Ying, Yang

August 3, 2010

Good morning sunshines!

You all have to be my sunshine because we STILL HAVE NO SUN!

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I hope this is just some weird weather fluke and not a sign of Charlottesville’s character. I’ve been here many times and there has always been blue skies. Hoping for a fluke..

Also, still no strong internet signal. I tried changing the wireless channel. No luck. Matt’s computer is fine. Mine is spotty. Spotty. is. not. good. enough.

Here’s some breakfast cheer!!

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Ying. Yang.

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Opera Girl sent me some of her famous Double Coconut Granola.

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It’s as good as they say! Very much like Honey Bunches of Oats. Love all the coconut essence.

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Just a wee bit on the bottom – but perfect enough for some amazing flavor! Yes, this is still my first jar and it was darn good. Going to hold of on another one though, cause I have lots of other good eats in stock.

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Ingredients for those who requested: it’s pretty much Biscoff cookies ground up with canola oil and sugar

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Iced Starbucks Vanilla Fusion

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Have a day!

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1 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life August 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

It’s cloudy here in Charlotte, too, so you aren’t missing any sunshine :)

Will you be posting a bakery update soon? I hope things are working out for yall!

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2 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:09 am

I probably won’t be posting updates until we find a new location and get closer to opening. We’re starting from scratch.

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3 Liz August 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

Kath, keep an eye on Craigslist. We’ve noticed several business’s lately that have posting things for sale on craigslist just a few days before they announce they are going out of business. Might be a way to get an in on a good location before anyone else knows.

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4 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

I hope the sun shines for you today! I did not get to go on my morning walk with my husband do to thunder storms this morning. That is no way to wake up…that’s for sure! Oh well, we will make it up on Saturday! Your breakfast looks delicious! Have a great day Kath!

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5 Jen August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

Don’t worry Kath; it’s been cloudy and gloomy in Charlotte for days. It’s so depressing! I bet you’re sad your Biscoff spread is gone :(

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6 CMae August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

Clouds in Atlanta for almost three days straight, too!

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7 Meg August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

I’ll try and tell MD to share the sunshine with VA :D They need to place nice! Jeez!

On the bright side, that breakfast looks so damn tasty!

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8 sweetersalt August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

I must try this biscoff spread but I haven’t seen it anywhere. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled!

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9 Meg August 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

Wow- I meant “play nice”…not “place nice”…woops!

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10 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

Seriously – that spread sounds dangerously delicious!! I hope the sun finds it’s way through the clouds!

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11 Mom August 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

Yep, cloudy here in Hillsborough. Dad is pleased though as it makes his walking easier.

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12 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

the sun motivates me…I need it!

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13 Corey - The Runner's Cookie August 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

I’m sure the sun will shine again soon! On the bright side though, cloudy days make for great running weather :)
Is it weird that I’m a little jealous of the hills you talk about in C-ville?? Hill workouts are killer but ya feel so awesome after!
http://therunnerscookie.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/hills-hurt-so-good/

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14 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

I made coconut granola (ad-libbing from a basic granola recipe) for the first time a few days ago, after eating some AMAZING granola with coconut and lots of toasted nuts at a conference last week (an awesome health and active communities conference :) ). I’ll have to try this actual recipe on my next round, though I’ll add some kind of nuts or seeds to mine. I’m working on finishing a couple of old bags of sweetened coconut flakes, so I’ll just cut back the honey in the recipe a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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15 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

when i first moved to l.a. i was shocked that there was this thing called “june gloom” – basically in the summer it is cloudy all morning and then becomes sunny in the afternoon. turns out it’s perfect for hiking in the a.m.!

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16 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

Spreadable cookies. Awesome.

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17 Nichole August 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

There might not be sunshine, but that coffee would brighten my day. Hope the clouds get their act together and move out.

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18 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

That biscoff spread is crazy!! I love those cookies, so I’m sure I’d love it!

Sorry about the spotty internet– so frustrating :-(

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19 Lynna August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

Until I started taking Chinese I always thought it was “ying yang” too but it’s actually YIN yang. Here’s a little tidbit from wikipedia if you’re interested:

Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, or tranquil; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nighttime. Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, or aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.

Good luck with your internet troubles!

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20 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

Oops!! Should I change my title!?

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21 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 3, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oats eaten out of an almost empty jar of nut butter is the best. I ate my overnight oats out of an almost :) finished jar of peanut butter!! Definitely made up for the lack of sunshine here!

