May 7, 2010

Hey all! You’ll get the title at the end 😉

Oh the stress of planning a last-minute, mid-week trip!

4 Youngers. 4 different transit schedules. 3 cities. Destination: Lakewood, New Jersey.

I’m flying into LaGuardia [NYC] (for $340) and then taking a shuttle with my mom (who is flying in from Raleigh at the same time – knock on wood!) to Toms River where my family is. Dad is driving up Sunday. Larbs is taking a train from Boston.

Mom has to teach on Monday and Wednesday and Larbs is in an internship as well, so we’re flying back out of LGA Tuesday at 7PM. Arrive home at 9. Work first thing in the AM! It’s going to be a whirlwind of a mid-week. It’s such a shame that Gram couldn’t have held on a little longer until the summer when all three of us would be free from our schools and could have stayed to visit a few days with our family. Such is life.

Today was fun at Winthrop. TONS of paperwork. It was really busy! We listened to a great presentation on pediatric nutrition. Filled out a bazillion forms. I can’t believe I *should* be an RD in just 3 months! Hoping to take the exam in August sometime. Sometime between BlogHer and the Summit!

Lauri and I packed a potluck lunch!

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She rocked the plate with selections from the Columbia farmer’s market –

Fresh, delicious bread with cranberry cheddar cheese (melted!!), Applegate Farms Herbed Turkey, sunflower sprouts and lettuce. It was amazing!!

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Cheese was melted in the food lab microwave!

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Farmer’s market snow peas and strawberries!! Both were so very fresh!

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I brought yogurt (1/2 Chobani 2% that I got as a sample – really, really thick – loved!) with chia and apple butter

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When I got home at 5:00 I was pretty hungry again and had half a mango with some granola and Organic Valley Yogurt (the last of the vanilla)

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Shortly after, Matt was wooing me with beer

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I had just a little sip (had lots more work to do!) It was good, but I didn’t taste either basil or honey!

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For dinner, we plucked some beans from the garden

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Trader Joe’s baked beans that I picked up a few weeks ago on a whim. The ingredient list looked simple and good!

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Matt also baked off two small sweet potatoes, low + slow and we simple-steamed some cabbage in a colander over a pot of boiling water and topped it with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of maple.

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The beans were AWESOME!! Just like church picnics. Really good!! So was the veg :)

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I made a mocktail with seltzer, lime and cherry

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So refreshing in our hot house!

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You remember my bike accident? A week later…check out my BRUISE!!!

[Can’t believe I’m showing my backside to the world….. but I couldn’t resist!! :mrgreen: ]

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Looks kinda like a tattoo, no?!

Off to try to relax a bit. Hoping I can wind down some this weekend.

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1 Nicole, RD May 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm

OWWWWWWWWWWWW! Hope you feel better!


2 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie May 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

What a yucky bruise! I hurt just looking at.

So sorry for the loss of your Gram. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time and lots of traveling.


3 Mara @ What's for Dinner? May 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

OMG that bruise is sure brutal! Hope its feeling better though :)


4 Mama Pea May 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Peas and your bare ass. This is my dream post.


5 Jenny May 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

i love this… brought on the LOLZ


6 Food Makes Fun Fuel May 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Oh my goodness. The thing bloggers share…


7 Jin May 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

ouch!!!! I hope you’re okay Kath!

I’m so sorry about your grandmother and I hope your trip goes well. Just breathe and you’ll be fine!


8 Camille May 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Oh my gosh! That is a major bruise!


9 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) May 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your grandma, it sounds like she had a wonderful life surrounded by a loving family.

What a bruise! That looks pretty brutal, you should take some arnica to help with healing!


10 Aela May 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

That is one nasty bruise and I’m sorry that you have it. But why do bloggers feel like they have to share nearly their whole lives with the world? Some things can be alluded to- like a hurt bum- but there is no reason in the world that you should show that. Honestly, I often wonder why bloggers share certain things- we are a community but really would you show that to your whole neighborhood, which is also a community? Or your class at school? Declining to share your ass with the entire internet is not cheating your readers.

