Blame The Chemicals!

December 6, 2008

I’m trying my best to be chipper this morning but I’m just not feelin’ it (after speaking with 3 different Sears people who told me “they can’t change the system.”) I can totally tell that chemicals are making me feel so cranky – some kind of anger chemicals in my blood related to anxiety/stress over this stove stuff, or perhaps PMS? Either way, I can tell something’s not right up there in an out-of-body observation kind of way. I’m just not myself. So sorry to be so melodramatic about this – blame the chemicals!


Microwave oats aren’t doin’ it for me anymore. I tried Jennifer’s method of 9 minutes at power level 3 and they were still soupy after that so I did some minutes on high and almost had an explosion! I miss my stove-top emulsion 😥


Today’s mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt, tiny banana
  • 1/4 cup ea. wheatberries + cottage cheese
  • 1/3 JamFranka PB Crisp (loved it!)
  • Spoonful Smuckers Natural (Tina and I were chatting online yesterday about the deliciousness of Barney Butter and since we were both out of it, we decided to order some simultaneously!)


Chandelier coffee – made with a splash of egg nog!!


The husband brought me these flowers last night <3


Early this afternoon we are joining Karen and Gran Bett for a Christmas Show by the Charlotte Symphony. I love the arts and don’t get to as many performances as I wish I could because of the cost, but going to see more community theater is a New Year’s resolution of mine. And I am thinking about auditioning for a summer musical if my schedule allows!

Sears SHOULD be delivering our range around 5pm tonight (crossing my fingers they don’t come between 3:45 and 5 when we’ll be at the show). But I am not counting on it, and I expect it will be Monday before we have it – maybe even later since we both have to be out of the house on Monday.

I desperately need some feel-good exercise endorphins!!! A trip to the gym is planned for 10am.

I suspect I won’t have time to blog lunch until tonight because of the early show – see you then!

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1 mel h December 6, 2008 at 9:35 am

hey kath, don’t worry it will work out!! can you still use the oven even though the stove top is broken? Your oatmeal still looks great!! enjoy the show


2 Maureen December 6, 2008 at 9:36 am

I hope the symphony and stove delivery brighten your day!


3 Fancy December 6, 2008 at 9:40 am

Hi Kath! Do you normally use something to sweeten and some type of creamer in your coffee each day? I know this morning you used egg nog and yesterday you mentioned that you sometimes use a little honey…what do you usually use day to day? Both a sweetener and a creamer or just one thing?

I’m a little confused….but would love any ideas you have on me getting away from my articifial “splenda and coffeemate” combo! Thank you!!!! :)


4 Courtney December 6, 2008 at 9:42 am

How frustrating! Hope that your day goes a little bit better!


5 Ashley Rudolph December 6, 2008 at 9:44 am


I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this!! My dad is a home appliance repair man in Savannah and the reason he makes an unfathomable amount each year is because he constantly makes up for Sears issues. He gets to people’s houses within 24 hours no questions asked and if he can’t then he makes sure you know that. For future reference, the “big box” stores while wonderful to find an array of machines, is horrible for repair. In the long run, do not buy their warranty and instead use the machine warranty and the local repairman who fixes them.

It has been hilarious seeing you make Oats every morning as I always just micro nuke them for three minutes and i’m learning all these new methods. :)


6 Catherine December 6, 2008 at 9:48 am

Aww I hope the rest of your day goes better!! I’m sure your stovetop oats will taste better than ever tomorrow after your hiatus from them. :)


7 Lee December 6, 2008 at 9:48 am

Have you seen a peanut butter called Naturally More? I just bought some in our local grocery store and it was really good. It’s what I imagine Barney Butter to taste like for some reason although I have no idea if it really does!


8 Oh She Glows December 6, 2008 at 9:56 am

Kath I love this sentence you said “Either way, I can tell something’s not right up there in an out-of-body observation kind of way.”

I feel that way too about PMS sometimes- I can tell something isn’t right, but at the same time you feel a bit helpless to control it! lol. That was so sweet the husband bought you flowers! :)

PS- I love your bowl by the way, where is it from? Please say C&B cuz we just got our first in Canada near my work 😀



9 sarah December 6, 2008 at 10:00 am

ooh i didn’t know you sang!! i used to do a lot of that kind of thing, too, back in my college days (6 years ago — woah!). i loved doing a capella and musicals. i wish i had time for that kind of thing now! you should totally go for it.


10 erin December 6, 2008 at 10:10 am

Guess I haven’t tried the stove top method. I usually eat breakfast at work after the gym, so I’m used to popping my oats in the microwave (and i’ve done it my whole life!) to each her own. that’s the kind of stove top i want just even though it looks like I’d crack it easily! it just looks like easy clean up. Here’s to hoping they come at 5:15 so you get your oatmeal fix!


11 Jennifer December 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Sorry the 9 minute method didn’t work for you :( It always does the trick for my oats!


12 Halie December 6, 2008 at 10:14 am

Yeah, get some endorphin pumping exercise! That always makes me feel better.

Wow! Auditioning for a musical! I sure hope your schedule affords it! That would be amazing!


