Surgical Snack

July 26, 2010

Hello from the hospital! I’m at a small hospital in South Charlotte – not the intense trauma center where I interned. It’s amazing how much calmer it is here. I’m enjoying the variety of music playing on a piano downstairs changing between The Beatles, Broadway and hymns! I was happy to find wi-fi ’cause of course I brought my computer to get some work done :)

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Karen is in surgery now. She was in good spirits all morning. I think I was more nervous than she was!! I hate medical things. She declined a blog photo though 😉

I’m all set up with lunch at a table after checking in with Karen in pre-op.

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The ultimate packed lunch: a big ole sandwich.

Hummus, tempeh (raw, uncooked, yes I think it’s good!), carrots, lettuce on GH bread :mrgreen:

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And the best blackberries ever!

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I’m getting back to studying Foodservice for the RD exam. Many people dread learning all the formulas for food cost and menu analysis, but I actually find this stuff the easiest of the materials. Probably because most of the information is either:

1) Incredibly intuitive

2) Simple math word problems

I’m pretty lucky that I’m good at math and don’t really need to memorize any formulas because I can figure most of it out with common sense analysis. But I’m still going to study study study!

Later gators.

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Another raw tempeh fan – love it!
Gotta say Kath – you look SO pretty in that first photo!


2 Kath July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Aw thanks :)


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I dig raw tempeh! Happy studying and wish Karen a speedy recovery for me.


4 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

you look beautiful! that sandwich sounds great, and you’re such a good daughter in law :)


5 Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I hope everything goes great for Karen! Those blackberries look so delicious! I believe you when you say that they were the best ever!


6 Mastering Public Health July 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Nice productivity and bonus of a musical background. Good luck studying for your exam; like you mentioned, it sounds mainly formulaic, which probably comes easily to you because you are so organized. Best wishes to Karen!


7 Dorry July 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Hope the surgery goes well and good luck with your studying!


8 sweetersalt July 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Good luck studying and hope the surgery goes well! I don’t usually do tempeh, but I eat “raw” seitan which grosses my co-workers out. It’s like eating cooled cooked meat – same dif!


9 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Ah I love math problems.

Then again, I did Major in Mathematics.


10 wendy sue July 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

So I am a new ish reader from fabulous Charlottesville! I gather y’all are moving here to start a Great Harvest or some other business?

I saw in an older post that Bikram wasn’t your fave. Ashtange Yoga is pretty awesome and located above Mas and if you like to run the Ragged Mtn Running Shop( on “the corner”) has an amazing saturday group program. There is also a great pilates place- momentum pilates.
I used to live outside Charlotte when I worked at Winthrop University. Charlottesville might not have as many choices as Charlotte, but it is great nonetheless.


11 Kath July 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for the recs!

Did you know I went to Winthrop for my RD?


12 wendy sue July 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

no- what a small world. I was only there for a year from 2002-03 and have been in cville since.


13 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I love raw tempeh, too. It’s so good on sandwiches or tossed in salads. Those blackberries look divine!


14 Marisa @ Loser for Life July 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hope all goes well with Karen’s surgery!

The blackberries do look amazing!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Good luck on the studying! I hope all goes well with Karen. Hospitals on the waiting side are no fun!


16 RhodeyGirl Tests July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

You are such a good studier! I never learned how to study properly. Could have definitely used your example years ago…


17 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hope all is well with Karen!

I thought all the foodservice formulas were the easiest to study too. Mainly because its black and white. :)

Have a great day!


18 Betty July 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Your berries – are you buying them at 1) farmer’s market’s 2) grocery store 3) picking them somewhere? How much/many a week do you purchase?

They are great looking and you’ve had them awhile.



19 Kath July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

From the farmer’s market. Karen got them so I don’t know the cost.


20 Betty July 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Thanks – I was just curious about the volume purchased –

I’m usually a lurker, but the berries got me

Best wishes with the rest of the move, and thanks for sharing


21 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Your sandwich looks amazing (as usual). I’m glad Karen was in good spirits and I hope the surgery goes well!


