Many Occupational Hats

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Today, I have worn my:


  • Blogger hat
  • Speaker hat
  • Volunteer hat
  • Author hat
  • Acupuncturist secretary hat


I wear a lot of occupational hats!  In fact, I am still wearing my acupuncturist secretary hat (a fedora?) as I type.  The Husband is seeing a patient so I have to be at the clinic and do paperwork.  The Husband thoroughly enjoys these days because he gets to boss me around. πŸ˜›


Oh, I am also in charge of bringing the dinner:

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Breaking seriously ever budget rule (I really need to get back on the budget bandwagon and STAT), I grabbed takeaway from the nearby Big DaddyÒ€ℒs Burger Bar.  This amazing restaurant is literally 15 feet from my HusbandÒ€ℒs clinic.  ItÒ€ℒs hard to say no when youÒ€ℒre starving and still in the office at 7:00 PM.


A wonderful salad!


Chopped Napa cabbage, onions, corn, pecans, feta, and apples.


With a Big Daddy signature black bean burger (it tastes so great because itÒ€ℒs fried and stuffed with sour cream):


And yummy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.


LetÒ€ℒs seeÒ€¦ in other hat wearage, I volunteered at Girls on the Run this afternoon (guess that is a sweat-wicking runnerÒ€ℒs hat?).  It was loads of fun, as always.  I thought we were going to have a serious day of running, but it turns out today was a "taperÒ€ day.  Every few weeks, we throw in a not-too-much-running day to give the girls a mental break.


Today, we played lots of games, ran a mile (they normally run at least two), and ate cupcakes.


Life is grand!


What is your hat?



  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 19, 2010, 8:34 pm

    Life is grand! And so are cupcakes!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet October 19, 2010, 8:37 pm

    congrats on the 2nd book deal (saw on twitter)!

    • Caitlin October 19, 2010, 8:39 pm

      Thannnks! Super excited.

      • Amy October 19, 2010, 8:58 pm

        That is great news Caitlin! Looking forward to hearing more about your next venture. Congratulations!

        • Jordan @ Live a Little Better October 19, 2010, 10:03 pm

          Woohoo congrats! Btw, do you know if I can buy your book on my iPad now?

        • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:30 am

          Jordan – I know the Kindle version is available?

      • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 19, 2010, 10:27 pm

        Wow, congratulations! That’s awesome news!

      • Nathalie October 20, 2010, 9:01 am

        Whoa!!! what did I miss??!! Details, pleeeeze πŸ™‚

        • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 9:04 am

          deets coming soon, i promise!

        • Nathalie October 20, 2010, 9:09 am

          I am so unbelievably excited for you!!! Can’t wait for the deets πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!!! That is soooo awesome!!!

    • Nadine October 20, 2010, 10:18 am

      Hey, I think you’re allowed to blow the budget on the day you sold your second book. In fact, I can’t think of a better occasion! Congrats and good luck!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 19, 2010, 8:41 pm

    It’s so hard to stay on budget when you are busy, and you were certainly busy today (congrats on the book deal!!).

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 19, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Your salad looks so good! YUMMO!

  • Lauren October 19, 2010, 8:43 pm

    A woman of many hats but many talents!

  • Diana October 19, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Today has been quite a cupcake day on the blogs I’ve visited.

    Now I’m dying for cupcakes! πŸ™‚

  • grocery goddess jen October 19, 2010, 8:52 pm

    I wear a cat-mom hat, mediation hat, coaching hat, cooking hat, girlfriend hat, daughter hat, and napper hat. It’s time to put on that last one, I think.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 19, 2010, 8:53 pm

    I wish my hat involved eating cupcakes!

    I wore: wife hat, cook hat, cleaner hat, employee hat, runner hat, and blogger hat.

  • Erin October 19, 2010, 8:58 pm

    My hats today: Worker-bee hat, supportive girlfriend hat, puppy lover hat, runner hat aaand whoops…gotta go put my cook hat on now!! πŸ˜‰

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 19, 2010, 8:58 pm

    You do wear a lot of hats! I wear a marketing assistant, freelance writer, blogger, girlfriend and cook hat on a pretty regular basis πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to hear more about your new book! Congrats!!! (saw on Twitter :D)

    • Caitlin October 19, 2010, 9:00 pm

      thank you hunnyyyy!

  • Amy October 19, 2010, 9:00 pm

    My main hat is a social worker hat – it’s part detective’s fedora, part coach’s visor, part cheerleader’s hair ribbon, part policeman’s cap. It’s an interesting-looking contraption. πŸ™‚

    (Right now I’m wearing my baker’s hat, which is – as you might expect – a toque. Yum)

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 19, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I’d like my hat to be fried and stuffed with sour cream please!

