Good evening!  I hope all my fellow Americans had a wonderful Fourth of July!  🙂


We spent the day driving 550 miles from Altoona, Pennsylvania to my mom’s house in Tennessee to pick up the dogs.  We actually planned to stay in PA for two full weeks and attend another wedding next weekend, but we’ve honestly felt like our life has been in shambles since June 1.  The Husband is going to fly up to the wedding on Friday, but I’m going to stay behind in Charlotte and pull together work, the practice, and the new home.


Before leaving, we enjoyed a quick buffet breakfast at the hotel with the rest of the wedding guests.  I got two over-easy (“dippy”) eggs, a bowl of fruit, and some hash browns.


I was REALLY feeling the need for fruit today.  I ate a ton of junk and drank many beers on Saturday, and my body is rebelling.


We didn’t get on the road until 11:30 AM, but that’s OK because we were in no rush.


Take me home, country roads!


I ate a peanut butter sandwich as I drove:



And we stopped at the world’s best gas station – Sheetz (feel free to debate Sheetz vs. Wawa if you live in the Northeast!) – for some other snacks.


I grabbed a veggie platter and ditched the ranch sauce to make it a little healthier.


As well as a coffee…  I did most of the driving because the Husband had a bit TOO much fun last night.  🙂


Later, I snacked on a bar.  Never had the ‘chewy’ version of this flavor before (it also comes in ‘crunchy’) and it was so much better!


As well as an apple that I borrowed from the breakfast buffet. 😉


Car trips DO require a little bit of trashy eating.  I had a lollipop and a PB cup as we listened to a book on tape.


Plus, about two or three servings of Sun Chips…  I eventually made the Husband throw the entire bag in the back seat because my hand would NOT stop sneaking in although I was totally full.


When we arrived at my mom’s, we were very happy to see Maggie and James and listened to my mom tell lots of fun stories about how bad well-behaved they were.  James and my mom’s cat got into an epic battle in the backyard (the cat won).


And we were also pleased that my mom prepared us a real-food, Fourth of July-inspired dinner.  I was VERY happy to see vegetables.


My plate included green beans, pinto beans, watermelon, coleslaw, and tomatoes.  I went back for another portion of the slaw and pinto beans, which were excellent all mixed together.  Loved the contrast of the sweet and cold with the salty and hot.


Tomorrow, we’re driving back to Charlotte.  Life has been full, crazy, and fun lately, but there’s something to be said for sleeping in your own bed and eating your own food.  There’s no place like home!


Happy 4th!



  • Wendy July 4, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I missed you by a week! We drove through WV last Sunday traveling to a wedding. I was singing the same song through the whole state. 🙂

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 4, 2010, 11:12 pm

    sounds like a great day! by the way, i’ve had that song stuck in my head for AGES now…thanks 😛
    but hey, now that you’re back in char-town maybe you’ll need a run to take a break from un-shambling your life. if you do…send an e-mail my way 😉

  • Julie @ pickley pear July 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Fun trip, you did a lot of driving! Happy 4th!

  • Errign July 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Those gas stations must be mid-atlantic ones, ’cause I live in New England & have never heard of either! 🙂 Cool that they’ve got good snacks. Snackage is key for roadtrips 😉

  • Jolene ( July 4, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 4, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Traveling is nice but I totally understand your desire to go home and get organized! 🙂
    MMmmm sun chips—I also understand the hand creeping back into the bag! haha
    Glad you made it safely!
    Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! 🙂

  • Rebecca July 4, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Happy 4th! Glad you made it safely to your mom’s house! Have a good trip tomorrow.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health July 4, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Gosh, woman. You’ve been on-the-go FOREVER now! It definitely must feel good to get back to a sense of normalcy…!

    Oh, and WAWA 4 LYFE. Case closed 🙂

  • Sarah July 5, 2010, 12:01 am

    I feel like Wawa is where you stumble into drunk in the middle of the night in college – and Sheetz is where you stop for coffee and snacks on a “grown up” road trip or on your way to work. It’s almost like you graduate to Sheetz from Wawa.

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 7:31 am

      Major LOLS!!!

  • sarah July 5, 2010, 12:06 am

    I totally hear you, you must be exhausted, will be good for you to get settled in your new place. Happy 4th July!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 5, 2010, 12:33 am

    Glad you had some fun tonight!! You guys deserve a break at some point. I’m trying not to have a nervous breakdown myself since we are moving too. Surprisingly, I’m actually very calm right now, but I haven’t quite made it over to our house yet. The hubs is looking at the house tomorrow and signing!! I won’t get to see it for a week!

  • Kaz July 5, 2010, 2:08 am

    Those Sun Chips are addictive! I would have to have them forcibly taken away, too. 😀

    Glad your drive back was uneventful and yay to your mom for having good food waiting!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 5, 2010, 2:32 am

    A road trip with your husband must be so fun! I always used to love them with my mum 🙂
    LOL re James v The Cat! I’m glad thecat one, I’m always Team Cat 😛

  • Kiranda July 5, 2010, 3:20 am

    Sounds like a fun drive!!! I love roadtrips with my husband!! By the way..I gave you an award over at The Mommyhood. Head on over and check it out!

  • Nat July 5, 2010, 3:35 am

    Glad that your friend’s Wedding was so fabulous! Your road trip sounds fun 🙂 You must be happy to be reunited with your puppies again 😉 I hate being away from mine…
    You may know already, but you got a mention over on Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Happiness Project’ website here’s the link:
    You’ll probably gain some more followers 🙂

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 7:32 am

      I almost died!

  • Little Bookworm July 5, 2010, 4:22 am

    Hope you have a good journey back to Charlotte. Poor James and the cat!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) July 5, 2010, 4:23 am

    Sounds like fun, caitlin! glad you had a good time!!!

