One Eyed Monster

November 3, 2009

My poor little monster called from working with the report that he can’t open his eye I performed spousal duties and scheduled him an appt. at a dermatologist this morning. I hope she is able to give him something to help :(

I am terrified that the poison ivy oils are on some inanimate objects in my house and that I am going to get it in my eye before the big Foodbuzz Festival this weekend!! Does anyone know how long the oils take to inactivate their poison?

I stayed up late last night and wrote a paper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It feels SO GOOD to get a paper done. Really, the hardest part is starting it. Just how thinking about a post-workout after glow gets me out of bed at 5AM, the thought of crossing a paper off of my to-do list gets me motivated to get it done and done. I normally save my evenings for relaxing and try to get most of my work done during "work hours" but sometimes that window between 8-11PM just looks so wide open that I am actually excited to fill it with school work so the next morning I can wake up and have a wide open day.

So it made for a fun + relaxing Gossip Girl breakfast this morning!!!

Fabulosity in a bowl –

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  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt
  • Half banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • Cinnamon + vanilla
  • Sprinkle bourbon pecans
  • Spoonful Costco PB

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Pumpkins + Christmas + Bubbles, oh my

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The TO-DO list is short today!!!!

  • Study for MNT

The FUN list is longer:

  • Workout
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with friends

3 days till Foodbuzz!

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Gather post on adding healthy habits: Add + Subtract

Breathe post on counting calories: It Doesn’t Matter

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1 skinnyrunner November 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

have a FUN day! enjoy not working too much!!


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

I havent had to sacrifice sleep for a paper this semester yet and I’m so thankful. That being said, I’ll probably get a terrible assignment this week


3 kay (eating machine) November 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

i hope he’s better soon! the first time you put up a pic of his swollen face my fiance was looking over my shoulder and went “whoa, did that guy get in a fight?”


4 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is November 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

Aw- I hope his eye is ok!!!


5 Anne November 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

My husband got poison ivy last summer (conveniently right before we left for a beach vacation, where the sweat and heat made it 100% worse). :(

The doctor told him that the oils would only be on the objects that directly touched the plant (lawn mower, shoes, etc.), and that the oils could stay on those objects for months. However, we were told not to worry about oils actually transferring from human to human (which was great news because I’m HIGHLY allergic). I would just stay away from any objects that directly touched the plant, and hopefully you’ll stay healthy!


6 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

Yep, nothing better than finishing a paper!


7 brandi November 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

great job on the paper!

I hope Matt gets better soon – poison ivy is not fun


8 Rose November 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

Beautiful bowl of oatmeal + placemat.

I hope Matt gets better!


9 Erin November 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

I agree with the above comment. Poison ivy oils stay on whatever touched the broken part of the plant and stay there for a LONG time. If I even touch my work boots (I’m an archaeologist) during the winter or before heading out in the field the next summer, I’ll break out from the previous summer’s oils. It helps to rub down gloves or shoes with Technu or throw them in the wash. The glorious part is you can scratch and scratch and not have to worry about spreading the oils and rash on yourself! Some steroid cream or a shot will help Matt out tremendously. Good luck!


10 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

ooooh a gossip girl breakfast – what could be better? i just finished season one & can’t wait to start season 2.


11 Runeatrepeat November 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

Love the breakfast and place mat colors today :)


12 megan November 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

looks like you have a fun day ahead of you! I can’t wait to hear all about Foodbuzz!


13 Stephanie November 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

My mom gets Poison Ivy all the time…her rule is if it is on her face or “below the belt” she goes to the minute clinic for a steroid shot immediately. Maybe that is what Matt will get today…I’m surprised he wasn’t itching at all…


14 Diana November 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

Aw, I hope the dermatologist can help him!
Good job on your paper! Productivity ftw. πŸ˜‰

Have a great day!


15 Heather November 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

Congrats on finishing your paper! I hope Matt has luck at the dr today – he must feel awful!


16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

WTG with the paper! I do happen to miss that feeling of accomplishment…
If it IS poison ivy that Matt has, make sure he stays away from mangoes. They’re in the same plant family and can cause more severe outbreaks and can reactivate the reaction even after its healed. Usually that reaction isn’t permanent, but after the welts are gone, for about a month its a good idea.
Just some random helpful information :)


17 Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

love the longer fun list! Have a great day πŸ˜‰


18 laura dishes November 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

I think that you will be fine as long as you guys wash/clean everything that he has come in contact with… pillow cases, clothes, shoes he was working in, etc. I’m sorry that he can’t open his eye but maybe it’s a good thing, because now he will go see a doctor! :)


19 BB November 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

Kath, Poison ivy oils do indeed hang around for quite awhile on surfaces and this can spell big trouble if you are at all sensitive. But here’s the good news… isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) will break down the oil. You can buy it for less than $2 at any drugstore. There are two kinds of rubbing alcohol isopropyl and ethyl, you need the isopropyl. The label on the bottle should tell you which kind it is. Pick up a bottle and start swabbing. Hope Matt feels better soon.
Last summer my husband dropped his bar of soap into a poison ivy patch and unwittingly picked it up and used it to shower with. Ugh, what a nightmare!


