Straight Through

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Now – don’t get me wrong.  I love walking breaks.  HUGE fan of the walk!  But there is something special about running straight through without needing to take a break.   I haven’t run three miles without walking since March, but this morning – I killed it.


Pre-run snack of 1/2 a bowl of some random gluten-free cereal (so my tummy contents didn’t slosh around too much) – it was tasty!  I’m on my 5th day of eating gluten-free (here’s why) and so far, so good.  It’s really not that bad when you have decent substitutes.


Came home and a regular-sized bowl of cereal.  No fruit because we are low, low, LOW on food.  Just sent the Husband to the store to re-stock our banana supply.


And take-out for lunch:


Fun fact:  The first 22 years of my life, no one called me Caitlin except my mom.  Everyone called me Katie.  When I order stuff from restaurants, I always say my name is Katie, not Caitlin, although I never introduce myself as Katie anymore. 


Spinach, sprouts, goat cheese, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, carrots, onions, and honey mustard GALORE!



Sorry to keep this short, but we’re dealing with major house dramarama (we went under contract, inspection discovered some serious problems, we thought about pulling out, and now they’re making an offer that is difficult to refuse).  I’m gonna go call my mom for advice.  My mom always knows what to do! 



  • Zo June 22, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Good luck with the house drama! I actually hear my mom’s voice in my head when it comes to making decisions or when I’m in crisis mode. It’s (usually) helpful!

  • Nadine June 22, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Good luck with the house! Now that they know about the mold, they must disclose it to future buyers, if you decide to walk away. You have the power on your side. BE THE HONEYBADGER!!!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:20 am

      Yes, I am the honeybadger!

  • Carolina John June 22, 2011, 4:21 pm

    big house problems only become not problems if you get them fixed. get a contractor estimate to fix it and lower your purchase price by that amount or lower.

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 22, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Mums always know best 🙂 Wishing you and the Husband heaps of luck with the big decision, hope the dramarama fades away soon. Loved the fun fact – so quirky! I’ve only ever been known as Yolie…or Yolanda by my parents when I’m in trouble, lol! 😉 xyx

  • Heather June 22, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I totally call or email my mom when I have a dilemma. She doesn’t always tell me what to do but the act of talking it through with her makes things clearer every time. Anyways, good luck on the house!!!

    • Liz June 22, 2011, 4:37 pm

      That’s the deal for me too. My mom doesn’t usually directly tell me what to do, but always helps me talk through things until they are clearer. Moms are THE BEST!

  • Hannah @ theflexitarianeater June 22, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Good luck with the house! I really hope it all works out for you.
    And CONGRATS on the run! I know exactly how you feel — I was out for over 3 months because of some nasty IT Band issues, and only just started running again (at almost exactly at the same time as you, actually). It’s definitely tough not being able to do what you used to be able to do, but it’s also exciting to slowly regain that fitness level 🙂

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog June 22, 2011, 4:34 pm

    We are actually buying our house at the exact time as you (we close the 22nd of july). We had some MAJOR issues right after we went under contract as well — not with the house…but with some of the things the owner wanted to do (stay in the house after closing). I’m not one for confrontation but I put on my big girl panties and basically threw down the gauntlet with our relator telling him to fix it or we walk. Never forget that the real estate market, though on it’s way back up, is still in the crapper; so never be afraid to walk — you are the ones with the power in this relationship!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:21 am

      Good advice!!!!

  • Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run June 22, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Yes! I always go to my mom for advice too. She’s the smartest person I know.

    I’ve considered GF myself. I often wondered if it’s a cause of my tummy problems when I run.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks June 22, 2011, 4:38 pm

    When I was in elementary school, I had a friend whose name was Caitlin…but we always called her Caity…so it was really weird when in high school a new friend and I are talking about people we used to go to school with. She is talking about Caitlin. I am talking about Caity. After a while, we discovered we were talking about the SAME girl. She moved to another city and wound up knowing this other girl. Weird!

