Fur Kids at FABO

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We brought the fur kids to FABO today.  I love that you can bring pets (dogs or cats!) to this local coffeehouse/art gallery!  And trust me, James loves it too.


Maggie… not so much.  She gets frightened when people come over to pet her, and every time the door opens, she tries to run away.  Silly pup.  After sitting there for three hours, she finally adjusted and actually had a nice time.  She is just so anxious in social situations…




Did I mention James is a natural coffee shop dog?  He got petted by at least six people, including lots of kids.  He pretty much owned the place by the time we left.



Since we were there all day long, we brought some lunch (FABO only sells coffee and desserts, which we bought, too).   I packed a spinach, goat cheese, and almond salad + steamed and salted edamame.


Plus one million cups of green tea.


The Husband and I were both so productive.  There is something so magical about coffee shops.  Just being in a bright, sunny, funky coffee shop like FABO boosts my productivity 200%!


Came home and had a date-sunflower butter snack:


And then I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and cycled.  Olympic triathlon in less than a week!  Must… get… saddle… time… in!


And guess what?  Tomorrow, I’m doing a spontaneous TRIATHLON RELAY with Jen and her brother-in-law’s girlfriend.  They needed a runner and I volunteered at the last moment!  Jen will swim, her friend will bike, and I will run… a 10K.  I have not run a 10K in MONTHS – since March!  I’m excited but a little nervous too.  I hope I can keep up.


It’ll be my second race with Jen’s baby bump!  He’s a racing machine already!


Dinner featured a fun and easy little sauce.


I mixed white bean hummus and masala lentil dip (from Trader Joe’s), some soy sauce, and hot sauce.  It was spicy and flavorful.  On top of steamed collard greens, kidney beans, and yummy millet. 



Well, we’re talking about going out, but since I have to wake up hellah early for the triathlon relay, I’m going to call it an early night.  Dessert is likely in the future!  Mmm mmm.



  • Shirtless Ben July 30, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Good luck on your triathlon Caitlin!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing July 30, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Good luck on the run! I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂 I always find I’m wayyy too distracted in coffee shops. I can’t stop people-watching. It’s a weakness. My husband and I had to make a rule that I’m not allowed to sit on the side of a table in a restaurant that faces people. It’s that bad. #NoSelfControl You can imagine my productivity levels in a coffeeshop! 😉

  • girl in the pink July 30, 2011, 8:13 pm

    I NEED those chairs – preferably the one on the left and/or the right. So. CUTE.

  • Lauren July 30, 2011, 8:13 pm

    You’ll do great tomorrow! Good luck.

  • Hillary July 30, 2011, 8:17 pm

    I wrote every single major paper at a coffee shop when I was in college. I was always a thousand times more productive there than in my house!

    Good luck tomorrow : )

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 30, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Good luck on the tri! The dog-friendly coffee shop sounds so fun! I’ve never heard of anything like that

  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 30, 2011, 8:29 pm

    SO much sunflower seed butter today…
    yet I still see more (tablespoons) in my near future.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 30, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Yay for spontaneous races! They give you less time to freak out about it 🙂 Good luck tomorrow!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce July 30, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I love that sauce you whipped up! Yum!
    Good for you for getting your workout on in the comfort of your living room, in the AC! 🙂
    Sunflower butter and dates = goodness.

  • Chelsea July 30, 2011, 8:40 pm

    You and all these races! I’m jealous lol. I need to catch up and start signing up!

  • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle July 30, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Bless Maggie’s little face. That’s awesome that you have a coffee shop you can take them to!
    I always have the same situation with my dogs in public too – one is a tart and wants to be fussed over by everyone and the other one is horrified if someone tries to pet him. James looks most contented 🙂
    Good luck with your 10k!

  • Laura July 30, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I’m sometimes shy, too. I feel Maggie’s pain. 🙂

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Kim @ vegan mama-to-be July 30, 2011, 9:05 pm

    dates & nut butter is my absolute favorite snack/dessert!

  • cathy July 30, 2011, 9:05 pm

    good luck tomorrow, caitlin! you’ll be surprised at how much your muscles will remember!
    glad you had such a productive day. i would choose that coffee shop just for those chairs!

  • Kris July 30, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Every time you post about FABO, I get so jealous! There is nothing like it anywhere near me, just generic Starbucks (which are OK…) and the University has a nice little restuarant, but parking is impossible!

    I may have to try this working at a coffee shop business, the distractions at home are crushing my productivity and desire!

    Have fun tomorrow!

  • Baking N Books July 30, 2011, 9:23 pm

    I think the key is the coffee shop…there’s one I went to before and it was just a lot of students and very “artsy” like – so not me at all. But the ones closer to downtown are more – not to sound bad – but sophisticated or something? I don’t know.

    Do you stay there sitting the whole 3 hours? Nice that they let you bring in your own food!

  • Laura July 30, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Poor Maggie. 🙁 My dog is so tense in public too, but I wonder if he’d be calmer at a place like FABO where he could lie on chairs.

    Have fun at the triathlon relay!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 30, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Hey good luck and HAVE fun at the Tri!! Sooooo cool 🙂

    And what a great way to be productive. Gotta shake up the scenery a little, no??

