Executive Decision

September 26, 2008

I’m skipping class!! But I have a few good reasons:

1) The major gas shortage here. I’m not quite low yet, but an hour of driving saved is a lot.

2) The hurricane outside. We’ve been having a lot of wind, but I had no idea it was a leftover hurricane bringing this nasty weather!

3) My busy weekend. I could really use this time to study.

4) I feel comfortable with the material we learned in Orgo on Wednesday and think we’re just wrapping up the chapter today.

I celebrated being home, cozy and dry indoors with a second cup of coffee!


Backing up…..

Another reason I’m happy: I conquered an hour of exercise already today too!! Getting up at 5am was easy, as it always is on Fridays, and I went to cycle class (had to drive there and back due to rain + wind). I didn’t decide to stay home until after breakfast, so I’m glad I got my workout complete and have the whole day ahead of me.

For breakfast I planned a yogurt mixture because the husband had to leave early and we only have 2 bananas left – and a bunch of reasons! It was delicious, but I didn’t realize until after the fact that I forgot to add the chopped apple I was planning!!


In the bowl:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries
  • 1/4 cup GoLean Crunch
  • Flax
  • Walnuts
  • Butter Toffee PB
  • Drizzle maple syrup
  • Pumpkin pie spice


I forgot to give a review of the Butter Toffee PB yesterday. It’s really good! It tastes very much like fresh peanuts with a just a slight twinge of butter/toffee flavor. Not too artificial or overpowering. It also has flax and hemp seeds in it, which give it a really good texture – not too runny. Lastly, it has a slight grittiness to it that I LOVE. Can’t wait to eat more already!

I also had a milky chandelier flavored coffee (can you see why? :mrgreen: )



Off to git ‘er done before my sister arrives around 12:30 and I head to the airport to pick her up.

Happy Friday – stay clear of hurricanes!

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1 Nicole September 26, 2008 at 7:25 am

Happy Friday! It’s so great to have a day off 😀


2 Sylvie September 26, 2008 at 7:26 am

Hi Kath,

I have a non-nutritional question for you. I’m getting married this May, and my fiance and I are about to start registering for gifts. What would you absolutely recommend that we register for? I already have many of the kitchen basics– cuisinart, blender, kitchen-aid mixer, bread machine.

Did you and the husband register for fine china? I really want to, but my fiance thinks it might be a waste.

Please, others chime in on this as well!! Thanks!


3 Kath September 26, 2008 at 7:34 am

Sylvie ,
We also had most of our everyday kitchen stuff already, but it was all pretty inexpensive stuff I got from Linens + Things when we got our first apt. I took the registry opportunity to register at places where I can’t always to shop on a regular basis: Pottery Barn, Crate + Barrel and Williams Sonoma. All three had items in a range of prices (WS + C&B have lots of $20 items) and I LOVED the gifts we received. I would recommend skipping places like Bed Bath and Beyond and Target because you can probably afford stuff there yourself with coupons over the years and use the wedding as a chance to acquire some times you might not normally buy. For us it was nicer baking dishes, serving platters + bowls, decor like small lamps, and sheets and towels and stuff. As for china, we love our square white plates and also thought it was kind of a waste since it’s so expensive (plus I know some fancy stuff is coming from mom and grandma in the upcoming years). We did register for flatware at Pottery Barn since our flatware was very cheap. So I’d skip china unless you feel really strongly about it – if so, now’s your time!



4 Christie i. September 26, 2008 at 7:35 am

Good for you for deciding to stay home. We have some of the hurricane remnents here too.


5 Megan September 26, 2008 at 7:37 am

Love the chandelier coffee!

I bet I would love that PB because I love when PB has grittiness. I love that it has flax and hemp seeds.

Stay safe in the weather!


6 Alex September 26, 2008 at 7:41 am

I saw the new pb was “no stir”. All the “no stir” ones I have seen are loaded with extras to achieve that. Usually extra oils like palm oil. Is that the case with this one too?


7 VeggieGirl September 26, 2008 at 7:44 am

Enjoy the day off!!! :-)


8 Kath September 26, 2008 at 7:45 am

Alex ,
Yes, this is no stir and has palm oil and sugar. But I don’t think “loaded” is really accurate. The sugar grams go from 2g in my “peanuts, salt” version to 5g per 2 tbsp serving in this one, which is really quite low, and Nick actually emailed the company who reported there is only a 1/2 tsp of palm oil in the entire jar. Like I’ve said before, I eat PB is such a small portion that I’m probably eating 1 gram of added sugar and a tiny fraction of palm oil. So it’s not something I’m concerned about, especially since both sugar and palm oil are natural foods (trans-fat might be a different story).



