Hotel Déjà Vu

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My, oh my.  Apparently, I left my brain in North Carolina because I have been to Connecticut before!  I came here last year for an Operation Beautiful presentation.  I struggle to remember where I travel for work because I spend more of the time in a hotel room, airplane, or rental car.  Whoops.

So – I’m BACK in lovely Connecticut. 


Word on the street is that there was a massive storm storm late last month, and tens of thousands of residents didn’t have power for over a week!  Kind of hard to imagine because the weather is currently beautiful.  But there was evidence still stacked up on the roadsides.




Since my hotel room has a fridge, I swung by Whole Foods and bought enough food for lunch, dinner, and tomorrow’s breakfast.  Saving money, staying healthy!  Two seemingly impossible tasks when you’re traveling.


Lunch was a bit of polenta lasanga and roasted veggies:


And dinner was a salad with loads of fixins and split pea soup.


Upon crashing into my hotel bed, I finished my book club’s book of the month – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

Run out and purchase this book RIGHT NOW.  It was so good.  The book tells the story of Henry, a Chinese American in Seattle who, in 1986, discovered mementos from his childhood that trigger the re-telling of the Japanese internment during World War II.  It’s a love story; it’s a mystery; it’s historical.  It took me a while to get into the story, but it was so worth it at the end.


Once I tore myself away from the book (okay – finished it so I could put it down!), I attempted a treadmill workout.


I was planning to do this simple 30-minute speedwork sesh:


However, I just couldn’t do it. I try not to blow off workouts in the first five minutes because I usually end up getting into it… but I didn’t.  So I ended up just walking for 20 minutes while watching the local news.


Time to present.  But first – I need to find some ice cream!



  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 9, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Ice cream sounds good! I always force myself to start a workout since I usually get into it, but if after 10-15 min I’m still just not feeling it, then that’s that. I’ve definitely left the gym early a couple times.

  • Amanda November 9, 2011, 6:42 pm

    I often seek out Whole Foods when I’m traveling. I LOVE their salad and hot bars!

    Good luck tonight! I’m sure you’ll be great. 🙂

  • Paige November 9, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Ha try HUNDREDS of thousands of people lost power! Seriously – some people still haven’t gotten their power back. Oh and that book sounds really good!

    • Caitlin November 9, 2011, 6:48 pm

      Geez, really? I thought the dude at the counter was exaggerating! That is nuts.

      • honey November 9, 2011, 10:03 pm

        You’ve got to watch the news more! Its amazing what I learn about the world every night with Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams. Really interesting stories , latest research, scandals, serious and striking issues to make you think.
        It puts you outside of you so that you realize its a big wide world. Eyes open.

        • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:07 am

          I do need to watch the news more, I agree. I used to be a news junkie but I feel so jaded when I watch it because it’s all so depressing (or stupid – like Kim K’s wedding). Maybe I should check out Diane!

          • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 10, 2011, 8:19 am

            I agree, watching the news on tv is usually depressing! I always check out or google news and just scan the headlines to keep semi informed.

  • Rachel November 9, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I love when there’s a fridge in my hotel room! I find the nearest WF or TJ’s and set myself up for my trip. It saves money and helps keep my eating on track. So nice.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 9, 2011, 6:48 pm

    I just can’t do the treadmill. It feels like working out. I almost made split pea soup tonight and about 100 other things, but settled on cereal with banana and strawberries due to a stomach bug that I acquired yesterday…UGH. Maybe I’m having sympathies for you? Good luck with your presentation and finding ice cream.

  • Army Amy* November 9, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Anything is better than nothing! Sometimes a walk is just the ticket. Have fun in CT!*

  • Jenna November 9, 2011, 7:00 pm

    You mention saving money on food a lot when you travel. Don’t the people you’re speaking to pay for your travel, hotel and meals? If so – very noble of you to not waste a ton of their money eating out since most people would probably splurge.