To each his (her) own, but bloggers should not feel compelled or eager to share so much about their lives with the internet.


11 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm


But I DID show it to a bunch of people in my real life community too…


12 Allison Rentmeester May 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Who cares if she wants to show us readers! It’s her blog.


13 Angie May 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Geesh, it’s just her back. How is that a big deal? Everybody likes to show off nasty bruises; they’re like scars, and they’re fun to compare.


14 J May 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I feel like bloggies are friends and we share our lives with one another. That is an awesome bruise…. I feel your pain but also had to laugh! Share on- it’s the stories about your life that keep me coming back for more; just a random list of the foods you eat would get boring quickly.


15 Kaci Higgins May 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

If it bothers you don’t read her blog. She’s not forcing you & you shouldn’t group all blogger’s together because everybody is different.
Kath, good luck with your travels. I hope it all goes well & you’re able to enjoy what time you do have with your family. Your dinner looks amazing! I love light, fun meals that are reminders of childhood. :) That bike accident is definitely a funny incident that I’m sure will be told many times so it’s good you have proof! hehe


16 MelanieF May 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

It’s just funny, that’s all! I doubt that Kath shares everything with her readers. I’m sure there’s a lot we do not know, and we do not need to know.

I just tought the picture of your bum/backside was funny!


17 Suzanne May 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

omg, Kath! Your poor little butt!! That looks so painful. Yes, definitely get some arnica!
Although it is on your backside – so no one can see it. :)


18 MaryEllen Taylor May 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now.I live in Toms River and had no idea you were from the Lakewood-Toms River area! Enjoy your blog and am jealous that we don’t have a Great Harvest Bakery here. Hope your new venture goes well.


19 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I’ve been coming up there my whole life! Gram is from Lakewood and my dad’s brother’s family lives in Tom’s River.


20 Julie May 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I’m also from the area!


21 [email protected]:// May 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

That is a horrible bruise, no wonder it hurt to sleep.


22 DF May 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh. My. Goodness.

I know it’s your blog and you’re choosing what to share with the world, but perhaps next time, we could get a warning before seeing you in the flesh. Not meaning to be negative. I enjoy reading your blog for recipe ideas and food chatter/discussion…not your bum.

My two cents.


23 Gavriel May 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Your “tattoo” is totally badass (forgive the pun!)! I’m so sorry about your accident, but that is one of the most colorful battle scars I’ve ever seen! I love reading your blog, Kath, and I was so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’m sending my condolences to you and your family and wishing you a safe, comforting trip to NY. :)


24 Laura @ youngDCliving May 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Owwww!! It sounded painful….but that’s an intense and ‘hardcore’ bruise. Hopefully it will heal soon! I can’t imagine how sore that must be :(


25 M May 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

You will never regret going to your grandmother’s funeral ever.
In the end we do not take life’s schedules,work,studies with us.
Nothing more important than loved ones and paying a loving tribute to them.
The rest is so unimportant in the big picture of life’s journey.
She couldn’t hold off till the summer, Life’s path follows no rhyme or reason…or schedule.

Obviously you are all too aware all this in your time of loss,and we send you the deepest of respect and sympathy in this time of grief and remembering for you and your loved ones.Your posts today reminded me to treasure what is most important -thank you for taking me away from silly worries of my work, schedule etc.

Take care and continued strength in the days ahead.


26 Mastering Public Health May 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

Well-said. 😐


27 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl May 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Oh my gosh! That’s a horrific bruise!! It DOES look like a tattoo! To me, from one angle it looks like the shape of a frog and from the other angle, it looks like a crab. What do you think it looks like?

And I’m so glad you get to attend your grandmother’s services. Closure like that is so important, I think. I’m sure it’ll be a crazy, exhausting trip, though!

Sending prayers your way!