9 rhodeygirl September 26, 2008 at 7:48 am

Sylvie- I def agree with what Kath said, and to add to it.. If you really love a specific set of fine china I say go for it, this is the time to do so. I did not register for fine china because my mom had lots of beautiful sets and I am taking one with me when I move to Philly. They match our regular dinnerware so we could mix and match (i.e. use the less fancy serving stuff with the nicer plates) and it has sentimental meaning to it.

I say register for lots of “pretty” stuff that you normally wouldn’t spend the money on yourself, as well as some practical things

“pretty” stuff: vases, picture frames, trays, pretty water pitcher, decorative pieces, a really fancy salt and pepper shaker set for when company is over, cake and knife set etc. people WANT to buy you this stuff

practical things: hand blender (a must must must), towels, nice sheets, etc.

good luck and congratulations!!!!


10 Erin September 26, 2008 at 8:01 am

Did you just say git’r done? :)
Have fun getting caught up and stay safe!


11 mh September 26, 2008 at 8:08 am

I’m also getting married next summer and my fiance wants to register at home depot and other “man” places as well as my choices (Willams and S, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Macys)…help! haha! Kath what did you and others do to comprise and keep the hubby happy? haha! I know we both for sure want a nice grill, so that’s a start! thanks!!


12 Sylvie September 26, 2008 at 8:18 am

mh- I feel your pain; my fiance, who has trouble assembling the most basic stuff from Target, has decided that we need to register for all these big tools, like a big electric drill, etc. I’m like, We do NOT need that stuff…but I guess it kind of goes both ways :-)


13 Charlie Hills September 26, 2008 at 8:24 am

Oh, man, I was just thinking it would be a great day to take off… then this.

btw, I like the photo of your dining room light. :)


14 Teddy September 26, 2008 at 8:36 am

a hurricane is a perfect reason to not go to school. I live in Austin and 2 weeks ago when Ike was here we were told to take a half day on friday to prepare ourselves.



15 WendyF September 26, 2008 at 8:49 am

Happy Friday.

We sure could use some rain over here in Cali. I am ready for some fall like weather.

I think that tea you had a EarthFare is also sold at Cost Plus World Market. Not sure if there is one in your area. I just bought the Pumpkin Spice non-caffinated one.

Have a great time with your sister.


16 Meghann September 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

You listed the perfect excuses to stay home from school. Maybe I should borrow some and leave work early. :)


17 bobbi September 26, 2008 at 9:02 am

man that pumpkin oatmeal is something I just got to try!


18 Danielle September 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

Happy Friday! Sounds like a super sweet breakfast… maybe too candy-like for me, I’ve never been a fan but I’m so glad you enjoyed it! The flavor combination sounds intense! Enjoy your skip day, everyone deserves a break and knowing you you were probably past that point, you’re such a motivated person :)


19 Twinks September 26, 2008 at 9:31 am

thanks for the pb review…hope your weather behaves! i posted about protein on my site, and I feel like you might want to argue some points, I’d be interested to hear you weigh in if you’ve got time!


20 KatieTX September 26, 2008 at 9:41 am

Sorry to be technical but I am a meteorology major and I have to tell you it is in only a tropical disturbance impacting the Carolinas. I know it seems intense but an actual hurricane would be 100 times crazier. Winds should only get up to around 30 mph for you. There is tropical storm Kyle off the coast but that is heading toward the Northeast. I know people use the term hurricane loosely but just so people don’t think there is going to be disastrous results like Ike…just rain and wind from a low pressure. Meteorology lesson for the day! A great reason to skip class though!


21 Biz September 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

Kath, you are so far ahead of the game, I wouldn’t worry about missing one class!

Hope your sisters flight isn’t delayed because of the weather!


22 Andrea September 26, 2008 at 10:17 am

didnt you finish work thats due in NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!???????????? i’d skip class until then! haha jkk but you’re fine! i love how you outlined your thought process… that’s the way to go :)


23 Kath September 26, 2008 at 10:21 am

mh ,
No compromise necessary – he’s pretty agreeable 😀

Twinks ,
I’ll go take a look.

