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August 30, 2008

We’ve got a wide-open day for getting things done – the best kind of Saturday! Here’s the to-do list all set up on the fridge board:


I’ve been chugging along at things that aren’t even on the list (cleaned out our bookshelves and am taking 2 huge bags to donate). Giving away books and clothes makes me tear up – I feel so sad parting with things even if I’ll never read/wear them again. In the process, we found 3 old textbooks and are sending them in to Bookbyte.com for $70!! They give you a free shipping label, so it’s quite an awesome deal.

I felt gross this morning after too much alcohol last night. I probably only had 2 beers, but my body just hates alcohol. And then I had my other evil drink: coffee. Now I feel so sick and nauseous. I HAVE TO GIVE IT UP!! I don’t really even enjoy it anymore. I feel sick when I drink it and feel sick if I do drink it regularly and don’t drink it. I just need to stick to tea.

I did have a good bowl of oats this morning – with PB LaraBar whipped in!! I’ve been meaning to try this for a long time and after seeing Rose do this the other day with Banana Cookie, I decided to try it.

The verdict? I couldn’t taste it! I used half a LB for 2 servings of oats, so that might have been too light (although Rose used 1/4 for her bowl and said it was too sweet). Another problem might have been that we were out of bananas, so it was just plain oats. 


The mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup 1% milk, 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 PB LaraBar
  • 2 tbsp grainberries
  • Some TJ’s Nuts Over Raspberries Trail Mix
  • Spoonful PB


The husband made cappuccinos with hazelnut coffee and frothed milk. It was still too much caffeine! I am shaking all over.



I finished Barefoot this morning – great book!!! Now I’m starting one the husband just read that he thinks I’ll like a lot. I hope I can find the time to read with all this studying!


I’m mowing the lawn for exercise today and might take a walk later, but I think I’ll take a day off from the dark gym.

Chores, chores, chores!

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1 Kate August 30, 2008 at 10:26 am

Yummm…I bet that combo would have been so good with the usual banana! I just tried the pb flavor and agree that it’s amazing. Don’t give up, Kath!!

Have a great day getting house stuff done! Sometimes those days are really the best.


2 polly August 30, 2008 at 10:44 am

Kath, I saw our article in SHAPE. Super cute!

Your post about Brixx made me want to go back to North Carolina for more pizza!


3 Julz August 30, 2008 at 10:45 am

Yucky! I really don’t like coffee at all. It makes me feel absolutely gross all over. It’s so bitter, makes me feel dehydrated, overheated and awful. Tea = my L<3ve!

Best of Luck getting all of your chores done! And I’m with you in the school work department! But when I have lots to do it definitely gets me excited about being productive! :) I love that feeling! (Nerd.)

Have a wonderful Saturday! -PS- To ease the nerves/shakes, do some YOGA! :)


4 VeggieGirl August 30, 2008 at 10:48 am

PB COOKIE LARABAR IN OATMEAL!?!??!?!?! **swoons, then faints** Too bad you couldn’t taste it though, haha 😉

Good luck with your to-do list, and have a lovely Saturday!


5 Rose August 30, 2008 at 10:54 am

Oooh, so glad you tried it. That’s weird about not being able to taste it – I wonder if it was because of the banana? Mine as banana + banana… that might have something to do with my over sweetness.

Have a great day! That’s quite a list! I’m sure you can get it done!


6 katie s August 30, 2008 at 11:09 am

Kath! Jitterbug perfume is my FAVORITE book of all time!! You are going to love it! After you read that one you HAVE to read Even Cowgirls Get the Blues… they both will change your life!!! Enjoy them! Tom Robbins definitely takes some time to get through so be patient!! Good pick, husband!


7 emmy August 30, 2008 at 11:13 am

The to do list is impressive but let’s see more of that little picture off to the side – it looks like it might be a bear on a spaceship!


8 the husband August 30, 2008 at 11:31 am


I love Tom Robbins, and this was a great one. The first I read by him was Villa Incognito and it remains one of the top 10 books I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, my next choice was Even Cowgirls… and I wasn’t nearly as crazy about it, so it took me awhile before I gave Tom another try. Just a month or two ago, I read Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates and it’s DEFINITELY my favorite… hilarious! Right after that I read Skinny Legs and All which was also good, and then Jitterbug Perfume which I also really liked.

