The Battle and The War

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WOW – if you need something to smile about, simply read the responses to my Stonyfield Farms “What Makes You Happy?” giveaway.  Amazing!


I finally got down to business this evening (why, oh why do I wait until 4 PM to start being productive) and was especially excited when my night class got canceled.  More time for the book!


My calf feels pretty good.  No activity on it, but I think I’m going to be set for the races this weekend.  Trust me, I really, really want to run both races,  However, even if I cannot do the Half and 10K, it will be fine.  I know this because Morgan sent me a sweet Operation Beautiful-style note this morning! 🙂


I know she is right – the Disney Marathon is the WAR, and these races following up to it are just “for fun.” Well, it’s all for fun, but the marathon is what “counts” in my eyes the most.   Morgan’s sweet note totally made my morning, and she helped me keep it all in perspective!


I tackled some majorly amazing snacks this afternoon, including 1/2 a cantaloupe:


Yogurt, raspberries, and granola:


Dinner was excellent.  I made it on the fly because I was in work mode!  I stuffed a Flat Out Wrap with Israeli Cous Cous:






You know what I love?  The sound of a quiet house, Maggie snoring gently, rain pitter-pattering against the window, and my keyboard click-click-clicking.  Life is good, blogworld.  Life is good.


Good night!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 10, 2009, 9:08 pm

    life IS good. 🙂

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) November 10, 2009, 9:10 pm

    Its so funny that I was just going to comment exactly what the Jessica above commented! I guess there’s something in a name. 😉

  • angieinatlanta November 10, 2009, 9:16 pm

    I love this post because I think we fail to savor the moments when life is good and focus too much on those moments in life that fall in the other category. Life is good; enjoy!

  • Evan Thomas November 10, 2009, 9:16 pm

    Quiet is good 🙂
    I need to get a canteloupe! It would make it feel more like Summer than it actually is

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 10, 2009, 9:21 pm

    I love a quiet house 🙂 It doesn’t happen very often… so I relish it 🙂

  • Jenna November 10, 2009, 9:22 pm

    glad you are enjoying life 🙂

  • Matt November 10, 2009, 9:23 pm

    I need to be working tonight too, but the computer is really distracting 😉

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 10, 2009, 9:25 pm

    Life is good indeed.

    Is it weird that when I saw the canteloupe, and then the yogurt bowl, my first thought was, “mmm, yogurt IN a canteloupe bowl would be really good”?

    • Caitlin November 10, 2009, 9:28 pm

      ive had this! its a good combo!!!

    • Julie @savvyeats November 10, 2009, 9:40 pm

      Love this combo! Cantaloupe + yogurt + granola? Yes please!

  • Kara November 10, 2009, 9:32 pm

    Way to accentuate the positive, Caitlin!!

    Oh, and those raspberries look perfect!

  • Eating Journey November 10, 2009, 9:33 pm

    slow and steady wins the race

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 10, 2009, 9:34 pm

    You know what, life IS good.. thanks for the reminder, Caitlin!

  • Jessica November 10, 2009, 9:39 pm

    Ha, that ending was so cute! I too looove the sound of rain. But, there definitely isn’t ANY in arizona right now!!

    And that wrap and cantaloupe sound soooo good right now, so good. 🙂

  • Julie @savvyeats November 10, 2009, 9:41 pm

    With your new camera, even your “dinners on the fly” look amazingly pretty!

  • AshleyLauren November 10, 2009, 9:43 pm

    Puppy snores are the best 🙂

    Cute note, have a great night!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full November 10, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Ha! Your night sounds just like mine! Only in addition to the rain pitter-pattering, and the key board clickin I have two snorers next to me. My dog AND my husband 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that life is good!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 10, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Sounds like a magical evening. And thanks for the israeli couscous idea. I’ve had a box in the pantry for a while now with no ideas. Your din-din looks lovely.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 10, 2009, 9:49 pm

    I love that you got a good note Operation Beautiful style. So sweet 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Foodie McFood November 10, 2009, 10:05 pm

