Late Wednesday


Well, well.  You people sure love your grilled cheese.

Thanks for all of the suggestions – I can’t wait to try them!

Now… any chance you have ideas for oatmeal?  My requirements: not from a packet, low in sugar, tastes good.  Anyone?

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A quick update on the reading front:

I finally, FINALLY finished “Eclipse.”  It was 620 unremarkable pages, with about 9 good ones toward the end.

Then, I read Don Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” in two days.  It was fantastic, and inspiring, and made me want to cry and choose differently and live a good story; incidentally, Abby on “The Biggest Loser” has the same affect on me (who is with me on this??).

Now, I am reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” which I received as a gift for my birthday back in August.  This past summer, I saw previews for the movie and my heart stopped in my chest – boom: arrested.  But I did not see the movie because I wanted to read the book first.  I always like to read the book first – it stretches my mind more, and gives me the freedom to create the images of scenes in my own imagination.  So, currently, I am having my heart stopped by sentences instead of visuals – although I fully intend on seeing the movie later.

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Southwest is having a mega-sale on fares right now.  Too bad that none of the dates are when I need tickets – because I could stand to get some good deals.  Something is not right when I live in Nashville working all week long just to spend every penny on tickets away.



  1. Christina on October 28, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    I am with you re: Abby from “The Biggest Loser”. I’m a blubbering mess right along with her (not trying to say she’s “a mess”, just that she cries a lot and then I do).

  2. Angie on October 28, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    oh. em. gee. Abby from the Biggest Loser is downright incredible. She is Superwoman. (as evidenced by her ability to bring Jillian to tears).

  3. Sarah on October 28, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Oatmeal suggestions: A spoonful of pumpkin butter from trader joes and some walnuts. Crasains and coconut flakes. Not necessarily low in sugar, but it sure tastes yummy and is good for you in moderation :)

  4. Katie on October 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    1. Abby is amazing! Just thinking about her makes me tear up.
    2. The Time Travelers Wife is AWESOME, and you’ll appreciate the movie a lot more by reading the book first.
    2.5. Hopefully I’ll finish Eclipse soon. I started it in March.
    3. The Southwest sale is the best thing to happen to me this week. $25, unreal!

  5. Erin on October 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    What I like to eat oatmeal-wise:

    Oats (of course-although quinoa can be good too)
    Sweet potato puree (like 1/8 cup…ish)
    1/2 c-1 c almond milk (or soy, regular milk, etc.)
    After cooking I stir in 1 tbsp of peanut butter
    Sprinkle with cinnamon

    Sometimes I add a little brown sugar and/or sliced almonds or walnuts… Sweet potatoes have a bit of natural sugar, but cinnamon is supposed to be good for regulating blood sugar, so it evens out : )

  6. Laura on October 28, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Oatmeal: anything with brown sugar- and lots of it!!

    Also TTW= fabulous!

  7. Brooke on October 28, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Oatmeal: use old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick cook but the kind that cooks in 5 min vs 1 min), then stir in chopped dates, diced apple, crumble in some walnuts and add a dash or two of cinnamon. Then taste…if you want more sweetness then add a little brown sugar or maple syrup.

  8. Krysta on October 28, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    My husband’s been eating oatmeal lately with honey and fresh peaches :) and I haven’t tried any but it smells DELICIOUS and he’s obsessed!

    Abby also tugs at my heartstrings! (I love Biggest Loser) :)

    And I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Time Traveler’s Wife! Such a beautiful story!

  9. Sarah in Or on October 29, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Erin, your oatmeal suggestion sounds yummy.

    I’ve made grilled cheese w/mushroom brie – super tasty… I suppose the bread just depends on your preference

  10. Laurilee on October 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Hi Annie,
    This may be weird because you don’t know me. I found your blog through my friend Jannell’s blog up in AK. I LOVE it. But I digress to the subject of oatmeal, every morning I add 1/2 cup old fashioned quaker oats to about 1 cup of water, heat it in the microwave for 1.5 minutes add 1 shake of cinnamon and cover the top of the bowl with frozen mixed berries from Costco. mmm… sweet, healthy, and a serving of fruit.

  11. Jina on October 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Sometimes people don’t realize that SALT is the secret ingredient of the tastiest oatmeal.
    I agree on the Old Fashioned Oats (and, somehow, the Trader Joe’s brand of oats is way better than Quaker).
    Mix 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water with a few drops of vanilla extract. Bring to a near boil and add 1/2 cup oats and a few pinches of salt. Simmer while stirring. When almost finished cooking, add some cinnamon and blue agave sweetener (just needs a tiny bit). I also like to add 1/2 granny smith apple (add it at the end so it doesn’t lose its tart kick).

  12. Lo on November 4, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal (especially the steel cut oats) is with savory toppings like olive oil, sauteed onions,parmesan cheese, sauteed veggies, salty flavors…basically any way you’d eat rice or pasta. I cook up a large batch on Sunday afternoon and reheat servings in the a.m. Yummmy, filling, and healthy if you don’t get carried away with the cheese…

  13. annie on November 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    STEEL CUT OATS. I always add some ground flax seeds. Chopped apple and nuts are also welcome. Fresh peaches, in season, are best.

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