Whatta Monday

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A very productive Monday, indeed.  I played super secretary at the clinic, wrote my little heart out, and finished off my plans for a blog redesign (happening in two – three weeks!).   And I bought a new camera lens.  A very good Monday, all around.


(For the fellow photography nerds:  I got the Tamron AF 17-50 mm.)


All that is left is some taxin’.  Since we are small business owners, we file quarterly.  I know I should enter incomes and expenses throughout the quarter, but we both always leave it until the last minute.  We’re currently sitting on the couch amongst receipts galore! 


Luckily, dinner was quick.


In the mix:



Black beans

Pumpkin seeds



A mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar



This is a great dinner because it only involves two pots:  one for the millet and another for the carrots and broccoli.


I prepped the millet per this method.  Meanwhile, in a wok, I steamed the chopped broccoli and carrots.  Once the water cooked off, I poured in some oil and balsamic and let it all brown.  I drained and rinsed the beans.  And finally, I combined everything together, adding the seeds and sprouts at the end.


Tada!  Dinner is served.


My mid-afternoon snack was a yummy juice from my favorite hippie general store.  I asked for the ‘everything minus garlic.’  I think there was carrots, beets, apple, parsley, and… hmmm.  Well, there was other vegetable goodness involved. 


Time to tackle those receipts.  If I don’t come back by tomorrow morning, call for help.  I’m buried under paperwork!



  • Hillary August 22, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Quarterly taxes? I’m shuddering just thinking about it! Good luck!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB August 22, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Quarterly taxes are no fun- my husband does some freelance work, but nowhere near what I’m sure you guys have to deal with! I remind him that if we had a baby or two we could keep some of that money 😉

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey August 22, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Ahh that does NOT sound fun, but good luck! Just think how worth it it is that you no longer have to sit at a desk all day. I hope to be there someday!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt August 22, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Ugh…the idea of doing taxes more than once a year makes my skin crawl. Booo on that.

    I’m fascinated by your quick meals. You have such interesting items in your pantry! I would love to know what your grocery shopping looks like!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 22, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Do you use quick books? Every time we have a sale/expense we just enter it in quick books and it organizes everything for us. Makes quarterly taxes a breeze!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 22, 2011, 9:44 pm

    You are superwoman. I have difficulty fitting in a shower and I just have one major time commitment in my life.

    How do you do it all without wanting to stick your head in the sand from commitment overload??

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:45 pm

      I remind myself how PASSIONATE I feel about the things I do. Even if it’s not something I am SUPER into, I find something to love about it. even if it’s just a means to the end! When you feel excited about work, it’s a lot easier.

      • Baking N Books August 22, 2011, 9:49 pm

        I love that…how do you fit in your writing though? In b/w the clinic, working out…eating 😉 I don’t know. I find sitting for 2 hours makes me really sore – and guilty too (like I’m being really lazy) – and that is a huge hindrance to me writing…I know it has to do with past exercise and obsessive issues lingering.

      • G August 22, 2011, 10:40 pm

        I really liked this reply/comment. I think I’m going to write it out and stick it somewhere. Thanks Caitlin 🙂

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles August 22, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Good luck with the tax stuff tonight! At least you had a delicious dinner to get you through it! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 22, 2011, 9:53 pm

    In preparation for the day that I actually have to do taxes myself (oh, and the BAR exam…) I’m taking Personal Income Tax as a law school class this semester… This should be interesting.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 22, 2011, 9:58 pm

    No Mmmm sauce on dinner tonight?

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) August 22, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Ah good luck with the tax work. No fun! Bah!!!

    Oh, and I can’t wait to see the blog redesign! 😉

  • Sweet and Savvy August 22, 2011, 10:02 pm

    productive Mondays are the best! 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 22, 2011, 10:08 pm

    I love productive Mondays!! The best kind of days! 🙂

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 22, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Good luck with those taxes! You can DO it!