28 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

LOL – like coffee shapes!


29 gilly May 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Kath’s Blueberry Bun … nice!

Haha. I can’t believe this is my first comment (longtime reader) but there you go. Such is the power of the arse, eh?


30 Sarah May 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

People come on, it doesn’t even look like a butt. It might as well be her back, its just SKIN.

People are unbelievable… there is 0% of anything risque in that picture…


31 MelanieF May 8, 2010 at 11:55 am



32 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place May 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

you are from Toms River? My best friend lives there, I’ve been several times. Actually going back for her wedding in July. Weird!

your bruise looks painful, ouch.


33 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I’m not from there, but my family is


34 lisa May 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Yikes! That’s quite the bruise. What are you doing to help it heal? Do you use arnica at all? It’s one of my favorite bruise-healers.


35 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I’ve never heard of arnica?


36 lisa May 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

It’s good stuff. It’s used in some homeopathic topical creams, and is used often by athletes for muscle soreness. You can usually find it at natural food stores.


37 Lauren May 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Ooh, yesss!!! Arnica is awesome!!! I used to get some nassstttyy bruises as a competitive dancer, and it always helped!!! You should try some Kath! :)

Sorry to hear about your Grandma. My thoughts and prayers are with you :)


38 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I cropped it some to reduce the skin exposure for you all!


39 Lauren @ eater not a runner May 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

That looks PAINFUL!


40 Elizabeth May 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

ahh! that bruise looks painful :( I don’t think it was bad of you to put it up. It actually does look like a tattoo – perhaps a butterfly! haah


41 Jenny May 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

OUCH!!!! What a mark! At least you had an AMAZING meal tonight to make up for it!


42 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm

OUCH! That’s an intense bruise!
Your dinner sounds so simple but absolutely delicious!


43 Daniel May 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Ouchies! Looks like the tatoo designer might’ve had a few sips of Honey Basil himself~ 😉

And excellent looking dinner, it’s the simple things that make a great meal!


44 Lisa May 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

omgoodness! what a battle wound! you really took it like a champ 😉
hope it heals soon!!
and so exciting your almost a RD- im just embarking on my journey as well!!! cant WAITT!! just seeing half the things you get to do excites me!
-Lisa :)


45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

OUCH, your booty! That is rough…also the reason I don’t ride bikes anymore. I always seem to fly over the handle bars! I am glad you got your trip worked out and that everyone will be able to gather even if it is for a small amount of time!

I have seen the baked bean sweet potato combo around and I am definitely going to try it soon. It sounds so good! Enjoy your evening!


46 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Oh my goodness – quite the battle wound!


47 Lisa May 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Ouch!!! Looks an awful lot like the bruise I got from my bike crash! :( on a positive note, your food looks yummy!


48 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

That bruise looks NASTY–hope it’s not to painful right now!


49 Sara May 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

hey kath,
first of all: condolences on your grandmother
2.i hope you heal quickly from bike-related bruising

as for a food related question: any chance you could post/take of picture of the nutritional info for the trader joe’s baked beans? thanks!


50 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The can is in the recycling and all dirty :( But it was about 140 kcal per half cup and with PRO and fiber of regular beans.


51 Stacy Grows Healthy May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

That is some bruise, it looks painful. I hope it heals quick.

I’m sorry about your grandmother. It is nice you were able to work it out to make it for the funeral.


52 Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Those baked beans look AMAZING! And the seltzer!! Even imagining that meal makes me feel full of energy and refreshed.

Also, that bruise is awesome. I saw earlier someone mentioned Arnica and you asked about it, I think it’s just an anti-inflammatory that you can use to make bruises go away faster. But I think you should rock it =)


53 jenna May 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

ouchh! i hope it heals soon!


54 Jenny May 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

geez people………

why do we have such a problem with nakedness
come on….we all have butts
it’s just skin

sorry about your grandma kat…..have a safe trip


55 Lindsay May 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Ouch! Sorry about the bruise but glad you all get to go to the funeral.

