The Other Side

September 25, 2011

We had absolutely gorgeous weather for our ride home today, which made for a cheerful attitude.

That is until we hit Charlottesville! On the other side of the mountain, it was all rain, fog and cold! WTH!


Also, I have just LOVED listening to Bossypants!! I got the audiobook because I needed something to listen to while I did shifts behind the wheel, but I didn’t realize how awesome it would be to hear Tina herself do the narrating. She does voices and hilarious whispers and even a whole SNL sound clip!

This book has been a rather inspiring read. I’ve been thinking a lot about how easy it is to take everything in life so literally. I don’t know if it comes off through the screen because I am not a comedian or super funny or anything, but most of the time I’m writing with a very lighthearted, joking, multiple-voices-and-accents tone. I’m a sarcastic person, and I’m not sure I do the best job expressing my tone in writing. In Bossypants, Tina puts into words so many hilarious things I think all of the time. She is not only hilarious, but extremely insightful and down to earth as well. And I absolutely loved her responses to the trolls who write about her on internet sites. So true how petty that stuff actually is. The book is a wonderful reminder not to take life too seriously.

We made it home right before dinner and drove straight to Whole Foods for dinner + groceries.


Killa salad with all the works with a minty tea


Matt’s hot plate!


Unpacking – and editing photos! I’m planning to put a post up with the wedding recap tomorrow.


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1 [email protected] September 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I know how funny you are in person :). You’ve totally convinced me to read that book! I love Tina Fey.


2 KathEats September 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Aw thanks :)


3 Lauren September 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I love your Whole Foods-so jealous! 😉 I’ve heard great things about Bossypants….if I ever have time, I’ll check it out!


4 Sweet and Savvy September 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I’m so jealous of everyone who lives near a Whole Foods! Looks like a great dinner sans cooking! :) Can’t wait for the wedding recap!


5 Meg September 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Bahhh rain! The sun finally came out today…at sundown, haha 😛 Glad half your ride was nice, though!

Sleep well!


6 Ally (Girl V Food) September 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

When you did that video about pronunciation and you made that reference to ’emPHASis on the wrong sylLAble’ i cracked up for about twenty minutes. So yeah, you’re funny! 😉


7 [email protected] September 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

that cake is calling out my name~~! I agree, sometimes we need a good audio while driving.


8 Erika - The Teenage Taste September 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Bossypants is such a great book! I never thought about listening to audiobooks on car rides. I get motion sick if I read in the car so this sounds like the perfect solution. :-)


9 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Can’t wait for the wedding recaps! The cake looks fab :)


10 Sara September 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

hey kath,
i hope this isn’t too intrusive, but i was wondering how much your salad cost at whole foods? i was there the other day and only got a few (not heavy) items from salad bar and it was like $9! any strategies on getting enough but not paying and arm and leg there? their salad bar is awesome, but so pricey!


11 Jen September 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

I would suggest simply not going too often! Most salad bars are expensive anywhere.


12 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

Probably well over $10. I don’t eat at WF very often, and when I do it’s usually because we have no food in the house or I am traveling and want a healthy meal. I think of WF as a restaurant and if I’d gone to a restaurant an entree might have been $20 plus tip, so this is still a relatively low-cost option. Not cheap, but lower than the alternative. Eating at home is always cheapest, but sometimes I’m willing to pay a premium to get 15 different foods that would have taken me hours to prepare on my own.


13 JenATX September 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

yeah the salads there are expensive, but you do get a lot of food + whole, quality ingredients. my advice is to make a tour of the whole bar to get a look at what they’re offering, and then go back through & decide what you want to eat. I find this helps me refine my selection so i’m not just piling on everything that looks good.


14 lynn @ the actor's diet September 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

i loved bossy pants too! i was so sad when we were done with the audio book and still had 4 more hours of road ahead of us.


15 Jessica Thi September 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm

OMG!!! I LOVE BOSSYPANTS SO MUCH!!!!! I”ve been reading your blog for over a year now, and have been waiting for the perfect moment to post. You reading Bossypants was a sign, I’ve listened to her at least 5 times now and even actually gave the audiobook to my sister in law as a gift! Love your blog!


16 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 8:05 am
17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

We’ve had beautiful weather here in Atlanta, but really HOT! I want a nice cool fall with a crispness in the air!

I want to read that book, especially after hearing you describe it. I’m extremely sarcastic too, but writing things that way is way harder than speaking them. You never know how you will get interpreted.


18 Cait's Plate September 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

That cake is absolutely incredible!!

