Grey Night

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Evening!  It’s rainy and cozy in Central Florida tonight.  I encountered quite the rain storm on my way to night class.


My anatomy lesson seemed to drag on and on. We’re studying the digestive system right now, and I find it to be extremely confusing.


Yes, I actually wrote “What the F?” in my notes.  🙁


Although class was unproductive, I did get a LOT done on the Operation Beautiful book today.  My chapters are coming together!  I’m on the proofreading part of the process right now for Chapter 1 and 2.


Eats of the afternoon included bread with apple butter:


POM seeds:


Granola and milk:


And dinner was a bowl of angel hair spaghetti with red sauce, green peppers, kidney beans, and spinach.  I also had two pieces of garlic bread.


This was a collaborative effort between the Husband and I.  We were rushing around the kitchen like crazy people trying to get something together.  We both got home at 9:30!


I leave you with this lovely picture of my Maggie.  I snapped it today and every time I look at it, it makes me happy.  She looks so content in her slumber.


Doesn’t her head look like black velvet?  One of my favorite things about Maggie is her coloring.  She’s a piebald dachshund and is mostly white and black.  She has brown spots on her muzzle, eyebrows, and one spot on her butt.  I always pet her and think how crazy it was that someone paid $1,500 for her as a puppy… and then ditched her to a shelter two years later because they were tired of having a pet.  She’s a lot of work (she has mental issues; not joking), but she is so loving and pretty.


Maggie obsession session is over.  🙂


To bed I go! 



  • Paige@ Running Around Normal October 27, 2009, 10:56 pm

    Maggie is certainly adorable. I love when you post pictures of them! I post pictures of my dog, Niko, all the time, so I can relate:)

    Sorry class was confusing…it looks really f’n confusing from those notes!

  • Bronwyn October 27, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Ew! Your anatomy homework looks like my biochemistry homework. Oh no horrible midterm memories are coming back!!! 😉 Your Maggie is just darling. That’s so sad, I can’t believe people did that to her. Our family had a cat like that, she’d been mistreated and was literally bulimic because of it. 🙁 Animals have feelings, emotions, and are living beings, not some objects to be thrown away when you get too tired…

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 8:37 am

      i agree 🙁

  • Katie October 27, 2009, 11:05 pm

    And yes that is why I quit Chem and went into Child Life 😉

    Aww my Maggie is a nut case too an all white jack russell with brown ears and one brown spot, but she is the most loyal sweet dog. Makes me feel guilty all day if I get too busy to toss the ball at least 8 hours a day.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 27, 2009, 11:11 pm

    What a sweet puppy! My dog is crazy too but I wouldn’t have her any other way 🙂

    I hear you on the confusion! I’m in an Exercise Science class right now and we’re learning about the respiratory system and I alternate between falling asleep and being totally confused. Good luck!

  • ashleigh October 27, 2009, 11:12 pm

    it was grey in boston all day today! yuck!

    Very cute pictures of maggie!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 27, 2009, 11:12 pm

    Haha I always write personalized/sometimes inapprop thoughts on my notes. Makes class more fun 🙂

    Glad everything is going well with the book!

  • Jess October 27, 2009, 11:13 pm

    That’s so sad how people can just abandon their pets like that. Fortunately for Maggie, it was a blessing in disguise!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 27, 2009, 11:14 pm

    Oh geez, I do not envy you with your classwork- I hate science! Was always my worst subject… I always end up doodling in my notebook, usually super random things.

  • Jolene ( October 27, 2009, 11:17 pm

    I seriously think it is raining everywhere! Every blog I have read today, people are talking about rain! The snow has all melted in Saskatchewan, and it was raining here too today. Bizarre.

    I can’t believe you didn’t eat dinner until 9:30 – and you still managed to pull off a pretty awesome meal 🙂 Kudos!


  • BroccoliHut October 27, 2009, 11:18 pm

    That pasta looks so delish! Would you say that kidney beans are your favorite bean?

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 8:37 am

      yes i am obsessed with dark red kidney beans!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 27, 2009, 11:22 pm

    I love your puppy love. We have a rescued Powderpuff Chinese crested who is a lot of work but we love him dearly. We call him our expensive puppy because he has tummy issues and is super clingy which means he has seperation anxiety when we have to board him. Our other rescue is a pure bread Pom Chihuahua mix. She’s super hyper and is or other dog’s security blanket.

