” to some of the borderline racist inferences in a couple of your posts lately.

    I hope you get everything in order and feel better. I much prefer your previous posting style.

  • Anna
    April 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So the random sea lions at the end of this post made me laugh! No idea what that’s about. The indian food looks divine!

  • D
    April 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

    am i the only one that thinks this posting style is kind of weird? it seems SO unusual for this blog ๐Ÿ™ still love all the pictures though

  • Cinthia
    April 19, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Oh, I sympathize, Jenna. I got my book advace a few months ago and was happy as could be until I filled out this year’s taxes and realized that next year I was going to have to pony up big time–yikes! We shouldn’t have to pay taxes on our writing! We’ve already paid in sweat and tears and anguish. (I’m wondering if I can send boxes of my many, many book drafts to the IRS instead and say: See! I’ve paid. Now leave me alone!)

    Cheers and hang in there. Love your blog and can’t wait to read your book (even though I hate to cook, hee, hee).

    Cinthia

  • Mary
    April 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Perhaps there is a large Russian population in that area. That would make the most sense to me. My family is Russian and we don’t have any fur trappers in the family… shocker I know.

  • andrenna
    April 19, 2010 at 11:45 am

    i love jenner like whoa. it’s one of the best places on earth. the jenner inn has a treehouse suite and once upon a time i fell in love there. don’t let uncle sam ruin your time there!

  • MMiller
    April 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I have loved your posts lately! But I loved them before too! Sorry you had to pay taxes…but such is life! I’m sure you will be right back on top in no time! How is the running and cycling going?

    I have used the Moroccan oil in the past and loved it! I am currently using Aveeno products and am loving them! Your hair will be back to normal soon! And I too am ccurious about the boy! Does his name start with an A?

  • kate
    April 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

    You live in such a cultural place! Perfect for any food loving being!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I loved that about living in San Francisco. Walk in Union Sq, hop on Cable Car, everywhere lots of different languages. The whole world represented in 6 sq. miles. I did the same thing with hair years ago and took a good 6-months to get it back in condition.
    Was looking at FB friend’s website:
    http://www.mywomenonthemove.com/ her Alexa.com traffic score is around 700K yours always way above 100K. Look at the amazing sponsors she has! Mine was at 200K but exhausting all I do, and sloughed-off for 6 weeks so now at 1.3M. Le sigh. But I know blog friends in same niche with 6M score and great sponsors. Of course, they go after them and I really don’t. That could be the reason. lol

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I have to say I too miss your old style of blogging Jenna.
    I am a HUGE fan of yours and think you are an awesome woman.
    I liked the first jokey one with point forms and random musings, but after three similar I crave your “regular” writing style.
    But I am still a mega fan and hope you don’t mind this comment.
    I mean it in a complimentary way and hope you will take it so.
    And to each their own, cause maybe what I don’t gel with others DO,so of course take with a grain of salt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Take it from one who knows about straw hair. Jojoba oil.

    Cover your hair in it, tie it up and leave it in overnight. Admittedly it doesn’t exactly make you look like a goddess in the bedroom, but hey it’s only one night and when you wash it out in the morning you’ll be a whole new woman, ladies and jellibeans…

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    that last pic totally confused me. sea lions, what? : )

  • Caitlin in MD
    April 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have to agree that the new writing style on the blog isn’t my cup of tea. It feels “forced” to me – the first one was random and different and cute, but then everyone flipped out and praised the new style up and down and now it seems like you’re trying too hard. Your old style was much more personable and personal.

    Oh and maybe a bit TOO “honest” – I’m SURE you didn’t mean anything racist or ethnocentric with the Kunta Kinte/Russian fur-trapper remarks, but they made me cringe a bit anyway.

  • Caitlin in MD
    April 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    P.S. I, too, am still a fan of your blog! Not trying to sound harsh or come down too hard!