Sorry about the rain – we had it all weekend too – it’s the WORST! Hoping we’ve gotten over most of it now because last week was just depressing!


19 Leslie September 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’ve got Bossypants on hold at the library (huge wait) but maybe I’ll try the audio version. It would be fun to listen to, especially now that I know she’s the one reading it. Thanks!


20 Carla @Will Run for Health September 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I think it’s easy for people to interpret bloggers differently from the intended perspective. I personally enjoy the light heartedness of KERF! Sorry for the rain…rain and long car trips make for a major snooze fest!


21 Jen September 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I need to check out that book. The sad truth is the people that sit and say these things have serious time on their hands and their own issues. Why else would people over-analyze and pick others’ apart when they don’t even know them? Demi Lovato recently left a treatment center for an eating disorder and went to an awards show where she was immediately blasted by ‘haters’ for how she looked. Twitter and internet sites went crazy calling her fat and ugly – when she was (and is) anything but!! Why do people feel they have the right to judge and be hurtful?


22 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I’m going to have to check out that book! Sounds right up my alley. :)

I went to WF last night and didn’t even go near the food bar. I totally missed it, but I wouldn’t have bought anything anyway. hehe


23 Alexis September 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Thanks to your blog, I started going to our local Great Harvest (Kahala, HI). They have an incredible bread that they call Low Carb Kauai Crunch, and its made with tofu. It’s freaking incredible, if you don’t have something like it at your bakery, I strongly recommend it:) They also just came out with a pumpkin swirl bread… I’m obsessssssed. Thank you for introducing me to Great Harvest!!


24 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

I haven’t heard of the Kauai Crunch (we’ll never make a low-carb bread..)

But we are going to make the pumpkin swirl!


25 Alexis September 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Well if you ever come out to Hawaii, you should give the Kauai Crunch a try;) I know you’re opposed to low carb but the tofu gives it a great kick of protein and the flavors are just amazing! I’m also an RD and I work in Child Nutrition Programs at the DOE, and I would so love if we could figure out a way to incorporate a local bakery that doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup, such as GH, into the school meals at the public schools. I think it’d be too large scale, but would be so wonderful if we could work it out!


26 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I would love to come to Hawaii someday :) And we will most def. visit the GH if so!


27 Erin September 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I wish you worked for the daycare my son goes to. They have to get their meals “approved” but they still feed them stuff like fish sticks, chicken nuggets, and canned fruit, in addition to vegetables and fresh fruits. Fortunately, he’ll eat his veggies at school (but not at home???), but I wish they’d cut out that processed junk. Since we live overseas, my childcare options are limited. I have to deal since I have to work, but I definitely try to avoid those things at home.


28 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I WANT to know how funny and sarcastic you are in person. I am definitely sarcastic and kind of “out there” – and I love meeting other bloggers who are the same.


29 Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I love Tina Fey! Such a power woman! :)


30 Lauri ( September 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I’ve heard really good things about the book Bossy Pants. I’ve never been able to listen to books on tape (They put me to sleep), but maybe I was just listening to the wrong stuff…


31 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Ok, you’ve convinced me to read the book now. I think sarcasm is incredibly hard to pull off through the computer screen. I can relate b/c I’m about as sarcastic as they come and sometimes I write something with this voice in my head but I’m not sure people get it at all as they read it.


32 Devon @FastFoodie September 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I was in C-ville this weekend, well kind of. The only part I saw was that very whole foods (which got me the fuel I needed) and then headed off to Wintergreen Resort on the mountain. Lots of fog, clouds and intermittent rain! Bummer!


33 Hannah September 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Is that the corner of the cake you cut to share with us, your readers? 😛


34 Mom September 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Gorgeous cake! Glad you’re home safe and sound.


35 Sana September 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

You should do a day- in-the-life of Kath and Matt vlog!


36 Sara September 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Glad to hear your attitude regarding trolls. Illigetimi non carborundum. 😉


37 Julie @ Wearing Mascara September 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I loved Bossypants too! I agree – very lighthearted, funny, and refreshing.


38 Molly @ RDexposed September 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

You’ve sold me on Bossypants! I hope it’s my next read-I need a good one1


39 Mama Pea September 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I like your reflections on Bossypants. I haven’t read the book, though I love Tina Fey, but I totally agree with your thoughts on not taking anything too seriously–especially yourself. :)


40 Dee September 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’ve been meaning to get that book and read it. But I may just opt for buying the audiobook online. It would be perfect for my commute to and from work. Maybe I’ll try I’ll have to think about it. We’ll see! :)

Mmm, whole foods! Have a good night!


