Early Flight

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When my alarm went off at 4:45 AM, all I could think was, “Is it a race day?!”  Because I only wake up two hours before dawn for races.  🙂


Well, and flights.


The drive to the airport was… interesting.  Up at 4:45 AM, and dousing the car with hot water to melt ice off the windows at 5:15 AM.  The Hus graciously offered to drive (I probably would’ve cried otherwise) and somehow, our car made it up this super steep, icy hill in front of my mom’s house – the only way out of the neighborhood and to the highway. 


Before we left, I inhaled a slice of spinach quiche (the recipe is in this post):


And after takeoff, I ate a banana while the Husband snoozed:




Saw an article about Molly Barker from Girls on the Run in the US Airways’ magazine!


I’ve also drank two lattes so I’m flyin’ high.  Now, we’re on our layover and waiting for our flight to Baltimore.


Munching on Breakfast #3 (trying to spread it out since we were up sooo early):


This bar was delicious – it’s a combo of dates and almonds so it was sticky and sweet. 


Advantages to flying with your man: he carries your bags.  Thank you!


Time to board!



  • Little Bookworm December 13, 2010, 9:09 am

    Hope the flight goes well! 🙂

  • Sarra December 13, 2010, 9:12 am

    haha love the banana pic! hope you have a safe flight (and hope you win the $10,000!!!!) 🙂

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health December 13, 2010, 9:13 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you and GOTR!! Stay safe and warm!

  • Alison December 13, 2010, 9:15 am

    I think the magazine article is a sign 🙂 Good luck!

  • Amalfi Girl December 13, 2010, 9:16 am

    Ok, your blog is officially adorable. I may have to add you to my blogroll immediately upon my return home from work.


    Amalfi Girl

    P.S. I am very much with you on (1) the hubby being a fabulous bag carrier; and (2) spreading out brekkie when you’re up at the crack of dawn.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 13, 2010, 9:19 am

    Safe travels!

  • Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) December 13, 2010, 9:22 am

    have a safe flight ! That’s so nice of your husband to carry your bags!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life December 13, 2010, 9:23 am

    Have a good time and travel safely! 🙂 Can’t wait to read all about the Positivity Awards!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 13, 2010, 9:23 am

    Safe flight Caitlin!! I hope GOTR wins 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 13, 2010, 9:24 am

    Best wishes today! And I love the pecans on the quiche.

  • kathleen December 13, 2010, 9:27 am

    i fly with my man all the time and he doesn’t carry my bags!!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:37 am

      Tell hIm to email me and we will have a little talk.

      • ari December 14, 2010, 1:04 am


  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 13, 2010, 9:31 am

    Good luck today! I am hoping for great news for GOTR!

  • christina cadden December 13, 2010, 9:31 am

    Have a safe flight!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 13, 2010, 9:32 am

    I think that article was a good sign for the awards! 🙂 Good luck and safe flight!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 13, 2010, 9:33 am

    I’d be shaking like crazy from the caffeine in 2 lattes — hope your flight goes well!

  • lindsay December 13, 2010, 9:35 am

    Good luck! I hope Operation Beautiful wins today!! I love that you are giving the $$ to GOTR!

  • bakingnbooks December 13, 2010, 9:46 am

    Sounds like your in a whirlwind of traveling! What’s in Baltimore? Are you spending Christmas Day at your own home or with the Hus’ family? 🙂

  • grocery goddess jen December 13, 2010, 9:52 am

    Oh my gosh I would NOT have wanted to drive if I was you! I live on the other side of the mountains in NC and we didn’t get that much snow, but if it’s bad out, I get scared to death to drive! Glad you made it out safely 🙂

  • Jackie December 13, 2010, 10:00 am

    Welcome to Baltimore! I hope Operation Beautiful wins!! Best of luck to you!

