Brrrrrr Breezy!

April 15, 2008

 It’s so nice outside – bright blue sky – but there’s a frigid breeze blowing! I have the patio doors open, but I’m debating closing them. I like the ambiance of open doors, but I’m starting to think I need some tea to warm up!

I lugged my whole computer to campus so I could get my post up at lunchtime for you guys and the dumb internet was down!! Do I get an E for Effort?!

Lunch was good –

Macadamia-Cashew Butter and Jam on a Sprouted Bun


A big salad made with romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, zucchini, and green pepper tossed in a homemade balsamic-maple-dijon dressing that I brought in a jar.

Mango and grapes – ( I ate a few grapes during my commute after my workout – I was feeling low on energy!)

And Fage with almonds


From above for about 550 kcal, 13 grams fiber and 21 grams protein.


After lunch I was totally satisfied but I just wanted to stuff food in my mouth! Good thing there wasn’t a buffet in front of me. No idea where the urge came from, but it happened again after my snack that I had when I got home at 4 ….

TJ’s cereal with kiwi and hemp milk


I’m guessing these are PMS-related cravings!? They are 100% coming from my mouth, not my stomach, so I am trying to ignore them.

My workout was fun this morning with Shape Magazine. I did 45 minutes on the ET then some lower body lifting and abs. Christy and I also did a big walk around campus inbetween our classes and caught up on our talking :)

I’m off to do some Stats – ugh.

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1 LolaFunk April 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I just watched some of your videos for the first time and had never thought of the fact that you have an accent! haha


2 Elizabeth April 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm

How do you make your balsamic maple dressing? That sounds fabulous!


3 Kristin April 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Hi Kath! Do you eat the furry part of the kiwi?! I thought you had to cut that off.


4 VeggieGirl April 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

You DEFINITELY get an “E” for effort!! :0D

Mmm, your lunch looks fabulous – indulge your cravings!!

I love the workouts in Shape magazine – they’re well-planned and fun!!

Try to have fun with stats – see you for dinner! :0)


5 rachel k April 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I have a question for EVERYONE (well, everyone who wants to answer the question)….
…What do y’all “do”? Are you in school? Work? What type of work?

My reason for asking is somewhat selfish–I am brainstorming about different career possibilities. Plus, I think it’s fun to hear about different professions!


6 Stephanie April 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm

rachel-i am a special ed teacher-i teach little ones with autism


7 the husband April 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Yum… kiwi fur… It’s kinda tart, and the texture isn’t bothersome like you’d think.


8 Clara April 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Rachel K – I’m a senior in high school, with plans to take the following year off – and then do 2 years in a community college following a transfer plan that will allow me to transfer to a university for my junior/senior years. I’m thinking Northwestern (I live in Chicago) and a major in journalism/communications. :)

Mmm, nut butter sandwiches, soo delicious Kath! your lunch today looks particularly appealing to me. and i know what you mean with the whole “mouth-hunger” thing.. ugh. Could be PMS and also some sort of dissatisfaction with the activities of the day, I’ve found. Good luck pulling through it + your stats!


9 Shirl April 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm

kiwi skin is hard on you liver. same with cucs.


10 Kiala April 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I am a righter.



11 BethT April 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I am convinced I have a tapeworm, as I too am insatiable today :( But mine is tummy-growling hunger! No idea why as I’m eating healthy, filling foods….must be something in the air!


12 Kat's Veggie Life April 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm


I work as a Development Coordinator (which I should be doing right now, but part of my job is tracking budgets which gets to be a little much so break time!). Basically I work in a department which prepares the plans and layouts of housing developments before they go to construction. Coordinating with various people in development and building at the city and working with architects and all other consultants to develop building/townhome layouts. Since we primarily deal with Strata/Condominium Developments I also prepare the disclosure statements for each development that I work on. It is actually quite interesting no matter what position you have in the housing industry because the market is still so strong (well in Vancouver at least – I have no idea about all cities). I think the part I like most is working with the legal department to solve any issues that arise. I figured I would give you a full explanation because sometimes it is hard to tell what you are getting yourself into based on a job posting. I HAD NO IDEA what i was getting into!