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22 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

Started raining this morning and it won’t stop until the week-end. We can’t be too mad at Maam Nature, since we had an amazing summer so far :)

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23 Katie August 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

Cloudy in new york as well. The sun keeps battling and allows for some intermittent rays. Just like my internet keeps battling with me as well. Every afternoon between 2 and 5 it gets really spotty!

I realized this morning as I was eating that I can definitely credit KERF for making me eat large, healthy breakfasts. My mom doesn’t understand how I can eat oatmeal ALL. THE. TIME. when I used to loathe it.

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24 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

It’s been super cloudy here too. Grawr.

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25 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks August 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

Glad you like the granola, Kath!

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26 Ashley@thehungryscholar August 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

That granola looks great! It is storming here. I hate waking up to that!

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27 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 3, 2010 at 9:36 am

I hope you see the sun sometime today!

What a great breakfast — your OIAJ is genius!

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28 Heather August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

We went through a phase in June like that – no sun. It is so depressing!

Hope the sun comes out soon!

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29 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

Yum Coconut granola!! I hope sun makes an appearance.

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30 kalli@fitandfortysomething August 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

no sun here either :( darn southern cali…..

gosh that biscoff spread looks like heaven!

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31 Julz @ freshman5k August 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

It’s blah out here in Michigan today too :P

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32 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

C-ville weather is usually pretty good this time of year – definitely a fluke. At least you aren’t here in Northern CA where I am. For the past two weeks its been cloudy, cold (low 70′s as the HIGH), and murky. Yuck. I’m about ready to throw my hands up and say “bring on fall”.

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33 shannon (the daily balance) August 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

cloudy here, too. at least you don’t have the suffocating humidity ;)

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34 Neen August 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

aww i hope the sun shines for you soon! its rubbish here in Scotland too, no surprise there eh!

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35 Paige(Running Around Normal) August 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

My favorite way to eat Overnight Oats is in a jar! I think you need less nut butter with cold oats compared to hot oats, so it works out perfectly:)

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36 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews August 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

I finally tried your beloved Biscoff spread and loved it! You have good taste!

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37 Camille August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

I think everywhere is having weird weather this year. Here in San Diego, it is usually about 90 this time of year but it hasn’t been hitting more than 75. Apparently we had our coldest July in over 100 years!

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38 Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 August 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Same in Santa Monica.

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39 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

I think it’s just a strange weather pattern this summer…..we’re having some cool days over in California as well. Feels like summer hasn’t visited us yet…and I don’t think it’s gonna. Have a great day!

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40 Nicole August 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

Cloudy days zap my energy too. My boyfriend is a wierdo and likes cloudy days so he doesn’t feel guily for staying inside :)

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41 Callie August 3, 2010 at 10:03 am

Even though I’m in California, it’s been pretty gloomy and cold. Especially in the mornings.
It just doesn’t feel like summer.

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42 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 3, 2010 at 10:09 am

i can’t wait til winter with hot coffee and hot oats every day! it’s so good…hope you get some sunshine soon!

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43 Run Sarah August 3, 2010 at 10:15 am

Spotty Internet signal is the worst – so frustrating! Hope the sun comes out for you today – it looks like it may be peaking around the corner where I am, but not sure yet!

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44 Sabina August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

A cloudy summer was what happened in Toronto in 2009. In the Summer of 2010, we’re getting so much sunshine, so much heat, and sadly, so much humidity. I’m attempting my best to send some your way!

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45 Angela (ohsheglows) August 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

I second this! 2009 summer was the pits in TO!!

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46 Wei-Wei August 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

It would be awesome if it was made with butter. “What do you get when you purée butter, sugar, and cookies? SPREADABLE COOKIES!”

Wei Wei

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47 Lauren August 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

I would love nothing more than for the sun to disappear over here. It’s been beating down so relentlessly. You should thank your lucky stars!

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48 Kaley August 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

The grass is always greener. But I do love the sun.

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49 VAPlantLady August 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

As someone in the area whose career is in agriculture we are welcoming this weather ‘Fluke’.
The real ‘Fluke’ is the summer we are currently having.
It has been over 90 degrees and sunny almost every day for the past 2 months several times reaching 100 degrees.
We are in a drought in one of the hottest summers on record which is resulting in failed crops statewide. The pastures are drying up and farmers are having to feed hay to livestock in the summer (when usually they are grass fed) with little chance of a substantial second cutting of hay, which combined with having to feed in the summer, could lead to hay shortages. And for you, all of this translates into higher costs for local food. We haven’t had a four day cloudy period in 2 months and I (along with everyone else who has had to work outside this summer) have welcomed this cool cloudy period.

