Shocked By Snow

February 4, 2009

It was just like in the movies:

  1. Alarm went off at 5:10am.
  2. Radio lady says “If you haven’t looked out your window this morning, you’re in for a surprise!”
  3. I get out of bed and it’s WHITE!!
  4. Then: “The roads are super icy. STAY OFF of them. There are accidents all over. Charlotte schools are closed.”
  5. So I assume since Winthrop’s classes were canceled a few weeks ago when the roads were snowy but not dangerously icy that they will definitely be closed today.
  6. I try to go back to sleep for 30 minutes but dream of Butterscotch coffee.
  7. 6:30: No sign of anything from Winthrop. From my laptop in bed (because it’s too cold to get up), I IMed Kelsey, who was also in her bed with her computer. We decide to at least skip my first class – it’s dangerous out there and apparently “Independence Blvd. is a sheet of ice.”
  8. 7:30: Do yoga. No news.
  9. 8:30: Eat breakfast. No news.
  10. WTF?!?!! No even a 2-hour delay for ice!?

As you can tell, I am still at home. I emailed my Biochem professor and let her know I couldn’t make it today. We are still undecided on our mid-morning, afternoon and evening classes, but we are planning to go.

Today I did YogaDownload’s Power Yoga #3 for the Advanced Beginner. Even though I am now able to easily follow the Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate sessions, it was nice to do a slower one again. The beginner level ones give you a lot more time to settle into the poses, which feels really good, and they are very descriptive so you can check on your form.

After yoga I finally dipped into the Butterscotch Toffee Coffee. Mmmmmmm! The taste is rather neutral, but the aroma is divine. You guys who are always looking for the good flavored kinds – see if your local mom and pop coffee shops carry any. This is from a local shop that roasts its beans here in Charlotte. It’s expensive (which is why we don’t always have it :( ) but worth a treat every now and then

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I had planned on yogurt + fruit this morning because of my busy day, but oatmeal won the battle for being a snowy 19* this morning (According to my mom, it was colder here than in Boston where Larbs is this morning!)

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Heaven in a bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1% milk, water, pinch salt, 2 dried chopped figs, 1/2 large banana
  • 2 tbsp wheatberries
  • 1/3 KIND Almond Coconut Bar
  • ~5 butterscotch chips (to match the coffee!)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • A few toasted almonds
  • Spoonful Barney Butter

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Fresh off the press

The KERF “Doggone Delicious” Oatmeal bowl is in fact, microwavable, as confirmed with CafePress staff by reader Elizabeth!!



Not sure of my agenda today!

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1 Oh She Glows February 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

Hopefully you don’t have to go in the rest of the day!

We have gotten 15-20 cm or ice storms and still not had classes cancelled…thats the worst! Or having to go to work in them 😉



2 Renee February 4, 2009 at 9:32 am

Enjoy the snow Kath! I hope they cancel classes for today so you can have a snow day :)


3 Suzanne February 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

Sorry to hear about your unsettled morning. We had the snow up here in Jersey yesterday, and I had to drive in it (I despise driving in the snow). Luckily, it was not so bad.

I have a question about vitamin D. (That’s the vitamin we’ve been seeing with your breakfast lately, correct?) My stomach doesn’t handle any type of vitamin very well, so I actually started taking the gummy adult ones called Multivites. They seem to be ok.

I was wondering if there were any side effects of vitamin D pills? And what is a good dosage per pill? Any brands you recommend? I seriously think I have SAD…I am such a dumpy downer during the winter months. I just can’t seem to get out of this funk – everything is a drag these days. :(

Drive safely!


4 Kath February 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

Suzanne ,
It’s not Vit. D – it’s just a regular One-a-Day Women’s (HT brand) multi. I don’t know the specifics on Vit D supplements, but here’s info from the NIH and WebMD:



5 Kristie Lynn February 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

Don’t worry, it’s still colder in MI (9 degrees with windchill at 0!). My college has only closed once in 50-something years, and even then it was half a day and it was because it was literally blizzard-ing all night/morning. :)


6 Sami February 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

I’m out of school too! =]


7 Shannon February 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

Where did you find the butterscotch toffee coffee? That sounds wonderful. FM???


8 VeggieGirl February 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

FREAKING scary snow here – but I still have classes :-( Hang in there!!


