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Healthy Friday continues…


Look – a vegetable AND a fruit. Whoop, whoop.


In the mix:


Brown rice

Kidney beans



Balsamic dressing


While some of us are getting sun drunk today…


…Others are being productive.  I gave a presentation to the Union County Women’s Leadership Coalition this morning.  Funnily enough, the theme of this year’s conference was “Life’s Unexpected Tipping Points,” so this blog and Operation Beautiful tied in quite nicely.  I talked about how we, as female leaders, must squash our own negative self-talk so we can inspire others to live their best lives, too. 


Okay, time for a side note / vent:


I was trapped in the car for about an hour this morning, and I realized that I hate morning radio so much. I ask this question seriously: does anyone actually like to listen to morning DJs?  Maybe it’s just me, and I don’t get the appeal.  I know the Husband liked one morning show in Orlando, but he said the jokes were sometimes too over-the-top or chauvinistic for his taste (cue: aww!).  On the other hand, I just can’t stand the chatter in the morning.  Also, I had to keep turning down the volume so I wouldn’t listen to celeb gossip per the Gossip Girl Challenge.  While writing this, I realize that I should’ve probably switched to National Public Radio and listened to real news (or joined the 21st century and somehow synced my iPhone with my radio), but I like to jam out in the car to Top 40 hits.  WHY CAN’T THEY JUST PLAY MUSIC IN THE MORNING?


Rant over.



  • Beth @ 990 Square April 20, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Seriously, go with NPR (if that’s to your tastes and I think it is) so much better. Or, listen to an audiobook! I’m in the car for about 20-40 minutes each way for my commute, so I get a lot of fantastic audiobook time in!

  • Army Amy* April 20, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I love listening to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning! I have actually said, “I wish my commute was longer,” so that I could listen to the show more. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and they make me laugh! There have been days where I’m so down in the dumps over my husand’s deployment that they only time I laugh is when I’m listening to KKITM. Morning radio isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely for me!

  • Katie April 20, 2012, 12:44 pm

    UGH! I totally agree. Morning talk radio is so annoying. Just shut up and play some music! I have noticed that I feel more strongly about this since I have gotten pregnant. My road rage has also gotten 10x worse, haha. I blame it on the hormones!!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 20, 2012, 12:45 pm

    That would drive me crazy, I much prefer music over radio shows! My brother listens to the ESPN channel on am radio…

  • Sarah April 20, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I agree about morning radio. I think the DJ’s are so popular because people just haven’t woken up enough to realize how annoying they are.

    I listen to AM for the news or just turn it off.

  • Melissa April 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

    I actually really like morning radio, but I agree that most of the morning shows I’ve heard have some serious problems with just about every kind of bigotry you can name. I heard a rape joke just this morning on a show that’s usually less full-of-fail than the others in my city. It’s always so disappointing!

  • Kelley April 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

    I could not agree w/ more with your rant. I go NPR all the way, unless I am in the car w/ my husband and then he likes sports talk.

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 20, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I hate morning radio! Honestly, the few times I have heard it and the DJs are prank calling people or venting about some relationship problem…I just don’t get it! I just want music!

    On the contrary, I don’t complain about how MTV is less music. I love some of the MTV guilty pleasure shows. 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 20, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I listen to WMMR’s Preston & Steve (Philly), it’s a crew of 6 people and I find it hilarious. I never enjoyed morning talk shows until I started listening to them and it always makes me crack up. They have a lot of great guests and do a lot of ridiculous contests and such, always entertaining.

    • Megan April 20, 2012, 1:53 pm

      love Preston & Steve!

    • Tricia April 20, 2012, 7:11 pm


      • Jen April 21, 2012, 11:38 am

        ha. just posted about P&S! been listening to them since dre/y100 days.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 20, 2012, 12:59 pm

    that’s so funny because i LOVE morning radio. there is one show in particular in chicago that i listen to every morning. i even downloaded the app so i can stream it while i’m walking the dogs!! i think it just depends on whether or not you have a good show in your area 🙂

  • Rachel April 20, 2012, 1:06 pm

    i LOATHE morning radio shows! they are so stupid & hardly ever funny. i got a new car last fall, & now i have satellite radio, which means i never have to listen to idiots in the AM or commercials! chaaaa ching!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love April 20, 2012, 1:11 pm

    LOL I had to ggole chauvinistic, what an interesting world!! We don’t own a car now, and try to walk to most of teh places, but when we had one I hated the morning radio as well!

