Pedestrian

September 27, 2011

Another reason I love Cville: pedestrians actually get the right away.

As a runner this morning,

Cars rushing to work stopped when I was waiting at a crosswalk to cross.

Dog owners paused to sit their dog while I passed by.

And even the rain decided to stop for 45 minutes so I could jog on by.

Politeness + kindness are always appreciated.

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It’s the most wonderful day of the year:

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<3 overnight oats in sunflower butter. Even more so than hot oats in a jar!

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • Cville Cluster on top

Clearly I need a lesson in jar bottom photography ;)

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Didn’t even get it in this one!

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Loving this tea!! Vanilla and Mint are two of my favorite flavors. This was sent to me via OpenSky – working on a possible dessertty tea combo with my favorites from the line.

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Have a fab day!!

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1 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

Ooooh I’m about a week away from Sunflower butter OIAJ day. I CAN’T WAIT. :)

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2 Chloe (In Fine Feather) September 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

Walk & Bike-able cities are always on the top of my list. Living in Atlanta has it’s perks, but I do wish they were more bike & pedestrian friendly down here.
One day I’ll try my hand at overnight oats, they seem like perfect on-the-go breakfast for me to take to class :)

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3 Jo September 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

That’s right OF way … I sure HOPE the cars are stopping at a crosswalk. That’s a pretty serious traffic violation if they’re not!!

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4 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

who is that baby at the bottom of the post? edible!!!

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5 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

I have no idea what you’re talking about!?

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6 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Ohhhhh!! Hahaha. That’s my friend Rebecca’s baby. She’s not edible :)

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7 Anna September 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

Another days-away update comment: I’m only about 2 days away from sunflower butter OIAJ!! :) Possibly one day, depending on how much of it I eat today…
Is there a way to get that Cville Cluster if I’m not in close proximity to Cville? It always looks so tempting.

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8 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Not at the moment, no. We might do another round in OpenSky soon

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9 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

OOIAJ for me this morning, too. Pumpkin pie flavor!

Question – why should dog owners have their dogs sit while you run by? As an owner myself, I don’t do this when we are out walking… we share the sidewalk, just as runners or walkers should share it, as well. (Granted, I don’t let my dog wander into the other “lane” so to speak, she is well-behaved on walks). Just curious why you think this is expected…?
(not snarky, just a genuine question).

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10 Jackie September 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

I agree. I “stay in my lane” with my dog, but I don’t see why runners should get a “sit.” When I run, I always give dog walkers the right of way… they often have their hands full, and the speediest/most mobile in the “right-of-way equation” usually should be able to yeild more easily. (I always think back to my sailing days. Speed boats give way to sailboats, and sail boats give way to the big shipping boats).

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11 Di September 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

My family has always had dogs and they were taken to group classes for obedience training when they were pups. When a dog owner commands their dog to sit when someone approaches it is for safety reasons. Animals are unpredictable no matter how long you have owned them or how well you think you know them.

A calm dog under control that has been properly socialized in public is a much happier pet than one that is live wire at the end of the leash that could knock people down or lunge and bite. In my area runners and pedestrians have the right of way and pet owners are expected to sit their dogs or step aside to a respectable distance. But then there are those that don’t always follow the guidelines.

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12 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Dog walkers are pedestrians, too, for the record. And plenty of us have “well-socialized, happy, under-control dogs”.

I can not imagine living in an area (town? subdivision?) where I would be “expected” to move away with my dog, when someone else is approaching me. Sounds a wee bit crazy to me.

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13 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

If your dog is trained and I run by you with no pulling, then I’m perfectly content with that! If someone stops, to me that suggests their dog is NOT obedient and therefore I really appreciate the stop. I will run WITH you and your dog Angie!!

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14 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm
15 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Agree about the right-of-way… I do the same for parents with kids and/or strollers. I pop off the sidewalk if need be – I would never expect them to stop to let me pass.

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16 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

Oh I don’t expect it at all – you know your dog. I think these people must have those jumping/pulling types of dogs, so I appreciate that they know the jumping/pulling will happen if they don’t sit.

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17 Jen September 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

I think the safety reason is key. Most dogs I pass start getting excited and run over to you. I’ve tripped over many leashes this way. Also, usually when 2 or 3 people are walking next to each other, they step aside to make room so really a dog is no different than another person.

