Leaving On A…

July 16, 2008

You know the rest :mrgreen:

We’re off! Running around trying to make our goal departure time. I made a fabulous bowl of oatmeal for the two of us:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • Skim milk
  • A nectarine
  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • Vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Homemade granola
  • Splash maple syrup
  • PB on a spoon


Another famous family member, Gerbert "Ducky" Younger joined me for breakfast.


(This is what he used to look like Easter 1991 – yes, I’m the dorky one in the middle!)


Lunch To Go

We’ve got a fun lunch packed so we don’t have to resort to airport food:

Smoked salmon +Laughing Cow + cucumber on homemade bagels


Yogurts + blueberries


Carrot Sticks + a Plum




All packed up for 2 –


I’ve got some LaraBars and such packed too. This is one of those days because of the time zone change where I’ll need 4 meals (or at least more snacks than usual). I skipped a run this morning to avoid the morning rush and look at me – I’m rushed!! Mom and I are hoping to get some walking in when we get to San Francisco.

Tonight is a big SF blog reader dinner at First Crush !!!

The Best One Of All

Continuing the post-it notes , look what I found when I opened my book last night!!


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1 Christie July 16, 2008 at 6:52 am

That is the best looking airport food I have ever seen. Great job on avoiding the airport food! Have a great time in San Fran!


2 tiedtogetherwithasmile July 16, 2008 at 6:59 am

Have a great trip! The post-it notes are adorable, what a sweet idea!!


3 Every Gym's Nightmare July 16, 2008 at 7:16 am

im excited to see pictures from dinner tonight….make sure you post a ton!



4 hk July 16, 2008 at 7:28 am

Off and running! Have fun :) SF is great, you’ll LOVE it :)


5 Fit4Life July 16, 2008 at 7:40 am

aww, husband, your SO sweet!

that is TOO funny that your leaving on an airplane today because i am too! have an AWSOME flight


6 hk July 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

Just read this and was curious what others had to say…the article/discussion deals with the various claims (disadvantages?) Of a high-fiber diet. I had never heard this side of the nutrition argument with regards to fiber as a detriment to health…what do you all think?


7 hk July 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

Just read this and was curious what others had to say…the article/discussion deals with the various claims (disadvantages?) Of a high-fiber diet. I had never heard this side of the nutrition argument with regards to fiber as a detriment to health…what do you all think?http://www.fibermenace.com/


8 Jenn July 16, 2008 at 8:02 am

Hey Kath (or anyone who might know) where did you get your bedroom set (sheets/ comforter) from? LOVE THEM!


9 Megan July 16, 2008 at 8:05 am

I love the post-it notes. Your husband is so sweet. I also love the old picture and the family friend with your oatmeal. I have a couple of old family friends that look like that. Your lunch looks yummy! Have fun!!


10 Jenn July 16, 2008 at 8:24 am

P.S. Your dad looks like Paul Macartney in that picture!


11 hk July 16, 2008 at 8:38 am

Posting a link to a website that my mom sent me…typical :) regarding the negatives of a high-fiber diet. Basically countering all of the positives that I have learned over the years regarding fiber. Made me think, and hope this all is not the case…what do you all think??



12 ModelBehavior July 16, 2008 at 8:56 am

You guys are too cute with your sticky notes and stuffed animals!! :)

Have a great trip Kath!



13 jodi July 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

i might have commented before but if not, i just LOVE your photos… everything looks so damn tasty (minus gerbert the duck)… i may need to try that salmon, cucumber, and LC cheese samich! :o)


14 Jen July 16, 2008 at 9:02 am

Hi Kath

I love your Ducky . . . i used to have a stuffed toy in the shape of this big caterpillar from when i was really young. It’s cool you still have your ducky . . . I wish I still had BoBo the Caterpillar, but unfortunately he had a bit of a freak accident in 1994 . . . oh well . . .

Have Fun in San Fran =D


15 K July 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

hk – I just quickly scanned the link you posted. I often worry about my fiber intake. I get about 45 grams a day, which I know is almost double the recommended 25.

It’s hard for me, though, because I consume about 2,700 calories right now in hopes of gaining a few pounds. (I may even have to up this number yet…) What’s a girl to do when she’s eating a higher number of calories and loves whole grains, fruits and vegetables?

My boyfriend teases me because I actually look for low to NO fiber products to help me get calories in without upping my fiber anymore. (Yes, health-conscious people, I buy REGULAR refined bagels and pasta!) You know how hard that is when I enjoy/prefer healthy foods?!

