Happy Memorial Day!

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For all  my non-American readers: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May, and it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.


I actually get Memorial Day off from BOTH my jobs (miracle… I hear angels singing somewhere), so my Dad is coming to town, and we are going to drive to Gainesville to visit my Grandpa.  After our drive, I’ll be back home to workout and catch up on reading/Husband time.  🙂

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Wedding proof of me and grandpa.  🙂


I made myself a hearty bowl of oatmeal to carry me through the long car ride:


It was a stellar bowl of oatmeal!  I think the key to good oats is having something cold on top.  The temperature contrast is divine. 🙂


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Splash of Vanilla extract
  • Toppings: almonds, flax seed, juicy blackberries




Have a wonderful holiday!  I hope you have a relaxing BBQ planned with friends or family. 


NoteI was so pleased this morning when I woke up to NO KNEE PAIN.  None!  I was like a regular 25-year old, not like a crickety 90-year old lady.  I cannot believe that running 1 mile is painful, but I can bike 36 mile without a twinge of hurt.  Bicycling is saving my sanity!



  • Catch Me If You Can May 25, 2009, 5:10 am

    Enjoy your day and yes biking way easier! I do both training for my first half/full marathons this year, but I try to run only 3 days and bike hard 2 or 3 days. Biking gives my poor knees a break! Happy Memorial Day!

  • K from ksgoodeats May 25, 2009, 5:11 am

    Enjoy your day off AND your pain free knee!! That picture of you and your grandpa is great! Both of you look fantastic!

  • Bec May 25, 2009, 5:12 am

    Yah for a day off from both jobs, you deserve a break! Enjoy the day with your dad and grandfather 🙂

  • Christina May 25, 2009, 5:13 am

    That looks like a superb breakfast :)Have a good time today with your Dad & Grandpa!

  • Kelly May 25, 2009, 5:17 am

    I hope you have a great day off! I am having problems with my knee too, but biking also seems to bother it. Do you know what is wrong with your knee? Wish knees could hold it together!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 25, 2009, 5:23 am

    kelly – check out my About or FAQ page!

  • Emily May 25, 2009, 5:43 am

    Happy Memorial Day! Have a great visit with your grandpa.

    I’m so glad your knees are doing well with all of that biking!

  • Anne May 25, 2009, 5:50 am

    Those oats look great! That’s awesome that you didn’t have any knee pain this morning. Have a great time visiting your Grandpa today, and have an awesome Memorial day 🙂

  • Kim May 25, 2009, 6:10 am

    Glad you are getting a much needed break today! You certainly deserve it.

    Yay on the knee pain! 🙂

  • D10 May 25, 2009, 6:35 am

    Enjoy the day woth your Grandpa. Glad to hear about having no knee pain. Sounds like biking is the way to go.

  • Sammie May 25, 2009, 6:50 am

    So glad to hear that biking is really working for your body. You really had an amazing trek yesterday – congrats!
    Enjoy your day with your dad and grandfather. You deserve the day off from work – you really put in a ton of hours each week.

  • Niki May 25, 2009, 7:14 am

    Yay for no work and no knee pain!! I totally think that cold, juicy blackberries make my oats!! Have a fun day:)

  • Recipes For Creativity May 25, 2009, 7:20 am

    Have a fantastic day off!

  • spicygranola May 25, 2009, 7:36 am

    I am so glad to hear about your lack of knee pain after biking. I just got a bike and I am hoping for the same knee benefits. Enjoy spending time with your dad and grandpa!

  • Julie May 25, 2009, 7:37 am
  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 25, 2009, 8:06 am

    That sounds like a great day! Have fun!

    Oats look awesome!

    Awesome no knee pain!! 🙂

  • Jenny May 25, 2009, 8:15 am

    woo woo for your day off and no knee pain! have an awesome day with the men in your life girlie :)!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 25, 2009, 9:07 am

    Enjoy your day with your family!

  • sloank May 25, 2009, 9:45 am

    I am trying to get into biking as well because my knees do not seem to be doing to well!! Do you listen to your ipod while you ride? I feel like that could be a bad idea, right? Enjoy your day off!!! And that picture of you and your grandpa is darling!

  • Priyanka loves food May 25, 2009, 9:50 am

    Yay for no work!!! Have an amazing time with your grandpa!!

  • luckytastebuds May 25, 2009, 10:15 am

    Awww that is SUCH a gorgeous wedding picture!!! You were a gorgeous bride!! 😀 Have fun with the gramps today…and thanks for the explanation on memorial day. That was so considerate of you.

    Ooooh and i 210% agree with you that the hot and cold contrast makes a bowl of oatmeal SING!!! I never ever make oatmeal without topping it with something cold. 😛

  • Kate May 25, 2009, 10:49 am

    have fun today! YES, voignier really is the best 🙂

  • Jessica May 25, 2009, 11:39 am

    Yay for a day with no knee pain! I hate when I wake up feeling like a creaking old lady:)

  • April May 25, 2009, 11:53 am

    Enjoy your grandpa. Mine passed this morning 🙁

    Breakfast looks yummy!

  • Oh She Glows May 25, 2009, 12:11 pm

    That is SO great about no knee pain!!! YAHOO!!!!

  • peacelovepb May 25, 2009, 2:01 pm

    glad to hear you didn’t have any knee pain!! thats awesome. have a great day off from your jobs – you deserve a break!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 25, 2009, 2:17 pm

    sloank – NO IPODS! i just dont feel comfortable doing that. maybe with just one earbud?

    april – i’m sorry to hear about your grandpa 🙁

  • seesaraheat May 25, 2009, 5:01 pm

    So glad you have no knee pain! Hope you have a good time with your dad and grandpa today 🙂

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