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18 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Glad to hear it, Kath. I definitely thought that sounded a little odd.
We all just want to get some exercise… our pups, too! :)

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19 Di September 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Geez Angie, you really are quite the “police” on this blog aren’t you? I was simply pointing out a safety issue (thank you Jen for having my back on this subject). Moving out of reach a bit with known dogs that are obviously overly excited or disobedient is just common sense and being a responsible pet owner. Otherwise, the owner is potentially setting themselves up for a physical injury lawsuit. Yes, in this crazy world we have now there are those folks out there that like none other than to make a quick buck out of an unfortunate circumstance.

I don’t appreciate you insinuating that my locale is crazy and ‘can’t imagine living in a town’ that’s that way. This is an unwritten common courtesy that we have in my area and it works for us. We have a 20 mile walk/bike trail which is very popular place in our town.

This blog has been good reading and thanks Kath for opening my eyes to more than one way to enjoy oats but as long as there are trolls like Angie waiting to pounce on everyone’s comments I will do without. Sorry Kath.

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20 Bizzle September 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Wow. Just Wow. You would really stop reading because of a difference of opinion with another commenter? Yawn. What a boring world we live in where we all have to have matching views on everything.

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21 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Ha,ha – Di – I am the farthest thing from an Internet troll. (As should be evidenced merely by my presence on this blog and many other for quite some time, my own blog, and the fact that I’m not commenting “anonymously”. But some things are worth pointing out, I suppose).

Yes, I have a difference of opinion from you – if that scares you away, so be it.

Your first statement that I replied to, read quite condescendingly with regard to every other dog owner’s behavior aside from yours, and others thought so, too. I merely expressed my disbelief that such a “rule” existed – which is what you implied. I stand by that.

Kath – I for one am sorry you have to deal with commenters like that. What a drama-rama. What should be a civilized discussion, never quite turns out that way, does it? Whew.

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PS – I definitely agree, Bizzle! :)

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22 Lauren September 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

Hi Kath,
Pedestrians get the RIGHT OF WAY, not right away ;-) hehe

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23 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Oops!! Southern mistake :)

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24 Christina September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Ooh I got mocked mercilessly for this in drivers’ ed- I mean, you go right away if you have the right away, right? I also thought it was the windshield factor- how cold it is on the windshield of your car.

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25 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

Whenever you post photos of your Asics I always think “shoe twin!!” I’ve had mine for a while now and I love them, but I think I need to replace soon and am hoping they have some equally as loud ones in the same model this season!

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26 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama September 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

I love the picture of your shoes. :-) Happy Tuesday!

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27 Paige @ Running Around Normal September 27, 2011 at 8:47 am

I heard the other day that Reese Witherspoon was hit by a car while running. That makes me so mad! So many cars think they own the road.

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28 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

I <3 that mug. Very fall-like :)

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29 Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

Nice job on the run this morning Kath! That’s great that C-Ville is good with letting cross the street and such, I have run in some area and have honestly been scared for my life when running!
Your mug is so pretty, I would be quite excited to drink out of that! :)

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30 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

how nice to have a pedestrian-friendly city :) the drivers in chicago would just as soon run you right over, but since we moved to the suburbs, it has been a little better…

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31 Khushboo September 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

Agreed: overnight oats>oatmeal in empty nut butter jars!

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32 Madison @ Espresso and Cream September 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

It’s amazing how the little things can make such a difference in your day. Rarely do pedestrians get the right of way in my neck of the woods, but I sure do appreciate it when I do!

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33 Morgan @ moments of mmm September 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

That is definitely one of the best days! Now, I can’t wait to hit the bottom of my sunflower butter jar. :) Have a wonderful day!

Oh and this reminds me of a funny thing I saw yesterday–a jogger went to cross an intersection and literally was grazed by a truck as he threw his hands in the air and jumped back. How do people not see a person standing at an intersection?! Glad to hear they are pretty considerate in Cville.

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34 Shannon @ My Place In The Race September 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

That’s my biggest complaint about Huntsville…not very pedestrian friendly at all. I’d love to be able to ride my bike more too but bikes seem to freak drivers out more than runners too :( It’s scary! I stick to the greenways.

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35 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

We’re becoming big fans of sunflower butter here! I love it with raspberry jam! YUM!

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36 Kori September 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love your mug!! Yes, kindness and sweet gestures go a long way. :) Have a great day!!

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37 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’ve never tried sunflower butter before! It sounds interesting – I’ll have to give it a try. I’m sure I’d love it considering I love every other nut butter out there!

