Morning, friends!  Last night, I stayed up really late (boo!) but I was working (yay!).  And today, I have an almost wide-open schedule, which will be good for writing.  A writing Caitlin is a happy Caitlin!


Here’s a time-saver tip!  If you really need a grain but don’t have time to cook brown rice, just stop by a Chinese restaurant and buy a box – it’s usually under $2.


We pulled a tupperware of steamed veggies out of our fridge, sautéed some faux-meat Italian sausage, and combined it all together for an easy, healthy dinner.


We had a great dessert, too!  Katie made some of Mama Pea’s Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes and stopped by to drop off the extras.  They were YUM.


At some point, I also inhaled a bowl of cereal. 


Fast-forward to this morning:  I woke up HELLUA sore from strength-training.  My arms hurt!  My legs hurt!  My abs hurt!  It’s a sign that I should probably lift more.  I’m going to try to stick with it.


Despite my creaky bod, I got up, slammed a glass of OJ, and ran… it felt great.  It’s so hard for me to exercise right away in the morning, but it always feels SO worth it when it’s over with.  I did 3 miles in about 35 minutes.


The Husband had breakfast on the table coffee table when I arrived!


Bagel Thins, eggs with Swiss cheese and peppers, and strawberries.


My Favorite Advice Columnists


Just something random and fun (so you can waste time at your desk this morning!)…


I LOVE, LOVE, LOOVVVVVVVE advice columnists.  Even as a kid, I read Dear Abby whenever I was at my grandpa’s house and had access to the ‘good’ (i.e. lots of cartoons) newspaper.  I’ve been reading some of these columnists for years, and they just seem to get better over time!


Dear Prudence


Savage Love (adult-only)


Dear Margo


Since You Asked


Dear Abby


True confession:  Once, I wrote to an advice columnist.  It was to Since You Asked.  He never answered my question! Bah.



  • Katie June 8, 2011, 9:14 am

    hehe, i think you mean “wolfed” down 🙂
    great tip about the brown rice!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 8, 2011, 9:14 am

    I used to love reading advice columns, but I would get sucked in and read question after question and spend hours doing it. I’m nervous to click on your links in fear I’d get sucked back in 🙂

    • Amber K June 8, 2011, 12:34 pm

      lol, same here!! It’s a fun time-suck, but the time gets away so easily!

  • Elizabeth @ Eat Clean Fun June 8, 2011, 9:15 am

    I used to read Dear Abby at my grandmother’s house 🙂 I really enjoy reading advice columns especially when they pertain to ettiquette. I guess I like to know what I “should” be doing.

  • Nikky June 8, 2011, 9:23 am

    I’m mildly addicted to advice columnists. I wrote in about a year ago, and both Margo and Abby answered my question! It was almost like being famous, haha.

  • Shannon June 8, 2011, 9:24 am

    I looooove Cary Tenis of Since You Asked. I once almost wrote into him, too. I read him every day!

  • DadHTP June 8, 2011, 9:33 am

    The “good” paper? The one with color comics? AAAArrrrggghhhh.
    I’m sorry for having the Herald and the Times around. I’ll try better next time :-(.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 8, 2011, 9:33 am

    That’s a good idea to buy rice from there! And pretty cheap too.

  • Mama Pea June 8, 2011, 9:35 am

    Glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! One of my favorite recipes. Maybe you should start offering advice to readers…but I guess you already do. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 8, 2011, 9:35 am

    I LOVE that sore feeling after weight training. It just means you’re working your muscles differently and that you had an awesome workout!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 8, 2011, 9:37 am

    That’s a great idea about the rice! Especially b/c there is a Chinese restaurant like 2 mins from my house.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 8, 2011, 9:38 am

    I feel so out of it right now since I’m not writing at all! We are in the process of moving and since more of the pay check comes from Tony’s work, I’m the one that has put work on hold. I am so ready to be done! I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Lisa June 8, 2011, 9:38 am

    Read Carolyn Hax. Her Washington post chats on Fridays are particularly addictive!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) June 8, 2011, 9:39 am

    Have you seen the frozen brown rice at WF (I know you don’t have one) or TJ’s? Those are lifesavers in a pinch! Just heat and serve! Delicious!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 8, 2011, 9:41 am

    I read Dear Abby every once in a while — and what is sad is that I love reading about advice but I don’t read any other columns. I’m going to look into the ones you have listed here.

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) June 8, 2011, 9:41 am

    I LOVE waking up sore the AM after a great workout! 🙂

    Your breakfast looks so yummy, and OMG, those cupcakes!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged June 8, 2011, 9:42 am

    There’s a company – I forget the name – that makes packets of microwave-steam organic brown rice, and they’re about $1 a packet…you should definitely look into those!