  • dannielle
    April 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    yeah i think “forced” seems the right word. its a shame because your old posts were awesome the way they were, and felt more real and natural. i hope you dont feel like you have to post in this way just because everyone freaked out with praise. you are clearly a good writer, so branch out!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    April 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    AHHH, butter makes everything better. Have you talked to Jen Ready re your hair – trust me, she knows how to fix such woes having spent her college years experimenting on her hair. Hoping your tax woes get better.

  • gigi
    April 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Wow. First Kunta Kinte (misused to boot) now Russians huh? Wonder if tomorrow you will go for Hispanics.

  • Irina
    April 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hey, I am Russian and I live in CA and I visit the coast and I speak Russian when I am accompanied by my family and I have nothing to do with the fur trapping (random)… so, easy on Russian jokes there ๐Ÿ™‚ young lady! But, this said, I still like to read your blog every day.

    I word of advise from the old (not old enough to be your mom, but close…) – all the daily worries and even IRS worries seem like a lot of stuff and very upsetting, but they will pass and make you appreciate the times when you do have the money to pay the man so that much more. You will be all right, just give it a little time. Also, on the plus side: you have a nice new boy-friend and a book coming out and a successful blog.

    This may be an opportunity to re-examine your budget and to make sure you ALWAYS leave a certain percentage if your employer or book publisher does not take the money out for taxes. Financial planning is a must, especially if you are (from what it looks like) mostly self emplyed. Also, invest in a GOOD tax accountant – you need someone good to help you do your taxes, because if you are self employed, you can be deducting a lot of items such as travel, internet usage, camera purchase, other expanses related to your “doing business” so that you do not end up oweing a lot. Please look into this if you have not already…you can submit correction to the submitted tax return I think (there is some time limitation?).

    Good luck, kiddo, you are doing well, all these are just temporary set backs! HUGS – I think you need them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sharon
    April 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    just an FYI folks…..the Russian River is called such for a reason-there was in fact a huge Russion fur trade on the Northern California coastline…hence the “Russian River” and cities like “Sebastopol” (…um, hello? that’s a Russian name) also Fort Ross was a Russian settlement. For fur traders. go figure. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway loving your recent posts Jenna. And I too am suffering straw-hair woes after getting a few blonde highlights a week ago-my hairstylist also “fixed” my previous bad highlights that were brassy and awful via another hairdresser-using a process called Balayage which is evidently French for “you will pay dearly for this”

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Just wanted to say one more time I think you are awesome….and have high respect for your writing skills.
    I hope it is encouraging to read how much we always have enjoyed your usual postings and not discouraging that a few of us aren’t fans of recent style change….but we are FANS of yours for sure and will support you as you journey through many writing “styles” in your blog…..after all nothing is written in stone.
    Just wanted to make sure you know we think the world of YOU ,even when we send “critiques”….Namaste talented Jenna!

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Just wanted to say one more time I think you are awesome….and have high respect for your writing skills.
    I hope it is encouraging to read how much we always have enjoyed your usual postings and not discouraging that a few of us aren’t fans of recent style change….but we are FANS of yours for sure and will support you as you journey through many writing “styles” in your blog…..after all nothing is written in stone.
    Just wanted to make sure you know we think the world of YOU ,even when we send “critiques”….Namaste talented Jenna!

  • Becky
    April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Yep, forced would be the word I would use to describe the “new” style as well. It’s like you are trying to be the Pioneer Woman or Mamma Pea. Your writing was fine the way it was when it was your own style!

  • cheri
    April 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Love the blog no matter how you post! and come on people, lighten up and quit scrutinizing everything she says.

  • Shelbney
    April 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    wow jenna,
    not sure i could do a blog. being a russian myself, i took no offense. thought your reference was funny. some comments are so serious and critical. luckily the positives out number the negatives. sad you can’t even make a joke. since you live in such a nice place, you and your “beau” should find a “garden of eden” setting and just eat apples together! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Shelly
    April 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    This may sound crazy, but my hair is super color treated and since I’m trying to grow it out for my wedding in a year, it really helps to not wash it very often with shampoo, and mostly just scrub my scalp with conditioner. It leaves my hair cleaner than when I only wet it but much much softer than if I’d shampoo’d it.