    Today I wore my:
    Student hat
    Wife hat
    Writer hat
    Daughter hat

  • Mary October 19, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Congrats on your new book deal! (saw you tweeting πŸ™‚ )

    I wear lots of hats I think, I wear my nurse hat, girlfriend hat, and fur momma hat most often I think.

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well October 19, 2010, 9:03 pm

    OMG Cupcakes! I saw a special on babycakes — the vegan cupcake bakery. Now I want to noosh on some vegan cupcakes.

    My hats include: Navigator (Hubs gets lost without me), Commuter (hooray daily train rides), and bookstore junky.

  • alison October 19, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Hats are great because then you don’t have to fix your hair. I wear the stay at home mom hat, which requires many different hat changes each day. I’m not going to lie, it’s a great hat to wear, however, by the end of the day, I have one major case of hat hair.

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:31 am

      major lols!

  • Hope October 19, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Today I have mainly been wearing my Worker Hat, and my Wife Hat. I’ve been in such a bad mood (for no reason at all!) I did not want to go near my Friend or Family Hats lol

    Congrats also on the second book deal, I totally saw that on Twitter! You are awesome!

  • Camille October 19, 2010, 9:10 pm

    In the most literal way, I’m not a hat kind of girl minus cold weather hats.
    I am a cupcake kind of girl though and that cupcake looks awesome!

  • Heather October 19, 2010, 9:13 pm

    wow you did a lot of things today!

    I dont have near as many hats haha

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 19, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I was all about the volunteer & business hats today. I wish I could pull off the hat look better. πŸ˜‰

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 19, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Congrats on the new book deal!!!! You’re awesome. πŸ˜€

  • Jen October 19, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I’m finally wearing my wine drinking hat, after a long day of 9-5 employee hat, maid hat, cook hat, and cat-care hat (which unfortunately involved both scooping the cat box AND cleaning up wet-food vomit this morning…ick, not the best start to the day!) Congratulations on your 2nd book deal – you’re on a roll!

  • Rachel October 19, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Congrats on the 2nd book deal! Looking forward to hearing more.

    The veggie burger and cupcake hats sound delightful – lol. For me, I was in a potato hat kind of mood tonight and had lots of oven fries!

  • Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 19, 2010, 9:19 pm

    You weat a lot of hats!! How to you juggle it all!? I wear (usually not in the same day, like you): editor hat, marketing & communications assistant director hat, adjunct professor hat, wannabe athlete hat ;)…

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:31 am

      I am not very good at life/work balance. πŸ™

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 19, 2010, 9:21 pm

    You have a lot of big hats! You go, girl πŸ˜›

    My hats include:
    blogger, student, military girlfriend, baker, and animal-taker-care-of πŸ˜‰

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 19, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Today I was, daughter (my mom is visiting from out of state), wife, birthday planner, personal trainer, gym owner and janitor (gotta keep the gyms clean)! : ) A black bean burger stuffed with sour cream sounds great!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 19, 2010, 9:31 pm

    The hat I wear the most is the one of student, which I like to think of as a newspaper boy cap. But I also wear the teach cap, which is probably like a cowboy hat.

  • Maureen October 19, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Today, as always, I’ve worn a lot of hats: mom, wife, project planner at my job, graduate student & cook.

  • Jaclyn October 19, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I wear student, daughter, sister, friend, employee, independent getter-done… hats!

  • lindsay October 19, 2010, 9:46 pm

    This week I am wearing my playground builder hat…I just started working for KaBOOM! and I am actually in corporate development, but this week I am being trained on the actual community build process. Its fun to switch hats every once in awhile πŸ™‚

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 19, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Hmmm I wear a wifey, teacher, blogger, daughter, chef, maid, exhaustion hat. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 19, 2010, 9:51 pm

    haha I know what you mean about hats! Right now it is ‘office’ hat – but it is soon to be ‘running’ hat πŸ™‚

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 19, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I love all the variety in your day! I get tired of doing the same thing day-in and day-out.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 19, 2010, 10:00 pm

    First off, congrats on selling your 2nd book. πŸ™‚

    And I wear so many hats too – mother, blogger, class leader, tutor, and so much more.

  • Jaime Runs October 19, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Uh what’s NOT my hat?

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 19, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I just hung up one of my hats recently. Quit my job on Friday, long overdue!