41 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

Audible is funky. They want you to do a subscription like Netflix OR pay twice as much as the book costs in paperback form. I say it’s worth it a few times a year – but Bossypants audio was not cheap! ($20)


42 Dee September 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oh that’s a pity to hear about Audible. It’s looking like buying audiobooks as a one-off every couple of months is the wisest way to do it (especially if you’re living on a budget).


43 Kelly September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

Don’t forget, if you can wait for it to come in, you can generally rent audiobooks from the library for free!

I listened to Paul Rizor’s first book (from the show Mad About You) about dating, it was hilarious. Plus, like Tina, he did the narrating which made it even better. It’s nice if the author does read it, makes it even better. He followed that up with a book about marriage and one about kids. He’s very funny.

Nora Eprhon’s “I feel bad about my neck and other thoughts” is read by the author too and she’s got great narrative skills.


44 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman September 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Bossypants sounds hilarious, sounds like a must read for sure! Your Whole Foods salad looks fab, I think I’ll head to mine tomorrow for lunch:)


45 Liz September 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I already said it on another wedding post from the weekend, but that cake is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it :)


46 Brooke (Tea & Tofu) September 26, 2011 at 12:15 am

I wish we had Whole Foods in Australia – that salad looks delicious!


47 [email protected] September 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

Wow, the pictures look sooo great. Gorgeous cake~~


48 Khushboo September 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

OOh I really want to read Bossypants now! Thanks for the recommendation!


49 cathy September 26, 2011 at 5:46 am

janetha posted a list of funny “adult truths” on her blog on friday. one of them was: “there is a need for a sarcasm font.” i think you would agree?!
tina fey + steve carroll in the movie “date night” – > hilarious!


50 Hillary September 26, 2011 at 6:01 am

I’ve been wanting to read Bossypants for awhile, and I’m glad to hear it’s as good as I thought it would be!

Annnnd that cake looks awesome. My best friend is getting married this weekend, and I’m very excited for the cake. True story.


51 Debbi September 26, 2011 at 6:11 am

I noticed you said you wanted the audiobook to listen to during your driving shifts. Does that mean you listened with earbuds, or did Matt listen as well? When Matt drives, do you listen to whatever he wants?

My husband REFUSES to listen to audiobooks in the car, but I do all the driving. I think the driver should get to pick the audio entertainment; apparently that’s a foreign concept to an only child used to getting his own way all his life.

Sorry to ask for marriage counseling. Heh.


52 KathEats September 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

We actually both wear headphones. I don’t think either one of us would tolerate the other’s audio for 7 hours! He listens to beer brewing podcasts and I often pick audiobooks. We just both sit there with our headphones and listen. Note that the driver often has one ear out for safety.


53 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 26, 2011 at 6:24 am

Glad you made it home.

I don’t even know what Bossypants is. That’s how out of it I am..but now I need to get “into” it and figure it out.

And what a gorgeous wedding cake. wow!


54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 26, 2011 at 6:32 am

Ok you’ve made me want to read Bossypants now!

I think it’s hard to write the way we’re actually thinking in a blog post, but your humour definitely comes through. :)


55 Karen September 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bossypants – I like Tina Fey, but for some reason was never compelled to buy the book. But now I think I’ll go the audio book route; based on your review, listening to Tina’s own interpretation of her words will double my pleasure!

Glad to hear you arrived home in good spirits!


56 Emma September 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

I think your lighthearted, lively tone comes through very well, and I think this is what makes your blog in particular so popular – of course I don’t know you, but through the blog, you have such an appealing personality.


57 Thealogian September 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I love the part where she does a littler prayer for her daughter, asking for the strength to embarrass her (as her mother) in front of her friends if she were to brat-out at the Hollister (or some other generic mall store name). “Because I will not have it, I will not have it Lord.”

I listened to Bossypants driving from Kentucky to DC (so thru your territory)–lovely drive, made lovilier/funnierer by Tina Fey.


58 Shana September 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

You have an awesome writing voice! Your sense of humor and sarcasm definitely translate and make for some good evening reading!


59 Angel7 September 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

Life should be full of fun and laughter–to think of being so serious all time is boring to me!


60 Michelle R. Perez September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I’ve never commented but I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and think you’re hilarious. :) Keep it up.

-Love from Miami, FL (Kendall, FL to be exact)…


61 Shayla @ The Good Life September 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I love your tone through your blog, and the way you word things makes me laugh, you do a good job at it Kath. And thank you for saying that part about not taking life too seriously…I just got my first ever negative comment today and it hurt real bad…I can’t imagine how you’ve dealt with them all and I’m hurt by just one, ha!


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