    • Caitlin November 9, 2011, 7:01 pm

      Nope… I get paid a flat rate and all my expenses come out of my own pocket. So I try to be frugal. 🙂

  • Sana November 9, 2011, 7:01 pm

    Yep, walking rules 🙂 I teach a walking class to the campus staff and we have a lot of fun!

  • Emily November 9, 2011, 7:05 pm

    I’ll have to get that book ASAP! I’m taking History of Modern War and we just learned of Japanese internment (I had no idea prior)! History + Love Story = Perfection.

  • Kim November 9, 2011, 7:13 pm

    You were in Glastonbury!?! That is crazy, I use to live right by that Fraliegh and Gray building… I would know it anywhere, as well as the Whole Foods!! CRAZY to see pictures of that on here!!

    • Kim November 9, 2011, 7:14 pm

      oh yea and massive storm…some people still have no electricity 10 days later…

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:08 am

      It was a good Whole Foods!!! Nice hot bar.

    • Ashley November 10, 2011, 1:16 pm

      Right?! I live right across the river and go to Glastonbury all the time, so when I saw that I was like…whaat?! Our little corner of the country is getting some hot press 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 9, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Haha I can’t believe you’ve travelled so much lately that you forget when you’ve been to places! That’s funny. 😀

    Sometimes I just can’t drag myself to run on the treadmill either. But walking is better than nothing!

  • Cindy November 9, 2011, 7:17 pm

    The storm was crazy. We were ok in Metrowest Boston, but a lot of my friends in other areas just got power back this Monday! They didn’t have power for over a week! Insanity!

  • TeenyLittleSuperChef November 9, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Dude, that polenta lasagna looks so darn tasty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that at the Whole Foods near where I live. Guess I’ll just have to make my own. Good luck in your presentation. Any chance you’ll make it out to Oregon any time soon? I’d love to come hear you talk.

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:08 am

      No Oregon trips scheduled 🙁 Hopefully next year.

      • Amber K November 10, 2011, 12:16 pm

        Hopefully someday 🙂

  • Carlee November 9, 2011, 7:30 pm

    You are right down the street from me! I live in Cheshire which is one town South of Hamden.

  • Jenn November 9, 2011, 7:35 pm

    LOVED that book! So glad you enjoyed it too. Made me wanted to go there! Which I do hope to some day.

  • Kristin November 9, 2011, 7:39 pm

    thanks for the book suggestion!:) I hope you have a wonderful night!!!

    PS- I still can’t believe your preg!!! EEEEEeeeEEE!!! SO EXCITING!!!! 🙂 I went to renew my BC pills today and couldn’t help to wish i was ready to have kids and stop taking the pill 🙁 I am SO excited for your journey!

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:09 am

      🙂 You’ll be there soon enough!!! Enjoy being child-free while it lasts. Have lots of sexy time.

      • Kristin November 10, 2011, 5:06 pm

        haha my husband would LOVE that suggestion! 🙂 You’re right though we’ve decided to start trying in “2016” when were 29ish years old! It will come soon! thanks Caitlin!

  • Michele November 9, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I live outside of Boston and we had no power for 3+ days….our school even had two “snow days” because of no power at the schools. CT seemed to really be hit the hardest though and I heard some people still don’t have power back.

    Quinnipiac is a great place…visited friends who went there! Have fun 🙂

  • Sara November 9, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Oh how I love Whole Food’s pea soup. Yum!

  • Lisa November 9, 2011, 8:18 pm

    I read this book on a whim after finding it on my mom’s book shelf while dog-sitting – I absolutely adored it. PS – Congratulations on your exciting news!!!!

  • katie @ KatieDid November 9, 2011, 8:27 pm

    hey a walk is better than nothing I commend you on keeping up healthy habits on the road!

