On the road In the air again…


Another week, another flurry of Operation Beautiful presentations!  I’m starting the week off with a quick jaunt to western Pennsylvania for a presentation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 


And, of course, in typical Caitlin fashion, last night was marked by sleeplessness and nerves.  When am I going to get over my travel anxiety?!  You’d think I’d have it all down pat by now, but noooo.


I was even more excited than normal to get through the long security lines – I had an excellent breakfast in my carry-on, just waiting to be eaten!


Pumpkin Bean Spread


Ingredients (for four servings):


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 can drained and rinsed white kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sauce




  • Combine all ingredients in food processor.
  • Store in Tupperware in the fridge.


The Pumpkin Bean Spread was wonderful on toast, especially when I topped it with a few pecans.  It could also be a great addition to sandwiches – with goat cheese and cranberry sauce, perhaps?  Or with apple dippers.  Yum!


Well, I was really looking forward to my visit to Pennsylvania for three reasons.  First, of course, I love giving Operation Beautiful presentations.  Second, my early flight gave me a chance to drive through the college area of Pittsburgh.  It’s strange to think I lived here for five years.. Seems like another lifetime.


Just for fun, I drove by all my old apartments!



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For the fellow Pittsburghers out there, I lived in Tower A and on McKee Street, Atwood Street, and Boundary Street – all in the Oakland area, of course!


And the third reason I was so excited to go to Pennsylvania?  I got to have lunch with my old boss Tracy.  In my former life, I was a project planner for three and a half years at a private urban planning company.  I wrote technical land development documents, environmental reports, zoning ordinances, and design guidelines for master-planned communities.  I really enjoyed the job (before the market began to crash – it became too stressful).  My favorite part of work was, undoubtedly, working for Tracy.


Tracy taught me what it means to be a ‘good boss.’  She never dumped work in my lap without asking if I was too busy; she always took time to explain things thoroughly and didn’t nitpick; she never yelled if I made a mistake; she praised me when I did a good job; she never expected me to read her mind;  she didn’t make me write pointless memos; and above all else, she actually cared about her employees as individuals.  In short, she really shaped my perception of what a great boss is like.  I haven’t seen her for nearly three years now (I worked from home in Florida for the last two and half years of my job) – the last time I saw her was at my wedding!  Oh, how time flies.  Lunch with Tracy was really wonderful!  But again – it all seems like a lifetime ago.


Let’s hear it – do you have a great boss? Sing her praises!  Do you have a horrible boss?  Feel free to vent in the comments section… I won’t tell!



  • Sara @my less serious life October 17, 2011, 2:18 pm

    this spread looks fantastic. savory, sweet, creamy, and i’m sure delicious. thanks for the inspiration!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 17, 2011, 2:24 pm

    I’m in my last year of college right now, and hearing you say it seemed like another lifetime ago made me really sad! I can only imagine how freaking fast time will fly after graduation, and all of this will become a distant memory.. weird! It must have been really strange to see all your old places and be such a changes person since then now.

    • katie @ KatieDid October 17, 2011, 2:24 pm

      *changed person now*

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:46 pm

      It is weird how fast time flies and things change. Enjoy it while it lasts! Don’t worry, it’s not like ‘the real world’ blows – it is just different and better in different ways!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) October 17, 2011, 2:25 pm

    so, did you know yesterday was boss’ day, or was this post just a huge coincidence?!

    i have a great boss. i love that he backs me up, never puts me in stressful positions without being there to step in if necessary, and truly cares about me as a person.

  • Rachel October 17, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I have a great boss! We get to leave a few hours early on Friday but he always pays us for a full day. He’s a genuinely good person and a really intelligent attorney. He’s always happy to teach a new skill or let one of the employees refresh him on a skill he may not have done in awhile. He has NO ego whatsoever. We go out to happy hours a lot and he always covers the bill, and over half of all of my paychecks have a little extra bonus on them. I love my boss!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:47 pm

      Leaving early and getting paid – AWESOME.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 17, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I adore my boss for a lot of the reasons you stated about your old boss! She offers constructive criticism in a very nice way, ALWAYS asks before giving me more work and doesn’t just tell me to do it and I can tell she really does think it’s important that I enjoy my work and get enough professional development opportunities.