  • Kath July 30, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I love you two (you two!)

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 30, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Observation: we have the same lap top.

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic July 30, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Do use Tamari now that you’re lowering your gluten consumption? I just had to make the switch and I was surprised to find that I like it so much more.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 30, 2011, 10:49 pm

    haha a spontaneous triathlon relay?! You’re a rockstar, girl!

  • Joanna@DrizzleofSunshine July 30, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Good luck with your training! Looks like your fueling your body with so many good eats! Why is hummus so delicious? I’ve been hooked lately (again).

  • Stefanie @ Living HI July 30, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is awesome, have a good race tomorrow!

  • Khushboo July 31, 2011, 12:13 am

    GOod luck with the relay! And go for the dessert- it’s a Saturday night 😉

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 31, 2011, 1:13 am

    I am horrible at working in coffee shops! It doesn’t help that I always go with friends and get distracted 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 31, 2011, 1:16 am

    Have fun and show that 10k who’s boss!

  • yolie @ practising wellness July 31, 2011, 2:14 am

    so cool that they let you take the pups with you, and bring your own food…it sounds (and looks) like a wonderful place to work! seriously girl, your productivity is indredible… So awesome about your impromptu race tomorrow…have a fantastic run! 😀 xyx

  • Kristyn July 31, 2011, 7:31 am

    Good luck at the relay! For a runner who has been injured before, I have a question. I’m currently injured…my fiance is a chiropractor and he thinks it may be a disc bulge. We are training for a half together that is on September 11th. I’ve been out of commission a week and I’m praying I’m not out another week with all the treatments I’ve received. Do you think it’s still possible to get back on the wagon if I have to sit out one more week? I’ve done extremely gentle yoga to try and stretch and am doing everything Jim is telling me to do. =) Being injured is definitely the worst. Have a blast today!!! I hope Jen wears another cute shirt like her pink one with the baby feet!

    • CaitlinHTP July 31, 2011, 2:07 pm

      Aw I’m sorry! I’m not a doctor so I can only tell you what I would do… I would drop out of the race and not run probably for 2 – 4 months. I’m sorry to have to say that! But there is no way I would potentially f**k up my back for a half marathon. A disc bulge is super serious. If I were you, I would just ditch the running and take up swimming if the doctor okays it.

      I’ve had to take 2-4 months off a few times and, while it sounds horrendous, it’s really not that bad.

      GOOD LUCK.

      • Kristyn July 31, 2011, 2:39 pm

        Thanks Caitlin… Looks like I’m destined for an MRI tomorrow. I’m super fortunate the fiancé is a chiro. He doesn’t want me running either. Its so frustrating. Thank you so much for the advice on what you would do:) I don’t want an f’d up back either. MRI will show if its truly tge disc bulge. I hope not. Thank you!!!! Enjoy your Sunday!

        • CaitlinHTP July 31, 2011, 4:59 pm

          I’m really sorry 🙁 It blows. Just remind yourself that you plan to be active for the rest of your life!

  • Bee @ B*tchy Bee July 31, 2011, 8:13 am

    I would lovvvvve if there was a dog friendly place around here! Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 Your babies are adorable.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture July 31, 2011, 8:55 am

    Ooh love the look of FABO! And it’s really cool that they allow pets! Our dog is a bit nervous around people as well as she was mistreated by her last owner, takes her a while to settle down, poor thing. Good luck for your tri relay tomo! Sure you will do great!! 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs July 31, 2011, 9:18 am

    My dog gets very nervous in social situations as well. She is big (the size of a large lab) and sometimes she tries to climb behind me when she is nervous. She would not do well there, but I would love to see all of the dogs. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2011, 11:19 am

    You are crazy (but in a good way!) for spontaneously agreeing to do a 10K today! Good luck! 😀

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 31, 2011, 12:06 pm

    wow you volunteered last minute?! that’s crazy haha. But more power to you Caitlin! It’s not like you’ve been out of shape anyway 🙂 you’ll do great!!

  • Amber K July 31, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Can’t wait to read about how your race went! I love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I actually didn’t see the movie until I was an adult, even though my grandparents had the record and I had known all of the songs since I was little.

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 31, 2011, 10:52 pm

    So cute! I wish there was a pet friendly coffee shop around me! I need to start keeping an eye out for one!

  • Maria August 1, 2011, 12:14 am

    Congratulations on your race!

    I was wondering if you could do a post or provide advice about bike gears. I recently bought a new bike and am having trouble figuring out how to maximize my gears while riding up and down hills. Do you have any hints or tricks?

    • CaitlinHTP August 1, 2011, 9:51 am

      Hi Maria! I will put this on my list of posts to write 🙂

  • JOYCE August 1, 2011, 9:29 am

    Can you tell me where to research what kind of “stand” to buy so I can adapt my bike for indoor riding like yours in one of your photos? How do you go about selecting one?

    • CaitlinHTP August 1, 2011, 9:51 am

      I like the Bell Motivator 🙂 It’s cheap and awesome! You can get it on Amazon.

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