Rain On The Brain

August 26, 2008

Morning all! Turns out I slept horribly last night. It started with my book (Barefoot, which is SO good!) that rattled me brain, then I was thinking about the new syllabus, my classes, and all things school related and I could NOT settle my brain.


I tried some breathing, which only led me to realize I was starving. I did some quick math and with no snacks yesterday, I figured I was only at about 1400 calories including a workout. After 10 more minutes, I decided to go down for some cereal. I had a bowl of H2H with Kashi U on the bottom and milk. I also had another big handful of H2H.


It seemed to do the trick because I fell asleep right when I got back up to bed. But since an 11:45 bedtime would put me getting up at 5:45 with less than 7 hours of sleep, I reset the alarm. I never choose exercise over sleep if it means less than 7 hours. We’ve got a Davidson alumni event uptown to go to for dinner tonight at 6pm so my only time to workout today is between my 2 classes. Since I’ve been thinking about doing this on T/TH anyway, I though I’d give it a try today. We’ll see how I feel at 10:45. Maybe my class will get out early. So I did light make-up after my shower and packed a bag to go. Thank GOODNESS they have towel service so that’s one less thing to haul around!


This morning we’ve got major rain outside. Not ideal for walking around a campus!!

Down on coffee, I had a big cup of water and a big bowl of oats .

Today’s combo:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup 1% milk, 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp-ish ryeberries (which the husband declared we’d call ‘grainberries’ from now on since he never knows what kind I make)
  • Vanilla, salt
  • A spoonful of raspberry jam (I was craving jam this morning – weird!)
  • Walnuts, crumbled
  • Blueberry granola plank
  • AB



Daniel Radcliffe was on Conan last night and I watched just a few minutes after breakfast. He’s SO CUTE! I’d happily take Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins in exchange for my husband for a week 😉 But the funny thing is, I think HE would too!

Classes this semester

MWF 9:00: Organic Chem

M 2:00: Organic Lab

TTH 9:30: Nutrition Through The Lifespan

TTH 2:00: Foodservice Systems

W 6:00pm: Micro Lab

All The Time: Micro online

I’m off!!!

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1 Caroline August 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

=) Have a great time at all of your classes, Kath! Your oats look like brain food:~]


2 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 26, 2008 at 7:35 am

Love the pic of you and Matt on the sidebar!


3 Christie August 26, 2008 at 7:40 am


I have taken all thos classes as well… Im sure you will do great… the thing abotu school is it would be so much easier if we can plan out schedueles in order to not have these huge breaks!


4 Lida August 26, 2008 at 7:42 am

that’s really good that you choose sleep over excercise. maybe i’m being too hard on myself… haven’t gotten that much sleep lately. but then do you push your workout to later in the day or just skip it entirely?
i find that if i don’t work out shortly after getting up i end up thinking (sometimes dreading) about it all day.


5 Eliza August 26, 2008 at 7:46 am

sorry to bother you with this, but i have the same little organizer (pb right?) and can’t figure out how to put pictures in it! i know there are instructions, but of course i can’t find them anywhere. any help you can offer would be wonderful! thanks!


6 Katrina August 26, 2008 at 7:50 am

Have a great first day of classes! Sorry about the rain. Bummer.


7 Rose August 26, 2008 at 8:01 am

Good luck with class!

I like your philosophy about sleep and working out. I think that makes a lot of sense… you should be fully rested before jumping into the next thing.

Have a great day!


8 Nicole August 26, 2008 at 8:03 am

I couldn’t sleep last night either! It was awful.

Your oats look great! I’ve really got to try a granola plank.


9 Kate August 26, 2008 at 8:06 am

Sorry you didn’t sleep well. I’ve been backing off of coffee after 2 p.m. for the same reason–even if I sleep I don’t feel well rested if I’ve had any late in the afternoon.

Have a great day! Beginning of school is always exciting.


10 Jessica August 26, 2008 at 8:09 am

Good luck with your classes and manuvering in the (needed) rain. I’m with the husband, on adopting the term grainberries – cute!


11 VeggieGirl August 26, 2008 at 8:16 am

Good luck today!!!


12 Christie I. August 26, 2008 at 8:17 am

Sorry you didn’t sleep well :( Good luck with your day!


