October 26, 1982

October 26, 2009

A guest post from my the mother…

In honor of Kath’s birthday, I thought you might like to hear of an exciting event that happened the night before she was born.

When my contractions were three minutes apart, we set out for the hospital.  We lived in Sudbury, Massachusetts and to get to Newton-Wellesley Hospital we needed to take Route 20, the old Boston Post Road.  The road was dark at three a.m. Cliff didn’t see a large rock that someone must have placed in the middle of the road.  The car jolted as we drove over it.  Cliff got out to put the rock on the side of the road, so the next driver wouldn’t suffer our fate.  When he returned and we started up again, he said, "Don’t worry, we’re still rolling."  We weren’t for long. The tire went flat.

Cliff went into the middle of the road and flagged down a driver traveling in the opposite direction. I don’t blame the woman for being nervous. She rolled down her window just an inch and he told her the situation.  We had seen a police car a few miles back. The woman kindly informed the policeman of our troubles  (Remember, no cell phones back then!)  A few minutes later, he appeared. (I”ve learned that one way to get sweet attention from the police is to be in labor.) The officer called an ambulance and that’s how I arrived at the hospital.

Cliff went back the next day and found the rock.  We now have it in our garden, and Kath, it’s ready to move with you to Charlottesville if you promise to take care of it.

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Thanks mom! And special congrats to her for figuring out how to use her digital camera!!

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I always try to fill my b-day with things that I love, and so far I’ve included a lot of them :)

Matt and I set the alarm to get up at 6:26 so we could go to the gym together before he went to work. I could have rolled around in my PJs all morning, but I wanted to get up and get going so I could finally go SHOPPING! We debated skipping when the alarm went off, but I was too excited to go back to sleep and decided that I wanted that refreshed post-workout feeling this morning, so after some snuggling until the sun came up, we went :) We had a great sunrise visit – quick and full of 26’s. I did 26 on the ET and then ended with a bang of 26 pushups.

Home, showered and oated up:

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The birthday combo:

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt, splash vanilla
  • Half banana
  • Handful raisins
  • ~1/4 cup pumpkin
  • Cinnamon
  • Bourbon pecans from Fresh Market
  • TJ’s pumpkin butter
  • Extra almond butter
  • Candle wax [see below]

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My candle melted a bit into the hot oats!!

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I requested frothed milk from our cappuccino maker. It’s a pain to do, but oh-so-fun when you do! The Fresh Market pumpkin spice coffee was a bit odd, but I still liked it. More like coffee with spices than a perfect blend.

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Matt doesn’t like pumpkin in his oats, but he said he’d have them this morning. He liked them! "Just a tad too much gord," was his report.

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Time to shop!!! I’ve got class at 2PM and might treat myself to lunch at EarthFare since I’m all alone today :) Or I might have a brie + pumpkin butter sandwich…. both would be equally delicious!! Tonight Matt and I are going out to dinner at a fancy place. Can’t wait for a luscious glass of red!

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1 Courtney October 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

Happy happy birthday! I vote for the brie and pumpkin butter sandwich!!! :>

Hope your day is filled with lovely things…and what a great story from your mom!

Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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2 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

Ahhh Happy birthday!

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3 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is October 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

AHHH this is so sweet! One of my all time fave posts of yours, Kath! :)

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4 Tay October 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love your congrats to your mom about the dig cam :-) Have a wonderful day!

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5 Megan October 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! Enjoy your day to the fullest :)

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6 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

Happy birthday, Kath!!! :mrgreen:

Love the candle in the oats! Enjoy your day!!! :)

Jenn

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7 *Andrea* October 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

omg i am from sudbury, mass! i’m in college but my parents still live there!!! what a cool fact. love this post by your mommy. happy bday!

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8 Stephanie October 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

Happy bday – I was born January 26, 1982 so our bday are somewhat similar – enjoy shopping!

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9 *Andrea* October 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

ps i was born at newton-wellsley hospital :)

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10 Cait (Cait's Plate) October 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATH!! Looks like the perfect way to start your special day :) I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!!

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11 Ashley October 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATH!!! :)

I hope you enjoy every minute of your day! :)

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12 Morgan October 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

Happy Birthday Kath! I hope your day is fantastic!

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13 Lauren October 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

Happy Birthday! Enjoyed the story from your mom.

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14 Lizzy October 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear Kath! have a great day! :)

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15 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

Happy birthday! I loved your mom’s guest post. That is adorable. Enjoy your day!

