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The Husband and I spent the afternoon putting together his clinic + treatment room.  If I ever have to put together one more piece of IKEA furniture, I will surely die.


However, the (almost) finished product looks amazing.


We need to hang up the rest of his diplomas and licenses – he already has six up and there are four more to hang!  I’m really glad we decided to purchase a floor lamp because the crazy fluorescent overhead lamps are NOT relaxing.  And relaxing is important for patients!


This is his intake area / pulse taking area.  Chinese medical docs depend on the pulse to tell them a lot about a patient’s basic health. 


He also has a glorious cabinet that is now filled with special Japanese needles (the best ones!) and all sorts of acupuncture odds and ends.


Since we basically spent the whole afternoon at the clinic, I brought a snack of yogurt + oatmeal:


And I walked across the street around 8 PM to buy us dinner from Big Daddy’s!


This place is SO close.  It’s dangerous!



We ate on the floor of the empty intake room.  :)  Maggie snagged a few snacks, too.


My meal was a huge Napa cabbage, pecan, carrot, onion, brie, and apple salad.


Plus, a black bean burger, which I ended up eating all of.  Word on the street is that these burgers are so delicious because they deep fry them.  I believe it!


Whew – I’m beat.  Something about putting together furniture and hanging diplomas is EXHAUSTING. 


I’m so excited for the Husband to start practicing (in three weeks or so?).  All this hard work is finally paying off for him!



  • jenny in new york July 26, 2010, 10:16 pm

    so exciting that he’s starting so soon! Good luck !!

  • janna @ janna's keeping it real July 26, 2010, 10:19 pm

    how exciting! what a relief that must be to sort of have it all “coming together”!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) July 26, 2010, 10:26 pm

    I love reading about your husband’s business and Chinese Medcine. It’s something I never knew a lot about so I love having my knowledge expanded. All very interesting!

  • Heather July 26, 2010, 10:27 pm

    good luck! yall are blessed he is going in with someone and not just starting out all on his own. we did that and it is SO HARD! good luck!

  • Courtney July 26, 2010, 10:27 pm

    What a nice office! So calming and clean. =)
    And 8 diplomas?! Whoa… what are they all for?

    Also your salad looks amazing!

    • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 10:29 pm

      Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences
      Bachelor of Arts at University of Pittsburgh

      Master of Science of Oriental Medicine
      Certified Tension Point Therapist
      Certified Acupuncturist
      Licensed Acupuncture in the State of North Carolina
      Diploma in Oriental Medicine
      Diploma in Herbology
      Diploma in Acupuncture


      • Caitlin July 26, 2010, 10:30 pm

        Oh Wait… ANDDD:

        Licensed Acu-point Injection Therapist

        • Courtney July 26, 2010, 11:29 pm

          WOW! That’s impressive! Congratulate him for me!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 26, 2010, 10:27 pm

    That room looks great!! Go IKEA and go Team Boyle!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 26, 2010, 10:31 pm

    That’s so exciting!!

    Putting together Ikea furniture is the worst!! There’s always a million pieces and that little wrench bar to put it together!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 26, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness how exciting! The look is so soothing and calm! I love the green color.

  • Dorry July 26, 2010, 10:33 pm

    The clinic and treatment room look great! Y’all did a great job. Gotta love teamwork. Billy and I love to work together – we spend A LOT of our time together and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 26, 2010, 10:34 pm

    All of those diplomas are very impressive!

    I hate putting together Ikea furniture, and yet I love it at the same time. Its a love-hate relationship. I hate doing it, but I get such satisfaction from putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, even if it involves tearing all of my hair out in the process!

  • Molly July 26, 2010, 10:40 pm

    i need to visit ikea like a bad habit. my new apt. looks like a college dorm one should use a 5 dollar end table as a desk. blah.

    Good luck to the hubby!

  • HTP Dad' July 26, 2010, 10:42 pm

    The office looks awesome! What a couple!

  • Chelsey July 26, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Yay! Go hubby go!!! That office looks amazing. I love the paint color on the walls – it is so soothing!

  • Catherine July 26, 2010, 10:48 pm

    It looks like the clinic is really coming together. It also does look relaxing! I’m only sad I don’t live in Charlotte!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 26, 2010, 11:16 pm

    i love how the clinic is coming together so well! y’alls hard work is really paying off 🙂

  • Rosey Rebecca July 26, 2010, 11:28 pm

    That is dangerous to have that place so close by. Your salad looks delicious, though.

    I love the set up with the floor lamp. It looks so peaceful.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 26, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Wow the clinic is looking great!

    In other unrelated news – Mr BBB came across the emails you sent out about the Operation Beautiful book and we spent AGES talking about it last night! He loves the idea and mentioned that he was going to post a little note in our bathroom but couldnt find any post it notes! 🙂 hehe

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 9:29 am

      Awww. What a sweet guy!

  • A from Despues I Do July 26, 2010, 11:44 pm

    Salad looks awesome! I’m pretty sure they must deep fry those burgers because that crunchy exterior is to die for!

    IKEA is so much fun when you’re running through the aisles picking things out…and then not quite as much fun when you’re home with a screwdriver! Good luck!

  • Candice July 26, 2010, 11:58 pm

    Everything looks so nice – you guys have got to be so proud and excited!

    I love starting out on new ventures! Especially after so much hard work.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 27, 2010, 12:48 am

    What a beautiful room! I would love to be treated there or treated in general. Does he make house calls?!

  • Amanda July 27, 2010, 12:53 am

    WOW! He is a very educated guy! (not that I thought he was undereducated) But that is impressive! Congratulations!

