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An apple a day:


Today ended up being a fine day, indeed.  Very productive.  We pulled a long shift at the clinic, I munched on an apple and cashews, and eventually, we took a dinner break.


We headed to Mama Fu’s, which I suspected would be comparable to mall food court Chinese… and it was.  I hate to give a restaurant bad reviews but – man – it was bad.


So bad, in fact, that I went back out to another restaurant and got more takeout.  I just couldn’t do the Fu.


Ended up with panaag tofu curry plus extra veggies and a Dr. Pepper.  I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper in a long time and – man – it was freaking delicious.  BabyHTP liked all the sugar and caffeine, too.


I’m currently reading a review copy of The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual by blogger Shannon from Mama in Wonderland.  Although I’m not going to be a true SAHM (more on our post-baby employment plans tomorrow, actually), I think it’s a good read with lots of useable advice.  I always like self-deprecating humor and hearing about others’ experiences. 


Eaten in the waiting room.  No patients were present, of course.  We really need an office with a kitchen!


Thursday nights are my FAVORITE night because it’s TV NIGHT!  Grey’s Anatomy plus The Office plus Private Practice.  My butt is glued to the couch, I’ve got an orange in my hand, and I’m not moving from this position for hours.  Edited to add:  Oh my goodness.  It’s only Tuesday.  HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?  Fail, fail, fail.   <—This was a serious, honest error.  I actually thought it was Thursday.  I’m going to bed.


Random question:  Is it a can of coke or a can of soda? Or a can of pop?  I come from soda land – South Florida!





  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 17, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Can of soda!

  • Jen January 17, 2012, 8:54 pm

    A can of pop (or just a pop). Also, you know it’s Tuesday, right? I hope you aren’t disappointed in your tv selections, in that case (I always am on Tuesdays…such a letdown in tv-land!)

    • CaitlinHTP January 17, 2012, 8:56 pm


      • Jen January 17, 2012, 9:47 pm

        I’m totally down with saying it’s Thursday…woohoo, one sleep till Friday! Won’t my boss be surprised two days from now when she’s at work and I’m not! :O And for what it’s worth, I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on the tv and Pan Am was on! I thought they’d cancelled this show so Tuesday isn’t so bad after all.

        • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 9:52 am

          I also think in terms of sleeps!!! LOL

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 17, 2012, 8:56 pm

    I love you but I must point out that its Tuesday. I hope I have not ruined your day.

  • Lee January 17, 2012, 8:56 pm


    Mama Fu’s is pretty bad. Their tofu has a nasty skin on it that I’ve never seen anywhere else. We used to have a few of them in Atlanta (Mama Fu’s not tofu skins) but I think they’ve all closed.

  • Alina January 17, 2012, 8:58 pm

    That’s so funny! Up here in Canada, pop is used, soda is pretty much never, but almost everyone calls it “soft drinks”!

  • Sana January 17, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I thought I was losing it for a sec, but it’s Tuesday and I am sure a million people are you going to tell you the same thing.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 17, 2012, 9:00 pm

    we call them ‘soft drink’ in Australia!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 17, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I’m Canadian and therefore its a can of pop!! 🙂

  • Allison January 17, 2012, 9:01 pm

    I think this is my first comment (been reading since you moved to CLT!)… but I just had to agree with the Mama Fu’s review. I’ve been to that same location, and the food was awful! Like worst than more frozen dinners (but 3x the price!)- AWFUL!

    Also… that’s a cute map, but people in Charlotte definitely say soda. I don’t hear much “coke” around here.

    • CaitlinHTP January 17, 2012, 9:03 pm

      It is terrible. Like, truly terrible. I can’t believe each dish was $9 either.

      Charlotte is so full of transplants! We prob have a mismash of soda/coke.

      Yay for neighborly readers!!!