    The old owners got rid of them because they were reacting to being abused by the kids and wife by peeing on the bed. No problems or us because we love them to bits 🙂

    Sorry for the long comment. I just wanted to say how much I love that your babies are rescued 🙂

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 27, 2009, 11:25 pm

    your homework brought back a lot of bad memories of long nights of studying as a human biology major in college! yuck! happy studying!

  • Kristen @ October 27, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Good job, Caitlin! Keep up the great work on your book. 🙂

    Your Maggie is a doll. Keep the pictures of her coming!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 28, 2009, 12:04 am

    You are such a good puppy mama!

    I wrote “WTF” on my notes in a class once too! LOL LOL

  • Felicia October 28, 2009, 12:08 am

    Aww, I love that you adopted Maggie from a shelter!! That is so wonderful. She is adorable.

  • Mama Pea October 28, 2009, 12:08 am

    Sorry I’ve been MIA, I finally just figured out how to resubscribe to your feed. I don’t know what happened, but thank the Lord I figured it out!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 28, 2009, 12:47 am

    Hahaha – your class notes crack me up!

    Maggie looks like such a sweetheart. I just love my fur babies. My cat was at the vet today and has been a sleepyhead all evening.

    Your pasta looks delish. Have a good rest of the evening!

  • Whole Body Love October 28, 2009, 1:02 am

    My mom is a Humane Investigator and a division chair for Chihuahua Rescue USA. She gets lots of dogs with issues and has adopted 4! It is a lot of work but you are doing so much for that beautiful girl! You’re her world and I’m sure she knows how much you love her. 😉

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 8:38 am

      wow that is an awesome (and hard) job. i would adopt every dog i came across if that was my job.

  • Andee (Runtolive) October 28, 2009, 1:48 am

    Love the note in class, I totally do the same thing when I’m at school. No one else reads my notes anyways! Maggie is so adorable!

  • Penny October 28, 2009, 2:28 am

    I have been away for awhile due to the fact that I have a newborn. I didn’t know that a Operation Beautiful book was in the works. How exciting!!
    I love your love for your girl Maggie. My girls, Sugar and Muffin are 11 years old now. I have had them since they were very little puppies. My love for them is so intense I think it may be unhealthy.

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 8:39 am

      congrats on your baby!!!!!!!!!

  • Diana October 28, 2009, 2:41 am

    Lol aw, you’re such a proud mama 🙂 She looks adorable.
    Also, sorry the classes are a bit confusing.. we’ve all been there I think. Good luck!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation October 28, 2009, 3:28 am

    Awww Maggie is gorgeous 🙂 You have every right to be proud! And no. It just does not compute to me how anybody could abandon their animal…. it’s sick. I could NEVER do it. I love all four of our animals so much and they’re a part of our family. I’d be devastated if anything happened to them.

    Great to hear the Operation Beautiful book is coming along!
    And yeah, I never got that part of biology either lol.

  • maria October 28, 2009, 6:02 am

    Beautiful dog. I think the ones who require the most effort teach us the most about ourselves and really give more back to us than we could ever give to them to begin with!

  • Shannon October 28, 2009, 6:06 am

    I don’t know how anyone can mistreat an animal! Especially one as darling as Maggie!

    I am taking science prerequisites right now too. Boy is it tough! Hang in there!

  • Adrienne October 28, 2009, 6:39 am

    Don’t you find anatomy facinating though??? Thinking that all of those little enzymes and proteins on your diagram there are digesting our food and sending signals all round our body! (You can tell I’m a bit of a science nerd! hehe)

    Congrats on the book progress – can’t wait to read it!

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 8:39 am

      hahah WELL i think the bones, muscles, heart, and blood chapters were cool but digestion is HARD. it is interesting though. i agree – our bodies are amazing.

      • Adrienne October 28, 2009, 5:13 pm

        Makes you appreciate how hard our little digestive system (and endocrine system too!) is working when we eat food – so we better give it the right stuff hey?! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 28, 2009, 6:42 am

    I can’t wait to see the final product of the book!

  • Stacey October 28, 2009, 6:58 am

    🙂 I have a little album in my wallet with pics of my boyfriend and animals and somehow it makes the stress of the day just melt away. Everytime I take a pic, it seems like my dog is just sitting there POSING for it, haha 😀

  • AshleyLauren October 28, 2009, 7:00 am

    Maggie’s gorgeous!!

