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Good afternoon!  I have had quite the morning – the book is coming along nicely; however, I am officially a day behind on my self-imposed schedule.  So, I need to buckle down and finish the Food Chapter today!


It has been POURING all day!  I love it.  Rain makes me happy.


I broke for lunch around 11 AM.  I’m such an early eater!


I made a French Bread and cheese sammie (same kind as this AM) with fruit and 1 cup of tomato soup.  Perfect lunch for a rainy day!


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Oh, by the way, my hair turned out nice.  It’s really dark (it looked black in the shower!), but that’s kind of what I was going for.  :)   I’m a huge fan of dying my hair at home – it’s $9 (as opposed to $50+) and if you’re just trying to go darker, it’s so easy.  I wouldn’t recommend going lighter at home – I’ve tried that and ended up orange.


After lunch, I drove to Ryan’s house because I’m on fur-baby watch for her.  She’s out of town for the holidays, and I’m feeding her kitty Harvey and keeping him company.  I wish I could bring Harvey to my house, but James likes to eat small, furry things that resemble squirrels.




Maggie, however, likes cats, so I brought her with me to help entertain Harvey.  She was a little nervous at first but warmed right up!





I love how all pet owners leave instruction lists that are multiple pages long.  It always makes me laugh!  We do it, too, when we leave the doggies with friends.  I think Ryan was worried that Harvey would be lonely, but he seems fine to me.  I think the excitement of suddenly having a stranger (me) and a dog (Maggie) enter his space was enough to keep him satisfied for the day!


Back to work I go!



  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 25, 2009, 2:23 pm

    Aww, so cute. They remind me of my tabby cat and floppy-eared dog!

  • Yasmin November 25, 2009, 2:25 pm

    Omg, the pic with the wide eyes just melts my heart! ADORABLE

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 25, 2009, 2:28 pm

    So cute! And I don’t even like cats.

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation November 25, 2009, 2:29 pm

    awww that Cat is so cute. I love the squirrel-like picture 😀
    You know who else I love? MAGGIE! 😀 She’s so cute too! I have a major soft spot for small dogs, and I’m becoming a huge Maggie fan.
    Love the hair by the way, really really suits you.

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 2:35 pm

      maggie is awesome. 🙂

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 25, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Yup I’ve left multiple page long kitty instructions. But mainly because we were feeding our eldest via feeding tube and there were a half a dozen meds and food that had to be put in the blender, and then into a syringe, etc etc etc!! THAT on top of the usual: litter/play/cuddle/love instructions – as if we need to spell those out! 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 25, 2009, 2:39 pm

    Awww, they look so cute playing together! 🙂 One of our cats would play, one would be curious, and the other would hide under the bed.

    I leave multiple page long instructions, too!

  • Molly @vegandorm November 25, 2009, 2:45 pm

    you’re hair dying is totally inspiring me right now. how permanent is it?

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 2:47 pm

      it’s permanent. you can get 30 day wash outs, but i’ve never tried those.

    • jess November 25, 2009, 2:56 pm

      just an fyi,
      permanent is easier to correct if it doesn’t turn out. temporary is very hard to correct..odd i know…but i have also had my hair dresser wash my hair with dish detergent numerous times because they had no other way to lift the colour

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! November 25, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Your hair looks great!!! I have never dyed my hair ever (only highlights in the past), but I plan too soon as my husband who just recently got his Cosmotology License is going to do it for me. =)

  • Jody November 25, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Caitlin – Love your blog I’m a long time reader! It’s my first time commenting – I had to tell you that I just dyed my hair darker this morning too… b/c of New Moon and Bella love.

    Glad to know I’m not the only crazy girl out there, haha! Have a good one!

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 2:48 pm

      yes! we are awesome.

  • Mama Pea November 25, 2009, 2:49 pm

    I don’t think your hair looks too dark at all! I felt that way when I dyed mine darker too. Absolutely looks gorgeous, and I bet your husband will LOVE it!

  • Scorpio Woman November 25, 2009, 2:50 pm

    I like your dark hair. You’re beautiful 🙂 I also changed my color from brown to dark brown espresso. The cat is so cute 🙂

  • Danielle November 25, 2009, 2:50 pm

    That’s so nice of you to check in on Ryan’s cat while she is away. Love their Gator rug, too! 🙂

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 2:51 pm

      i love ryan, i love harvey, i love their apartment; however, i absolutely hate that rug!! EWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

      • Danielle November 25, 2009, 3:59 pm

        HAHA! I knew you would 🙂 I would feel the same way if it were a Seminole rug!

      • Ryan @ Greens for Good November 25, 2009, 8:16 pm


  • Allison November 25, 2009, 2:51 pm

    That cat is super-adorable!!

  • Susan November 25, 2009, 2:54 pm

    What’s your natural hair colour? I have a feeling it’s similar to mine, I was a blonde kid too and it’s grown into a light mousy-brown colour. I dye it darker as well, but a little more reddish. Definitely cheaper to do it at home!

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 2:55 pm

      yup, thats exactly my hair story. blonde to blah light brown. 🙂 thank goodness for dye!

  • Lizzy November 25, 2009, 2:54 pm

    your hair is BEAUTIFUL. i actually like the dark on you wayy better!!!!!! hope your writing goes good today!