  • Alexandra
    April 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now and just LOVE the new posting style. I’ve always loved your writing voice, so I’m not even saying I like this style better, but it’s different and refreshing and fun. I think it’s awesome to mix it up and go with what you’re feeling. Also I think people can be way too critical sometimes. Sheesh.. must be tough having a blog.

  • Kristin
    April 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Man, you’ve got to have some tough skin for this blogging business thanks to all the snarky, judgemental comments you get. I hope your day has improved!

  • hmm
    April 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    for the first time in reading your blog (i’ve been reading for many months) i’ve actually read the comments that accompany them… and i’d have to say i agree with those who brought up the near racist comments you have made. to be honest they shocked me (though i don’t have a drop of russian blood in me myself). i hope you find yourself out of whatever mess you are currently in, because i miss the old-old-old jenna.

  • Amy
    April 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Put olive oil in your hair! Just scrunch it into the bottom half of your hair like you would mousse or gel. You can use an ample amount if you aren’t planning on leaving the house or a little tiny bit for everyday. I swear, it helps!

  • stephanie
    April 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    find a Redken salon and go get a chemistry treatment, they are AMAZING and last for weeks…also try Pureology Essential Repair shampoo…slightly pricey but vegan and extremely concentrated! i work in a salon and change my hair color every 3 weeks and its still super soft!

  • Lauren
    April 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t get what people are saying about your writing style. I love all your blogs!

  • shelly
    April 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    i totally agree with some of the others….people need to lighten the *bleep* up.
    I like this new style of writing, witty and quirky. Some people may get offended but hey you’re not responsible for other people’s feelings. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And gotta say still drooling over those delish cupcakes. yum
    Keep it up chicka ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steph
    April 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I love my current conditioner, Nounou (http://www.amazon.com/Davines-NOUNOU-Nourishing-Conditioner-8-45/dp/B001CTI2VW). I’ve had it for a while because that crap lasts THAT long. I thought I had found the secret and put a little bit in after I showered and never washed it out. My new lady at the salon gave me a scolding for that, but nothing else seems to work! If you find something, let us know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Caitlin in MD
    April 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Haha! So funny – I actually think the people who are jumping to Jenna’s defense are the ones who need to, to quote Shelly, “lighten the bleep up.” I guess I can’t speak for the others, but I was just sharing my opinion in (what I thought was) a respectful manner – which I have as much right to do as the people who are heaping you with praise. Like I said before, I like Jenna’s blog! And I think I’d like her in real life, too!

    Its funny that all of these people who are complete strangers to Jenna take so much offense to any comment that deviates from singing her praises!

  • Sarah
    April 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Oh dear. How critical these comments are. Just sayin’, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, I’m guessing ‘m younger than most of you readers, and I think what you’re writing is hilarious. I don’t really care about the ‘old’ you. It doesn’t really matter, in the grand scheme of things. So thanks for making me smile!

  • Ellie
    April 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Another non-offended Russian girl here.

  • Andrea
    April 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I think Jenna is entitled to choose whatever writing style she wants; it is her blog after all. And I think so many readers comment in her defense because, from her blog, she seems like a very likeable and sweet person… so maybe we feel like we in a way kind of “know” her. Personally, she reminds me of a couple of my very good friends whom I greatly respect becaue of their personality and values.

  • Amelia
    April 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I think you should write however you want, Jenna! If people don’t like your style or content, they can stop reading. I personally would probably stop reading if you felt as if you needed to censor yourself to keep everyone happy- that would make your blog so much less relatable. Keep up the good work!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Don’t wash, but make sure you are conditioning! And head over to Walgreens for some Pssssst to use on your roots for your in between washing days! Pssssst is a girls best friend!

  • Bridget
    April 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    jenna, when my hair got really dried out after highlights i tried kiehl’s olive oil repair heat mask/pak. feel like i’m doing an infomercial right now but it really works.