Also, your dinner is pretty fiber filled! It would hurt for me to eat that much in one sitting!


56 Suzanne May 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

How often do you come to NJ? I live in NJ (Northern). I’m glad you were able to find a way to go to your grandmother’s funeral. My sincere condolences.


57 Kath May 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I haven’t been up in 2 years. I used to come a few times a year when I was little. Now we all have jobs and schools and husbands :(


58 Ariffa May 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Well that tattoo is way more bad ass than any skull and crossbones tattoo that I’ve ever seen.
all the food looks great, as per usual


59 Eileen May 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. It’s great that you will be able to go to the funeral. Your family seems really lovely, and I’m sure it will mean a lot to all of you to be there together.


60 Jessica May 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Looks like a roller derby bruise!


61 runnerforever May 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Ouch, that is legit girl.
I’m so glad you will be able to make it to the funeral, maybe that will help bring some closure.


62 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

HOLY bruise! OUCH!
Love the super creative “plucking of the beans” 😉


63 Danielle (Coffee Run) May 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

hahah (but Ouchhhh 😕 )!

I’m sorry about your grandmother. *Sending well wishes*


64 Hannah May 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Really glad you were able to work something out, even if it will make for a stressful week. And your “tattoo”? OUCH!


65 Run Sarah May 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Ouch, what a painful looking bruise! I have a similar hip one from an unfortunate smack against the dining table, sighs. That is great you are able to attend your grandmother’s funeral, I was not able to attend mine and really wish I could have, looking back.


66 Misty May 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I don’t know Kath personally but I do feel she is someone I would be great friends with in real life, so all this negative, nasty talk in response to her post this evening kind of has me irritated. Would you be this nasty if she was your friend and showed you that bruise? Or shared remorse that she wouldn’t be able to spend more time with her family while they are all grieving for the loss of someone so special in their lives? I really, really hope not.

Kath, I love that you write your blog as if we are your friends, because, through the magic of the internet, we are! I do have to admit I wondered just how bad your bruise was because you kept whining about it. : ) Now I know!!! Whine away!


67 Samantha May 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

I’m with you! Kath showing her ass is just the kind of thing that makes me love her more! Keep it coming girlfriend!


68 Mariel May 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I’m with you too! You rock, Kath. :)


69 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

😮 that’s some bruise! Looks painful and pretty at the same time. 😆

Glad you got your travel arrangements settled!!

We had fake baked beans for dinner. Beans rock my socks! 😀



70 Dynamics May 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

That looks like the Jeannie who has come out of the bottle. Really, I know. Maybe you can make a few wishes.


71 sarah May 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm

“It’s such a shame that Gram couldn’t have held on a little longer until the summer when all three of us would be free from our schools and could have stayed to visit a few days with our family. Such is life.” – did you really just complain that your grandmother died at a time that inconvenienced your life?? i used to love your blog but i’m sorry, that is so selfish. i don’t mean to kick ya while you’re down but grow up.


72 Rina May 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Totally agree. Well said, Sarah.


73 emily May 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Well said what? She doesn’t even have basic reading comprehension skills. Having actually read the paragraph (rather than witch-hunting for something negative to say) it seems like she was saying it sucked not to be able to spend more time with the family.


74 Rina May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Wow Emily, are you this rude in everyday life? Let me elaborate for your “comprehension”. Translation: Shame my Granny couldn’t HOLD OFF HER DYING until it better suited myself and the family.


75 Lyndsey May 7, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I think you should keep nasty opinions to yourself and try to take a look and understand what she is saying. When a person dies, the family spends crazy amounts of time together remembering, loving, and healing TOGETHER in a time of grievance. She misses her grandmother dearly, she just wishes this had happened at another time so that she could actually spend time with her family in a time of need. It sucks that everyone will be rushing instead of remembering a beautiful woman.