    I think a good boss can make ALL the difference in a workplace. I have an amazing job that I really enjoy, but my awesome coworkers and boss make it that much more enjoyable!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:47 pm

      Agree! A boss makes or breaks a job.

  • Ruthiey October 17, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I have a terrific boss! She is always willing to listen when I have problems or complications at work and even asks me advice on things. I appreciate her so much! She is prompt about dealing with issues and lets people know when they are appreciated.

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs October 17, 2011, 2:29 pm

    You have such good timing! Yesterday was National Boss Day! My boss is great! I think I appreciate it so much more after having some not so great ones. We have very similar organizational and communication styles, so we can communicate easily. We’re also very to-the-point and goal oriented, so we just get stuff done!

    Best of all, I can come to him with an issue and it will get taken care of, not tabled until it becomes a bigger problem.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 17, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Pumpkin bean spread sounds very unusual but delicious! I love when you can make beans take similar to a dessert.

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle October 17, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I have a fantastic boss, which I appreciate all the more because I had a dreadful boss at my first job out of college. It is such a weight off your shoulders knowing you have someone who will stand up for you and recognize your contributions and efforts.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 17, 2011, 2:32 pm

    My last boss actually made me physically ill because she stressed me out so much. By the end of the summer I realized I had few stomach issues while she was away from the office but days she was there I felt nauseous and sick all day…

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:47 pm

      Omg, that is horrible. No boss should impact an employee’s physical health!

  • Rebecca October 17, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I love both the bosses I’ve had. At home, when I worked at the store, my boss was great. I knew him before working for him, and I think that may have helped, but he’s just great in general. And here at school, my supervisor is amazing! He’s so laid-back and such a good guy. He tells great stories about his past, and he’s great at joking with us. It’s great. 🙂

    • Rebecca October 17, 2011, 2:33 pm

      Oh. And my boss at the office when I did work study was pretty awesome too. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 17, 2011, 2:36 pm

    The spread sounds really good Caitlin, and a great way to add a bit of protein to breakfast! I do have a really great boss – approachable, friendly, a good communicator.. she’s awesome!

  • Tracy October 17, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Where did ya eat? Fuel and Fuddle? Mad Mex? Uncle Sams? The O? Or outside of Oakland somewhere? Details, girl!

    Also, hey… are you still running that half marathon for which you were training?

    Not your former boss, but a Tracy too 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 17, 2011, 2:54 pm

      All Tracys rule 🙂

      I’m dropping down to the 5K. I haven’t been feeling very well and have had trouble sleeping, so I haven’t been training as much as required. Don’t want to injury myself. Are you doing it?

      • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:48 pm

        Oh and we ate at Mad Mex but in Monroeville!

  • Khushboo October 17, 2011, 2:39 pm

    My current boss and Tracy sound very alike. She realises we have a life outside the job. Unlike my previous boss, she pulls her weight too rather than dump it all on her employees. Seeing her work hard is enough motivation to not slack off and actually want to work!

  • Shari October 17, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Completely off topic here, but I was researching literary agents to query this morning and found this interview with yours:


    I was excited to see her use you and OB as an answer! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:49 pm

      Chris is so awesome!

  • Hillary October 17, 2011, 2:43 pm

    My boss in college was the best I’ve ever had. She was so accommodating and understanding and supportive. I miss her!

  • Kelly October 17, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I always get a little excited (but also nervous for my future) when you mention your planning career. I’m studying urban planning right now, with the hopes of continuing on in a graduate program somewhere. I hope my experience is less stressful than yours!

    good luck with the presentation!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:50 pm

      I bet you’ll like it – go into the public sector. That’s the place to be in this economy!

  • Kelly October 17, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I have had both…good and bad bosses. Undoubtly a good boss can make up for a lot. Now I work for my husband and he’s a great boss! ha!

  • Whitney October 17, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Sounds like all the commenters have a good boss except for me. I could have the worst boss in America. He admits on a constant basis that he does not like being a manager and deems himself not a “people-person”. Who says that to an employee?? The only thing that is awesome about him is that he is retiring in two weeks! I think our office will have a much better demeanor and I’m not even worried who will take his spot because it can’t get much worse in my opinion 🙂

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:50 pm

      Ugh… Sounds like you could win a contest for shitty bosses.

      Happy Freedom!!!

  • Vanessa (@IsleStyleLiving) October 17, 2011, 2:47 pm

    I had some of the WORST BOSSES ever when working in public accounting.