  • Brooke November 25, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Love the hair, so Bella-esk! Cute kitty cat too, in the last picture he looks so attentive!

  • Jenna November 25, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Your bread + cheese is killing me.

    Whenever we dogsit for Mike’s sister she leaves at least two pages of instructions. We always laugh too, but would do the same thing!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 25, 2009, 3:09 pm

    french bread cheese sammie looks heavenly!!!

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD November 25, 2009, 3:15 pm

    So cute! I am totally like that with our puppy girl. Pet owners are just like parents, but maybe even worse : )

    Love the photog!

  • Lauren November 25, 2009, 3:18 pm

    Your hair looks great dark! I used to be blond and went darker, and I’ll never go back. Random side note-I’m making your pumpkin dip for Thanksgiving…I can’t wait to try it!

    • caitlin November 25, 2009, 3:22 pm

      gah that stuff is like crack!

  • Erin November 25, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Aw, the cat is so cute!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 25, 2009, 3:23 pm

    I’m totally like that when someone watches Shiner! I have pages of instructions, pre-portioned food and snacks… Can you say Type-A personality 😉

  • Kimberly November 25, 2009, 3:29 pm

    Those two fur babies are SO cute together!
    So, not sure if you’ve seen this NYT article yet, but since it’s about health risks on The Biggest Loser, figured you might be interested:

  • Alyson November 25, 2009, 3:36 pm

    Love the hair!

  • Caroline November 25, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Your hair looks amazing, what a fun change for winter, it reallyl makes your skin glow. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • kilax November 25, 2009, 4:11 pm

    Your hair looks great! I would love to go a few shades darker.

    Aww, how much I love Harvey 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 25, 2009, 4:32 pm

    I love home hair dye. I never want to spend huge amounts of money on my hair so I just do it at home normally.

    We used to think that Leo and Peanut would eat cats because they chase them outside but my mom’s big cat (twice the size of them) scared them and now they just want to play with her. She’s not having it though.

  • Anne@ the doctor takes a wife November 25, 2009, 4:49 pm

    omg that cat’s eyes are HUGE!!

    I’m glad to hear that sometimes dogs and cats get along… we’re taking our kitty to our parents’ for Christmas and are wondering how they’ll all get along.

    Love love LOVE the hair 🙂

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 25, 2009, 5:01 pm

    I love the rain too! It has been cloudy and rainy the entire day here. Harvey is so cute with Maggie! I am also taking care of friend’s pets this weekend, it’s fun. 😉

  • Jordan November 25, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Love the cute animal pictures. We probably have more animal pictures than of the three of us.

    Your hair looks great too!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 25, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic – so shiny and healthy! Oh and I LOVE that photo of Harvey – what beautiful big eyes 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 25, 2009, 5:35 pm

    Your hair looks great!!!!

    I like how the doggie owners left such detailed instructions, and a little card for you – I am like that too! I leave my substitute teachers the most detailed plans, and I leave everything super organized for them.

  • Erin November 25, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Oh my god, I seriously love that Maggie. I would totally be the two page note leaver if I had a pet!

  • Lee November 25, 2009, 7:14 pm

    I have definitely had my hair turn red when I was trying to make it lighter. Yours looks nice.

  • Wendy November 25, 2009, 7:57 pm

    Love the color – very Bella-esque. 🙂

    LOL about the instructions — I left my kids and 3 cats with hubby for three days, and only left 3 pages of notes!

  • Tay November 25, 2009, 8:13 pm

    You look hot girl!! I’ve gone lighter, and yes turned brassy orangeish. But then I went darker, and after a while my hair lightened up and turned brassy again! I vow to stay away form dying my hair now haha.

  • Jenna November 25, 2009, 9:15 pm

    looks like a great lunch for a rainy day!
    the letter from ryan is so funny!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness November 25, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Hair looks great! 🙂

    I also write page-long instructions when I leave my kitties. In reality it is as simple as “Feed them, pet them” but I’m definitely guilty of that! Glad to hear that I’m not the only one!!!!!

  • maria November 25, 2009, 9:23 pm

    Ryan’s kitty is adorable. Too bad James isn’t a cat fan or you could have had some extra company for the holiday.

  • Christine November 25, 2009, 9:24 pm

    Awwww Harvey is SO adorable. Looks a lot like my kitty except Squeaky doesn’t look so .. awake.. lol. Love the hair!!

  • kylie November 25, 2009, 10:28 pm

    i am totally cracking up b/c new moon inspired me to go dark too…got it dyed last night. i haven’t admitted to anybody except you guys that’s why i went dark…but knowing that others are in the same boat helps me feel a tiny bit more sane!

    looks fab on you lady!!!

  • Krista November 26, 2009, 9:41 am

    OMG! Harvey is too precious! He reminds me of my Pepper! 😉 I love the 2 fur babies together!

  • Sara November 27, 2009, 11:37 am

    Your hair is beautiful – if you don’t mind me asking…what hair color did you use? I’m looking for something new too! Tried to go red and it is BAD need to redo it to something better! 🙂 and i would love to go close to that color!

    • caitlin November 27, 2009, 1:06 pm

      it was loreal preference – it was a new color, dark auburn brown. 🙂 thanks!

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