Greetings From The Love Shack!

May 1, 2008

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Vacation is off to a great start!! We slept in (well, you know me – 7:30 a.m. was sleeping in) and went for a wonderful run. I love running so much that it’s always part of my beach vacations – so pretty and breezy. Folly Beach is perfect for running too with lots of long flat streets and no traffic. We did about 4 miles, 2 on the roads and 2 on the beach at low tide. Then we walked another mile to pick up some milk for breakfast! Can’t make oatmeal without milk!


We had internet trouble this morning and I thought for a minute I might be without access all weekend – but after resetting the router all is well. So in the midst of the stress, I FORGOT to photograph my pre-run peanut butter toast!! Here’s a visual representation. I had half a piece of bread with a tsp of PB.


Vacation Oatmeal!

I didn’t want to feel stuffed today (and we ate late around 10:00) so we just made 1/3 cup portions of oatmeal. I brought toppings from home!

With trail mix and PB looking out from our rooftop deck –


With coffee


Today’s agenda includes:

  • Starting a romance novel
  • A trip to the grocery store
  • Walks on the beach
  • Smoked salmon sandwich
  • Bike riding
  • Bocce ball games
  • Blackberry picking
  • Some beer
  • And a low country boil!!

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1 Nick May 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

Awesome. What a nice looking vacation. I’m in crunch time right now, I’ve got so much work to do before this weekend because I’m going to Napa with my parents, sister and her boyfriend, girlfriend and her parents. I shouldn’t even be here right now….Enjoy!

The Peanut Butter Boy


2 hk May 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

woweee, the “Love Shack”!! how fun, glad you’re off to a great start, already!! Enjoy the day :) sounds like a great, relaxing agenda, for sure!


3 Katers May 1, 2008 at 10:54 am

Aww, so sweet and perfect, Kath! Man I love NC beaches! Have a wonderful day! :)


4 claire May 1, 2008 at 10:57 am

what a pretty spring day!

have fun on your holiday!


5 Anne P May 1, 2008 at 11:02 am

awww how fun!!! i am SO jealous of the gorgeous weather and cute beach town… i love SC :)


6 Erin May 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

I made your cottage cheese pancakes the other day and liked them, but today I mashed a banana in (it was WAY too ripe for me – I like them still green – but I thought it might be okay in there) and also added some of my favorite spice, cinnamon.

I never believe it when people say their concoction tastes “just like ___,” but I swear this tasted just like banana bread! And smelled like it, too! It was SO good I just had to share :)


7 Ashley H May 1, 2008 at 11:10 am

Kath that may be the cutest picture ever!! Your plans sound amazing so jealous!! Have fun! πŸ˜‰


8 Betsy May 1, 2008 at 11:11 am

that picture is too cute for words.


9 caitlinbo (in FL) May 1, 2008 at 11:13 am

i am sooooooooooooooo jealous! have fun!


10 Heather May 1, 2008 at 11:15 am

Aww, so cute! The view looks gorgeous too… you kids have fun :)


11 Katie May 1, 2008 at 11:25 am

Oh my gosh. HOW. MUCH. FUN! Love it. Looks like you have an awesome day ahead of you. SOOO excited to see the low country boil!


12 LT May 1, 2008 at 11:31 am


HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


13 Sidi May 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

Enjoy your vacation! Have FUN!


14 Kristie May 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

Your location looks SUPER lovely and your day plan sounds super fun. Have an awesome time!!


15 Rachel May 1, 2008 at 11:54 am

Yum, low country boil! Have fun!


16 Romina May 1, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Aww you two are so cute!

That’s fantastic that you can enjoy oatmeal on vacation!


17 Ange C. May 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Enjoy your fun vacay! May I ask you all what is a low boil? Being from the south, the only boil i know of is a crawfish boil!


18 Allison K. May 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I want that door!


19 Mandy May 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Love the pic of you two!

Has anyone ever told you that your hubby looks a lot like Ewan McGregor? Totally! Especially in this pic.


20 VeggieGirl May 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Ahh, SUCH a fun photograph of you and Matt – love it!!

Continue having a wonderful, relaxing vacation, Kath – you MORE than deserve it!!