  • Nicole December 13, 2010, 10:01 am

    I like the banana smiley face. Poor K!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 13, 2010, 10:06 am

    Have a safe flight 😀

  • Alexandra December 13, 2010, 10:10 am

    I just read that article on my flight back from Charlotte this weekend! I hope you have a safe flight and have fun in Baltimore! Good luck to Operation Beautiful!! How long are you in town for?

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 4:19 pm

      Just tonight!!! Back tomorrow at 8 AM.

  • Kelly December 13, 2010, 10:12 am

    I hope you win the grand prize tonight! Glad you got out of Tennessee safely.

  • Natalia - a side of simple December 13, 2010, 10:20 am

    Good idea with spreading breakfast out. Keeps you satisfied and from being bored! Praying for a safe flight 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 13, 2010, 10:22 am

    Good luck tonight! You totally deserve it! 🙂

  • Kristyn December 13, 2010, 10:22 am

    Safe travels Caitlin! I’m pulling for you for the award for GOTR!!! =) What a wonderful early Christmas present for the heart that would be!

  • Julia @ Brides Up North December 13, 2010, 10:25 am

    Wishing you lots of love and luck for the awards tonight – rooting for you! (Bet you win!)

    Julia x

  • Kristen December 13, 2010, 10:27 am

    Good Luck! Regardless of the outcome- you’ve already won money for girls on the run and you’re definitely a positive force out there!

  • jaimegirl December 13, 2010, 10:31 am

    There’s a LAYOVER on a flight from TN to Baltimore??? Anyway, i’m keeping my fingers crossed for you for the award. Good luck!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 13, 2010, 10:34 am

    Have a safe flight and good luck! 🙂

  • Kristina @ spabettie December 13, 2010, 10:48 am

    safe travels, have fun and Good Luck !!

  • Verna December 13, 2010, 10:54 am

    What a good hubby!

  • Marina December 13, 2010, 11:06 am

    I hope you have a safe trip, and a lot of fun 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 13, 2010, 11:08 am

    Safe travels! I feel like I always eat a lot more meals when I fly early- it’s funny!

  • Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure December 13, 2010, 11:29 am

    Hope you have a safe wonderful trip!

    PS: I totally made pancake truffles this am… delish :+)

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 4:18 pm

      glad you liked them!

  • Bizzle December 13, 2010, 11:43 am

    I’m so excited for the results. I had everyone in my office voting. All of the oldies are anxiously awaiting the answer. Either way, how awesome is Amway for donating $2,500 to the finalists? A win-win.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 13, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Have a safe flight and good luck!! Happy travels!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 13, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Have a good flight! And gotta love your man for that 🙂

  • nicole December 13, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Good luck today!

  • Kelly December 13, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Isn’t it sad that I get up that early on a regular basis? This is why I need a new job. 😉 I read that same article yesterday when I flew on US Air. Safe travels!!!

  • Annette December 13, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Good luck! That quiche looked delicious 🙂

  • Jaclyn December 13, 2010, 1:36 pm

    uGHH that’s so rough with the cold weather and snow! Glad you guys made it okay though – I was thinknig about you this morning!

  • Shari December 13, 2010, 1:57 pm

    So sweet that he carries your bags!

    Good luck today!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous December 13, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Ohh that quiche looks so yummy! And yes, it’s very cute the Hus drove AND took care of your bags! Sometimes I have to ask my bf to get my luggage and it’s a little annoying 🙂

  • jen December 13, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Funny story. When we first moved to Michigan from California and we had our first big snow storm, my Dad didn’t know how to clear the ice off the windshield, so he doused it with hot water…the whole thing shattered!

    We got about 8″ of fresh powder yesterday and my car was so not happy with me this morning! I let it warm up for 1/2 hour so the windows could defrost and I didn’t have to scrape them 🙂


    • Rebecca December 13, 2010, 4:13 pm

      Yes, as a life-long Michigander, you should NOT douse your car with hot water. Windows can shatter, or the water can get into the mechanisms and cause them to lock up for good.

