Immediately after checking into the hotel, Tina and I headed to the gym and get a quick workout in:


But I realized that I was STARVING.  I had been in such a rush to pack the right clothes that I forgot to pack snacks!  I had to rely on a Hammer Gel that I happened to have in my purse (you know you’re training for a marathon when….)


I did 4.0 miles in 35:45 minutes!  My goal was to finish under 36:00 minutes and BOY did I have to book it at the very end.  I have trouble staying on the treadmill for longer than a few miles – it’s just so boring.


I discovered a crushed Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar in the bottom of my laptop bag and ate it as a post-workout recovery snack.  This bar is definitely from August, when I went to the Healthy Living Summit.  Whoops.


(Icing my knees).


I took a nap all by my lonesome self.  It’s weird to be in such a big bed without my Husband and two dogs. 


When I woke up an hour later, I was hungry.  I realized my body thought it was 8:00 PM, not 5:00 PM, and my stomach was asking why I hadn’t eaten dinner yet.  I was RAVENOUS, FAINT, and getting CRANKY.


Twitter to the rescue!  🙂


Twitter put me in touch with Andrea of POM Wonderful, who told me to come to her hotel room and grab an apple.  Thank you so much, Andrea! You saved me!


I changed and met the rest of the POM Wonderful bloggers downstairs.  Jeff, the Director of Internet Marketing, gave a little speech.  He seems so nice and knowledgeable.  And check out that camera!  I am jealous.  🙂


And then it was off to dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery.  It’s a chain, but it’s SO good.



Our table was quite rowdy!  There’s an interesting mix of bloggers – most are new to me – from several different niches, including fitness, food, cooking, lifestyle, gluten-free, etc.  I will post a list of all the bloggers tomorrow. 


Tina and Roni!  Roni is one of the first blogs I ever read.  I was really excited to meet her.  🙂



I asked the one lone male blogger, Eric, if he wanted to split pizza with me.  He said YES!  :)  I had two and a half amazing slices of deep-dish vegetarian pizza.  It finally took the edge off my hunger!  I felt SO satisfied afterwards.


And a pint of Pumpkin Beer and a bite of apple crisp. 


Tomorrow we are touring the POM Wonderful groves and taking a 6-seater plane ride to view the estate!  I’m nervous about the flight, but I know it will be fun.   I’m expected downstairs at 7 AM, and I’m hoping I can squeeze in a quick workout beforehand. 


Have a wonderful evening!



  • Michelle October 20, 2009, 12:59 am

    What a lucky girl. I love Roni. I have a friend of mine who has met her as well. So now I have two friends 🙂 Have fun! The pizza looks amazing!

  • BethT @ Pretty By The Bay October 20, 2009, 1:06 am

    Sounds like fun! I’d be nervous about the plane too 🙁 I hate small planes, but just trust in the process, right?

  • Sagan October 20, 2009, 1:37 am

    That’s so funny that Roni’s was one of the first blogs you ever read- hers was one of the first blogs I ever stumbled across, too!

    This POM blogger harvest tour is so much fun already 😀

  • maria October 20, 2009, 2:10 am

    You guys look like you are having a blast! It’s so funny how twitter can solve your problems, isn’t it? 😉

  • Diana October 20, 2009, 2:12 am

    I’m sure it’ll be cool. 🙂 Have fun!

  • Lara (Thinspired) October 20, 2009, 3:07 am

    Mmmm, I love BJ’s! Except, where’s the pizookie?! Next time you’ve gotta try that 🙂 Looks like so much fun, I’m glad you’re having a blast!

  • Brittany October 20, 2009, 3:10 am

    I love BJ’s, its pretty popular in California. Looks like a fun time so far!

  • Kristine October 20, 2009, 3:38 am

    have fun tomorrow!! i cant wait to read all about it!

