Can’t Stop Smiling!!

July 1, 2010

I had a wonderful going away surprise – lemon drop cupcakes!! Had to have one after lunch. They were topped with lemon cool whip icing and might have been the best cupcake I’ve had all year!! Thanks to Emily, RD for making them :)


At 3:00 I was seeing my final patients

at 3:45 I was writing my last notes

At 4:00 I was packing up my bags

And then it just ….ended!!

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I felt like a ba-jillion pounds had been lifted off my shoulders.

And guess what!? I can breathe again :mrgreen:

Silly me decided to go on a 6-month stress relief run in my new neighborhood. For some reason running is SO relieving to me. I think because I can challenge my self to run FAST.

Too fast!!

Mile 1 = 8:02

Mile 2 = 7:47 (!!)

and then I ran out of hydration. Never again will I run in the summer without my camelbak!! I felt hydrated enough to head out but 4.5 miles later…and some walking…I was totally zonked.

Mile 3 = 8:45

Mile 4 = 10-something

Still was a great, stress relieving run!!

More frolicking ensued

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I couldn’t stop smiling!!!

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My personal sommelier brought out some wine – a special one – Franciscan – the first winery we went to on our honeymoon!!

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My, my was it delicious!

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Karen got me a present!!!!!! I told her how much I love Quaker Oatmeal Squares the other day and she went and got a box from the grocery store as a ‘graduation’ present (even though I don’t really have a graduation). Thanks Karen!!

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My special dinner request was Bison Burgers!! On Great Harvest Dakota Buns!

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Karen made sun-dried tomato pesto to go on top. (2 jars of sun-dried tomatoes in oil, undrained, 4 big cloves garlic, 2 big handfuls basil, ~1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup walnuts – all whirred together in a food processor)

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Matt poured me more wine at dinner, but I didn’t finish it – needed water!

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Karen’s other present? A Blackberry + Peach Cobbler!!

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Served with vanilla bean gelato – the real deal!

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Nothin’ like hot cobbler with vanilla bean…

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Off to CHILLAX!!

Busy day tomorrow. In a totally fun way. Filled with pedicures, haircuts, Target trips, yoga and friends!!

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1 [email protected] July 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

What a great day! Congrats! I love the celebratory pictures. That is exactly how I looked when I passed my my thesis defense!


2 Evan Thomas July 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Congratulations, Kath!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Congrats Kath! You have worked so hard and deserve to celebrate!


4 [email protected]:// July 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Congratulations keep breathing. So happy for you and what a great day you have planned tomorrow. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

That is such an awesome and simple pesto that Karen made. So jealous of the peach cobbler, maybe you should never move. She seems to know you perfectly and takes such good care of you guys.


5 Stacey July 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

How great you must feel. I love that elated feeling that comes with such a great accomplishment. Congratulations! You definitely deserve a relaxing vacatoon now :) enjoy it!!


6 Kathy W. July 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Congratulations!!! It’s over!! Have fun on the beach!


7 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Woohoo! Congratulations. I’m glad you got to celebrate with a great run and eats.


8 Kathi July 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Congratulations!! You deserve to celebrate!


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

CONGRATSSSSSSSSSS, Kath, RD!!!!!!! Oatmeal squares are the bomb. They don’t stand a in this house–gobbled down in minutes :) Have a great relaxing day tomorrow.


10 Teacherwoman July 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Congrast girl! I can’t even imagine how great you must feel! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a run!


11 Sarah R July 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

EEEE!!! Congrats! Loved all of the frolicking photos :) The beach is not too far away now!


12 Lauren @ eater not a runner July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Congrats! That is so awesome!!


13 Jen July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Kath – Congratulations on finishing your internship! Awesome!!! I’m the same way – happy or sad a run is the way I let go. You rocked it! Have fun at the beach next week!


14 Lisa July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Yay! So happy for you – what a relief to be finished and not feel like you always have school hanging over you. Have a fun day tomorrow.


15 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :D:D We’re all so proud of you!


16 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers July 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

What a great day! Congrats on being done!!!!! Wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

P.S. I heart lemon cupcakes :-)


17 Mary Frances July 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Y O U d i d i t ! ! ! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! Enjoy the BEACH ! ! !


18 Sara @ July 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Congratulations!! I can imagine how light you must feel with all of that stress lifted off of your shoulders!