    I don’t blame you. I signed up for a 15k in December and I am petrified that I am not going to be ready. I haven’t run that far in at least 7 years. But, you can do it. Your calf will be fine and you will make it through. Also, I think you should run in the toga.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 10, 2009, 10:08 pm

    See how I was so hyped up for the message that I forgot the “L” . . . oopsie! I thought Caitlin could use a dose of her own medicine in pure OB style 😀

  • Katie November 10, 2009, 10:09 pm

    Life is good. I need a training goal, but just floating around. I don’t do well w/o structure and this is stressing me out, but just not inspired by any races. Your calf WILL get better run the 10k if nothing else and remember that Disney IS The big deal save yourself for that. I DNF a race because I was feeling like I was heading toward injury and Nike was my war.

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) November 10, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I just have to say that that first picture of you doing the yoga pose on your yoga, toga, yogurt post is beautiful 🙂

    That wrap actually looks so good. I’ve never tried Israeli couscous before.

  • Sara November 10, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Caitlin, I want to thank you for your recent post sharing your experience “adopting” (sponsoring) a child from Children International. Your post inspired me to do the same! And it feels so good.

    • caitlin November 10, 2009, 11:02 pm

      YAY i am so happy!

  • Jennifer November 10, 2009, 11:30 pm

    Haha that’s sweet (even if she did spell your name wrong!). I love these operation beautiful notes, looking forward to the book! Do you know where/when it will be available?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 8:41 am

      yes, august 2010 in bookstores everywhere! (well, america)

  • Liz November 10, 2009, 11:42 pm

    Life is good, isn’t it?!

  • maria November 10, 2009, 11:47 pm

    What a delightful note! 🙂 She’s totally right!

  • Mama Pea November 11, 2009, 1:12 am

    Your food pics look so AMAZING with your new camera. I bet you have been playing with those settings a lot!

  • Nikka @ neekAdeek November 11, 2009, 1:33 am

    What a sweet and thought gesture to write you that note 🙂
    I wish I could relax and listen to the rain outside but this is my first ‘Winter’ in LA and I am waiting for the rain!!

  • Jolene ( November 11, 2009, 2:04 am

    Beautiful pics today!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 11, 2009, 6:49 am

    I love your Mediterranean inspired meal. Good luck on your “battles” this weekend!

  • Allison November 11, 2009, 6:51 am

    I totally agree with Megan – keep your eyes on the marathon prize! That’s what you are really working toward.

  • Stacey November 11, 2009, 7:05 am

    I agree 😀

  • Kristy November 11, 2009, 7:42 am

    I personally love the flat out wrap and Israeli couscous combo. It’s actually packed for my lunch today.
    I love to be at home and listen to the rain outside. I just hate when it’s raining in the morning when I need to get up and out of bed for work!

  • Jessica November 11, 2009, 7:44 am

    I do love to hear the rain but it keeps me from walking on mornings like this, I told myself I would never walk in the rain….

    BUT LIFE is REALLY GOOD…we are so blessed with what we have that we forget about the little things.
    you will be ready for the big one.
    KEEP your chin up….

    as the bible says….run the race “of life” with intergerty…..(as paraphrased by Jessica) 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 11, 2009, 7:53 am

    Sometimes ya just gotta roll with when you feel productive:)

    Morgan was right – Disney is the war, and you’re going to rick it! 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 11, 2009, 7:55 am

    I love the sounds of rain pitter-patter on the windows and roof as well as the sound of typing. I also love the sound of my cats upstairs – they sound like elephants when they are playing.

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 8:42 am

      i like this comment – it was poetic. 🙂

  • SweetiePotato November 11, 2009, 8:29 am

    the sound of rain is so relaxing! sometimes it’s all you need to make you smile 😀

  • Carolyn November 11, 2009, 10:13 am

    Beautiful photos! Wish I could find time to sit down and learn how to use my camera! 🙂

  • Tina November 11, 2009, 11:05 am

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS! And I agree, life is good. Even though there’s tons of stress from school, in general, it’s good. I’m lucky that I even have the opportunity to go to college, and learn about what I want to learn about.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 11, 2009, 11:35 am

    I hust have to tell you that your pictures are looking REALLY GOOD with your new camera!!! =)

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