21 JennS May 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm

does it seem to anyone else that 4 miles is a really really long way to run? :)


22 Tina May 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Bocce is so fun!

Have fun on vaca! :)


23 JennS May 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Everyone must take this quiz from SELF. It’s seriously an eye-opener. have a good day!


24 Kim May 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Dang JennS. Thanks for sharing. That was a eye – opener. Even before seeing the results, I thought geesh, you sound overboard. And then they confirmed it. ?


25 Kim May 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Dang JennS. Thanks for sharing. That was a eye – opener. Even before seeing the results, I thought geesh, you sound overboard. And then they confirmed it.


26 Korin May 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Geez Kim, now who sounds overboard? LOL!

Kath, I can’t believe you even make your own oatmeal on vacay… you may turn into an oat, on the real. :)


27 Andrea May 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

you and matt are so loveable!


28 Petite Yogini May 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend time. hmmm, smoked salmon!


29 meh May 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I know you’re not answering questions on your trip, but man, i have to comment, why would you have stress on your vacation. You’ve got NOTHING to be stressed about. You come from money (that’s pretty obvious though you shy away when asked directly how you live the lifestyle you do, have the leisure to rattle around campus, nothing to worry about but flashcards and wheatberry. Enjoy what you’ve got. Cuz others don’t have that at all. This blog is a little bubble. Hope your groupies realize it someday.


30 Holly May 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Where is the stress you are referring to?!?!?! I don’t see her stressing about ANYTHING. All she did was talk about how great the vacation feels, what she is doing the rest of the day, etc.

Stop commenting just to be rude! Go away…. see ya!! No one wants to hear from you.

Can anyone else figure out why people comment like this??? Jealousy, grumpy, just plain dumb???

Ya got me.


31 Korin May 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Alright, I’m biting… gonna stir the pot!

I like this blog a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of greta recipe ideas and Kath likes a lot of the same foods I do (sans meat). And I’ll admit I’m mildly just plain old amused at blogs on other peoples’ lives. I think kath seems like a really nice person and it’s great that she does what she does.

So, while I am not condoning coming on someone’s blog and being downright rude, I will agree with the one part of “meh’s” post about groupies…

Some of you guys totally emulate Kath, like you know her and are her BFF. Some send her stuff, want all their dishes and housewares to coordinate with hers, and if someone comes on questioning her methods in any way (let’s face it, she’s a little rigid to say the least.. she may even agree with that) then you attack the poster and defend Kath like she just got kicked in the shins. I say, let’s all take a little inventory, realize that as long as Kath makes this a public forum people can say what they like and just chill.

Ok, now you guys can flame me, LOL!


32 Katie May 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Hahaha the “stress” was when Kath thought she might not have internet access. She was kidding!!

Kath, I totally know what you mean about the flat roads. I live in a really hilly community, so when I go on vacation and get to run a flat route, it’s like a vacation from my usually running routine, too!


33 Beamer May 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I have to agree with Korin on this one. I do like Kath’s blog because frankly I get a kick out of seeing how “obsessed” someone is with perfection. Deny it all you want folks but she is obsessed with perfect eating, perfect displays, perfect food. While yes she has her “splurge meals” even these are perfect. I mean seriously for most people a splurge isn’t a few extra glasses of wine or a couple of servings of lighter dessert.

I think she has good intentions, I really do but I also think her lifestyle is a bit unrealistic for most people. I’m not going to comment on the money thing because who cares if she has it or not? I’d love to find a blog that has a more realistic view of living and eating. I guess the shoe dropped for me when she made the comment that she was trying to get more “iodine”. What?!?!?


34 JennS May 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm

i completely agree


35 sharon May 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Hi Kath, I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 months and I love, love, love it. So much in fact I’m telling perfect strangers at the nail salon about you. The pictures are great and I’m learning so much. You are addictive.
Thanks bunches,


36 Clara May 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Reading your blog makes me happy :)


37 Exa May 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I truly hope that people will let these comments die. I realize this seems odd to say, considering I myself am commenting. But what I want to say is this: I find it sad that these comments seem to pop up while Kath is on vacation (this is when it happened the most viciously last). Just let her have a nice time with her husband!
Constructive criticism is fine. I am sure that Kath can take it. However, malicious comments are really unnecessary. Some might say “if you don’t like it, don’t read it.” I know that is pointless. I will say, if you don’t like it, don’t comment. The only thing that will ensue is a battle of words between “critics” and “groupies.”
Give Kath a break and let her have a nice vacation.