22 Exercise and Eat July 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Good luck with your studies!


23 Ilana July 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Hi Kath,

Looks like your week is off to a good start.
Nice to see you smiling!
As already stated, you are a super daughter in law. :) I hope Karen feels better soon!
I just wanted to add that I made pumpkin oats for the first time and they were deelish.
And I am going to ask my sis for her fave yoga place in Cville for ya (which was mostly vinyasa, I think).
Happy studying!



24 Jessica @ How Sweet July 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I am SO bad at math. Luckily I married a guy who is good at it. :)


25 tanyasDailyProductReviews July 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

those blackberries look good, had mine this am


26 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Good luck with your studying lady! Is it weird that I’m sort of missing school/studying…especially the fun and interesting courses! :/


27 Leah July 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I just wanted to tell you that I think you’re the cutest little thing ever! You’re one of my biggest role models and your blog really made a difference in my life, thank you for being you!



28 Kath July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Aw shucks :)


29 Jess July 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

oh man, food service is my least favorite part. haha wanna take my food production & management exam for me?


30 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) July 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I agree! The food cost RD stuff is not hard to learn at all. I am working as a dietary manager at a nursing home now and use that stuff everyday so now it is common sense to me.


31 Steve July 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm


I was a Math Major so I def. get what your saying about your exam. Its amazing how people can find simple math equations incredibly difficult!

I too love Tempeh! Fantastic eats. Glad to hear all is well with your Mother in Law.


32 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Hope Karen’s surgery went well! I hate math, but I feel like foodie math would be way more interesting!


33 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I’m not looking forward to studying the food service portion of the exam! While I’m good at math, I’m not one for studying formulas. Hopefully I’ll find it as intuitive as you are! 😀

Hope Karen’s surgery went smoothly and quickly!


34 La. July 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I’ve never had tempeh period. bah. Food always tastes different in hospitals, I don’t know why. Your lunch looks tasty. I spent some time on and was pretty bummed that I’d missed the blackberry season here in Texas. Major bummer.


35 christina cadden July 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

That food looks so good! Hope Karen’s surgery went good.


36 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

love that there’s a piano there – are people just playing it or is there a hired pianist?


37 Sara @ July 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I hope Karen’s surgery went well! I gotta say, raw tempeh was not my cup of tea, but I loved the texture! It is really hard to describe, though.


38 Meg July 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Hope Karen is well :)

I love your sammie combos! And blackberries are one of my favorite summer foods. You are beautiful!! Hope you have a great day!


39 Nicole, RD July 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I loved the food service too…easiest part!


40 Daniel July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Raw tempeh is the best on sandwiches!

By how you describe it, I think the Foodservice portion of the exam would be my strong point / favorite part when I finally get there – I love math. :)


41 Callie July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

That sandwich looks so good. And those black berries. :)


42 Lauren July 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Surgery makes me so nervous, and people who are just nonchalant about the whole thing really amaze me. Hope everything went well for Karen!


43 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I hope everything goes well for Karen. You are such a productive person and seem to get stuff done at any opportunity rather than just waste time. I’m impressed!


44 Aimee July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Best wishes to Karen! Good luck with your studies. I have been looking into studying for RD too. Good to know there will be math involved. :)


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Hope Karen’s doing well! You’re such a good friend to be there with her :)


46 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Here’s hoping for a speedy, smooth recovery for Karen.

I tried a tempeh, jam and goat cheese sandwich today and it was amazing. I’d like to thank you for introducing me to that glorious combination!


47 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Best wishes to Karen!!! Sending lots of speedy recovery vibes her way!


48 Meagan July 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I hope the surgery goes well for Karen, and Kath you look very pretty today! Where do you keep getting those delicious looking blackberries!? I want some! Haha.


49 Vivi July 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

a perfect to go lunch! love tempeh, and the bread looks delish!


50 Stacey@ July 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That’s nice that your there with Karen. Hope she does well.


51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Good luck with studying!!

Is raw tempeh safe to eat? I read once that you absolutely HAD to cook it for at least 20 minutes.


52 Kath July 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm



53 Hannah July 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Good luck with the studying! And happy recovery to Karen!


54 Lindsay July 27, 2010 at 7:15 am

Happy studying :) I felt the same way about the majority of the food service problems..most of them I could just figure out…and the trickier ones weren’t even on my exam. I’m pretty sure I had about two problems. Total. Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do great!


55 ronnie July 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Great pic! Question: What is tempeh?


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