    I worked in audit and when I first started, at the bottom of the totem pole of course, I had to answer to my senior auditor, the manager, AND the partner for multiple audit jobs. And those three titles could be filled with about 17 different people.

    One of the reasons I left the industry… too many chiefs and not enough indians.

  • Johanna B October 17, 2011, 2:47 pm

    When I first heard about the movie Horrible Bosses I just assumed they’d used the one I have as a model. Enough said.

  • Army Amy* October 17, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I wish I could say that I have a good boss. Blather!

    My old boss was amazing! Her energy was contagious. She made me excited to teach. Now she’s a superintendent.*

  • greenbean October 17, 2011, 2:50 pm

    i lived at 322 McKee Place too! I didn’t know it back then, but man we were slumming it. I remember snow coming into the the closed kitchen window. But I still loved that place. Cheap rent, great location, and 4 bedroom apt was huge!

    • CaitlinHTP October 17, 2011, 2:54 pm

      FUN! When did you live there?

      Our pipes would freeze in winter because there was no insulation.

      • greenbean October 17, 2011, 3:10 pm

        I lived there from 01-02.

        I’m sad I missed homecoming this weekend. Your pictures provided a nice bit of nostalgia 🙂

  • Meagan October 17, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I recently left my office job, but while I was there, I had a horrific boss. When Hurricane Irene came through, I moved most of my precious belongings out of my apartment, since we were directly in the path of the storm. I left only what I wouldn’t mind missing if the apartment flooded or worse. My boss sent our work schedules out that evening via e-mail, even after I told him that I wouldn’t have access to an Internet connection or have hardly any cell phone service. He said he’d call me with the schedule, even though I asked for it numerous times before I left town – and he never did. When I didn’t show up for work on Monday, he called and cursed me up and down, telling me it was MY fault for not asking for the schedule, that it was MY fault I chose not to come to work (even by moving directly out of the storms path, our neighborhood in Eastern NC was flooded), and that it was MY fault he was yelling at me (our neighborhood didn’t have power until almost a week and a half after the Hurricane came through). I ended up leaving because I didn’t feel the job (or my boss) was worth my time. I was overworked and underpaid, barely making ends meet and to top it all off, my relationship with my fiance was suffering greatly.

    WHEW…it felt good to blow that off! 😉

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:51 pm

      So sorry Meagan! What an ass. Vent, vent away!

  • Sarah October 17, 2011, 2:55 pm

    I love my current boss! he has some flaws, we all do – but he’s just so relaxed! He trusts that I’m not going to drop the ball, and gives me space to work through things on my own – but is willing to listen/talk through things when I need help. We work crazy hours sometimes, and he’s awesome about letting us come and go pretty much as we please the rest of the time – since he knows we’re getting stuff done and no one abuses it…which is such a breath of fresh air in the corporate culture that’s all too much turning to being in the office all.the.freaking.time 😉

  • Maren October 17, 2011, 3:01 pm

    That’s so funny, did you know it’s boss’s day today?! haha! Hope you enjoy your time in Pennsylvania!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 17, 2011, 3:03 pm

    In one of my jobs now I totally love my boss…but not my old boss. Yikes! SO much of a difference that makes!

    I love travelling back in time to old wonderful places and memories–have a great trip 🙂

  • Dana P. October 17, 2011, 3:04 pm

    I hate to be a Negative Nelly but I wish I had a great boss. He’s a nice person and is effective at his job. He’s just not a good manager. He never tells me what is going on with our department or the overall institution and I always feel out of the loop. He rarely assigns projects and doles out all the grunt work that he doesn’t want to do (which he tells me he doesn’t want to do). I’m getting my MA in Museum Studies and he’s currently working on an exhibition and never asked if I would like to help or be a part of it. Most of the time I feel like he’d rather I not be there which doesn’t help with my own motivation to do well at work. I am actively looking for another job.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:52 pm

      I hope you find a better job! And that venting made you feel better 🙁

  • Leanne @ The Skinny Architect October 17, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Somehow I must have missed that you lived in Pittsburgh, I actually live only a few miles from Oakland!!

    I think my bosses are both good and bad. I have learned a lot about the business end of architecture from them, and what it means to be able to correctly delegate work. I don’t necessarily think that I am bad at my job, but a little more positive reinforcement would be nice from time to time. I either seem to get corrected or hear nothing at all about my projects. I assume that if I hear nothing, it’s a good thing. I’m glad that you had such a positive work experience, it’s good to know what a really good boss is.

