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Remember how the Husband poured coffee down my laptop and ruined it earlier this month?  And then I poured coffee down the front of my netbook and partially fried it, too – just two days later?


Guess what I did today?  SPILLED WATER ALL OVER MY NEW LAPTOP!  YES! Can you believe it?!  I can’t.  The screen is kind of screwed up now but thankfully it works.  And yes – I’m implementing a sippy cup policy for my desk.


Prior to the disaster, I had a lovely lunch:

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Two boiled eggs, corn relish, and roasted small yellow potatoes on a bed of greens.  Yum, yum.


And then my mood was instantly lightened by having coffee with the awesome Molly Barker (the founder and vision keeper of Girls on the Run).   This woman has so much freaking charisma; it’s ridiculous.  And – I know this sounds weird – I feel like she’s my secret big sister or something!  My long-lost life mentor? Me thinks so!


AND – to make the meeting even better – I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. 🙂 (Which, I will have you know, came out of my entertainment budget for the month!)


I walked back from our coffee date feeling significantly lighter and in a better mood.  Suddenly the computer didn’t seem like such a big deal.


Snackie (chips and hummus):


Around 7, my new neighbor friend (Ashley) came over with her doggie, and the three of us went on a run together.  We covered 7.0 miles in 1:15, and I felt GREAT the entire time.  I definitely have turned a major corner with marathon training!  My speedwork + yoga sessions are definitely paying dividends when I get out there for longer runs.




That might look like mashed potatoes, but it’s actually mashed cauliflower!  I remember this recipe from way back in The South Beach Diet days.  :)  It’s still a winner (I just steam and mash cauliflower with some Earth Balance).


Whole wheat pasta with pesto and kidney beans:


And grilled zucchini:


Side note:  America’s Got Talent is the most ridiculous show ever.



  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 15, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Your dinner looks so yummy and healthy, I’m jealous! What a great way to eat cauliflower! Ohh and I meant to mention in your previous post that I had to Google how to boil eggs, too! I felt to pathetic, but at least I’m not alone 🙂

    • Caitlin September 15, 2010, 9:32 pm

      Boiling eggs is hard!!! LOL

      • Evan Thomas September 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

        I read in Cooking For Geeks that the best way to cook them is to drop them in boiling water for 30 seconds and then move them to cold water and start boiling that until they’re done(about 9 minutes)

    • Charlie September 15, 2010, 9:46 pm

      I have to google boiling eggs every time I do it! I had it bookmarked on my last computer. One of those things I never remember 😉

  • Stacey September 15, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Cute dress! And yay for pumpkin spiced lattes! I have yet to have one 🙁 But believe me, it’s on my to-do list. Right after I buy some more pumpkin scented candles for the house 😉

  • 'laina September 15, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Oh noooooo! These things happen in three’s, so hopefully the spilled liquid curse is over. They make plastic laptop key covers that you type over to prevent damage if liquid is spilled… it may be time to invest?

  • Evan Thomas September 15, 2010, 9:43 pm

    You’re making me painfully aware of the water bottle next to my computer

    • Wei-Wei September 15, 2010, 10:12 pm

      Same here.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 15, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I love those sandals you are wearing!!! 7 miles with the pups? Wowza!! 🙂

    Seriously, get that sippy cup stat… you crack me up.

  • Gina September 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I couldn’t imagine! Thank goodness your laptop is okay!
    Mashed cauliflower sounds great! Nice way to sneak in more veggies 🙂
    & I 100% agree that America’s Got Talent is completely ridiculous. I feel like it’s on all the time?

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Oh no! That is terrible luck. I’d be devastated. I love mashed cauliflower! Add some garlic…MMMMmm.

  • Erin September 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I love mashed cauliflower! I actually served it when family came over (half cauliflower, half potatoes) and no one knew the difference. 🙂 Mashed rutabaga is also awesome!

  • Kath September 15, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Molly is definitely one of the coolest women ever. She and I used to collide at the gym all the time!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 15, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Caitlin where did you get that dress? I love the pattern and the colors.

    I spill all the time, thankfully it has never been on any electronics!

    • Caitlin September 15, 2010, 9:55 pm

      Target! But two years ago.

      • Grace September 16, 2010, 8:05 pm

        I was going to ask the same thing too… cute dress!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place September 15, 2010, 9:47 pm

    sorry to hear about your laptop disaster…I don’t allow myself to drink ANYTHING near my laptop for that reason!

  • Charlie September 15, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Mashed cauliflower seems quite good! I love to mash half potato/half carrots!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 15, 2010, 9:48 pm

    That is some serious computer related carnage for such a short amount of time! 🙁

    At least your laptop is still functional though!