  • Angie C. April 20, 2012, 1:12 pm

    If you have an iphone, download the Pandora app, you’re own personalized radio station with only a couple commercials. Just place your iphone’s speaker down in your cup holder and it sounds pretty close to your car speakers, at least to my ears. 🙂

  • Kattrina April 20, 2012, 1:17 pm

    That is so funny! I HATE MORNING SHOWS TOO. I catch a commuter bus to work so only drive five minutes to the park and ride and I usually choose to turn the radio off rather than listen to talk radio. It reminds me of MTV – how there used to be music and now there are just shows and you never find music videos. I like the radio to play songs! I’ve also chosen to turn off the radio of late because I hear the same six songs ALL THE TIME and it totally annoys me. And I live between Baltimore and DC so I have twice as many stations (I can pick up both DC and Baltimore stations clearly) and it is STILL the same song, sometimes playing at the same time on different stations. Uggg! So for the past few weeks I’ve just driven in silence. It was hard at first but now I don’t even notice the lack of music and I just think about things instead.

  • Hillary April 20, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I love one of the morning shows in Baltimore; I think the DJs are fun and personable, and I genuinely enjoy listening to them on the way to work. However, I sometimes listen to a DC station show during commercials, and they kind of make me want to punch myself in the face. This morning they were talking about the CIA prostitute scandal and were saying that the prostitute was pretty enough to be worth at LEAST $800. I couldn’t believe I was actually listening to them discuss the value of this woman (and there’s a woman on the panel too, which almost made it worse!)

  • Kristin April 20, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I feel ya! Early morning DJs and way too many commercials put me in a foul mood. I have a 30 minute drive to work/school every day and I finally found the solution to my radio woes-Audio Books! I haven’t listened to any books I’ve never read so far, but I love to listen to my favorite books. It makes the time go by so much quicker. The downside-sometimes it is pretty tough to convince myself to get out of the car and walk to my office 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat April 20, 2012, 1:28 pm

    There are a few morning shows I don’t mind but two of the Top 40 stations have the most crude DJs where I live. I changed the station this morning with my jaw dropped, I don’t even want to write what they said! There’s a rock station here too that I love the music on, but their DJ’s are the same way and they have pictures of women in thongs on their website! Ugh.

  • Earthy Nicole April 20, 2012, 1:40 pm

    I like one local morning show but pretty much the rest of them bother me or bore me! Another station here does actually play music but it’s like the worst of the 80’s!

    As I write this I’m eating veggies with my soup! xx

  • Erin April 20, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Morning radio is the worst! Sometimes even NPR is too chatty for me even if they are talking about something interesting. I’m so glad my husband figured out how to hook our iPhones to our car stereos. Pandora is my life saver.

  • Shelley April 20, 2012, 1:43 pm

    My husband loves talk radio. In fact he pays for satellite radio so he can listen to his favorite talk shows all the time. Half the time he hasn’t even heard new songs that come out because he rarely listens to music. I can’t stand talking. I’m constantly changing stations to find music I want to listen to.

  • emily April 20, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I hate, hate, hate talking on the radio; give me music. Sometimes my husband listens to the propaganda on the religious channel to piss himself off and that’s even worse. Nothing like a road trip set to the hypocrisy of an hour explanation of why she (the lady on the radio) hates gays because of her love for Jesus. But then I’m still mad that MTV doesn’t play videos anymore.

  • Katrina April 20, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Strangely, I never like listening to music and listen to talk radio all day long, but I listen to our local station which is more focused on news. I can’t stand the over the top/comedian talk shows or heavy political shows. NPR would have been a much better choice!

    When I lived in Canada, we had the CBC radio station. It was a nice blend of local/country/international news. Miss that!

