Just Another Manic Monday

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Wish it was Sunday.


Cause that’s my fun day.

My long, long run day.




Monday is, as usual, insane.  Somehow I had 25 emails sent to me over the weekend.  People should be banned from sending out work-related e-mails on Saturday and Sunday. Seriously.


Around 9:30 AM, I had a nice, juicy orange.  It’s been a long time since I ate a whole citrus fruit!  I usually stick to plums or bananas.


And an hour later, I had almonds + raisins.


Lunch consisted of a BBQ chicken hoagie with cheddar cheese.  The cheese kind of just melts into the BBQ flavor, making it more creamy.  Deeee-vine.


I love Anne’s Organic BBQ sauce.  I’m never purchasing HFCS-ridden BBQ sauce again! 🙂


On the side, I had a side salad of romaine + cucumber + tomato.  No dressing.  I’m just not into dressing–plus, they are so expensive. 


It was a warm and satisfying lunch.  🙂 Perfect!


Does anyone have a homemade dressing recipe?  I’d love to try making my own, but I’m a loss on how to start!


Time for a conference call! See you.



  • Lauren @ Team Giles October 6, 2008, 11:13 am

    I agree to the no work-related emails on Saturday and Sunday – It’s so annoying!

    For the Salad dressing, I actually have stopped using “dressings” and use Grapeseed Oil, I’m not a big “Olive Oil” fan on salads, and the grapeseed Oil is lighter tasting, to me it brings out the veggie flavors and doesn’t drown it like Olive Oil. Check out this kind: http://www.dibruno.com/Detail.bok?no=224

  • Krista October 6, 2008, 11:20 am

    Your BBQ chicken hoagie looks awesome!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 6, 2008, 11:24 am

    Salad dressing:

    Squeeze a little lemon over ur salad. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.
    Drizzle a bit of olive oil.

    Also known as, SSDTE. haha. Seriously, it just makes a salad taste so fresh, delicate and digestive. A great end to a meal.

    I suggest trying it out a few times and seeing what ratio you like.. I don’t like mine salty so I put just a teeny bit of salt, but my mom used to put more.

  • Meg October 6, 2008, 11:33 am

    I love BBQ and that song!

  • whatiateyesterday October 6, 2008, 11:38 am

    My favorite dressing for salad is seasoned rice vinegar and walnut oil with salt and pepper.

  • Anonymous October 6, 2008, 11:38 am

    I do not normally comment, but I have been itching too since your run this weekend…first of all congrats, your hard work has paid off, reading your blog inspires me.
    Second love the revised manic monday lyrics, and third I agree no work on Sat and Sunday.

  • elizabeth October 6, 2008, 11:41 am

    This is similar to some of your other dressing recommendations, but here’s what I do:

    Put oil, citrus juice or vinegar (or both), and herbs in a jar. Shake. Your custom creation will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week (usually more like a month – depends on whether or not you use fresh herbs). Technically, the proportion should be about 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, but I do it the other way around and it’s just fine. Adding a touch of mustard (any kind) helps the oil and acid emulsify.

    My favorite combos:
    1. Olive oil, orange juice, basil, salt, and pepper
    2. Hazelnut oil, balsamic, lemon juice, marjoram, salt, and pepper
    3. Olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, chives/scallions, and salt

  • Meghann October 6, 2008, 11:47 am

    I am determined to make something with the BBQ sauce tonight 🙂

  • VeggieGirl October 6, 2008, 12:37 pm

    Haha!! Love your rendition of the “manic Monday” song :0)

    Hang in there with the chaos at work, Caitlin!! You’ll get through it, for sure!!

  • Amanda October 6, 2008, 12:39 pm

    let me know if you get some good dressing ideas – i have recently just been using balsamic vinegar or those cute little salad spritzer bottles (i like honey mustard). i think it’d be awesome to make a dressing with greek yogurt but i’m at a loss on what to mix it with. “meals from the girl in a little black dress” has a yummy looking dressing made with tahini!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) October 6, 2008, 12:41 pm

    I don’t like salad dressing either, everyone thinks I’m crazy! Sometimes I like just some balsamic vinegar though.

  • Emily October 6, 2008, 1:11 pm

    Hey there, I’m a fellow “running bride!” Getting married November 22 of this year! Anyway, what kind of bread is that and where did you get it? Looks delish! I’m saving your blog in my favorites since we seem to have so much in common!! Have a great day.

  • talieworld October 6, 2008, 1:35 pm

    Now I have that song stuck in my head, lol. 🙂

    I’m so done with dressings to, I rather actually taste the veggies, or sprinkle on S+P and some lemon juice.

  • shawna October 6, 2008, 1:47 pm

    I know Kath had a few easy dressing recipes on her blog. My favorite is a drizzle of balsamic and a drizzle of honey and/or lemon. Very low cal and all natural. Plus you need very little of each to *wake up* the salad.

  • Girl on Top October 6, 2008, 1:48 pm

    Looks yummy! The hoagie roll.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 6, 2008, 2:27 pm

    I use balsamic vinager/evoo/dijon mustard..mix it all up and it’s ooo so yummy!

  • Anonymous October 6, 2008, 2:53 pm

    a great dressing is lime juice, lemon juice, evoo and some salt and pepper! very simple and delicious!

  • HangryPants October 6, 2008, 3:06 pm

    I am with Bobbi on the dressing recipe! I also add crushed garlic to it.

    I am being nosey here, but do we know what your job is? I know you said you were working on a new project with your future husband, but is that your job.

  • Gina October 6, 2008, 3:55 pm

    that hoagie almost makes me want to eat meat again 😉
    i use the same recipe as bobbi- it’s perfect!
    have a great night!!

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 6, 2008, 5:41 pm

    I don’t like dressing either. Sometimes I’ll put a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon on top, though. If I DO make one, I use a clean gray poupon jar and add the following:
    – blob of mustard
    – salt and pepper
    – 1/4 cup vinegar/lemon juice/some kind of acid
    – 2 T olive oil
    – some garlic
    Then I shake it to emulsify.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 6, 2008, 5:58 pm

    everyone’s dressing ideas sound DEEEELISH!!

    anon – thank you so much!

    elizabeth – that hazelnut oil sounds great!

    emily – it was just a roll from the bakery at my grocery store… it was so soft and lovely. it’s probably not TOO healthy though 🙂

    heather – no worries, you arent being nosy! i work from home for a land development company, i’m a tech writer. the website we’re launching is a side business.

    gina – noooooo im going out of town! im so disappointed!

  • Angie Eats Peace October 8, 2008, 7:29 pm

    I came across your blog through Google reader, and am really enjoying it!

    For a quick dressing, I usually just use a mix balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

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