  • KDH November 9, 2011, 8:31 pm

    The book sounds interesting, the food looks delicious! Some days a good walk is all you need! 🙂
    Walking was pretty much all I could do when I was pregnant both of my pregnancies, my heart rate went crazy high immediately, which is how I found out I was pregnant both times! I was chained to the heart rate monitor for any exercise! I always wanted to be one that could run through the entire pregnancy. Congratulations on your pregnancy, I have been following your blog for a year or more and am excited for you and your husband!

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:09 am

      Thank you so much!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 9, 2011, 8:45 pm

    good luck tonight!

    20 minutes of walking is better than nothing. a for effort 🙂

  • Carin November 9, 2011, 8:57 pm

    Have you read “Accordion Crimes” by E. Annie Proulx? I LOVED it… it’s like a series of short stories of American immigrants linked via the accordion story. Gotta love a squeezebox!

    I reckon it’d be a good book club choice because most U.S. readers would be able to relate their own family’s story to one of those covered – Mexicans/ Irish /Italians etc. and it’d lead to a really good discussion.

    P.S. off to see Eddie Izzard tonight – do you like him?

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:10 am

      I have not – but I’ll suggest it for our next book!

      I don’t even know who Eddie Izzard is! SO sad.

  • Rachel Starr November 9, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Pregnancy brain, meet Caitlin. Caitlin, meet pregnancy brain. I’ll probably have to reintroduce you again tomorrow, cuz you won’t remember meeting 😉 welcome to mommyhood. You’ll never remember anything again!

  • Polly November 9, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Hi Caitlin!
    Congrats on BabyHTP!! My husband couldn’t believe how excited I was about the pregnancy of someone I’ve never met! lol
    Just wondering if you could do a post on your exercise plans during pregnancy and what advice your doctors have given you about this. I’m 22 weeks pregnant so would be interested to see what you are/planning on doing! Guidelines in Australia say that HR should stay below 140 during exercise in pregnancy – this is hard to do when you are used to high intensity training! So for me, it’s heavy weights (under supervision of PT), Zumba dancing, pilates and yoga.
    xx Polly

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:13 am

      Hi there!

      I read recently that the 140 bpm thing is very old school – they don’t even follow those guidelines in America anymore. Check this out: Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend you go against your doctor about it. Basically, the theory is that saying 140 bpm is too blanket. I mean, my rate rate when running LIGHTLY is like, 160. Another women’s might be 110. It just varies so much that it’s kind of silly to use heartrate as the threshold. I read it’s better to use perceived rate of exertion and not over over a 6 or 7 on a 10 scale.

      • Polly November 10, 2011, 6:30 pm

        I completely agree, at first my obstetrician said 130 – to which I said no way, I get to that walking up a hill! Under supervision of my PT, I’ve been pushing it a little higher. I can automatically tell when I’m pushing too hard and need to catch my breath (in fact, breathlessness was my first pregnancy symptom!). Loving weights, I feel like I could do them all day!!

        Would love to see a post on your pregnancy exercise goals/plans 🙂

  • Jen November 9, 2011, 9:41 pm

    Do you set your treadmill on an incline Caitlin?

    Ugh, I need a WF’s in my life! 🙂 Never heard of that book – although I hate when people say “You HAVE to” go get something. Sorry, but it sounds so Oprah-ish…not that there’s anything wrong with Oprah (do love her), just people should make their own minds up.

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:13 am

      No.. sometimes i do incline but not always.

  • Felicia November 9, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Ah Quinnipiac – go bobcats! If your looking for something delicious, healthy and close to campus I’d recommend Duck Soup [3584 Whitney Ave] and if you want some really good (decaf) coffee you should stop by Whitney Donut :).

  • Meagan November 9, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Speaking of not being able to run (and being pregnant), my first “sign” that I was pregnant was that I couldn’t run. I had been building up to a pretty easy 5k and, the morning before Thanksgiving 2009, I challenged my husband to an “easy” jog to show him “how good I’d gotten” (he was a competitive cross country runner).


