Errand Day

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The Husband and I called it an ‘errand day’ and ran a bunch of errands in the Chevy this afternoon.


On the way home, we stopped at the pet store to buy a toothbrush and toothpaste for Maggie.  We got both Maggie and James at rescue shelters, but I do LOVE to look at the puppies in store.  There’s a store near our house, and I used to stop in whenever I felt lonely when I first moved to Orlando and look at doggies. 


I loved this little man… I know he is a puppy mill pup, though. :( 


And we ran into a random turtle (the pet store’s pet):


When we got home, I made a grilled cheese sandwich, which I jazzed up with sundried tomatoes and artichokes.


Both the Husband and I gave this sammie two thumbs up!  It was SUCH a good combo.  I’d love to try it with sprouts.


Afternoon snack was beer with chips and salsa.  It was a Sierra Nevada Glissade and it was pretty delicious. 


Dinner was the old classic vegetarian standby – black beans and brown rice with roasted veg.


I love roasted veggies… it’s positively my favorite way to eat them!  I coat them in EVOO, salt, and pepper before roasting them.  This mix included carrots, celery, and parsnips, which I dipped in ketchup.


I had three macaroons for dessert.  🙂


Question:  What’s your favorite and least favorite errand/chore?  I don’t mind wiping down the floors in the kitchen, but I hate taking out the trash and am really lazy about it.



  • brianna March 7, 2010, 7:55 pm

    do you mean your favorite or least favorite chore?;)

  • Kelly March 7, 2010, 8:00 pm

    My least favorite errand is going to the grocery store! (unless its a fun grocery store where I can find fun new foods). My least favorite chore is definitely wiping down floors so maybe you want to come to my house and do that for me? I’ll take out your trash!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 7, 2010, 8:00 pm

    I can’t believe the pet store owner has a turtle that big! Is it weird I think it’s cute? Delish looking sammie, too 🙂

    I HATE doing dishes with a passion. I can’t wait to have a dishwasher in my apartment!

  • Amanda March 7, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Taking out the trash is also my most despised chore! Unfortunately it’s my boyfriends as well! I do enjoy food shopping though! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas March 7, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I like putting things away like dishes or clothes, but I hate vacuuming or wiping or any cleaning
    LOL that they keep a pet like that! Too cool!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 7, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I LOVE grocery shopping! I could spend all day in grocery stores. I am really not a fan of folding laundry. I’d much rather just dump it on the floor (which happens more than I’d like to admit…)

  • Tay March 7, 2010, 8:03 pm

    LOL favorite errand or chore? Errands – I love grocery shopping. Really I do!! Chores – I don’t mind dishes or laundry at all. But bathroom is no way jose!

  • Matt March 7, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I really hate doing laundry and cleaning the bathroom!

    Grocery shopping is my favorite 😉

  • Sara @ ActiveGal March 7, 2010, 8:07 pm

    I don’t really mind cleaning the kitchen or apartment but I HATE HATE HATE folding laundry! It often just ends up sitting in the laundry basket staring at me for a couple of days.

  • Molly March 7, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Does the dentist count as an errand? If not, Im gonna go with the pharmacy. Being surrounded by sick people for that long or old people buying Depends makes me hella nervous.

    Happy Sunday!


  • Annie March 7, 2010, 8:13 pm

    You are beautiful and I love your dress!
    Sundried tomatoes are always a great addition to salads and sammies.
    I don’t like taking out the trash and cleaning the tub. Bleh!
    I actually enjoy cleaning the kitchen.

  • Leah @ L4L March 7, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I don’t think of those things as errands. THose are chores. I think of errands as like having to go shopping for necessities, getting the oil changed, picking up the dry cleaning, etc.

  • Christie March 7, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I don’t mind grocery shopping, but HATE, HATE, HATE getting oil changes- UGH! 🙂


  • Lo-Jo aka Lauren March 7, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Pet stores like that are so frustrating. The puppies are so cute but it kills me to know they’re from puppy mills…and that so many people turn a blind eye, or simply aren’t educated about puppy mills.

    *breathe, Lauren, breathe* Dog adoption/dog rescues/breeders is a very heated topic for me!

    That grilled cheese looks amaaaaazzzzzinngggggggggg

  • April March 7, 2010, 8:20 pm

    My favorite errand is grocery shopping and Target runs. Least favorite is a tie between taking my car in for service and going to the dry cleaners (mainly b/c I forget to pick up my clothes when they’re done).
    As for chores, I like doing laundry – HATE changing the cat litter.
    BTW – that grilled cheese looks SO yummy!