Anyone else concerned about taking in too much fiber? What are everyone’s thoughts?


16 Ansley July 16, 2008 at 9:12 am

Man. You’re brave. A blogger dinner. I’d be scared stiff of some creeper showing up, trying to get away with creepy things and creepy words. But then again, maybe my creep-radar is higher than most… And I guess we’re all creeps, reading about your daily doings and eatings! We’re all just happy foodie creeps, I guess, and that’s fine by me :)

Send my (and all the bloggers’) kindest regards to the Ghirardelli factory while you’re there!


17 Jenny July 16, 2008 at 9:25 am


I read through the website. I just don’t know. Sometimes I think there’s simply too much information out there. Do this – wait – no, do that. I’m right – Wait, no, I’m right… and so forth. What I couldn’t find, and maybe you did, is what this guy recommends you do eat. He says low to no fiber is the way to go, but how does one achieve that exactly? Meat and dairy only? White bread? That doesn’t seem particularly well-balanced. Any time you start cutting food groups, especially fruits and vegetables, you’re missing out on vital nutrients that you’re not going to get from a steak. He also says that yogurt purchased in stores is “junk food”. He grew-up on Ukrainian raw milk, which he claims is vastly superior to yogurt, and is a product they don’t seem to carry at my local Kroger. I don’t know – he made a few seemingly valid points, but the vast majority of research out there points to a diet with a daily fiber intake of a healthy 25 grams. That seems about right to me. I think it really boils down to the old adage of “everything in moderation”. If this guy turns-out to be right, however, I’m going to kick myself for not eating enough Big Mac’s 😉 (Got to love mom’s though – they’re always looking out for you. My dad does the same thing.)


18 Anne P July 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

oooooooo i spy a Peter Rabbit bowl!!! my mom always used to use those for our breakfast back in the day, too. i love how they have the writing on the inside rim and the cute pictures down in the bowl! :)

have a safe flight and so much fun in san fran!! i wish i could join for the dinner!


19 SF July 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

Public Service Announcement:

People who live in San Francisco do not call it San Fran or Frisco.


20 Brittany July 16, 2008 at 9:35 am

Too cute, your lunches packed for two and the note from the husband. Enjoy your time in San Francisco. I am jealous!


21 Kim July 16, 2008 at 9:36 am

HK – glancing over that guy’s bio and writing style, he sounds to me like some random quack trying to sell a book 😉

As far as I see it, the proof is in the pudding – look at the rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes in nations that eat a low-fiber diet. Then look at those rates in nations that eat primarily fruits, veggies, and whole grains (all high in fiber.) I’d trust centuries of nationwide statistics before I’d trust some Joe Schmoe who doesn’t even hold a proper medical degree.


22 mh July 16, 2008 at 9:55 am

hk, the fiber guy sounds like a total idiot. even if fiber doesn’t help with cancer and illnesses, it for sure relieves constipation and bloating and makes me feel better! who wants to go through life with a tummy full of crap (literally!). I for one will contunie to eat my 40-50 grams of fiber daily and have a happy regular stomach!! haha


23 Julz July 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

KATH!!! Oh my gosh, that picture made my day so much better, alreadY :) You’re so adorable, I love that face :) Your blog is always such an upper for me. It’s like these little bursts of sunshine/smiles during my day that I look forward to so! I second Tina on this… Your blog is one of a kind, as are you! I so wish I could be at this blogher event and meet you!! Boo… Hopefully in the near future anyway! If you’re EVER coming to Philadelphia (again… I remember you came here way back when but only for a day, I think!?) please let us know (us being, me, Linds, etc.). HAVE FUN!

(Fiber guy = not my friend. Fiber is incredible! I think he just has a super bad case of IBS and can’t find the means to control it better 😉 )


24 jimmi1 July 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

kath –

safe flight! omg, welcome to CALIFORNIA! although, i do wish you were visiting LA.

please whilst you’re there- one special special request. Can you blog an article on PINKBERRY and tell me what you think? I’m clinically obsessed with the stuff and need to hear something from you re: it’s “real”-ness.

California or bust!


25 JJ125 July 16, 2008 at 10:36 am

RE: Fiber Menace

That guy sounds waaaay to fascinated with his own crap (literally and figuratively). Quack alert!


26 SweetsandSweats July 16, 2008 at 10:37 am

Oh god, I own that same duck (also an easter present some time in the 90’s.). And the sad thing is I break it out when my husband is out of town and still sleep with it!!!