    • Alina April 20, 2012, 10:48 pm

      CBC is da bomb! You get reception absoultely everywhere in Canada (great for rural driving), and you have your choice of all talk, or all music!

  • Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit April 20, 2012, 1:50 pm

    We actually invested in Sirius which was the best decision. There’s basically no DJ time with the exception of a quick check-in. Love it. My husband however will switch to the regular radio in the morning sometimes and I can’t handle it. The DJs drive me crazy.

  • Megan April 20, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I must be in the minority.. i love the morning radio in Boston. I even use the IHeartRadio app on my phone while getting ready so catch the morning radio show earlier!

    • Jen April 20, 2012, 2:43 pm

      I like Matty in the Morning on Kiss 108. I never listen to the music on Kiss, but I like the morning show. I think it’s mainly nostalgic; I used to listen to it in the car on the way to middle school and high school with my older sister.

  • Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 20, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I love morning shows! I actually get mad when they play too many songs… I don’t like to be up in the morning, so a little humor helps. I often find myself cracking up at red lights and wondering what the person next to me is thinking!

  • KellyK April 20, 2012, 2:02 pm

    I LOVE morning talk shows! I commute 45 min. to work every day, and I flip between 3-4 stations to see what they are chatting about. The music on the radio does not change much, and the stations tend to play the same songs over…and over…and over…but the DJs can make my day! And it is like soft news, get the major headlines, and the trash talk. I look forward to the morning shows, weird – I know.

  • Kendall @On An Inhale April 20, 2012, 2:02 pm

    I love Ramiro and Pebbles on 9.45 in boston. i listened to them on my long commute to HS junior and senior year. I love when i can catch them in the am.

  • Melissa April 20, 2012, 2:12 pm

    That’s the thing with morning shows…they are either laugh out loud hilarious or AWFUL…sometimes within minutes of each other :-/ There are a couple of local/regional morning shows that I cannot STAND and have very devoted followings. One is redneck combined with right wing/religious high horse; the other it seems like all the DJs do is laugh at themselves (not even ABOUT anything) and it is so annoying. That being said, I will often listen to sports talk or a new station that plays Top 40-ish stuff from the past few years and has very few commercials and NO DJs!!!

  • Jennifer April 20, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I hate morning radio shows! Always have actually. I listen to XM radio…I just want my tunes.

  • Maren April 20, 2012, 2:40 pm

    SERIOUSLY! I hate morning radio talk show hosts! They are so annoying/obnoxious.

  • Sara April 20, 2012, 2:44 pm

    I pretty much hated morning radio until I took my husband’s recommendation and tuned in to his almost all male morning show. Some of the jokes can be over-the-top but I find myself laughing out loud in my car at least once every morning commute. And I have to say the key to whatever radio show you choose: DO NOT look them up online! I like to picture how they look in my head so much better 🙂

    • Tricia April 20, 2012, 7:09 pm

      Haha so true!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake April 20, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Not only can morning talk radio be extremely annoying, it can also be downright offensive. I can’t count the times I’ve heard DJs spouting off blantantly sexist or racist comments under the guise of thinly-veiled “jokes”. Not to mention sketches like a local one in my area called “Battle of the Roses,” when a morning show calls a man and tells him he’s won free flowers and can send them to any woman he wants. Little does he know, his wife is on the line–just waiting to pounce if he sends them to someone other than her. Then listeners take pleasure in laughing at (and basically mocking) a woman with a cheating husband. What kind of message is that sending?

    • Alina April 20, 2012, 10:44 pm

      That’s just ridiculous! It sort of reminds me of that scene from Mean Girls when one calls the other, feeding her on to gossip about the other friend who is ALSO on the line!

  • Peggy April 20, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I finally realized that I hate radio in general! Even in the afternoons, when they’re not talking inanely, they play the same songs over and over and over. I switched to NPR and never looked back. Mid-day it can be a little floofy when they’re talking about music and stuff, but mornings and afternoons/evenings are great, with news and interesting debates. I feel so much more informed 🙂

  • deva at deva by definition April 20, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I listen to the morning show on KISS 107 in cincinnati, or I plug my iPhone into the AUX jack and listen to my iPod.