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:32 am

      WAHOO!!! Congrats on the new phase in your life.

  • Stacey October 19, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Ohmygah if I worked right next to big daddys, my bank account would be in some serious trouble! Glad you had fun wearing all of your hats today haha πŸ™‚ today I wore my dog-walking and my job-hunting hat!

  • Anna S @ History Running Girl October 19, 2010, 10:13 pm

    GIrls on the run looks like an amazing organization! I’m thinking about being a solemate for a race.

    I guess the hats I wear are mainly cat owner and museum worker!

  • Wei-Wei October 19, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Student hat! And what’s this I hear about a second book deal?!

  • Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio October 19, 2010, 10:41 pm

    My hats:
    Student Hat
    Blogger Hat
    Intern Hat
    Nutrition Teacher Hat
    Baby Mama Hat (… to my younger sister, I’m the Tina Fey to her Amy Poehler. Ha!)

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 19, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Sounds like a fun but busy day! I know how it is.. I juggled two jobs and school but you have a lot more on your plate!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 19, 2010, 10:48 pm

    that black bean burger looks excellent!

  • Sarah for Real October 19, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Don’t forget about your wife hat!

    I’ve worn a hard hat, a blogger hat, a web designer hat, a bartender hat, and a wife hat!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 19, 2010, 11:08 pm

    That cupcake looks so good!! And you do wear a lot of different occupational hats!!! You must be so busy!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal October 19, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Oh, i like this! my hats today were:

    field biologist
    tour guide for cousin

  • Carrie H October 19, 2010, 11:20 pm

    My favorite hat today was my “supportive sister” hat. My sister (also my BFF) recently joined the Peace Corps and moved to Kenya. I miss her SO much, and I haven’t been able to talk to her much. She called me this morning homesick and with some doubts (who wouldn’t have doubts?!?!??!!) and I got to tell her how beautiful, smart, strong, wonderful, amazing and capable she is. Yay for sisters!

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:33 am

      Wow – your sister is pretty awesome!!! She’s going to have such a positive impact with Peace Corps.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 19, 2010, 11:24 pm

    today I wore my “law student” hat- which I like to imagine is something funny and ridiculous. I also wore my “law student job interviewing” hat- which is a fancy hat that matches my fancy suit (which ironically, as a public interest lawyer, I will rarely wear). It was a good day!

  • Lisa October 19, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I wish I could talk about my hat! It’s not really something I can discuss on my blog though. So I will say I am a fit person and a good girlfriend. πŸ˜‰

  • Vicky @ eat live spin October 19, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Love the side by side picture of you and the hubby! Today I wore my “dog walker” hat… I took my puppies everywhere I went today!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 19, 2010, 11:43 pm

    I have a teacher hat, a wife hat, a cooking hat, and a blogger hat right now. I’m hoping to have a personal trainer hat in the future! πŸ™‚

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 20, 2010, 12:08 am

    Sometimes it’s super bonus to be a jack of all trades! At least, so long as you enjoy it. You’re inspiring!

  • Avery October 20, 2010, 12:32 am

    Ohhh the hats! Student, Employee, Roommate, Events Team Member and Apartment Maid hats are some of my most common πŸ™‚ I much prefer the runner, foodie and friend hats though. Much more enjoyable.

  • Jolene ( October 20, 2010, 12:53 am

    I wear many occupation hats as well including:

    1) Teacher
    2) Student
    3) Blogger
    4) Wedding planner/ coordinator

  • Jojo October 20, 2010, 1:00 am

    Sounds like you juggle those jobs seamlessly.That’s why you are so inspiring.

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:34 am

      Thanks, Jojo. I do wish I had better life/work balance but at least I like what I do πŸ™‚

  • Marina October 20, 2010, 1:23 am

    Congrats on your book, that’s awesome1
    Hm. I only have a student hat πŸ˜€ It’s more like a huge heavy sombrero…

  • Lorin October 20, 2010, 1:31 am

    Hey, I just want to let you know that someone on Facebook is having an Operation Beautiful day tommorow at 11 nationwide. I thought you would like to know :] It’s an “event” on Facebook if you are curious.

    • Caitlin October 20, 2010, 6:35 am

      Oh so fun! How do I find the event?

      • Lorin October 20, 2010, 7:59 pm

        Go to and then search Operation Beautiful and it should come up. I just realized though, that you have to be a member of facebook in order to search for something.

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 20, 2010, 2:39 am

    Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique hat.

