Oh, FABO – I love you so!  Excellent coffee, free WIFI, and open + airy feel?  I’m there!


James also had a blast.  FABO is even better because I can bring him with me!


James had a little friend at FABO today.  Her name is Reba, she is a 4 month-old Bernese mountain dog mix, and is available for adoption!  She is very calm – not ‘puppyish’ at all!  I kind of wanted to take her home with us…  If you’re interested in meeting Reba, she’ll be at FABO until 4 PM today – or you can contact the FABO owner for more info.



Lunch was great – I did the prep work this morning, so fixing it was super easy this afternoon.   This recipe was inspired by the Pillsbury Easy Crescent Veggie Pizza recipe – but it’s a lot healthier!



Veggie ‘Pizza’ with Spelt Crust


Ingredients (8 small pieces):

  • Spelt crust from this recipe
  • 1 cup hummus (I used white bean basil hummus)
  • 1 carrot, shredded in a food processor
  • 2 cups raw broccoli tops, chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved



  • Prepare spelt crust according to recipe instructions.  Bake in an 8 X 13 inch greased casserole dish.  I thought the bread was a little too thick, so I would probably remove 1/6 of the dough before pressing into the casserole dish.  Also,  I let the dough rise for 15 minutes while I showered before baking.  Side note: I let the baked crust sit on the counter this afternoon.
  • Once crust is cooled, spread hummus as the ‘sauce’ and top with all the veggies.
  • Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!


It was great – even DadHTP liked it! 🙂


Spicy dark chocolate for dessert:


More Thoughts on the Life/Work Balance…


I sent my post about the life/work balance quandary to my BFF Lauren, who is a project manager for a very large asset manager.  She works about 70 hours per week.  Lauren and her fiancée Randy live in Singapore for their jobs.


(Lauren and I, back in the day)


I really respect Lauren’s thoughts on a life/work balance because she is, without a doubt, the most professionally successful person that I know.  She is only 27 years old and is considered a key manager for her company’s Asian operations.


Here’s her e-mail in response to my life/work balance question:


Only sometimes do I feel like there isn’t balance in my life.  I still work out regularly, eat sort of healthy, get enough sleep, and hang out with friends.  Generally though, I’m ok with my hectic work schedule because I have secret desires of world domination and I am constantly considering the "long term.”  I think people get into trouble when they have those "What is it all for??!" moments, but you really just need to keep things in perspective.  Remember why you are doing what you do in work and life, and if you’re creative enough you’ll figure out a way to rule the world and and still have your sanity.


I stay motivated by remembering why I work hard.  Short term motivation is easy, it’s based on promotion and compensation provided by my company. Thankfully, I  also really just like my job, despite the hours.  Semi short term goals are traveling as much as possible, and my company and my position makes that easy!  They send me places for work and pay me enough to fund my personal trips without me having to go into debt.  In the past four years I’ve traveled to eight countries and I’m still going.  Long term, I’m focused on financial stability, supporting my family, and eventually going back to school and taking a lower paying job with a non-profit.  Working hard now is going to pay for school and allow me to take a pay cut later in life.  It’s also going to get me set up for retirement, my  future unborn daughter’s (yes, it will be a girl and yes this is something I actually think about) college fund, and buying houses (vacation home and regular home).  Eye on the prize! 


After it’s all said and done though,  the reason woman stress about work/life balance is because that’s what women do.  Women often overanalyze EVERYTHING, and it probably just puts unnecessary stress on an already stressful situation.  I think I have the opposite problem where I tend to under-analyze and see things more black and white. I look at it as me owning my situation. For me, this is the way it is now, and I’m ok with it because it helps me meet personal and financial goals in the process. If it wasn’t working for me something would need to give. 


It’s funny, I tried to ask Randy [her fiancée] about this and he had a similar reaction to Kristien’s [the Husband].  It’s not that guys have any more of a balance than girls do, maybe it’s just that most don’t stress out about it as much?