My comment is not meant to be rude but as a health blogger who so often comments on the availability and costs of local, sustainable food, you should be more aware of how the weather affects more important things than your mood. I think you will be singing a different tune tomorrow when it should be back to sun and 98 degrees.

All of this being said, I wish you luck in settling in Charlottesville. The area is abundant with fresh local food options and wonderful restaurants.

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50 Kath August 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

Well if you put it that way, the sun can stay away a bit more. I don’t like periods of hot sun OR periods of clouds. Wish the sky would just ebb in and out of sunshine like the tides. Then both me and the plants would be happier.

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51 Kaley August 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

I understand your POV, but as Kath, it must be annoying as hell when people do this. Tht’s all I’m sayin’.

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52 Kelly August 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

Why should a comment like this be “annoying as hell”? It’s offering up another side of a situation, and actually quite informative to their local area. It’s not even a matter of the commenter being critical; it’s just explaining the weather from an alternative point of view, and one that should be welcomed by a food blogger who has displayed interest in the earth and sustainability.

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53 Kaley August 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I just think obvious things like this don’t need to be said to her. I doubt Kath doesn’t realize that rain is good for local food crops.

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54 CJ August 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Very interesting and informative post! Thank you for this perspective!

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55 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

I had no idea there was a biscoff spread. For some reason, whenever you mentioned it I always thought you were talking about the cookies! That sounds AMAZING!

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56 Mary & Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) August 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

Hey Kath! It’s been cloudy here for a few days too…the sun will return again soon! Today I discovered a Great Harvest near my house…I had NO idea there was a location nearby! I was thrilled and bought a loaf of Burly Bread, granola, and a trek bar. Can’t wait to taste them. I also sampled Chocolate Brownie Bread. I wanted to pick up some burger buns but they don’t keep them in stock. the guy said if I called ahead a few days from when I needed them that he could make some. boooo. anyway Matt can offer some tips to make my own off of what he made the other day??

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57 Kath August 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

Just request them – they will be worth the wait! There is nothing like Great Harvest wheat :)

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58 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

It’s cloudy right now where I live, too :-( We need some sunshine!!

I’ve never tried oats in a jar but people rave about it every time I see it on a blog. I think I need to put my severely depleted jar of almond butter to good use tomorrow morning :-D

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59 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

Holy Cow! That Biscoff Spread looks AMAZING! I love the cookies and am so excited to learn about this!

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60 Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com August 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

I have never heard of this stuff before. Interesting! And that coffee looks greattttt. :)

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61 Britt August 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

your breakfast looks amazing! I’m at the tail end of some horrible stomach virus and your breakfast looks delicious, hopefully in a day or two I’ll be able to copy it! I have a nearly empty peanut butter jar sitting in the fridge calling my name :)

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62 Shannon, Tropical Eats August 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

Well I agree that gloomy days are no fun when all you’re in the mood for is some sunshine :) so boo to that comment above! Sendin some florida sunshine your way! Can’t wait to meet you at HLS :)

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63 Caryn August 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

It definitely is just a fluke, Kath! Charlottesville is really all sun, all the time!

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64 Alison August 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

It’s been pretty cloudy in Northern VA, too. Although, the sun is peaking through a bit today. It’s a tad gloomy, but it sure did cool things off, which isn’t such a bad thing. I hope you find some sunshine soon.

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65 Amanda (WannaBe Chef) August 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

Sheesh Kath, how dare you make comments about such touchy topics as the weather on YOUR blog! :-p On another note, I must find the Biscoff spread…

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66 Brendali August 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Agreed!!!! How dare she discuss the weather and her moods! How dare she be so flippant!
Lol, and it always is accentuated with a *don’t mean to be rude…
Tone does not translate into text, so it does come off as rude/angry!

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67 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' August 3, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’m kinda jealous of your cloudy weather! Ever since I moved to LA, I’ve almost been TOO spoiled by sunshine and warm weather– I miss rain and the change in seasons!! What I wouldn’t give for a cloudy day and a warm cup of coffee! :)

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68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I get the worst internet signal at my parents’ house (which is where I’m living for the summer) and my internet is always cutting out. I feel your frustration!!