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38 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

I love sunflower seed nut butter! :)

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39 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

There are a lot of things I love about our new town, but unfortunately it is NOT very pedestrian-friendly. The lack of sidewalks in some parts of town drives me crazy. Sigh.

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40 Dad September 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

Mom “gave me” her Sunflower Seed Butter because she didn’t care for it. I like it a lot but have only enjoyed it out of the jar on a spoon so far.

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41 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

WHAT?! She didn’t like it!! Tell her to save it for when I’m home!!

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42 Mom September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I didn’t really hate it–just like the other kinds better!

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43 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

You have to finish a jar to really understand its fabulousness

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44 Cait's Plate September 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

HAHA! The bottom of the jar photography cracked me up. That’s such a me thing. Particularly the one that you didn’t even get the jar in…that would’ve been like all of mine.

I love that Cville is like that – it’s such a refreshing, heart-warming feeling :)

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45 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

I live in pedestrian hell

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46 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love when a city is respectful and polite to pedestrians/runners/bikers! TJ’s sunflower butter is one of my favorites, your photos reminded me that I need to get more sunflower butter! Have a great day!

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47 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

HAHA. Those photos were great….esp since I can not photograph anything like that well. Heh

I wish I lived in a place where they stopped for pedestrians…..

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48 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

I wish cars were that considerate in Chicago. It’s illegal to not stop for a pedestrian at a cross walk and I cannot tell you the number of times I have stood trying to cross at a cross walk and watched tons and tons of cars go by.

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49 eliza September 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

Kath what type of running shoes do you where? I need your advice. Because I’m training for a half in November and I’m running at least a year old random under Armour pair. Currently they are giving me blisters galore. DO I buy a fancy pair from my running company in town NOW or do I wait for at least 3 weeks from my race date? I know you have been through the whole half training and your show picture reminded me to ask you :) thanks!
Oh and a motto in my house, just like “please + thank you” is “YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS!” :)
-Eliza

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50 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

Mine are Asiacs 2160s and I love them. I have wide feet so they work well for me. I’d recommend you go to a running store and be fitted – then they can pick the perfect shoe for your foot

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51 eliza September 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

running in a* (at least a year old) pair + SHOE* picture. I hate typos.

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52 Sweet and Savvy September 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

That is SO awesome that pedestrians are treated That way! My town doesn’t even Have sidewalks. :(

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53 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

I am insanely jealous that everyone was sharing the road with you. I am often the girl throwing my arms up in the air as a car fails to look for the runner.. screaming HELLO I AM RIGHT HERE CAN’T YOU SEE ME>. I EVEN WORE A BRIGHT COLOR SO YOU COULD PICK ME OUT! Haha.. it can get frustrating!!

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54 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

I want to move to Cville or wish for any walk-ability at least :) And TJ has to come to Orlando soon!!

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55 Hillary September 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

I always try to be mindful of runners and bikers, too—because I hate being that runner who almost gets hit by a car!

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56 jenny September 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Have you ever tried psyllium husks?

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57 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

No I haven’t. Is that some kind of fiber supplement?

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58 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

Nothing beats some sunbutter! Have a great rest of the day :)

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59 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’m eating OOAIJ out of the same exact jar as I type :)

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60 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

I giggled at the bottom-of-the-jar photos! What if you used your tripod and remote? you could stand holding the jar out in front of the camera and use the remote to capture the shot!

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61 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

Well I was using my tripod – I just couldn’t figure out the angle!

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62 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

You are VERY lucky to live in such a ‘runner’s friendly’ kind of town! In Boston however… no such luck. As a city runner, over time I have had to develop a jedi-like sense of ‘bad driver and other unfortunate and dangerous running obstacles’ radar.

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63 Lauren September 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

Love your new mug!

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64 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

Mmm…I keep forgetting about sunflower seed butter. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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65 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

I want to try sunflower butter! I bet it’s rocking based on your post :)

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66 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

That looks like a fun breakfast to eat! Very filling and tasty. Win-win! :)

My neighborhood is very polite with people walking/running/walking their dogs. Anytime I’m out there cars and people live in perfect harmony.

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67 mary @ what's cookin with mary September 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

I have frozen pumpkin many times. When it defrosts, I just pour off the excess water, give it a mix and it’s good to go!

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68 Destiny September 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

Been loving my Cville Cluster from the OpenSky deal !!

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69 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

I just finished a jar of sunflower butter last night, so I think tomorrow is an overnight oats morning for me too. Yeah!

