Vlog Friday: The 3 Guest Dinner

I always tell myself I’m going to do these, and then it never seem to work out. This week though I decided to postpone editing and email-answering in favor of vlog recording.

The question posed by Marsh Mellow Goodness was: What 3 people from history or your life would you invite to dinner? Why?

One of my invited guests would be this lovely lady.

Watch my little video to learn who the other two are.

Visit http://www.marshmellowgoodness.blogspot.com/ to see the guest list for the dinner parties of a few other bloggers!

42 thoughts on “Vlog Friday: The 3 Guest Dinner

  1. Love it! You are so adorable, in a way totally different from your writing style (which, obvs, I love as well).

    Interesting choices of guests, too! I was surprised that Marilyn Monroe was one of your choices, but I liked what you said about her.

    Happy Friday!

  2. I know this probably isn’t the right place to post this, but I read an article today I thought you might find interesting. I never use my twitter account but here you go:


    Jenna Reply:

    I read that this morning! Isn’t that awesome?

    This isn’t my favorite solution. My favorite is everyone realizing that they can’t consume so much cheap meat without consequences and deciding to make changes accordingly, but that isn’t going to happen, and the consequences of this cheap meat is hurting us all!

    I am SO passionate about food and these types of issues that it’s a little strange to me that some people just don’t care as much. It’s always nice to know I have some readers who are interested like I am!

  3. I’m glad you read it! Although we practice (as best we can) clean eating at home I feel conflicted about what meat and food products my daughter gets at daycare. I know they aren’t buying their meat and produce from local organic farmers…the stuff probably originated from a factory farm. It is so hard to find a solution when there isn’t a mass “realization” that it really IS hurting us.

    You look great, btw. I’m an avid reader, but seldom comment.

    Take care 🙂

  4. How adorable are you?! I love your accent and you can tell a HUGE difference as a result of your weight loss. Good job!

  5. 3 things:

    1-you look amazing these days, your hard work is definately paying off! And don’t be silly about your hair, it looked done enough for me!

    2-I love these choices–even me, who is learning toward a hospital birth found the idea of that book interesting, and I think I might in fact look it up! No harm in educating myself, so thanks for the impromptu recommendation.

    3-Yes, in answer to your question, please do some more! I love your writing but these are a nice change of pace, and you’re so personable in them 🙂

  6. That was fun! You look fabulous!! Has anyone ever told you that you sound like Paris Hilton? Does anyone agree with me? (That is in no way meant as an insult. I don’t know why you would take it as one, but just in case…)

  7. jenna aren’t you the sweetest! it’s so nice to hear your voice – i agree with the first commenter. You’re so warm & kind!

  8. I totally agree with Shannon about the Paris Hilton voice. And totally not in an offense way! When I hear your voice though I think you sound like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless minus the valley girl accent. I think it sounds cute. =)

    I really like your vlogs because I can hear everything in your tone of voice. It makes it a little more personal I think.

    And I wouldn’t worry about putting on any more makeup or doing your hair any more than you did. You look great.

    Jo(ke) Reply:

    First thing that came to my mind as well. You do sound like Paris Hilton. I don’t mean that in an offense way at all.

    Loved the vlog. Makes it more personal!

  9. Oh, and you were right both times with the author’s name. Laura Thatcher Ulrich. =) That books sounds really interesting and I’m adding it to my “Books to Read” list.

    Amanda Smith Reply:

    *Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  10. Um, yeah. I’ve always found your posts interesting and keep coming back but now I definitely think it would be great to meet you. Creepy much? Sorry. 🙂
    And yes, I have to agree, you looked great. Not that that was the point of the v-log, but if you were concerned, I don’t think you should be.

    Have a great weekend!

    p.s. Things I like about the v-log/your blog in general (don’t know where else I’d put this, so here it is): your honesty/vulnerability; your discussions about the LDS faith (not my own, and I always learn something); your passion about food/ethical food production; the variety in your posts (some on travel, some on religion, some on family life, some serious some fun). Okay, I guess that was mainly about your blog.

  11. You are like THE CUTEST person in the world. Definitely do more vlogs. Your personality really comes through (not that it doesn’t in your writing but I think since your writing is sometimes on the serious side it’s nice to see more of a playful side in your vlogs.) I think your dinner guests (and menu!!) sound fabulous.

