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A Surprise Visit

Hello from Georgia! Surprise!

I decided Wednesday afternoon that I was going to come visit my grandmother for a few days. I packed the car up at lunch today and hit the road after work. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with my travel plans and I battled quite a few severe thunderstorms (hail, cloud to ground lighting, the works!) on the way here.

There is nothing I hate more than driving in rain that’s coming down so hard that you can barely see the road in front of you (and yes, I stopped to take this picture!).  Walking in the door and seeing my grandmother’s smiling face made it all worthwhile though! 😛

I left Brandon and Sullie at home to fend for themselves so that my grandmother and I could enjoy some one-on-one time. I think they’ll live although judging by the messages and texts I’ve received already, I think they miss me!

So backing up…I was up extra early this morning to get an ashtanga practice in before work. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to practice again until Sunday so I wanted to get a good one in. It was one of those practices that leaves me feeling totally at peace and blissful for hours after. I needed that.

Breakfast at my desk was overnight oats. Plain Greek yogurt, vanilla soy milk, oats, banana, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds, cinnamon and dried cranberries. Sunflower seed butter and Crofter’s on top.

I came home for lunch to pack and took this back to eat at work. An awesome salad piled with tons of good toppings and pretzel sticks. The apple (organic pink lady – my favorite) was supposed to me my 4 p.m. car snack but it mysteriously disappeared from the work fridge. 👿

I got on the road around 4:15 but it took me quite a while to get out of Charlotte due to the weather. I was so happy to see this site halfway through my four-hour journey.

I was in need of a pick me up!

Awake tea latte and a petite vanilla scone. I actually really enjoyed the four-hour drive to my grandmother’s (minus the stormy parts). I don’t get a lot of quiet time to sit and “be” and it was nice to just listen to music and think.

I was famished when I arrived and quickly got to work making one of my favorite comfort foods…grilled cheese!

I was interested to discover that my grandmother had purchased Ezekiel bread for me. Believe it or not, this was my first time trying it! This bread is organic and made from sprouted whole grains. That means that it’s flourless and a complete source of protein (due to the mix of sprouted grains and legumes they use to make the bread).

The verdict? I approve. But then again, what’s not to like about bread cooked in real butter and filled with cheese and blackberry jam? I’m not sure that could ever taste bad.

And before I knew it, this materialized in front of me.

Pound cake with fresh peaches and ice cream. Don’t you just love grandmothers? 😉

What is your favorite thing about grandmothers?

Happy Friday!

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  • 1
    Alaina June 10, 2011, 12:20 am

    Aw, what a nice trip to go and see your grandmother! Mine isn’t too far away and since my grandfather passed away, I try to go and visit her. My grammy loves going out to find new breakfast places. It’s great. And she’s a quick woman for the young age of 80! 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your grandmother!

    • 2
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:01 pm

      My grandmother is 81 and I’m always impressed by how active she is! I’m glad you get to see your grandmother often.

      Have a great weekend!

  • 3
    janine June 10, 2011, 1:15 am

    that’s such a good idea to go visit your grandmother! I’m sure you both will benefit so much from the visit 🙂
    have fun!!

    Janine

  • 4
    branny June 10, 2011, 6:13 am

    Enjoy your visit!

  • 5
    Always Training Trio June 10, 2011, 6:31 am

    I love GA, I went to school in Savannah and loved every minute of it. I wish I lived closer to my Grandmother. I would totally go visit more often if I could! Love Peaches 🙂

    Sarah

    • 6
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:02 pm

      I grew up in Georgia! It’s always nice to come home. 😛

  • 7
    Becky June 10, 2011, 6:58 am

    Time with your grandmother might be the perfect way to deal with the recent stressors of life. My grammy’s couch is my favorite place to be. She’s the best listener and an awesome cook. I hope you have a wonderful time!

    • 8
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Becky – we also have many hours-long discussions on my grandmother’s couch.

      Have a great weekend!

  • 9
    kat June 10, 2011, 7:22 am

    This post makes me a little sad…I didn’t have the kind of relationship with either of my grandmothers that you have with yours – enjoy your time with her! And I agree with Becky, this sounds like it’s just what you needed. I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself. I also *LOVE* taking solo road trips – nothing like being able to crank the music and sing off key at the top of your lungs without offending anyone! 😉 Enjoy your long weekend!