    I’ve been wearing it for 25 months but in three weeks I need a new hat! ACK! And there aren’t any good stores here…

  • Leah October 20, 2010, 2:43 am

    Today I wore my wife hat, mom hat, walking hat, volunteer hat, driver hat, crafty hat, and soon my sleepy hat!

  • Little Bookworm October 20, 2010, 5:22 am

    Congratulations on the second book Caitlin! πŸ™‚

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice October 20, 2010, 5:34 am

    Yummy looking cupcakes! Congrats on your book. It amazes how you are able to do so many things at once.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 20, 2010, 6:12 am

    You have many, many hats! That’s awesome.

    Lately I’ve been wearing one sole hat, which I’m kind of not liking. I love variety, so it’s nice having at least 2 or 3 hats to switch between. πŸ˜‰

  • Laurie October 20, 2010, 6:31 am

    Hats: so many
    Mommy hat
    chauffeur hat
    Therapist hat
    cleaning lady hat
    wife hat (so sad that that is low on the list)(don’t tell him)
    friend hat
    blogger hat
    try to be healthy hat

  • Clare October 20, 2010, 7:07 am

    Hey Laurie, WHERE did you get that hat? (I have one JUST like it πŸ˜‰ )

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 20, 2010, 7:11 am

    Landscaper, cook, mom, wife, driver, shopper, office manager, maid, daughter (my parents are coming in to town)…gosh, I just got up and now I am tired!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit October 20, 2010, 7:36 am

    So impressed by you and your husband! You are both so accomplished at such a young age.

  • Becca October 20, 2010, 7:46 am

    At the moment, it’s a sleepy hat! People think we’re crazy getting up in the night to take the puppy out, but we’re crate training and we just don’t want to get her into bad habits.

    I have a pivot table training session in an hour, so will have to put my Excel buff hat on!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 20, 2010, 7:56 am

    I’ve been wearing my student hat pretty much all the time lately! πŸ˜›

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up October 20, 2010, 8:15 am

    I’m trying to survive in my student hat right now. πŸ™ Ready to graduate in May!

    Congrats on your book deal! πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 20, 2010, 8:22 am

    looks like a good dinner to me! i’m also needing to get on the money management bandwagon again… today i’m attending a lunch ‘n learn session on that very topic so hopefully it will provide some inspiration! now that i don’t wear the student hat, i’m wearing the full-time employee hat, as well as the fitness instructor, roommate, daughter, friend and sister hats!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 20, 2010, 8:24 am

    Busy day!
    Today I wear my…
    personal trainer hat
    project planner hat
    blogger hat
    nutritionist hat


  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek October 20, 2010, 8:25 am

    I wear many hats everyday: wife, mother, housekeeper, blogger, cook, dog whisperer & financial planner. It certainly keeps me on my toes, but I love them all!

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) October 20, 2010, 9:47 am

    I wear many hats too- blogger, writer, household chef, lawyer, volunteer, girlfriend, etc… It seems there are always a dozen hats to choose from at any moment and sometimes it’s hard to pick the right one!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 20, 2010, 10:03 am

    I have a blogger and an editor hat. I wouldn’t mind having a few more occupational hats though. The more variety the better! πŸ™‚

  • Jess October 20, 2010, 10:49 am

    I have a scientist/PhD student hat, nutritional masters student hat, dance instructor hat, pilates instructor hat, dancer hat, finacee hat, running hat…..OY! I’m busy!

  • katie October 20, 2010, 11:51 am

    cupcakes instead of running!? i want to join that running club

  • Amber K October 20, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Sounds like a really busy, but fun day! And I saw the above talk about a second book deal. That’s awesome! Congratulations. πŸ™‚

  • Coco October 20, 2010, 12:46 pm

    my “hats”:

    student hat, daughter hat, sister hat, best friend hat, maid of honor hat, bridesmaid hat (2 weddings coming up ay ay ay), baker hat, roommate hat, pet owner hat, yogi hat….etc etc

  • natalie (the sweets life) October 20, 2010, 1:35 pm

    you and your hubs look too cute at the clinic! i love it!

  • elaine! October 20, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Hahaha! You should totally wear that fedora at the office, for real. πŸ™‚

    I don’t have too many roles right now and therefore don’t need too many hats. I’ve got the programmer hat and the girlfriend hat. For the past month I’ve had a blogger hat. (Can’t believe it’s been a month already!) Today I’m also wearing the “conscientious employee” hat because it’s my boss’s birthday, and we’ve been planning a sneaky surprise for like a week.

  • Camels & Chocolate October 21, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Travel writer, photographer, blogger, wife and puppy baby mama!

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