On The Road Again

July 15, 2008

I feel like I’ve made this 2.26 hour trip 100 times this summer! This trip I started the audio book 13 Moons by Charles Frasier (the author of Cold Mountain). I’m only 2/13 CD’s through though, so I think I’ve got to take a few more car trips to finish it!

I left Charlotte just after noon and packed a sandwich and a Fage to have when I got there since I had a later breakfast. The whole trip I debated eating the sandwich, but I kept deciding I wasn’t that hungry yet and would enjoy it more if I waited. I’m glad I did!

Hummus, cuc, pesto + spinach on honey wheat


132 miles later….


I mixed my Fage with some of my parents fresh fruit! Nectarine and blueberries


And found some juicy watermelon in the fridge too!


My parents’ house is a haven of diet soft drinks (my dad buys them on sale and they have a huge stock) so I allow myself to enjoy them while I visit. I had a Dr. Perky today – and was joined by The Grinch! My mom teaches children’s literature and always has little puppets and dolls around.



Don’t tell the husband, but our bears are all ready for him to come to bed tonight! We always put them in there to keep the other company when one of us is away – sometimes they sneak into each other’s clothes and make-up and cause mischief!! (Eye rolling is allowed :) ) I had two of these guys forever and he’s always been funny at making them come to life.


Dad’s taking me to dinner tonight (mom’s going out with friends) and I think we’re going to Gulf Rim!

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1 Foodie July 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Kath, your sandwich looks so delicious. And you and the husband are too cute!

Everyone: I just started my own blog so please come check it out. Kath, I gave a shoutout to your blog on one of my posts, so come see it and tell me what you think!



2 Heather July 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I love Charles Frasier! He lived near my college in VA and was supposed to come as a guest lecturer to our english class, but it never happened :( I’m anxious to hear how the book is!

LOL at “Dr. Perky”… my grandmother used to buy “Dr. Topper”


3 Anne P July 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm

awww i love the bears. i totally still have stuffed animals around, too, haha.

and the gulf rim cafe looks awesome!! especially the scallops and the fish tacos :) and i’m sure the fish of the day would be fab, too!


4 Hil July 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm

The story with the bears is too cute…my husband and I do almost the same thing, except our stuffed animals have a tendancy to “stow away” in the vacationing spouse’s suitcase. :-)

Have a good time with your family.


5 Sara July 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Ha! Ha! That’s so funny about your bears! I love stuffed animals and have some in a corner of our bedroom, mostly from my hubby during our dating years. Very cute.


6 Justy2003 July 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Awe, I agree with Foodie-you and the husband ARE too cute! At least he’ll have something to snuggle with while you’re gone! :)


7 BethT July 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm

My NC-born husband loves Dr. Perky. In college we made the mistake of mixing Dr. Perky with Dr. Vodka, which resulted in Dr. Barfy.


8 anna July 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm

omg that sandwich looks yummy! what kind of soda is that? cherry?
and the bears wow you are so cute 😀


9 Jenny July 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Beth T –

You just made me laugh out loud. Bad thing is – I was drinking tea at the time…


10 Allison K. July 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Dr. Perky? hahaha….that makes me giggle. We don’t have Dr. Perky on the west coast….to be honest, I don’t drink enough soda to tell you what some of the generic names are…but Dr. Perky is hilarious.


11 yaz July 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Wow, he needs three little bears to make up for his lil’Kath… how cute!


12 VeggieGirl July 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Between The Grinch and the teddy bears, I’m smiling from ear to ear – too cute!! :0)


13 BethT July 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Haha, sorry Jenny. True story though!


14 polly July 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I loooove your blog and how much you love Matt. I think it’s awesome. I love my man like that and it seems rare nowadays. Yay for the 3 bears. :)

Also, nectarine and blueberries make a yummy combo!


15 Alli W. July 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I am moving to NC in a couple weeks…should I look out for this Dr. Perky character? Is it a local thing?


16 Lindsey July 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

We have Dr. Thunder ’round these parts…. 😀


17 Kath July 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm


When you put it that way [the 3 bears] I guess that makes me Goldilocks!

Alli W,
It was just some generic Dr. Pepper – nothing special. But if you haven’t had Cheerwine is a NC local drink that you should look for though.


And Pepsi was founded in NC!



18 Alli W. July 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Cheerwine looks great!!! Thanks!


19 Nat July 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Hahahha. Too cute! Love the bears!


20 hk July 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

ha! goldilocks and the 3 bears :) happy travels, kath!


21 Jessica July 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

The bears are too cute and I love the grinch with your Dr. Perky (I’m a huge Dr. Seuss fan). Enjoy your dinner out!


22 Laurel July 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m looking for a registered dietician. I want to lose some weight but still maintain my energy while training for a marathon. I’ve hit a plateau and I feel hungrier lately, especially after my long runs.

My insurance doesn’t cover this service so I guess I’ll have to look in the phone book. Is there a better way to search? Any things I should ask ahead of time?

Thanks for any help!


23 Nikki July 15, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Bears. So. Cute.

i hope my husband and I are that cute someday!

Beth T – you rock. I was in the middle of writing a paper and got a good five minute laughing break.


24 Every Gym's Nightmare July 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

you guys are so cute. i cant remember how long you’ve been married (i could easily look but im pretty lazy) but its nicey ou guys do such cute things for eachother.

my boy brings me diet coke all the time…that counts right?



25 Rachel July 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Kath, does your mom teach children’s lit at a university? I am getting a master’s in library studies, concentrating in children’s and young adult lit. It’s always nice to hear of someone else who already does it!


26 Kath July 15, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Laurel ,
If you go to http://www.eatright.org and click on the blue box in the right-hand corner “Find a Nutrition Professional” it will take you to a search area for your zip code.

Every Gym’s Nightmare,
A year and a month and some!

Rachel ,
My mom has a masters in library science, she’s a published author a handful of picture books, and she recently got an MFA in writing for children. She’s teaching continuing ed classes for teachers in children’s lit and will be teaching basic writing in the fall at a community college. She’d LOVE to teach at one of the major universities in the area, but those jobs are tough to get.



27 Jessica July 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Kath on the enchilada comment – they were amazing. You’re so sweet about meeting-up, we’ll catch-up soon! Once summer trips and out-of-town guests slow down I’d love to make a trip to Charlotte.


28 Laurel July 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Kath!


29 Kate July 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm



30 Sidi July 16, 2008 at 5:47 am

What’s the newspaper that I see? The Gazzette?


31 Pumpkin (Chef Erin) July 17, 2008 at 11:02 am

That’s too funny with the bears! My husband and I have a little team of stuffed animals we call the “babies” (a ghost, a vampire bear, an octopus and a penguin) that we arrange in funny little adventures for each other when we’re apart. Sometimes they stowaway in suitcases, too. Given the other comments, it’s comforting to know that we may be dorks, but at least we’re not the only ones!


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