  • maggie
    April 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    be who you want to be right NOW. don’t worry about how you were before, just express yourself and your state of mind by how you feel in this moment. who cares if you switch up your style of writing. it is YOUR blog for pete’s sake.

  • Lizzie
    April 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Not that this in any way will cheer you up over your tax issues, but at least you’re not my boss – someone stole his SSN and used it to file a tax claim under his name in another state. The government cut this person a check and now won’t accept my boss’s filing!! ๐Ÿ™

    Hang in there!

  • sarah h
    April 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I am so annoyed at all these snarky comments! Everyone needs to lighten up. Jenna isn’t making racist comments, and her tone is just fine. Come on. I don’t know how you deal with it all, Jenna, but you go girl!!

  • Betsy
    April 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I really enjoy your writing (old and new), but honestly I didn’t even realize your past few posts have been as different as your old posts. I like your writing- your ability to switch tones and themes so effortlessly and subtly shows that your book is going to be amazing! Being a good writer means the ability to utilize all different aspects of the craft.

  • Blaire
    April 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I agree with shelly and others. People are way too sensitive these days. Lighten up! Love the blog !

  • alex
    April 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Jeez louise. I cannot believe that people would be offended by that post. Just because she makes a loose, light-hearted link between russians and fur-trading, one automatically throws all of their toys out their cot and criticizes the writer for being racist?

    That is the problem with America. Grow up, people. There was no racism there, and even if there was–who cares. IT ISN’T ABOUT YOU!!! You can’t even make a joke in this country anymore.

    While your writing style may have changed, who cares? You’re you, and you are probably changing too. If you lose a couple readers in the process, you’ll probably gain some new ones too.

    Bleh, to them! BAHHH makes me so angry.

  • Dinah Soar
    April 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    There was nothing racist in this blog post. Ridiculous to think there was IMO. What is this world coming to???

  • nicelle
    April 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

    this “becky” person is seems to have a serious obsession with you or something! i notice in every comment she/he leaves you they are a little too personal, obsessive, and disturbing. i also think the other people that are leaving ridiculous comments are just unhappy with their lives, that is all there will ever be to people like that, even though they will beg to disagree and say something along the lines of “just because i disagree doesn’t mean i am unhappy with my life…blah blah blah” UMMMM, actually you are unhappy. you wouldn’t feel the need to sit around and harass some girl you don’t even know in real life to make yourself feel better.

  • katie
    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

    And to all you uneducated people calling Jenna “racist”

    “just an FYI folksโ€ฆ..the Russian River is called such for a reason-there was in fact a huge Russion fur trade on the Northern California coastlineโ€ฆhence the โ€œRussian Riverโ€ and cities like โ€œSebastopolโ€ (โ€ฆum, hello? thatโ€™s a Russian name) also Fort Ross was a Russian settlement. For fur traders. go figure”

  • Elizabeth
    June 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hi! First off, I love your blog! I’ve not been reading for very long, but you have really inspired me to eat heathier. All of the food you take photos of just look so beautiful and fresh. It sort of makes me want to move to CA, but alas I am stuck here in Orlando with my husband and our 3 year old (whom I both love dearly!). Instead of moving I will just live through you and become a regular reader of your blog;) The reason for my comment is to ask if you have any recipes for a good humus that you might be willing to share. I have tried making humus many times, but it never comes out the same as a store bought. Never as smooth and flavorfull. Any tips you’d care to share? Thank you, and keep writing…you’re pretty awesome at it!

  • Katina
    May 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    That is so cool! I am learning Russian right now because I live in Kazakhstan with my husband, it is that large country below Russia to the left. I just stumbled upon this post and it is cool to know that there is some Russian speaking going on in Cali. We are coming back for a visit this summer, and then we will return here for our third year teaching English and doing some other stuff with the people. The people are awesome here and Russian is the second hardest language to learn for English speakers ๐Ÿ™‚ FUN!