  • hippierunner January 17, 2012, 9:03 pm

    This is like when Jim tricked Dwight into missing a day of work by getting him to think it was Friday (on a Thursday)! I hope you have some ice cream to cheer yourself up! 😉

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 17, 2012, 9:05 pm

    I grew up in Michigan saying pop. Moved to Virginia where it was called Coke or Soda. Live in New Hampshire now and it’s soda all the way. I laugh every time my Mom visits and wants a pop. It just sounds so funny!

  • Army Amy* January 17, 2012, 9:07 pm

    I’m in Texas, and we do, in fact, call it Coke. I used to think it was the craziest thing ever, but now I don’t call it anything else!*

    • krista January 18, 2012, 8:35 am

      How funny, I’m a Texan and have never heard anyone call all soda coke, just actual coke! We say soda.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 17, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Soda!! 🙂 I get my days mixed up ALL the time. Blame it on pregnancy brain, ha!

  • Kelly January 17, 2012, 9:13 pm

    I call it soda in Boston. For some reason I always, always thought pop was a southern term, but I guess I was wrong!

  • Kath January 17, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Coke or Soda!

  • Keri January 17, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I grew up in Colorado, where we call it pop. But soda sounds so much cooler! I haven’t had one in years. Unless you count root beer–I had a TOmmy Knockers root beer last fall for the first time in ages. So good!

  • Sarah January 17, 2012, 9:15 pm

    i wish it was thursday…..

    • Keri January 17, 2012, 9:15 pm

      Me too.

  • Stephanie C January 17, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I say Coke or Soda.. and I always felt like I was the only one saying Coke in SoCal.. guess I was right 😉

  • Kristin January 17, 2012, 9:16 pm

    We have a Mama Fu’s here in Arkansas. I went once and I’ll never go back! As one reader mentioned, it was like a frozen dinner. Except those may be better.

    Anyhow, I’m a new reader and I love your site (especially your honesty).

    And it’s kind of awesome that map was spot-on for my boyfriend’s hometown and mine. It’s a constant battle between “coke” and “pop” between us!

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:06 am

      Thanks for coming over to read, Kristin!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 17, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Can of Soda out here in California! But I find it incredibly cute when people say Pop!

  • Sneakers2sandals January 17, 2012, 9:24 pm

    Wompwomp I hate a disappointing meal!!! Reverse reverse!

    It’s a can of soda in central fl also!

  • colleen January 17, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Pop here in the midwest. Spent time in southern Missouri where it was soda and in eastern NC it was soda or coke.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 17, 2012, 9:30 pm

    I definitely call it soda. And I’m so sorry you thought it was thursday! I do that all the time with TV shows and get so disappointed when I realize it’s not on that night! (lol or on hulu in my case)

  • Kelly January 17, 2012, 9:39 pm

    I’m a Pittsburgh girl – it’s POP all the way!! (You totally got me excited about it being Thursday…. I fell for it for just a second! I’ve done that SO
    many times. And I agree, it’s a GREAT TV night!)

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine January 17, 2012, 9:52 pm

    I call it all coke. Even if I mean a Dr. Pepper (which I agree, is awesome. As is Mountain Dew.)

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 17, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I’m glad today ended up being productive. I say soda and Coke. I’m a Georgia girl. If I know what kind of soda it is though I call it by name. Oh and that sucks you thought is was Thursday…that is rough. I hope you get some good rest tonight.

  • Katheryn January 17, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I come from pop land, but I’ve always called it soda. Guess I’m a rebel.

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu January 17, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I mix up my days all the time! And I’ve always called it soda, except when I thought that the cool people said pop, I tried to convert, but went back to soda 🙂

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 17, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Ditto the other Canadians: it’s Pop 🙂

  • Kelley January 17, 2012, 10:01 pm

    I felt SO off today too! I just broke a glass in the sink and then burst into tears. Yoga was NOT happening tonight. Must be a hormone swing or something. Hope tomorrow feels better for you!