    All of this confusion just due to the whole Caitlin vs. Caity situation! 😉

    Good luck with your house drama…I just rent, and it is plenty drama for me! 😛

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:21 am

      Hahah funny story! So crazy.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 22, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Yikes about the house!! But you’re totally right.. moms always know what to do – I’ve called my mum for a lot of big decisions (well, decisions that seemed really big at the time!) and she’s never steered me wrong!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 22, 2011, 4:42 pm

    I hope everything with the house works out! Whichever way you go, I’m sure it will come together.

    I <3 honey mustard!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 22, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Good luck with the house drama!
    The whole Katie vs. Caitlin thing totally threw me for a loop! It’s like a whole new “you” as a Katie! haha

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 22, 2011, 4:54 pm

    You definitely seem more like a Caitlin than a Katie to me- isn’t that funny how people look like certain names? Now I want to tell restaurants a different name, just for fun 🙂

    Sorry about all the house drama… things will work out for the best in the long run!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 22, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Yay on the run! Sorry to hear about the house. Things will work out as they should. It’s so good you got another inspection on it! Imagine if you had just gone through the first one and moved forward!

  • Laura @ MyReasontoRun June 22, 2011, 5:04 pm

    i do the same thing! she helps me sort it out. she knows instinctively what my gut feeling is and she helps point that out to me.

    yes there is just something about running through without a break, i always feel like i cheated myself when i cant run straight through!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 22, 2011, 5:07 pm

    Follow your gut when buying a house. If you’re uneasy about the house… don’t get it!

  • SaraRM June 22, 2011, 5:19 pm

    I love your fun fact! Who woulda thunk it 🙂

    Good luck with all the drama hope it works out for the best, which ever that way may be!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:21 am

      Thanks gurl 🙂

  • Christy June 22, 2011, 5:23 pm

    One gluten free cereal I really like is Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise. It has pretty good stats and stays crunchy! Love the nutty flavor. Good luck with the house…hope it all works out.

  • Alex June 22, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Wow, that is an awesome looking salad for the fact that it’s take-out! Where did you get it?

    If it’s really mold that is the problem just make sure some professionals look at it. My friend was living in an apartment with mold and her landlord kept telling her it will all be okay if she just opens the windows more often. Turns out the whole isolation of the base of the building was messed up and let water creep in the walls.
    Mold can be a serious health issue… don’t let them lure you into doing something you’ll regret later. But of course you know that.

  • Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl June 22, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Congrats on the run! Good for you 🙂 I think Gluten Free often tastes better than the original. Glad to hear it’s going well for you.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul June 22, 2011, 5:30 pm

    ahh that must be stressful–but you can handle it Caitlin! Everything will come out the way it is supposed to 😀

  • Wendy June 22, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Ah! Good luck with the house! We had mold problems with our house, and after the sellers had it treated before closing, we haven’t had any problems at all. Moms always seem to know best. My mom actually saw my current home for sale, encouraged us to look at it, and helped us work through some similar problems that you’re dealing with.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 22, 2011, 5:40 pm

    YEP go to the mom for help and advice< —-i always do it toooo!!!

  • Johanna B June 22, 2011, 5:55 pm

    If you enjoy a good granola try Udi’s Gluten-free. It’s the best I’ve found and I’ve been GF for almost 2 years.

    • Jenny June 23, 2011, 11:28 am

      Udi’s makes the most awesome GF pizza crust. I get it in the frozen case at Whole Foods. We brush it with olive oil and top with dairy free Daiya “cheese” and fresh veggies/herbs.

      Best pizzas ever!

      • Johanna B June 23, 2011, 4:47 pm

        I’ll have to try the GF pizza crust. I’ve seen it in the stores but haven’t tried it. The way you fix it must be really good. thanks for the idea.

  • Angela June 22, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Yay for mums! I’m hoping that if I ever have kids that they give you some sort of secret mum manual with the baby as I have no idea where they get all the good advice from.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:22 am

      Haha i hope i get that freakin’ manual, too!