  • April March 7, 2010, 8:20 pm

    My favorite errand is grocery shopping and Target runs. Least favorite is a tie between taking my car in for service and going to the dry cleaners (mainly b/c I forget to pick up my clothes when they’re done).
    As for chores, I like doing laundry – HATE changing the cat litter.
    BTW – that grilled cheese looks SO yummy!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 7, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Your meals sound fabulous!! And you are right about roasted veggies, SO good! Roasting them completely brings out new flavors 🙂
    Those puppies are too cute!!!
    I HATE sweeping and mopping but don’t mind laundry or dusting. Also hate washing dishes…

  • Jes March 7, 2010, 8:21 pm

    Aw, we have a turtle like at the pet store by my home. He is pretty cool! Your veggies look delicious. Ever since I read about your parsnip fries, I have been wanting to try them. Sadly, I didn’t know where to find them. I tried Publix, but perhaps I did not look in the right section. Where do you buy your parsnips? The sandwich sounds delicious, and I may steal that recipe too. lol. My least favorite chore is probably cleaning the bathtub. Bleh. Oh, while I’m thinking about it, where do you get your pumpkin? Publix informed me today that they are having a pumpkin shortage and do not have any more cans of pumpkin!!! I almost cried. (sorry for the long message)

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:38 am

      they are right next to the carrots and celery – there is only usually two or three bags, though!

  • Gabriela March 7, 2010, 8:22 pm

    Awwww – those pets looked SO cute!
    And such delicious eats! I´m sure that grilled cheese sandwich tasted AH-MAZING… Mouth-watering!
    Oh, and loved the beans+rice combo… So brazilian!
    Have an amazing week, Caitlin!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Cara March 7, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Ditto. I’m pretty sure I’ve never taken out our trash (thanks fiance!), but I’m always the one to clean the kitchen!

    And yes, I would go grocery shopping every single day if I had the time. Love love love it!

  • Anna March 7, 2010, 8:29 pm

    I love starting the laundry because I feel like I’m doing something (and seeing the basket empty is nice). But, I’m the worst at unloading the dryer and putting away the clothes. I’ve been known to let stuff sit in the dryer for a day or two (just going in and fishing out what I need).

    I also hate to vacuum the floors — luckily my soon to be husband LOVES it. He has been known to plug in the vacuum and go to town after a few drinks.

    Have a great week!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 7, 2010, 8:30 pm

    That little puppy behind the turtle is SO CUTE!!

    I hate doing dishes, and doing laundry like dirty rags. My hubby does them. 🙂

  • Lia March 7, 2010, 8:38 pm

    I also despise taking out the trash but do not mind cleaning the kitchen or bathroom, weirdly!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) March 7, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Roasted veggies are my favorite too.
    My fav. errand is definitely grocery shopping… but I consider that more of a gift than an errand.

  • emily March 7, 2010, 8:49 pm

    I looove cooking, but I kind of hate everything else 😀 Your dress in the car photo is GORGEOUS!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) March 7, 2010, 8:52 pm

    I love the turtle picture! Thanks for making me smile. 🙂

    I don’t mind grocery shopping but I truly hate handwashing dishes!

  • Susan @ Journey for Health March 7, 2010, 8:52 pm

    I loathe taking out the trash and cleaning the bathroom. My boyfriend hates laundry and dishes. We compromise, though I help when he takes the trash and he helps when I do laundry. It works.

    Do you just grill the veggies in a frying pan or some other method? I honestly never though to grill them, but they look delicious 🙂

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:37 am

      those are roasted in the oven, but i do really love to grill veggies on the george foreman!

  • emily March 7, 2010, 9:03 pm

    also, I’m in Orlando this weekend for the Princess Half and I ate Royal Thai for dinner and it rocked my socks.

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:37 am

      YESSSSSSSSSSS awesome. what did you get?

      • emily March 8, 2010, 9:46 am

        Pad See Eiw with tofu subbed in for meat. And my friends were obsessed with the wonton soup (that has chicken though)

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness March 7, 2010, 9:06 pm

    The pic of the turtle and the puppy is so odd but adorably cute! It’s funny- my hubby hates taking out the trash, so I do it. And he makes the bed… which I don’t mind doing, but certainly wouldn’t do every SINGLE day, yet he does. So it works perfect.

  • Lee March 7, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Either that’s a big ass turtle or a tiny dog!

    I hate putting laundry away.

  • Anna March 7, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I’m one of those weird girls that loves to cook and clean so most chores don’t bother me. I do, however, despise cleaning the cats litter box. It smells so bad and almost makes your eyes burn!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 7, 2010, 9:09 pm

    I think that roasting is the best way to prepare most veggies – it brings out their flavor without turning them to mush! You should try carrots roasted with just a tad of coconut oil…delicious!