    I like when a single event in your day can cancel out all of the badness and make me feel happy and light again. Glad that you had a good meeting…with a PSL FTW!

  • Laurie September 15, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I made smashed cauliflowers on Monday. Yum. I add 1 or 2 potatoes to take the edge off the cauli.
    I’m curious what you are meeting with Molly Barker about. I talked to our GOTR rep in Northern Virginia the other day and learned some curious things about the program. I would love to dialogue with you about it if you were interested.

    • Caitlin September 15, 2010, 9:56 pm

      We’re just talking more as friends than anything professional. 🙂 You can email me if you want!

      caitlinjboyle at gmail

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 15, 2010, 9:52 pm

    You should seriously stop drinking fluid by your computer lmao.

  • Tina September 15, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Sippy cups are a good idea. I can recommend you some of my daughter’s favorites. 😉 I’m actually surprised I haven’t had any disasters like that yet. I probably just jinxed myself.

    I can’t wait to have my first pumpkin spice coffee drink of the season!

  • Lesley September 15, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I’m sorry about your laptop woes! I feel I can relate – I’m very accident prone, and have done similar things at work. Very relieved I have *knock on wood* not yet shorted out any company electronics. I need a sippy cup too!!

    That dinner looks yummy yummy. I used to be a vegetarian, and reading your blog has made me realize how much I miss living that lifestyle. I’m not quite ready to make the jump, but I’m working on it, and I thank you for the inspiration. I did it for 9 years before, I can do it again, right? 🙂

  • Kelly September 15, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Hooray for PSL! Sorry about the new laptop, you need to keep drinks away from your desk, haha!

  • Charline September 15, 2010, 9:57 pm

    OMG, can’t believe that’s the third laptop!

    can I make a suggestion? Go to the manufacturer website and see if they offer some kind of complete care warranty… I know Dell and HP both have them… i think most do. It is great! You spill something in your laptop, or your dog pees on it, and you can phone them, tell them the truth of what happened, and they will fix it for free! Best deal ever!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 15, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I can’t believe it happened again! On our work station, Brian and I have camelbak bottles with bite valves. Spilling will be overted! Promise. 😉 Infact, I ordered a new one the other day from amazon. (Dropped my last one with the straw extended a few too many times – ooops!) My sister calls them sippy cups.

  • Meghan September 15, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Thankfully I have only spilled coffee all over my work computer but since I had a desktop at the time, they only had to replace the keyboard. Maybe you should get one of those laptop elevators? We have those at work and they definitely make me feel better about drinking coffee and water at my desk.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 15, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Thats so cool that you feel an instant connection to her.

    I was a junior counselor at an adventure camp. One of the male counselors has 3 younger sisters. I have an older brother. Something about us just clicked, and for 3 weeks he became the older brother figure in my life. It was so interesting how we clicked like that, I will never forget it.

  • Camille September 15, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is the worst luck!
    I spilled water on my laptop once but we managed to jump in to action really fast and save it. Just an fyi, straight from Best Buy Geek Squad: Turn your computer upside-down and don’t blow dry it!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 15, 2010, 10:06 pm

    AH! Stop drinking around your electronics, you have bad luck with that! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 15, 2010, 10:07 pm

    I first thought that the cauliflower was rice! I’ve never tried mashed cauliflower; I have a feeling I’d like it, though!

    I’m glad you are feeling a bit better after the water/computer fiasco!

  • Susan September 15, 2010, 10:07 pm

    You should try these water bottles. They also make stainless travel cups for coffee.

  • Emily September 15, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Fabulous dress and dinner! Isn’t it so wonderful when we realize we don’t need to sweat the small(ish) stuff? What a gift for ourselves 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 15, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Sounds like a nice day!

  • jess September 15, 2010, 10:11 pm

    AHHHH! ok, so FIRST of all, LOVE that dress you are wearing to coffee! Second of all, I actually spilled coffee on my brand new MacBook Pro my husband gave me for my birthday and it completely pooped the bed! So I take it to the “geniuses” at the Mac store who SWORE it would never dry out (even if i put it in a bucket of rice, like I suggested hehe)…well guess what!??! Totally dried out! Left it in the car over a hot dry long weekend and on MOnday-voila!- it worked! Im a dork and have a youtube video explaining this story. It is if you wanna watch 🙂 Anyway, glad your new computer is ok!

    • Caitlin September 15, 2010, 10:12 pm

      awesome story and im so glad your puter came back to life!

  • Sana September 15, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Your luck will turn around!

