Kale By Candlelight

January 15, 2010

I don’t really mind my commute much because it’s traffic free (for the most part). But today was another story!! Something (Friday?) had caused I-85 to be bumper to bumper the whole way home, making my commuter 1.5 hours :(

[Don’t worry – I was stopped here]

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I finished Twilight!! Then listened to NPR Science Friday (and so so sad to hear the updates on Haiti. MarathonVal and Seth are both helping out through their blogs, FYI)


I finally made it home and crashed…

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Felt SO much better after just 20 minutes of light shut eye.

My plan had been to go to the gym after my nap but I decided that I had exactly 3 hours to eat dinner, blog, answer> 100 emails, pack and get organized for our trip and I did not see that all happening in under 3 hours. I MUST MUST get to bed by 8PM or I’ll be so cranky for our trip!! (And 3:45AM wake-up call)

So I passed on the gym. This is my third day of skipping a workout – but in the scheme of life – that’s no big deal. Once this hectic schedule is over I’ll be back to my healthy habits.

We ate dinner at 5:30 because I was starving with no snack and extra hunger hormones from no sleep!

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And Beer Cheese Soup leftovers

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I ate half kale chips with ketchup and half romaine + goat cheese salad with Annie’s balsamic to clean out the fridge

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Snacks packed for the trip!

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I think I might be able to make it to bed by 8 (still have to pack) if I can find something to wear to the wedding!

Sorry to be neglectful of my blog devotion these past 2 days – I miss you all!

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1 Sandy January 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Yum Dinner looks great! Hav fun on your trip!!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Bummer about the traffic! I LOVE leftover soup! I think it tastes better :)

Have a great weekend!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Have a great trip Kath! I wish my dinners could be filled with veggies like yours!


4 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

What a great dinner! Kale chips are so good. I’m glad to have finally tried them after seeing them here on the blog. 😀

Glad to see you were able to get some rest! You’re right, that in the grand scheme of things, its okay not to make an appearance at the gym. You’ll be back to working out before you know it. 😀

Safe travels tomorrow! 😀


5 Erin @ Big Girl Eats January 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I still really need to make kale chips! It’s on my list. I lOVE the photos of you and the Oatmeal Express. SO cute!!

Safe travels!


6 MarathonVal January 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for getting the word out about Dress Down for Haiti!

Have a great weekend! :)


7 Ashley January 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I love your bedspread!! Is it a duvet? Where from? Have a GREAT trip!


8 Kath January 16, 2010 at 4:29 am

Pottery Barn


9 Jenny January 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Good luck getting packed and in bed by a decent hour! And you are so right, in the grand scheme of life, 3 days is nothing :)


10 Cole January 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Get some rest tonight and have a great trip!


11 Madeline @ greensandjeans January 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

As much as I hate to skip a workout, sometimes it’s the best thing for my sanity (and sleep patterns)! Safe travels tomorrow!


12 Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I had to skip my workout today too. I’ll be honest, I still get a little antsy on the days that I planned a workout and then can’t do it. But like you said – in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter!

I really don’t know how you handle such a crazy schedule. Shew! Have an amazing trip, girl =)


13 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Hope you have a great trip!!! And it sounds like you need sleep more than a workout – priorities. I would do the same thing.

And neglecting the blog? No such thing! You are completely committed, iphone posts to prove it haha!!


14 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm

We had kale chips for dinner tonight, too! Great minds think alike :-)

Sorry about your commute– bleh!


15 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Yummmm — I’ve been meaning to make these kale chips after seeing them on a few different foodie blogs. 😀


16 Karla January 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Sorry to hear about your long commute! At least you had a yummy looking dinner to make up for it :)


17 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Don’t worry about us. Life your life. Probably a good thing you passed on the gym. Don’t run yourself down.


18 caronae January 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Your bedspread is v. cute! I have been looking for the pear apple strudel clif bar literally for years!!!!! Where did you find it?????


19 Kath January 16, 2010 at 4:29 am

I’ve had it for ages!! I think someone sent it to me.


20 Angie January 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Love your dinner combo! I FINALLY tried making kale chips this week and I can’t believe I waited so long -they were the bomb!

And, love your car console photo- looks just like mine…gotta love those Honda Accords!!

Get some rest and have fun on your trip!


21 Danielle January 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

That stinks that your commute was so long today. I can’t imagine having a commute like that on a regular basis.