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69 Laughter-Loving Stacy August 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Lol, at first glance I was like, “How can you eat a whole jar of that?!” Oh, residue. Just kidding, haha! Looks yummy!

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70 Marie August 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Yeah it’s been cloudy and gloomy in Lynchburg, too. This is definitely a change from the last month or so, it’s been crazy hot and sunny in our area. Nicer weather to run in, though.

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71 Allie August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I need to get that biscoff spread! Where do you find it?

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72 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

That biscoff spread looks so decadent and delicious. I’d imagine it would make for a particularly special OIAJ.

The weather is pretty consistently sunny here in California, but I remember last summer while living in New York, the entire month of June was rainy, overcast, and dismal…it can wear down the spirit for sure.

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73 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I’m on vacation and we haven’t had sun either! Such a bummer.

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74 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I’d say Biscoff is a suitable replacement for sunshine – temporarily, at least! : ) On another note, I recently discovered that there is a Great Harvest near my work – and I am in LOVE with the bread! Bread rules!

Maria

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75 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

The ingredients in the Biscoff are totally not what I was expecting! Still really want to try it. :) I’ll have to start looking harder.

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76 Linda August 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Did you try using the cable to see if you still get spotty connection? If not, then either your wireless card is faulty or you may have some virus on your computer. Do a virus scan. Just a thought.

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77 Kath August 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I can’t use a cable because the modem is upstairs and my giant computer is all set up downstairs.

I find it really hard to believe my card would go bad the same day we switch internet providers..

Will look into virus, but I swear this is just signal interference. Switching channels helped…for a while

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78 Liz August 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Do you have a cordless phone in the house that could be interfering?

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79 Kath August 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

No :(

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80 Liz August 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

The only other thing I can think of is maybe you have a neighbor that is close who has a router or cordless phone or baby monitor. I don’t know what else would interfere.

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81 Liz August 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

One more thing I thought of. Try moving your computer to the other side of the room. Maybe whatever is interfering won’t over there. Can’t hurt to try it.

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82 Erin August 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Oh man, Kath. After hearing you rave about the Biscoff spread, I just HAD to get some when we were in San Francisco a few weeks ago. We were right by an actual Biscoff storefront! So I ran in and grabbed a jar and lugged the (heavy!) thing home, and…wow. AMAZING. That stuff is so darn good. I love smearing it on bananas, particularly.

*sigh* Now I might have to go eat a Biscoff banana… :)

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83 Ilana August 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Kath,
I have nothing to offer on the tech front as sadly, I am not too saavy in that area. But switching channels seemed like a good idea. I would call your provider and maybe see if they can switch out your card/try another one since you just got there?

Wanted to tell you that I made pumpkin oats today in your honor, AND my Nuttzo arrived and it is simply fabulous. :) Yay.
Also, I’m not really in shape for it yet, but am considering doing the Oct. 10k in Cville! First one for me in 10 years . . . .;) Might need some KERF pointers.

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84 Kath August 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Keep me up to date on the 10K! I’ll do it too, most likely :)

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85 Ilana August 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

I definitely will! (Now I gotta get a game plan together to train a bit first.)
It would be super fun to complete one, and to meet you, too.
Have the best time at your conferences!
:)

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86 Mimi August 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine for you… Sometimes that makes it easier to get an internet connection.

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87 Ginna August 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

August is VA’s wettest month of the year! Im afraid many cloudy days lie ahead but the rain makes everything so green and the temp much cooler! :)

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88 Sarah (OC2Seattle) August 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Biscoff has a spread? So dangerous. We’re having similar cloudy days out here in Seattle. Hope the sun breaks through for both of us ASAP!

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89 Rachael August 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Rain, rain everywhere it seems. Montreal is gloomy today, too.
A thought on Biscoff – ground up cookie spread? Brilliant. Right up there with chocolate covered potato chips in terms of simple culinary and craving genius!

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90 Laura August 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I LOVE that you said a “wee” bit! i thought that was a purely scottish slang term! I am greatly amused..

fingers crossed (still!!) that the weather perks up a little bit at least xx

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91 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

In a biscoff jar, that must have been perfection.

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92 Hannah August 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

No city is going to be blue and sunny every single day! I think you’ll find Charlottesville is pretty nice the majority of the (Spring/Fall/Summer) time, though :)

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93 Karen August 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

This is totally a fluke! It’s been so sunny and hot all summer and the last week it’s been a cloud party. I don’t know what gives, but at least we are getting a little break from 100 degree temps!

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