13 Allison K. April 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Rachel K.
~Great last initial!
I am a Recreation Coordinator for a city in Idaho. I basically program and plan afterschool programs, day camps, and all sorts of recreational activities throughout the year.


14 BethT April 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Oh, and re: professions, I work as an admissions recruiter for a university!


15 Kat's Veggie Life April 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Shirl – just wondering where you read that kiwi and cuc skin is hard on your liver? that is an interesting comment and something that never would have occured to me. I actually stopped peeling kiwi and cuc out of laziness.



16 Molly April 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Management consultant (focus on process improvement) for a prominent government agency


17 SarahF April 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Rachel K.

I’m an accounting student, but right now I’m on a co-op work term (might be a Canadian thing- it’s through school so I’m considered a full time student, but I’m working full time for the next 8 months).
To get into the co-op program you have to apply, then once you’re accepted you have to take an extra class & seminar, and then you apply to jobs from companies who are willing to take on co-op students (and then obviously have an interview and all that process). I have the sweetest co-op position EVER because I’m working with a multi-billion dollar company and I travel through Canada and the States and help my company become compliant with the Sarbenes-Oxley Act (basically more strict rules of accounting). It’s super nerdy but I love it, and accounting


18 Sarah April 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm

I am a junior in college with a major of communication sciences and disorders to become a speech-language pathologist. It is 4 years undergrad + 2 years grad school. I love it and the field has SO many options if you like flexibility.


19 Nick April 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm

This macamedia-cashew butter sounds interesting, although I’m not a fan of either nut and cashews are my least favorite. Maybe I’ll make an almond/peanut butter hybrid, maybe I’ll enjoy it more than almond butter on its own.

The Peanut Butter Boy


20 Justy2003 April 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Rachel K-
Right now I work as a coordinator in a diagnostic genetics lab. I’m planning on starting graduate school for a genetic counseling program in the fall. It’s a 2 year graduate program to get a Master’s degree. If you have an interest in science but still want to work with people, it’s a great option! I’ve interviewed with a few schools and I’ve got one left…I find out where/if I’ll be going in May, so I’ll know soon! Do you have any ideas as to what field you want to go into?


21 Alisha April 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I’m a speech language pathologist at a private school specifically for students with learning differences like dyslexia and related processing disorders like ADHD, auditory processing disorders. As a speech therapist there I work with middle school students on all areas of their language processing that are weak areas for them: memory, comprehension, grammar and syntax, problem solving, pragmatics, and high-level language areas like figurative language, etc.

Very rewarding field and like Sarah said, very flexible.


22 Sonia April 15, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I am a Project Manager for a big Telecom firm in Dallas – we design and support cellular networks such a T-Mobile and Verizon.
Also I take care of my home since my husband is a Pilot and away a lot.
Oh and did I mention that I am also studying for an MBA in Finance.
Now all I need are some kids to complete the timesheet.

Kath, kudos to you for controlling your urges so well.


23 Courtney S April 15, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I get really bad PMS cravings, plus I’m physically more hungry the week before, too. It’s frustrating.

I’m a grad student getting a PhD in political science. It’s fun learning about what other people do!


24 CourtneyS April 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Oh, and I work at the Study Abroad office at school in my spare (haha) time.


25 Em April 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I work at a massage and bodywork college as the Dean of Students, meaning I do emotional and academic counseling, as well as disciplinary stuff and whatever else the students need. I acutally have a psych degree and no massage background at all, but it’s been so interesting to learn about the bodywork part of it. Plus free massages every week!

I also love hearing about what everyone else does. I just googled what it would take to become a speech pathologist – lots of school!


26 babycakes April 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm

awww Kath, you definitely get an E for effort! I hope you know how much we all appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog everyday! I don’t know how you do it with everything else on your plate! (haha, pun intended! 😉 ) Seriously though, I am so grateful for you and this blog. It gives me something to look forward to and smile about every day :)

As for your question Rachel, I am in graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. I’ll be getting my Masters in advanced practice nursing. I love it but it’s HARD work! I’m currently stressing over two major exams I have this week (and then finals and presentations) but it will all be worth it in the end. What kinds of careers are you interested in? Good luck with the process!