  • Dana October 17, 2011, 3:08 pm

    My boyfriend lives right next door to your McKee st apt! I lived in Tower B and on Semple st for the other 3 years! I currently work in Pittsburgh (in Oakland) so its exciting knowing youre here! I hope you enjoy your stay!!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:53 pm

      Yeah! 🙂 I feel like everyone lives on Mckee at some point!

  • Jen October 17, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Mmmmmmm pumpkin. I love mixing pumpkin with yogurt, cinnamon, and peanut butter and spreading it on toast.

    I had a great boss when I worked as a tutor throughout college. We were all 22 or younger, but he always treated us with respect and trusted us to do our job. We had training sessions twice a year, and the more experienced tutors offered advice to the new ones, which was really helpful, and our boss encouraged us to frequently talk to each other about our tutoring sessions. He’s great with community-building as well; we had Thanksgiving parties, Christmas parties, and an end-of-the-year cookout for all of the tutors.

  • Heather C October 17, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Ah, my brother lived on McKee Place for years =)
    Safe trip!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots October 17, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Boooo! Your line break left the “Indiana University” on one line and I thought you were coming to Bloomington! Frowny face.

    The boss I directly report to now is awesome. My boss at my previous job was a racist, sexist asshole. My “day job” is as a graphic designer and I was designing a t-shirt for his son’s soccer team (because, I, as a woman, couldn’t be trusted to design stuff for real clients, of course) and he took one look at it and said, “There will NOT be any (n-words) on MY son’s t-shirt.” I had put a stock illustration of a soccer player silhouette. Which was black. I got out of that place fast.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:54 pm

      Wow… wow. That’s all.

  • Sarah S October 17, 2011, 3:19 pm

    oh my goodness, what a shock to see those pics of your pitt apartments… i lived in 312 atwood street too! i was there my senior year (2006-2007) in the top 2 floors. i’ve been reading your blog for about a year, so this is just hilarious to me! what a funny thing to have in common with a semi-complete stranger 🙂

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:54 pm

      The Hus and I lived on the bottom floor!!! LOL

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) October 17, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I think I have a pretty cool boss. It’s my Dad. 🙂 Though I think I kind of annoyed him today with bringing in Lando (our pup. I have to watch him since he ate 1/2 his cone last Friday) that and I something wasn’t logged in correctly into the computer back in 2006 and it bit us in the butt this am. Other than that, he’s good. He lets me paint when the office is slow.

  • Corrie @ Blurb Column October 17, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I had a boss one time tell me that he was going to learn more from me than I would ever learn from him. Say what now?? I was brand new in the industry and he had been there for many years. YIKES. Needless to say I didn’t last long.

    My first apartment was a two room “studio” for about $300 month. It was a horrible dive. The windows would be WET with condensation on the inside all winter. NASTY.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 17, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I lived in Tower A too (both as a freshman and an RA) and had friends that lived in that apartment building on McKee – too funny! I didn’t make it to Oakland for homecoming this year, but glad you have good memories!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:55 pm

      I lived in room 1606! you?

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 17, 2011, 4:17 pm

    that pumpkin spread looks amazing! i am always looking for ways to add protein into dips and spreads. can’t wait to try this!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 17, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Good bosses make all the difference don’t they? For the first 5 years of my professional career I had an amazing one, for the past 2 my boss has been anything but. It’s demotivating and really challenging to work for a horrible boss!

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 17, 2011, 4:27 pm

    I have a great boss right now. I really like and respect her. But I’ve had my fair share of bad bosses in the past, including one that was a tad obsessed with me and a tendency made everything personnel. It was really stressful and I had to leave because it became too much to cry every day at work. Once I was so upset with him that I physically squashed a nearly full bottle of water and then threw it at him. I missed his head by six inches, but knew at that moment I had to leave soon or go insane.

  • Gloria October 17, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Tracy sounds exactly like my boss! He takes such good care of his employees. If you respect him, then he respects you back. He knows I am young and a minority at our company (I’m a female mechanical engineer), so he also stands up for me if anyone of higher-seniority gives me a hard time during a meeting or review. You’d be surprised how many of my male co-workers think I am completely incompetent just because I am a young female. For my first big-girl professional job, I can’t believe I got so lucky!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Ugh – sexism still exists in the workplace! Glad you have a good boss to make up for it.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa October 17, 2011, 4:34 pm

    The spread looks amazing. Pumpkin hummus!