  12. Love vlogs! You are ADORABLE, and it just feels more.. I don’t know.. personal? When I can hear you saying the words. Also seems to come off as more genuine? Anyway, love them!

  13. Agree with the rest – the VLog is fun! I prefer your videos that are linked to TW, instead of the separate Formspring-like site that I think you use/were using. You don’t need to worry about lighting though… its not your photography, we won’t judge! 🙂

    I was also initially surprised about Marilyn, but you eloquently explained the root of your interest and what you’d hope to get out of the conversation. I was curious about which relative you would pick as well. If I knew the name of my family’s first immigrant to America, I think that is who I would pick (no matter how far back in history). But if I had to know the name… then I would probably also go back to Grandmother’s mother, because I’d want to hear more about my grandmother growing up. Also, for me, that would be someone from the 1920s/30s, and my maternal great grandmother is often in flapper outfits in our photos. Wouldn’t it be fun to hear about life in that time?

  14. Love these vlogs. Keep ’em coming. I feel like I really get to know your personality more this way…Sounds awkward, but hey. 🙂 Oh, and you do sounds like Paris Hilton, but in a cute, non-annoying way.

  15. Love the v-log 🙂

    I love that you are going to eat goat cheese on your salads at this dinner party – my kinda eats! 😀

  16. Loved the vlog! The author of A Midwife’s Tale is Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I so agree with you, that’s an amazing book and she’s an excellent writer/historian. As a lover of women’s history and that particular historical era, O consider that book to be one of my top all-time faves. They also made a movie of it (I think with the same title as the book), it’s more of a documentary of Ulrich’s research but it’s also very good–you and TH should check it out!

    Lea Reply:

    Whoops…*I* consider, I mean.

  17. Hi! I don’t think I’ve ever commented before… I’m kind of shy like that. This seems as good a time as any to start, though! You are so cute on video! I love when bloggers vlog because it gives you an even better sense of who they are in real life – being able to hear their voice and see their mannerisms and things like that. I’d definitely love to see more!

  18. I laughed hearing your comments about naming a baby girl Maddy! Madeline is my late grandmother’s name on my Dad’s side and there is a total race between all of the cousins/siblings as to who will have the first girl because that name will get snagged so fast, I’m sure!

  19. As everyone has said you are so CUTE! (Sorry, that may be a little weird). You sound really warm and friendly on your vlog 🙂
    Plus you made me comment. I always think I should but hardly ever do, sorry.

  20. Loved this, great picks for a dinner party, not sure how I found this but it was a fun little appetizer for my own solo dinner tonight,


  21. I’m chuckling at all the “accent” comments, because I’m from the Seattle area and you sound completely normal to me! 🙂 This has made me wonder what I sound like to other people! I guess since I’m moving to Dallas this weekend, I’ll find out soon!

  22. Miss skinny! You look so good!

    I like the occasional video, your voice actually sounds quite a bit different than I thought it would!

  23. One suggestion: try not to use your head movements to brush your hair back. First of all, your hair looks great, it doesn’t look like it needs the constant adjustment, and secondly it makes you look like you have a tic or are maybe a nervous teenager. Since you asked for suggestions, I’m being honest.

  24. I noticed the hair thing too. I have this funny throat clearing thing I do that I never noticed until my calls were recorded at an old job for training purpose. I think everyone has something they do out of nervous habit. I like the V-log and think it’s funny people say you have an accent (I’m from Seattle).

  25. I love the vlogs, and I think for more controversial topics, they could be a good filtering tool. Stupid trolls won’t bother watching, and the well-meaning but often way too judgmental readers can understand your tone better. Of course, the vlogs are also fun for lighter topics, like this one. So basically, more vlogs all around! 🙂

  26. You are adorable! This makes me wish I’d set up a time for us to meet while I was in Chicago last weekend. I just assumed you were so busy with life, which you probably were!

    Jenna Reply:

    I would have liked that! I think we would have a lot of fun together getting fro-yo or something.

  27. Your vlog is so cute and sweet 🙂 I was intrigued by your choice 🙂 (mostly by Marilyn Monroe) but I am happy to discover yet another layer to your personality! I love that you keep surprising! (And you look awesome!!!)

  28. I loved this vlog! Very interesting all the names start with M! And you sound totally different than I had expected AND your hair looks great and you do too!

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