  • Marissa C June 22, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I have to say, good call on not sharing house details here. When I was in high school, my parents made an offer a house. A few days later, I ended up going to the house with a friend (the owners had no idea who I was!) Turns out the friend was interested in one of the sons that lived there and I ended up getting all the back story on their family’s move–NOT info you want a potential buyer to know. I don’t remember all the details–they ended up rejecting the offer and my parents moved on, but it was an interesting story!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:22 am

      oh yea, gotta definitely keep your lips sealed sometimes.

  • Melissa June 22, 2011, 6:12 pm

    As a home owner who looked at 25+ properties and settled because I was exhausted and didn’t mind that it would be a lot of the work, it wasn’t major, but I wish I had just looked more, instead of having my heart set on a property that needed money I didn’t have and that is not worth anything in this market, no matter what upgrades I have done. It would have been cheaper for me to rent the last 4 years and save my money. Just be careful, it maybe throwing good money after bad. Now every project we do I get irritated and think why am I even doing this. Just my thoughts… 🙂 Good luck!

  • KathrynTravels June 22, 2011, 6:26 pm

    Ahhh I was totally “Katy” always with everyone until I was about 21 and I definitely say Katy instead of Kathryn when getting take-out or coffee. So funny!

    It makes it even more fun when big groups of old and new friends get together – sounds like they’re talking about two different people when really it’s just me!

    Good luck on all the house stuff!

  • Cass June 22, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t just snatch up some poor Katie’s lunch? 🙂 I hope the house works out well, good luck!

  • Alex @ Working Housewife June 22, 2011, 6:37 pm

    Strange…only knowing you as ‘Caitlin’, it’s weird to think of you as a ‘Katie’.

  • @HilaryFleming June 22, 2011, 6:50 pm

    good luck on the house. We are in the middle of moving right now ourselves…not too much fun. I had a “take away” salad today too.

  • Lauri ( June 22, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Good Luck with the house!!!! Super stressful, but hopefully it will all work out in the end 🙂

    And yes, there is a ‘special’ feeling about completing a run without stopping. If I stop, even for a second, I find it SO hard to start back!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 22, 2011, 6:59 pm

    This is totally random.. but have you ever thought about why Caitlin’s with a C spell Katie with a K?? I know not everyone does it this way — but lots do — Just interesting! I’m Katie with a K because my name is Katie — it’s not just a nickname lol.

    But my friend Caitlin goes by Caity. And my other friend Katelyn goes by Katey. Sooo variations of Katie but spelled closer to their version of their whole name.

    Anddd I’ll stop my name analysis / crazy observation now.


    • DadHTP June 22, 2011, 8:23 pm

      Because I really wanted Katie for a nickname, and MomHTP didn’t like any other full names starting with K.

      • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 22, 2011, 8:38 pm

        Aww DadHTP thanks for the reply!! My mom initially wanted Casey but my dad didn’t want that because it could be a boy.. so they were thinking Kelly, but at then time they were calling my sister Ellen, Ellie — so, Kelly and Ellie might have been silly. Sooo alas, I was named Katie 🙂

      • Amber K June 23, 2011, 11:56 am

        I should have read this before posting my own comment! So interesting. 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books June 22, 2011, 7:00 pm

    Is Katie your middle name?! I know a lot of people who go by their middle names actually.

    I’m assuming your not eating completely GF though? You said you went 5 days straight – but the coconut tempeh you had yesterday has gluten in it.

    ALOT of things do! So that’s why sticking to the obvious ones will help you anyways! 🙂

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:23 am

      Nope my middle name is Joy 🙂

  • Ashley @ the fit academic June 22, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Good luck with the house drama! I can’t even imagine!!
    Love the “fun fact” about going by Katie for 22 years! I’ve had lots of friends do this…kinda “change” their name as an adult. I find it so hard to call them by the “new” name…I always wanna call them whatever it was I had called them all while growing up! Do you still have friends call you Katie or has everyone pretty much converted to Caitlin?

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:24 am

      it’s weird, pretty much everyone has now converted. i think it’s because most of my friends read my blog so they see me as caitlin a lot. 🙂

  • Ash June 22, 2011, 7:15 pm

    I love your fun fact! I never would have guessed that! What does your hubby call you now? Why’d you stop going by Katie?

