Laboring on Labor Day

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Our favorite thing about living in Charlotte?  It’s so walkable!


We had to run an errand at the clinic, so instead of getting in our car and driving over, we decided to walk.  In total, we covered over 3.0 miles!  It was so beautiful outside, too.  I love sneaky exercise.


Came home and made a big salad!  I was craving some cold greens.



In the mix:


  • Spinach and Bibb lettuce
  • Feta
  • Tomato
  • Tabbouli
  • Hummus
  • Capers
  • Crackers


Dessert was some crackers + dark chocolate with ginger:


And although it is Labor Day, I am actually diligently working at my desk.  I’m writing a freelance article about the myths and facts of credit scores.


Other financial-related freelance articles that I’ve done (if you’re interested!):



Back to work I go!



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 6, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Ohh is that the Love chocolate (I think that’s the name)? I’ve had that before, it’s delicious!!
    Have a good afternoon 😀

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 6, 2010, 2:51 pm

    A walk is always a great way to sneak in some exercise. And a salad sounds good today!

  • M September 6, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Caitlin, wondering how much sodium is in capers?

    I have had them at restaurant on fish and it was amaing,but worried about ingesting too much sodium….

    • Caitlin September 6, 2010, 6:37 pm

      Hmm I think it’s a lot (like olives) but you’re only eating a tablespoon or so. 🙂 Moderation, right?

  • The Hot and Fit September 6, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Your salad looks great! I <3 salads! Enjoy the rest of the day !

  • Christi September 6, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I had no idea you wrote freelance articles surrounding credit as well! I am a Credit Counsellor so I love seeing your interest in this as well! How did you get into this? Fabulous!


    • Caitlin September 6, 2010, 6:37 pm

      I just kind of fell into it through blog-related connections. It’s fun and I’m learning so much!

  • Sana September 6, 2010, 3:01 pm

    :)! I want to move to Europe just so that I can walk and bike everywhere. Sneaky exercise is the best 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me September 6, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I’m doing the same this labor day. I’m trying to get everything situated for the start of my week and get things moving along.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 6, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I love sneaky exercise too — anything “extra” I can do is a bonus — walking to the store, library, mall, etc. It feels great to get outside!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 6, 2010, 3:16 pm

    We’re working on Labor Day, too! Your salad looks yummy, I’m craving one myself. Probably because I ate horribly the past few days, lol.


  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) September 6, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I wish I lived in a place that was more walkable! I like the first picture, although it took me a little while to figure out that you weren’t actually wearing someone eases shoe. 😉

  • Camille September 6, 2010, 3:37 pm

    It seems like the blog world is all about salads today!
    I know what I’m making for lunch… 🙂

  • diana @ i can eat, can't i? September 6, 2010, 3:37 pm

    i have that book too…she’s great. i learned so much from her books!

  • Holly B September 6, 2010, 3:40 pm

    i spy…..a penis pen?? lol

    • Caitlin September 6, 2010, 6:38 pm

      Hahah Yes. A bachlorette standby!

    • Monica September 7, 2010, 10:06 pm

      Hahaha! I saw that as well and got a good chuckle from the hot pink addition to the photo!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 6, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I wish our town was more walkable. I think we are getting there, but not quite yet. We are working to on Labor day. Oh well, such it life..ya gotta get paid! Have a great afternoon!

  • Heather September 6, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I didn’t know you wrote about financial stuff, I love all that kind of stuff, I am such a nerd!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous September 6, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I love sneaky exercise too…I get a lot of it in NYC 🙂 Good luck on finishing the article!

  • Tina September 6, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I’m laboring on labor day too. Writing and being a mom. 🙂

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon September 6, 2010, 4:18 pm

    I love Suze Orman! So great to see that you’re a fan as well 🙂 I often catch up on her show via podcasts while I cook dinner (I know, very dorky of me!)

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 6, 2010, 4:21 pm

    I love walkable towns! There’s something special about being able to *walk* to do little errands and things. Love that! 😀

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 6, 2010, 4:32 pm

    I haven’t had animal crackers in forever but I’d looove some now (fancy that, just when all the shops are shut for the holiday!) That’s great that you live in such a walkable place. Good luck with the article! 🙂

  • Jenny September 6, 2010, 4:50 pm


    Wanted to tell you that when I’m about to slow down (or give up) on that last mile in training, I think about your advice, “Picture yourself starring in a music video…or whatever you need to do to make it FUN”…thanks for helping me keep it fun. My 1st half-marathon is in six days and I appreciate your training help — you helped and didn’t even know it! 🙂 Do you want to know my music video? Little Mo — “Superwoman”…I’m not much for rap, but it’s a must download!

    • Caitlin September 6, 2010, 6:39 pm

      Hahaha I will have to check this out!!!