So, how crazy do you think I am now?  When I told my brother that bit about saving for my unborn daughter’s college fund, he died laughing.  And for the record, we are not saving for that yet, we aren’t that crazy!



  • Caitlin April 7, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I am ridiculous!!! I am so sorry, everyone – I somehow deleted the original post and all the wonderful and insightful comments with it. Fail. So sorry!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011, 6:24 pm

    well we’ll just comment again then 🙂

    I totally agree that women are often put in such a tough situation because we want to be able to support ourselves and our families but so many of us grew up with mom’s that were able to stay at home. I hope to be able to do both I guess!

    That puppy is adorable! 🙂

  • David April 7, 2011, 6:31 pm

    I think it’s unfair to suggest that men don’t worry about work/life balance; there is tremendous systemic pressure on men to be workaholics in order to “get ahead” and, as a result, most men CAN’T think about work/life balance.

    Men who don’t get promoted, or who choose to work fewer hours to suport their families, often get stigmatized as lazy and unmotivated. Is it no wonder that men don’t think about balance, when any attempt at balance is looked down on?

    • Caitlin April 7, 2011, 6:34 pm

      David –

      Thanks for sharing your opinion! I am not suggesting men do not worry about it at all. I would love to hear more on your thoughts about achieving a balance between work and personal life from a male perspective! I asked a very limited pool of men and all I got was “I don’t stress out about it.” I would love to hear a more honest answer!

      • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011, 7:09 pm


        I totally agree with what you’re saying. My comment was in regards to the pressures that I think many women feel. Obviously men have their own unique pressures as well. I do agree that even today many men are still expected to the major bread winners in the family.

      • David April 7, 2011, 7:18 pm


        I am 27 and I work as an economist for an economic development agency in Canada (essentially, trying to improve the economy, create new jobs, etc.) In addition to that, I am a policy writer for a political candidate who is currently running for election, I chair a local charity walk, I volunteer with 6-8 local organizations, I work out three days a week and run or bike the other 4. I am always going and doing something. I tried keeping a health blog for a while but I just couldn’t find the time.

        I was bred as an athlete and as someone who was told to work hard and excel in school. I learned from a very young age that you need to always be working on something or you weren’t taking advantage of your talents. It stuck with me, I guess, and I haven’t been able to sit still since.

        You know that Cat Stevens song, “Cats in the Cradle”? Nobody grows up wanting to be that man, but when you’re told at such a young age that you go to school to get a job and to get ahead, and you’re also taught to compete with everyone else…and at a point, when you get successful enough, there are no more M-F 8-4 jobs. Directors, CEOs, politicians…they work ALL.THE.TIME. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, there are expectations that your life revolves around your job…otherwise, you don’t have a job.

        Men that aren’t professionally a success are generally looked at as either lazy, incompetent or unmotivated. I mean, the FIRST thing people ask you when they haven’t seen you in a while is what you’re up to, job-wise. It’s a constant reminder that in order to make people feel like you’ve done something with your life, you need to have moved up since the last time they saw you. So, you end up working ridiculous hours at a job you start to hate.

        I take the time to exercise every day, I refuse to work past 9pm any night and I don’t work on Sundays. I take vacations, and days off, but I also don’t have kids and am not at all sure how I am going to do that with everything else I’ve accepted as a responsibility. When that time comes, you need to make allowances, and professionally if you do that…you can say goodbye to progressing up a ladder. Businesses want workaholics, and if you’re not, you’re staying where you are.

        It’s too bad we breed our kids to be so heavily into competing with one another; if we could view being a good father, or being a good person in the community, at the same level we do being a success, it would be a lot easier to be a man who chooses balance.

        • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011, 7:29 pm


          thanks so much for the insight and I really love your last paragraph about wishing that we valued being good parent and person more highly than professional (or other success).

          Well said!

        • Caitlin April 7, 2011, 9:12 pm

          Emailing you now!

          Thank you for this awesome comment, David. It was so honest and I REALLY appreciated reading your perspective. Thanks for reading.