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:24 am

      Caitlin sounded more mature at work 🙂 Hubby calls me Caitlin now!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 22, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Good luck with the house…I am totally empathetic b/c I have BEEN THERE sooo many times, where you mentally check in, check out, check back into..owning that particular house.

    Hugs!! 🙂

  • Hillary June 22, 2011, 7:28 pm

    I was always “Hill” until I went to college, and now only my close family and friends call me that. It feels so weird when someone at works starts calling me Hill instead of Hillary!

  • Amy June 22, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Maybe the introducing yourself as Katie at a restaurant thing has to do somewhat with the fact that the spelling of Katie is pretty hard to mess up, whereas Caitlin can be spelled many ways? (With a K, with a C, with a “lin”, with a “y”). Just a thought – my friend used to shorten her name to “Kris” (from Christina) because the baristas at Starbucks used to butcher her name. Just a thought =) Your reasons may vary, ha!

    • Amy June 22, 2011, 7:29 pm

      With a “y” makes no sense, reading it over. I meant “lyn”, in case that wasn’t clear.


      • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:25 am

        People don’t understand “Caitlin” as well over the phone, either. I always end up repeating it twenty times.

        • DadHTP June 23, 2011, 12:14 pm

          This is so funny! Our family name is an uncommon spelling, limited to a small part of Italy. For years it was a struggle to get it spelled “right” in newspapers, school, almost anywhere! I never ever KNEW there were alternate spellings of Caitlin.

          And to cap it off – and I’m not acting snarky – but I just googled “Caitlin” and this was the first definition from the first result:

          The only correct way to spell this name. It does not include: Caitlyn, Catelyn, Catelin, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Caitlynn, Caitlan, etc.
          Caitlin has cool parents who can spell.

          I did NOT make up that example. MomHTP can’t spell (ok, snark).

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 22, 2011, 7:33 pm

    That sounds stressful. I hope it all goes well.

    I like the Katie vs. Caitlin story!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) June 22, 2011, 7:49 pm

    I remember the first time I went on a run without a walking break – I cried because I was so proud of myself.

  • Katy June 22, 2011, 7:50 pm

    Be really careful and have a contractor price whatever fixes need to be made. Be sure not to use a contractor recommended by the previous residents or realtors. If they’re willing to give you such a good offer, there’s a reason. Also, notice how old it is what what may or may not need to be replaced. We bought our house when it was right at 15 years old, but nothing had ever been replaced, so we immediately had to reroof, plus lots of work with the heating/air, etc. Problems can pile up. That being said, if it’s the right place, it’ll be well worth it in the end! Can’t wait to read what happens!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:25 am

      Good advice, Katy! Thank you!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 22, 2011, 8:11 pm

    NO idea you ever went by Katie. It feels so awkward imagining calling you Katie!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 22, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Nice job on the run! I love walking breaks in runs – I feel like they give me a lot more energy to go longer!

  • Lauren June 22, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I love walk breaks. I think it’s ridiculous that people think you are not running if you have to stop and walk for a few seconds. I think it actually makes you a better/faster runner.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 22, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Way to go with your run!! SO glad to hear you’re doing better after your injury.

    Also, my fingers are crossed for you guys with the new house. Closing can be a real bitch sometimes. I hope you guys make the right decision. And if you don’t end up getting the house, look on the bright side, that means more house shopping! (IMO house shopping is kinda awesome)

  • Kelly June 22, 2011, 8:41 pm

    UGH, house buying is so stressful! Good luck, fingers crossed for you.

  • Stephanie @cookinfanatic June 22, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Wishing you luck with the house! I know how nerve racking it can be, I bought my house as a foreclosure and had to skip the home inspection and go-with-my-gut but it ended up being one of the best decisions ever bc I adore my house. Thinking of u and hubs and hope it all works out 🙂

  • Kaetlin June 22, 2011, 8:58 pm

    WOW! I’m the opposite. I’ve gone by Kaetlin my whole life, but now I am thinking about going by Kate. A few people call me Kate, but I often say Kate when I go to Starbucks, etc. I’ve always felt like Kaetlin didn’t sound like an adult name, but I don’t feel that way when I think of your name… oh the difficult decisions in life…! Good luck with the house.