    • 10
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:03 pm

      Kat – I’m sorry that you were not close with your grandmothers. I always cherish all the time I have with her and feel so lucky to have her in my life.

      • 11
        kat June 11, 2011, 9:00 am

        Going back and reading this made me want to clarify – I LOVED my grandmothers and spent holidays and occasional other visits with them and the rest of our family, but I never would have just picked up and gone to visit on my own for some solo time, or talk on the phone regularly, etc. I wish that we had been close enough for things like that. Glad you are enjoying your weekend! 🙂

  • 12
    Katie June 10, 2011, 7:25 am

    I’ve never had the sesame ezekiel, but I have had the regular…it’s good! I’ve heard the cinnamon raisin is even better. 😉 Next time I make grilled cheese, I am adding jam!

    • 13
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:04 pm

      the jam gave it an awesome flavor kick! totally recommend it.

      and cinnamon raisin toast is one of my faves!

  • 14
    Brittney June 10, 2011, 7:44 am

    Oooooh I LOVE Ezekiel bread- that stuff is awesome! Sadly, I have no living grandmothers left, but Greg does! His grandma turned 100 in January! Pretty awesome! Have a great time with your grandma Jen!

    • 15
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:04 pm

      that is INCREDIBLE!

  • 16
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 10, 2011, 8:25 am

    Grilled cheese? Oh yes.

    • 17
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:05 pm

      add jam next time – a whole new level

  • 18
    Q. June 10, 2011, 8:53 am

    You just discovered Ezekiel bread?!?! Isn’t it GREAT! I’ve been making french toast with it. Oh – and those mini scones from Starbucks are a nice little treat huh? Just a few bites of icing-covered bliss keeps me away from those full-size scones (calorie bombs.)

    • 19
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:05 pm

      i’ve heard of it but just never bought it. i’m so glad she bought it for me! she read all the comments today and loved your idea of french toast! 😉

      and yes – the mini scones are the perfect indulgence!

  • 20
    erin June 10, 2011, 8:56 am

    I love being with my grandmothers! It just feels like “home,” if that makes sense. I hope you enjoy your visit!

    • 21
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:06 pm

      it makes total sense. i always feel so relaxed, happy and comfortable when i’m here.

  • 22
    Lori June 10, 2011, 9:10 am

    You are so lucky to be able to visit your grandmother. Enjoy your time with her!

    • 23
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:06 pm

      thank you lori. have a great weekend!

  • 24
    ashley June 10, 2011, 9:28 am

    What a perfect way to get some R+R! I have a lot of favorite g-mother things but all I can think about right now are her delicious grilled cheeses thanks to this post! I’m heading home this weekend to visit my dad in the hospital so Nanny is in charge of meals. Maybe a grilled cheese will be waiting on me! 🙂 ENJOY your weekend!

    • 25
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:07 pm

      ashley – grandma food is the best! my grandmother always made me french toast and bacon sandwiches growing up. funny, huh?

      have a wonderful weekend. i hope your dad is okay!

  • 26
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) June 10, 2011, 9:33 am

    Aww bless this is so sweet! Sounds like just what you needed 🙂

    I love my Gma cos she always tells me I “don’t have enough meat on me” and forces me to have 3 helpings of dessert. Of course, I don’t complain hehe 😉

    • 27
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:08 pm

      YESSSS…grandma eating is the BEST!!!!!

  • 28
    Becca June 10, 2011, 11:57 am

    So glad you are visiting your Grandmother! My Grandma passed away in 2006, and what I loved about her was the way she loved me: so completely and without judgement. Looking back, I think she’s the only person in my life to ever love me that way. My Grandma Betty was a treasure that I miss every day. Enjoy your time with her!

    • 29
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:10 pm

      becca – that is so touching. thank you so much for sharing it. i feel so lucky to have such a close relationship with my grandmother too.

  • 30
    LBM June 10, 2011, 12:51 pm

    My Mamaw is my second mother, and I love her SO much! She’s also truly one of my closest friends. It’s a really special relationship.

    What a great post! I’m so glad you posted about grandmothers. Enjoy your visit. Hope you come back completely renewed from the inside out!

    • 31
      Jen June 10, 2011, 9:10 pm

      i totally get that – i’ve always said that my grandmother is one of my best friends. we talk on the phone almost every day. we are so luck to have them!!!!!!

      have a great weekend!

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