      Obtain a scraper, definitely, but seriously, the best thing to do is turn on the car, crank up the heat and the defrost and let it sit for about twenty minutes.

      • Lacey @ Lake Life December 17, 2010, 5:08 pm

        I second this. You NEVER want to pour hot water over freezing cold windows. It’s like putting a cold-from-the-fridge glass casserole dish in a 350* oven.

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 4:14 pm

      Oh…. maybe I shouldn’t boil water over my windows!!!

      • jen December 13, 2010, 4:21 pm

        Probably not! I never would have known either unless it happened to my Dad 🙂 It was pretty dang funny when it happened, but now I warn others they don’t have to deal with a shattered windshield on top of it being freezing butt cold outside in the morning!


  • Ali December 13, 2010, 3:31 pm

    In your neighborhood, can you not turn your car on and leave it running for a while to get the ice off the windshield? (or would you worry about someone stealing your car?) That’s what I ALWAYS do–I hate scraping!!

  • Jacqueline December 13, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Your blog is so much fun! Keep it up!!

  • Johanna B December 13, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Depending on the temperature of the window and the temperature of the water you can crack your windshield doing that. At least in the “old days” you could. I’ve seen it happen. Thousands of little cracks. It isn’t pretty – or cheap. Be careful.

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 4:16 pm

      hahah oh man. thanks!!

  • Hannah December 13, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Take it from a Michigander, you do NOT want to pour hot water on your cold car!! That the last thing you want to do. It will shatter everything.

  • Molly Barker December 13, 2010, 4:04 pm

    OKAY!!!! We are all waiting and exciting. Caitlyn…just love you so much girl. Thank you for sharing your BIG BIG heart!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 4:18 pm

      Yay! Thanks Molly.

  • Molly Barker December 13, 2010, 4:06 pm

    Oh yeah…and I’m so excited I spelled your name incorrectly and used an improper word. So…let me try again. OKAY!!! We are waiting and excited! Caitlin…just love you so much girl. Thank you for sharing your BIG BIG heart. (There you go!)

  • Sara December 13, 2010, 4:53 pm

    i had to read your post a few times over to understand what you meant by pouring boiling water over your car. i live in Western Canada and our cars are frosty and covered in snow about 6-7 months of the year and we would NEVER pour water on our cars. i would never even think of that…partially becuase it would just freeze right up again, and then your screwed.
    everybody i know has a scraper in their car every month of the year because you just never know when you’re going to have an inch of ice on your windshield. automatic car starters are also very popular around here. that way you can start your car and let the heat do the work and you didn’t even need to leave your house!

  • Jen @ Canoe of Life December 13, 2010, 5:00 pm

    All four of my doors were frozen shut this morning- I guess temps around zero do that for you- and I couldn’t go to work! I just poured water on the door to warm it up- it worked but now I’m wondering for how long. Oh well- a girls gotta do wat a girls gotta do.

  • Kiran December 13, 2010, 5:35 pm

    All this icy road thingy making me think twice about our road trip, up north 🙂 good luck at positivity project dear 🙂

  • Gigi December 13, 2010, 5:36 pm

    That’s one of the reasons that I like traveling with my husband. He carries my bags. 🙂 Yes, I like to take advantage of him.:-)

  • Lili* December 13, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Can’t wait to make this quiche!
    Still crossing fingers for the Amway Award!

  • Leiane December 13, 2010, 7:45 pm

    OMG! DO NOT pour hot water over your windows!!! The sudden change in temperature can crack the glass :O( Just send your husband out to start the car and get the defrost going.

  • Lorin December 13, 2010, 11:58 pm

    If it makes you feel better, I didn’t know that you couldn’t put hot water on windows either. I’m from California so I guess that’s why! I hope you win, I love Operation Beautiful.

  • Amanda December 14, 2010, 12:06 am

    Hot water + icy car= frozen locks and windows……. just let it run for 5-10 minutes and let the defrosters work their magic. It’s 10 degrees in buffalo right now : ) balmy eh?

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