Good morning!


I hope you had a nice Memorial Day if you celebrate.  We spent the day playing, working, and relaxing.  I took my laptop to the driving range so I could write while the Husband golfed.  I grabbed a beer from the club – so refreshing.  Writing + beer = my two favorite things (when both are done in moderation!).


We played badminton all night long in the front yard, too – that was fun!  The Husband and I are constantly trying to beat our back-and-forth pass record.  Right now, we’re at 58 passes, which I consider pretty impressive.  Good times!


Breakfast featured toasted quinoa:



  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond slices



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix ingredients and spread out on greased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and let cool completely
  • Serve with fruit and Greek yogurt


A yummy granola alternative!


Stop Cursing Challenge Update


Time for an update on my hellish efforts to stop cursing!


About two months ago, I decided to try to clean up my potty mouth…


I have to say that things are going really well!  My cursing frequency has greatly decreased just by thinking how much I want to stop cursing and by correcting myself when I curse out loud.  Also, not cursing has forced me to be more creative with my verbal description of events (instead of just saying, “that is so f**king cool!”).   I’ve also tried pretending I’m around children all the time when I’m in group settings – that helps!


Basically, my potty mouth was a bad habit, and I’ve definitely been able to phase it out! 



  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 31, 2011, 8:54 am

    Yeah, I should probably do the same. I can just imagine that when we start having kids my baby’s first word is gonna be “f#*k” That would not be so good.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) May 31, 2011, 8:57 am

    That’s awesome! My mom always tells us (her daughters) that there are so many words in the dictionary… we don’t need to use curse words to express ourselves, plus I also think cursing is very un-ladylike! It makes girls look trashy when they swear a lot (no offence!).

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 31, 2011, 8:57 am

    good job on your cursing challenge! i have a bad mouth too and you are right-you need to find more descriptive words to use when you do not curse 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 31, 2011, 8:58 am

    I’m glad the no cursing is working out for you! I’ve never been a big curser — having a dad who was a pastor definitely helped me learn quickly how to not curse out loud!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within May 31, 2011, 9:03 am

    Yay for doing good on not cursing! It’s hard for me too but I have been doing it less and less lately.. especially when around the in-laws!

  • Val @ Balancing Val May 31, 2011, 9:07 am

    I used to LOVE cursing!

    As someone who thought her opinion wasnt worth much . . . cursing was a way to make sure that people listened or that I really was serious.

    Now as I get more comfortable with being me, I find that cursing is just something that happens when Im feeling insecure.

    It helps for me to look at it that way 🙂

    • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 11:16 am

      I like this comment!

      • Baking N Books May 31, 2011, 1:02 pm

        Me too. Ain’t that the truth though.

        I’m trying to use “substitute” words…like “fricking” or just something silly like “For the love of God”…

        Meh. It’s like the “Fudge” from The Christmas Story…y’know “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”


  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 31, 2011, 9:08 am

    I curse way too much and should really make an effort to cut down. But sometimes it feels so good to drop that F-bomb, ya know?

  • Jenny May 31, 2011, 9:09 am

    HAHA, I try to be aware of what words I use- but sometimes it JUST slips. LOL. Also, just a fun FYI, I read somewhere that cursing is actually good for pain relief. haha Yeah….read here:

    • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 11:23 am

      IIiiiiinteresting! I reserve the right to curse when I stub my toes 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine May 31, 2011, 9:10 am

    Haha, I need to do this too. I’m really good in group/family situations, but with friends I just cannot clean up my language!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 31, 2011, 9:13 am

    Haha! I’m glad it’s working for you. I kind of have a potty mouth too and need to clean it up. I’ve just started realizing that I’m like the only girl in social situations dropping the f bomb left and right. probably not so becoming!

  • Casey May 31, 2011, 9:14 am

    Is that a Yuengling Lager you are drinking?!?!

    • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 11:24 am

      Yes, tastes so good when it hits your lips.

    • Amy May 31, 2011, 11:27 am

      LOL, I recognized the bottle too!

      • Casey May 31, 2011, 11:41 am

        Haha, you must have good taste in beer Caitlin! I’m from PA, so I’m always on alert for PA beers! Yuengling is one of my favs!!

    • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen June 1, 2011, 12:03 pm

      I was going to ask the same thing! My favvvv

  • Amanda May 31, 2011, 9:14 am

    I’m working on this too! I tend to swear when I get mad, but I’m pretty good at watching my mouth otherwise…

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 31, 2011, 9:17 am

    I have really got to work on this. I am the worse and really, it is such a release when I get frustrated! The F word is just such a great word…I need to stop saying it though…

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 31, 2011, 9:20 am

    Good job on the challenge Caitlin! I find that now that I’m not in university, I curse far far less than I used to. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition May 31, 2011, 9:22 am

    I don’t think I would do very well with a challenge like that…I think it’s hard enough to filter my language on my blog, let alone in real life. 🙂

    That toasted quinoa looks delicious. That’s a great idea!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 31, 2011, 9:27 am

    LOL I’m sure Girls on the Run helped to curb your cursing! I don’t really curse much, and when I do, all of my friends turn around and gasp! But I should work on getting rid of “like” from my vocabulary…

  • Amy May 31, 2011, 9:30 am

    I have the worst potty mouth ever.

    You’re my new inspiration. 🙂

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 31, 2011, 9:49 am

    Beer at the driving range – I love it!

    And I’m pretty good with potty mouth when my son is around. However, when I’m in the company of adults I tend to let it go. I guess feeling restricted when my 5 year-old is around makes me feel bottled up. It wouldn’t hurt me to cut down, too.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 31, 2011, 10:08 am

    Hahha.. glad you have cleaned up your potty mouth habit! I used to have a potty mouth.. kind of.. but in a different way.. I would just let burps fly left and right. Umm… so not attractive. The thing that got me to clean that up.. was becoming single again. I don’t think any perspective guys would appreciate my belches. Now – I’m in a committed relationship.. and just never let the burps take over again!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti May 31, 2011, 10:20 am

    One of my fondest childhood memories is playing badminton with my dad and sister. We still play whenever we get the chance!

    And I used to have a major potty mouth, but ever since I started working in HR, it’s gotten MUCH better! Can’t have the HR person, of all people, cursing up a storm. Good luck!

  • jen @ taste life May 31, 2011, 10:20 am

    I love your cursing challenge! Or no cursing challenge, I guess. I used to be good at not cursing, but my guy is not, and I think I picked it back up from him.

  • Khushboo May 31, 2011, 10:21 am

    Your progress with the chalking is effing amazing- ha ha couldn’t resist ;)! I still can’t imagine you cursing- ever!

  • Khushboo May 31, 2011, 10:22 am

    Your progress with the challenge is effing amazing- ha ha couldn’t resist ;)! I still can’t imagine you cursing- ever!

  • Rebecca May 31, 2011, 10:26 am

    Also, not cursing has forced me to be more creative with my verbal description of events

    Exactly. Using “curse” words shows how uncreative/lazy people are (at least at the moment when they use the word). And how uneducated/small a vocabulary some of them (not you) are/have–those words all had different meanings at one point.

  • Ashley @ the fit academic May 31, 2011, 10:42 am

    Way to go! I definitely have a mouth like a sailor! My hubbs doesn’t mind so it’s gotten a little out of hand….I notice when I’m with other people (especially new people) and they always look a little taken aback when they get a taste of my potty mouth. I really need to do something about that!

    • CaitlinHTP May 31, 2011, 10:52 am

      Hahah that’s what motivated me to change too!

  • Maria May 31, 2011, 10:48 am

    That’s funny! I know I can curse in English, but I feel more confortable doing it in Spanish…

  • Sana May 31, 2011, 10:58 am

    Honestly the only time I happen to drop the word bombs is when I am around kids, usually trying to run around and keep up with them (not my own)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 31, 2011, 11:02 am

    Glad it’s going well. I really don’t curse (or, as I call it, swear) unless I’m in traffic or behind a really slow driver. It’s at those times that I have the mouth of a trucker.

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 31, 2011, 11:02 am

    My potty mouth is terrible, I definitely need to work on it – especially while I’m doing work in the lab and mess something up. Luckily for me all my coworkers curse as well, but it’s still not a good habit!

  • Amber K May 31, 2011, 11:04 am

    Great job! I try to pretend there are kids around sometimes too, although the last time I hung out with my nephew I was driving and totally muttered that another driver was an a-hole. He never said anything, so hopefully he was too busy talking about Bumblebee to notice… whoops!

  • Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner May 31, 2011, 11:07 am

    I rarely curse and so when I do, I sound like an idiot. I don’t know why it’s just not part of my vocabulary, but sometimes something does slip out.

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes May 31, 2011, 11:09 am

    Super job Caitlin! I’ve always been afraid to say bad words, since I was a little girl until now as a twenty-five year old! I just find creative (a.k.a.: childish) ways to express my feelings…such as “Oh, Pooey!”

