Twinkle Toes

April 28, 2009

There and back again from yet another study session. Biochem studying went well, and I feel pretty good about it. In a way, final exams are easier than the original tests because they are much more broad. Most of my professors say they test us to challenge us and stretch our brains on the semester tests and the final is more a recap of topics. Plus, you’ve already learned the material once! It’s just refreshing rather than learning.

While at the coffee shop I got an iced decaf coffee with a shot of sugar-free vanilla and a splash of half and half. I didn’t really want it at all, but I felt I needed to buy something for being there and didn’t want plain water (esp. since I had a water bottle with me!) But I ended up drinking all of it, and it did taste good.

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I asked the Queen Of Nail Polish if she would let me paint my toes with one of her colors since I decided I don’t have the time or money for a pedicure before my beach wedding weekend. She provided a wonderful selection of my request: coral-y pinks.

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I decided on Opi’s “Lunch at the Delhi” – a bolder pink than my usual corals :)

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Would you believe that I haven’t painted my own toenails since ….middle school maybe???! Mostly because I just don’t own any nail polish! I usually get a few pedicures each summer and my toes are hidden and boring all winter!

It was quite fun though, and I love the color. (My feet are gross!)

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Dinner tonight was Plain Jane Spaghetti with fancy Napa Valley Bistro sauce!

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We cooked up some whole wheat spaghetti, sautéed a pint of mushrooms and half a zucchini in some olive oil and heated last night’s sauce in a saucepan (how appropriate!).

Garnished with fresh oregano and Kelsey’s goat cheese –

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There was indeed spaghetti underneath!

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After another hour of studying, my brain had used up its glucose and was ready for more in the form of the perfect evening snack: a small bowl of cereal with milk.

I had some Uncle Sam’s with TJ’s High Fiber worms mixed in in soy milk .

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I read the Uncle Sam’s box while munching and was quite impressed with the stats on this cereal. Whole grains, flax, barely any sugar, low sodium, no preservatives. High fiber and protein, naturally. I like it!

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I had to go back for just a taste of my Mix My Granola to finish off the milk :)  I almost always use granola as a topping because of it’s energy density, but gosh is it good in milk!!

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Two exams tomorrow and time is running out!

Tomorrow’s plan:

  • 6am: Rise
  • 6:30am: 4 mile run
  • 7:15am: Yoga for Runners
  • 7:45am: Shower + Breakfast + Blog
  • 9am: Travel to Winthrop
  • 10am: Study
  • 11:30am: EXAM I
  • 1pm: Lunch + Blog
  • 2pm: Study + walk with friends
  • 5pm: EXAM II
  • 6:30pm: Dinner by Matt
  • 8pm: Study for Round II

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sidi April 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Nice color!


2 Heather April 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Love the choice of polish Kath! I can’t believe you don’t own ANY! Kelsey needs to take you shopping for polish sometime 😉

I just love the classic whole wheat spaghetti and sauce. I like how you added in your own veggies to amp up the nutrition!

Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you tomorrow. Good luck on the exam!


3 Jessica April 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Good luck on your test tomorrow Kath! I love Mix My Granola as a gift idea, it’s both affordable and unique.


4 Vanessa April 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Cute toes! Good luck on your test tomorrow :)


5 Elizabeth April 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Best of luck on your exams!


6 WEEKLY BITE April 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Good luck on your exams tomorrow!


7 Erika April 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

beautiful bowl of pasta!

Good luck tomorrow :-)


8 Stephanie April 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Just found your blog and I love it! Good luck on your exams tomorrow!


9 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm

That’s when granola is most dangerous for me – when I eat it with milk…it’s sooooo good that way!!


10 Casey April 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Pretty toes! I rarely paint mine either! I <3 OPI polish, though!


11 Lisa April 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I usually have cereal/granola dry, until about a month ago my boyfriend served me a bowl of his homemade granola with soymilk. Yeah. I went back for seconds.


12 Sharon April 28, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Mmmm cereal!


13 meg April 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I love Plain Jane Spaghetti! Great polish pick!