9 Betsy in Pittsburgh February 4, 2009 at 9:50 am

The best is when you get a snow/ice sandwich on the sidewalks! Walking to work has been quite treacherous lately, and yes – no cancellations!! :(


10 brandi February 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

Yeah, it was 18 on the way into work today and all snowy.

Virginia Tech doesn’t close for ANYTHING short of a blizzard.

Hope you have a good day, with classes or without :)


11 Laura February 4, 2009 at 9:53 am

Well, I’m here in Maine, so the snow is the norm, but I still don’t love it. But, I do LOVE Green Mountain Coffee’s Vanilla Caramel!!! So, so yummy.


12 Missy (Missy Maintains) February 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

Sorry about having classes! It’s the worst having to come to work in the ice too! They do not clean the sidewalk at all where I live so I tend to fall a lot on my walk to the subway! Love the oats!


13 Nicole February 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

I need to get my hands on that coffee! It sounds heavenly!


14 Audrey February 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

it’s 19 up here in Boston right now too it was about 14 this morning when i woke up..but we got another 5 inches of snow yesterday to add to the 50 or so inches we’ve already gotten this winter. couldn’t be more ready for spring!


15 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

Sorry about the Winthrop thing. They need to get with the program!!

Have a good snow day!


16 fitforfree February 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

at least you had a relaxing morning! enjoy your aft. :-)


17 Colleen February 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

Where’s a picture of the snow?!?!? I live in GA, so it’s a rare occurrence here as well…


18 caitlin February 4, 2009 at 10:10 am

your backyard looks green to me! :)


19 Moran February 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

Oh I hope you are in luck and they cancel!


20 rhodeygirl February 4, 2009 at 10:15 am



21 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 4, 2009 at 10:16 am

Delicious oats.

Stay warm and safe!


22 Diana February 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

The oats and coffee both look like great choices for a snowy day!
Drive Safe!


23 HangryPants February 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

I love surprise snow storms. Sorry classes weren’t cancelled, but you probably made the best decision for you to stay home.

I have a question about the flax you had yesterday. I’ve heard conflicting things about the digestability of seeds and getting the benefits only from ground flax. What do you know about this?



24 betherann February 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

Mmm butterscotch toffee coffee does sound yummy, but with a chance of disappointment. I LOVE caramel, but am always disappointed when I try to get it in tea/non-lattee coffee form. However, I did find a really delicious butter rum coffee from Archer Farms, sold at Target. It’s quite yummy!


25 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 4, 2009 at 10:29 am

Hey kath, where’s the snow ;-)?!

yummy oats and coffee!! AHHH!! KIND bars are delish & i tried figs this am in my oats for the 1st time this morning-such a treat!!


26 K February 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

Ahhh sorry about the ice – I’m terrified of driving on icy roads!! Be safe!


27 Liz February 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

I am trying my first Kind Bar ever today (Almond and Cashew) and holy moly it’s good. I chose this flavor b/c it has the lowest calorie count, and I am loving these bars. What’s your favorite flavor?


28 Meg February 4, 2009 at 10:54 am

I want some of that coffee! Stay safe and warm!


29 Jennifer February 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

I live in Chicago, and public schools close for nothing! I’ve taken my kids to school when the windchill has been -25! My oldest son is in 7th grade and they have never closed the school, no matter if its ice, snow, arctic air!! But, since you live where they aren’t used to it, that’s a whole other story. It’s kind of nice to possibly have a day off of school! ;o)

I just can’t wait for spring!!


30 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 4, 2009 at 11:04 am



31 Casey February 4, 2009 at 11:05 am

We actually had 8 inches of snow in southern Louisiana in early Dec! Class was canceled! It was awesome! I hope you get to stay home today! :)


32 Sharon February 4, 2009 at 11:06 am

Eeek, it sounds crazy outside!


33 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

You just used the snow as an excuse to eat oats and do yoga! I’d do the same thing!!!!!!


34 Leah February 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

I LOVE flavoured coffee!! Specifically Hazelnut! I live in the UK and it’s so hard to fine here so my sister and aunt has just shipped me some from Canada!! :)

Enjoy the snow!!


35 megan February 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

does anyone eat wheat germ? How do you eat it? replace flour in baked goods? Sprinkle on yogurt? I bought some to make granola and now I need help using up the extra :)


36 Kailey (SnackFace) February 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

Don’t you love an impromptu snow days? Although, I’ve seen enough snow for this winter. Enjoy your now opened-up day!