A. you are beautiful. (and I hope that you take what other [negative] people take lightly.
B. I’m so SO sorry about your gma!! : (
C. I’m from Jersey (Tinton Falls) and Toms River is so close!! Someday you’ll have to have a jersey shore blogger meet up…
D. Damn girl that bruise is nuts!!


76 Laura May 8, 2010 at 4:14 am

I may be being presumptuous, but what I gathered from the eloquent way in which Kath wrote her post was that she and her family would have liked to have spent more time together, as a family to grieve- maybe especially to comfort her Dad and his brother as they have both just lost their mother… not an ounce of selfishness in there. Both my parents have lost their respective parents, and were distraught for some time afterwards. Also- bloggers are not politicians or celebrities- there is no need to shoot them down in flames. Kath is being amazing- giving us a privileged position to us to see into some aspects of her life, whilst trying to promote her beliefs about real food/fun exercise/relaxing. I’m sure Kath is hurting right now, and doesn’t need to ‘kicked’ when coming to terms with the loss of her Grandmother who she clearly holds dear to her. I’m not criticising or making judgements about anyone here though-each to their own. Oh no, I’ve written an essay!.


77 Kath May 8, 2010 at 6:03 am

ALL I meant was that I wish I had more time to spend with my family, who I haven’t seen in two years, some I haven’t ever met, instead of having to fly back out after 5 hours of visiting.


78 Adriane May 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss, but glad you found a way to attend the funeral.

I totally GASPED out loud when I saw that bruise. Painful!!!! I would have trouble sleeping at night too!

Enjoy your weekend!


79 Megan May 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Ouch is right! I bruise so easily…maybe next time my girlfriends nag me about a tattoo, I’ll just run into a random bookcase or countertop :)


80 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Omigoodness Kath! That is THE WORSE bruise I have ever seen! I am so sorry hun, I can see how that would be absolutely painful to sit and sleep on.


81 Cynthia (It All Changes) May 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

OUch that bruise looks similar to one on my arm from a door.

I’m glad you will get to go to the funeral even if it is only for short time.


82 M May 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I don’t want to speak for Kath #62,but I too gasped when I read that line.But then I realized she couldn’t have meant it the way I first read it.I think it just was put in a way that sounds sort of off.
I am sure she didn’t mean it that way.
Perhaps she meant in the summer they would have had more time to pay tribute and be together
longer in her honour?
It’s so easy to misinterpret blog posts.


83 sarah May 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

perhaps and i sure hope so, though i read that over a few times and i couldn’t seem to extract any other meaning.


84 M May 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I am positive she meant she just would appreciate more time to be with/visit family…she did say those words if you read it once more.Last reply on this from me!


85 ashley May 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

regardless, it was a totally weird thought to have in the first place. completely off-putting. the overall message of the sentence may have been she wished to have more time to spend with family. but a compotent of it was….she had the thought her grandmother could have died at a more convenient time.


86 Angie May 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

I’m an English professor. I’ve taught writing for 8 years. Trust me, intention and meaning do not always come together when people write a lot. You’re basically just criticizing the syntax of her sentence instead of giving her the benefit of the doubt, which all writers deserve.


87 Jodi May 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

Why so angry Sims? And why keep reading the blog if you don’t like the way Kath lives her life?

Kath, I am sorry that reading some of the comments will hurt – or at least I assume they must hurt, maybe you genuinely manage to ignore them? Either way, I do applaud the fact that you don’t censor the occasional negative comment – it shows strength to allow conflicting viewpoints to be aired in this way.

Please take this in the way it is intended – genuine interest, and not an attack. I’ve been struck lately by the way you often refer to ‘instructing’ Matt what to do, you use words such as ‘dictated’ and ‘allowed’. It does conjure up an image of control – and I can’t help but wonder whether that is a realistic portrayal, or in fact I (and others, it would seem) sometimes misinterpret what you are saying.