  • Rebecca April 20, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I don’t really listen to the radio much, but most of the time I don’t mind the talk. Mostly because if I listen to the radio, it’s a Christian station and they talk about things that are usually interesting. Sometimes I get bored with it and change stations so I can find something to sing along with. Kinda depends on my mood and how much talking there’s been.

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 20, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I gave up on morning DJ’s a long time ago. We’re all NPR junkies now. Even my high school and middle school kids would rather hear that than regular radio or music. I feel like the morning DJ has a whole lot of nothing to say and there are way too many commercials. It makes me crazy. Listening to NPR is great and my family has had some great conversation around what we hear on NPR.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 20, 2012, 3:30 pm

    I hate radio morning talk also, so that’s why I listen to my own homemade CDs. I can’t stand the jibber jabber.

  • Elizabeth April 20, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I agree with you!! The morning talk is so annoying! I spend a lot of my time commuting so I hear it all! It drives me nuts, and last week for some reason it really made me mad, so I decided to write to the radio sation (via email), I still have not recieved a reply… I was just so frustrated!!!

  • Jess April 20, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I love the morning radio. Jay Jay, Mike and Dom on the Edge! Any kiwis here?!

  • Nena April 20, 2012, 3:50 pm

    I so don’t like morning radio or the radio, period. It’s always the same circle of songs over and over and over and over again. I honestly listen to oldies stations now, or the CD in my player (yes, CD) lol. Or pandora. Just not feeling the radio thing anymore. Blah to the morning radio station. Oh! Love Delilah! 🙂

  • Csilla April 20, 2012, 4:17 pm

    I’m 100% with you! Can’t listen to those morning shows. I have a 1 hr commute and listen to NPR all the way! I always learn something new!

  • Angela April 20, 2012, 4:32 pm

    I prefer morning radio. Definitely a BBC radio fan though as it doesn’t have adverts. I only try the local commercial stations when I am looking out for traffic reports.

  • Linz @ Itz Linz April 20, 2012, 4:32 pm

    i HATE when radios talk!! radios are for MUSIC!!!!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic April 20, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I used to feel that way about morning radio. Until I found the Bobby Bones Show (you can download it free on I Heart Radio). It’s still silly, mindless chatter – but I LOOOOOVE the show! Seriously nothing else has even come close to comparing! The DJs’ personalities are all very different and provide a nice balance and although there’s definitely lots of celebrity gossip, they manage to keep it interesting! I mean, don’t get your hopes up expecting NPR-quality reporting or anything (its still morning radio), but I find it to be very entertaining and I like a good dose of mindless-ness in the morning as I get ready for the day!

  • RunEatRepeat April 20, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Why don’t you listen to NPR? I actually wish I had a longer commute so I could listen to it more!

  • Casey April 20, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Major pet peeve of mine — announcing birthdays on the radio.

    • Rebecca April 20, 2012, 10:23 pm

      Our local station lets people enter other people for a free cake from the grocery store if it’s their birthday. My grandma always entered us, and I think my sister and I each won the cake at least once. And I think my dad won the cake one time too. Kind of fun. They don’t announce every birthday, though, except if you’re part of the Birthday Club (they might not do this anymore, I don’t know). Sometimes that’s a lot of people and it’s annoying. But I don’t listen to that station anyway because I hate most of the music, haha.

  • Carol April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

    I greatly dislike morning DJs. They seem to be obnoxious (kindest way to put it) the world over. I listen a lot to BBC Radio 1 via the internet, but I can’t stand even their morning DJ. As varied as the station’s shows and DJs are it’s only Moyles I can’t stand. Must be the time slot and getting up at 3-4 am that makes them all that way.

