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Sometimes, declaring my intention to workout on the blog actually motivates me to do it, which is why I wrote this morning that I’d be swimming 1,000 yards this afternoon.  And sometimes, public declarations mean absolutely nothing.  Heh.  I try.


So – here’s what happened.  I had all the best intentions to swim, but I ended up taking an epic THREE HOUR NAP.  It was so glorious.  Honestly, it was probably BETTER for me than swimming.  I plan to make up my yardage tomorrow; it’s all good.


Maybe I slept like a rock because of this yummy “pre-workout” snack? Toast, almond butter, half a mashed banana, and maple syrup:


I did flex my social muscles this evening!


A group of us met up at The Wine Shop, a cute little wine bar with beer and food.


We searched the racks extensively for a stellar wine…


But I ended up just getting a Chimay:


I love, love, love Chimay.  If you like hoppy, dry, citrusy beer, you should really try Chimay Blanche.  It’s worth the price – trust me!


And some roasted potatoes, which I split with the Hus:


And a arugula, goat cheese, and beet salad.


While talking to everyone, I munched on some olives…


We were the first pair to split – we have a long, long day of work tomorrow.  The clinic has been bumpin’ lately, especially on Saturday.  Didn’t want to stay out too late and be sleepy in the morning.


I was sad to go, though – The Wine Shop was pretty cool.


Oh, but I did manage to convince the Hus to stop off at a nearby Ben and Jerry’s for some Coffee, Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz.  If you love chocolate and coffee, you will LOVE this flavor.  Seriously.  It’s creamy, dreamy coffee ice cream with chocolate covered espresso chunks.  Oh yeah.



Fun factoids about B&J’s:  Nearly 100% of the time, they source fair-trade chocolate and coffee and cage-free eggs (here’s my post on why cage-free matters).  According to Humane Society, B&J’s uses about 100 million eggs a year, which means that annually, more than 350,000 birds are now cage-free because of their business decision.  B&J’s also encourages sustainable dairy farming practices.  And last, but not least, all the brownies in B&J ice cream comes from Greyson Bakery, which employs homeless people who need to get back on their feet.  Pretty neat, huh? 


Oh, and you know what else?


Delta delivered my missing luggage!  48 hours later, my favorite jeans are back in my possession!  Wahoo.



  • Julia May 27, 2011, 11:53 pm

    I had no idea they still made Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz!! I thought they had stopped making that right after I graduated high school and my mom and I were talking about the specific flavor yesterday. Must find a Ben & Jerry’s shop somewhere soon to get some of my 2nd favorite ice cream.

    • CaitlinHTP May 27, 2011, 11:59 pm

      It’s a shop scoop only!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 28, 2011, 12:14 am

    Glad you got your jeans back and that Delta delivered for you. As they should have!

    And way to go on the nap rather than the workout. After your week, you needed the sleep. And the ice cream. YUMM!!!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 28, 2011, 12:16 am

    oh my that ice cream looks delish!

    As does your salad 🙂 Good luck at work tomorrow!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 28, 2011, 12:21 am

    I LOVE Ben and Jerrys, and not just because I live in Vermont. I try and eat vegan as much as possible, but I happily eat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream all the time because of their ethical business matters 🙂 “if it’s not fun, why do it?”

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 28, 2011, 12:27 am

    I LOVE Ben and Jerry’s, too. I can’t wait until we’re home in August to get a little Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream in my tummy.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence May 28, 2011, 1:02 am

    That makes me love Ben and Jerry’s even more!

  • Nicole May 28, 2011, 1:07 am

    I forgot y’all were stopping for icecream. It looks yummm!

  • Jaclyn May 28, 2011, 1:17 am

    Nap totally trumps the swim 😛

    That wine shop looks cool! And the ben and jerry’s, deadly… in a good way! Omgosh chocolate and coffee are like my favorites, i would love that i think! Great news about the clinic! But i’m sure it keeps you guys busy!!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 28, 2011, 1:37 am

    I skipped my morning workout to sleep in until 7 am and it felt amazing! No regrets 🙂

  • Khushboo May 28, 2011, 2:34 am

    Ben & Jerrys never cease to amaze me with their flavors! That sounds almost as good as cookie dough :-O

  • Baking 'n' Books May 28, 2011, 3:00 am

    I think after all your traveling, you could use some good rest!!

    I seen Jimmy Fallon on a show the other day and he has his own limited edition B & J flavor out!!! For some charity I think.

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 28, 2011, 3:14 am

    Sometimes a nap is seriously above and beyond anything exercise could do for one. So glad you got to rest up — I’m sure after the traveling fiasco and such you are depleted!

  • Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) May 28, 2011, 3:52 am

    A three hour nap sounds absolutely heavenly!

    You can never go wrong with B&J ice cream! That flavor looks divine! YUM!

  • Kristi May 28, 2011, 5:01 am

    I knew there was a reason I loved Ben & Jerry’s 🙂

  • Lauren May 28, 2011, 5:36 am

    Coffee coffee buzz buzz is my favorite flavor! I love their business practices like these, and those to employees: free ice cream everytime you work!

    • CaitlinHTP May 28, 2011, 3:23 pm

      hahah i dont think i could handle free ice cream every time i worked.

    • Sally June 2, 2011, 5:58 pm

      Ben & Jerry’s is a franchise so employee benefits are up to each individual scoop shop owner. When I worked there we definitely didn’t get free ice cream. Or tips.
      That said, everyone told me I would get sick of ice cream but even after working there for a couple summers I never did!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 28, 2011, 6:30 am

    I’m glad you finally have your luggage back!

    I agree that the nap is just what your body wanted!