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16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

Feliz cumpleaños chica!!!

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17 Sarah R October 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

Ah, great post from your mom! I can’t believe the candle melted in your oats!

Happy Birthday!!

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18 Lauren October 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one! Sweet story from you mom!

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19 JENNA October 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

happy birthday!! :) i hope you have a blissful day!

I absolutely loved your gather post!!!

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20 Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Have an incredible day!!!

happy happy HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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21 Nicole October 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Happy birthday, Kath!

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22 Jane October 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

happy happy birthday kath! i never knew you were born in boston – i was born at newton-wellesley too! :)

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23 kay (eating machine) October 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

happy birthday!
i love that your parents saved the rock

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24 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl October 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

I LOVE your mom’s story, Kath!! She’s a fantabulous blogger, too! :-D

So glad your birthday has started out special. Enjoy your day and have lots of fun and good food!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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25 brandi October 26, 2009 at 9:27 am

Happy Birthday – hope it’s a great one :)

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26 christie, honoring health October 26, 2009 at 9:27 am

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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27 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

your mom is too cute! what a neat story & i love that they kept the rock! :)

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28 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 26, 2009 at 9:31 am

Awww- what a sweet story!!! Really cute of your mom to share :)

Have a fabulous birthday – so nice that you get to spend the whole day with Matt…and SHOP!! Every girl’s dream come true ;)

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29 Laura @ Backstage Pass October 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

Woohoo 27th post! Have a wonderful birthday, Kath!

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30 Jaclyn October 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

Love your blog – hope you have a very Happy Birthday! :)

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31 Nicole October 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

Happy Birthday, have a great day!!!!

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32 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

YAY happy birthday!!!!

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33 ellen eats beets October 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

happy birthday!! What a precious story. Sudbury is right near my home town. Enjoy this day in all it’s beauty!

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34 HeatherBakes October 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

Happy Birthday!!! Don’t worry- 27 is just as fun as 26 :)

Love the new layout!

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35 Pam October 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

Cute birthday oatmeal…Have a happy and great birthday!

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36 Kara October 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

Happy birthday! I love the candle in the oatmeal, but I hope you have one in a piece of cake later on, too!

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37 ari October 26, 2009 at 9:42 am

happy birthdayayayayay!

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38 Betsy October 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

Happy Birthday, Kath! I hope it’s as fabulous as you are :)

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39 Emily October 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

happy birthday kath!!!

love the bday oats!

hope you have a fabulous day!

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40 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) October 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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41 Amanda October 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

Hope you have a wonderful day!! Loved the story from your mom!

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42 Lauren October 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Can’t wait to hear about your dinner. Pumpkin and brie? mmmm

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43 Janna (Just Flourishing) October 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

Happy Birthday Kath! I hope you have a FABULOUS day of shopping and night of delicious food!

And what a great story from your mom!

:)

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44 Jac October 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

happy birthday!! may all your wishes come true this year! and the many years ahead of you..
great look on the blog too!!!!

Jac

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45 janetha October 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

happy birthday kath! it is my sister’s birthday too. hope you have a great day!

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46 Lyn October 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

Happy Birthday Kath! Enjoy your fancy dinner :)

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47 Claire October 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

Happy Birthday!!!I

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48 Sarah October 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

Happy Birthday! What a neat story and they kept the rock!! That is so cool.

Have a wonderful day and a nice dinner tonight :)

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49 Hallie (Healthy Twists) October 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

Happy birthday! Have a wonderful day…you deserve it!

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50 Eve October 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

Happy Birthday – I hope you have a wonderful day. That is such a sweet story from your mom!

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51 Christa @ Antz on a Blog October 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

What a healthy birthday treat, and a great post! Go moms!

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52 Allison October 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

Happy Birthday! I loved the post from your mom. What a great story.

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53 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

Happy Bday! You are staring your 26th year off on the right foot with exercise and oatmeal :)

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54 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

Love the oatmeal “birthday cake” and the frothy cappuccino! What a great way to start your 27th year :-) Happy Birthday!! I live for birthday cake with buttercream icing…

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55 VeggieGirl October 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

Beautiful words from Mom. Happy birthday once again!

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56 Mellissa October 26, 2009 at 10:07 am

Have a great birthday! 27 is a great year :)

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57 Fallon October 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

Happy Birthday! 26 is definitely your lucky number of the day. I love how you are embracing it. You go girl!!

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58 Karin October 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

what an amazing story! mums are fantastic ;).
have a great birthday!