27 Heather July 16, 2008 at 10:45 am

Kath, you are always so prepared! The only thing I plan for airplane trips is what magazines I’m going to buy for the plane ride :)

Have so much fun in San Francisco!!


28 KC July 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

Do we have a pinkberry in norcal? I thought it was a socal thing, but since I moved up farther north (Davis) I have been kinda out of the SF loop. I hope we have one, I’ve been wanting to try it out.

I hope we get a golden spoon soon too, I really want to try the peanut butter frozen yogurt!


29 Kate July 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

Oh my goodness – I had that same Peter Rabbit bowl! :) :) :)

My boyfriend saw your post this morning and exclaimed, “Kate! If you ever post one of my notes to you, that is the end of the blog!” 😀 I guess he’s not as cool as Matt. 😛


30 Kelly L. July 16, 2008 at 10:48 am

Little Sleep+Banana=BEST RUN!

Okay, totally random but last night I took a Zyrtec right before I went to bed at 10:30. Well, at 2:45 I woke up WIDE AWAKE and hungry. I tried to go back to sleep and couldn’t so I thought perhaps a little snack would help. I ate some yogurt, read a couple pages in my book and gave sleep another shot. STILL NO GOOD! At this point it’s 4:30, still awake, still hungry. I decided to just get up. I did some stuff on the computer and then at 5:00 had a banana. At 5:30 I went for a run. OMG, I had more energy than I’ve had in a long time! I don’t know what it was, no sleep? banana? Zyrtec, lol? but I could have run another 30 minutes.

So, first, does anyone ever wake up starving in the middle of the night? Secondly, anyone ever have a really good run when you wouldn’t anticipate having one?

I’m sure I’ll crash in a few hours…..


31 Jenn July 16, 2008 at 10:50 am

Husband, were did your sheets come from :)


32 TrishT July 16, 2008 at 10:57 am

Hi Kath! You must read:
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones.

Great summer romance book (not sappy) with an emphasis on eating great food!


33 Kel July 16, 2008 at 11:13 am

K- and anyone else in the process of “gaining” weight & worried about fiber intake. I have been advised to drink things like Ensure and /or Boosts, they don’t have a ton of fiber and it is a great way to get a wide variety of your daily vitamin needs in as well! These drinks are an easy way to add extra calories without bulking up your fiber intake! I drink one with breakfast and one before I go to sleep every night.


34 Sidi July 16, 2008 at 11:18 am

Thumbs up for the note !


35 Jen July 16, 2008 at 11:21 am


I didn’t know you guys in San Fran don’t call it San Fran (though when i visited i heard some locals refer to it as that and “San Franny” as well)

But if you’re right, it’s a good thing i don’t live there b/c it is more fun to say San Fran and i often refer the city as that =)


36 BethT July 16, 2008 at 11:22 am

KC and Jimmi, no pinkberry in San Francisco.


37 Anne P July 16, 2008 at 11:56 am

agreed jen! faster to type, too :)


38 Erin July 16, 2008 at 12:10 pm

I say San Fran and I live here :) :)


39 tfh July 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Very sweet photo of you as a kid! It reminds me of how my mom always looks at me wistfully and says, “But you looked so GOOD with bangs.”

Hope all the San Francisco blog readers have fun at dinner tonight!


40 Kath July 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Hello from the Dallas airport!!!

Jenn ,
Pottery Barn – wedding gifts!

Julz ,
You’re too kind. But glad I can brighten your day :)

SweetsandSweats ,
OMG you have Ducky!!?!? I didn’t say that he is actually my sister’s duck. Will you PLEASE take a picture and email it to me!?

Re. Fiber,
I don’t have time to read the article, but I’m guessing it’s just an urban legend myth. We NEED fresh produce and it has lots of fiber, therefore we need lots of fiber. I will venture to say I think some of the high fiber products have taken it too far (tortillas and granola bars with 12+ grams) but I do eat some of the high fiber foods (mostly just cereal, and in moderation).



41 Chandra (Eating to Live) July 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

that’s so exciting you’re gonna be in California!!!

Your “flying” meal looks delicious, so much better than airport food! Hope your travels go smoothly.

So sweet w/ the post-it notes 😀


42 Alli W. July 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm

KC– Golden spoon is the BEST! I always get PB and cake batter swirl. DELISH. hopefully they’ll expand more.


43 Diane July 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Just thought this might be an interesting topic of conversation… I saw this issue brought up on another blog and was interested to see that I was not the only one who had seen this kind of behavior.