I hope you were able to get everything together so you could get to sleep by 8pm tonight!


22 The Paris Food Blague January 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

no no, i’ve been marveling over your blog devotion. if i were as busy as you, blogging would be the last on the list.

as far as cleaning-out-the-fridge-meals go, that looks yummy! i hope to make it to the run in new york! ciao!


23 Jenna January 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Have a great trip!!


24 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal January 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Girl, you take all the time you need! Your schedule is very hectic right now – and you’re still just getting used to it. Glad you’re not being hard on yourself about skipping the gym:D
Happy and safe travels tomorrow~


25 Sophie @ yumventures January 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Sometimes when I really want to skip the gym when I have so much to do, I sit back and think if I will feel MORE stressed out with less time, or if I feel worse if I don’t work out. I usually opt to get things done and organized so I can feel satisfied in all parts of my life…otherwise I would just rush though the gym and not enjoy it anyway! It is always better to get the things done that need to be done :)


26 Mae @ OhhMay January 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

no need to apologize! You’re doing so many exciting things and instigating change.
I used to believe one skipped workout would set me back, and now I realize that if I sometimes skip, the next day I’m fresher and can almost do double duty!


27 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

amazing what 20 minutes of shut eye will do, non?

have a great time in nyc – i was just there over the holidays. if you’re looking for a good place to go in soho check out “spring street natural,” my favorite place. we also discovered a new gem on the upper west side – a vegetarian place called “peace foods cafe.”


28 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

yay for healthy snacks! the kale looks fantastic, and why wouldn’t you want it by candelight?!?!?!


29 Sara @ ActiveGal January 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Kale chips! They look great! I really need to try to make these some time! I have seen then a lot but never got the courage to try them. Have a great time in NYC!


30 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Love your snacks, I am always packing snacks when I go away. Have a great trip!


31 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Traffic can make the easiest ride hell on earth.

And good for you for listening to your body’s need for sleep both with the nap and early bed time. I sometimes forget that part.


32 Kelly January 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Do you always eat with a candle…so cool!


33 Christy January 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

The soup looks fantastic! Have a safe trip!


34 Jac January 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm

that’s lots of snacks!!! have a good night’s rest.


35 Devon (RSRR) January 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Love your snack stash! It looks like mine :) And nothing beats candlelit dinners!


36 Jill January 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm

LOVE the winter Clif Bar flavors!! Great snack for a trip :)

ps. I adore your oatmeal recipes!


37 The Healthy Hostess January 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

Have a great trip! Enjoy the fun of NYC!


38 Katharine January 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

Sometimes a nap hits the spot, and it looks like this one was very necessary. What’d you think of Twilight?!


39 Kath January 16, 2010 at 4:29 am

Liked it!!! Mixed emotions.


40 Sara January 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

3:45am!!! Wow! I have a 5am wake up call tomorrow and I thought that was tough!
Have lots of fun- looks like you’re ready to go with all those delish snacks!


41 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

I made your kale chips the other week and they were so good :) I had them with lots of parmesan and soy sauce :)
I followed your lead and downloaded Twilight to listen to on my iPod on my 13miler this morning – it worked a treat, I was so entertained!! Thankyou Kath 😀 Have a good sleep!


42 Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 16, 2010 at 6:53 am

good for you for realizing your schedule was too tight to fit the gym in, I’m so bad at planning my time, I put too many things into a tiny time span and then get upset when it doesn’t workout :(


43 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

Boo for Friday traffic :(


44 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

I hate traffic! Have a fun and safe trip!


45 Courtney January 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

My number 1 commuting tip…ALWAYS go to the bathroom before you get in the car even if you think your commute will be short. Because that is the day it ends up being some 2 hour delay and you are contemplating desperate measures!!! :>
adventures in tri-ing


46 Jil January 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

Sometimes you just need those extra few minutes! :) The kale looks amazing! I’m going to have to try that out sometime.


47 amanda@thegrainsofparadise January 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Kale chips sound fantastic! Must Must try!!


48 Liz January 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Love you little bundle of snacks – what exactly are they?? I’m always looking for snacks that are “ready to go” Also whats the deal with kale chips? Are they just raw leaves?


49 Liz January 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Sorry just saw the link how to prepare the Kale chips – will give it a go!


50 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Kale chips rock! My hubby is so excited when he knows I’m making them :)


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