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59 Amelia October 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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60 coco October 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

happy birthday Kath! wish you a fabulous day and year! :)

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61 April October 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

Happy Birthday! Enjoy the wine or two ;)

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62 Gloria October 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

Happy Birthday from a lurking reader :) I absolutely love your Gather post… It just made my day. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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63 sue October 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

happy birthday!

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64 Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

Happy Birthday, Kath!!

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65 Kati October 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

Your mom’s story gave me shivers! That is just so neat. I love it! And I like the purple oats candle :> Have fun b-day shopping!!

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66 Natalie from MD October 26, 2009 at 10:33 am

Hello! I’m a new reader, really enjoying your blogs. Have a great birthday!

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67 Christa October 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

Happy Birthday Kath!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

KERF addict,
Christa

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68 Julie @savvyeats October 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

Happy birthday! All your little ways of celebrating today are so cute!

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69 Rebecca October 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

Wow, I’m a total goof. I thought your birthday was yesterday and commented Happy Belated Birthday on your post last night! haha Sorry about that!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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70 Lena October 26, 2009 at 10:39 am

Happy Blessed Birthday! Enjoy the year ahead!!

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71 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 26, 2009 at 10:39 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATH!!!!!! Your Momma’s story is so sweet–what a beautiful rock :) PS LOVE the new fabulous looking site!

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72 Julie October 26, 2009 at 10:41 am

Happy Birthday!! I love the rock story, how cute that your dad went back for it! :)

Have a great one!!!

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73 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 26, 2009 at 10:42 am

Feliz cumpleanos, Kath!!!

I loved your mom’s story; it’s clear who you inherited your writing bug from :)

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74 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life October 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Happy Birthday, Kath! I love the guest post from your mom about the rock-that’s so neat!

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75 Meghann October 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will celebrate some more in San Fran in a couple of weeks!

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76 Mama Pea October 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

Happy Birthday Kath. Thank you for always being inspiring, encouraging and just darn entertaining. I hope you enjoy your day!

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77 Ashley October 26, 2009 at 10:53 am

Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!

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78 Erika October 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

Kath! Happy 26th!!

So great to hear from your mama :-)

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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79 Graze With Me October 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

Happy birthday, and 27 is one of my favorite numbers – don’t shy away from it!

I’m not able to see the new header but hopefully it clears itself up in a day or two. Suspenseful!

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80 Justy2003 October 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

Happy 26+1 birthday! :) Hope you enjoy your special day!

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81 Priyanka October 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

Happy Birthday Kath!!!!! Have a great day!!
Love your Mom’s guest post!!!

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82 Fancy October 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

Happy Birthday, Kath!

Your comments are coming up in such a strange way…not beginning with the first one, but only the recent ones? In order to see the first ones, I have to click something at the bottom? It’s a little frustrating, it was so nice just to see them in order before. Is anyone else having this issue?

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83 Jess October 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Yes, they are being shown on two different pages if the comments reach a certain amount.

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84 Christin S October 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

Happy Birthday Kath!! Hope you have a great day! :)

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85 Emily October 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

Happy Birthday, Kath! Have fun shopping! I hope to see some of your purchases. :)

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86 Alyson October 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday woman! I love the candle in the oatmeal :)

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87 Brittney October 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

Happy birthday!! Enjoy your day :)

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88 courtney October 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

Happy birthday, Kath! Enjoy the rest of your day :)

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89 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

Happy Birthday, Kath!

So sweet of your mom to share that story!

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90 Brynne October 26, 2009 at 11:22 am

Happy Birthday Kath!! Definitely treat yourself to a great Earthfare salad!

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91 Diana October 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

Aw, that story is so sweet.. I love that your parents kept the rock! :)

Happy birthday!!
Hope you’re having an amazing bday!

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92 caronae October 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

Happy birthday! But why did you do 2’s at the gym instead of 27’s?

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93 Lauren October 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

Happy Birthday, Kath!! Hope you have a wonderful day…You deserve it!

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94 MelissaNibbles October 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

What a sweet story from your momma!

Happy Birthday Kath! Thanks for inspiring us each and every day.

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95 Whit October 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

Cute birthday story! :D Enjoy the day!

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96 Suzanne October 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

Happy Birthday, Kath!

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97 Alison October 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

Kath,
I love reading your blog and my friend just emailed me to say ‘No fair! you and Kath have the same birthday!’

…So I feel cool.

Happy Birthday to me and to you!