    I have an incredible boos. Totally hands-off, trusting, yet there if I need her. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) October 17, 2011, 4:44 pm

    What’s a good boss? I’ve never had one! Not even close… they’ve all been kind of awful!

  • Lori Lynn October 17, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I have 2 bosses with having 2 principals, since I’m at 2 different buildings. They are both really nice, but I do miss the one I had at the previous school I was at. There’s just something about a ‘good’ principal that’s just hard to find.

  • Moni'sMeals October 17, 2011, 5:42 pm

    that spread sounds killer! I will try it out.

    Boss’s- i have Had the good, the bad, and the ugly and now I am my own boss…woo-hoo. 🙂

  • Sarah October 17, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Eeek so exciting you are in Oakland. A bunch of my friends live on McKee and Atwood and I live a few streets over (not gonna put my street on the interwebs haha). I LOVE PITT!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:57 pm

      I love PITT too!!! 🙂 Go to Hemingways and get a blue moon for me!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 17, 2011, 5:52 pm

    I had an editorial internship this past summer and my boss was GREAT. She never gave me stereotypical intern tasks like filing papers or picking up coffee–instead she treated me like a REAL coworker. She gave me important assignments (but nothing I couldn’t handle), explained them thoroughly, and even trusted my opinion on some of her own work. I got very very lucky with her as a boss…hopefully I get that lucky in the future, too!

  • Kate October 17, 2011, 6:22 pm

    My current boss is great, but no one can compare to the boss I had throughout college and for the first year of post-graduate work. Neil was a gem. I worked for the university-run PBS station in the fundraising department, and Neil oversaw everything flawlessly while still mentoring each of us college students – and full time staff members – wonderfully. He placed major importance on our course work, always made himself available for last minute interviews (I was a journalism major), and could be counted on to give us a dose of culture through his unusual art collection, his worldly travels, or his stories. He lent me his car when mine broke down, bought me Frosty’s from Wendy’s when I was starving, and the kicker — he paid for my flight to visit my then-boyfriend because my credit card was maxed out (I did pay him back!). The best part about that one is that I did marry that boyfriend 🙂 We see each other rarely now since I live across the country, but we stay in touch.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:58 pm

      What a wonderful person!! Not just a wonderful boss. Your story made me smile!

  • Lauren October 17, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Good luck on your presentations this week! I had a bunch of friends that went to IUP. It’s not too far from here and I remember it being known as a HUGE party school. Go impress some wise words on to those wild youngsters. 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 17, 2011, 6:39 pm

    SIGH….. I miss college. I thought my peers were crazy when they were excited for graduation.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:42 pm


  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 17, 2011, 6:45 pm

    I recently resigned from my job at a domestic adoption agency (where I worked for 4.5 years) to be a nanny for a family near my home. But while I was at the adoption agency I had two amazing bosses. They were so down to earth, friendly, understanding of all that I was responsible for on my caseload, and truly cared about me as a person (as well as a professional). They both held an open door policy when needed and gave me space to do my job without watching every move. I miss them and hope we keep in touch!

  • Kathleen October 17, 2011, 6:48 pm

    OMG, I lived at 310 Atwood my senior year! We totally could’ve been neighbors 🙂 I just got back from Pitt’s homecoming… so much fun to go back and check out my old stomping grounds.

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:43 pm

      I feel like everyone lived on Atwood or Mckee at some point!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 17, 2011, 7:17 pm

    That pumpkin spread looks amazing! I’m actually eating pumpkin and white kidney beans together right now. What a coincidence! 😀

  • Christina October 17, 2011, 7:30 pm

    Haha McKee Place! Did you burn couches in the street after the superbowl? 🙂

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:44 pm

      Hell yeah!

  • Stephanie October 17, 2011, 8:04 pm

    Yay Pittsburgh!! I went to CMU, graduated in 2006, and absolutely loved living in Pittsburgh (except for the colder weather…ick…but summers were awesome!). I miss it there!