20 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

Mm you oat bowls looks so simple and delicious. I’ve never put nuts in my oats! I think this morning will be a first :)


21 Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

Cottage cheese oats is something I need to give another try I think! Yours look so creamy and delish with that addition.

Hope Matt gets better soon! That cannot be fun :O(


22 Lynda November 3, 2009 at 10:05 am


Have you ever added pomegranate seeds to your oats? A little crunch and spurt of juice – they are awesome with pumpkin oats.


23 Tou Tou's Little Creation Cafe November 3, 2009 at 10:17 am

Pumpkin Oats? That is a fabulous bowl :) and great photographing skill too! I love the color of purple and orange!


24 Kath November 3, 2009 at 10:18 am

He got the shot!

The problem is that since he didn’t know he was dealing with poison ivy until the morning after, he didn’t know what he touched that night. He says he washed his hands when he came inside (with soap) but he had the shirt on that he wore all night and slept in it (the shirt wasn’t dirty since the vine took 5 minutes to pull down :) ). We washed the sheets and his clothes but I’m still worried about computer keys, doorknobs, railings, etc. Since I obviously can’t see the oils, what if I just happen to touch some and then my eye a few weeks from now!?!



25 sarah (ghost world) November 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

steroid taper!!! i promise, it’s indicated and will work wonders! i had to go on one for poison ivy (actually it was caused by mango skin — it has the same poisonous compound in it and can have the same effect in people who are more sensitive) and i felt (and looked) so much better hours after taking the first dose.

i hops his appt is soon! if you can’t get derm, he can just see a regular doctor.


26 sarah (ghost world) November 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

never mind i just saw ‘he got the shot’ — i’m assuming that means a steroid shot — good :) crossing my fingers that it kicks in soon!


27 Justy2003 November 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

Your poor husband :( Hopefully the dermatologist can get him something to help with the swelling!
Enjoy your day! :)


28 eliza November 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

bourbon pecans yum!! great addition to your pumpkin oats! you are seriously the oatmeal master πŸ˜‰ ever think about writting an oatmeal cookbook? or having a cooking show ? πŸ˜‰ i bet that would be so successful and great!



29 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

The oils from poison ivy do stay potent for a long time, both on fabric and hard surfaces… the best thing you can probably do is to clean the surfaces you know he touched while still wearing his shirt with something that’s alcohol-based.


30 Emily November 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

idk if anyone else has noticed this.. but it seems like there has been a lack of meat lately on this blog. Did you go vegetarian Kath!?!? :-)


31 BethT November 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

YIKES! Wash your hands a LOT and don’t touch your eyes…hope Matt is better SOON!


32 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

Poor Matt. I would just make sure to clean the areas you think he might have touched with rubbing alcohol and what not. How scary!


33 Christa @ Antz on a Blog November 3, 2009 at 11:00 am

I hope he has a speedy recovery! Oh, and I loved the Celine post too! :)


34 Hannah N. November 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

Poison Ivy is so awful! I don’t really know much about how long the oils stay on objects, but I do know that oatmeal is great for soothing the rashes and any itching that he might have. Throw some oats into a coffee grinder or blender and then stir them into a warm bath and soak for 10-15 minutes. For the areas around the face, you can take the ground oats and mix with water to make a paste to smear on (not too close to the eyes though!). I am extremely allergic and swell up like a balloon when I come in contact with poison ivy/oak and oatmeal baths always helped me a lot! Hope he feels better soon. :)


35 TaraJ November 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

This site has some good information:

How long does the poison ivy rash, poison oak rash, sumac causing urushiol stay β€œactive”?

Urushiol can stay active for months and even years at a time. It doesn’t evaporate like something water based, so it hangs around on items like clothing and tools for a very long time. Then, if you come back in contact with that item you will be exposed to the urushiol all over again.


36 LeanGreenLiving November 3, 2009 at 11:18 am
37 christie @ honoring health November 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

I hope Matt is feeling better soon.

Thanks for the link about Chrome, that is fantastic news!


38 Stacey November 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

Yay for productivity! Nay for your hubbies infection :( I completed a report last week and it was like a ten pound weight being lifted off of my shoulders! Enjoy your fun activities!


39 Jamie in Arkansas November 3, 2009 at 11:40 am

What a great post on Breathe!!! It’s just what I needed today! :)


40 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life November 3, 2009 at 11:49 am

Aww I hope he gets better soon!


