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I love her to bits and piece, but seriously – is this not the most vacant puppy face you’ve ever seen?


The lights are on, but no one is home.  A few fries short of a Happy Meal.  The gates are down and the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.  The driveway doesn’t quite reach the road.  You know.


Maggie gave me her trademark vacant stare for hours today while I edited from the couch.  And she does this intense, rhythmic breathing at the same time.  The eyes + snoring are hypnotic.  All I have to do is look into her eyes for thirty seconds and I begin to yawn. 


Lucky for me, Megan and Nicole came over after work.  I probably wouldn’t have motivated myself to go out for a run today, so I am very grateful for my running buddies, who pushed me 2.25 miles.  Wahoo!


Something > Nothing


Came home and made a delicious dinner, featuring Garlic Gold crumbles:


Garlic Gold is something I’ve seen all over the blog world, always wanted to try, but never purchased.  I was pretty pumped to get a free sample in my Healthy Living Summit swag bag!


In the mix:


Brown rice

Kidney beans


Raw broccoli

BBQ sauce

Garlic gold


I loved the garlic gold!  But I’m a garlic fan.  Don’t even mind the fire breath.



A little more editing before bed, perhaps?



  • Kris August 31, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Ah, my sweet pup was definitely as vacant as Maggie (and just as sweet), but her stare was a little more intense. But every once in a while, she’d surprise me by being more on the ball than I gave her credit for. Usually involved food 🙂

  • Selena August 31, 2011, 9:01 pm

    So…question for you. Do you do a warm up/cool down walk? If you do, do you count that as part of your total mileage/time or do you only count once you start running? I usually walk for 5 min, run (well, jog) for 30 min, then walk 5 min but I only claim the distance and time that I run. Not that there’s a competition with anyone just wondering what most people “claim” as their workout…

    • Caitlin August 31, 2011, 9:03 pm

      I do a warm up and cool down but include it in my mileage 🙂 Walk or run, it all counts!

      • Baking N Books September 1, 2011, 2:14 pm

        Is it expensive though? I’m trying to save wherever I can. But it would be nice. I would worry about her/it! getting lonely though in a small apt.

        • Baking N Books September 1, 2011, 2:14 pm

          Oh sorry – commented to the wrong reply! I was referring to the kitten 😉

  • Shari August 31, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Oh boy, can I relate to your title … after 5+ hours of editing every day, my vision’s starting to swim by this point!! Good luck with the rest of yours 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 31, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Having a pet is so distracting! My bird talks so loudly that I can’t get any work done when he’s around. He’s adorable, but a brat 🙂

  • mi-an d. August 31, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I LOVE garlic gold as well and i always always sautee my veggies in garlic first!!

  • Zo August 31, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Do you feel like you have “sharper” times of day when it comes to writing/editing? I often find things tricky if I’m trying to write or edit at night (harder for me to focus), but in the morning, things become clear! I’m also a morning exerciser, so maybe my better focus just fits my “rhythms.”

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:38 am

      As long as I’m in the mood, I can work whenever. The mood just randomly strikes, though.

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 31, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Something >>>>> nothing for sure when it comes to exercise!

    Maggie looks sweet. As long as there aren’t too many accidents on carpet or too much loud barking, it’s ok for a doggie to not be the brightest 🙂 Life isn’t that complicated for a dog!

  • Baking N Books August 31, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Is editing stressful?…or more relaxing and “tame” compared to the writing part? Does it go to an editor after for more edits before final approval/submission?

    What’s in the Garlic Gold?? I want a dog or a kitten…:( I think it would really help me with my anxiety for some reason…

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:38 am

      You should get a cat! Low maintenance but lots of fun 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 31, 2011, 9:18 pm

    Love Garlic Gold — the oil is the best for roasting veggies.

  • Lesley August 31, 2011, 9:18 pm

    Perhaps Maggie is actually a creative genius. What presents as a vacant stare belies a rich inner imaginary world, so entertaining that the real world is of no interest nor consequence. If only she could talk, your next book could have been written for you!

    Or continuing with your theme, perhaps she is just has a few braincells less that most dogs, and they are all fighting…

    • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 31, 2011, 10:36 pm

      This comment has me laughing out loud!

    • Jen August 31, 2011, 11:36 pm

      HAHAHAHA…I was actually thinking along the same line! Perhaps Dear Maggie is actually communicating deep thoughts…far beyond what we mere humans can comprehend!

      Well, in any case, she is pretty darn cute! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:35 am

      Aw you guys are so nice to my Maggie 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 31, 2011, 9:22 pm

    Whenever I see your little Maggiekins, I always thinkg of the dogs from Hyperbole and a Half – seriously, she is the one whose head goes all the way around beccause she’s so out there!