  • sepha March 7, 2010, 9:17 pm

    caitlin, do you know this site? – there are yoplait coupons… is that the name of yougurt you eat? something greek…

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:36 am

      the greek yogurt i have is either stonyfield (organic), fage or chobani. i don’t know if yoplait has greek yogurt! thanks for passing this on, i’m sure someone used it 🙂

  • Bronwyn March 7, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I’m so with you about the trash! HATE it. Actually I just forget about it really… Everything else is fine. It’s nice to zone out and get chores done.

  • Stephanie March 7, 2010, 9:30 pm

    i absolutely hate cleaning the bathrooms… despise it ugh.

    glad you are loving roasted veg – i totally agree that its one of the best ways to enjoy them 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 7, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I don’t mind cleaning, but I hate picking things up. Give me a counter scrub and I’m happy; make me clear off the counter…not so much 😉

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 7, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I’m not a big fan of folding laundry or cleaning the bathtub and shower. But I LOVE to grocery shop!!!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 7, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I don’t mind any of the kitchen stuff, but doing laundry or vacuuming makes me sad 😉

  • kate March 7, 2010, 9:48 pm

    haha! i love that they have a store pet thats a turtle

  • Jolene ( March 7, 2010, 9:49 pm

    I don’t cleaning the bathroom, but I HATE vacuuming … mostly because I feel like our vacuum doesn’t suck, and it frustrates me because it is “supposed” to be a really good vacuum.

  • Maria (realfitmama) March 7, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I hate 2 things equally as much… 1) laundry 2) dishes

    We got our dogs from a rescue also, but those puppies at Pet Smart are soooooo damn cute!!!

  • Carolyn March 7, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I hate cleaning that bathroom. Yick!!

  • Rachel March 7, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Those roasted veggies look amazing! I love parsnips and must try making parsnip fries asap! My least favorite chore is folding the laundry. I love going to Target and the grocery store. I also don’t mind cleaning the kitchen 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 7, 2010, 10:00 pm

    ahh, I love the parsnips

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 7, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Awwww…what cute pups!!! Everytime I see a puppy, I BEG my hub for another one 🙂 That is the last thing we need!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 7, 2010, 10:14 pm

    By FAR cleaning the bathroom….ack. I’ll do just about anything else.

    I always feel like i need to jazz up grilled cheeses–with at least ONE other ingredient. Artichokes is a great idea.

  • healthy ashley March 7, 2010, 10:15 pm

    You make plain sandwiches into masterpieces!

  • Ashley March 7, 2010, 10:16 pm

    My favorite is grocery shopping and least favorite is laundry since we don’t have a washer and dryer in our apartment. *sigh NYC*

    You look so cute and happy in your Traverse!

  • Michelle March 7, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Hey! I agree with you on adopting puppies from a shelter being the best way!, but those ones in the shops are so darn cute! I was looking to do some volunteering, and there was a position for kitty cuddler at a pet store!! wow!, talk about an awesome job!

    There are errands that I hate because it’s just a pain, like the bank and the post office, but as most of the comment say, I Love Grocery Shopping at the farmers market, or Henry’s. I always go WAY overboard!
    and there are more like Chores that I just never do like dusting or vacuming, sometimes the hubby vacumes, but I just don’t….I am getting better about just Doing the dishes instead of letting them loom over me all day! 🙂

    p.s. I Love my veggies they same way! So Good!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 7, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Vaccuming (I never know how to spell that word!
    ) my car is always the worst. I actually did it this weekend and just blogged about it.

    I love going to petsmart to look at the kitties. Petsmart always has cats that are from the local shelter…no mill pets!

  • Michelle @ G(Y)G March 7, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Fav chore: grocery shopping, of course! I could be in a grocery store for hours

    Least fav chore: cleaning my room. I always leave it until it’s CRAZY messy, then it takes three hours to clean. I’m about half way there right now..

  • Kelsey (Vivaciously Vegan) March 8, 2010, 12:05 am

    Hi Caitlin! I’ve been a devoted follower of your blog for awhile now and decided it was about time to leave a comment!

    My favorite chore: Laundry. For some reason I find folding clean clothes oddly therapeutic.

    Least favorite chore: Making my bed. I swear- I think I’ve literally done it on special occasions (ie: when we have company over). Why they’d want to see my room is beyond me but you never know!

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:35 am

      thanks for comments 🙂 re: making the bed, that is why i only sleep under a comforter – it makes the bed very easy to make 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 8, 2010, 12:06 am

    I love throwing clothes in the washer and dryer, but I hate putting them away. I also don’t mind loading the dishwasher, but I hate unloading! Basically, I don’t mind getting things clean, but I don’t like dealing with them after!