41 Caroline November 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

New blog reader and love it so far! Tried Y2yoga yesterday thanks to your recommendation from Sunday’s post and really enjoyed it. Also love the oatmeal pancakes! Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with. Thanks for giving me some cooking motivation, keep up the good work!


42 Tammy (Defining Wellness) November 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Kath, your Breathe post is awesome! Your way of thinking is EXACTLY what finally helped me overcome my 15-year eating disorder. My R.D. said the same things that you are saying in this post. It’s amazing — if you just listen to your body, eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re satisfied — the calories work themselves out. The number truly doesn’t matter! I counted calories for so many years, and when I finally stopped, my body rejoiced. I now maintain a healthy weight . . . I go up a few, down a few . . . it doesn’t matter, like you said! It all balances out in the end. Some days I eat more than I need, sometimes less — I trust my body to tell me what it wants and needs. Numbers are so pointless! I was so inspired by my R.D. and the difference that I felt when I stopped counting calories that I, too, wrote a post about this in June. I hope you’ll check it out at:

Keep up the fantastic attitude and advice!


43 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Oh my gosh that bowl of oats looks awesome. I love the whole setting actually, but the inside is the best part for sure :) I hope Matt feels better soon! And now I must go read your Breathe Post!! πŸ˜€


44 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm



45 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hope Matt feels better soon and you stay healthy!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Have a wonderful day!


46 Christin S November 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Poor Matt, that’s awful!! My husband gets poison oak (i’m in Cali) regularly because he goes out and plays frisbee golf, and I am super sensitive, so what I do is use isoproply alcohol on common surfaces to keep from getting it. I got poison oak all over my face one time, and my derm gave me a 3 day course of prednisone (spelling?) and it was almost cleared up literally the day after I started taking it. If you see any rash start to form, just go to the derm right away, and you’ll be just fine…


47 Ty November 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Did I miss something? Your husband has poison ivy but is at work? Doesn’t her prepare food? This worries me.


48 Mama Pea November 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Oh thank the Lord that Matt is going to the doctor. No offense, but I’d be scared to buy bread from someone that looks like he does :)


49 Jenna November 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm

glad you got your paper done and now have a nice free day!


50 Hallie (Healthy Twists) November 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Yikes! Hope everything gets better in the KERF household! That’s scary…we don’t have poison ivy where I live…but I think we get poison oak which is basically the same thing?


51 Jenna November 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Your poor hubby :( Hopefully the doctor can help so he will start feeling better asap!


52 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Sorry to hear about your Husband’s allergic reaction, hopefully things will subside once a doctor steps in.

Bourbon pecans in oatmeal sound divine.


53 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Aww poor Matt. I hope he feels better soon. Poison Ivy stinks big time.


54 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Your Breathe article is fantastic!


55 Megan November 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Awwww that’s the WORST!! I got it in my eye once like that too and it was the WORST!!! Feel better Matt!


56 KefirGirl November 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

mmmm…lots of pumpkin!


57 Kath November 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Probably!? I don’t really like fruity fruits in oats though!

I would like to do both :)

Don’t you think I’d make a big splash if I ever did πŸ˜‰ There was sausage in my Gypsy soup yesterday! I’ve never been a huge meat eater anyways.


Oh cool!! Are you in Charlotte? We’re going back to yoga next Sunday if you want to join us!

Thanks for your comment!

Poison ivy is not contagious.



58 Alicia November 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

The title for this post made me laugh!

Are you going to have time for another SF meet-up when you are at Foodbuzz? Hope so!!


59 Ani Quigley November 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Hi Kath! Love your blog : ) I have a recommendation re: your fear of poison ivy oils. I used to get rashes all the time, as I am highly allergic to poison ivy. Anytime I was in an area I thought might be ivy-filled, I’d make sure to take a shower with dishwashing soap when I got home, i.e. Dawn, Palmolive, etc. Since these detergents are designed to get oil and grease off plates, apparently they can do the same to your skin! Since you don’t know exactly what your husband touched, you can try replacing your body wash with one of these products as a precaution. Hope this helps, and I hope your husband feels better!!
— Ani


60 homecookedem November 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Kath, I love your Breathe article. I saved it in my list of favorites to help remind myself that counting calories isn’t as important as I used to think it was. Sometimes I still have a problem with that!!


61 maria November 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Thanks for the link to your Breathe post. It was a great reminder. I’m actually thinking about doing a post soon about my transition, so I might include a link to your post, if that’s okay!


62 Lynna November 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

i watched gossip girl with breakfast this morning too- such an addicting show! and i love chuck and blair together.

I hope Matt feels better soon :)


63 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Kath, I am IN LOVE with your Breathe post! I need to print it out and hang in a work and at home. I’ve gone back and forth between counting and not counting, worrying and not worrying. Now that I know I am really eating the healthiest foods I possibly can and enjoying exercise often, it’s time to stop counting and worrying for good. Thank you!


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