Weekend or Weekbegin?

June 14, 2008

Not sure where the time has gone today, but I’m sure it has something to do with hours and hours of chemistry 😥 I got out of bed at 6:30 and after checking email and waking up, I worked for 5 hours straight. The husband made us Wheatberry Trail Mix Oatmeal around 8:00 when he got up:

I requested a coffee this morning (first one in 2 weeks, I think??!) but since we were out of milk, he made me a cold one instead (hemp milk doesn’t mix in hot coffee for some reason – it separates). Why were we out of milk when I just bought some yesterday!? Because the milk was sitting on the floor of the garage when I paused to get the keys out of my purse!!!!!!!! Hot as a dog too. So sad. Anyways, I don’t really like iced coffee that much so I only had a few sips and gave him the rest.


I wrapped up my first round of studying/work at 12:30. Two choices : 1) eat lunch and workout later (or possibly not go at all, but since I pretty much took off yesterday I wanted to go) or 2) Workout then and eat a very late lunch.

I knew I’d enjoy my afternoon so much more if I went, and I wasn’t really hungry at all for lunch, so I had the brilliant idea of taking my Sports Nutrition textbook to read on the elliptical . Fastest 45 minutes of my life! I can’t believe how much time flew. While I’m an expert at reading and exercising, highlighting and exercising is quite impossible. There green highlighter scratches all over the place. (Whoever asked me about strides per minute on the ET, while reading about Watts and METS I remembered to check the display and noted I probably average about 100 strides per minute. That’s at level 10 and resistance 14.)

We also did a little weight lifting at the end of the workout. By the time we were home, showered and dressed, it was nearing 3:00! So strange how some days I can barely make it to 11:00 a.m. without a snack and other days I get so many more hours out of breakfast.


We not only have an abundance of lettuce, but also a package of deli meat the husband brought home from work yesterday. So sandwiches were required at this meal. I made one with very old stale 9 grain bakery bread (didn’t realize how old it was until my first bite!) plus 1 slice of salami , 1 slice ham, romaine, sprouts , cilantro pesto , and jalapeños .

Cherries !! I don’t buy them much because they’re so expensive, but they were $2.99 a pound yesterday so I got a small bag! LOVE them!

Veggies + TJ’s kalamata olive hummus

And a peach , which I took one bite of and decided it wasn’t worth it. While ripe in smell and touch, it had absolutely no sweetness at all. Like eating a flavorless fruit. I was full enough at this point, so I just ended lunch there. The husband’s was bad too (but he ate the whole thing!) I have a feeling all 5 of them are bad. So sad. I hate throwing away food, but we shouldn’t eat them if they’re gross.

It’s 3:30 now. We had plans to go to a free wine tasting this afternoon but I still have lots of studying to do and the wine tasting will be over in an hour. What to do!? Not sure what our dinner plans are yet either, but we’re required to eat here because of fridge is full of stuff to use up.

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1 BethT June 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I would love to see you highlighting while on the elliptical! Haha, now THAT is multitasking.

Reason #147 to move to northern CA: Organic aherries are $2 a pound at my local farmer’s market right now, fresh picked and delish! 😀 There are also tons of pick-your-own cherry farms around here. Hope yours were tasty as well.


2 Kate June 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Oh my goodness! Two dollars for a pound of ORGANIC cherries!? I’m so close to California over here in Reno, but cherries are still more like $4 a pound for conventional. I still buy them when I can, though…otherwise I spend the winter regretting that I didn’t fill up on them when I could!

Kath–have you ever thought of starting a compost pile? I have one that’s mostly kitchen scraps with some hay thrown in for aeration (so it doesn’t get stinky), and it makes me feel much better about tossing produce that’s gone bad because I know it’s going to turn into fertilizer! They’re so easy to do.


3 ILikeVegetables June 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Hello, Kath! :)
A quick question – where do you buy your seltzer from? I live in Florida, and I have checked every single grocery store around me (Wal-Mart, a local Grocery Store, Food World, Winn-Dixie, Albertson’s) to no avail – none of them have seltzer! I could only find a bottle of tonic water, and that has quinine in it..

I’m moving to Rochester, NY in August for college, and, based on previous comments in other comments sections about how New York has “specialty” or “healthier” grocery stores (not exactly sure what to call them.. Trader Joe’s, etc.) I am sure I can find seltzer there..
Perhaps not many Southerners/Floridians drink seltzer?
Anyway, thanks for your help! :)
Happy studying!


4 Jess June 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Holy crap, 14 resistance?! I hope some elliptical trainers have different scales, because either I’m reaaaaaaally weak (probably) or you are Superwoman (probably) 😀


5 Betsy in Pittsburgh June 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm

i love that you have a candle lit to study by.


6 Leah June 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Hey Kath, what are the ingredients in your peanut butter? I just bought some organic pb that i’ve never tried before but one of the ingredients is palm oil and is listed as organically produced. I know buying pb which is just peanuts would be the best but what is your opinion? I’m just not sure about the palm oil.

Anyone else??


7 Sarah June 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Hasn’t this cherry season been SPECTACULAR?

We’ve had several wonderful bags the past few weeks and the prices are good. The weather must have been perfect.

I’m sorry about your bread, how terrible to spoil the sandwich by being stale.