19 Colleen July 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Congratulations, Kath! Enjoy your fun day tomorrow.


20 Cara July 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

What an achievement!
You deserve this celebration and many more.
Way to go :)


21 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

So glad to hear you love Franciscan! I work for Constellation wines, which owns Franciscan, among others… If you ever head back to Napa, shoot me an email, I’d be happy to set you and Matt up with a private tour of the vineyards and winery.


22 Kath July 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Definitely!!!! We loved it there!


23 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Ah, the joy of completing such a monumental task! I am living vicariously through you and not just because you get a pedicure and trip to Target tomorrow :)


24 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Congratulations Kath! I am so happy for you! What a relief!!! Enjoy your time now…I know you will.


25 [email protected]'s Going The Distance July 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Woohoo, congrats, girl!!! Looks like you had a great time celebrating after :)


26 Angela (ohsheglows) July 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Whohoo!!! Congrats to you…time to live it up!
You reminded me of how I felt after graduating. Best feeling in the world.


27 Angela (ohsheglows) July 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm

PS- I will never leave my camelbak at home either…even for short runs I bring it and it makes a huge difference…even on just 2-3 milers. It’s amazinghow much you drink when it is THERE vs. not thinking you need to bring any.


28 Kaz July 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Congrats, Kath! You rock! 😀


29 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm

yay yay yay!
Sending you lots and lots of CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!


30 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Congrats!!!!!! I love the quaker oatmeal present, that’s so cute! I love that cereal..I think it’s best without milk!


31 Shannon, Tropical Eats July 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm

WOOOOOOOT Major congrats! Keep smilin with those pearly whites!


32 Jenny July 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Congrats on being done! Glad you’ll get to relax!


33 Mastering Public Health July 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Sorry, but your degree has been “revoked” because that first picture was taken on the job. 😉 Just kidding! 😛 Congratulations!


34 Kath July 2, 2010 at 4:58 am

Don’t scare me like that!!


35 Callie July 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! :)
You should be so happy.


36 Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

congrats! i need to accomplish something major… then maybe i can run as fast as you!


37 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) July 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

GO YOU!!! That brand of Gelato looks REALLY great. I recently made a blueberry-peach cobbler from Cooking Light. It’s on my site. Maybe it’s the same recipe?


38 Laurel July 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Yay Kath! You look absolutely THRILLED to be done. What a relief, eh? Congrats to you!


39 Hannah July 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Tahitian Vanilla Bean…..yummmm!


40 Kori July 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Congratulations, Kath!! You are AWESOME!! Now you can definitely enjoy your holiday, fun-filled weekend. :)


41 Kim July 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Congrats! Why aren’t you getting a graduation ceremony? My internship had a nice one, that’s such a bummer–after all that hard work you deserve one!


42 Kath July 2, 2010 at 4:58 am

Not sure why. Perhaps because I didn’t get a degree – just a certificate of sorts?


43 Elizabeth July 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Yeah we finished ours with a 3 week staff experience, then a week of exit interviews, portfolio displays and a nice graduation. And ours wasn’t a degree program. But it certainly wasn’t 6 months either – can’t imagine squeezing it all into such a short amount of time!


44 Eileen July 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm


And what a nice family. Your celebratory dinner looks delicious!


45 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Ahh – happy you’re happy!!


46 Sara July 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Congratulations!! Your day tomorrow sounds like my own personal Heaven!! Enjoy yourself 😀


47 Krystina July 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Congrats, girl!


48 Lara (Thinspired) July 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm



49 Amy H July 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Congrats, girl!!! This post makes me feel relaxed and happy. As a law student, I know that relieved feeling all too well after every semester is over. Soooo happy for you!!


50 Camille July 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Congrats Kath!
You are such an inspiration!


51 [email protected] July 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Congrats!! So happy for you.


52 Liz July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Congrats Kath=)


53 Alicia @culinarybliss July 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I had a run like that earlier this week. Nothin’ like it to make you feel like a superhero AND remind you that you’re totally human all at once :)
So glad to see you moving on to the next phase! It’s an inspiration for me <3


54 Kellie July 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy your day off tomorrow. I have never had gelato, but I think that is going to have to be on my list for this weekend. It looks really creamy.


55 Hannah July 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! And what better way to celebrate than with ice cream and cobbler and yoru own sommelier? Brilliant fun times!


56 Andrea of Care to Eat July 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Gosh, I’ve been reading your blog forever – even I can’t believe you’re done! Congratulations – your are definitely a testament to hard work!


