Life Right Now

May 19, 2014 |  Category:   life





Thinking about how the year is already half over. This month, in particular, went by in a blink. I’ve given up trying to get a handle on time–it’s going to keep flying by.


Thinking about food and recipes that have particular significance to our family. It’s harder than I thought.
Thinking about how I dislike when people make judgements on what other people eat. You know–the food snobs; the ones who guilt us about certain aspects of our diet, the ones who judge us based on our kids’ diets, the humblebraggers, the sanctimonious eaters. Eat what you want and what makes sense for you. End of story.
Thinking about how I read more books in the last 2 weeks than I have in the last 4 years. Now that the weather is nicer and we’re spending more time at the playground and the parks, I’m taking books with me while the girls run around because I no longer need to keep constant eyes on them. It’s such a slight change in our weekend routine, but life changing in a small way.
Thinking about how I’m still struggling to simplify my schedule and consolidate all my projects, particularly in preparation for the summer months which is coming all too fast. I have my hands in too many things right now.
Thinking about cold brew coffee.
Thinking about abandoning what I thought 2014 was going to look like, way back when I was setting loose goals in January. You can only plan so much. Besides, sometimes the universe has a way of giving you what you want when you’re ready for it. You can’t always plan that because you may not even see it even if it’s right in front of you and you may not even know if it’s what you want. I’m just rolling with it.

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  • Mary May 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    One of my favorite posts yet. Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Hurray for more books!

  • Bianca May 20, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Have you read any books that you’d highly recommend? I always love hearing book recommendations. 🙂

    • Jenna May 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Bianca, right now I’m reading memoirs (a bit of research, actually). Nothing in particular to recommend right now, but if I come across something I will certainly let you guys know!

  • Gail May 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

    When she was pretty young & not at all familiar with Western ways, someone once asked Mother Meera what they should eat. She was like “What? I don’t understand.” They asked again what she thought was the best diet. Her answer: “Eat what you like.”

    I’m rereading my favorite Murakami novel, Kafka on the Shore. Highly recommend!

  • Lara May 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I woke up feeling a little overwhelmed at the number of tasks I have ahead of me this week, and turned to your blog before getting going.. It’s like magic, you have a way of distilling those feelings I’m sure so many of us have and pairing your writing with such beautiful photos, always inspires me to focus on the good stuff!

    Those summer rolls look delicious and such a fun (slower) process to make.

  • Sara May 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve finally got myself a library card here in London so now I can read read read again! (It just didn’t make sense for me to be buying booking when i’m going to be moving around for the next few years). Yay for more time spent reading!
    Also: Eat what you want and what makes sense for you. Yes.

  • Chai Ling May 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    i am in my second trimester now, surprisingly i read more books than ever. perhaps, that quiet moment of sitting in the hall, flipping pages, reading paragraphs by paragraphs is plain delightful. I like it very much the way you penned ‘Life Right Now’.

  • Helle (Helen) May 21, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Have to say I disagree with you there, about the eating. Your family seems to eat good healthy food, you look healthy and not overweight. But I do feel for the children whose parents feed them take-away pizza, potato chips and coke for breakfast etc., children who are overweight if not obese, who are destined for a life of diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart problems. I see nothing wrong with trying to get people to adopt a healthier diet. All within reason, of course, I agree there are many holier-than-thou types, but there are also some sane and useful people out there.

    • Jenna May 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

      No, you have a point about that, you’re right. Some people do need to be educated about a healthier diet. Unfortunately it’s a bigger problem than a matter of having an opinion or being judgmental over what you see some parents feeding their kids–diets do often correlate to socioeconomic issues and it is a big problem in our country. But let’s educate not judge. This was more my point, but I do see how I wasn’t being clear on that.

  • Lulu May 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Don’t think about cold brew coffee, just do it! Its the best thing, you make a big batch once, put it in the fridge and it last me for days. Oh and another thing, talking about food, have been adding chia seed to all our drinks, supposed to give one super energy and fiber, and does not change the taste of the drink, however the kids complain that it makes their drink “bumpy”.

    Yes, would love your reading list.

    • Jenna May 23, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Oh yes. We cold brew coffee. “Thinking about it”, meaning it’s probably time to start up again now that the weather is consistently warm.

  • Ronnie May 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post, Jenna. And you’re right – HOW CAN IT BE ALMOST JUNE ALREADY?
    Ronnie xo

  • Annie May 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Lovely post, as usual. Thanks, Jenna.

  • Hata Trbonja May 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I have just discovered your blog and I am so enchanted!
    I can’t get enough.
    Such a light and pretty writing style you have.
    Eagerly awaiting more.

  • Stephanie June 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    J’adore le bol avec le texte en français. Amusant de voir ça chez vous alors que chez nous, en Belgique et en France, on aime tellement les objets avec des messages en anglais! 😉