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It’s official.  I’ve hired an intern.


My intern’s name is Peter, he enjoys long-distance cycling and jelly beans, and he’s my dad.  He works for free.  And you can follow his antics on Twitter.  🙂


Before retiring, DadHTP was a very successful businessman and he’s been helping me managing some of the book madness.  I think it’s interesting how both sides of my family are so entrenched with each other’s careers.  The Husband and I also work with his stepfather, mom, and sister to run the holistic clinic.  Family businesses all around! 


Could you work with your family?  What if you were in charge?  🙂


Clearly, I spent my Saturday working.  I hope you did something more fun! 


Ate a peach:


And walked to the store to buy a new sink sponge and went a little farther so I could get some Ben and Jerry’s.  I opted for Half Baked Fro-Yo in a rainbow sprinkle cone.

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And I was equally lazy about dinner.  It’s so tempting to get take-out when you are within WALKING DISTANCE to restaurants!  The kitchen was clean and I didn’t want to have to clean up, so we got Chinese food.


(Angela sent me those pretty flowers!)


I got mixed vegetables with tofu with light “healthy brown sauce,” whatever that is.  :)  It was pretty good!  I went back for a little bit more.


A day filled with productivity, ice cream, and take-out?  I couldn’t ask for more!


Going to try tackling 11.0 miles AGAIN tomorrow morning!  Wish me luck that the second time is the charm!



  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 7, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I could not work with my family under any circumstances. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want to work with me either! We all have very different personalities.

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! Don’t leave it for so late. The heat really does sap energy. 🙂

    • caitlin August 8, 2010, 7:06 am

      It’s 7:05 and I’m finishing my coffee! Aren’t you proud?

  • Liz August 7, 2010, 10:26 pm

    My Dh & I work together and have every day for the past three years. We took over his parents business. They officially retired when I started three years ago, but still help out if we are on vacation. We are together almost 24/7 and we both love it!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 7, 2010, 10:28 pm

    My husband and I work together…people think we are so weird because we literally spend ever hour of every day togeter and we LOVE it! He’s the artist while I take care of everything else. We are a perfect team and it works for us. Good luck on the run tomorrow. If it makes you feel any better, we worked today too! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Lana August 7, 2010, 10:31 pm

    My mom and I have talked about opening up a bed & breakfast when she retires. I think we could totally work together. She is lie my best friend and both value each others opinions. We would work well together because we listen to each others points of view.

    Good luck on your morning run!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 7, 2010, 10:32 pm

    I think your Dad looks like he will be the perfect intern:) Always great to have someone that loves you helping you with work! We have a family Dairy…..so, um, yes I would work with family 😉

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 7, 2010, 10:32 pm

    i don’t think i’d like to work with my extended family, but with my husband i think it’d be fun. i’d love to own a bookstore/coffeshop with him one day. we’ve talked about it but neither of us has any experience so we’ll see if that ever comes to fruition… alas. and by the way, i am so jealous of your rainbow sprinkle cone! i don’t think any ice cream shop near me sells them and anyways, it seems like a beach/vacation food anyway. 🙂

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 7, 2010, 10:33 pm

    I love my family, but no way I could work with them. As I’m the younger, I’m always at the end of the chain with them .. and in my work .. I NEED to be in charge.

    Mo mixing with them 🙂

  • Marie August 7, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Nothing wrong with mixed veggies & tofu in brown sauce! I get that about once a month from a place near me, such a treat. I love InternHTP! Hilarious, and so nice that he’s helping you out. Good luck on your run tomorrow, I’m sure you’ll rock it.

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 7, 2010, 10:50 pm

    I don’t know if I could work with family like that. Too much clashing, probably. 🙂 It’s great that you guys can work so closely with yours, though!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 7, 2010, 10:51 pm

    That ice cream looks so good!! I don’t know if I would like working with my family. Especially being the boss of my dad or something. I dont know if I woudl feel comfortable. At least you know you can trust them, though.