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 31, 2011, 11:13 am

    I really need to stop cursing- I work at a daycare!

  • Orla May 31, 2011, 11:14 am

    I was working at a music festival a number of years ago and was in charge of artist liaison meaning that I met all the artists as they arrived and ensured that they had everything they needed. One day it was very quiet in the lobby of the hotel and there was no one around (or so I thought) my phone started ringing across the lobby and I ran to get it. I slipped on the wet floor with my foot going out behind me and literally face planted into the ground whacking my head and face on the marble floor. As you do when you are in that situation I dropped the f bomb rather loudly. And when I looked up there were 2 members of a band that I adored since I was young and they heard everything. I then realised that dropping the f is not cool at all and to this day my language more than the falling in front of these musicians is what embarrasses me about the incident. Going red at the thought.
    I think that the fact that the word is so acceptable in movies/songs etc means that there is not as much shock value with it any more and that is not a good thing.

    • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 11:39 am

      Oh NOOO!!! I would’ve dropped the f bomb too.

      • Orla May 31, 2011, 4:07 pm

        It was just a natural reaction… oh the utter shame of it all. I still can’t look at the band on the tv without wanting the ground to swallow me up!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 31, 2011, 11:18 am

    It’s kind of funny, my boyfriends in the Navy and I curse so much more than he does. I’m sure he does a heck of a lot more when at work and all, but he never ever cusses in front of me but I do all the time.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 31, 2011, 11:26 am

    I drop the F bomb a lot. It’s apparently my favorite curse word. I really need to stop because it offends more people than ya think. But it’s f-ing hard! haha

  • Coach Brian May 31, 2011, 11:37 am

    I’ve found that my writing is more interesting when it coincides with the beer consumption!

  • Jen May 31, 2011, 11:45 am

    I don’t curse much, unless I’m really stressed out/extremely provoked (someone almost hits me in traffic, it’s hard not to mumble “what the f***!). Or if Cee-Lo Green’s “F*** You” comes on the radio…

  • Jessica @ Bake a Little May 31, 2011, 11:48 am

    What a great challenge! I like to challenge myself to small things to feel accomplished as well. Right now I am currently doing the “Only Eat What you Have Challenge” until next Monday- its tricky, especially when trying to do so healthily!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 31, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I got out of the habit of swearing when I was a camp counsellor for a summer. Now I say “flipping” instead of the F word. My friends always make fun of me for it. 😛

  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks May 31, 2011, 12:11 pm

    What kind of laptop do you have!? I’m at work right now and don’t remember the exact kind of Toshiba that it is, but we might have the same one. 🙂 I just remember mine is really big and good for watching movies.

    • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 12:24 pm

      It’s a Satellite – I like it!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good May 31, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Good for you on improving the cursing. I never did curse much, but having children certainly takes away any urge I might have. I must say, though, we were watching this crime show pretty regularly for a while (after the kids were in bed), that had a lot of cursing, and I’d find the f-bomb popping up in my thoughts. Thankfully not out loud. I would hate to have my kids pick up that kind of language. Apparently I do better when I’m not exposed to it.

  • Lauren May 31, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I want to try to nix the cursing too! I don’t think I do it too terribly often but I know that when I have kids, it won’t be used AT ALL so its good to practice eliminating it now.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) May 31, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Lol. I really should curb back my cursing as well, especially since new children are popping up in my husbands circle of friends. I curse like a sailor, especially when running and cycling. Sometimes, cussing just gives me more energy and makes me feel stronger. I think Mythbusters did an episode about the correlation of cursing and the pain threshold.

    And writing + alcohol leads to some interesting off shoots of the storyline for me. 🙂

  • Abby May 31, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I like the idea of a no cursing challenge! I really need to work on this area of my life!

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) May 31, 2011, 2:08 pm

    I definitely don’t curse as much as I used to, but I do drop a profane word here and there.

    Lately, my BF and I have been re-watching old episodes of Dexter. That definitely has helped me cut back on cursing. The mouth on Deb (Dexter’s sister) just makes me cringe!

  • colleen May 31, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I’ve never been a big curser, I think partly because my parents never swore in front of me growing up. I thought the s word was shut up for the longest time!

  • Krysty Thelen June 3, 2011, 8:51 am

    question on the toasted quinoa recipes- do you cook it first, or just rinse it and put it in the oven?

    • CaitlinHTP June 3, 2011, 9:50 am

      Just rinse and bake!

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