A Warm Welcome Back

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My flight from NYC to Charlotte ended up being delayed by an hour and twenty minutes.  Which I would have been really sad about normally, but… there was an XpresSpa right next to my gate.  🙂 So I got an express back and neck massage and a manicure.


And I read Ultramarathon Man.  Dean Karnazes is so insane. He runs 50+ miles, 100+ miles, and other crazy intense stuff.  I’m not sure whether to think he’s NUTS or extremely awesome.  Maybe a little of both.


If you’re an ultramarathoner (?!), why do you do it?  I’m curious!  I don’t think I could ever go a step over a regular marathon… 26.2 miles is hard enough! 🙂


Grabbed a makeshift meal from the airport kiosk:



I had edamame – which seems to be popular up here in NYC!  They were perfectly steamed and only a little salty.


A Sabra hummus to-go cup with pretzels.  This was so handy for a traveler.


And a bar that I’ve never sene before called 18 Rabbits. This was SUCH a great bar – super chewy with lots of dates and whole pumpkin seeds.


And then we landed, and I was suddenly back home.  My quiet, simple, little place.  I think NYC is awesome… but I could never live there.  I guess I’m too small town at heart.  🙂


Walked in my house and found this little display!


My Charlotte friends had called the Husband, come over, and decorated our apartment with post-it notes and congrats cards.  And they gave me a gift card to Yoforia!  It was honestly one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.  🙂


Thank you to Jen, Emily, Whit, Katie, and Jen!!! You made my day. 🙂


On a less cheerful note, the Husband killed the basil plant while I was gone.  Please note that I did not personally kill it.


Do you think I can perform plant CPR on it (AKA drench in water) and it will come back to life?!


Wine consoled me.


(After taking this picture, I promptly poured my wine into a clean glass.  Ew!)


And now, friends… I’m munching on Grape Nuts and almond milk and watching a really funny movie called Away We Go.


It’s Jim from The Office! He was pretty funny.  Two thumbs up!


I’m off to bed!  See you for a marathon long run in the AM!  Dean has inspired me! 😉



  • Julia August 6, 2010, 10:34 pm

    I just rented Away We Go this morning! How funny!

    By the way, I tried to make banana soft serve this morning to no avail. Whats the trick?
    I made it in a blender with only one banana…do I need more? Use a different machine?

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 10:35 pm

      You must make two at once and use a food processor. 🙂

      • Cyclist Kate August 6, 2010, 11:26 pm

        I always make it with only one banana, you just have to stop it a couple of times to scrape the banana down and have some patience for it to come together. But a food processor is a MUST!

        • Wei-Wei August 6, 2010, 11:49 pm

          Really? I made it with my Blendtec and one banana with no problem! 😛


  • tasha - the clean eating mama August 6, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Drench that baby in H2O! I can almost bet it will come back! =)

  • Marci August 6, 2010, 10:41 pm

    The basil will come back with lots of water! They are fighters. Cute decorations. What an awesome end to the week!

  • Sana August 6, 2010, 10:44 pm

    You have epic friends!

  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 6, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I hope you had a blast this week, even if your basil plant didn’t 🙁 Have a great run tomorrow!

  • Jessie (Bites and Pieces) August 6, 2010, 10:46 pm

    What a nice surprise to come home to, your friends are awesome! I think the basil will bounce back with water, just don’t over-water it. When it comes to plants, the rule of thumb for me is to water ONLY when the soil is dry. I’m sure the soil in your plant is really dry right now, so give it a few good waterings to get it back to health, and after that always check the soil before watering. Good luck!

  • Amanda @ Vegacious August 6, 2010, 10:50 pm

    What great friends and a great husband you have! 🙂 And, your plant might come back…..I agree with Jessie! That’s the rule I follow!

  • meg c. August 6, 2010, 10:50 pm

    what a nice surprise, welcome home!

    i love the part in away we go when they buy a stroller for maggie gyllenhall’s kid and then after they get so sick of her john krasinski pushes the kid around in it defiantly before the leave the house. HILARIOUS

  • Ashley August 6, 2010, 10:55 pm

    18 Rabbits are THEE BEST!! 🙂

  • Megan (Running Foodie) August 6, 2010, 10:56 pm

    I’d put money on that basil coming back if you hydrate it enough! Plants are pretty awesome 🙂

  • Dynamics August 6, 2010, 10:57 pm

    The basil looks limp…water and it will come back…if after a few days it does not, trim and new growth will pop up.