Bottom line, it’s for none of us to criticize you either way – we all live our own lives. But of course you choose to share much of yours, and many of us enjoy that – and hence are interested in questions like these. It may well be that you ARE the … I am struggling for the right word here, dominant? directive? partner in your relationship (in many of your relationships even) and that that is what WORKS for you two, and in your life in general. In which case, that itself is interesting to know, observe, and even learn from. The beauty of humans, we’re all so different – and the blog world is a beautiful medium in which we can share these different lives.

All best wishes for your trip, and a peaceful funeral full of family love.


88 Kath May 8, 2010 at 6:06 am

I think it’s just a reflection of that he likes to have some instruction in the kitchen when there’s a meal planned, as it makes it easier for him when it’s time to cook to know what ingredients are there to use.

I don’t think I’ve ever used those words in real life issues like “I allowed him to spend $20” or anything?


89 Jodi May 8, 2010 at 6:39 am

Got it :)

Oh! And a HUGE thanks for introducing me to coconut butter by the way – OMGS that stuff is just ridiculously good, I can’t keep my spoon out of the jar. I doubt I would have discovered or tried it without the recommendation, so … ta!


90 Wei-Wei May 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Oh, ouch! It hurts just looking at it! Does it hurt to sit down? :( Hope it gets better soon!

The dinner looks delicious by the way. LOVE sweet potato… and cabbage! 😀 Have a great night!



91 Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Ouch! That looks like it hurts.


92 Domenica May 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Kath, I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. My thoughts and condolences to you and your family. That’s one big bruise…I hope it’s less painful than it looks.


93 Deirdre May 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Just caught up with my google reader. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’m glad at least you get to see so many members of your family. I feel like that is the only good things about funerals


94 lynn @ the actors diet May 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm

that bruise is…beautiful?! i once burned my ass on a heater (it looks like a waffle iron bit my butt) and it looks like a tic tac toe tattoo…


95 Rose-Anne May 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Hilarious! A waffle iron bit your butt! Now, do you offer to let people play games on your scar? 😉 (Just kidding!)


96 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

OUCH!!! That would hurt so bad!


97 Paige May 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Wow, were you guys racing when Matt ran into you? He got you good! Eep! Hope the painfulness has worn off a bit a week later. :(

Condolences on your Gram – I’m sure she was a lovely lady.


98 Amber K May 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I had to show my husband the bruise and he made the strangest sound ever. Apparently he is disturbed by the pain that the picture insinuates! lol I hope its getting better.


99 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

i love that you just mooned the world :) that looks SO painful! hope the trip is completely stress free for you…y’all will all be in my thoughts and prayers this weekend!


100 emily May 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’m so sorry about your grandmother!


101 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Well, seems like you have a controversial post here Kath. 😉 Honestly, I didn’t think anything of the photo (other than OMG OUCH!) until I read the comments. Come on, it’s not like you showed anything truly revealing in that photo. I actually appreciate seeing that photo because I would have never realized how bad that bike crash was! Don’t worry about it Kath, and thanks for keeping an open and friendly blog as usual! :)


102 samantha @ Food Edu May 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

That is one heck of a bruise!! I’m glad you are able to make your grandma’s funeral–I lost mine a few years back and you’ll be sooo glad that you were able to go.


103 Priyanka May 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Ouch…that is some bruise!!!


104 Kellie May 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I am seeing the baked beans and sweet potato combo everywhere. I will be picking up a can of beans at Trader’s just to check out what everyone is raving about.


105 Rose-Anne May 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm

WHOA! I totally did not see that one coming, especially from you, Kath. Holy moly! Now we know that Matt doesn’t do anything half-a…oh, never mind. :-)


106 Brynn May 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Ouchhhh! Holy crap, that’s a good one.


107 Tina May 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm

First, sorry to hear about your grandma.
Second, to some of the more immature people commenting-its just skin-lighten up.
Thirdly, that bruise is wicked, hope it feels better soon!


