December 2011

New Year New You 5K Race Recap

In 2011, I had a revelation that if you want to be a certain type of person, you have to behave in a certain way (duh, Caitlin).  If I want to be nicer, I need to stop gossiping.  If I want to do community service, I actually have to volunteer.  If I want a better [...]


Backstrokin’ Basics

First things first:  Is this not the cutest picture ever?  Furhusband and furwife, sitting in the sunny spot together.   I hit the pool up during lunch with one goal in mind: DO THE BACKSTROKE! The wonderful reader comments on this post (Different Strokes) about how to effectively do a backstroke were so helpful.  I’m [...]


Pineapple Dreams

Good morning!  I went to bed dreaming of this pineapple smoothie, so the first thing I did today was stumble into the kitchen and blend it up. In the blender:   3/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk Splash pomegranate juice 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chucks 1/2 cup frozen strawberries 2 scoops protein [...]


Random Thoughts

Tonight, I sang “Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime. When pizza’s on a bagel, you can have pizza anytime!” while making myself a pizza bagel.  The Husband had no idea what I was talking about because he’s from England, and all of his childhood commercial memories are totally different.  Sad. [...]


Easy Vegetable Korma

The Husband comes from a condiment-loving family.  His mother’s fridge is packed so tightly with jars of sauce, jams, and dips that you can barely fit a carton of eggs in.  Every time we go to the store together, he gravitates to the sauce aisle and says, “Think we need some sauces?” On the other [...]



Last night, Nicole, Isaac, the Hus, and I did something different – we went to the museum!  We were intrigued by the mummy exhibit at Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte. Fun facts about mummies:   Mummies have been found on every continent except Antarctica. The Detmold Child mummy predates King Tut by more than 3,000 [...]


BabyHTP: 16 Weeks

Whoa, baby!  I cannot even believe we’re at 16 weeks.   Here’s what BabyHTP is up to this week (source): “Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches [...]


Different Strokes

It sounds a bit odd, because I’ve been swimming for years, but I only know one stroke.  I can only do the freestyle stroke.  When I first wanted to do a triathlon, a friend who was an accomplished swimmer joined me in the pool and taught me the basics.  The rest I learned while by [...]


A Yes Day

I’m feelin’ lucky today. I dreamt that I was back in high school, except high schools were now held on giant airplanes due to intense overpopulation.  For some reason, I was carrying my childhood cat Matilda around and wearing my wedding dress when the plane crashed.  The back part of the plane broke off and [...]


Dinner By The Books

Dinner was a good one.  This brand of frozen dinners is a bit pricey ($10) but still cheaper than delivery. While munching, I finished up this awesome book, which I downloaded on Kindle thanks to Gina’s rave reviews. The Midwife’s Confession was one of those books that leave you gasping, “Oh NO, she didn’t!” aloud [...]


New Year’s Indecisiveness

Took DadHTP to the airport.  Wahhh! That means Christmas is really and truly over.  He lives in California for half the year, so we don’t get to get to see each other as often as we’d like. Before dropping him off at the airport, we stopped by Moe’s for a quick lunch.   I got [...]



It’s raining, it’s pouring… I’d rather be snoozing.. But instead, I’m woooorking.  Back to work I go.    After spending two nights at my in-laws’, coming home to my own bed was glorious.  And listening to the noise of a winter rainstorm right outside my window made me want to hunker down in the sheets.  [...]


Wait Until the 7th

You know how it is – you leave an inspiring conference, have a health epiphany, or the calendar turns to January 1st, and a fire lights inside you.  You’re ready and raring to go.  And then… you lose momentum.  Life gets in the way.  Work kicks into overtime.  You fall back into old habits.    [...]


2011 Resolutions Revisited

Ahhh.  It’s that time of year again – New Year Resolution time!  I know some people despise NYRs with an undying passion, but I really love them.  I think of January as a fresh start; a chance to try again; an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.  (Source) I like to publicly proclaim my resolutions [...]

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