Monthly Archives: October 2011

Brr friday

So yesterday it was in the upper 70s, but today we’re only seeing upper 40s. Crazy.

Thought you might want to see some fall pictures:


My pumpkin, carved last night with grad student friends.

wreath My Martha-Stewart-like fall wreath, made simply with a wreath form, yarn, and felt flowers.


Harley also pulled out his Lands’ End clearance hooded sweatshirt to wear today for the chilly weather. Not really, I put it on him and he hung his head low and looked pathetic. But, I think he eventually liked it.


Things are going well here. After returning from fall break it was a crazy week, but now I have time to chill in the apartment and get caught up on all things domestic. Such as going to TJMaxx and buying fall and winter-scented candles (important, right?), cooking eggs with my handy egg-cooker for convenient and filling snacks, and attempting a gym workout. My triceps are still pathetic, but I can now do numerous sets of squats with weights and not feel like a dead man the next day (success!).

The upcoming weekend also promises to be fun – book club, Indian food with friends (my first time!), and a take home epidemiology exam that we always enjoy 🙂



  1. Yesterday, on my way to volunteer at a BMI screening (as part of a wellness fair)… I ate a Krispy Kreme donut (being handed out for free from some campus group). It seemed somewhat ironic/wrong, but it was delicious.
  2. Even though I am now in North Carolina, I still listen to the morning radio show that I love from East Tennessee. This also seems wrong, but enjoyable.
Have a great day everyone!



Busy bee!

I made it back to Chapel Hill today, after a fun fall break with my sister! We went out last night downtown (yes, you heard the grandma right) to a free showing of Chocolat in a downtown park. It was fun! Perfect weather, small crowds, free samples from local chocolate vendors, well-behaved dogs (no, Sullivan did not go), and the hope of seeing Johnny Depp. He was in Austin for a screenwriting festival/event (?) but wasn’t able to come see us. He did send his apologies though…

So… after landing at the RDU airport, and picking up Harley, it has been a whirlwind of a day. To-do lists were made immediately, to cover things like:

  1. unpack
  2. laundry
  3. Sunday paper, coupons, meal plan, grocery list, grocery shop
  4. Refill Harley’s medication
  5. Finish fall wreath and hang on door
  6. Make dinner (to follow)
  7. Finalize etsy custom listing
  8. Study for biostats quiz tomorrow
  9. Send powerpoint slides for group project
  10. Listen to epidemiology lecture and work on case study

Out of this top ten, I’m proud to say that everything has been done except for number 10… and I’m not sure that will happen tonight. We’ll see.

Dinner tonight was a delicious recipe from this blog that I made a month or so ago. Perfect for fall weather, and even better as leftovers!

Tamale Pie

Base layer: black beans, corn, onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato sauce, taco seasoning (all cooked together)

Middle layer: shredded cheese

Top layer: cornbread

Bake at 375 for 45ish minutes and enjoy! yum yum 🙂

Oh… it’s also Food Day today! I feel that I’m slacking, as an RD and not doing anything special to commemorate this day. I believe the nutrition groups on campus are doing some film showings this week; hopefully I can participate!

Sullivan – dog or fox?

Today’s post is dedicated to my sister’s furry, four-legged friend, Sullivan.

This summer, she became obsessed extremely keen on adopting a Corgi. She spent her days watching Corgi videos on YouTube, and emailing friends and family pictures. Then, she progressed to the next level – searching for a Corgi of her own to adopt.

If you know my family, you’ll know that we’re all PRO dog rescue. All of our dogs have been rescued, whether from shelters, other homes, or various dog rescue organizations. So, my sister started her search on Petfinder. Strangely enough, many of the Corgis available for adoption were noted to not get along well with other animals or children (generally not a good thing for an apartment dog), and one Corgi rescue even rejected her application on the basis of her being a college student and “not understanding the special needs of the Corgi”.

Determined and strong-willed, she pursued, eventually finding a Corgi mix in a Houston-area Shelter named Sullivan. From the pictures, he looked like a miniature Corgi. He was in good health (other than a flea allergy) and she was in love. Her application was fast-tracked (thanks to my mom knowing all the rescue people) and Sullivan came to be hers in June, after she returned from the family vacation to Florida.

Turns out.. Sullivan is VERY “miniature”. Like, 12 pounds. (I’m pretty sure Harley’s head weighs more than that).

He definitely has some Corgi in him, but also likely Pomeranian or Papillon. He has some serious attitude issues, barks at everyone (especially men of a certain race), chews underwear like it’s candy, and has cat-like behavior. Of course, we’re biased, being big-dog people. He’s like a foreign species to us.

But, we have all warmed up to the little guy and fallen for him. He may be spoiled (during this summer’s heatwave, he was often carried outside so his paws could be spared from the hot pavement) and full of spunk, but we all love him.

Honestly though, we just think of him as a little red fox 🙂


Welcome to my newest project

I have been wanting to start a new blog for sometime. For those of you who were following me at, you’ll know that this new blog is a better fit. “Everything in Moderation” was started in 2008, as I set off on my dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian.

Things have since changed. I finished the internship, passed the RD exam, and worked in a psych hospital for 2 years. I decided that work is boring, applied to graduate school, and am now in Chapel Hill, NC, working on my MPH.

Some things have not changed. I’m still a dietitian, and still into nutrition (thankfully), but I don’t want this to be a “healthy living / dietitian” blog. I have somewhat of an ADD mind when it comes to blogging. Sometimes I want to write about the latest nutrition research. Usually not though…. more like something funny that Harley (my 4 year old rescue canine) did, or a recent thrifting discovery, or a TV show I love, or a conversation I overheard on the bus that got me thinking… basically “everything but the kitchen sink”. Hence the name of the new blog. And yes, I spelled kitchen as kitchn because a) it was available, and b) it reminded me of the Morningstar Chik’n patties that I love.

So, enjoy the show. I’m going to attempt to blog something on a daily basis. I hear that’s good for readers, and probably good for my grad-school-induced stress.