27 BC April 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Rachel K – I am a senior in college headed for law school in 2009! :)


28 BethT April 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Uh, Em, can I have your job? PLEASE?



29 Kelly T April 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Rachel- i am a certified personal trainer at a private studio. I am also a chronic complainer.

Dang every one is all professional and shiz.

I cant even notice your accent. i grew up on the east coast though, so people say i have one. I cant hear it.

kiwi skin is hard on your liver? Dang, why is everything i love bad for me


30 tvk April 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I am a Ph.D. student in English and American Literature. It’s definitely nice to hear about other professions, as it’s too easy to think that academia is all there is. The first comment about Kath’s accent b/c I just watched the mango video and noticed the same thing (and noticed that I hadn’t thought about it).


31 Jessie April 15, 2008 at 5:25 pm


I am a JR at the University of Nebraska getting my degree in dietetics, my long term goal it to work with meal planning in a hospital setting.

In the mean time i work for a life insurance company who pays for all my schooling (yes i know, its a wonderful set up i am very fortunate!)

I love this idea, i like learning about the other people who comment on here, great idea Rachel 😀


32 bikergurl April 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

LOL, yeah E for effort. Funny fact that you probably didn’t need to know: here there is no such thing as getting an F! In french the word for fail is “Echec”, so an E is in fact an F.

I guess that also answers Rachel K’s question too… I’m a student.

As for that feeling of wanting to stuff your face, I get that all the time, all month long! I’m always saying I love food too much, I never am too full to eat! I usually try gum or water/tea but ya know what? It’s just not the same :mrgreen:


33 Ally April 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I love Shape magazine! It’s the only magazine I actually use routines from!

And that macadamia-cashew butter sounds great!


34 rachel k April 15, 2008 at 5:43 pm

wow–so interesting to read about the wide array of skills/jobs represented here.

as for me–i am thinking about going to either an alternate-entry nursing program to become a Certified Nurse Midwife or Family Nurse Practitioner (I’m sure I could get some insight from babycakes!)

OR going to become an Occupational Therapist.

Right now I work in Public Health. I love the skills I have, but would like a job that: is flexible, lets me use my Spanish consistently, lets me work with children, and allows me to move around! I get bored very easily and like to be challenged.

I dont know if any of you can relate–I feel like I have 1,000,000 things I’d love to do, but I just cant decide where I want to make my niche.

Thanks for the feedback;) Have a good evening.


35 Sydney April 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm

For Rachel’s question:
I’m a junior music ed major with a minor in Philosophy…kinda random, I know.
As for my own question, does anyone know how to keep mushrooms fresh in the fridge? I love the things and usually end up finishing mine off before they get slimy/dried up but there are times they kinda just sit for a few days and then I have to throw them out. Can they be frozen? Thanks!

And Kath, love the blog :)


36 Suzanne April 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm


Definitely an E for Effort! The things you do for us! We all love ya for it. :)
I had a similiar lunch today – PB and J on honey flax bread.
I just got my SHAPE mag yesterday and read it on the train ride home today!
Looking forward to seeing your dinner later!


hahaha…kiwi fur! That made me laugh. That’s a perfect description. :)


I’m a graphic designer for a publishing company, and I design book covers for culinary and hospitality books. These include: food, wine, chef, party, etc. books. I went to art school in NYC (after a year at a university). It’s a lot of fun!

Have you narrowed your possible career choices to a few options?


37 emily April 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

to jump into the job conversation late…
I’m a first year ELA teacher (and I do some waitressing as well), but I’m thinking about going into nursing or nutrition – which I guess is part of why I’m on this site all the time!


38 Tina O. April 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I own a real estate title insurance company. Most people don’t know that we exist or what we do. But we are a very important part of the real estate process.
When you sign your papers to buy, refinance or sell your house, its usually the title company that prepares your docs and ‘signs’ you. We insure your home to make sure you actually own it and there are no problems with your title.
There’s lots of problem solving which I enjoy, but we work with lots of loan officers and realtors that treat us like garbage most of the time. Oh and we make the least amount of money in the whole transaction and usually do more work. So if that isn’t a glowing endorsement, I don’t know what is! haha.