37 jennifer February 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

I would totally skip classes if the school doesn’t cancel. Serves them right!


38 sarah February 4, 2009 at 11:56 am

oh wow, we got NADA in terms of snowfall! everyone was all geared up for it, too. i say take a snow day anyway. life should have more snow days!


39 katecooks February 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

snow is so pretty in the morning when its untouched and perfect :) of course, i don’t think i would swap for the warm weather we are having in LA…the sun just seems to make me a million times happier, does that happen to everyone else too??


40 Glamour Girl February 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

so.. I notice that you eat oatmeal a LOT.. is there a specific way that you prepare it or do you just buy the ‘heat n eat’ kind at the store.. and if so should I be buying a certain brand or is the store brand okay? do you add milk or water? .. I really like the cinnamon bun flavored kind.. have you tried it?..


41 Maureen February 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

That’s why I love flavoured coffee, it’s like a low-cal treat! I mix it with equal parts regular coffee to make it last longer.


42 zestycook February 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

We are stormed in here to Kath – Hope you day gets better :)


43 Lauren February 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Welcome to Boston temperatures 😉


44 Sarah February 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I live in Florida…

Just torturing you a little :)

The quiche experiment was interesting. I made vegan lasagna using tofu last weekend and we had similar problems with it setting. I am tempted to try a tofu cheesecake recipe…have you, Kath, or anyone else ever tried making one of these?


45 Suzanne February 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for the vitamin D info, Kath!

(I could have sworn that you said in one of your posts that it you were adding Vitamin D because of the gloomy weather…hmm, maybe i imagined it)….


46 Kath February 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

HangryPants ,
I answered a comment on last night’s post re. ground flax. Check there please :)

Liz ,
I haven’t tried too many of them, but I love the Almond Coconut. I think I had a date one once that I liked too. I think they are a little too sweet to just eat, but I loved it in oats these past 2 days.

Sarah (lovINmytummy),

megan ,
I’ve sprinkled it on yogurt, salads, pancakes, oats, and ice cream!

Glamour Girl,
Laughing out loud hysterically over here :mrgreen: I’ve cooked oatmeal for you before so you should know the answer to this one 😉

Sarah ,
Matt made a PB Tofu Cheesecake at EarthFare once that was reallllllyyyy good. He got the recipe online somewhere but I have no idea where. It was pretty standard.

Suzanne ,
No, you are right about me adding vit D to combat gloominess – but I just added my vitamin back to daily. I was forgetting to take it! It has 1,000 IU so I thought that was enough of a boost than a plain vit. D supplement.



47 Shelby February 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I’m cold just reading about the snow. haha


48 SmA033 February 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm

i’m jealous!! i live an hour from charlotte (in shelby) & it didn’t snow here!
p.s. i did the same Power Yoga #3 for the first time yesterday & i liked it a LOT! i really like that instructor


49 Suzanne February 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

oh good! So I wasn’t going crazy! Thanks for clarifying. Yes, it definitely makes more sense to go with a multi.


50 ModelBehavior February 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

call me crazy…but I saw no snow out the window of that picture…did I mis read something? Either that or you and I have VERY different views of what a “snow storm” entails Kath! 😀


51 Kath February 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Re. Snow,
We just had a light dusting – it was the ICE that was dangerous!!



52 Tara February 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Hi Kath,

From one coffee lover to another: you need to try First Colony coffee. That brand is my absolute favorite and they’re based in Virginia Beach, VA, so not too far from you. (Kinda. Closer than I am at least! But if I can find it in Hong Kong, then I’d imagine that they stock it in NC!)

They’ve got loads of different roasts and flavors. All amazing. No idea why it’s better than other brands, but I heart it.

Also good – Dunkin’ Donuts French Vanilla. The smell is to. die. for.

I’d send you a care package, but postage is a bit ridic for me (And I can’t get those items over here… I have to schelp them back in my suitcase.)

I do, however, have unlimited access to UK- and Aussie-made Cadbury chocolates. (yay! Violet Crumble is my fav.) So… I’ll break from the norm and send you an unhealthy package of treats the next time I’m States-side. (Won’t be for a couple of months, so don’t get too excited just yet…)

But yeah, try to find First Colony coffees. And I KNOW your sister can get you some DD French Vanilla if she lives in Boston. (I think that stuff runs in the veins of New Englanders…)


53 Kath February 4, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Tara ,
I will keep my eye out!!



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