I have a friend who makes comments semi-jokingly about how she wishes she were anorexic. She wishes she had an eating disorder and hated food because then she’d be thin and wouldn’t be tempted by food

I’d written my friend off as CRAZY and ridiculously politically incorrect. I was extremely offended by her remarks. Then, I saw on another blog that other women also had friends make similar comments.

Have you ever heard people comment about WANTING AN EATING DISORDER?


44 mollymolly July 16, 2008 at 1:02 pm

You and your mother can have a Great workout climbing San Francisco’s steep streets!

My mom and I sure did earlier this summer on a vacation trip there!!


45 Justy2003 July 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm

You’re in my state (Texas), yay! You should come visit sometime! :)
Have fun in Cali!


46 Alex B July 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm

KC & Alli W.,

OMG GOLDEN SPOON! That is, hands down, my FAVORITE frozen yogurt spot ever. Every single flavor tastes exactly like what it is supposed to be! I loved that place. With insane amounts of love.

Sadly, I don’t live in SoCal anymore. Golden Spoon, please expand to the east coast.

Really. Please.


47 Foodie July 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Awww, that note is so sweet. And I love the bowl.


48 Nikki July 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Kath –

You’ve probably already tried this place, but i was thinking about the fish tacos and I LOVE the ones at cabo fish taco! if you haven’t been, you might give it a try! it’s in NoDa (not too too far from you).

also…..enjoy my hometown of San Francisco! 😉


49 Ange C. July 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

So if you have a significant lay over in the Dallas airport (or on the way back) you should make it over to terminal D (via the skytrain if you’re in another terminal) and eat at La Duni. BEST latin food ever. And save room for dessert…they are famous for it. Not exactly healthy..although there are some healthy options) but worth it!



50 Kel July 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm


As a person recovering from an eating disorder I have been “more” tuned into people’s comments about anorexia. Especially when people “wish” they had an eating disorder because then food would not be so tempting. Then it would solve all of your problems. Well, your friend and anyone else that has those thoughts must not know anything about eating disorders.

When you have an eating disorder (at least with my experience) I always craved certain foods and wished I could eat what everyone else was eating, but in my “disillusioned” state I didn’t think I deserved the food, its not that I didn’t want it. So tell your friend that even if they had an eating disorder they would still go through the desiring of food. That’s natural for anybody. Only it’s to an extreme (which is what is so horrible?!?) You get joy some how of suffering and depriving yourself of food. I don’t wish that upon anyone especially on myself. Tell your friend that there are many mindful exercises that you can do to work on mindful eating where cravings become much more manageable. Once you step over the edge and deprive yourself of food for so long your mind becomes comparable to a holocaust victim where food becomes overwhelming and fighting your way back to a healthy frame of mind is much harder than one thinks!

Please think twice before having these outrageous thoughts, because once you have them it is a slippery slope in which your thoughts will only get more frequent and more severe until it might be too late!


51 Sami July 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Awh Kath!

I have a little friend just like your ducky. =] His name is Sunny. We also have the “before” and “after” pictures. . . same effect, lol. It’s funny because he’s yellow too. . .and turned that same grayish shade. I take him everywhere! Italy, Canada, Hawaii. =]

I also made your nectarine oatmeal recently; you are genious. My oatmeal is 1,000 times better now!


52 Ellie July 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Re. wanting an eating disorder — I’ve heard this all the time. But, sometimes people who say they want eating disorders and toy with eating disordered behavior subsequently “get” an eating disorder. For example, me. My “excuse” is that I “wanted” to be anorexic when I was pretty young (basically ages 13 through 16), but then somehow eventually I was. I’d like to say I know better now but really I don’t. I still want to be anorexic again. I remember how it basically rained unhappiness on every part of my life, in theory, but mostly I remember the good things (being thin, having other girls stare at me, size 2 jeans, attention, being thin, and did I mention, being thin?) and not the bad things like being incredibly cold and having my parents and friends and doctor all really upset with me. I actually think that being anorexic is easier than being on a diet, rigid behavior patterns are easier than breaking habits. In fact when I was anorexic it was SO EASY for me to be so, and I kept marveling at how easy it was and thinking, if I am ever too fat again, I can just do it all over again and it’ll be easy. That is actually not the case at all so I want it again. I don’t want the unhappiness but I want the simplicity and the comfort of routine. I think that, about eating disorders, it’s impossble to see the consequences unless you are in it right at the moment, even if you’ve already done it. This has basically been a big soliloquy but obviously I have lots of thoughts on this issue!