    • Kate April 8, 2011, 10:38 am

      Hi David,

      Thanks for sharing this. On the original post that got deleted, I asked if anyone else was uncomfortable with the stereotypical gender dichotomies that were being reproduced in the comments and the posts. I love the topic but I wish people would think about generalizing men and women in simplistic ways. Anyways, my fiance struggles with similar things as you do, and definitely stresses about work life balance.

  • Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews April 7, 2011, 6:34 pm

    What a great idea for veggie pizza! That looks so good!

  • Jen April 7, 2011, 6:40 pm

    Reba is so cute! She’s gonna grow up to be a huge dog though…we saw a Bernese mtn dog at the pet store last week and my first thought was “bear on a leash”!

  • Kelly April 7, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Very interesting post. I think some people are really good at working really hard for a reward later and others want more of an immediate “balance.” My husband doesn’t really worry about work/life balance but he definitely doesn’t have the workaholic side of him, that’s much more me. I’m hoping he’ll be a stay at home dad someday (semi joke though since I am a teacher and can’t support a family on 1 teacher salary)

  • Kristin April 7, 2011, 7:10 pm

    oh my gosh i’m really thinking about getting Reba!!! i’ve always wanted a burnese mountain dog:)

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:34 am

      Get her – she was really, really sweet. Soooo calm. You would never guess she was 4 months old. Also, she was very confident and not scared at all. All good signs – she’ll be a well adjusted dog for sure.

  • Moll April 7, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Puppy dogs and dark chocolate? Excellent day!!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble April 7, 2011, 7:54 pm

    Pizza is always delicious! Even if the only topping is veggies! 🙂

  • Mariepouliche April 7, 2011, 8:20 pm

    I have a superficial question: does your hair look perfect like that or you blow dry them? I am so jealous!

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:33 am

      I think I blowdried it yesterday 🙂

  • Ivy April 7, 2011, 8:37 pm

    How long do you bake the crust for? and at what temperature?

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:32 am

      375 for 10 – 12 minutes.

  • olivewineandfood April 7, 2011, 8:50 pm

    i love this kind of veggie pizza. would be great for parties

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 7, 2011, 9:03 pm

    i absolutely lauren’s perspective! i can see why she is your bff! what a girl 🙂

  • Carolyn @ eatlivebewell. wordpress.com April 7, 2011, 9:22 pm

    The pizza looks great and cute doggies. Random q though… did someone take the picture of you drinking coffee or did you set your camera on a timer?

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:33 am

      It was the Hus 🙂

  • Charlie April 7, 2011, 9:36 pm

    This pizza looks so easy, healthy & delicious! Have to try!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 7, 2011, 10:57 pm

    Love the thread of comments on this post… so heartfelt and SO true!!! I wish men could get more of a break… and that women weren’t such over-analyzers. I know I am an overanalyzer, for sure!

  • Natalia@ The Health Script April 7, 2011, 11:17 pm

    FABO sounds like the best coffeeshop in the world! They let you bring dogs AND they find homes for cute little doggies? I am a huge fan.

  • Khushboo April 8, 2011, 12:53 am

    Great insight and love reading the comments! Caitlin, I know I’ve said this before but this new (well not-so-new anymore) hairdo is really working for u 🙂

  • doreen April 8, 2011, 5:56 am

    What temp did you bake the crust at and for how long?

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:32 am

      375 for 10 – 12

  • Charise April 8, 2011, 8:49 am

    BFF Lauren sounds like a pretty awesome person with a good head on her shoulders. 🙂

  • xin April 8, 2011, 2:10 pm

    wow your bff is based in singapore? I live there!! & I like your blog! I read it everyday(: Hoping to convert mine into a healthy eating & living one soon!!

  • Laura April 8, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Oh my gaaaaaaaahhhhhh! I have a dog named REBA!!! She is named after the country music singer. And I love that little Bermese Mtn. puppy in the coffee shop! If I lived near Charlotte I would scoop her up. That just made me smile!!

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