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun September 15, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Definitely implement a cup with lids policy ASAP!! Hope the computer holds up. Wouldn’t want anything to keep you from blogging!

  • Rachel September 15, 2010, 10:35 pm

    That is an amazing looking dinner!! And what a great idea to mash cauliflower! These days, I’ve been very into roasting cauliflower (like ALOT).

  • MoniMeals September 15, 2010, 10:38 pm

    We eat so similar it cracks me up! Great meals indeed. I agree too that america’s got talent is ridonkulous!
    My husband has now dropped his blackberry not once, not twice, but three times in his coffee, this is no lie, I will never understand, geesh:)
    Sorry you had the water spill.

  • Caitlin September 15, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Sippy cups are probably more fun to drink from, anyway.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 15, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Ohh mashed cauliflower is great! I love sprinkling on a little cheddar cheese and viola yummy side dish!

  • myra September 15, 2010, 11:03 pm

    The third time sounds very bad , but you had me laughing when you said about the sippy cup.sorry for the spill.
    I usually not very careful with my laptop but my husband is very careful (way too much) with his and always keeps telling me how a laptop should be handled , but he was the one who dropped his mac and had to pay $250 to get it fixed.
    Sippy cup sounds good, i will follow myself .

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 15, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Sorry to hear about the ater / laptop incident 🙁

  • Gina @ Gina Eats Beans September 15, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Your dinner looks so good! I love all the different things you put beans on.

  • Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 15, 2010, 11:56 pm

    sorry about the accident! I hate when things like that happen. And that show is ridiculous- my dad loves it and I don’t understand why!

  • Heather September 16, 2010, 12:01 am

    Dinner looks delish! So sorry to hear about the computer, hopefully it stays ok!

  • tina September 16, 2010, 12:03 am

    I’m thinking you need an insulated Klean Kanteen with a cafe lid. it won’t completely stop the water but you can knock it over and only a few drips is better than a whole bottle full. My KK keeps ice all day in a hot car. Yes it is that good.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 16, 2010, 12:35 am

    Oh, more liquid on the lap top. You know what, crap happens. There is nothing a pumpkin spice latte cures all. 🙂

  • erica September 16, 2010, 1:25 am

    omigoodness! an adult sippy cup around laptop rule is now a must! glad that the computer works though. it could’ve been worse!

    yay for pumpkin spice lattes!

  • Heather September 16, 2010, 1:37 am

    This is my first comment on your site! I have made the move from lurker to blogger! You can check out my new site at

    I have a sippy cup policy at home too…I spilt water on my boyfriends blackberry (in the car, kitchen and bedroom)….I also put my phone through a full cycle in the washing machine:(

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 7:04 am

      YAY! 🙂 welcome to the blog world.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 16, 2010, 2:28 am

    That dress is adorable on you!

    What are the chances – such a bummer about the computer. I’m always paranoid about eating/drinking at my desk, but I do it anyway… every day.

  • maricel September 16, 2010, 2:50 am

    I like your dinner!

  • Orla September 16, 2010, 4:23 am

    I only use a travel mug around my computer and camera. It has a super flip lid that only lets out drops of liquid if it tips over.
    I am THAT clumsy!

  • Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bead September 16, 2010, 4:46 am

    Ahhh nytmare i cant believe you spilled water on the new laptop!!

  • Ramona September 16, 2010, 5:01 am

    Whoa! Molly’s are is so muscular! Does she have a blog? I’d like to know about her workout routines.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 7:05 am

      her blog is but i don’t think she blogs about her workouts too much. she loves yoga (and running)!

  • Ramona September 16, 2010, 5:02 am

    I meant to say her “arm” is so muscular. 🙂

  • Lauren September 16, 2010, 7:04 am

    I get food and drink all over my MAC but I have yet to fully spill anything on it. It’s bound to happen though. Sorry about that. But at least it wasn’t as worse as it could have been.

  • Little Bookworm September 16, 2010, 7:05 am

    Hope your laptop is ok! Love the sound of your dinner – mashed cauliflower is lovely. 🙂

  • Hannah September 16, 2010, 7:51 am

    Where is your adorable dress from?

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 9:27 am

      Target but it’s old!