  • Stacey October 20, 2009, 6:18 am

    Awesome!! I know what you mean about it feeling weird in the big bed! It feels that way too when Jas or my dog aren’t around 🙂 Glad you are having a good time! Can’t wait to read more!!

  • Susan October 20, 2009, 7:00 am

    That deep dish pizza does look amazing!!! Have fun today 🙂

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 20, 2009, 7:16 am

    Hmmm…I haven’t yet made it to the wonders of Twitter – I’m slowly being convinced.
    Looks like a great time. I love that you met Roni – she was my first food blogger as well.
    Have fun!

  • Gabriela October 20, 2009, 7:18 am

    The tour sounds awesome…have fun tomorrow! xo

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 20, 2009, 7:29 am

    Great job fitting in a workout!

    That veggie pizza looks delicious!!

    Have a great time on the tour:)

  • Allison (Balance in Bites) October 20, 2009, 7:30 am

    Mmmm, pizza. Looks delicious!

    I too, hate being in a big bed all alone in hotels. I have so much trouble falling asleep!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 20, 2009, 7:35 am

    What a fun time! The pizza looks soooo good. I want some. Now. at 7am.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 20, 2009, 7:45 am

    Yay for blogger gatherings:) Your hotel bed looks super comfy – lonesome or not!

  • RhodeyGirl October 20, 2009, 7:56 am

    who is that taking a photo with such a nice camera?!??!

    • Caitlin October 20, 2009, 8:36 am


  • Sara October 20, 2009, 8:07 am

    Wow! Sounds like you are having a GREAT time! I am sure it will be amazing to take that tour! have fun!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 20, 2009, 8:10 am

    That pizza looks delish!!!

  • Simone @ P:T October 20, 2009, 8:24 am

    That pizza looks so amazing! I want pizza so bad now!!!!

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) October 20, 2009, 9:03 am

    So despite not eating cheese, I still think that pizza looks totally amazing!! YUM. Have fun in Cali 🙂

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life October 20, 2009, 9:28 am

    Looks like you’re having a great time! I love Roni! She’s the person who got me started on food blogs!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 20, 2009, 9:33 am

    what a fun trip! I LOVE deep dish pizza & yours looked amazing… i now want pizza for breakfast!

  • Runeatrepeat October 20, 2009, 9:35 am

    Roni was the first blog I ever read! Have fun 🙂

  • healthy ashley October 20, 2009, 9:47 am

    How much fun! Slightly jealous 🙂

  • skinnyrunner October 20, 2009, 10:10 am

    i love bj’s, their pizza is delicious! have a fun day, looks like you already are!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 20, 2009, 10:14 am

    Oy, that is a small plane, I don’t think I could do it, lol. Have fun girl! 🙂

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) October 20, 2009, 10:26 am

    Looks like a really fun time! Enjoy the tour and the plane ride 🙂

  • Tina October 20, 2009, 10:43 am

    I’ve never had deep-dish pizza…I always imagined them super greasy and way too cheesey, but the one you have looks awesome.

  • Ellen October 20, 2009, 11:55 am

    What would we do without Twitter these days?! That pizza looks ridiculously good!

  • Jolene ( October 20, 2009, 11:56 am

    Sounds like a blast!! That pizza looks perfect – I adore veggie pizza!

  • Jenna October 20, 2009, 1:35 pm

    sounds like you had a great dinner with everyone!

  • Andee (Runtolive) October 20, 2009, 2:22 pm

    I love BJ’s! They have a lot of them here in Southern California. They have this dessert called Pizooki which is pretty much a giant chocolate cookie in a deep dish pan, sooo good

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 20, 2009, 4:30 pm

    Yum! Being a Chicago girl, I have a lot of love for the deep dish pizza!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 20, 2009, 8:56 pm

    How cool to meet bloggers you admire and those who are new. What an awesome experience.

  • fatgirlslimmm October 20, 2009, 8:58 pm


    • caitlin October 21, 2009, 1:30 am

      thank you so much 🙂

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