39 Anne April 15, 2008 at 6:09 pm

“Funny fact that you probably didn’t need to know: here there is no such thing as getting an F! In french the word for fail is “Echec”, so an E is in fact an F.”

what part of Canada are you from? here in Ottawa, even in french, an F is an F, and an E means you have to re-take your exam :S

speaking of exams – I’m a law student, about to write my bar exams! and then go work for a big law firm as an articling student.


40 Lesli April 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Rachel K (and everyone else!),
I am currently starting a second term as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. I just finished a year of service at my old school, where I double majored in Poli Sci and Criminal Justice, and am about to start a second year of service with the department of tourism.

Shape is the only magazine I use routines out of too! Have you tried the abs/pilates routine from like two months ago? I have been doing it twice a week and I swear I have abs for the first time lol.


41 mel April 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm

hey guys! I am a senior at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 3 weeks (aww…) with a BA in broadcast journalism and a minor in sociology but I’m hoping to get into law school for the fall! yeah


42 M April 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I am an attorney.

*ducks, covers*


43 brit April 15, 2008 at 6:39 pm

what a fun conversation! i will be graduating from college in may with a history and English double major and Spanish minor…..i will be going to graduate school in the fall for history….and hope to eventually be a history professor!

for the time being, however, i have a part-time job as a nanny (best job ever!) and a store at the mall


44 Emily April 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

I’m a health educator for a corporate health and wellness company. BS in Public and Community Health and I’m going to be getting my MPH soon


45 elizabeth April 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm

kath and readers:

what do you think of the “better n peanut butter” brand. it has 1/2 the calories of real peanut butter but weird ingredients.

i haven’t bought it yet, but I was thinking about it.

any thoughts?


46 DmL April 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I am also a speech-language pathologist! I work with preschool students w/disabilities, a significant amount of those have autism.

Rachel…if you have any interest in speech therapy, the jobs are plentiful and you would certainly be in high-demand, as bilingual speech therapists are desirable and hard to come by! The job is extremely flexible (full-time, part-time, per diem, really whatever you want people will hire you for!) Good luck!


47 Mom April 15, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Love the career talk. I am a writer and I also teach classes in children’s lit. Kath’s dad is an electrical engineer who designs integrated circuits. Our cat, Lilly, is a sleep expert. When Kath was little she talked about being an interior designer, an architect, and a meteorologist. She always liked dance and fitness, but NEVER showed any interest in cooking or doing the dishes!


48 Jennachica April 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Rachel – I’m a federal government employee.

Kath – it must be something in the water! I had to stay home sick today (ugh – the flu), and I literally cannot stop eating! It’s like my stomach is never full or satisfied, which is very odd considering a) I’m sick and b) didnt work out today, which usually means I’m not as hungry! Hmm….lets just blame it on PMS!


49 Alex April 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I’m a law student.

What’s your area of practice? Do you like it?

I actually just bought the Better ‘n Peanut Butter… I was also hesitant because of the ingredients, but it was on sale, so I figured I’d try it. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend it. It has a funny taste plain… I suppose you could use it in recipes or something, but since it doesn’t really taste like PB and I questioned some of the ingredients, I think I will stick with the real stuff in the future.


50 M April 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Civil litigation, mostly defense.

Loves it!


51 Betsy in Pittsburgh April 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Ah! I’m late on the chat! I was out getting gelato because I too have had cravings all day…

As for my “profession,” I have a BA in Photography but currently work a desk job at an arts center (blah)… I plan to get a masters in Photojournalism, or Fine Art Photography. Kath, you’re not the only one who carries a camera with you 24/7!


52 Becky April 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Hahaha…Mom’s was funny!

I am the Associate Director of Planned and Special Gifts at a non-profit organization. I just started a few months ago, but I’ve been with the organization since I graduated(in 2004, with a degree in health education…that I don’t use, except for my own personal use!)


53 Nick April 15, 2008 at 7:23 pm

To be honest, the healthy part of peanut butter is the fat….and of course the fiber and protein. But the fat is what makes it healthy. Reduced fat peanut butter is LESS healthy because in order to decrease the fat, they just increase the carbs! Peanut butter contains good healthy fats that in addition to a low fat diet actually help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.

