Life In A Book

December 28, 2010

I’ve been waking up consistently at 7:30 – but it seems the rest of the crew doesn’t rise till closer to 9.


In an attempt to wait to enjoy breakfast as a group, I started my day with coffee and a new book.

I’ve been reading Nicholas Sparks’s books since The Notebook. I’m not the biggest fan of his writing, but given that he’s a North Carolina author, I am loyal. This one is set just across the Cape Fear River in Southport!!

When it was [finally] breakfast time, I made a great yogurt creation!


Featuring plain yogurt, pumpkin, Ambrosial muesli, banana, cinnamon, Nutty’s Butterscotch, a few Quaker Oatmeal squares.


Proof of pumpkin’s presence




Had two of these – one before, one during, both half decaf so I’m not up all night tonight!



The weather looks like it’s calmed down a bit – our annual Bald Head Boot Camp is scheduled for later this morning!


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1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’m a loyal reader of his books too. They aren’t extremely great writing or innovative stories, but they always are captivating. I don’t think he will ever do another as good as The Notebook though.


2 Alaina December 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

Looks like a beautiful sunny morning down there :-)

Hope you’re enjoying your holiday vacation!!


3 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

I am not a huge Sparks fan but I have heard a few books are better than others, so I might check them out. Have fun at boot camp :)


4 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

I have never really gotten into his books, though I did really enjoy the movie the Notebook.


5 Rena December 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

I love your web site . I am inspired by you because I have gained some weight I am right at 148lbs and I have hypothyroide disease so Its really hard to lose weight . However my goal for the new year is to get healthy . I have purchased a rebounder tramoline in hopes to jump start my new goals . Thanks so much for the inspiration .

Rena from Texas


6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

I am with you on the Sparks books. I do think The Wedding is my favorite though even more so than The Notebook. Have fun with your family today!


7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

Don’t you hate when your body doesn’t let you sleep in? I woke up consistently at 830a last week even though I didn’t have to work.

Delicious-looking breakfast bowl!:)


8 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

looks like you are having a great vacation so far! i always wake up early and have to eat breakfast before everyone else… i always try to wait but it just doens’t happen.


9 Amanda (Eating Up) December 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

Yeah, I can’t get into Sparks books either. He writes so many though, that I like a few of the plot lines!


10 Jil @ Big, City, Lil Kitchen December 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

Ohhh, the Notebook – love it.


11 Cheryl December 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

I’m very envious that you and your family enjoy the same foods and activities! Is that luck or careful planning? It looks like a fun time!


12 Camille December 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

I thought I was the only woman in the world who wasn’t a huge Nicholas Sparks fan! I love the film of The Notebook, but that’s about it.
Plus, I once read an interview where Nicholas Sparks compared himself to Hemingway and basically made himself out to be a giant self-absorbed tool. Ever since then I am 100% anti-Sparks.


13 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey December 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Camille – I can’t stand him either! I read ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Message in a Bottle’ way back in the day… but that’s it. You’re definitely not the only woman who doesn’t do Sparks. I’m a bit of a book snob, and just can’t get behind something that is so formulaic and the same every. single. time.
But, to each their own. He’s just not for me.



14 Maryann December 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

Im a sucker for a good love story, so I enjoy books by Sparks!


15 melissa December 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Kath….you won’t like the book. Just finished it and I’m not sure what is up with NS. I’m from NC too and continue to read for loyalty reasons and keep hoping for another gem like The Notebook. It has some good parts but is very predictable.


16 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

Sparks is a hit or miss with me. I like some of his books and others I can’t stand!


17 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

I don’t like Nicholas Sparks, but I love yogurt!


18 grocery goddess jen December 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

Even though I live in NC, I’ve only seen the Spark’s movies, and just a couple of them. He just seems so…formulaic to me. But I did enjoy the movie the notebook, and I do appreciate knowing the spots where the books take place.

Your family does so many fun things :)


19 Debbie B. December 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

I am reading the Notebook right now too!! Loved the movie and although I think his writing can be a little cheesy, I needed a good chick flick read in my life right now. Although the bookstore only carried the copy of the book with the movie cover that makes it even better to carry in public. Haha.


20 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

That’s very cool that while in NC you are reading N Sparks, a fellow NC author! I love Southport, Bald Head, Wilmington, and all the quaint little beach tows up and down the coast. We loved living on Wrightsville Beach…it was truly magical and we loved it when we were there.

stay warm and enjoy your book!