108 [email protected] May 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Looks pretty painful. Hope it heals quickly! You’re hilarious for posting that.


109 Christina May 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Ouch! Bruises are kind of fun at this point though- they look much worse but they don’t hurt as bad. More sympathy, less pain!


110 lena May 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm

That is a serious bruise, no wonder it kept you up! Condolences on your Grandmother.


111 Jenn (eating bender) May 8, 2010 at 12:25 am

Ouchies! That is one vicious bruise. Hope the pain goes away soon!

Kath – I’m so, so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time – and that I send you my deepest condolences. The loss of my own grandmother still is fresh in my mind. I don’t know exactly what you’re going through, but please know I’m hear to lend an ear and a hug from 1,500 miles away if you ever need it.


112 Jenn (eating bender) May 8, 2010 at 12:26 am

And by “hear” I mean “here” – can’t help but make a correction, although I guess it made sense within the context of lending an ear, no? :)


113 melissa @ a lambs tail May 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

wow, um i really wish that i hadnt scrolled down to read the comments. i am soooo disturbed by the insensitive and flat out mean comments that some of you wrote. if you were in her shoes, how would you want to be treated? with compassion and grace….im sure.

good thing the bruise was on your butt and not somewhere more noticable…….cause it is LARGE.


114 William May 8, 2010 at 1:17 am

My bum hurts just looking at that! Ouch!!


115 Kathleen May 8, 2010 at 1:42 am

So sorry for your loss Kath…glad to read that you were able to get time off from the internship to attend your grandma’s funeral. Safe travels to you and your family and take care of your “ouch!” of a bruise.


116 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 8, 2010 at 2:09 am

OH MY GOSH! THAT is a tattoo/bruise to be proud of! Gosh that must’ve hurt….


117 Chelsea May 8, 2010 at 2:22 am

Kath-I’m so sorry about your grandma! I’m glad that the internship understood and gave you a little time off. For a last minute ticket-that’s not too bad! We just paid almost double That to get Shaun to Boise on Monday for an interview.

That bruise? Reminds me of Elaina’s soccer bruises. Matt got you good! HUGS!!!


118 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

Ouch. Looks bad :(

I love cabbage and have never done it like that, I must try your way! :)


119 Katherine May 8, 2010 at 4:38 am

mmm yes homegrown trader joes is the best fresh!

you’re on my heart just like a tattoo… that’s all I could think of when I saw the title


120 Laura May 8, 2010 at 4:44 am

I’ve clean forgotten what little, innane remark I was going to make after curiosity caused the cat to look at why you already had so many comments, and then regretted it… I second the person above who said she won’t look at comments above the box again. I for one love the way you write, and structure your posts, and the humour+ nuances that are an integral part- your life is 100% more interesting than mine at the moment- study, class, study, class, placement, exam, exam (me!)…. You have a great talent for reaching out to people, and clearly have a highly intelligent and wise head on your shoulders- also thank you- you totally saved me the other week in a class by reminding me about glycogen being unable to be mobilised from muscles!… Btw- your meals are not boring in the least- my Dad has had the same breakfast+lunch for near on the last 50 years- now if anything is ‘boring’… also- is it strange that I find people sticking their tongues out in photos on blogs far more ‘gross’ than, say, your picture above? Maybe more people should have a stint as an auxillary nurse!! it makes me very sad to see what has gone on above- maybe you should let the teddybears write the blog for a while?! I’m just catching up on reading from this week- so I wanted to extend my condolences to both you and your family- most especially your Dad and his brother. I feel for you all. I’m so sorry for the length of my comment… Bad Laura. Take care!


121 haya May 8, 2010 at 6:05 am

that bruise is ridiculous!!!! looks super painful. i remember the last horrid bruise i got was also from a small biking incident (with a car). hope it doesn’t hurt too much when you sit down.

sorry about your grandma. it is good you figured out a way to get to her funeral. i think that’s something you would have regretted missing if you didn’t go. 90 years is a pretty good, long life. hopefully she was happy.