    I was reading Dear Abby since I was 10…when I was in high school and working for our newspaper, I started an advice column – they’re so much fun!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 8, 2011, 9:45 am

    That’s a really good tip for the brown rice! It’ll probably cost about that much at the grocery store – and you’ll need to heat it up! Now only if a Chinese restaurant by me sold brown rice instead of white. You think they’d catch on by now, right? 😛

  • Mica June 8, 2011, 9:46 am

    I wrote into the advice column in AMERICAN GIRL Magazine about how I was scared to get my ears pierced. (Bourgeois problems much?) They also did not respond to me.

  • Jen June 8, 2011, 9:56 am

    I used to be really great at sticking to my weight routine, but then I kind of fell out of it. My boyfriend, who’s a personal trainer, has recently starting giving me weekly sessions so that I can get my ass kicked. I had one yesterday, so I’m sore with you today!

    By the way, it’s really cute that your husband makes you breakfast!

  • Nikki June 8, 2011, 9:59 am

    I love Dear Wendy, she cracks me up 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 8, 2011, 10:00 am

    I usd to read Dear Abby when I was probably 7… no idea why, but it’s really amusing!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 8, 2011, 10:08 am

    I’m definitely going to spend some time reading these columns. I used to love reading the advice sections of teen magazines, though I’m sure these will be more relevant to my problems today!

    Thanks, Caitlin, and good luck with your writing!

  • Jen G. June 8, 2011, 10:13 am

    I love advice columns! It’s how I start every morning (and I get ridiculously excited for Thursdays, when there’s a new Dear Prudence and a new Dear Margo!) I’ll have to check out Savage Love (but from your description, I’m going to wait until AFTER work 😉

  • Kelly ( June 8, 2011, 10:16 am

    Good tip with the brown rice!! Thanks!

  • Sam June 8, 2011, 10:22 am

    Haha I love Savage Love! I listen to the podcast all the time 😛 Dan is so funny. Also, good tip for the rice! Bet that made dinner much faster, and I know that for ME, a restaurant could cook rice better 😛

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 8, 2011, 10:24 am

    I remember Dear Abby! I remember in Middle School we had some assignment to write to her…haha

  • Becky June 8, 2011, 10:28 am

    I am also a huge sucker for advice columns – in fact, being an advice columnist is my secret dream job! Have you ever read Love Letters? It’s a new favorite of mine, all relationship questions – which are definitely my absolute favorite type!

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 8, 2011, 10:28 am

    The other day I wanted rice but was too lazy to make some. Will you come be my personal advice columnist? All your links are keeping me entertained during my boring work training today! 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 8, 2011, 10:29 am

    It’s hard to get going for an AM workout for sure but I always feel it’s so worth it! It’s nice to get some energy out first thing and cross something off your to-do list. As of yesterday I’ve just gone back to early morning working out (even though I have to be up at 5am, blargh) and I feel a zillion times better when I do!

  • Marissa June 8, 2011, 10:45 am

    I LOVE being sore from weight training! I especially love DOMS. They’re kinda like a fun little surprise that you’re not expect a few days after you workout… like I did an ab workout on Sunday, and this morning I was getting out of bed and thought, “Whoa, my core is sore!” I always find the pain doesn’t truly doesn’t set in until I’m past the 24 hour mark, and is usually worst at about 48 hours! Weird how the body works, huh?

  • Leah @ L4L June 8, 2011, 10:54 am

    Have you read any Dan Savage books? They look good – I have a few on my “to read” list on Goodreads. PS – Are you on Goodreads?

  • Deirdre June 8, 2011, 10:55 am

    I love Dan Savage! I listen to his podcast every week. I think he has two traits that all good advice columnists should have: he’s compassionate but blunt as heck!

  • khushboo June 8, 2011, 11:11 am

    I feel you! After a strength workout yday (first one in agess), I could barely move- sweet pain eh! Great job on the run, you are doing really well 🙂

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 8, 2011, 11:18 am

    I love reading advice columns! Now I have a myriad of columns to look at to procrastinate ever more!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 8, 2011, 11:27 am

    I deifnitely always feel 100% better after getting an exercise in even if I’m not feeling my best right before. Good job on the run!

  • jen @ taste life June 8, 2011, 11:32 am

    I learn something new about you every day, Caitlin. I’ve never had a thing for advice columnists, but I always have loved reading the “Can This Marriage Be Saved” column in whatever mag that is….Ladies Home Journal, maybe?