21 [email protected] December 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

I have never read any of Sparks’ books, and reading most of the opinions in the comments makes me not want to start, lol. :)


22 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

I like when his books are turned into movies– I can handle 1.5 hours of cheeeeeeesy cheesiness, but entire books of it kind of wear me down :-)


23 Lana December 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

That morning time before everyone rises is my favorite time of day. It sometimes feels like I get more done in that time than the rest of the day. Well, depending on how long they sleep, lol


24 Leslie December 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

I’m the same as you with Nicolas Sparks, but I did read something of his last summer that was really good. I believe it was called Three Weeks with my Brother. It is the true story of his childhood (whoa, you won’t believe what he’s been through) and an amazing trip around the world that he took with his brother. The story goes back and forth from present to past and gives you perspective on where some of his stories have come from and it also gave me a lot of respect for him as a person.


25 Kath December 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I’ve read it!


26 Ashley J December 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

I don’t know if you’ve read it, but I thought that The Guardian by NS was BEAUTIFUL!


27 Kath December 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Read that too :)


28 carlee December 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

I’ve read 6 of his books! I LOVE his writing! Your crazy girl!
My favorite one was probably Dear John!


29 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

i feel like i’m always up before others too on vacation. why IS that?


30 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

I’ll never forget my eighth grade English teacher recommending “The Guardian” to me. I was so shocked by how risque it was!! I have to say that A Walk to Remember is his favorite book of mine. So hopelessly romantic :)


31 Amanda December 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

A walk to remember is my favorite too! I was suprised how different the movie was from the book but I love both!


32 Natalie O December 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

I am sad to say I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book or even seen the Notebook! I have to get on that ASAP. I heard the Notebook is a great book & movie…


33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I love the movies based off of his books but I can just never get INTO his books!


34 Ashlee @ cookinginnh December 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I like his books, but I agree with you that the writing isn’t the best. They make for a nice, easy read though! My favorite has to be “The Notebook”.


35 Quisha December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I agree… wasn’t a huge Sparks fan until I read Safe Haven. I loved the book and I couldn’t get through it quick enough. I’m letting a friend read it but I’m about to ask for it back so I can read it again :) The story starts off a little scattered but once you get a quarter of the way through it gets good. I don’t know how he knows women so well, it’s scary lol.


36 Natalia - a side of simple December 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The clarity and shadows of these photos is great! Looks like a perfect morning near the beach :)


37 Meagan December 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Yogurts the best – what kind do you use?


38 Kath December 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Mostly Stonyfield Oikos plain greek – but this was some off-brand plain from the island store


39 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I’m not the biggest Nicholas Sparks fan either. I don’t say this often, but I’d actually just rather watch the movies of his books!


40 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I don’t read much fiction, so I’m not familiar with Sparks’ writing. Plain pumpkin must be an acquired taste, because I just can’t imagine loving it as much as you do, LOL. 😀


41 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

i’m not a huge nicholas sparks fan either.
your breakfast creation looks fantastic!! makes me want to eat breakfast again :)


42 Christine (The Raw Project) December 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Looks like a crazy fun breakfast, what a wild creation. Have fun with the boot camp!


43 Nicole, RD December 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

It looks sooo pretty! I needed more coffee to get this day started right!!


44 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I used to be a big Nicholas Sparks fan in high school, but I’ve gotten away from his writing as of late.


45 Jess @ atasteofconfidence December 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

The book is so much better than the movie!


46 Hope December 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan! I’ve loved his books way before he became popular and his books were turned into movies. There is something about his writing that is just so incredible. I cannot get enough of his books. :)


47 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I love the shell. Whenever I’m at the ocean, I take numerous photos of shells on the sand, in shops, in the water. They’re the essence of peace and the constancy of change.


48 Shannon (A Better Me) December 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Breakfast looks tasty!


49 Elizabeth (SomethingPithy) December 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I read The Notebook and A Walk to Remember just so I could say I’d read the book when I went and saw the movies, but I don’t think I’ve read any NS since. There’s something about his work that’s just too twee for me.

But the soundtrack for A Walk to Remember is still some of my favorite soothing music.


50 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Oooh I want your breakfast! If you can believe it, I’ve never read nor seen The Notebook, but all I’ve heard its that it’s a major tearjerker! I’m not normally one to cry in movies at all, so it sounds like this is the ultimate test. Hope you’re having a great day Kath! :)


51 Namaste Gurl December 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

How fun– I’m currently reading, “The Wedding” by Sparks. So far so good!


52 Kat December 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I’m usually the first to rise in my home too
That’s a gorgeous spoon by the way


53 missy December 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yummy breakfast bowl!

Have you ever read Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson? I though it was good.


54 Hannah December 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I always have half decaf when I’m at my parents place, so I completely understand your desire to sleep 😛 That yoghurt creation looks insanely good!


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