38 Kiala May 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm

You have to admit she lives like a septuagenarian and she’s only 25. I just want Kath to loosen up a little. Go to a movie or a show or something. STOP READING REAL SIMPLE.

Seriously, Real Simple destroys lives.


39 Holly May 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Well said Exa.

Constructive criticism is good, we all need that sometimes… but there is no need to do it while she is trying to enjoy herself (and she did say she is going to read comments when she is gone, would you want to read these things while you are trying to enjoy yourself?).

But honestly, there is no need to talk about her financial situation… it’s just not necessary.

I know where you are coming from, Korin… And I know it’s a public forum, but some things don’t need to be said in this forum just to be rude.


40 Korin May 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Dang I have to cancel my Real Simple subscription now! I never really thought of it that way πŸ˜‰


41 Holly May 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm

And I’m not saying you were rude or anything, Korin!!! So don’t take that the wrong way. It’s just sometimes the things people say for NO reason really get annoying… I dunno.


42 KC May 1, 2008 at 3:25 pm

GAAAHHHHHHH if I hear one more person talk about “constructive criticism” on these blogs I am going to tear my hair out! Who defines what is considered “constructive”? Criticism is criticism. And anyway, this is an INTERNET BLOG. Not a tea party with Emily Post. Know your medium people.


43 Teddy May 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm

well thanks for sticking the 52’s into my head haha

have fun!



44 Jill May 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

“You have to admit she lives like a septuagenarian and she’s only 25. I just want Kath to loosen up a little. Go to a movie or a show or something. STOP READING REAL SIMPLE.

Seriously, Real Simple destroys lives.”

Too. friggin. funny.


45 Jennifer May 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Hey, I live in Chas and I go to Folly Beach all the time. Best beach around here for sure! Have fun!!


46 SarahF May 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I may or may not have had to look up the word septuagenarian on
I’m still trying to figure out how to pronounce it….jealous of your big words πŸ˜›


47 Holly May 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm


n. A person who is 70 years old or between the ages of 70 and 80.

too funny! Kiala your great!


48 KC May 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Kiala you’re definitely going to need those martini’s at the Blogher conference, now.



49 Cassie May 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Thats such a cute picture! Have a great vacation!


50 BethT May 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm

ANYONE – positive or negative – who cares enough to write a multiparagraph diatribe about their feelings on A BLOG cold be considered obsessive, a groupie, whatever.


51 rachel k May 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

amen, beth t πŸ˜‰

oh, and you called me out kiala. i think there will be a real simple burning at my house tonight;)


52 Korin May 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Hey BethT,

Some of us were just bored and finished our work at work today! Back off! :)

Anyways, off to burn Real Simple, and, dare I say it, MARTHA!


53 Yaz May 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Personally, I don’t see myself as emulating Kath but I do look up to her because of the success she has had conquering her weight and managing a healthy lifestyle. Everyone is at different stages in their lives and on different journeys, so if you can’t relate to her particular lifestyle, that does not make Kath a bad person.

Recently, I have noticed that the bloggers have begun to focus a little too much on her and her hubby’s lifestyle which is ok if she is willing to share but the focus of the blog is food and healthy living.

I am well aware that when one opens up their personal life they are going to be scrutinized, but I just don’t think she deserves some of the awful comments some of you have written.

There are many blogs on the net. If you search maybe you can find one that suits your needs.

F.I.Y. This post was directed at no one in particular, just my pov.


54 Yaz May 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm

A very long POV sorry, y’all. I am a journalism major and love to write.


55 Meghan (another Meghan) May 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I am a long time reader and first time commenter.
Kath I love your blog!
I think commenting on someone elses financial situation is rude and not approprate.
Also, a blog with over 100,000 visitors will generate some revenue.
Kath is to classy to respond to a comment like that.


56 Jenna May 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

OK everyone, I tried ‘Kath’s Classic 15 minute morning get ready routine’ and I am LOST as to how she gets ready so fast!!!

What. the. heck.