  • jen@foodfamilyfitness August 22, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Good luck with all of the paperwork, at least your dinner looks like it tasted delicious 🙂

  • Gina @ running to the kitchen August 22, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I can kind of relate to the receipt thing. I am notorious for leaving all my expense reports for work until the end of the month. You should see the receipt pile on my desk, it isn’t pretty!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food August 22, 2011, 10:22 pm

    oh I’m excited for the blog redesign and seeing what you came up with! I’ve had my blog for only 5 months and am already thinking of a new design! 😛

  • Sana August 22, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I can’t wait to see the new design, I feel like a blog redesign costs an arm and a leg these days!

  • Mama Pea August 22, 2011, 10:29 pm

    You know the only thing that dinner needs??? (I’m not gonna say it…)

  • Amanda @ the beauty notebooks August 22, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I love how simple and delicious this meal seems! I will add it to my list of meals to make this fall because of the whole study abroad thing — I get to live in a flat with four other girls, and this will be my first time during college that I can cook for myself! I am a little nervous but so excited about it. Did you get to cook for yourself at Pitt?

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 22, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I’m lucky cuz my fiance takes care of all the taxes. Woohoo! 😉

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 22, 2011, 11:27 pm

    girl i JUST POSTED over the weekend about wanting to get another lens. I am debating on 3. And none of them are cheap. AT all. ha! So Im taking my time.

    I think you’re going to love the Tamron you got.

    I recently got a Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 and it’s my go to. I love it and would cuddle with it if i could 🙂

    But I kinda want more. Lenses are like lipgloss or shoes. You always want more!

  • E August 23, 2011, 2:57 am

    A new lens – exciting day!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 23, 2011, 3:53 am

    You. Are. Amazing. for doing and accomplishing so much! 😀 Well done, girl! 🙂 Ugh, taxes…I was self-employed as a yoga teacher last year, and spent aaaages trying to figure out my taxes etc in April…a bit mind-boggling initially but I was chuffed to have got on top of it by myself…I felt like a real grown up, lol! 😉 take care and hope you manage to get ’em done and dusted soon! <3 xyx

  • AmandaonMaui August 23, 2011, 4:19 am

    I like the look of your dinner. I kind of did something like that, but with taco flavors while we were camping. It certainly wasn’t as pretty!

    Good luck with the taxes. I know they can be tedious, but you’ll burn through them in no time. You could even do like Flylady says and work for 15 minutes, take a 5 minute break, and repeat.

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 23, 2011, 6:22 am

    Good luck with taxes!! I am looking forward to seeing the new blog design!

  • Mahesha August 23, 2011, 7:17 am

    Hi Caitlin, I love reading your blog! I wake up everyday to read your blog… like it’s the newspaper 🙂 and you’re so inspiring! seriously, I started eating healthy after reading your blog. I’m still getting to being a real healthy eater but this a good start for me. I’m trying to start exercising regularly. Hopefully I’ll get there soon enough. 🙂 Love, love, love reading your blog! oh and your dogs are so cute! 🙂

    • Caitlin August 23, 2011, 7:53 am

      Small changes make a big difference 🙂 Good job Mahesha! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 23, 2011, 8:04 am

    Gah!! I’m searching for a place in my town that sells fresh juice. Until then I will wait patiently until Santa brings me a juicer for Christmas.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count August 23, 2011, 8:12 am

    Dinner looks delicious!! I have millet, but haven’t really used it much. Need to give it a try…thanks for the suggestion!!

  • Heather Montgomery August 23, 2011, 8:56 am

    it was so nice to finally meet you and get to hang out a bit at HLS! All the Charlotte bloggers were so nice to include me in things. 🙂

    • Caitlin August 23, 2011, 9:05 am

      It was so very nice to meet you, too!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) August 23, 2011, 11:37 am

    Garlic in a juice? Too much!! o_O

    When I was considering going solo in terms of work, I found out about the quarterly tax thing. Let’s just say I’m still in a corp.

  • Amber K August 23, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Quarterly taxes definitely does not sound like fun, but fast/easy dinners are always up my alley!

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