53 allie July 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

i live in the city by the bay… and i also say san fran. but i’m not a native, so maybe the imports say it. definitely no frisco.


54 angelcubbie July 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Just had to say, Golden Spoon, is the bomb. I love, love love that place. So much so I try and stay away lol I’ve been tempted to try PinkBerry but wonder if it’ll be a let down to Golden Spoon. What does everyone like better?


55 Evan July 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Hi Kath- I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I also work for Foodbuzz.com, which is an awesome foodie website. What blogger dinner are you going to in San Francisco? That’s where we’re located as well and do the same thing! How fun. And First Crush is great.
And for all those questioning what to call San Francisco… Yeah, no one native calls it San Fran or Frisco. If you want to be short in an email it’s usually SF, and I almost always call it just “the city.”
Check out my blog too Kath. Not as healthy eating as you, I don’t know how you do it!



56 amethyst July 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Very impressive and super-organised! Enjoy! Shame I’m too far away to join-in… :-)


57 adria July 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Oh, I hope that my future husband will do cute things like leave me post-it notes etc.

Have fun in SF at the conference. Learn lots 😉


58 sarah July 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

between the his ‘n’ hers lunches and the picture, this was the cutest post ever :) have a wonderful trip kath!


59 Michelle July 16, 2008 at 5:28 pm

You should go to FINO while you are in San Fran. They have the BEST italian (it is a few blocks from Union Square). Yummy :) Let me know when you get back and maybe we can plan a lunch!


60 caitlinbo (in FL) July 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm

ellie – good luck!!!


61 Becky in MD July 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I think the lunches were hers and hers-Kath and her mom!


62 CourtneyS July 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Ellie, I wish you well in your recovery, but your post troubled me – deeply.

“I remember how it basically rained unhappiness on every part of my life, in theory, but mostly I remember the good things (being thin, having other girls stare at me, size 2 jeans, attention, being thin, and did I mention, being thin?).” Also, you say, ” I don’t want the unhappiness but I want the simplicity and the comfort of routine.”

As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, I sincerely hope you’re in therapy and addressing these issues. There is NOTHING GOOD about an eating disorder. Balance, routine, and order are all good things to strive for, but an eating disorder isn’t about any of those. It’s about control; it’s about denial; it’s about hurting your body.

Eating disorders destroy lives. Anyone who is glib enough to say she wishes she had one should understand what it is like – it’s HELL. I wouldn’t wish an eating disorder on my worst enemy. It’s not a topic to to take lightly and it’s important to remember how often eating disorders are misunderstood as merely something that has to do with being thin.

I apologize if my tone is too serious, but I didn’t spend six years of my life battling through this to let a comment like that pass.


63 Diane July 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm


Don’t apoloize for your tone- you’re post was very powerful and insightful.

Thanks for your words of wisdom!


64 mh July 16, 2008 at 8:18 pm

ellie, I also hope you get the help you need. I too used to wish i had an ed so I could be skinnier, until one day I had a full blown eating disorder. at the peak I was a size 00 from abercrombie, the captain of 2 cheerleading teams, I had the most amazing boyfriend and friends, a straight A student, I was the UN happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. My ED ruined so many years of my life and I stil struggle with it every single day. I still have ED tendencies that i wish would go away and NEVER come back but I know I will have some of these tendencies for the rest of my life and that horrifies me. having an ED is no joke- it has ruined so many lives (including part of mine) and if anyone has thoughts like they want to have an ED, I would say please get help immediately. No one should have to suffer with an ED


65 CourtneyS July 16, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Thanks, Diane. I hate to bring down the positive mood but it’s an important issue that I feel strongly about.

With all that…Kath, I hope you’re enjoying dinner with blog friends and I hope we see lots of pictures! Safe travels.


66 Kath July 17, 2008 at 8:27 am

I have been to Cabo, but that was when I worked in NoDa years ago – we don’t really live that close now. I thought it was fun though.

Evan ,
It was a get together of some KERF readers I coordinated through email. Maybe next time you can join us! I’m in town for the BlogHer conference.



67 sirenjess July 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

Hey Justy2003, where in Texas do you live? I live in San Antonio.


68 Justy2003 July 17, 2008 at 10:27 am

Hey sirenjess-
I’m in Houston, just moved about a year ago from Ohio…from what I hear I need to visit San Antonio though (never been)!


69 sirenjess July 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm

yes you do girlie.


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