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:08 am

      Aw I hope you feel better!

  • Adrianna January 17, 2012, 10:07 pm

    this just made me feel hella better bc, no joke, I thought it was Thursday all day today, too. and I do not have pregnancy as an excuse. wishful thinking much?!

  • Kasia January 17, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Pop! (I’m Canadian!)

  • Jolene ( January 17, 2012, 10:11 pm

    In Canada (or maybe just my province) it is just pop.

  • Jen January 17, 2012, 10:13 pm

    That is hilarious!! I WISH it were Thursday! 🙂

    Caitlin, do you have advice re: how to start the book-writing process? I.e: just start writing and see where it takes you? Or come up with a really solid idea and outline, etc. (that’s daunting because it feels impossible!). It’s hard to get motivated to start when it feels like it could (and likely would) amount to nothing or a complete waste of time (that could be spent on something else).

    Good night!

  • Denise January 17, 2012, 10:15 pm

    #1, it’s coke!

    #2, I completely FLIPPED OUT just now when I read that you were watching Grey’s and PP!!! I thought I missed them!

  • Allie January 17, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Can of pop! Land of Canada though 🙂

  • Sarah January 17, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Cold drink here in Oz! But if I were to go by what I grew up saying in Michigan, it would be pop. Somehow I say neither, rather, I call it soda! I have no idea why.

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions January 17, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Northeast Wisconsin = can of soda!!! Also, I’m super bummed for you that you thought it was Thursday and it’s only Tuesday, because that makes the week seem sooo much longer. Plus Thursday is an epic TV night with Grey’s and Private Practice!! My second place TV night is Sunday, with Desperate Housewives and Pan Am 😉 Do you watch those?

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:08 am

      No we tried to get into Pan Am but never did… 🙁 Is it still good?

  • Nikky January 17, 2012, 10:48 pm

    It’s pop here in Michigan, and since I’m told it was created here I hereby declare this fact. I argue with my soda-supporting bf all the time. 😀

    • Rachel January 18, 2012, 12:46 am

      me & hubs are from MI too & both grew up saying “pop”. but since moving westward, hubs now says “soda” & i give him crap about it every.single.time! we live in seattle now & according to that little map, it’s still “pop” out here. wth, hubs!?!

  • Amber @ Bold, Busy, Blessed January 17, 2012, 10:52 pm

    It’s soda for me! And I haven’t had any DP in so long, yum! Dang, I really wish I was Thursday! What a bummer haha.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 17, 2012, 10:52 pm

    It’s soda!

    I wouldn’t do the FU either! 😉

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 17, 2012, 11:22 pm

    I’m from PA and it’s soda all the way! But, my good friend is from Indiana and she says coke. I think it’s weird.

  • Bizzle January 17, 2012, 11:32 pm

    We pretty much say “coke” here in Oklahoma. I sometimes say “DC” for a diet coke! Big ups for posting about your DP! Sure, maybe it’s not something that we should be drinking on the regular, but I love how you are upfront and honest about your food choices, and incorporating moderation in your healthy living path. Kath too, with her diet DP this week! Is it weird that I notice these things?

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:10 am

      Maybe there’s something in the water! Or maybe I read it on her blog and it subconsciously influenced me! LOL

  • Laura January 17, 2012, 11:44 pm

    I live in pop land, and I used to call it that, but for some reason in my teens I switched to soda. No idea why.

  • Elise January 18, 2012, 12:07 am

    I’m from Texas and it’s definitely coke here. “Want a coke?” “Sure.” “What kind? We have Dr. Pepper and Sprite.”

  • Amanda January 18, 2012, 12:23 am

    Up here its called pop. People are quite adamant about it too….

  • Khushboo January 18, 2012, 12:51 am

    Haha over here it’s can of fizzy drink! A can of soda in my head refers to a can of fizzy water!

  • Kate January 18, 2012, 1:36 am

    I love hearing about different names for things in different regions! I call it soda but my dad’s family (from Ohio) call it “pop.”