Don’t you just love when people are considerate? I wish more people were like the ones in your neighborhood.

This morning a lady actually let her dog jump on my leg when I was running by. No, I don’t think your dog is adorable for doing that! So annoying because it almost tripped me! And it’s scary when a dog you don’t know lunges at you!

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70 Kaitlyn @ Almond Oats. September 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

Love your mug! It feels like Halloween. :)

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71 Rebekah @ Medicine, Munchies and Movement September 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’ve grown up in a very pedestrian-friendly city so whenever I travel my friends always have to hold me back from crossing the road! Love your pics of the jar bottom…it’s the effort that counts :)

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72 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Vanilla mint sounds soo good!! I need to try that :)

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73 Angel7 September 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Gotta try Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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74 Bridget September 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I don’t usually comment, but this morning’s post juxtaposed with my morning’s events, and it seemed timely to give a little safety reminder.

My boyfriend’s cousin was killed in a car accident in Virginia yesterday evening, on her way back to college. Even though we are all safe drivers/walkers 98% of the time, we have all had those moments where we change the CD, answer the phone, etc. Living in New York, I constantly see pedestrians fiddling with phones or iPods while crossing the street without looking. I’m happy to hear that Cville drivers are more courteous than crazy New Yorkers, but for you and others who run outside – please be extra careful.

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75 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

oh my gosh, I’m so sorry to hear that. I agree – we all still need to be looking and defensive pedestrians. I am careful to always make eye contact with the driver before I go.

Hugs to your boyfriend’s family

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76 Bridget September 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Thank you, Kath, I will pass that along to him.

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77 Ellie@fitforthesoul September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

overnight oats in a jar are next for me! took that opportunity today with hot oats. Kindness can go such a long way! For reals–it always makes me so so so happy when I see someone being kind to others. Cville sounds heavenly! in Cali, we get run over if we don’t walk fast lol

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78 Suzanne September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Funny- when I was a student in Cville I always complained that drivers would never yield to pedestrians. Then again, I felt like pedestrians were often pretty inconsiderate of drivers as well (slowly meandering across the crosswalk- it wouldn’t hurt to put a little spring in your step!) I actually feel like DC drivers are much better about giving me the right of way, despite it being a much more congested city!

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79 Ella September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Kath! I’m at FNCE in San Diego and at the session about having an effective food blog. Not 5 minutes ago the presenter just showed your blog in her slideshow as a great example. Wanted to let you know :)

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80 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

OMG that is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I were there too!

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81 Ella September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I was at the session, of course, because I started a blog when I recently became an RD. I hope you’ll check it out :) EllaRD.lifeyo.com

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82 Jennifer September 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Do you have any glass table tops? Could you shoot it from under a glass table? Like laying on the ground. I know you’d be willing to lay on the ground for a great picture.

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83 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

i actually thought of that!! Although what came to mind was a glass bottom boat :)

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84 Jennifer September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Would be a little trickier to shoot it from underneath a glass bottom boat.

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85 Lourdes tootiredmoms.com September 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Ha, I like the bottom of the jar shots!

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86 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I hate having to deal with cars when running, so I prefer to take trails through parks. The other walkers/joggers/bikers are always really friendly and polite!

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87 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Oh OIAJ, how you make me wish I could eat peanut butter fast enough….

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88 Emily@SavoryandSavage September 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I agree with the people who were perplexed about why they should make their dogs sit if a runner goes by.

While I always appreciate a “on the left” yell out from a runner (I have a hearing loss and rarely hear them coming up behind me but it does bug me if they crowd out my dogs on the sidewalk when they could easily hop off the curb for 3 feet and give us a bit of space. But I have 2 dogs so it might work differently if you only have one *shrug*.

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89 Dee September 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yum! Overnight oats are so da bomb!

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90 Mandi September 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I ordered the trio of teas when you offered them on Opensky. So far I have only tried the Vanilla Mint and I am obsessed with it! I am so jealous of how pedestrian friendly Cville is. When I was running the other day I had to move over 3 times for people sitting on their bikes or tweens just hanging out.

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91 Jess September 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

That’s so nice that drivers stop for you. I still think I would be too scared and end up waiting on the sidewalk.

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92 maria @ Chasing the Now September 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I love when others watch out for runners. People in Japan are pretty good about watching out for runners/bikers because it is much more common here. Still have to keep my eyes peeled though.

MMmmm. You’ve inspired me to make some hot tea this afternoon before work. Already looking forward to it!

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