57 caronae July 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Yippee! Congrats. :)

Oh and the Talenti stuff is AWESOME. I love the coconut gelato and raspberry sorbet.


58 Meg July 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Chillax your heart out Kath! I am so incredibly HAPPY FOR YOU!! :) You are such strong, motivated, BEAUTIFUL woman inside and out. You encourage and inspire me every single day. Thank you so much! You deserve everything that life gives you and more! Enjoy your evening and your FREEEEEDOM!


59 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

yay kath! smile away!
now…can we get that cobbler recipe?!?


60 Amber K July 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Congratulations!!! Enjoy your chillaxin’


61 Kelli July 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months now but I am so proud of you!! Enjoy some relaxation now. I always talk to my boyfriend about you like we’re great friends. I really enjoy your blog. : )


62 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Congrats again! Sounds like you have a FAB Friday planned! Another pedi – fun!


63 Edible Amy July 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Congratulations Kath, you did it! Enjoy your day of fun tomorrow with no lunch boxes to pack yippee! :)


64 maxinthegym July 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Congratulations! Hope you have a spectacular day tomorrow!


65 Gina G July 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Congrats Kath!!! 😀


66 Ashley July 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm



67 Tammy July 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Congrats!! Yay – enjoy summer now :) Can you post the recipe for that cobbler?? It looks SO YUMMY!! Lucky you.


68 Jenny July 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

Yayyy! Congratulations! Awesome job on finishing!! 😀
Enjoy the freedom that you definitely deserve!

And lastly, thanks for always being such an amazing inspiration to all of us :)


69 Leng July 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

so Happy!


70 Artemis @ t.a.p.e.s.t.r.y July 2, 2010 at 12:20 am

G o o oo o o o Kathhhhh! (imagine this shouted by a cheerleading squad – pom pom’s & all!)

You worked so hard for this – CONGRATS!


71 Wei-Wei July 2, 2010 at 12:25 am

Congratulations! That is so awesome – you’re an RD now! XDDD Your pictures make me smile and so happy inside – it’s a great, warm, fuzzy feeling to see someone else succeed. You’ve worked hard! You deserve all of it :)



72 jassy July 2, 2010 at 1:25 am

i hope you’re enjoying today :)


73 Marina July 2, 2010 at 1:57 am

Congratulations!!! It’s so wonderful to see you happy like this!


74 Kerri July 2, 2010 at 2:04 am

That cobbler looks amazing. What a celebration. Love the smiles.


75 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 2, 2010 at 2:14 am

Awwh CONGRATULATIONS!! I totally know the relief you feel – I felt it this yearwhen my exams were finished, after the most stressful, horrible 3months of my life!
HOORAY for freedom 😀


76 Kath July 2, 2010 at 4:57 am



77 Kath July 2, 2010 at 4:59 am

Too worn out and busy to type up cobbler recipe. It was good, but it was just a standard one. You could go to Better Homes + Gardens or Real Simple and probably find one just as good! We all agreed it would have been better with oats in the topping :)


78 alexe @ soyaetchocolat July 2, 2010 at 5:34 am

Congratulations Kath! I’ve been following your blog for almost a year now and I’m glad to see you so happy and relaxed after all that hard work! Enjoy your vacation, you deserve it!


79 JL Goes Vegan July 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

Congratulations! Franciscan wine…LOVE…perfect way to toast a major accomplishment!


80 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

Congrats, Kath!!! 😀

Have fun this weekend, you certainly deserve it!!



81 C July 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

congratulations on all of your accomplishments!!! You have an exciting road ahead of you!


82 beth grossman July 2, 2010 at 6:24 am

You have worked so hard, you should be proud!! and you are an inspiration with your meals…it’s hard to do!
from one RD to a soon to be ‘nother RD!!


83 Little Bookworm July 2, 2010 at 6:33 am

Congratulations on finishing your internship! 😀


84 Amy July 2, 2010 at 6:37 am

Congrats, Kath!!!!!


85 Simply Life July 2, 2010 at 6:43 am



86 Katherine July 2, 2010 at 6:43 am

I LOVE THE JOY and the HAPPINESS in your posts. they just lift my own heart and spirit. thank you for sharing; your blog is a must-read. I love your honesty, and the wine server isn’t bad looking himself


87 Renee July 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

Way to go! I’ve been following along the whole way.