  • Wei-Wei July 27, 2010, 1:49 am

    It really is so cool that the Husband has so many degrees – it’s insane! The clinic is starting to look really good; you should be proud 🙂


  • Camille July 27, 2010, 2:17 am

    The office looks awesome! Congrats to both of you guys again 🙂

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 27, 2010, 2:53 am

    Wow, I love that office!! My favorite is the wall color. 🙂 If I’m ever in Charlotte I know where I’m going!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 27, 2010, 3:11 am

    I really like the style/theme/decor of the practice; it’s going to look so stunning 🙂

  • Kaci July 27, 2010, 6:49 am

    Wow!! 9 Diplomas!! IMPRESSIVE!! Congrats to him and you!

  • Lauren July 27, 2010, 6:57 am

    How exciting for the both of you! your lives are changing and your careers are fully developing. Life is so good right now! 😉

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 27, 2010, 7:06 am

    The treatment room looks great!! You both must be so excited!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 27, 2010, 7:25 am

    I love it! Very zen yet modern at the same time … it does represent well you’re young husband and his ancient practice

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 27, 2010, 7:47 am

    I love the office! It looks so relaxing. I think that is the same color I have on the walls in my upstairs. That salads looks so good too!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 27, 2010, 7:52 am

    Wow!! The office looks fantastic! You guys must be so excited to see everything coming together. Both of you have so much to be proud of right now!

  • Mindy @ just a one girl revolution. July 27, 2010, 7:56 am

    Wow, it’s looking awesome! Y’all are doing a great job! Makes me wish I lived in Charlotte! 🙂

  • Tina July 27, 2010, 8:02 am

    I’m going to have to put together a lot of Ikea stuff in a few months since we are getting some things from there for when the next baby comes. Like bookshelves, little tables, and such. Oh boy.

    That salad sounds really good.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 27, 2010, 8:14 am

    I agree: Building Ikea furniture is torture, especially when those cartoons make no sense. The place looks great. Nice and relaxing!

  • Caity July 27, 2010, 8:28 am

    Ikea stuff is annoying to put together, but once finished it is 100% more awesome because you know that YOU put it together 🙂

    Good Luck with everything!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 27, 2010, 8:31 am

    Wow it looks great!!! I love putting Ikea stuff together 😉
    Man, between your husband’s practice opening, and your book coming out, you guys must just be drowning in excitement- how awesome to see hard work and persistence pay off for both of you.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 27, 2010, 8:53 am

    Wow Caitlin, looks like it’s all coming together for you guys!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 27, 2010, 9:04 am

    Your hubby’s clinic looks gorgeous! I love the wall colour and decor. It’s very calming! 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 27, 2010, 9:15 am

    So excited for you both!

  • Allie July 27, 2010, 9:15 am

    So happy for you and him to be able to get everything started. Can’t wait to hear about how business is!

  • The Rabbit Runner July 27, 2010, 9:28 am

    Black Bean burgers are epic. I just hate that the only place in my town that “makes” them actually just uses Gardenburgers :\

    sounds like a very exciting time for you and your husband!!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) July 27, 2010, 9:28 am exciting! You guys are both going through some very exciting times of your lives 😀

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) July 27, 2010, 9:55 am

    yay hubby!! so exciting for him! you guys are achieving your dreams simultaneously! i love it.

  • Holly @ Self-love and Running July 27, 2010, 9:58 am

    The clinic looks very serene!

  • MaiAda July 27, 2010, 11:36 am

    woah… this is a weird question but you aren’t by any chance at 1704 east blvd, are you??

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 11:41 am

      Yes that’s us!

      • MaiAda July 27, 2010, 11:58 am

        crazy! i work in the office across the hall! this is going to sound creepy but i’ve been watching you move in through the window haha… i’m sure we’ve nodded hello at each other a few times. i’ve probably been slacking off at work reading your blog while you were walking by!

        if you’re up for it, you should come have lunch with my coworker and i sometime. if for no other reason than to celebrate the completely weird coincidences of life 🙂

        • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 3:39 pm

          HAHAH NO WAY! Are you the brunette who sits in the corner desk and can see the front parking lot??? I know who you are! Next time I’m there I’ll stop in and say hi! We met your coworker Kate yesterday. LOL

      • MaiAda July 27, 2010, 4:08 pm

        ha! yeah, that’s me! please do stop by anytime! 🙂

  • Jolene ( July 27, 2010, 12:02 pm

    The clinic looks awesome!!! I find Chinese medicine SO interesting!!! One of my best friends is in school for that in BC right now – he loves it!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 27, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I hate putting furniture together, too. It’s great that the practice is coming together though! 🙂

  • katherine July 27, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Congrats on all the progress you’ve made with Kristien’s practice. Starting out on your own is scary, but it’s great that you have each other for support (and help with furniture building). Are you planning to discuss where the practice is and what its name will be? I only ask b/c I work in a fantastic practice and I’ve been debating whether or not to reveal its name/location on the blog. The office has given me the green light, but I’m worried about blog weirdness!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 27, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Things are moving right along! =]

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 27, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Ah, reason #764 why I hate Ikea! lol

    Congratulations to him! That is an extremely impressive amount of diplomas. It is so exciting!

  • Kristina July 27, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I just wanted to say CONGRATS to both of you… you for your Supremely Awesome book (I cannot wait, my copy is on it’s way!!) and to your husband for his great accomplishments and his new journey in healing. Acupuncture is a wonderful thing.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 27, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Maggie looks like any second she is about to steal some of K’s food 🙂

    Congrats on all he is accomplishing and starting the practice. It’s so exciting to see it come together.

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans July 28, 2010, 8:22 am

    This is so very exciting. Very sureal I imagine for the both of you. Congrats!

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