    Same with your plants outside, never take them out, only cut the bad off and they will surprise you next year when they pop up unexpectedly.

    Welcome home. You have some great friends.

  • Chelsey August 6, 2010, 10:58 pm

    i’ve killed my basil plant many times – just drench it!!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 6, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Yay for home! Glad you have so much love there waiting for you. Nothing like a great welcome.

  • Allison L. August 6, 2010, 11:02 pm

    I love Away We Go! I also love Jim from The Office. Great movie! I’m gonna go add it to my Netflix queue right now!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 6, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Ahh, home feels so great after being away sometimes! Thanks for letting me vicariously live through your last few days. It’s so motivating seeing someone achieve their dreams!

  • Marie August 6, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Such great friends! Poor basil plant… I’m sure it’ll be fine though. Mine looks a little sad some days but it’s usually just a bit thirsty. Glad your trip went well!

  • Mary August 6, 2010, 11:04 pm

    I love the notes on your wall! So awesome 🙂 I hope you can relax a little now that you’re high stress week is over. you deserve a little R&R 🙂

  • Priyanka August 6, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Oh that basil plant is totally at a stage where water will completely revive it!

    Honestly Caitlin you deserve all of this! I was so happy to show the husband your segment on The Today Show and tell him I know her 🙂

  • Kristen August 6, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I’m not an ultra person (or even a marathon- I’ve been sticking to half-marathons for now) but my husband will be running his first ultra at the end of September- the Vermont 50 miler. It will be really interesting to be a part of it since I’ll be his official “crew”. I’m hoping I’ll have company to help me crew…Regardless, I’ll definitely be blogging about the experience once the run is over.

    • Hannah Hawley August 7, 2010, 8:38 am

      Good luck to your husband! I work the mile 92 aid station at the Vermont Endurance 100. Its amazing watching these men and women run these crazy distances.

  • Melissa August 6, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I don’t think I could ever do an ultra-marathon either.. it sounds crazy to me!! Your Charlotte friends are too cute!! I love the posters!!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 6, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Such great friends to be so supportive.

    I can’t even imagine a marathon at this point though I do hope. Anything over that seems insane. But I know some people crave them. For what reason I don’t know but they love running ALOT!

  • Cyclist Kate August 6, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Like everyone else has said–the plant is not dead! Just wilted a little–a normal response to not enough water. A good watering and I bet it’s back to new tomorrow.

  • caronae August 6, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Glad you’re back safe and sound! It’s funny, I never imagined I would live in NYC but after three years here I am head over heels in love with the place. Weird but wonderful!

    I’ve done two 34 mile ultras and loved them both. Honestly, it isn’t that much harder than a marathon — between miles 22 and 34, not much changes! Pushing yourself that far just feels so….amazing.

    Anyways, happy weekend!

  • HTP Dad August 6, 2010, 11:38 pm

    UltraMarathon Man, huh!
    My PR for 375 miles – 24H35m – during a tropical storm.
    bad word bad word bad, UltraMarathonMan.

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 11:46 pm

      Yea but you were on a bike. It’s not the same. ;P

  • Dorry August 6, 2010, 11:39 pm

    I love 18 Rabbits! They are part of a giveaway on my blog today. 🙂

    Hope you are enjoying being back at home – see you in Chicago next week!!

  • Angela(the lady loves to eat) August 6, 2010, 11:44 pm

    What a sweet welcome home! Poor basil plant lol! I would have probably killed it too I’m so bad at keeping plants alive!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 6, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Your friends are SO CUTE!! I love all of those signs!

    Away We Go is hilarious. So many characters in that movie. I definitely watch it and always sigh wanting a Jim of my own. We a sweet little hubs he is.