  • Ashleigh September 16, 2010, 8:00 am

    Your poor computer! Glad it’s still useable. I love your outfit. Thebdress and shows are so cute! Mmm I also love potatoes and eggs on salad. It’s like breakfast served on greens 🙂

    • Ashleigh September 16, 2010, 8:02 am

      I probably shouldn’t leave comments from my phone since I can’t type or spell shoes right

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 16, 2010, 8:02 am

    Maybe you should buy one of those beer hats frat boys wear. Just fill it with two bottles of water and sip away. No fear of knocking the water over. 😉

  • JenRD September 16, 2010, 9:52 am

    After I dropped my palm PDA phone into a public toilet (gross), losing everything, my father (an insurance broker) suggested I purchase a warrantee for my new phone–and also for my laptop. He suggested Square Trade:, which actually is not too expensive. If your data is backed up, the warantee is the next step in protecting your computer or other electronic devices. These things happen, right? 🙂

  • Jolene ( September 16, 2010, 9:57 am

    I can not believe it happened again!!!!!!!!!! I hope you can fix it!

  • Natalia @asideofsimple September 16, 2010, 10:24 am

    I was planning on hard boiling eggs tonight for dinner but I’m pretty intimidated… haha

    I also wanted to just say that I really enjoy your blog, Caitlin,and it really inspired me to create my own. It’s just a little newborn but I would love it if you would check it out if you ever have time!


  • Emily September 16, 2010, 10:33 am

    I try to use sippy cups around my computers too! My sippy cup of choice:

    I found them in a 3 pack at Costco and LOVE them…they never sweat and they are great on the go and on the desk! 😉 Plus the ones from Costco came with very colorful straws…so way more fun that the one in the picture!

  • Scargosun September 16, 2010, 10:41 am

    A sippy cup policy was implemented on me when I spilled coffee on my work laptop. That was a pricey cup of coffee.

  • Amber K September 16, 2010, 10:44 am

    Oh no! Sippy cups from now on, definitely!

    Yum, your dinner looks soo good!

  • Lauren September 16, 2010, 10:55 am

    I used to eat cauliflower as mashed potatoes all the time!! I love it 🙂

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 16, 2010, 10:56 am

    You look like your a pro at boiling eggs nowadays 😉

  • Satu September 16, 2010, 11:31 am

    I love that dress too but I couldn’t wear it because I have hideous wobbly underarms. 🙂

    I would’ve never thought about combining kidney beans with pasta, have to try it sometimes.

    I’m a “hard-boiled egg pro”, I always eat eggs hard-boiled (that’s how Finns boil eggs…) 😀

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 16, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I’m glad your laptop is still functional and that your mood was changed by a great lunch. I love when that happens. Did you get the extended warranty?

  • JenRD September 16, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Do you have any resources for finding volunteer work in one’s nearby geographic area? I want to do something, but I don’t know how to get started. Thanks!


  • Heather in Seattle September 16, 2010, 12:57 pm

    I treated myself with a stroll through the tea section at my local Whole Foods. I came home with several different varieties from cheap commercial to not so cheap and commercial. I stayed with the bagged type for now with the idea I may move over to loose leaf eventually.
    I promptly went home and made a sweet dreams mint tea.
    I need some cute cups to drink from!
    This all sparked from the idea someone had that instead of divulging into my B.E.D.- comfort and pamper myself when I’m anxieous.
    Yummm- peach tea this morning

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 16, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Sorry to hear about your computer! I love that you were happy after your meeting and what a way to top it off with a PSL!! I’ve got lots of sippy cups if you want one, joking! 🙂 We even have a man bib in our house for my hubby!

  • Dee September 16, 2010, 2:17 pm

    If my boyfriend sees a cup anywhere near one of our laptops, he gets hyped. Even an empty cup! I always shake my head at him like, you’re crazy. But after reading about your troubles, now I get it!

  • Dee September 16, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Whenever my boyfriend sees a cup anywhere near one of our laptops, he gets hyped. Even an empty cup! I always shake my head at him like, you’re crazy. But after reading about your troubles, now I get it!!

    • Dee September 16, 2010, 2:21 pm

      Sorry about the dupe, I got an error message the first time so I thought it didn’t go thru.

  • Melissa Miller September 16, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Seriously Caitlin?

    You are SO cut off.
    No more drinking and typing.


  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 16, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Aww man you’ve been having so much bad luck with your laptops lately! I think the sippy cup is a good idea. 😉

  • Whitney September 16, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Do you know how to get involved with Girls on the run? I looked at the website and emailed a few of the people but haven’t heard back. I’d love to volunteer with them. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 5:16 pm

      Did you contact your local chapter directly?

  • Jocelyn September 17, 2010, 1:49 am

    tip for you. cause i just did the same thing to my computer. i have a policy of water only on the floor next to my desk. i even made a cute cup holder designating a spot. i would much rather fling water ALL over the floor then on my desk. just a thought 🙂

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