November 29, 2009

(Said in the voice of a pirate)

Today was all about cleaning up the yard! We finished 95% of the back yard and have just the front to organize.

We walked to the grocery store and back at 10 and picked up 2 reusable bags’ worth of produce, plus yogurt and milk.

Once home, the shovels came out…

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We worked for 3 straight hours. Here are some before and afters for you to enjoy!

Dead flowers…

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Just rosemary…

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Out-of-control mint (and out-of-control hose!)

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Matt also FINALLY repaired the shed door. I encourage all of you who are not selling your houses to just pretend that you are and fix it up for yourself!!

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After the yard, we moved on to the garage, which was WORSE! It’s where we put things that we don’t know what to do with :) But now it has been sorted and I have a trunk full of stuff for my mom and Goodwill.

My oatmeal pancake held me over allllllllll morning. Seriously – no signs of hunger from about 8AM – 2PM. And even when I came down from a shower at 3PM I wasn’t that hungry. So strange.

I had just what I’ve been craving since Thanksgiving – yogurt and cranberry sauce.

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~1/2 a cup of Oikos with ~1/4 heaping cup cranberry sauce and the Best Damn Granola (which I am almost out of and will definitely miss!)

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On the side I had a pile of carrots + celery with a heaping TBSP of Costco PB and 3 clems!

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I’ve got to do some laundry and sort through my wedding box so I only keep the very important stuff. Then I am settling down with THIS! I’m halfway through and need to pick up my pace.

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1 emmy - eatventures November 29, 2009 at 4:12 pm

What are you thinking of the book so far? Maguire is my favorite author currently, I LOVED Wicked! The sequel is good too, in my opinion.


2 Kath November 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Honestly, it’s kind of slow. I need a good plot to keep me reading! But that said, I am enjoying it. The characters are very interesting. Hopefully my opinion will change as we go through.


3 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Busy afternoon! You have a beautiful backyard. You also had a beautiful lunch! Enjoy your book!


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I’m the same way with books! I need it to seriously keep me going the entire time. If I get even the tiny bit bored, I close the book and most likely never go back. I should be a little easier on the books I read 😉


5 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I did that with our apartment on time. We spruced it up and it was beautiful. We need to do that again :-)


6 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) November 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

That’s excellent advice about maintaining your home. I’ve been craving yogurt + berries, wrong season, huh? lol That bowl looks delish. 😀



7 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love Wicked!


8 thepinkpeppercorn November 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Good work! And enjoy the rest of the day – you deserve it!


9 Adi (oatonomy.com) November 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I’m envious that you guys can get out and do garden work when it’s almost December. Looks like you put some serious back bone into the yard!


10 Sarah R November 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm

We just saw the musical last weekend… it was fabulous!!!


11 Kristie Lynn November 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had a meal that has held me over so long! Crazy stuff!


12 Eliza November 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Hi Kath, loved your post today :) You look goood in those puma pants!!

Anyway, I was just wondering if you’ve ever heard of this: Soy makes you fat.

My friend just told me a new study came out about that and I wasnt sure to take her word or not. What is your opinion on it?


13 Kath November 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

As far as I only, the only thing that makes you fat is a positive energy balance!? If you could send me the study, I could give a better opinion!



14 MelissaNibbles November 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

That’s a lot of work! Also the reason why I live in an apartment. Great job!


15 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Cleaning up the yard and garage is definitely a huge project to undertake! But it will REALLY help move along the sale of any house. :)

Love your simple lunch. Honeslty, the simplest lunches can be SO appealing!


16 Lauren November 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Oh my, 8 hours without eating?!?! I am hungry just thinking about that notion. LoL. Those must have been some FILLING pancakes girl! :)


17 Ameena November 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I agree! Better to fix things up and enjoy them instead of just when you are selling your house. I made that mistake once but I don’t plan on doing it again!


18 Lauren @ eater not a runner November 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Looks like a successful sunday! Love the idea of cranberry sauce with yogurt…yum:-)


19 christie @ honoring health November 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Good work!

I am trying to think of ways to finish off our cranberry sauce, i can’t eat dairy but yogurt is an awesome idea!


20 katey November 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I looooove cranberry sauce! best part of thanksgiving (other than pumpkin!)


21 Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I need to do some cleaning myself! Looks like it was a great way to spend a fall day!


22 amanda November 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Wicked play was very good if you ever get a chance to see it. I agree about the book being slow too!


23 Hallie (Healthy Twists) November 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Gah I’m having like the opposite day as you….sitting around being lazy and I’m SO hungry! Not good man :-) I guess when you’re busy, you don’t think about food as much, huh? Congrats on being so productive!


24 Nicole November 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Love cranberry sauce on yogurt, I also had that for lunch today :)


25 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Looks like you did a great job with the yarrrrrrrd work, haha


26 candice November 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Haha, looks like you did a good job with the garden. I haven’t been hungry all day, either! Probably due to the festivities and excessive amounts of food these past few days. My body’s trying to recover!


27 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I’m taking my little sister to see Wicked in January! She’s very excited.

I love, love, love cranberry sauce and plain yogurt. Such a perfect combo.


28 Karla November 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Garden work sounds really fun! I’ve never been much of a gardener but could be fun. Maybe someday I’ll have a great garden!


29 Carolyn November 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I still have work to do to my yard, but I’m worried it’s going to be too cold soon. :(


30 Jenna November 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

yogurt looks great!


31 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Yard work always feels good. Enjoy going through your wedding box…good luck classifying anything as “unimportant.” Every time I try to weed mine out, I just end up throwing it all back in! :-)


32 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm

so productive! i wish i had some cranberry sauce in my house to dollop on yogurt…


33 Carolina November 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Looks like ya’ll got a lot of work done!

Wicked is an awesome book! I read it in 3 days! I can’t wait to pick up Son of a Witch!


34 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life November 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Nice job with the yard! The husband and I also did some yard work this afternoon. Tis the season!


35 maria November 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I hate when my tummy plays tricks on me. Like I don’t feel full after eating, and yet hours later I’m not even that hungry. It’s nuts!


36 Erin November 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Great book — he’s such a clever writer. 😀


37 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Wow, awesome job on the yard! I wish we owned a house and had stuff to fix..but maybe that is more of a “careful what you wish for” thing? :) Gad you were productive..oh and I am going out to get cranberry sauce for my yogurt, great idea!


38 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar November 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I love Wicked ! =]


39 katherine (blissful-body) November 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

wasn’t today awesome out in NC! yippee for the sun! i loved wicked. my mom, uncle and i are going to see the musical on january! i can’t wait for our family date!


40 Meggilizz November 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

My mom is reading Wicked and she loves it! :)


41 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I can’t believe it’s warm enough out there to do yard work! That’s so crazy! Here in the Northeast it’s getting pretty chily. I never knew Wicked was a book! I’ll have to pick up a copy!


42 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now November 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Glad you’re getting lots of stuff done around the house!


43 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 30, 2009 at 1:28 am

Super nice job on the garden- don’t you find it very rewarding? I have this bizarre love for pruning, though I never do it. It’s just so fun to cut branches just above where you know a bud will grow in a particular direction. Like creating the growth patterns!

And I just love ripping out old plants, weeds. My back doesn’t love it though!


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