      GOOD LUCK on your half!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 6, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 6, 2010, 5:21 pm

    I now have a craving for animal crackers, I used to eat them all the time when I was little. By the way, I’m having a Barney Butter giveaway on my blog, I’d love for you to enter Caitlin! 🙂

  • Heather (heather's dish) September 6, 2010, 5:31 pm

    haha, i love the phrase sneaky exercise 🙂

  • Amy September 6, 2010, 5:32 pm

    I love that Suze Orman book. It has lots of good information in it.

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run September 6, 2010, 5:39 pm

    I really like that first picture! It’s cute. 🙂

    I’m between nursing jobs right now, otherwise I might be working on Labor Day! No holidays in the nursing world.

  • Madeleine September 6, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Gotta love sneaky exercise!

    I really enjoyed your financial-related articles, especially as I’m still a student! Thank you!

  • Julie September 6, 2010, 6:08 pm

    I love it: “Sneaky Exercise”. That’s good!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 6, 2010, 6:22 pm

    That feet picture is cute. You and your hubs are so cute. 🙂

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 6, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Curious if you would share – or have ever shared on HTP – about getting into freelance writing?

    • Caitlin September 6, 2010, 6:40 pm

      I just got into it through connections I’ve made. I’ve been freelancing since I was 18. Network, network, network!

  • eatmovelove September 6, 2010, 6:47 pm

    Triscuits! Not as good as Wheat Thins though…which are crack ;).
    Credit scores? Yikes! Do you know much about that stuff?

  • suzette September 6, 2010, 6:53 pm

    That salad looks YUM! Cool blog. I live in the QC too!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 6, 2010, 7:16 pm

    I love sneaking in exercise like that! Even just walking around the grocery store or mall is better than nothing!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life September 6, 2010, 7:41 pm

    I’ve never thought about putting capers on a salad. I bet it’s delicious!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 6, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I wish I was as excited about the paper I have to write tonight as you seem to be about yours!

    The academic impact on children caused by stereotyping non-native English speakers. Any takers?! 🙂

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) September 6, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I live in Boston and we are usually on top of walkable city lists. I wonder how it compares to Charlotte. I’ve also seen San Francisco on top those lists though. Unless I loved hiking at 10% incline, I wouldn’t tend to agree.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 6, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Walking is my favorite way to sneak in exercise. I’m in such a happy mood after a good, sunny walk.

  • Mac September 6, 2010, 8:37 pm

    I like the money saving tips! The one I like the most and find the most effective is giving yourself an allowance, I definitely recommend that one to people who really struggle managing their money.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 6, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I love walking around to sneak in some extra exercise. I have been known to take my garmin around to see how far we travel on foot!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal September 6, 2010, 9:33 pm

    The snack of animal crackers + ginger chocolate sounds great! Good luck on the article~:)

  • Nick September 6, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I Miss Charlotte! Did I mention how great your food looks on camera, it ain’t easy to take pictures that good.

  • Heather @ For The Health Of It! September 6, 2010, 9:50 pm

    hmmmmmm…that is sneaky! I likey!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 6, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I love sneaky exercise. It always makes me feel like I accomplished something, and it normally just involves pulling on a pair of shoes.

  • Laura (Starloz) September 6, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I’ve just recently moved (in april) & my car battery died because we’ve been walking everywhere

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 6, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I love walking places when I can! Ginger dark chocolate sounds SO delicious. I need to find me some 🙂

  • Mary September 6, 2010, 10:30 pm

    oh yes, you and your sneaky exercise. I like it 🙂

  • 45before35 September 6, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I see trader joes cats up there…Seriously, how can you stop eating those. Those round buckets go so quickly at my house – I can’t buy them anymore!

  • Jaime Runs September 6, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I worked most of the day today, too.
    That salad looks delish.

  • Amber K September 6, 2010, 11:29 pm

    The myths and facts of credit scores? Sounds super interesting!

  • Jess September 7, 2010, 1:00 am

    Just stopping by to say that I LOVE the shoe photo! Too cute and creative! 🙂

    And way to have a wonderfully productive day today!

  • Meatlessrunner September 7, 2010, 6:11 am

    Ohh my, your desk is so neat and clean!! How do you do it:) Great job on the freelancing!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn September 7, 2010, 8:01 am

    those are great articles! thank you for sharing! i recently checked out my monthly spending.. and can you imagine over $500 a month going out to eat? living in nyc makes it so easy to meet people and catch up “over dinner”, and i don’t mean cooking in! i’m so glad i did the detective work so i can curb this behavior sooner than later. my wallet is already thanking me.

    • Caitlin September 7, 2010, 8:53 am

      I can TOTALLY believe it. Eating out adds up fast!

      (That would be a good blog post if you haven’t written it already!)

  • MegaNerd September 7, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I don’t think vegetarians are allowed to eat animal crackers! Traitor! just kidding 🙂

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