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good June 8, 2011, 11:50 am

    I used to read Dear Abby, but it’s been a long time. I read Ask Miles in Runner’s World. Does that count? 🙂

  • Ania June 8, 2011, 11:57 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    This is not really related to today’s post but I just want to say how much I loved your second book and all my girlfriends in Europe loved it too…

    Thank You

  • cailen June 8, 2011, 12:13 pm

    i’ve never really read advice columns – but i probably would love them. they’re kinda like old-school blogs : )

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood June 8, 2011, 12:25 pm

    i love working out early in the morning too! since it’s been so hot this week i’ve had no other choice but to run in the morning. i love it. it’s quiet, no one is out yet. and you’re pumped for the day!

  • kelly June 8, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I love Dear Prudie! I am so excited every Monday and Thursday when she posts.

  • Gabriela June 8, 2011, 1:17 pm

    This is hilarious!!!!!! I love dear prudence and I thought I was the only one. I LOVE IT. I even know the days she posts her columns on slate.

  • Megan @ sweet on June 8, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I love them too! They were getting to be a time suck for me so I gave up the habit last year. It was SO HARD at first. Now, when I’m really bored, I can read back through some archives for a fix 😉 Ask Amy is also great!

  • Gabriela June 8, 2011, 1:19 pm

    now you gave me 4 more columnists to obsess over.

  • Baking 'n' Books June 8, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Oprah. Not Dear Abby – but c’mon 😉

    Do you follow any type of “try not to eat right before bed” thing? I stay up late too -doing any sort of random things (should be sleeping I know), but I tend to keep eating then as well. I just can’t break it. I know it makes me feel like crap, but it’s so impulsive…

    (oh and thanks re: the comment about the anxiety post – you TOTALLY took the words out of my mouth when you said how you CAN’T talk about it because it’s not your story to tell…i’m in an exact type of situation and it’s really difficult).

  • Brie @ Brie Fit June 8, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I listen to the Savage Love podcast while I run on the treadmill. I love it!

    I got to escort Dan Savage around for a weekend a few years ago and he’s a very nice guy. We did shots of whiskey and he made fun of my Republican husband in his speech.

  • Mindy Knows June 8, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Caitlin, have you tried Trader Joes 3-minute organic brown rice? It’s in the freezer section and honest to goodness is GREAT and only takes 3 minutes in the microwave! Cheaper and quicker than take out too 😉

    PS I love ask Prudence on Slate, too! Looking forward to checking out your other recommendations

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 8, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Those Oatmeal Cupcakes look fabulous!! I must try these soon!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 8, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I’m super sore too from doing Gina’s summer shape up yesterday! It feels good to know I worked my muscles so hard. 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 8, 2011, 3:36 pm

    Those cupcakes look great! And I LOVE that good kind of strength training sore!

  • monicanelsonfitness June 8, 2011, 4:24 pm

    I like your recap on the columinists! That is great.

    Those cupcakes looked great too and so did your fast meal. 🙂

    Stick with the weights, it will get better. 😉

  • Alaina June 8, 2011, 4:51 pm

    I love reading Dear Prudence. Those posts get me through some slow times at the desk. 🙂

  • Beth (Well I'll Be) June 8, 2011, 5:25 pm

    I’ve never really read advice columns but I checked these out and they really are good, and addicting! That open faced egg sandwich looks amazing!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 8, 2011, 6:03 pm

    I love advice columns too! Sometimes I totally disagree with their response but what do I know?

    That breakfast looks really yummy! I wish the future hubs cooked for me!

  • Erica June 8, 2011, 6:29 pm

    I so love advice columns! I’ve been getting the Dear Prudence emails weekly for about 10 years (since way back when the author was different and it was called Dear Prudie!). I wish we could meet in real life – I think we would be BFFs.

  • Brynne June 8, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I LOVE reading advice columns. The names in Dear Abby are just the best.

  • BroccoliHut June 8, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I’m a Prudy fan too–I look forward to her columns!!

  • Jen June 8, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Your Dad is adorable. 🙂

  • Amber Faye @ One "Faye" At A Time June 9, 2011, 12:43 am

    Oh my, I love Dear Prudence! I read it every Monday and Thursday! I am going to have to check out the others also. 🙂

  • Bizzle June 9, 2011, 7:22 am

    Uhh, you should totally do an ask HTP series. Awesome..wait for it, SAUCE!

  • The Healthy Engineer June 9, 2011, 1:17 pm

    My favorite is Dear E. Jean from Elle–she is so funny and I love the questions that come in.

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