  • Carolyn L. June 22, 2011, 9:03 pm

    That last part is too true. I always call my mama when I need advice, even if I know what I need to do. She always confirms what I know in my heart.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) June 22, 2011, 9:03 pm

    That’s so interesting about your name! I always enjoy learning new random facts about people.

  • kristen June 22, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Sending positive thoughts your way!! Hope everything with the house works out!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 22, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I always call my mom when I need advice too. Moms are the best! 😀 Good luck with the house situation!

  • Laura June 22, 2011, 10:04 pm

    If they are willing to fix it or cut you a good enough deal, it will probably be worth it. But go with your gut–trust your instincts on this one (and I don’t mean your initial fear response :)).

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 22, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I’ve gone by Katie my whole life, shortened from Katherine. I prefer Kate though, but it weirds people out for some reason to call me something else!

  • mary (what's cookin with mary) June 22, 2011, 10:29 pm

    For the first 17 years of my life I was ‘Mary Esther’ because my Mom’s name is also Mary 🙂

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots June 22, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Looks like you are doing a great job at your recovery! Keep it up!

  • colleen June 22, 2011, 10:58 pm

    My daughter’s name is Caitlin. I wanted an Irish name to give her a little bit of my family’s heritage and loved the Irish spelling and meaning – “pure”. Plus it was the Irish verison of my mom’s middle name and an old character on NCIS. We call her Caitlin, Cait , Caity, or in the case of her two older brothers she is Caity Pie.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:26 am

      Caity Pie is so cute!

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 22, 2011, 11:09 pm

    You are SO right!! Moms always know what to do.

  • Amanda June 22, 2011, 11:14 pm

    Random- sorry this has nothing to do with the post. Heart broken, just dumped after a year and a half…and I’m 26. Words of wisdom?

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:28 am

      Aww I’m so sorry. My advice is that things always seem worse right away – in a year, you’re probably look back and think THANK GOODNESS I WAS DUMPED.

      I was dumped by my ex, who I was DEEPLY in love with. It was so painful and it came out of nowhere. He dumped me because he basically wanted to sleep with other people to ensure I was ‘the one.’ Yeah, right. Anyway, it was terrible when it happened. But after a while, I realized that he did me a big favor and things weren’t as great as I had imagined/wanted them to be.

      I say – focus on yourself. Sign up for a fun race. Cut your hair. Go on vacation. Get a dog. Do something that you always wanted to do but he didn’t, and live your life.

      Being happy is the best revenge. 🙂

      If you were in Charlotte, I’d buy you a drink!

  • shah'ada June 22, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Yay for a straight run!! That really does feel a.mazing!

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) June 22, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Best of luck with the house!!!

    And holy yumyum, that salad looks DIVINE!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 23, 2011, 12:40 am

    Good luck with all things house related (and unrelated, for that matter)!

  • Khushboo June 23, 2011, 1:44 am

    Mama knows best…although I hate to admit this to my own mom as she would never let me hear the end of it 🙂

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing June 23, 2011, 2:18 am

    Had no idea you were a Katie too! Neat little fact 🙂 Does the hubs call you Katie? I have tried to transition to Katherine and Kate at various points, but it always reverts to Katie for me; I just can’t break the habit of introducing myself that way! Close friends and fam tend to call me Kate more often than not, though.

    Fingers crossed that all the house drama works itself out for the best! <3

  • Kie June 23, 2011, 6:21 am

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  • Sarah@The Flying ONION June 23, 2011, 6:44 am

    Crossing my fingers for the house! It will all work out,whether this is THE house for you guys or not.

    Moms know best. 😀

  • cj weaber @ June 23, 2011, 6:44 am

    That is so awesome that you ran straight through today! I am struggling with an IT band injury now and every time I even try to run it starts to hurt. I am getting so frustrated and impatient waiting for it to feel better! Do you think it is better to rest completely or still take walks and bike ride until it heals? its so hard not to want to be outside in the summer!
    PS good luck with the house! I know how stressful the process can be!