13 MelanieF December 6, 2008 at 10:15 am

No need to be sorry about the way you feel. We all have our days when we wish we could just crawl back into bed and stay there the whole day. You’ll feel better soon! :-)


14 ashley (sweet & natural) December 6, 2008 at 10:25 am

You sing! A musical would be lots of fun. Go for it!


15 BethT December 6, 2008 at 10:36 am

I did SO much community theater a few years ago. It’s SO fun.


16 Kerry December 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

One trick I found with microwave oats, if you want the very ‘thick’ ones instead of soupy ones, is to leave it out for a while after cooking it in the microwave, and reheat it in the microwave afterward…say 15 mins later, it usually thickens up. Hope your stove will arrive soon!


17 Mel December 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

You are totally being a good sport about this, if it was me, I wouldn’t have been so nice. I really hope it all works out!


18 Bridget December 6, 2008 at 11:14 am

I hope your fun day brings you out of the funky mood- I hate when I’m in a funk like that and can’t seem to pull myself out of it!

Have fun at the Christmas show- all those Christmas songs should definitely make you feel better :)


19 runjess December 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Here’s how I microwaved my oats yesterday and they turned out decently:
1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup soymilk microwaved for 1 min.

Stir and add cinnamon, canned pumpkin, sliced banana. Microwave 1 min.

Stir and add wheatberries. Microwave 45 sec.

The consistency was good but expect to wait awhile for it to cool


20 Shelby December 6, 2008 at 12:57 pm

You don’t have to apoligize!!! You have every right to be upset and I would be too!

Your oats look great to me but I know what you mean about consistency. Do you know where I can buy the Jamfrankas? They sound great!


21 sonia December 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I really wish I could email you some food….Just hang on there. It will be over soon.


22 Megan December 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Have fun at the show! I think you should definitely try out for the musical! FUN!


23 Heather McD December 6, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Barney Butter – My favorite! Hope the gym helped your mood. It always makes me feel better. Coffee with eggnog – bet that was good.


24 Tara December 6, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Well, I guess there’s one way to look at it: at least you have food! A lot of people in the world don’t even have food!

Good luck on getting the stove. That has got to be frustrating.


25 Tina December 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for the shout out! I can’t wait for our BB to arrive! :)


26 Carol December 6, 2008 at 8:21 pm

That is sweet that the Husband brought you flowers.
Flowers always make me feel better andif I need a pick me up I will buy them for myself.


27 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Sorry about the stove. Its actually been years since I’ve made oats on the stove but you are making me really curious now!! I guess I am so used to the microwave that I don’t even know the difference. Perhaps tomorrow would be a nice day to try since I am always rushing during the week!


28 Holly December 6, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Hi Kath- I know you are an avid reader and am wondering if you were intending to reference Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions” by mentioning “bad chemicals.” If you haven’t read the book or any of Vonnegut’s work I highly recommend! He is absolutely brilliant- a modern day classic and one of my favorites!


29 Kath December 6, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Fancy ,
I don’t sweeten my coffee at all – unless I do have a special thing to use like egg nog, which is rare. I stopped putting splenda in a while ago and have never turned back. I actually prefer it without sugar now (although I NEVER thought I’d ever say that!). The husband sweetens his with real sugar and I take sips sometimes and don’t like it as much as mine :)

Oh She Glows,
I think the bowl is Pier 1, 2-3 years ago. I totally get that out-of-body with PMS too. It’s weird to know what’s going on and not be able to stop it.

sarah ,
I don’t sing-sing, but I can carry a tune! If I do a musical I just want to be part of the chorus – not a leading role! I’d NEVER sing a solo!

Shelby ,
I don’t know where Jamfrankas are sold, but since they are new I bet they’ll show up more places.

Holly ,
I have not read that book, but I will put it on my “look for at the library and bookstores” list :)



30 musicfan December 7, 2008 at 8:58 am

there are some nice audition songs that you can act through rather than belt it out. If you tell me if your vocal range, alto, etc. I can pick out a tune for you.


31 Kath December 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

musicfan ,
I like to belt it out!! Specifically in Chicago’s “All That Jazz.” My vocal range is the same as the Dixie Chicks 😉



32 musicfan December 7, 2008 at 11:42 am

All that jazz, geat tune, but it’s probably done alot. You might like “My New Philosophy” from Your’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (that’s a fun, belty one, probably used alot, but for a local summer show shouldn’t be a problem, it’s sung by the character Sally! You’re a dancer so “At the ballet” might be fun from A Chorus Line, Ten Cents a Dance (lesser known tune), I’m guessing your an alto/mezzo with belt. has musical theater anthologies by vocal range. If you’re limited to 16 bars, pick the part of the song that shows off your voice the most. If a key is wierd and you like the song, you can transpose it to where it fits your voice. Break a leg!


33 Kath December 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm

musicfan ,
Thanks! Don’t you think I should sing something from the musical I would be auditioning for??



34 musicfan December 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm

It depends…unless the director specifically asks for a song from the same show/good idea to check before you try out), I’d suggest something in the style/era of the show so the director can imagine you in a part. If you are hoping to do musicals regularly, I suggest 2 contrasting pieces, up-tempo and ballad. You can pick from different time periods, classic (think 60s and earlier) and more modern. Your audition material should feature songs you love, know well, and that show you at your best.


35 Allison K December 8, 2008 at 11:00 am

this comment thread makes me want to audition for a musical!


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