    • HTP Dad August 7, 2010, 11:49 pm

      remember Malcolm in the Middle””?

      …you’re not the boss of meeeeee…..

      • jassy August 8, 2010, 3:14 am

        i love that series…so funny 🙂

  • Lee August 7, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Second time will definitely be the charm! Good luck.

    I could not work with my family. Even if I was in charge. Because, uh, they probably wouldn’t let me be in charge!

  • Amy @ Amy Starts to Run August 7, 2010, 11:00 pm

    I am completely envious of that ice cream cone! I definitely need some of that in my life.

    Hooray from family and take-out, 2 of my favorite things

  • Sarah @ whole foodie fitness August 7, 2010, 11:07 pm

    When I start my own personal training business my mom will probably be my “nanny” and keep track of my business finances since she’s already a part time book keeper (for my grandpa’s business) but I would never consider myself her boss or anything like that. She just likes to help especially when it involves her grand baby.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 7, 2010, 11:28 pm

    I don’t think I’d want to work too closely with family. I love my family, but I like to keep it separate from business.

  • Camille August 7, 2010, 11:34 pm

    I’m doing an 11 miler tomorrow too! I will run with you from afar!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 7, 2010, 11:37 pm

    i don’t think i could work with my parents or my husband’s parents, but i could totally work with my husband any and every day of the week!

  • Nicole (Yuppieyogini.com) August 7, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Good for you for trying again! I worked with my dad and brother when I was younger…good money, but high expectations. It is nice to be with family though.

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 7, 2010, 11:52 pm

    I could work with certain family members but for sure not others… I won’t name names…;0)

    good luck on your run mañana!

  • Sarah for Real August 7, 2010, 11:55 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

    I don’t think I could do a family business. At least not with my parents or in-laws…. They’re crazy!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 7, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I work with Hunni and we are a good team. My mom would be okay as long as I was the boss. But the rest of the family forget about it!

  • Candice August 8, 2010, 12:23 am

    So sweet of your dad! And I think it’s great to have family business together. The husband and I don’t really have a business with our families, but I do the admin work for my husband’s graphic design business. It takes extra communication I think, but I absolutely love getting to work together!

    You’re gonna rock the run tomorrow – go get it!!

  • erica August 8, 2010, 12:26 am

    i actually work at my parent’s company. it definitely has it’s +’s & -‘s!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 8, 2010, 1:40 am

    The flowers are gorgeous! I love that you can walk to get take-out! That’s wonderful.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 8, 2010, 1:44 am

    I know the feeling of wanting to keep a kitchen particularly pristine. Sounds like like you’re really enjoying the luxuries of living in a walkable town!

    PS: That fro-yo cone looks outrageous in the best way possible. Sweet moses!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 8, 2010, 2:55 am

    Good luck this morning! I’m doing 9 myself, with a 12 last week and a 12 next week..it’s a tough life, this marathon lark 😛
    HAha, hey if you evr do want an intern, I’d be happy to do the job! 😛

  • jassy August 8, 2010, 3:17 am

    i don’t mind working with the family…we have a family business but i let my Mom and sister handle it. 🙂 being the boss is better than being an employee 🙂

  • Wei-Wei August 8, 2010, 5:50 am

    Good luck tomorrow on your run! You can do it 😉


  • Britta August 8, 2010, 6:11 am

    So awesome that you can work with your family like that! I could never work with mine! And I can’t believe you are running 11 miles! That’s amazing!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 8, 2010, 7:12 am

    The nice part about having family so heavily involved in the business is that you can *trust* them. And you can also be open and honest with each other. So I could definitely see myself getting a family business going with my family too. 😀

    Lovin the Ben & Jerry’s shot! 😀

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 8, 2010, 7:14 am

    It’s so sweet that your dad works so closely with you!! You know you can depend on him, and you can feel comfortable sharing everything. I’d love to work with my dad someday! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery August 8, 2010, 7:21 am

    Good luck with the 11 miles again! I’m about to eat breakfast and head out for 9!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired August 8, 2010, 7:29 am

    Good luck with the 11 miles, I’m sure you’ll kick butt today.