Alison

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98 Maggie October 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

Happy, happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day! :)

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99 HT October 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

Happy Birthday! Keep smiling!

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100 Sage LaCroix October 26, 2009 at 11:58 am

Hi Kath-
Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday too! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and I never responded before. Keep up the good work!

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101 Jenna October 26, 2009 at 11:58 am

Happy Birthday Kath!
cute breakfast this morning! have a fun day of shopping and out to dinner with matt :)
jenna

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102 Annelies October 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and it’s the first time I comment, I just want to wish you a very happy birthday. I love the new lay-out of the blog and keep up the good work, it’s so fun and interesting to read your stories and your recipes!

Annelies

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103 carrie October 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Happy Birthday Kath! I have been silently following your blog since stumbling upon it about a month ago. I celebrated my 26th birthday on Saturday and have vowed to make this the healthiest year of my life! You have been a great inspiration, and I wish you well in this next year. Enjoy your birthday dinner, you deserve it!

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104 Ana (Ana Puede) October 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

FELIZ CUMPLEANOS KATH!!!

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105 Sarah October 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Happy birthday! Today is also my late grandmother’s birthday. She was a great lady. Hope you wear your opals today. :)

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106 Holly October 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. KATH! HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!

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107 Jenn (Eating Bender) October 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I have always loved the way you celebrate your birthdays :) Waking up at 6:26 – that just makes me smile. I’ve got a numbers game that I stick to on my birthday, too: born at 8:07 in 1987 weighing 8 lbs, 7 oz.! I try to wake up at 8:07 every year.

Loved the tribute from your mom. What a great story!

Enjoy your day, Kath!!

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108 Kath October 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Andrea,
Same hospital – cool!!

Fancy,
I didn’t realize that. I’m not sure if it’s fixable (I didn’t put it there) but I will look into it.

Alison + Sage,
Haha – HBD to you too!

Kath

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109 Meghan October 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Happy Birthday Kath!!

I’d like to thank you for your obsession with oatmeal because it has turned into MY obsession with oatmeal!

I’m a student so I don’t really have enough time in the morning to do your whole process so I just use Wegman’s instant plain oatmeal with flax and fiber and add the mix-ins. My favorite so far is one packet of the oatmeal made with milk, 1 whole banana, 1 tsp of apple butter and 1 tbsp of organic peanut butter. The peanut butter really makes it happen.

Thanks for all the tips and happy birthday again! :)

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110 Emily, homecookedem October 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Happy Birthday! What a cute rock story! Love the birthday oats!! :)

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111 Jacqueline October 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Happy Brithday Kath! :)
I love your candle oats!

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112 stacey October 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Happy Birthday! Love the post from your mom!

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113 Jennifer October 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a fabulous day and a wonderful dinner tonight.

P.S. What an awesome story – I love that they still have the rock.

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114 Alison October 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I love that they still have the rock too – AND that you get to take it with you to your new home! What a fun birthday guest post from your mother. Happy GIVE BIRTH day to Mama KERF!

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115 Alison October 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Whoops – and happy birthday to you!! haha that was the biggest reason for my comment and I missed saying HB!

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116 Biz October 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Happy Birthday! Have two glasses of wine tonight! :D

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117 Organic Ashley October 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Happy Birthday Kath!! I love your blog so much. i think the way you eat is such a great role model for people who are striving to eat healthy and enjoy their foods. Thanks for all the dedication!

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118 Julia October 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I’m from Newton, MA and I was born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital too! I also know Route 20 very well and how difficult it is to drive on it in the dark. Such a cute story!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATH!!!!!

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119 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm

happy bday kath!!! you have accomplished so much at such a young age – i wish i had been half as motivated and self aware as you are 6 years ago when i turned 26. have a great day!

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120 Mom October 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Julia and everyone! Thanks for your kind words about the rock story. At work today, I’ve heard several stories about babies born in cars (after I told mine.) Yikes!

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121 Susan October 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Ohmygosh, that rock story is SO sweet!! And birthday oats are so appropriate for you Kath, Happt Bee-day!!!

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122 Alex October 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

HaPpY 26th + 1 bIrThDaY kAtH!!!!! I hope you’ve had an enjoyable-and-delicious-food-eating day!!! :)

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123 gina (fitnessista) October 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

hope you’re having a very happy birthday <3

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124 Marianne November 5, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Happy belated birthday :)

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125 Danielle November 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Happy belated birthday! October 26th is also my husband’s birthday so I think it’s a great day to be born :) Love the story from your mom!

Danielle

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