  • Jen January 18, 2012, 1:40 am

    Hahahaha…can’t it just be Thursday already?!

    In the tiny little town where I grew up, most people called it pop. I do remember, in about eighth grade, a new guy moved to town & was SO confused for a while! Whenever someone said “I’m going to get a pop” or “Want a pop?”, he thought that they were talking about drugs! I guess I can see that, if you’ve never heard of “pop” as a term for soda! 🙂

    • Jen January 18, 2012, 1:43 am

      Although, wow…he must have thought that EVERYONE in his new school was on drugs! 🙂

  • Jess January 18, 2012, 2:13 am

    I call it fizzy, fizzy drink, or just what it is eg. Coke, Sprite.

  • erica January 18, 2012, 3:13 am

    hailing from the land of 80-100% Soda!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 18, 2012, 3:47 am

    In the UK it’s always a can of coke! 🙂

  • Emilie January 18, 2012, 5:02 am

    In Australia, we go ‘do you want some soft drink?’. I have never heard an Australian refer to it as Pop or Soda.

  • Shannon January 18, 2012, 6:38 am

    Hi Caitlin! Thanks for the gracious mention today. I appreciate it very much and am SO enjoying reading about your adventures in pregnancy. I loved your post recently about just wanting to hear that motherhood is hard, yes, but that the amazing parts far outweigh the other parts. That has been true for me 200% (100% for each daughter?!) and I hope my book says that. I’m also honored that you’re reading it despite not planning to be a SAHM, because I think there’s a lot of commonality in moms’ experiences and I hope any mom could glean something from it, and enjoy a laugh here and there, too.

    Thanks again, and best wishes!

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:11 am

      Thanks Shannon! I wish you lots of success with the book!

  • Kelly January 18, 2012, 7:07 am

    So sad you didn’t like Mama Fu’s…we have one really close to our house and we love it!!

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood January 18, 2012, 7:20 am

    i was so confused by the thursday comment! haha. it’s a can of pop for me.

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith January 18, 2012, 7:28 am

    What an interesting info graphic. Can of coke all the way! Represent Tampa Bay!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 18, 2012, 7:28 am

    soda!!! (in st. louis!)

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 18, 2012, 7:29 am

    Oh I’m so excited to find another person who likes both Grey’s and Private Practice!!! People make fun of me all the time for watching both but they are so addictive! Nothing like a Thursday night! Tomorrow will be especially special for me because it marks my first day back at school since I’ve taken my year long medical leave. In five months I’ll be a college graduate! Yay! Sorry to make this all about me…

    • CaitlinHTP January 18, 2012, 10:11 am

      What a fun day 🙂 You need to get some takeout to celebrate while watching GA and PP!

  • Kaci January 18, 2012, 7:30 am

    Soda! 🙂

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove January 18, 2012, 7:42 am

    Michigan = POP, but somtimes I like to order a soda and I usually get asked where I am from 🙂

    • Andrea January 18, 2012, 7:59 am

      Ha! Same here!

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 18, 2012, 7:53 am


  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 18, 2012, 8:04 am

    I say soda and I’m from Philly 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 18, 2012, 8:11 am

    We call it pop here in southern Ontario! I once called it “soda” after watching too many episodes of Gilmore Girls and my family made fun of me for two days afterward! 😛

  • Emily January 18, 2012, 8:24 am

    I am a “soda” person even though I live in Ohio and most people say pop. I picked it up my freshman year of college (also in Ohio), so really no clue why!

    Looking forward to hearing about post-baby employment!

  • Molly @ RDexposed January 18, 2012, 8:34 am

    I say and chart “soda” at work but otherwise am a “pop” saying girl. This might be an identity crisis.

  • Michelle M January 18, 2012, 8:36 am

    I’m in the middle of Wyoming, but I say “soda.” And I’m sure I make weird faces at people when they say “pop.”