  • Alison August 8, 2010, 8:08 am

    Well, I hope you give your dad a nice Christmas bonus. I think it’s great that your families have found ways to work together.
    I could work with some family members, but not all. Some familiy members and I have personalities that are way too similar (read: stubborn and bossy) and it wouldn’t work too well.
    My husband and I would not work well together, either. After the Great Lawnmower Fight of 2002, we avoid projects that involve the two of us. It’s necessary for the sake of our marriage. 🙂

    • Alison August 8, 2010, 8:11 am

      That first line was meant to be facetious; I meant to notate that with a wink or something, but I forgot. Sheesh, it’s not that early, but my brain is still half asleep! Good luck with your 11 miles this morning!

  • Chelsey August 8, 2010, 8:08 am

    So you did go to the store for that sponge, huh? 🙂

    Get out there early for that run! You’ll do great!

  • Viviane August 8, 2010, 8:48 am

    I’ve been working in the family business for about two years now. I get along great with my boss (ie. my father!) since we have the same personality, but had a hard time in the begining with other (jealous)coworkers who made my life miserable.

    But, after two years of hard work, I can finally say I have learned to deal with them and assert myself. I’s a win-win situation for me: happier workplace and newly found confidence skills for life! 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 8, 2010, 8:52 am

    I think it’s awesome that you can work with your family(ies)- I could probably work with my family, but not so sure about the inlaws- we get along great, but we have very different “business” thoughts.

    Hope the run goes better today!

  • Niki (Running in Pink) August 8, 2010, 9:32 am

    That’s awesome that you and your husband have such supportive (and knowledgeable!) family members to help you out! Your dad’s tweets are pretty humorous! 🙂
    Good luck with the 11 miles today! It has got to be so tough to get in those long runs with the crazy heat and humidity going on!

  • Kirsten August 8, 2010, 10:26 am

    Just wanted to say congratulations on your book! I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now – found you through Angela at Oh She Glows – but have never commented! Can’t wait to your book is release here in Canada. I ordered it today via our bookstore Indigo and is still pre-order so is being shipped out on the 10th!

    • caitlin August 8, 2010, 10:55 am

      thank you so much! i really appreciate it 🙂

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) August 8, 2010, 10:31 am

    healthy brown sauce hahaha

    Good luck on the run! I don’t think I could work with my family…because then arguments might (would) arise and I wouldn’t be afraid to bring up the time they did this n that. Yeahhh best kept separate 🙂

  • Heather August 8, 2010, 10:49 am

    yum that ice cream looks amazing!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 8, 2010, 11:20 am

    Aw that’s awesome that your dad is helping you out. I don’t think I could work with my family because I would get way too frustrated with them! 😛

    Good luck on your run!

  • Lisa August 8, 2010, 12:55 pm

    Good luck on the 11 miles! I’m trying to slowly increase my mileage lately and WHILE I run I’m good and can keep going…it’s after the run that I feel stiff and lock up. 🙁

  • Amber K August 8, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I have helped out at my mom’s bookstore before, but I could never work full time with any of my family members. Small doses are best when it comes to my family!

  • Maria (RealFitMama) August 8, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I currently DO work with family. My hubby and I own a local deli here in STL and so far it has been nothing but great!! We even have our 9 year old daughter, Linsey, helping out a couple of days a week (at least until school starts again). She loves being a “mini waitres” and she gets lots of tips!! 😆

  • Maren @ Simply Maren August 8, 2010, 6:34 pm

    I had never heard of Girls on the Run before. I wanted to to TEAM, but raising 5,000 dollars is a full time job aside from training for 26 miles. This seems like such a better idea.

  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 8, 2010, 9:45 pm

    look at you sweaty and lovin it. haha always love seeing people being active, its motivating!
    ohhh how i love my take out with a smiley face! thats adorable!! <3

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