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 6, 2010, 11:49 pm

    You have some great friends! But you already know that!
    Basil is pretty hearty……lots of water and it should come back.
    And I think ultra marathon guy is crazy….just my two cents:)

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 6, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Awwh I love the notes, how sweet!! You should be so proud… what an amazing adventure! I have my book on order from Chapters, but they don’t get it until the 10th!!

    Your basil plant will totally revive it’s self! Just water it!! 🙂

    I LOVE that movie too, it was so super cute!

  • Wei-Wei August 6, 2010, 11:51 pm

    You’ve had such a great day despite travelling! A massage, welcome home notes, wine, mmm. Oh and an 18 Rabbits bar?! YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT MORE. Apparently they are really really really really good!


  • MarathonVal August 6, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Don’t worry, your basil plant might still be able to make it! My husband is the gardener as I do NOT have a green thumb, but many times ours has become dry, brown, and wilted but surprisingly after some water and sunshine it will come back to life. If you can give it some direct, outdoor sunlight, I think that might help!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 6, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Awww, RIP basil plant!! Maybe you can rehydrate it and bring it back? 🙁


  • Raya August 7, 2010, 12:03 am

    All you need to do is water it…as long as the soil it’s in soaks up the water relatively quickly, it’s not dead. If the water sits for a couple hours, then it’s dead…but yours should be fine, it takes more than a few days to kill a plant!!!!

  • Sarah for Real August 7, 2010, 12:24 am

    Yes like everyone said, she’s not dead yet. Give it a good watering and it should bounce back. Btw, you might want to make some pesto soon and cut it back by at least one third so it doesn’t flower and give up on you. Of course, only after it bounces back. Did your husband forget to water the dogs too? I sure hope not 😉

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:23 am

      He did, in fact, forget to feed them one morning until noon! Geesssssh.

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin August 7, 2010, 12:30 am

    Aw, that was such a sweet surprise to come home to! I’m always afraid of my husband killing my plants when I go away on business trips! He totally forgets about my beloved plants! Hopefully you can bring yours back to life!

    … or maybe whip up a quick pesto to salvage the remains? 😉

  • Abby August 7, 2010, 12:30 am

    I am always on the brink of killing all my plants…they wilt, I water, they come back…they wilt again. I have a couple tomato plants that could really use a drink. Maybe it will rain tonight?

    Congrats on all your success! It’s really inspiring to watch your dream unfold!

  • Camille August 7, 2010, 12:34 am

    Aww, I love Away We Go! We watched it one night and I immediately went out and bought it the next day 🙂
    Glad you made it home safe and sound!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 7, 2010, 1:17 am

    Welcome home, celebrity! I love that book. Dean is crazzyy, but also so inspiring. I think he’s superhuman. It’s a very fun, quick read.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 7, 2010, 1:29 am

    What great friends you have!! Too bad about the husband killing the basil plant though… hard to find good men these days 😉

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 7, 2010, 2:10 am

    I love the surprise – you have some great friends!!

  • Amanda August 7, 2010, 2:25 am

    Sometimes I wonder if Dean is human… he ran through death valley!

  • Britta August 7, 2010, 2:38 am

    You are SO cute. I can totally relate to the getting back home and nestling in with a glass of wine and a bowl of cereal feeling 🙂 I think if you get rid of the dead leaves and trim off what is brown you will be able to revive your plant…but you might want to get another one in the meantime because it may be a little while before it starts to beef out again! I am so happy for all of your accomplishments and have spread the word to everyone. Enjoy your wonderful life, you caught the wave 😀

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 7, 2010, 2:49 am

    It’s nice being away but there really is no place like home!

    It was so nice of your friends to put up those notes for you. I think I would have cried!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 7, 2010, 3:41 am

    Oh yes yes – I’ve half killed my basil plant so many times (as the ER doctors would say, IT’S GONE INTO A-FIB!![whatever that means]), but a good watering often brings them back from the brink 😀

  • Little Bookworm August 7, 2010, 3:53 am

    Glad you had a good journey home, and how lovely of your friends to put up the notes and get you a gift card!

  • erica August 7, 2010, 4:08 am

    what a great welcoming committee! 🙂

    and my airport sure doesn’t have anything like that massage/manicure place! i would LOVE that!

