Monthly Archives: April 2011

What’s in a Name


I happened to catch part of The Royal Wedding this morning…and I do mean happened upon it during my regular hour of GMA viewing (every morning between 7 and whenever I leave the house). I had two thoughts about the whole shebang; one Kate Middleton looked stunning. Her dress was perfect; timeless, modern, and so very very Princess Grace.
My second thought, and the more prevailing one, is that she is no longer Kate Middleton; she is now Catherine Windsor. And you could tell that going by Kate isn’t a decision that she made in college or to reinvent herself; everyone GMA interviewed from her hometown said something along the lines of “Well Kate…or well Katherine…” and then they paused awkwardly and then sort of stumbled to start again. So they’ve called her one thing her whole life and now they have to call her something different.
This has actually bothered me since I heard on the radio several weeks ago that she would never be referred to as Kate again after she married William. Because obviously our situations are vastly different, but I too am a Kathryn that does not use my full name. Ever. It’s on my name badge and business cards at work, but no one actually calls me that. In fact I can’t remember that last time someone called me Kathryn. I guess I’m just sort of bothered that she can’t go by the name of her choosing and I wonder how I’d feel if I suddenly had to go from Katie to Kathryn.

Oh and I did have one more though…When did Harry become the hot one?

Water for Elephants- The Movie


I went with a few of the ladies from my book club to see Water for Elephants this evening. I thought it was quite good. It wasn’t an exact recreation of the book (I’m sure things got cut for times-sake), but it the story the movie told was equally captivating and compelling. The highlights of the movie for me were the gorgeous costuming, Cristoph Waltz’s performance as the very charming but highly abusive August, and Robert Pattinson with a tan looking super cute.

Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 228
Weight This Week: 229.4

I gained this week, not a lot…but more than I expected. I lost a lot last week, but this week was a food-filled mine field. It was BFFMandy’s birthday, then a wedding, and Easter with my family. On one hand, I know that these are all just excuses for not staying on plan. On the other hand, it’s really hard to bake cake or cupcakes for someone and then say “I’m not having any, it’s not part of my lifesytle change.” I mean really…so I’m never supposed to celebrate again?
As soon as I read that I wonder if maybe that mind set is part of the problem. I do my nest to be truthful when I write here. So I write how think, what I think (usually as I think it). If it’s in my head and I type it… I don’t delete and I rarely re-write, because I feel like that keeps me the most truthful. So I’m spilling my thoughts out and when I read them I back, I wonder…is that thought process-equating food and eating with celebration- is that one of my fundamental issues. Is that why these “diets” and “life-style changes” don’t stick? Because if I’m honest there is a holiday, birthday, or other celebration every month of the year. So I try and track everything, even the chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes, and hope for no gain.
Any advice? How do you navigate a food-filled holiday in a healthy way?

Happy Easter


Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a very happy holiday filled with family, friends, and food. I know I did. BFFMandy and I went to dinner at my parents; my Aunt Ellen, Uncle Dave, cousin Christine and her husband Michael were all also there. We had enough food to feed an army; smoked ham and turkey, whiskey sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, asparagus and mushroom tart, fruit salad, candied bacon and smokies, roasted beet and goat cheese salad, chocolate cupcakes, homemade cadbury eggs, cherry fluff dessert. It was so so so good and I have lots of pictures…which I will upload when I find my camera cord.

Pumpkin Oatmeal


I always feel rushed in the mornings. This is partially due to my complete inability to drag myself from my warm cozy bed and partially it’s due to the fact that there actually is not enough time in the morning. I love having hot breakfast in the morning, but usually due to the time crunch I just grab a banana or a string cheese or something else equally unfulfilling. Due to all my lack or time morning drama I am all about things that I can make in advance and re-heat. That’s one of the reasons I love love love this oatmeal; it’s warm and soft and pumpkin-y. I love it!

Pumpkin Oatmeal
Adapted from Aarti Party
1 (14-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not Pumpkin Pie filling)
2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or water

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill-Thick Rolled Oats)

1. In a large pot, combine the pumpkin puree, water, milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil.
2. Add the oatmeal. Turn the heat down and cook according to the instructions; mine usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir often…like really often…otherwise the pumpkin will burn. When the oatmeal is cooked remove from the heat.
3. Divide oatmeal between 5 containers and refrigerate.
4. Reheat in the microwave for 1:30 to 2:00 minutes. Add milk or cream (I love fat-free half & half) and sweetener (I use Splenda, but you could use sugar, honey, or maple syrup) to taste.
5. Enjoy a steaming bowl of yummy pumpkin-y oatmeal.

WW PointsPlus: 4 when plain, 5 with 3Tbsps fat free half and half. 

Things I love Thursday


It’s Things I love Thursday! Woohoo! My favorite thing about writing this post every week is that it means tomorrow is Friday and I am totally on board with that. Here’s a smattering of things I’m really enjoying this week:


I love this necklace. I probably wouldn’t wear it cause I hate having stuff around my neck, but I think it’s gorgeous and totally timely what with Earth Day being tomorrow.

How adorable is this coffee mug? I seem to have a collection of coffee mugs, I’m pretty sure that I even have one from the original Starbucks that is still in the box.

I am loving the trailer for the movie based on The Help. I loved the book, like really…stop reading what you’re reading and go read this book instead…it’s better…I promise. I also think the cast choices are perfect. I can’t wait.

That’s all for this evening. Goodnight