88 Lee July 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

Congrats Kath!


89 Carolyn @ lovinlosing July 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

That cobbler with ice cream is making my mouth water at 8AM!


90 Erin July 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

These are such joyful pictures! I want that cupcake, too! 😀


91 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 2, 2010 at 7:22 am

Congratulations, Kath! I LOVE your pictures – they had me cracking me! :)
And aren’t those Quaker Oatmeal Squares the BEST?!? I swear I could eat them every day, possibly at every meal!
Have a GREAT day today!


92 Jen July 2, 2010 at 7:30 am

Congrats Kath! So happy for you :) Great job on the speedy run too!


93 Becky July 2, 2010 at 7:40 am

Great job on finishing that internship! Five years ago I finished mine. It was the most grueling 9 months ever w/full time hours and grad courses on top of it. Good luck on the exam! Your celebration dinner looks so good. Have a great day off you deserve it!


94 Sarah July 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

Congratulations on finishing!!


95 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 2, 2010 at 7:54 am


I’m just *beginning* my internship in August, and I can just imagine how wonderful it must feel for you to be completely FINISHED. Live it up and enjoy it, Kath! 😀


96 Nancy F July 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

YEAHHHHHH FOR KATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sending you 26 congratulations wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


97 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

CONGRATS! Bison burgers sounds like an ideal way to celebrate! Can’t wait to read about your adventures moving forward from here.

Enjoy your celebratory 4th of July weekend! :)


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99 Marissa July 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

There is no better dessert than ice cream with peach cobbler! Congrats on being done!! Such a relief!


100 Lindsay July 2, 2010 at 8:10 am



101 ashlee July 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

congrats, kath! i’m so happy for you, you’ve clearly worked so hard for this and it’s great to see you smile so big!


102 Jill E. July 2, 2010 at 8:14 am



103 Jen July 2, 2010 at 8:17 am

Congratulations!! Have a great week at the beach – you deserve it!


104 Lori July 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

Congrats!! Love your smile.


105 Anne P July 2, 2010 at 8:34 am


I am SO jealous. And so proud of you! Can’t wait til that’s me in 2.5 years :)



106 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

You’re speaking to my heart there, Kath. Bison burgers, blackberry-peach cobbler, and talenti gelato. I heart gelato with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.

The sundried tomato pesto sounds pretty good! Going to have to try that!



107 Sami July 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

YAY!!!!!! Way to go, stunner! :) So proud. I’ve just decided to start back to school and am looking forward to a similar feeling when finished! It’ll be tough, but I’ve finally worked up enough nerve to register for classes again! Hehe.


108 Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit July 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

Congrats lady! That’s awesome! I love your celebratory pictures and how you went for a run to relieve stress!


109 Brittney July 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

Congratulations Kath!! Nice work and I know you’re happy to be done :) That sun dried tomato pesto looks awesome! I have a huge jar of sun dried tomatoes and will be trying that soon!


110 Andrea July 2, 2010 at 9:15 am



111 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

You look so happy – congrats!!


112 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

Congratulations! Enjoy your day of relaxation and pampering today. You deserve it! :)


113 Melissa @ HerGreenLifeme July 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

Congrats! Going-back-to-school stories are so inspiring. I gave up on the RD thing when I found out how much time it would add to my MPH, but I often wonder if that was a mistake. We’ll see — I guess it’s never too later to make a change!


114 Amanda @ WannaBe Chef July 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

Congrats on completing your internship! Even though mine was 3 or 4 years ago, I will never forget the feeling of that last day either! Now all that’s left is the exam which I’m sure you will pass with flying colors! Congrats again, and let the celebrations continue :-)


115 denise July 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Congratulations! This is so exciting!! Keep smiling!


116 lisa July 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Congratulations, I am so happy for you. Enjoy your day of relaxation!!


117 Emily @ Beyond The TextBook July 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I LOVE Quaker Oatmeal Squares!! soo yummy!

PS – Congrats!!!! FEEL PROUD! :)


118 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Congrats! I remember feeling EXACTLY the same when I finally graduated in 2008 :) it’s definitely worth the work if in the end you have your dreamjob!


119 Jess July 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

That is just wonderful! Very happy for you and looking forward to watching and hearing about your future adventures!


120 Katie Vincent April 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

This is just great to hear and I am glad for u…Congrats. Way to celebrate lady !


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