  • Allison August 7, 2010, 4:26 am

    I saw Away We Go in the theater with my husband and I was cracking up the ENTIRE time. I swear to you that the writers followed my husband around and based John Krasinski’s character on him – the character said and did SO many things that are EXACTLY like my husband. Nobody else seemed to think the movie was as funny as I did, but I could just see my life reflected on the screen. 🙂

  • Emily Eats and Exercises August 7, 2010, 5:39 am

    Welcome home! My ex boyfriend and I really enjoyed Away we Go, but when we recommended it to my parents and another set of friends they hated it? Maybe it was a generational thing? BTW John plays Jim from The Office, not Office Space (though that’s a fabulous movie as well!) (Plus, we went to high school together – one of my claims to fame 😉

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:25 am

      I think its definitely a generational thing. It reminded me a lot of Garden State (I just wrote Garden Space. And corrected Office Space).

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 7, 2010, 5:54 am

    I think with the way your basil plant looks it might still be able to pull through! Don’t give up on him yet, but also don’t OVER water…

  • Amy August 7, 2010, 6:01 am

    So far I’ve only run marathons. However, my last marathon was a trail marathon in Mongolia. Before running it the race directors told us we should double our road marathon time because of the difficulty of the course and they were right. My 4 road ones were between 4:20 and 4:30. Mongolia’s took me 8:39. And it was AWESOME!! I loved it. There was no crowd support, very few aid stations, and it was great. I took my mp3, but never turned it on. I was in a crazy zen space. I bet you could do an ultra if you took it to the trails. 🙂 I’m already signed up for a 60K (37 miles) in New Zealand for March 2011!! Woohoo!

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:26 am

      You’re pretty epic 🙂 I would love to do a trail marathon. The furthest I’ve gone on trails is 15.4!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life August 7, 2010, 6:11 am

    I watched a documentary the other day about an ultra-marathoner. It was funny because he couldn’t really give a reason why he ran as much as he did, just that he did.

    I’m glad you had some a warm welcome home. It’s always nice to get back to normal life after a hectic few days. Goodd luck on your run!

  • Luna August 7, 2010, 6:19 am

    Basil is strong…just give it water, keep it away from the sun until it’s back in shape and cut the flowers. trust me, I can kill a cactus ( i am the worst gardener ever)but I always have (living) basil 😉 Here in Italy, it’s a must!

    By the way, I really love your black (blue?) purse in the 3rd picture, if you don’t mind me asking, what brand/where did you get it?

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:27 am

      Oh I got it so long ago… It was a gift. I’m not even sure it’s a brand name! 🙁 Sorry.

  • Vicky @ eat live spin August 7, 2010, 6:58 am

    Your basil is fine… just dehydrated! My basil often gets like that. However if the leaves are all dry and crumble in your hand… then there’s nothing you can do (this happened to my oregano plant 🙁 )

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 7, 2010, 7:07 am

    So sad to see the basil!! My mom has hers outside in our garden, and then fills a little vase with a few sprigs so the rain waters it for her when she’s gone. Welcome home!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal August 7, 2010, 7:16 am

    I couldn’t imagine 50 or 100! I’m still working up the guts for 26.2! 13.1 was difficult – but totally doable, for me.
    What an awesome welcome home gift!

  • Becky August 7, 2010, 7:33 am

    I can’t imagine running an ultra – that’s intense stuff! Have you read Born to Run? I’m reading it now and highly recommend it. Great story with some very interesting running characters.

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:27 am

      That’s my next read I think!

  • Erin August 7, 2010, 7:36 am

    I think you should be able to douse it with water — that’s what I do it and it always seems to recover.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 7, 2010, 7:38 am

    Delays at the airport can give you a few extra minutes to just relax…if you are only heading home! You have great friends because you are great to people! Don’t ever lose that. I am so happy for you and I love the message that you are spreading! Have a great run in the morning and yes…drench that basil plant back to life. Have a great Saturday Caitlin!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired August 7, 2010, 7:45 am

    I love that movie! It’s so cute.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story August 7, 2010, 7:59 am

    I loved that movie!! 🙂 Glad you made it home safely!

