December 11, 2008 |  Category:   life


I think yesterday was one of the longest days of my life as I was up for a total of 20 hours, with much of those hours in meetings. When your body is accustomed to going to sleep at 2am, it’s pretty much near damn impossible to make yourself sleep at 10:30 so you can wake up early to catch the 5:30am train. And even worse was the fact that as soon as we boarded the train at 5:30am, we launched right away into meetings, which continued when we got to DC (we also sat in on the Supreme Court for this case), and then continued still when we caught the train back at 6:10pm 9 hours later. We didn’t stop meeting until the last hour of the train ride and finally celebrated the day with a round of beers.

Shifting your whole sleep schedule is sort of like experiencing jetlag. Even though I got the same amount of sleep as usual, I felt completely tired until about 6:45am and then suddenly like a switch, I was “fine”. The rest of the day went on with peaks and valleys of being alert and groggy, but strangely, on the train ride back, I had more energy. In any case, it is good to be home.




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  • martina December 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I am getting sick of you complaining every day.

  • Jenna December 11, 2008 at 10:48 am

    It’s funny you say that Martina, because I just got your comment while finishing editing the post…and your comment is valid. I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of this blog now that the business is getting more established and more people (and maybe businesses) stop by to read the blog. Some people want more recipes (which will happen again once we’re done with the holidays), others want more photos of the kids. I guess there is no pleasing everyone and this blog is just a place to record thoughts and reflect on the day as some sort of document of our progress, but I have been thinking that it may need to get less personal for business reasons. I am not sure.

  • Naomi December 11, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I like that you are so forthcoming about your personal life, work and inner thoughts.I really enjoy reading it because it feels real 🙂 Don’t change a thing.

  • Claire December 11, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I agree with Naomi. One of the reasons I like to read this blog is because you are so honest in your posts. Those who don’t want to read complaints or anything serious can go to and enjoy the pictures of adorable puppies.

  • Mery December 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I love and thoroughly enjoy your pictures and your writing just as they are!

  • joni December 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    don’t listen to martina or anyone like her. we readers want to support you because we feel your struggle every step. don’t go all professional on us.

  • selkie December 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I agree with Joni: “…we feel your struggle every step.”
    Your blog is wonderfully personal: you post often and I am willing to bet there is a whole slew of us who check in daily, to see how you are doing, to revel in your success, to sympathize, support, encourage, commiserate,….care.
    We care.

  • tumus December 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    It’s okay 🙂 Glad you’re home. I understand your thinking on the whole “do I go profess” on the blog or not.

    If need be you can do a spin off and send the link to other areas. But I like how you feel real so I think the occassional post of your kids, life in general and other mayhem is fine.

    Besides I’ll bet that’s what drew your business to these other opportunities! The fact that you were a real and interesting person.

  • alicia December 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    As one of the slew who checks in regularly, I totally agree with Selkie. I also bake and find it refreshing to read someones truth without sugarcoating it (plus, I find it comforting to be able to relate). Loved your site, blog, biz from the get-go. Keep doin’ your thing and stay real– it’s all good! 🙂
    ps- I do not have kids and I STILL can’t find enough time– I don’t know how you manage it all– but you are my hero!

  • Beth December 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I like this blog because of its truth. I’m a woman with a job, a baby, and a self-employed husband who puts a lot of hours into a business that he loves. You’re inspiring and refreshing. It’s comforting to read about the stress and the joy and the cookies!

  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) December 12, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Martina’s comment was just flat-out rude and you were extremely gracious to post it.

    Having said that, I will venture out, gently, to say that I am sometimes a little sorry that I can’t reach out and give you a little hug and point out some of the good things that are happening to you. A business like this, it’s hard. I know. I’ve walked in those shoes for almost 10 years. However, you are making it! You’ve had interest! You’ve had press! You are a team with your spouse and your relationship seems to be surviving and staying strong through the stress! Your girls are bright and healthy and beautiful! You have your health (my 34 yo best friend with 2 small kids has serious aggressive breast cancer so we can’t knock that one)!!!
    Feeling down is part of the hard, hard, hard start-up experience but it doesn’t hurt to look up every now and then, take a deep breath, and realize what you have, not just what you wish you had.
    Anyway, please don’t change the personal nature of the blog. I feel completely emotionally invested in seeing you on the shelf of every gourmet grocery store in the country!
    Go, W&S, go!

  • Gabriel December 12, 2008 at 5:57 am

    i agree with everyone. don’t change a thing about your blog. i check it daily and find comfort in your posts. my life has parallels to yours (art school, freelance, brooklyn, asian-american background, etc.) i don’t have kids and am not juggling a few careers – yet. but your family’s experiences make it seem possible and that is encouraging to me.

  • Jenna December 12, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Interesting to read people’s comments here and thank you. I was not really bothered by the comment. It did catch me off guard at first because I didn’t think I was really complaining, but then I just found it funny and I published it because Martina is entitled to think what she thinks and it’s a reminder to me that people are reading this blog – which means that if you put yourself out there, you’re bound to illicit all sorts of interpretations and opinions.
    Annie, your comment was so sweet – but interesting also because I am not feeling down these days (it’s not the case all the time, for sure) and I do realize and am thankful for what I have which I think I did express in my Thanksgiving post a few weeks back. So again, it was a reminder that posts will be read in whichever way they’ll be read.
    For those who mentioned that reading this blog has been encouraging towards things in their own lives, I am glad. I found other blogs to be inspiring, encouraging and most helpful when reading the ups and downs of business. We can learn from others.

  • rifferaff December 12, 2008 at 10:40 am

    just chiming in to say that i too enjoy the personal/behind-the-scenes business aspects of this blog the most. i understand your desire to maybe “clean things up” a bit for a more professional audience but i quite like seeing how much work it takes to actually create a business like this.

  • Lara December 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments, and just want to add a few things. First, on a lighter note, I love these photos! Jenna you continue to blow me away – you sure pack a lot of talent into your little frame. Mainly, though, I want to say how deeply happy and proud I am that Jenna and Mark (my brother) have managed to create this business that’s attracted people such as those who posted such thoughtful, supportive comments today.

  • woodley park-zoo December 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    When I read that comment I just assumed she was your very good friend, a sibling, basically one of those ‘come on, if something’s wrong it’s time to do something about it?’ tough-love, non-enabler kind of things. But I haven’t taken what you post as complaining at all but just describing, expressing, and experiencing the multifaceted reality of your life! It makes me very sad to think you’d have to censor yourself for ‘marketing purposes’, ick, that just sounds wrong… I think you’ve got a beautiful thing going and I hope you get to stay open with however you feel!