nyc -> yosemite -> San Fran -> Seattle -> San Juan islands

August 16, 2011 |  Category:   life travels

Everything about the last 2 days was stressful. And I figured out why I’m so obsessive with the pre-trip cleaning. It’s a big stress reliever. We’ve arranged extra care for our cat while we’re gone, but he’s shrunk to nearly half his size and looks so much smaller, like back in his kitten days. But once in a while he’ll still act spunky and do things he shouldn’t do, like jump on top of the blue velvet chair with a look on his face as if he’s ready to scratch the hell out of it (he generally doesn’t scratch furniture). It’s got me saying stuff like, “Just because you have cancer doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want!”, every time he gets mischievous.

But we did make it through the last few days, including sending a million marshmallows out in the mail and fulfilling a large wholesale order that came in right after Mark closed down his last shift at the kitchen. Mark said it was like “seating a party of 20 in a restaurant half an hour after closing time and having them order the 15 course tasting menu.” Can’t say I’ve ever been in that situation, but I’ll take his word for it. You know we love our customers, so of course we accommodated even though he was SO done.

Speaking of, thank you thank you thank you to all who purchased this month during our summer sale. You have no idea what it means to leave the business for 3 weeks with a little peace of mind knowing that August wasn’t a complete wash like we initially planned. Now we can, you know, buy each of the kids their own gourmet artisanal doughnut instead of making then split one (I kid, I KID!).

Good bye New York. See you on the West Coast.

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  • unha August 17, 2011 at 6:45 am

    ha.. funny you.
    have great time.
    we are also going away for about 10 days starting today.
    absolutely stressed out leaving for that long. am sure the office will be in one piece when we get back. eek.

  • Nichole Robertson August 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Have a great trip, Jenna!

    And, I can totally relate to Mark’s scenario. 🙂

  • Lauren S August 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Yes, they can only share that expensive treat! That was awesome. Is it sad, though, that I grew up having to share Burger King with my siblings?

  • Chantale August 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love your sense of humour! Have a wonderful and much deserved time off. Bon voyage!

  • kimia kline August 17, 2011 at 9:36 am

    lol. if only that cancer joke was the least bit acceptable to say to humans.

  • R @ Learning As I Chop August 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I just love the pictures on your blog.

  • sara Jensen August 17, 2011 at 10:42 am


  • Renita August 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Have fun, keep safe!

  • sarah August 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

    have a great tip Jenna {and family}! enjoy taking a break from everything 🙂

  • Vanessa Rae August 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Happy Travels!

  • Lauren August 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Eeks, have a wonderful trip! So well deserved. I can’t wait to vacation vicariously through your photos. 🙂

  • Seema August 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Oh i do know that feeling. There’s a definite sinking-of-heart moment, no matter how much you love customers, when a business party of twenty people walk into your restaurant at 10.30pm, just when you’re about to close. Having been working at a hotel, I sympathise – there comes a point when you’ve JUST HAD ENOUGH! enjoy your time off, hope its relaxing and refreshing for you.

  • sharlene August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm


  • CHICKYTHING August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    hilarious! Have an amazing trip to the west coast!

  • Pamela August 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Safe travels and take lots of pictures. Well wishes to poor little cat …

  • diane August 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Happy travels to your and family!You guys deserve a wonderful break:)

  • Laura August 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Safe travels! I look forward to seeing pictures of your west coast adventure(especially Yosemite…sigh)

  • Rachel August 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Sounds like you have a great trip planned. We are headed to SF in a week or so and I can’t wait! I’m jealous that you’re hitting Yosemite and Seattle too!

  • Jill August 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I just spit out my coffee. Here’s to a great trip, and a gourmet donut for everyone! 🙂

  • leathergal August 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    You’ll love the San Juan Islands! I live on Whidbey Island and my husband and I wake up every day feeling lucky to live in such a beautiful place! Plus, it’s super kid-friendly and everyone is so genuinely nice!

  • finley :: mommy chic August 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I can’t even tell you how jealous I am right now!! We’ve been in 100+ temps for 48 days now and I’m dying to get outta town. (No vacay in sight though)

    We went to the San Juan Islands a couple years ago and fell in love. We’ve dreamed of selling our home and living smaller/simpler on the islands. We were told they’re on a different eco-system than Seattle so they get the same amount of rain fall that we get here in Texas. Which island are you visiting?

    I can’t wait to see all your pictures! Yosimite is another place on our bucket list!

    {mommy chic} design. style. kids. life.

  • Heather M August 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Totally brilliant itinerary!! Have a wonderful time!

  • angie August 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

    have a great trip with your family, jenna!!!!

  • gillian August 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    i LOVE that photo!!!!!!

  • jennifer August 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    such an amazing trip. you deserve it. welcome to the west coast!

  • Susan August 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Wishing you an amazing time…you all deserve it! I also like cleaning as a stress reliever.

  • kaye i August 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    You’re hilarious.