  • Amanda March 8, 2010, 12:51 am

    I love grocery shopping. I don’t mind washing dishes at all. Actually I don’t mind most housework. There are 2 things I absolutely HATE though: folding clothes and putting them away, and taking out garbage.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 8, 2010, 2:57 am

    My ultimate favourite chore is grocery shopping, along with a load of other people here 😀 Iactually find it fun, so it’s hardly a chore….:p I also quite like hoovering and washing up – it’s very satisfying 🙂

  • Alice March 8, 2010, 3:03 am

    I love doing laundry. LOVE IT. I hate drying dishes. Washing is fine, but not drying.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 8, 2010, 3:47 am

    Everyone knows that taking out trash is a boy’s job!

    I quite like ironing. I’m a freak! 😀

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:35 am

      thank you! it IS the boy’s job!

  • Hedda March 8, 2010, 3:52 am

    Haha, a turtle in a store? 🙂

    I am going to try tahini today, very excited. Steeping outside of my “eating- box”. It seems like it has a lot of healthy benefits, like calcium which I really need.
    By the way, when you use cheese do you use “real” cheese, or cheese that is fat- reduced?
    It seems like no one eats real cheese anymore, just ones that are reduced.

    My favorite chore is vacuum cleaning, haha, or ironing.
    I guess I like order :p

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:34 am

      i eat real cheese! my favorite kind if Cabot’s 3 Year Aged Cheddar. It’s so delicious and full-fat. I don’t know – I feel like there are some foods that shouldn’t be tampered with, and cheese is one of them (as is peanut butter, ice cream, and chocolate). I never want to see low-fat versions of those already perfect, simple foods.

      • Hedda March 8, 2010, 4:29 pm

        Oh, that was good to hear! I agree with you, beside a little bit a cheese has never harmed anyone.
        You should try Norwegian cheese, so good!
        And I think I am more of a peanut butter girl than a Tahini girl. Maybe tahini is something one must get used to, so I will not give up yet.

  • Nicole, RD March 8, 2010, 6:47 am

    I hate folding laundry and washing anything by hand — dishes or clothes. I have a sponge phobia (they’re so nasty!!) so I put everything I can in the dishwasher!

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:33 am

      my mom has a sponge phobia, too!!!

  • Stacey March 8, 2010, 7:07 am

    I will do ANY chore, except for laundry. I HATE doing the laundry! I don’t know what it is, but washing, drying, folding, putting it away…just drives me bonkers. Jason hates doing the dishes, so we have come to an agreement, he does laundry, I do dishes. 😀 It works for us.

    PS. I agree. Sierra Nevada is quite delicious!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 8, 2010, 7:55 am

    I HATE MOPPING. I HATE MOPPING. Okay, I’m yelling. BTW nothing beats roasted veggies…SERIOUSLY.

  • nicole March 8, 2010, 8:20 am

    We have errand day every Saturday.
    I hate cleaning out the litter box, which kind of ties in with taking out the garbage. Luckily Dennis handles both. Relcutantly, but he does it!

  • nicole March 8, 2010, 8:21 am

    PS I hate going to the puppy store. It makes me cry. Every weekend we go to PetSmart and there’s ALWAYS an adoption going on. I seriously leave there in tears every time. I just want to take them all home.

  • Nicci March 8, 2010, 9:33 am

    I love running errands but I loathe taking out the trash too. I let the bf do that as his chore.

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun March 8, 2010, 9:51 am

    I hate cleaning the bathrooms! It’s a necessary evil but being the only girl in the house is rough. :0) Big Boy is 4 and doesn’t always hit the target. :0)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 8, 2010, 10:36 am

    i love cleaning the kitchen and hate doing laundry…and i love going to the grocery store but hate getting gas in the cars! weird, i know 🙂

  • Heather March 8, 2010, 10:58 am

    that puppy is so sweet!

    I HATE putting clothes on hangars, it drives me bananas!

  • Tricia March 8, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Ohhh I love your dress! Where is it from!?

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 1:38 pm

      marshalls 🙂 but a while ago!

  • Tricia March 8, 2010, 2:38 pm

    great purchase!

  • Cara March 8, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I think my least favorite chore is anything to do with taking the trash out. heh

  • jodie March 8, 2010, 7:19 pm

    The sammies look delish. I have all the ingredients too. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 8, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I hate taking out the trash but I love all things organizing.

  • whitney March 9, 2010, 8:04 am

    your meals today look great. That grilled cheese looks better than restaurant quality I am going to try it very soon.

    My least favorite chore is cleaning the toilets, bathtubs, and taking out the trash. I don’t mind doing everything else.

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