14 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

nice toes! love the color! delish looking dinner — I love mushrooms and pasta! yumyumyum 😉


15 coco April 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

love that pink color!!!!! I need to pain my toes too!!!! it’s summer time! :)


16 Marisa (trim the fat) April 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Yummy pasta!


17 Hannah April 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

mmmm I haven’t had pasta in a long time –That pasta looks so good!


18 Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Pretty toe nails!

And that evening snack is something I would love. :-)


19 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

How very Kelsey of you to post your nail polish choice!! Love it!


20 Jennifer April 28, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I actually have gotten that toenail polish color before and you’re right- it’s very pretty!


21 Kara April 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

The cheese on that pasta looks like it makes the dish. Yummm.


22 Brooke April 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

That is one busy schedule chicka! Isn’t it so great that its the time of year where you need your toenails painted? Hope your day doesn’t wear you down!


23 Joanie April 28, 2009 at 9:24 pm

So smart amping up the veggies in the sauce to counter-act the pasta. I’m so bad about going heavy on the noodles…gotta throw in zucchini next time I make pasta :)


24 KLM April 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I am VERY excited about the NP post!! Excellent colour choice!!


25 Michelle Hisae April 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I totally want to check that cereal out now. And dang, you have a packed schedule tomorrow. Good luck on your exams!


26 sue April 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

i love nail polish names- they’re just so clever! rest up for tomorrow!


27 Kristie April 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

My toes are a similar colour right now! I love bright pinky toes for summer :)

The spaghetti goat cheese dish looks SO good.


28 Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I think I would rather be naked on my blog than show naked toenails. It’s just a pet peeve of my to have color free toes! Yours are lovely…and you call yourself a runner 😉


29 Danica April 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Dinner looks fabulous as usual! I think I got tired just reading all about your day tomorrow – good luck with all the exams and studying!


30 Laci April 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Yum your dinner looks delicious and your toes look great. I like to give myself pedicures year round even if no one can see my feet. Check out this article on manicures. Go to-


31 Bec April 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

wow 2 exams tomorrow, you’ll be busy but I am sure all the studying paid off!


32 Marissa April 28, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Love that nail polish color!


33 Runeatrepeat April 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Granola in milk is an addiction of mine.


34 Stephanie F. April 29, 2009 at 4:28 am

Cereal is a controversial health food–the high heat extrusion processing they use on it kills all the beneficial phytochemicals and vitamins found in the grains (and have to be fortified back into it!). Basically you’re getting empty carbs/harsh colon-eroding bran fiber from the stuff, although it’s certainly comfort food. :)

I’m a nutrition junkie, too, and enjoyed reading your success story! You’ve certainly found what works for you. Inspiring!


35 Emily April 29, 2009 at 7:31 am

Good luck with your exams Kath!!


36 JENNA April 29, 2009 at 7:32 am

spaghetti is my favorite food!!


37 Danielle April 29, 2009 at 7:36 am

That color looks so pretty!
Good luck with your exams, I’m sure you’ll do great after all that studying.


38 brandi April 29, 2009 at 8:16 am

beautiful pasta!

i do the same with my nails, too – usually bare naked in the winter, but I do like fun colors in the summer!


39 K April 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

Love OPI colors!! It’s the only nail polish that isn’t all streaky! Good luck today!!


40 Meghann April 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

I don’t own any nail polishes either! It’s too much of a pain to keep up with and I relized nails are prettier plain anyways. :)


41 RK April 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

You have a crazy busy schedule today! Good luck with your exams. You will do awesome!


42 Becky April 29, 2009 at 10:52 am

Kath thank you for being so inspiring! I too am headed into Finals week and the stress has me craving ‘comfort’ food. Reading about your great study habits and great eating habits is so inspiring and makes me want to step it up!


43 janetha April 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm

thanks for the info on uncle sam’s, i will have to look for some. the spaghetti photos look good!


44 natalie shaw April 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Wow. Your blog is great! I just sent you an email with some questions.. hope to hear from you!


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