  • Stacey August 7, 2010, 8:05 am

    Glad you made it safely back to Charlotte 😀

  • Kaci @ Ellyphant August 7, 2010, 8:13 am

    What nice friends!!! =) Glad you made it back safe and sound!

  • Julie @ pickley pear August 7, 2010, 8:19 am

    So nice of the girls!! Glad you made it back. What a memorable few days!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 7, 2010, 8:30 am

    Listen to everyone else and don’t give up on that basil plant yet! They’re very hardy.

    Can I say I’m so jealous of your new place? I love that archway. I’m in a shoebox of an apartment so I live vicariously through HGTV and online pictures, LOL.

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 9:22 am

      What city do you live in?

      • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 7, 2010, 9:45 am

        Well, “city” … Thomasville, it’s about 30-40 minutes north of Tallahassee, FL. I moved here from Atlanta/N. Georgia in April. I dislike my apartment but it’s in a great location for work and restaurants/shopping, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much!!!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 7, 2010, 8:41 am

    How nice of your friends! And don’t be too hard on your husband about the basil plant. I try and try to keep plants alive and they still die on me! Try watering it, but it might be a lost cause!

    Enjoy your time at home, you earned it!

  • Meghan August 7, 2010, 8:42 am

    The basil will definitely come back. Every week when I get home from my business trip, my husband has “killed” it. A good dose of water and it’s back to life. In fact, I just went out and performed CPR on mine now.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 7, 2010, 8:55 am

    Aww your friends are so cute! I’m glad you made it home safely. That bar you found in the airport looks really good – Haute Diggity Date is an amazing name for a flavour!
    Oh, and I agree with some of the comments above – I’ve “killed” many plants in the past by forgetting about them for a while, and miraculously a little water for about 2-3 days seems to bring them back to life. 🙂

  • Heather August 7, 2010, 9:03 am

    glad you made it back! when Jen told me they wanted notes from other bloggers to put up at your house I was more than happy to oblige!
    I have never seen an express spa at an airport. how cool!

  • Lisa August 7, 2010, 9:10 am

    I find the concept of an ultramaratho to be kind of crazy. I think exercising for an hour or so a day is good, but mote than that sometimes seems excessive, and almost unhealthy to me.

    And yes, edamame is quite common here in the northeast. Unfortunately I have a soy allergy, so I haven’t tried them before, so I eat sugar snap peas the same way.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 7, 2010, 9:16 am

    18 rabbits bars are the BEST! I can’t really find them in Chicago either, but I love it when I see them in airports. welcome back home!! love how they decorated for you.

  • Gina G August 7, 2010, 9:34 am

    hey Caitlin! i know i have already said quite a few times, but I will say it again anyways……..Congrats on Everything!!! you amazing girl 🙂

  • Helga August 7, 2010, 9:44 am

    Wow, your friends are truly awesome! So nice of them.
    And you are awesome Caitlin – I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and it has been amazing to see what you have achieved. Congrats on everything!

  • Emily August 7, 2010, 9:45 am

    I love Ultramarathon man! It’s a great book even if you aren’t an ultrarunner. My fiance is an ultrarunner though, so living with one is quite a treat 😛 haha

  • Michelle August 7, 2010, 9:47 am

    I agree that the basil plant just needs a little H2O. But don’t feel bad because I killed mine!

    That was really nice of your friends to do – how sweet are they!

  • Monica August 7, 2010, 10:18 am

    That is awesome! What great friends! Can not wait to buy your book! You are very insperational!

  • Kristyn August 7, 2010, 10:23 am

    You can definitely CPR the basil plant. =) It’s one of the few that I have successfully rescued! If you give it water it will slowly come back. At least mine did…maybe it will work for you. That’s a nice looking basil plant, too. Congrats again on everything! I bought the book and I’m taking it on the plane today to Orlando for vaca. Your TV spots were AWESOME. I got to see both! Go Today show and Fox Philly! HUGE congrats once again. You have inspired millions.