  • Sarah April 20, 2012, 6:15 pm

    That plate looks delicious! I hate morning DJs too…

  • Laura April 20, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I really enjoy morning radio sometimes, especially The Bert Show. They don’t do a lot of stunts, which I appreciate. Still, I often need a break to just listen to my own music and stick with my iPod.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 20, 2012, 6:50 pm

    Haha, I love morning radio! It’s so frivolous and light-hearted. I understand being in the mood for some music though 🙂

  • Tricia April 20, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Yes! In Philly, Preston and Steve rock in the morning. But when I want to hear music, I put pandora on my iPhone and blast it through my car speakers. Love it!

  • chetney April 20, 2012, 7:32 pm

    I HATE MORNING TALK RADIO SHOWS!! Especially the ever present FAKE laughter! bugs mee!!!!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 20, 2012, 8:53 pm

    Man, radio in general is just pathetic these days. I was just ranting about this yesterday when I was stuck driving a lot. I felt like it was the gawd awful top 40 or 90’s grunge. So awful. Where is the good actual new music?!

    I have it, I just don’t hear it on the radio.

  • Charisma Moran April 20, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Your husband was probably talking about XL 106.7. It is the only morning show I can stand. With that being said, I have not really listened to the radio in years. GET PANDORA!! =) It is amazing!

  • Margo April 20, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I agree completely with morning shows: I hate them. I hate them to the point that I bought an iPod and a converter kit for my car so that I never have to listen to them again. Early morning is not the time for chit-chat and laughing! OK end rant. Sorry this is my first comment..I really enjoy reading your blog every day and Maggie is precious (I have a rat terrier that looks similar) so I actually came up here to show my husband her picture..not weird at all, right?

    • CaitlinHTP April 20, 2012, 9:55 pm

      I wanna see a pic of your puppy!

      • Margo April 21, 2012, 2:56 pm

        she is featured here on my blog:

        you can’t see them in any of these pictures, but she has several large spots on her back and lots of little spots that shine through when her fur thins out in the summer!

        • CaitlinHTP April 21, 2012, 8:24 pm

          Aw the last picture of her with the bone is the best!

  • Kt April 20, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I’m pretty sure they talk so much because it’s cheaper than playing constant music… no licensing fees for annoying DJs!

  • Alina April 20, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Too bad you don’t live in Canada! All I listen to is CBC Radio 2, and since it’s public radio there are no commercials! They play classical during the day but cool singer/ songwriter stuff when I listen (pretty early morning- like the time it sounds like you’re listening, and also in the afternoon/ dinner-hour). I know they sell converter cables at Walmart for under $10 that let you connect your iPod/ iPhone/ MP3 player to your stereo if you really can’t find anything 🙂

  • Jen April 21, 2012, 11:36 am

    YES! There is one out of philly that doesn’t suck! Preston and Steve on wmmr. (you can podcast them too). they started out as very earnest, almost indie morning show that was bounced through 3 stations. they’ve grown to be a huge force in the city. really funny, really topical, and very community focused. sure they do some typcial raido stuff (philly’s hottest bartender/short haired girl/ nurse, etc) but overall, they eschew scholky deejay stuff. give em a listen, i’ve been hooked on them since high school over 10 years ago.

  • Amber K April 21, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Chatter on the radio is one of my pet peeves. There should be music and music only! And too many slow songs in a row drives me crazy too. If I’m in the car I want to rock out, not go to sleep.

  • Abby April 21, 2012, 1:23 pm

    I also hate the morning radio! Most of the djs are really rude and I don’t know why they think they know everything about relationships and dating.

  • Melissa Z April 21, 2012, 7:15 pm

    I used to agree but Preston & Steve (Philly’s WMMR 93.3) have totally turned me around!!!! Their morning show is the absolute BEST!!! So good that I don’t mind listening to the commercials do I don’t miss anything (plus there’s nothing else worth listening to!!!). Yeah, they’re guys and there is the typical guy comments, but they also talk about their wife’s/husbands and families; very community oriented!! And if Steve can’t make you laugh before your cup of coffee…no one can!!! Give them a try on I<3radio or The WMMR's app!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd April 23, 2012, 2:54 pm

    The Kane show in D.C. is really good! They’re hilarious!!! You should def try to listen to them on IHeartRadio. I agree with you though for the most part. They might be the only radio personalities I genuinely like. Everyone else is blehhh

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