  • Brooke (Tea & Tofu) August 31, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Awww, Maggie is so sweet. My cat gives me the exact same look – also while snoring and with her head upright! Weird animals 🙂

  • Army Amy* August 31, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I wonder what Maggie is thinking when she stares blankly like that. Surely she’s thinking about something!*

  • Sweet and Savvy August 31, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Good luck on your editing! 🙂

  • Khushboo August 31, 2011, 10:03 pm

    “Something>nothing”—> amen!

  • Gina @ running to the kitchen August 31, 2011, 10:22 pm

    I’ve yet to get on the garlic gold train too. I think I’d love it though, garlic is delicious 🙂

  • Jess August 31, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Thanks. 🙂 You just inspired me to stop complaining that I didn’t do my abs workout today and do a few minutes of planks before bed. Good enough. Something>nothing!!

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:36 am

      Way to go!!!

  • AmandaonMaui August 31, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Since you like those garlic crumbles you should try making this recipe by Mark Bittman for Ginger & egg fried rice. It’s amazing.

    Ginger Fried Rice by Mark Bittman
    Ginger Fried Rice
    ½ cup oil
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    2 tablespoons minced ginger
    2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
    4 cups day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
    4 large eggs
    2 teaspoons sesame oil
    4 teaspoons soy sauce.

    1. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
    2. Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
    3. Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
    4. In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
    5. Divide rice among four dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.

    The garlic gets golden and crunchy, plus it’s super fresh!

  • Laura September 1, 2011, 12:03 am

    I love Maggie. She’s not vacant, she’s meditating. Permanently 😉

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:36 am

      Haha yes exactly.

  • Eliza September 1, 2011, 2:44 am

    She is a cutie. Dogs the best, just gotta love them! The guide dog puppy I trained barks at men in hats and eats poop- but hey, we love him anyway

  • cathy September 1, 2011, 6:06 am

    i just have to add in a couple more favourites:
    one sandwich short of a picnic
    the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor
    but what a sweet photo of maggie!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 1, 2011, 7:08 am

    more garlic > less garlic

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 1, 2011, 8:37 am

    I actually never heard of garlic gold until you used it! Granted, I’ve only been “in the blogging world” for a couple months. Looks like a good dinner, and a sweet dog! Who wouldn’t want a vacant stare for hours?

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 1, 2011, 8:40 am

    Just make sure that you and your Honey both eat the garlic and you cancel each other out! Dinner looks yummy!!

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com September 1, 2011, 9:21 am

    i love garlic gold now too! that HLS swag bag has introduced me to sooo many good things I always wanted to try but never picked up! Larabars were another…they are hosting a giveaway on my site if you want to win!
    I also love the adora disks, NUGO bars, and amazing grass! yummy!!!

  • Reddogmama September 1, 2011, 9:25 am

    O, how sweet your Maggie is. I love the pictures of her–and your comments are funny, too. However, I do not think that this is a “vacant puppy face”. Nope. Not even 2 tacos short of a combo platter. I do believe dachshunds are smarter than us and actually, this is a “reflecting face”! Yes, she’s probably in some deep, deep thought, analyzing it. My guess; she has probably solved the global-warming issue, or found the answer to making world peace!

    • CaitlinHTP September 1, 2011, 10:37 am

      You give my Maggie so much credit 🙂 she says thanks!

  • Rachel @ No Need For Speed September 1, 2011, 9:44 am

    Would you consider making a Maggie calendar? I’d buy one…

  • Sarah September 1, 2011, 11:07 am

    I love garlic gold! We use the crumbles when we make garlic bread now, yum!!

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas September 1, 2011, 11:31 am

    Aww, I love Maggie. She reminds me of my dog who might get by on his good looks instead of his brains. I think he’s secretly smart but knows that I’ll do everything for him if he looks helplessly at me. Typical guy 🙂

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 1, 2011, 1:01 pm

    LOL. I love your dogs. So freaking cute. My cat Gambit gives us that empty stare as well. The hamster fell off the wheel years ago. He runs into walls numerous times, as if expecting the wall to disappear. Chloe, our other cat, gives the best b*tch face ever. I swear she sometimes flips us off as well.

  • Amber K September 1, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Maggie is the cutest! I need my own Maggie maybe then I could actually be convinced to meditate for longer than about two seconds.

  • Hannah September 1, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Hahaha poor Maggie. My mom has a dachshund and she is notttt the brightest either. She barks at cupboard doors closing and tv doorbells and thinks she’s a german shepherd.

  • Mia September 1, 2011, 1:38 pm

    awww, I don’t think she looks vacant. My dog seats perched at the top of the stairs and stares at me like that all day as well, I always think she looks angry at me because I’m not paying attention to her. Truth is everytime I turn my gaze in her direction she starts wagging and pawing.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 2, 2011, 11:30 am

    I keep reading great things everywhere about the HLS swag bags!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 3, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Awwwwwe – Maggie steals my heart 🙂

  • steph September 8, 2011, 6:00 pm

    sweet little maggie. little moo cow

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