The fastest, fastest I can get ready (7-8 min. shower, blowdrying long curly hair, moisturizer, makeup [foundation, eye shadow, eyebrow shadow, liner, mascara, etc), light spray of perfume, deodorant, getting dressed….is 45 mins!!!! And that is blowing through it. I just don’t get it.


57 Kiala May 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm

OMG yes, BURN THE MARTHA STEWART (but you can’t take away my IKEA catalog – no way!)

I’m glad I could contribute to the broadening of our vocabularies.

That was very Kath positive-like of me.

Anywho, yes, the martinis will protect me. Thank you booze.


58 Jane May 1, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Wouldn’t it be funny if Kath was behind some of the negative comments that come out while she is on vacation – ya know, to keep interest up while she’s not answering questions.


59 mel May 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm

who cares if kath is rich or poor? she uses cheap everydau ingredients (beans, eggs, pasta, oatmeal, tuna) to make great meals! I get tons of ideas from the blog and I love it. Not to imulate kath, but to get more creative with my meals. Kath doesn’t have to do this, so show a little more respect to her and her family! How would you feel if someone criticized you, your husband or your lifestyle on your own blog! its just not necessary to be cruel! Have a great vacation kath!! Enjoy the sun !


60 Kiala May 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Oh lord. We go through this everytime. It’s a BLOG. It’s on the internet. It’s not a diary.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. It’s certainly more interesting then, “That sun looks pretty! I love beans!” etc…

Discussion is good.


61 Kiala May 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm




62 Whatev May 1, 2008 at 6:04 pm

What’s with the getting all up in arms if someone comments on Kath’s financial situation. And the comment is always “it’s a food blog.” Well, based on Kath’s posts, it’s not only a food blog, but a “look what I bought today” blog, an “I’m so smart and the biggest brown noser in the world and I got another A” blog and a “look at my big house” and “I’m a democrat” blog.


63 OMG May 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm


Go vent your frustrations elsewhere, seriously…
It is a little pathetic to be doing this on an internet BLOG about FOOD.


64 mel May 1, 2008 at 6:27 pm

whateve you are being a bitch. do you have any friends or are you just a sour person?


65 OMG May 1, 2008 at 6:58 pm

You’re just so witty I can’t take it.


66 Nikki May 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Whatev –

Even if I did think that those sentiments are what Kath was trying to project, I have to bring up the fact that people would think this blog SUCKED if Kath was brutally honest and oversharing. Say what you like, but people like to read positive information.

How many people would still read this blog if all Kath did was complain about the nitty-gritty? Remember when Kath’s husband didn’t have a job? Or how about the fact that she is commuting to Winthrop? (She makes is look sunshiney, but trust me – it isn’t). Maybe she’s wealthy; maybe she’s a perfectionist; maybe not. Leave your opinion, of course, but dont forget that for every “Kath groupie” that thinks they know her and are BFF, there’s might be an “anti-Kath groupie” who thinks they know her just as well. it’s a blog – its her choice. She technically is a journalist, and how she chooses to craft her messages is not an accident. She gets you to react, doesn’t she?

in the meantime, Kath, enjoy your vacation with people who don’t have to pretend to know you (positively or otherwise).


67 Brittany May 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

The love shack picture is too cute!


68 anon May 2, 2008 at 8:36 am

seriously Exa, you want people to die? for expressing their (accurate) view of this blog? what kind of cult has kath got going here?


69 Stephanie May 2, 2008 at 8:42 am

Nikki, that is a far stretch. Kath is in no way a journalist…she’s a blogger. There’s a difference there.


70 Puh-lease May 2, 2008 at 8:56 am

Uh, anon…I think she said let the comments die. Not the commentERs. LOL

You all are quite entertaining. Yes, my job is boring.


71 anon May 2, 2008 at 9:04 am

fair enough, i stand corrected on the first part. i stand by the second half of my comment. the “negative” posts are accurate. this blog is a shallow way of pointing out how fabulously wonderful kath thinks she.


72 Nikki May 4, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Stephanie –

Agreed – there are differences. But as academics in journalism and mass communications haven’t really agreed on where blogging fits into the spectrum, I continue to evaluate this blog as a journalistic work. Though it may not be textbook journalism, I’m not sure that “being a blogger” and “being a journalist” are mutually exclusive.


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