13 Nadine August 26, 2008 at 8:18 am

With all your education/experience, can you or any other readers suggest a cookbook/website for new low sodium recipes? I’m trying to help my hubby control his blood pressure and while not a chef, I can cook (and enjoy following recipes). Or any superfoods you recommend to help lower the BP? Thanks.


14 Danielle August 26, 2008 at 8:37 am

Wow. Good luck busy girl! :)


15 Kati August 26, 2008 at 8:38 am

I love to have a small bowl of cereal and milk before bed…it’s the usual for me and most of the time puts me right to sleep! :)


16 Tina August 26, 2008 at 8:39 am

Kath, we have SO MUCH in common, but definitely not that Harry Potter thing! :)

Good luck with your busy day!


17 Becca A August 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

Best of luck on your new semester!


18 Maran August 26, 2008 at 8:51 am

You’re reading Barefoot? That is SO weird because I bought it on Sunday and finished it last night and I was going to drop it off on your door step because I thought you would enjoy it!

Anyways good luck with the new classes and stay dry. Flash flood warnings all day!


19 sarahH August 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

I saw that yesterday you had your organizer in the laundry room. Does your house not have an extra room for an office for you guys? Ive never seen someone organize school supplies where they do their laundry.


20 Heather August 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

Sorry about the rought night :( Even as an adult, the night before school starts is usually a tought one for me.

Hope you like your new classes!


21 CourtneyS August 26, 2008 at 9:24 am

I loved Barefoot. I’ve read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s books and really enjoy them, especially in the summer.

As we move into fall, I thought I’d share my oatmeal this morning. Not the most creative, but festive for fall mornings.

Apple Pie Oatmeal: simmer 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup skim, pinch of salt, one chopped apple; stir in ground flax, nutmeg, and cinnamon; top with a drizzle of maple syrup, walnuts, and peanut butter. Yum!


22 CourtneyS August 26, 2008 at 9:25 am

P.S. Good luck with the first day of school, Kath! I have trouble sleeping the first week, too. It happens every year.


23 caitlin (see bride run) August 26, 2008 at 9:26 am

good luck with your schedule and remember to BREATHE! :)


24 Rebecca August 26, 2008 at 9:27 am

Hey Kath,

Just wanted to say I recently discovered your blog and love reading it! Also, the new pic of you and your husband is great. Love how you light candles with your meals at home — what a nice touch! I will have to try it :-)




25 hk August 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

good luck, today!! You seem totally ready, but I know what you mean- busy schedules sometimes send my mind spinning- all the best!!


26 Julie August 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

If you like the taste of coffee, switch to decaf. I adore coffee and usually choose decaf over regular for various reasons.


27 jimmi August 26, 2008 at 9:35 am

kath –

you’re exhausted! not only from last night i imagine, but you’re demanding school scheduled, the impending doom of a cumulative exam before the class starts, a quick weekend trip to boston, the recipe book, and the very idea you have to do all this and be healthy fit and fabulous! (and take the time to record it down in a beautiful blog.)

girl, take a second and breath and do something JUST FOR YOU. (don’t have a mountain of pizza or anything,) take a day off the blog, a long hike, plan a day of hooky from school and work with the hubbie. SOMETHING outside of your deadlines.

somebody give this girl a hug…


28 Ange C. August 26, 2008 at 9:49 am

Best of luck Kath on your first day back to school! You seem totally organized and ready. And I really think you should try a yoga class soon to calm your nerves! Yoga keeps me sane and balanced for sure. Take care in the rain today!


29 Amy13 August 26, 2008 at 10:01 am

Love the new pics of you and the hub and you solo on the sidebar! They look great! :)


30 JJ125 August 26, 2008 at 10:03 am

The planets must be aligned strangely today because both I and the bf slept like crap last night and woke up (late) in a terrible mood, my breakfast consisted of 2 cups of black coffee and 2 Advil . Ugh. Let’s just declare today as National Screw-Everything Day and all stay in bed and watch movies. Anyone with me?

Although seeing as I am typing this rant from work I am apparently not celebrating the holiday….


31 rhodeygirl August 26, 2008 at 10:19 am

good luck today Kath!

Love your little organized desk setup. Makes me miss being in school!


32 Nick August 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

I actually prefer to go to bed a little hungry, it’s almost soothing to me because otherwise I usually feel bloated from eating too much and that’s no fun. Plus I love waking up hungry, because then I’m excited to get my oatmeal on. But real hunger, that’s not cool. Gotta feed the machine.