122 Allie May 8, 2010 at 6:09 am

omg, that picture at the end totally made me laugh! but not at you- becuase i can’t imagine how much that must hurt. love reading Kath!!


123 M May 8, 2010 at 7:13 am

For heaven’s sake, Kath’s grandmother just passed away. She’s upset and grieving and may not have worded every single line in a way that would please every single reader. Can we honestly sit back and judge how people act moments after they lose a loved one?


124 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog May 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

love you kath! :)


125 Melissa May 8, 2010 at 8:00 am

Kath, I just wanted to say here I think you, your posts, your relationships (especially with Matt) and well, pretty much everything about how you live your life, are awesome and each are reasons why you make an amazing role model. I hope the comments from this section aren’t the cause of your bad nights sleep (from your post today)!

And I’m so sorry about your grandmother. It’s so nice your whole family will be able to be there – even if only for the day.


126 The Healthy Apple May 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

O no, Kath!!! Get some ice on that poor lil bruise….I hope you’re feeling better…I love Apple Gate Farms Herbed turkey…one of my favs! Enjoy your weekend…


127 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops May 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

Yikes! Between your bum and Emily’s feet (and the rest of her) you guys are like a train wreck! (In a good way) Hope you are both on the mend soon!

I missed my grandmother’s funeral due to travel and flight and schedule weirdness. It’s always made me a little sad that I did.

Maybe you guys can have a remembrance of her life in the summer when you can together for longer.


128 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

OUCH!!! That’s an impressive bruise!!


129 Veggielady4life May 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

I was just “catching up” on your post from yesterday because I didn’t read it last night, and I was struck by the number of comments. I don’t usually read them all, but I found myself reading this entire page of 119 comments. Part of that is… its Saturday morning, and I’m not rushed to get out the door…. the other part… just plain ole curiosity. I’m always struck by how much bloggers reveal about themselves online. Some people blog anonymously and others with 100% transparency. Your blog is certainly in the latter category. Which I believe is why people find it so appealing. It’s like reality TV. Addictive… entertaining… and today… controversial.

By no means should you regret posting this photo. Just consider this post… your Elizabeth Hasselbeck moment. Controversy increases ratings… and likely… blog readership.

Blog on. 😀


130 linda May 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

Wow, the comments that I just read lead me to believe that everyone needs a weekend to RELAX! Kath, good luck with your travel schedule. I feel your sadness about your grandmother.


131 Dawn May 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

Weird – my boyfriend just showed me that he has a matching bruise on his booty from rugby. “Ouches!” to both of you.


132 KatieTX May 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

I fell down the stairs and got a bruise that looked just like that in that exact same spot. For some reason I felt compelled to show everyone my awesome bruise too :)


133 Laura May 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Kath ,

Get yourself some arnica montana pronto…the bruise will go away I promise. You can rub on cream/gel and take the capsules. My hubs had a bike accident and it took all the soreness out of the bruise! It works best if you apply right away but even later will work. Ouch be gone!


134 Sarah R May 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Oh my goodness!! That bruise is awful looking–I didn’t realize it was that bad. I’m glad you get to go to the funeral. Even if it does make for a busy week. Hope your weekend is going well.


135 Lauren May 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

OH MAN!!! OUCH!!! Ice, ice baby!!! ;P


136 Kim May 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

As others have suggested try taking Arnica, homeopathic section, Hylands and Boiron are good brands. You can also get some Arnica gel. Peaceful Mountain has some nice products. They should help your bruise feel and look better.

I LOVE that you shared your bruise with us! If I had one like that I’d share it too! :)

ps Have Matt rub on the gel, since he is the one who bummed your bum!


137 Lindsay May 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

Kath – so sorry about your grandmother! Glad you found a way to go home and be with family. My family is from the same area – Howell, NJ, not far from Lakewood or Toms River. Have a safe trip!


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