If you like Tom Robbins, you should read some Christopher Moore. I was directed to Moore for this exact reason and am only two books deep at this point. First I read Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings and now I’m in the middle of Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Both hilarious.


9 Serena August 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

You should try making your cappucinos with espresso beans – they have a LOT less caffeine than regular coffee!


10 katie s August 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

the husband– thanks for the recommendation! I love skinny legs and all and I just bought fierce invalids! Glad to hear it’s a good one I can’t wait to start it!!


11 Jillian August 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Where do you get those super-yummy looking grainberries?!


12 anon August 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

**swoons** is getting a little old .. jk


13 Kate(the teenager) August 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm

OMG Kath!! That seems like such a good idea!! Too bad you couldn’t taste it that much!! It definitely SOUNDS like it would be YUMMY!! :)


14 caitlin (See bride run) August 30, 2008 at 1:39 pm

oooo kath! last night looked like it was so much fun… glad youre having a productive day!


15 Grounded Fitness August 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

ok, i guess if you are doing so many chores, i can do mine, too. :(


16 Christie I. August 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Good luck with your to do list!


17 Katrina August 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Just an idea that I do and love. Buy a bunch of bananas just for freezing. Slice them the thickness you like, lay them on a parchment or wax paper lined tray or plate or baking sheet (two bananas sliced pretty thinly fit on a plate.) Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen you can put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer and just pull out 10-12-15-20 however many slices you want that day–they cook up in the oatmeal great! Just an idea. I also love just snacking on a few of the frozen banana slices now and then. A great frozen sweet treat!
Just an idea so you never “run out” of bananas again. 😉


18 Laura August 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Hey Kath! First off, I want to say I absolutely love reading your blog; I look forward to reading it every day! I’ve been wanting to make your oatmeal recipe for awhile now, but I have an unopened box of oat bran in my closet that I want to use up. Have you ever tried making it with oat bran instead of regular oats? Is there any difference? Thanks!


19 Rahel August 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm


If you don’t want the caffeine but love the occasional latte, try decaf espresso. Or better yet a chai tea latte (not the kind from Starbucks, though– it has caffeine!) Look for a mix with herbal tea.


20 Rahel August 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Also, this is probably a little late, but I like your haircut a lot. I just had a few inches of mine taken off and they did this thing to make it less thick (it was down to the small of my back) because my boyfriend was tired of fighting my crazy curls when attempting a back rub. Everyone thinks I look romantic with my locks, but I also wanted straight hair…


21 Kath August 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

emmy ,
It is a bear – on a vacuum! Good eye :)

Jillian ,
They are rye berries. Check out the info page here:

Katrina ,
I know I need to freeze some banana. We used to run out of bread and now I’ve always got some frozen. I’ve just been lazy!

Laura ,
We used to make oat bran a lot, but I haven’t bought it in ages – I think before I mastered the banana method, so I haven’t had it that way, but I’m sure it would be good.

Rahel ,
Thanks :)



22 VeggieGirl August 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

“anon” has no sense of humor, apparently.


23 Michele August 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Hi Kath!

Tom Robbin is one of my all-time fave authors! “skinny legs & all” tops my list but “jitterbug perfume” is right behind. He’s a little odd, to say the least, but fantastic.

Enjoy it. :)


24 Michele August 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Hi Kath,

Tom Robbin is one of my all-time fave authors! “skinny legs & all” tops my list but “jitterbug perfume” is right behind. He’s a little odd, to say the least, but fantastic.

Enjoy it. :)


25 emmy August 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm

VeggieGirl I sort of think you the greatest (and I was willing to use my real name to say it!)


26 Naturallycheryl August 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Hey Kath,
I’m a semi-new reader of your blog! I switched to green tea with honey and lemon in the morning myself.
I read somewhere that you could set your oatmeal with milk in it in the fridge at night and have cold oats in the morning. Have you tried it?


27 ttfn300 August 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Ooh, wish I had known about bookbyte when I just went through my old ones for the move!! Oh, well, still donated!


28 Kath August 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Naturallycheryl ,
Yes! Here’s my version ( but I haven’t made it in a while)




29 Jade September 3, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I love this book! Read it when I was 12 years old and have loved Tom Robbins ever since.

I also read bits of “Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff” and it is fan-fucking-tastic.


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