33 runjess August 26, 2008 at 11:01 am

I don’t think it was the coffee if you had it early enough in the morning. Probably “night before the first day” nerves. I have a hard time turning my brain off at night. I still get up and work out because I function very well early in the morning, but I sure feel it later! But, I do it anyway because if I skipped my workout every time I got less than 7 hours of sleep I would be in some awful shape.

Keep being a good example and enjoy the fact that you aren’t working full time while you’re in school. Have a good first day and I hope your orgo lab instructor isn’t as mean as mine was!


34 TracyJ August 26, 2008 at 11:06 am

Check out the DASH diet website- there is SO much good info available! I always recommend it to the folks that I counsel who have high blood pressure! It’s a great resource!


35 Sharon August 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

Good luck, Kath! Hope your day goes well. You are ALWAYS so busy and I really admire your dedication and how you are able to still get everything done and make it look so easy! I wish I could get up early to do my workouts like you do. It would make my life so much easier. I keep setting the alarm, but wind up turning it off and deciding to sleep instead. I then do my workouts after work which I hate. It would be so much nicer to get it under my belt and be able to enjoy the rest of my day without my workout hanging over my head. I don’t know how you do it, but I really admire you!


36 rhodeygirl August 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

Kath (and anyone else who has been through it and has ideas for me):

I know you have wrist pain sometimes and I have begun to experience wrist pain, especially while at work. i work at a computer all day. How do you cope with it, and what kinds of preventive exercises have you found work? I have googled it as well but it seems that the suggestions are all over the place.


37 sarah August 26, 2008 at 11:26 am

i agree with runjess (or maybe we are just so in love with coffee that we have to defend it!). nerves about starting something new are pretty much the only thing that can keep me up — and i am usually the best sleeper ever. the coffee should have been out of your system by nighttime (unless you had a big cup in the afternoon or something.)

of course, take this with a grain of salt from the girl who drink a large cup of starbucks at midnight last night (on call) and still had no problems taking advantage of a 2am nap opportunity!

hope you have a great day @ school today!


38 Erica August 26, 2008 at 11:39 am

Maybe it was the moon?? I didn’t sleep well either! But good luck with your classes this semester…and man, are you organized or what?! I’m very impressed!


39 tfh August 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

Hope the workout works out well! Sounds like a busy day so it would be nice if that could take some of the stress off.


40 ModelBehavior August 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm

New classes fun stuff! Once you settle into a routine you won’t stress anymore…it’s probably a fear of the unknown type of thing!


41 Kath August 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Lida ,
If I can push it back, I do that, but if I don’t have time (like during my summer school session) I just skip it.

Eliza ,
You have to put your finger in a hole and push it down and pull toward the back at the same time. Just fiddle with it!

Nadine ,
I second DASH. I think http://www.myrecipes.com allows you to search for low sodium as well.

Tina ,

Maran ,
Weird!! I’m loving the book. It’s been so fun to read. It’s getting sad though….I have no idea how it will end!

sarahH ,
We have one closet in our whole downstairs: the laundry room. It’s got hook for coats, cleaning stuff, the W/D, and some shelves. It’s near my computer desk so I’d rather just put the school stuff in there than have my desk up in the guest room or something. Whenever we move I’m going to require more storage!

Rebecca ,
Welcome to KERF :)

jimmi ,
I’m having a glass of wine tonight at the alunni event – that should help!!

Ange C.,
I ordered two yoga/pilates DVD’s a few weeks ago and whadda ya know, I “haven’t had time” to do them. I will try to make an effort!!

Sharon ,
Thanks for your comment!

rhodeygirl ,
When mine was mouse related at work, I actually switched my mouse to the left hand. It took about 2 days to get adjusted, then it was totally fine. If it’s typing related, could you request a new keyboard? Worst case just take a break from typing like I had to a little this summer.

Erica ,
I’d say it was the moon since we all seem to have trouble sleeping but I put my sleep mask on to black out light about 10 minutes in!



42 rhodeygirl August 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm

thanks kath. i will try to switch to the left hand, and i am sure i could request a new keyboard, as my boss is my dad/bro/self hahaha.

it’s definitely the mouse though :(


43 rhodeygirl August 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm

p.s. thanks so much


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