  • Meg August 7, 2010, 10:31 am

    Caitlin! Welcome home! What an amazing trip – you are incredible!! I still have flashbacks of watching you on TV, super freaking awesome! 😀

    I actually interned for 18 Rabbits in San Francisco for 5 weeks this summer! AMAZING company! I still work for them from the East Coast as well, and I’m SO HAPPY you loved the bar! 😀

    Have a great marathon-long run, and once again, yay for being home with the fam 🙂

  • Anne August 7, 2010, 10:36 am

    It’s so funny how the girlfriends/fiancées of these ultrarunners are commenting, but very few actual ultrarunners…I bet they’re all too busy knocking out their 50+ mile long run to have time to comment on a blog. :-p

    • Caitlin August 7, 2010, 10:37 am

      Hahah you are SOOOO right.

  • ashleigh August 7, 2010, 10:39 am

    How sweet of your new Charlotte friends!

    Sorry about the basil plant! I need to get one ASAP! I love fresh basil.

  • Kate August 7, 2010, 11:02 am

    You can totally bring that basil plant back! Basil’s pretty awesome like that. My basil has looked like that many times (I’m disappointed to say) and it always comes back with a good drenching 🙂

  • melissa August 7, 2010, 11:10 am

    I have read that book at least 6 times and given it to as many people. It’s oddly addictive.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged August 7, 2010, 11:31 am

    Aww, poor basil. It’s a really resilient herb, though, I’m sure you can bring it back with lots of water. Pull off any of the leaves that look absolutely wrecked and drench away!

  • Amber K August 7, 2010, 12:00 pm

    That is so sweet of your friends! What a great way to come home. =)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 7, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Those bars are delicious! They have them at this coffee shop called Pete’s by me and that is one of my favorite flavors.

  • Kim August 7, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Welcome home! I know for me coming home can be the best part of trip sometimes! I just wanted to let you know that I linked to HTP and Operation Beautiful on my blog. Not sure what “proper blogging etiquette”, I apologize if I did it incorrectly. My 1st time posting a comment to you! Thanks for being an inspiration!

    • caitlin August 7, 2010, 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 You can always link freely in the blog world. I appreciate it so much!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) August 7, 2010, 1:14 pm

    I loved reading Ultramarathon Man!! He is so inspiring!! Next you should read his book 50/50 (50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days). I just finished reading it and loved it!

    • Amy August 8, 2010, 3:37 pm

      Yes, I agree! Both books are so inspiring!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 7, 2010, 1:31 pm

    That poor, poor basil plant..haha. I have to say, one of my basil plants looks similair, but I have nobody to blame but myself. 😉

    I’ll have to check out that book!! 😀

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid August 7, 2010, 1:41 pm

    That is adorable(the post its)!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 7, 2010, 3:57 pm

    you shoudl be able to recover the basil plant. water & miracle gro work wonders!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 7, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Wow, I can’t imagine running 100K! The idea of a half marathon is intimidating enough!

    That was so thoughtful of your friends. What a nice surprise to come home to! 🙂

  • Melissa August 8, 2010, 9:53 am

    Put a little Sprite in the plant and it might shock it back to life (or 7up/Mountain Dew)

    • caitlin August 8, 2010, 10:50 am

      Really??? What’s the reason behind that?

      • Melissa August 8, 2010, 11:16 am

        No idea really. My aunt who was a really awesome florist for years, swears by it for live plants and for prolonging wilting fresh cut flowers.
        When I was on maternity leave, my poor ivy in my office suffered due to an idiot co-worker who forgot the water and it worked to revive it.

  • amanda August 8, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Don’t drench it in water. Just water it as usual and it should perk up. Basil plants are hearty (at least, that has been the case for me!).

  • Torey August 10, 2010, 11:32 am

    Hey Caitlin! Reading Ultramarathon Man turned me into an ultrarunner. Why do I do it? Because pushing myself to the farthest limits is when I actually see what I’m made of, how much I can endure and come out stronger physically and mentally. Although truly, it is no different than a marathon. Just more walking breaks, usually in the woods, better aid stations, and so on. 🙂

  • Cassie August 11, 2010, 11:20 am

    I didn’t know that had spa things like that at airports! I haven’t been flying in so long, but that would be an excellent way to spend a layover!

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