KatieTX ,
Of course I know it’s not a real hurricane – that’s my extreme sarcasm of the annoyance of the rain!!! I’ve lived through many a’hurricane being from the Carolinas :)



24 Rachel September 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

That PB sounds awesome.

…you just said “git er done” ….I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.


25 Kim September 26, 2008 at 10:31 am

Good luck with both the gas and the weather situation.

I just survived Hurricane Ike and can very well relate to both!

Gas is more accessible now, but I am on day 14 with no power. Good news is that I still have my home, and my family and friends all do too :)


26 HangryPants September 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

Probably the best decision. The hurricane weather is already starting to come up here. Better to be safe!


27 Katelyn September 26, 2008 at 10:55 am

My husband registered at HD and Sears for “man” things, and my Dad actually threw him a “Man Gatherng”, it was *tons* of fun! If anyone registers at Sears, as a warning, we had a really hard time getting the registry to work correctly. We ended up with duplicates and tripplets of items because the registry never updated.


28 jenner September 26, 2008 at 11:08 am

haha i love that the weather was reason enough to skip class… but not a workout, god forbid!! classes have been canceled for 0.25″ of snow at my school, but the fitness ctr is always open.


29 jenner September 26, 2008 at 11:11 am

kath, are the square white plates from linens n things?


30 Kath September 26, 2008 at 11:15 am

Kim ,
14 days with no power!?!? Wow, hang in there!

They are from a specialty store, but they are basically the same as the ones at LnT.



31 madison (follow my weigh) September 26, 2008 at 11:38 am

ah, must feel soooooo wonderful to skip class! that nut butter sounds really yummy.

kim – that IS crazy, 14 days, and you have such a great attitude about it!


32 Alex September 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

Aw, I think if the guy wants to register at “man” places, that’s perfectly okay… all of the stuff from PB, C&B, etc. is all “woman” stuff. The guy should get his part, too!


33 MomT September 26, 2008 at 11:55 am

As the mother of 3 girls (one married), I would urge you to be sure to register for flatware that you really love. Get a pattern that has weight and balance and feels good in your hand – all pieces in the set. Check them out at a store where you can actually handle them. These will last you a lifetime and are usually more money than you’d ever want to spend on yourself.

Take advantage of the fact that your guests want to buy you wedding gifts that you actually want to have. Be sure to have gifts on your registry with a range of prices so that those with more modest budgets can still shop from your wishlist.

Most important, enjoy this time in your lives! Best wishes to you and your fiance. 😀


34 mandy September 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I just had to chime in on the man registry – my DH and I are outdoor people, and for our wedding we registered at REI. Little did I know though that he scanned the “ultimate camping/trekking boxer briefs” – underwear that *supposedly* you can wear 7 days in a row! And yes, someone did actually buy that for us as a wedding gift :)


35 BethT September 26, 2008 at 1:03 pm

The comment above about skipping class but still driving to the gym made me laugh because back in my days in NC, we all hoped and prayed for snow days (no school or work) so we could go out and run the roads! Work and school would be closed with the slightest bit of ice or snow, and yet the malls, movie theaters and restaurants would be packed. Hilarious….it would be too dangerous for us all to drive to work or school, but we sure could make it to Target! :p


36 Sara September 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Definately register for the fine china! My hubby and I felt like we weren’t going to go out an buy it all ourselves, so we might as well register for it and have people give it as a gift. Plus, people will buy you what you want and a lot like the idea of being able to give you a piece of your fine china set. Honestly, we’ve been married for almost a year and have only used it twice…but it’s nice to have and will be great for family holidays in the future!


37 KatieTX September 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Sale alert! Nike is having a clearance on their online store. Everything is already marked down. There is a decent selection left. Also, from fitsugar.com, I got an additional code you type in..SEPTCLEAR and you get another 20% off. I got like $200 worth of workout gear for $100 bucks. Shipping is 8 dollars..not too horrible. It ends Sunday. Just wanted to share. Nike has great, quality stuff. It is pricey but lasts forever!


38 emmy September 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

I laughed out loud that 14 days without power is a long time [I know it is, my life is just ridiculous :)] As a kid after a bad hurricane we had no power for 6 months, no phone for 11months and no tv for 15months!


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