  • Lauren May 28, 2011, 6:31 am

    I am the same way, I think that posting my workouts on the blog and FB will motivate me to do them but sometimes, other things come up and they just sound better. 🙂 A 3 hour nap sounds MUCH better to me too. 😉
    Glad it was a good night Caitlin.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 28, 2011, 6:49 am

    Wow that is totally cool that Ben and Jerry’s uses cage free eggs!

    Good for you for taking a nap instead doing that swim if it is what you body needed!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off May 28, 2011, 7:07 am

    I had the exact same salad last night (oly mine didn’t have nearly enough goat cheese).

  • rebecca lustig May 28, 2011, 7:56 am

    that’s my favorite ben and jerrys flavor!!! extra buzzzz with the perfect amount of chocolate. nom.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 28, 2011, 8:22 am

    I’ve never seen that B&J flavour before! It sounds amazing.

    Yay for finally getting your luggage back!

  • Lee May 28, 2011, 8:23 am

    I am a huge fan of the loooong nap.

    The Ben and Jerry’s factory was about 40 minutes from where I went to college!

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 28, 2011, 8:26 am

    Coffee ice cream sounds so great! That’s one of my favorite flavors. It sounds like you had a fun night!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 28, 2011, 8:59 am

    I just slept 8 1/2 hours for the first time in I don’t know how long and it felt amazing. My husband has been working ridiculously hard lately (since we own our own business, you know how it goes…when the work comes, you take it and make it work). Sleep has been the last thing on the list of things to do. It sounds like a great day with much needed down time. Good luck getting through the day today. Oh and on the subject of eggs. I had an interesting conversation with the United Egg Producers Certified on eggs and how chickens are kept when I was at BlogHer. While it didn’t completely change my thoughts on the subject, I feel more confused than ever on the subject of eggs!

    • CaitlinHTP May 28, 2011, 3:25 pm

      I’m glad you had a good nap!

      And yes.. eggs are really confusing. I agree.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 28, 2011, 9:03 am

    That looks like a good day, Caitlin. Wine and ice cream???!! My kinda gal!

  • Allison @ Will Run For Candy May 28, 2011, 9:17 am

    There’s a reason I keep a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in my freezer at almost all times. I’m going to make my reason cage-free eggs and happy cows instead of my current reason, which is “nom nom nom.”

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 28, 2011, 9:25 am

    the wine shop looks so fun! And now I want ice cream at 9am!

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 28, 2011, 9:29 am

    Sometimes naps rule over exercise! Rest is so so delish 🙂

    Your night sounded fun, wine bar & ice cream.

    Yay for getting your luggage back! That happened to me with Delta, WTF Delta?!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 28, 2011, 9:42 am

    Sometimes you just gotta nap! If your body needed the rest (and clearly it did-3 hours!!) the you did the healthiest thing possible with that time and listened to it!!

  • Christine May 28, 2011, 10:03 am

    48 hours? That’s almost how long you had to wait for your flight 😉

  • The Teenage Taste May 28, 2011, 10:26 am

    Aw, that last picture of you is so cute! I love those little photo cut-outs! 😀
    Glad to hear you got your luggage back!

  • Kim Merselis May 28, 2011, 11:12 am

    I am a big fan of Chimay! Great choice!

    Good luck at the office.

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 28, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Oooooo Chimay!! The greatest Chimay? Three year aged Blue Chimay!

  • Amber K May 28, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I’m so glad you got your luggage back! That would really stress me out. I don’t like losing things. This probably means I need to stop worrying so much about phyiscal possessions!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    knowing that about B&J makes me want to like them even more…but i don’t like the way their ice cream tastes. granted, i’ve never been to an actual shop so maybe i just don’t like their pint size containers. 🙂 I’ll have to find a shop to try sometime!

    • CaitlinHTP May 28, 2011, 3:25 pm

      I think the scoop shop flavors are much better 🙂

  • Tami May 28, 2011, 1:31 pm

    I just wish Ben and jerry’s didn’t sell out…Unilever owns them now

    • CaitlinHTP May 28, 2011, 3:26 pm

      Biz decisions like that suck. Unilever owns everything.

  • Kristen May 28, 2011, 1:55 pm

    so glad you have your luggage! that must be the worst feeling.
    That ice cream on the other hand looks DELICIOUS!!!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 28, 2011, 2:15 pm

    Those are some pretty sweet facts about Ben and Jerry’s! Especially the fact about their brownies – win.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life May 28, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Lol, I have a plaque above my stove that says “Wine a little bit and you’ll feel better.” 🙂

  • ch May 28, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Sometimes naps are totally more necessary than workouts! Glad you fell asleep and rested. 🙂

  • Caroline May 28, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Gotta love a company that knows how to do it right and acts on it. Yay for fair trade – such an amazing way to do business and do good.

  • M May 28, 2011, 8:17 pm

    Does The husband eat ice cream?
    (wondered how he finds vegan living or if he has adapted it
    at all?)


    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2011, 10:02 am

      Yea he’s not really a vegan anymore

  • Amy May 29, 2011, 1:42 am

    Caitlin, I think you’re great and I have started reading your blog daily. I hate to be critical at all because I love your posts, but a lot of the times when you use the word “suppose,” it should be “supposed.” Like, “I am supposed to like something.”

    Keep up the great work…you’re really inspirational.

  • Jess @JessCantCook May 29, 2011, 9:21 am

    Almond butter and maple syrup is my favorite combination right now!

  • John June 6, 2011, 11:33 am

    The United Egg Producers is a discredited trade organization with a sordid history of consumer fraud and animal cruelty. The “UEP Certified” program allows hens to be confined in cages that provide each animal less space than a sheet of paper to spend her life. More at

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