    I ran about a block. My legs felt like lead. Literally. I had to turn around! Upon re-entering the house, I had the thought that changed my life: “Oh. I think I’m late.”

    • Kate November 9, 2011, 11:22 pm

      Try putting up a USA map in your office mounted on a pegboard. Use different colour pins for different year to keep track of your grand adventures! My boss, a professor who gives invited talks all over, does this.

  • Khushboo November 9, 2011, 10:28 pm

    Twenty mins of something >zero mins! Hope your talk went well!

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT November 9, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Hope you had a great presentation! Did you find any ice cream?!

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:14 am

      Yes! Pumpkin flavor. So good.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 9, 2011, 11:18 pm

    I love that getting food from Whole Foods is never a bummer of an option–it’s just TOO GOOD! Where else can you find all those yummy healthy options? Mmmmmm.

  • crystal November 9, 2011, 11:32 pm

    How far into your pregnancy are you going to travel? With both of mine I was done at 30 weeks, even though I had the ok to travel up to 36. Being gone just made me miss home too bad and I ended up crying at the thought.

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 8:14 am

      Until the middle of the second tri. I have stuff booked through March. I don’t want to travel too pregnant, either. It sounds miserable.

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness November 10, 2011, 3:56 am

    I’m having one of those days too -I feel a bit burnt out and think my body deserves a rest and a break…so that is what I am doing before work, instead of HIIT at the gym…chilling on the couch, reading blogs, and relaxing. It feels so so nice. 🙂 Hope your presentation goes brilliantly! xyx

  • KellyK November 10, 2011, 7:51 am

    Hi Caitlin, I have been reading your blog for over a year, and I don’t comment often enough. Congrats on your pregnancy! I LOVED the book too – my book club read it last year, and the combination of history/love was perfect. And it is a period of history that I did not know much about at all. Your spirit and dedication is inspiring. Thanks for creating an awesome blog.

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 7:20 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I appreciate it.

  • Laura November 10, 2011, 8:15 am

    Baby..congrats!! So absolutely wonderful. My mom always tells me that the best day of her life was finding out she was expecting, and if she could do those 9 months over, she would :). Soak it all in (and embrace the cravings !!). PS) I’m sure the lil baby appreciated the 20 min walk on the tredmill just as much 🙂

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 10, 2011, 10:12 am

    I LOVED The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet! It was wonderful

  • Natalie November 10, 2011, 10:21 am

    Im right outside hartford and yes I didn’t have power for 1 week. Our town is till cleaning up from the storm. Definitely learned not to take the everyday luxuries for granted! Enjoy CT though. Weather this week is lovely

  • CJ @ November 10, 2011, 11:12 am

    i like when you post your treadmill work outs. I wrote a post a few montsh ago about “not dreading the tread” but its always nice to have other people’s insight on how to make a stationary machine so much less boring!
    are you going to continue running during the pregnancy? ive heard mixed things about this and then i saw the woman who gave birth right after the marathon a few weeks ago! crazy!

    • CaitlinHTP November 10, 2011, 7:19 pm

      I’m continuing to run but I would never do long distance running while pregnant. It doesnt really agree with my body to begin with, let alone when Im creating a spawn.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats November 10, 2011, 11:13 am

    CT represent!! I grew up in the next town over! 🙂

  • Anna November 10, 2011, 1:14 pm

    I gave up caffeine completely but my husband who is an MD said it wasn’t necessary…I now drink decaf, one cup per day while breastfeeding…and I have to say I missed it more than I know. If I get pregnant again, I will not be afraid to do decaf in moderation. The one thing I will say is…b/c any caffeine can dehydrate, just be careful – stay hydrated. I was very pregnant late this summer and had a bunch of scares when I let myself get too dehydrated. Congrats and enjoy this time. Being a mom is amazing…as is pregnancy. I hope you continue to feel great!

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