  • KRC October 17, 2011, 8:17 pm

    I am not the one of those fortunate to have a terrific boss. How do I hate my boss? Oh let me count the ways? She doesn’t respond to my e-mails. She forgets everything you tell her. When you tell her you need help with something, she won’t just use the suggestions you offer to fix the situation. She doesn’t tell you where she’ll be or that she’ll be in late that day. She always makes our schedules riddled with mistakes and doesn’t give them to us until the last minute. She gossips about her own department to the other managers right in front of us. The thing that kills me is that the higher ups and everyone else at the office knows she is unreliable, yet she still holds her position. Ugh!!! I don’t get it!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:45 pm

      Stupid boss!!! Grrr.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good October 17, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I have a good boss. He allows me the autonomy I prefer, yet he will talk through any questions or concerns I may have. He was supportive during a very trying time and has welcomed my continued contributions on a part-time basis since having children.

  • Caitlin October 17, 2011, 8:55 pm

    Sometimes, a bad boss can be as illuminating as a good boss!

  • Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve October 17, 2011, 9:37 pm

    My ex-boss wouldn’t let me leave work to see my dying grandma in the hospital. In fact, when I told her that my grandma had had a massive brain bleed, she said, “Oh, okay. Well, our profit margin for June looks great!” WHAT?!

    • CaitlinHTP October 18, 2011, 8:33 am

      What… the… fire truck.

  • Karolina October 17, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Wow- this spread sounds fantastic. I think I NEED to make this soon:)

  • Espie October 17, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Hey! You were in my ‘hoooooooooood!

  • Kristin October 17, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I was a Tower A-er myself :DD Good times, good times. Though I will say, I won’t miss the parking fiasco that is Oakland when I graduate in the spring…

  • Talia October 18, 2011, 12:47 am

    i lived on atwood street too 🙂

  • Tara October 18, 2011, 2:18 am

    I lived in 330 McKee the summer before my senior year!

    • CaitlinHTP October 18, 2011, 8:33 am

      Yay!! How awesome 🙂

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable October 18, 2011, 10:25 am

    I have the BEST boss. I work for a circuit court judge, and he is the nicest man on the planet. He is so considerate, makes sure to give me praise, and just generally NICE, which is a rare quality in the legal field. Plus, whenever he runs into any of my family members, he makes sure to tell them that I’m doing a great job. That’s kinda cool 🙂

  • Sam October 18, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I went to Pitt, too and this post is giving me SUCH a major wave of nostalgia.
    Seriously. I’m tripping out right now. Atwood Street, I miss you!

  • Kathy October 18, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Glad to hear you came to Pittsburgh. I live only 2 1/2 hours from there. Horrific traffic, but a nice city.

  • Debby H October 18, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I love PIttsburgh and all it has to offer!! I spent many many hours and days and night there before CHildrens Hosp moved to Lawrenceville. and also at McGhee Womens Hospital.

  • Blackwood Lady October 19, 2011, 10:10 am

    Although it’s been years since I worked for Deb, she is still one of the best bosses I’ve ever had.
    She always supported and defended her team publicly, and kept any admonishions private. I never felt embarassed by a mistake, although she always held us accountable for our errors. She trusted us to learn from the situation, she supported us when we had emotional or private issues to deal with and was always fair.
    I haven’t worked for her for over 10 years and we still stay in touch, and I visit her every time I am back in Canada. It’s so nice to meet a person who sets such a good example, and I hope I can emulate some of her qualities as I lead my team!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 22, 2011, 11:09 am

    I work in a boarding school and am terrified of the principal, but my immediate boss, the housemistress is awesome! I’ve never worked for someone so approachable or ready with the advice before, and I love it! 🙂

  • Alexandria November 2, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and never knew that you’re a Pitt alum! I work for their undergraduate housing office, right below Tower A. I’m glad you enjoyed your time (sans the traffic) in my awesome city!

    • Caitlin November 3, 2011, 12:49 pm

      Yay Pitt! Thanks for reading.

  • Kim November 8, 2011, 9:10 am

    I’m definitely going to try that pumpkin bean spread! And I agree, a good boss totally makes or breaks a job. I have an extremely hands-off one, which I like. I basically report to the heads of the company but they don’t have much active involvement. I supervise a team of about 15, really enjoy it, and they seem to think I’m an awesome boss for the most part.

    PS I went to Clarion, not Pitt, but I’m a Pittsburgher too. I live in the South Side.

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