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:29 am

      i can’t really answer that you for… you should really ask a physical therapist.

      but if i wear you, i would do a week without any exercise and then do things like bike and swim for a few months. It bands can be really hard to cure, so don’t try to jump back in too quickly.

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 23, 2011, 7:40 am

    I think my knee and running dilemma’s answer is to actually take a walking break. Noted.

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 10:15 am

      Yes, walk!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy June 23, 2011, 9:37 am

    I always call my mom when I need advice!

  • Mary June 23, 2011, 9:45 am

    good luck with your house!! I hope that everything works out 🙂

  • katie @ KatieDid June 23, 2011, 9:47 am

    i love that you keep such a positive attitude about running! Someone could easily get discouraged that at one point they ran a marathon but now they have to walk on shorter runs. But everything is relative, and a 3 mile run (after injury especially) can be TOUGH! glad your knee is feeling so much better 🙂 good luck on the house stuff!

  • Charise June 23, 2011, 10:38 am

    Ugh, all your real estate drama is making me anxious. 🙁 I am currently working from a coffee shop while our condo buyer has his inspection, and this afternoon we will have our inspection on the house we are in contract to buy. I reeaaallly hope both go well! At least the sellers are giving you are good offer to make up for the issues!

    And yay for running straight through! 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat June 23, 2011, 11:46 am

    Baaah, I hope the whole house thing works out. We’re still in it ourselves as I’m sure you are tired of me mentioning every time I comment hahaha. Hope to hear good news for both of us soon!

  • Tracey @ Tropicalhappiness June 23, 2011, 11:47 am

    So funny that you switched from Katie to Caitlin!

    As for the house, we put ours on the market in Feb, and spent the time since then trying to sell ours and looking at new ones. The best thing I can say is that make sure to make a FINANCIAL decision with this house. It is so easy to get caught up in the emotions, but the best advice I got from my parents is to put it on paper and see if it makes sense.

    Definitely get a contractor to determine how much it will cost you to fix (add in 10%, or go with their “worst case scenario” number because they might find unexpected issues. Then, put together a reasonable offer that will cover you guys to buy the house, fix the problem, and still get a deal with the inconvenience of having to fix it.

    Even if you think this house is “the one,” it’s not “the one” if it’s not a smart financial decision. This is a house you will live in for a while and a HUGE investment. And I PROMISE PROMISE PROMISE that if you keep looking, you will find another one that is just as good or better. I know it is so cliche, and everything DOES happen for a reason. You will find something better, because you kept looking. And there are plenty of houses out there– it might just take time.

    Also, think about whether, after fixing the problem, you would want a child to live there… if you still feel like it’s a risk for a child, even after fixing it up, then you probably don’t want it.


  • Amber K June 23, 2011, 11:49 am

    Omg, that is too funny. Whenever I know someone by one name for long enough hearing that they used to go by something else is just plain weird! I can’t picture you as a Katie!

    Plus, I’ve always wondered this: In my experience when someone is named Caitlin or Catherine, why do they shorten it to Kate or Katie with a K? Why not Cate or Catie?

  • Allie Q (Fit Geek) June 23, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I remember Katie 🙂

    Whenever I order food or make an appointment for something I always say I’m Alexandra, not Allie.

  • Lisa June 23, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Oh no good luck with the house stuff! I randomly emailed you about house hunting in Charlotte last month and the same thing happened to us! We put an offer on a house in Elizabeth and after the inspection showed that it was basically falling apart we backed out, that same day an awesome house had come on the market, the next day we backed out of the broken house and got the new house. Funny how things work out! I’m sure the same will work out for you! After all that we watched the fab Tom Hank’s 80’s movie the Money Pit 🙂

    • Caitlin June 23, 2011, 4:55 pm

      Yay! Where is your new house? Maybe we will be neighbors!

      • Lisa June 23, 2011, 4:59 pm

        It’s over towards South Park near the corner of Providence and Fairview. Its not South Park or Foxcroft so I don’t know what it is technically called haha. Totally a different direction from Elizabeth. We’re moving to the burbs now. Did your mamma help you decide what to do? I always call mine for advice too.

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