The Peanut Butter Boy


54 Kath April 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Wow, I really enjoyed reading all of your responses about your careers! What a talented and smart bunch!!

Elizabeth ,
The dressing is 2 tsp balsamic, 1 tsp maple syrup, and 1 tsp Guilden’s zesty mustard (or any dijon mustard) plus S+P. It’s a great balance of sweet/acidic.

Kristin ,
I eat it – I’m too lazy to peel it.

elizabeth ,
I’ve never tried Better n’ Peanut Butter but something tells me it wouldn’t taste as good. While all natural (so it claims), you’re right that the ingredient list is rather lengthy. ( And I agree with PBB that the fat is what I like about it – it keeps me satisfied longer.

Mom ,
That’s because I had a great cook to cook FOR me back then! Mmmm….herb chicken.



55 rachel k April 15, 2008 at 7:38 pm

haha cute comment by kath’s mom. i love hearing what kids dream about being when they grow up


56 Carrie April 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I am a first grade teacher. I love my job and couldn’t think of anything more rewarding and challenging at the same time. I teach at a school where almost 70% of the kiddos live in poverty.


57 Bridget April 15, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I’m so late in the conversation- but it’s really fun to hear what everyone does! I am a procurement agent for an aerospace company…a.k.a. I buy stuff that goes on airplanes.


58 Phoebe April 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm

These are all SUCH interesting careers. I am so impressed! As for myself, I’m a college student and a Slavic Languages and Literatures major. After I graduate I’m planning to go to a master’s degree program, possibly do the Peace Corps and then become a diplomat. (a big goal I know . . .)


59 Twinks April 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm

WOW! Such an array of professions!
Twinks —–> pilates instructor, student, waitress

Elizabeth – Better n peanut butter is nasty, and expensive. I say, just have the real stuff, albeit in moderation (so hard with PB!)


60 Kelsey April 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm

I know I am way late on the profession conversation but I am a junior communication major with a triple minor in public relations, event planning, and spanish (seriously, who has 3 minors?)

Kath, I think I read that you worked at a PR firm. What did you think? What made you work there and what made you change your career path? I’m not so sure I’d like to work at a “firm” because it seems a little stuffy, but I’d love to know your insights!


61 babycakes April 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Rachel K,

oh my gosh, I didn’t realize you were considering becoming a nurse practitioner! I would LOVE to talk with you more about it and answer any questions you might have. I really do love the program I’m in (as hard as it is – and it’s really hard!) As I’m sure you know, this is a fantastic career in so many ways. Let me know if you ever want to “chat” (exchange e-mail etc.)

Good luck with everything! :)


62 Jill April 16, 2008 at 1:12 am

These were my favorite comments to read!

I’m a student and make spare money by house/dog sitting and as a camp counselor in the summer.

Kath, why do I keep following you in the weather?! NC and SLC are connected, I swear! (Only you have better restaurants!)


63 Kath April 16, 2008 at 4:26 am

Kelsey ,
I’m not the best person to ask about PR firms because it obviously wasn’t my cup of tea. I didn’t like corporate America very much – being at the beck and call of clients wasn’t my idea of a meaningful job. BUT others at my company LOVED it, so it just depends on your personality and interests.



64 beth April 16, 2008 at 7:27 am

We made some garlic chicken last night. YUMMY! We put gralic under the skin of the chicken, then baked it. It was SO juicy! Of course I did not eat the skin, but we leave it on whille cooking to keep in all the juicy.


65 Laura April 16, 2008 at 8:23 am

Also late, but I’m an erosion control inspector for Georgia


66 Ange C. April 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

Regarding the Better N Peanut Butter convo, I have bought and tried it and it was DISGUSTING to say the least. Really weird taste and even weirder after taste. I ended up trying it maybe twice to give it a chance then ditched the entire jar. What a waste. Don’t fall for it…it is nothing like the real thing!


67 Jade April 17, 2008 at 1:12 pm

i work in IT/operations/databases for an electric utility.


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