  • Kristin July 5, 2010, 5:20 am


    I would kill for a Sheetz right now. Or 4th of July picnic foods. Or even a PB Cup (I’m stuck in Japan right now and as much as I like sushi, I don’t feel like putting mayo or seaweed flavoring on everything that goes into my mouth ><;)

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 7:33 am

      Awww!!! I wish I could send you some American food… BBQ beans in the mail?

      • Kristin July 5, 2010, 5:27 pm

        As lovely and delicious as that would be, I feel like customs wouldn’t be pleased xD Apparently, when reentering the States bringing food items that could constitute Thanksgiving dinner are a big no too. Party poopers.
        But thank you! 😀

  • Wei-Wei July 5, 2010, 5:23 am

    The wedding certainly was fabulous… a lot of alcohol and cookies, I presume 😉 I love how you just “know” what your body is craving after a night of indulgence. I hope to be as intuitive as you one day! 🙂


  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 5, 2010, 6:30 am

    Sheetz is the best!

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 5, 2010, 7:19 am

    I LOVE Sheetz! 🙂

  • Vicky July 5, 2010, 7:22 am

    There’s nothing like fruits and veggies to make you feel better!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  • Becca July 5, 2010, 7:23 am

    Sometimes you just need a break…but it looks like you had a great weekend!

    And, even though I’ve never been to Wawa, Sheetz is unbeatable!

  • Kelly July 5, 2010, 7:24 am

    Man, I’ve barely been able to keep up with your life just reading about it, I don’t blame you guys for heading home! Also you guys really drive a LOT, I consider like 3 hours a long car trip but I’m thinking it took a lot longer than that to go from PA to TN…though I’ve never been to either state so what do I know?!

  • Katherine July 5, 2010, 7:28 am

    your pb and j is so flat; whenever I make them, they’re oozing from the sides and have a huge blob in the middle haha; hope the trip goes well

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 7:33 am

      hahah due to me spreading the PB with my fingers because we didnt have a knife in the hotel 🙂

  • andi July 5, 2010, 7:36 am

    nothing to debate–you can’t get shmuffins and shmiscuits at wawa, therefore sheetz is better. haha! hope that the rest of your trip goes well!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) July 5, 2010, 7:39 am

    OMG that is why I can not have chips in the house!!! I can’t stop!! Anyways, glad you had a great time at the wedding! BTW my bf is thinking of going to Charlotte for his residency…I would love to see more posts about the city. 🙂

  • Victoria July 5, 2010, 8:40 am

    SHEETZ! all the way baby:)
    best gas station ever.
    wawa doesn’t even compare.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 5, 2010, 8:43 am

    There’s nothing better than hash browns after a night of one too many beers! 😀

  • Caitlin July 5, 2010, 8:55 am

    there was a Sheetz right by my campus so I used to be there all the time. However, Wawa is my favorite! I looooove Wawa!!

  • Heather (heather's dish) July 5, 2010, 9:10 am

    i have that song stuck in my head now! not that i’m all that upset though… 😉

  • Heather July 5, 2010, 9:22 am

    the drive looks beautiful!
    the pups look so happy yall are back! I love seeing my dogs after being away!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind July 5, 2010, 9:31 am

    I looove the south, and I’ve always wanted to move there. *One day*
    Bet you’re excited to get your Caroline life underway! Traveling is fun, but the lack of routine can be stressful!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run July 5, 2010, 10:32 am

    I LOVE Sheetz!! — or as they say out in Western PA (where my parents live) — “The Sheetzes” Not only do they have really great snacks and coffee, but I find that their bathrooms are always super clean (which is saying a lot for a gas station!) In fact, when my Dad is on a road trip, he purposely plans it out so that he only makes pit stops at The Sheetzes. 😉

  • Allison July 5, 2010, 10:51 am

    That is totally the Bedford Sheetz isn’t it?!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 5, 2010, 12:07 pm

    I don’t know what it is about being in a car, but I get extra snacky! I’m from the NW, so I don’t know what either of those gas stations is like, but I’ll trust your judgment! =)

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 5, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes fruit from the breakfast buffet to have later in the day!!!

  • meg c. July 5, 2010, 12:30 pm

    SHEETZ and wawa are both amazing, but sheetz is more of a guilty pleasure i think! sadly we have neither up here in MA. the nearest is in PA I think. No sheetz or wawa north of NJ i believe.

  • Lisa July 5, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I just have to represent SE PA here and say WaWa is much better! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 5, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I love both Sheetz and Wawa but Wawa has a place in my heart for all the shorti hoagies I ate in high school.

    Our dogs always get into battles with Momma’s cat. I think hey have come to a truce finally…at least on my puppers part.

  • kimberly July 5, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I agree that Sheetz is the best! I have traveled all over the country and nothing beats the Sheetz store! They have everything and are all really nice. Sheetz all the way! And if you ever get to go the first week one opens it’s the best! They give out free coffee and smoothies. I LOVE Sheetz!

  • Sarah July 5, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I like Wawa better, personally. I just feel like they have more/ fresher options than Sheetz. Maybe I just like the island in the middle with all the fruit, salads, and “fresh” snack options?

  • Eric July 5, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I don’t live in the Northeast, but we have Sheetz up here in Winston Salem (we also had a few in Raleigh) and my wife and I visit PA quite often and we love to stop at WaWa’s. I’ve had a few sandwiches at Sheetz and they are pretty good. WaWa has awesome coffee. I can’t say that I prefer one over the other, but I know my wife’s family (who is from Philly) really love WaWa’s. We found another cool gas station/restaurant/c-store combo on our way down to Florida called a Goasis. I can’t remember if it was in Georgia or Florida but it was very similar and neat. You’ve probably seen them being from Orlando.

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