Have fun wine tasting! I do believe we will taste a bit ourselves this evening. :-)


8 Robin June 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

ILikeVegetables…unfortunately there’s no Trader Joes in (or anywhere near) Rochester. However, there’s a really great supermarket chain called Wegmans and you can definitely find seltzer there. In fact, I’m currently drinking a big glass of Wegmans brand tangerine-lime seltzer!


9 VeggieGirl June 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Ahh, too much chemistry :0( Hang in there!!

I can’t get enough fresh cherries – hooray for them being in-season!!


10 R. Leigh June 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm

This is hands down the BEST compost container http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/92670-compost-container.aspx
It doesn’t make the kitchen stink up at all!!


11 Sidi June 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Cherries are a great fruit, I remember back in Romania I used to go pick them myself at one of my friends house and after a day picking and eating in the same time I felt full, but ready to start all over the next day. Here, in Montreal, the price starts at 1.99$ and ends at 6.99$ a pound. My kids love them and I always splurge on cherries, no matter how expensive they are.


12 Lindsay June 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Awww, good luck w/ the homework!!!! Hang in there :)

Hope you get to have a great, relaxing night!


13 gharkness June 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Reading today’s entry reminded me that I haven’t yet thanked you for the Cilantro Pesto recipe.

I’ve always liked pesto, but this – THIS recipe takes pesto to a whole ‘nother level. Thank you so much!


14 Kelsey June 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Before you throw out the un-sweet peaches, maybe you could try throwing them on the grill or bake them to develop their sugars? Such a bummer to throw away summer fruit! :)


15 Kelly T June 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm

weird, im eating cherries right now. i like sucking in the pits, afterwards. kind of like gum.

man, you are a machine woman. keep trucking with the homework- is it normal to have that much work? seems a little excessive, unless you are studying


16 magpie June 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I like your point about hating to waste food – it’s such a major issue in the US. I think part of the reason that so many people are overweight is because they were raised to empty their plates – it’s terrible! If something doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it. It’s better to throw it out (or compost it) than to force yourself to eat it and either feel sick or just not appreciate it. Anyway, happy Saturday!


17 Gaby June 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I have a question about your muesli. I bought Trader Joe’s blueberry muesli (my first time having this). do you know if this type needs to be soaked or do you think this is ready to go (like mixed with greek yogurt)? No one at the store knew. thanks


18 Richelle June 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Ahh poor milk! I forgot about the milk after I bought groceries one day too.. except the carton rolled out of the bag and underneath the car seat. I didn’t find it til a week later, so you can tell what the summer heat did to it.. YUCK!


19 Korin June 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm


You’re not alone. I don’t think I’ve ever “ellipticaled” at 14… ever. Wow.


20 Tsbrown June 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Kath, I think your blog is so wonderful and you are amazing at giving us ideas, inspiration, etc. However, I discourage you from saying that you had a brilliant idea about studying as you workout. Commenting that you have a brilliant idea about anything is discouraging to the many people that follow your leadership. Leadership is many traits, one of them is being humble. You have a great future, be humble.


21 emily June 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm

No offense (well actually, a little offense) to Tsbrown, but I laugh out loud at some of the comments here! Does anyone else think it’s possible that Kath does not *really* think she is brilliant and clearly should rule the world? Just a thought…


22 Kath June 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Kate ,
Yep, we’ve got a compost. Still makes me sad to give the food to the deer though :(

ILikeVegetables ,
I buy it at Harris Teeter. There are all kinds of brands though, so I’m surprised you can’t find it. Maybe it’s in another section of the store? Have you asked the manager?

Jess ,
14 isn’t that hard once you get the momentum going! I start on 12 and work up to 13 and 14 after a few minutes warm up. The arms help too if you have one with arms.

Leah ,
We get two kinds of PB. The one from EarthFare does have palm oil in it. The only concern with palm oil is the saturated fat, so if you eat a diet low in sat. fat then you shouldn’t worry so much about eating it. The palm oil helps stabilize it so you don’t have to keep it in the fridge. The EartFare one had a different taste from the just peanuts one, and I like both kinds for different reasons, so we swap between that brand and another. Yes, just peanuts is better but if you have a brand you really like with palm I think it’s OK.

gharkness ,
Awesome!! I just finished ours off. Need to make more!

Kelsey ,
Great idea – I’ll see if we can fit in a grill session tomorrow.

Kelly T,
It’s not normal to take the course-load I’m taking, but I really had no choice because of the timing. Since I’m in class 10 hours a day + 2 hours of commuting a day, it means I have to do all my school work and studying on the weekends. And I have 4 tests this week!! Yikes!

Gaby ,
I don’t know the technical terms for sure, but I think muesli is more the method of soaking raw oats in milk/yogurt than a type of product, although you do see many companies packing dry oats with fruit and nuts and calling it muesli. You can probably cook yours or do overnight with milk/yogurt – whichever you prefer.

Tsbrown ,
People say “I had a great idea… bright idea… brilliant idea” etc. all the time. What’s the big deal?



23 ILikeVegetables June 14, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Robin – Thank you for the information! I am going up to UofR in a few weeks so I will probably check out the surroundings and will try to find a Wegman’s (or other good grocery store) close by- dining hall fare isn’t always the best :S.

Kath – I didn’t ask the manager, but I checked in the bottled water section, the soda/soft drink section, and even the alcohol section (I got a few weird glances walking through there, seeing as I am only 17 haha)! Oh well, plain water is good too. :)


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