    I wonder the same exact thing about my Jack. The broadway touring production of 101 Dalmatians is made up of almost all rescued dalmatians, and I like to think Jack could have been one in his younger days 🙂

    People are weird…

  • Kath October 28, 2009, 7:24 am

    Ahhh trypsin and chymotrypsin. One of life’s many WTFs…

  • Ali@ Food, FItness, Fashion October 28, 2009, 7:27 am

    YES! I love Maggie pictures! They literally make my day (and Oscar’s Day- he has a little crush). I need to share Oscar pictures more often, if I can ever get him to stay still. I think I have the MOST active Wiener there ever was!

    I cracked up when you wrote WTF on your notes, I do stuff like that all the time. Like the other day I wrote, “I have no idea what he is talking about” in the middle of my note taking, which I am sure will be helpful when studying for my exam 😉

  • Emily Eats and Exercises October 28, 2009, 8:10 am

    That Florida weather looks ominous! Plus everything looks so flat. (Good for running though :))

    Good luck with the digestive system…

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 28, 2009, 8:13 am

    I’m laughing too hard at your WTF!

  • Erin October 28, 2009, 8:14 am

    Oh man, science was always so interesting to me but I never quite got it. I think it was actually a smart thing to write WTF because then you can ask to have it explained and remember that even better for your exam/tests. Like “OH right, this was the WTF question that I wrote down and had no idea what he was talking about – but now I get it.” I’m thinking positively here for you Caitlin 😉

    Your Maggie and James obsession sessions always make me want a doggie so badly!

  • Sara October 28, 2009, 8:17 am

    What a sweet puppy! I can’t wait till the day where I can afford and have a space big enough for a dog! Right now I am just going to obsess over my too kitties 🙂

  • Rosey Rebecca October 28, 2009, 8:19 am

    Those rain clouds are awesome! I write WTF on my notes all the time. (or Ahhhhhhhh!) Your dinner looks great for something just thrown together last minute. And Maggie is adorable.

  • Amy October 28, 2009, 8:19 am

    Ew. That does look really hard and confusing! Good luck as you keep working on this stuff– hopefully it becomes clear very soon!

  • Elina October 28, 2009, 8:21 am

    Man, I would have died waiting until 9:30 to have dinner. That’s a really great one for being so late!
    Are you excited about the rain? I like it when I can stay at home but otherwise (like right now) I hate going outside… it’s so depressing and icky. Anyway… enough complaining 😉
    If you have a minute, check out my v8 soup giveaway.
    Oh and btw, my google reader hasn’t updated your blog since september 28. Do you know what’s going on with that?

  • Anne P October 28, 2009, 8:31 am

    Ugh that’s what we’re studying in bio right now. My notes basically just say WTF too. So confusing and SO much information! Ugh! I have a quiz on it today at noon 🙁 Wish me luck!!

  • Jenna October 28, 2009, 9:31 am

    you eat POM seeds plain with a spoon?!
    dinner looks great and i also hate eating that late :/

  • Ellen October 28, 2009, 10:18 am

    i see MY pictures on your operation beautiful book pages! how exciting! i thought that if we didn’t win your contest, then we weren’t in your book.

    and i’m with you. chemistry hurts my head like nothing else.

    • caitlin October 28, 2009, 10:20 am

      youre in it! 😉

  • Denise October 28, 2009, 10:39 am

    We had 2 dachsunds. One of them we had to find another home for. My best friend bought her for a ton of money and then gave her to us 2 months later because she couldn’t handle her. We had her for a couple of years but had to find another home that could give her ALL of the attention. My mom works in special education at a high school. According to her, if Lucy was a human, she would have been in special education. I’m glad you can handle your Doxie and I only wished we would have been able to continue being Lucys family. She is doing great in a family now that only has a mom and little boy. She is their star!

  • Still Life in South America October 28, 2009, 12:49 pm

    Caitlin, you are a trip. I love the WTF!

    It is so disappointing that people will pay $1,500 for pure breds when there are (practically) free dogs in shelters waiting for their forever homes. And mutts have fewer health problems.

    I love hearing about your puppy love. 🙂 Good job on the book progress!

  • Leslie October 28, 2009, 12:59 pm

    My dog Bruce (pug) was adopted and he too was originally purchased for $1800 then turned over to rescue by 6 months. Bless his heart, he has extreme sep anxiety and even gets upset when I get in the shower because it takes me away from him!!

  • Carolyn October 29, 2009, 9:30 am

    Congrats on your progress on the book!! P.S. I’m giving away two breast cancer awareness prize packs on my blog:

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