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I am totally workin’ for the weekends right now.  Except my upcoming weekend is so jam-packed that it’s not going to be very relaxing….. but it will be fun (minus Saturday)!


  • Tonight:  Our friend Harry is coming over to watch the opening game of the world series (Go Phillies!)
  • Thursday NightMeghann and I are going to spin and yoga, and then we’re carving pumpkins and watching TV
  • Friday: Our friends Lisette and Danny are coming into town
  • Saturday: Bone Scan day (it takes about 6 hours)
  • Sunday: The in-laws are staying overnight with us, and my future Mother-in-law and I are running wedding errands.




I started off this morning with an interesting bowl of oatmeal:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: coconut, brown  sugar, Kashi Go Lean Crunch! kernels.


Between the coconut and the Kashi, it was a very unique blend of flavors and textures.  Very satisfying!


What I Know For Sure


As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of Oprah.  Don’t judge her until you read her magazine, specifically the last column of each month’s issue, which is written by Oprah herself and entitled "What I Know For Sure."  After two years of reading this column, I can attest that Oprah is a highly spiritual, caring, and insanely intelligent woman (yes, she actually writes each column).


This month’s column is the Top 20 things that she knows for sure, and I found myself so moved reading the list.


I wanted to share the very best with you…. I hope these mantras brighten your day or give you a new perspective on a challenge you are facing.


  • What you put out comes back, all the time, no matter what.
  • Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.  Only you give it power.
  • When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.
  • If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you," that will be enough.
  • Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
  • Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.


The one thing I know for sure is: "Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything"  (from "The Awakened Heart").  I truly believe the world would be a much better place if we all just extended a little more kindness to one another one.  Judgement and hate have no place in my heart!


What do you know for sure?



  • VeggieGirl October 22, 2008, 4:32 am

    FAAAABULOUS weekend ahead of you!!

    Loooove your oats (but what else is new?? Haha).

    Thanks for sharing some of the Top 20 list!!

    What do I know for sure??? That life is a true blessing.

  • HangryPants October 22, 2008, 4:57 am

    That quote is beautiful! It made me tear up. Have a good day!

  • B_Hlthy October 22, 2008, 5:06 am

    Love that quote list! So inspirational!

    Did you get an MRI before your bone scan? I need to schedule an MRI for my knees- So sorry to hear you are having trouble with them also.

  • jenngirl October 22, 2008, 5:07 am

    I’m ALWAYS livin’ for the weekend! The rest of your week sounds packed, but fun!!

    That Oprah column you shared is wonderful!! What do I know for sure?? That the most important parts of life are the moments each day that we rarely take the time to notice. Cherish the small things, they are what count ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 5:09 am

    heather – here is the complete quote. glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person in this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire…

    …love is the รขโ‚ฌหœwhyรขโ‚ฌโ„ข of life: why we are functioning at all, what we want to be efficient for… I am convinced it [love] is the fundamental energy of the human spirit, the fuel on which we run, the wellspring of our vitality. And grace, which is the flowing, creative activity of love itself, is what makes all goodness possible.

    Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything.

    ~From “The Awakened Heart.”

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 5:10 am

    bhlthy – i actually called yesterday about an MRI and the doc swore i didn’t need it for my potential stress fracture. he’s an idiot, so after i get the bone scan done, i’m going to go see another doctor, and we’ll see what happens then in re: to my knees!

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! October 22, 2008, 5:11 am

    I know for sure that I should do whatever I’m passion about!

    Your oatmeal looks great! I like topping mine with coconut flakes too.

  • Kevin October 22, 2008, 5:21 am

    Kashi? How the heck do you eat that stuff girl???? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Bridget October 22, 2008, 5:30 am

    I should pick up Oprahs magazine! Those thoughts are so true. What I know is that there is not point in worrying about trivial things you can’t control…you’ll drive yourself crazy.

    Also on your previous wedding post…my venue does not allow any candles ๐Ÿ™ I was so bummed because candle light is sooo pretty!! I wonder if ALL AC More’s are going out of busines!?

  • Meghann October 22, 2008, 5:59 am

    Soo excited for Thursday! Weekend are meant to be packed, trust me they’re pretty boring if you have nothing planned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • just me October 22, 2008, 6:09 am

    yay for your week and weekend!! i wish i had something like that planned!!

    and thanks for sharing the quotes….loved them!

  • tfh October 22, 2008, 6:22 am

    Six hours worth of bone scan? You are NOT making me want to go see the doctor.

    Those what I know for sures seem very true to me! Your line about judgment and hate is one of my “everyday challenges.”

  • Meg October 22, 2008, 6:32 am

    What a fun but busy few days ahead!

    I love your oats with great flavor and texture!

    What I know for sure: I love all my friends in the blogging world. They are such a wonderful group of people!

  • whatiateyesterday October 22, 2008, 6:53 am

    Wow, you do have a busy weekend ahead!

    And I do believe that love conquers all! I wish more people believed that.

  • Rose October 22, 2008, 6:57 am

    Busy week ahead for you! But sounds fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    What I know for sure is that my family will always be there, no matter what.

  • *Andrea* October 22, 2008, 7:17 am

    i love oprah too. my grandma gets her magazine lol so i always read it at her house and LOVE it every time! so inspirational ๐Ÿ™‚

    my roomies and i are carving pumpkins friday too! have with with meghann and good luck with the bone scan

  • Zesty Cook October 22, 2008, 7:21 am

    Go Phillies!!! You look to have a busy weekend ahead which is ok… I really like your oatmeal combination.

    What do i know for sure? Smile and treat people with respect – it can always be worse.


  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 22, 2008, 7:31 am

    Beautiul thoughts here.

    What I know for sure is that love is not just a feeling it is words put in action:)

    Yummy breakfast, thanks for sharing the top 20

  • *Andrea* October 22, 2008, 7:44 am

    Oh Yeah –
    since i’m a harcore sox fan(i can’t see tampa bay win!)… go Phillies!

  • Kath October 22, 2008, 7:50 am

    I’m a huge Oprah fan too! Love that list.

  • Hilary October 22, 2008, 7:51 am

    I completely agree with you. I believe its the little things everyone does that makes the world a better place i.e. waving and smiling at passerbys on my run, thanking a car for letting me in, telling a voter registration person or the political people who call you that you really admire and appreciate what they’re doing

    It may not seem like much..but just that one smile may turn someone’s day around..you never know. And how powerful is it that something that takes so little effort from you can make such a big difference?

  • sharon October 22, 2008, 8:03 am

    Go Phillies!!
    I love reading your blog.
    I really appreciate all the fruits and vegetables you incorporate into your diet. Its very useful in my meal planning now and very motivating to see how you make it a part of your daily life(not just a fad). Thanks.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 22, 2008, 9:14 am

    i love everyone’s ‘what i know for sure’s! beautiful!

    sharon – as michael pollan says, “eat food. not to much. mostly plants.”! if you haven’t read in defense of food yet, i highly recommend it!

  • Heather May 13, 2010, 1:55 pm

    i know for sure that you are featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Everytime I read her name on your old posts, I can’t help but smile.

    How awesome.

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