  • Sara January 18, 2012, 8:41 am


  • Carlee January 18, 2012, 9:25 am

    You had me very excited that it was Thursday. However, I just realized it was Wednesday and not Tuesday, so I can’t really complain.

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 18, 2012, 10:12 am

    Even though I grew up in “POP” land (Ohio), I call it soda now. I changed sometime in college. Maybe it was my roommate from Jersey. And now that I’m up in Massachusetts, it’s only been reinforced.

  • Sarah M January 18, 2012, 10:35 am

    I’m a Floridian and this is my usual dialog at a restaurant when I order a SODA.
    Me:”I’ll have a coke”
    Waitress: “Is Pepsi ok?”
    Me: “Ick, ummm do you have Dr. Pepper?”
    Waitress: “Yes”
    Me: “I’ll have that”
    hahah, us southerns love our Coke:).

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots January 18, 2012, 10:56 am

    I’m from that little dark red county at the bottom of Indiana. “Coke” all the way. It still confuses my Canadian husband. The other day we had a conversation that went like this:

    Me: “We still have those Cokes in the fridge!”
    Him: “Uh, Cokes? We don’t have any Cokes.”
    Me: “Sure we do, I think there are three in there.”
    *He gets up and goes to the fridge*
    Him: “OH. You mean the all-natural, organic, caffeine-free $6 carbonated creme sodas?”
    Me: “Yes! COKES. Duh.”

  • Alexandra January 18, 2012, 11:00 am

    Living in Scotland but not Scottish. Everyone says ginger or a can of juice here. I say soda and I still get confused thinking people are offering me fruit juice.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 18, 2012, 11:04 am

    I’m from Kansas City, MO but I guess I lean more St. Louis-y because I’ve always said soda…..and so did my family. Strange. haha

    Also, thanks for making a fellow pregnant lady need Chinese take out this early in the morning!

  • PressureCookerDiaries January 18, 2012, 11:28 am

    Growing up it was soda for me, pop for my husband. Now we live in a place right on the border…

    In fact most people here use it interchangeably or even say soda-pop, lol. I find myself slipping into Pop when I’m visiting in-laws.

    Language and linguistics is fascinating.

  • Jolene January 18, 2012, 1:21 pm

    In Michigan its pop but when I moved to the east coast they laughed me down the block for calling it that…so I did as the Romans do and called it soda…and now that I am back in Michigan I still call it soda!

  • Brigid January 18, 2012, 1:44 pm

    According to that diagram, I’m from the land of pop, but I know a lot of people who say Coke for everything, too. Now I live in the land of soda. I have always preferred soda, or soda pop. When someone back home gives me a hard time about my word choice, I tell them I am enjoying a refreshing carbonated beverage. 🙂

  • Amber K January 18, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Pop! I am willing to compromise with soda pop, but never just soda (unless you’re talking about cream soda) and never Coke unless you’re actually referring to Coke!

  • BroccoliHut January 18, 2012, 5:59 pm

    I’m from Alabama so it’s a Coke, even if it’s a Dr. Pepper 🙂

  • AmandaonMaui January 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I say soda even though I am from Hillsborough County, Florida where the survey results say Coke is the majority. My parents are all from Pop-landia, but they don’t say Pop. I don’t know where I got the idea to say soda.

  • Mary January 18, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Pop. And I hope you enjoy Thursday when it arrives – lol!!! That seriously cracked me up:).

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  • Emily January 19, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I come from the South, where everything is a coke.

    Typical Southern conversation:
    “What do you want to drink?”
    “I’ll have a coke.”
    “What kind?”

  • Debbie January 19, 2012, 5:42 pm

    We live in Minnesota and my son goes to college in Massachusetts….they call him “Minnepop”!

  • Cath January 20, 2012, 11:36 pm

    I’m a bit behind on the blog reading but I’m from New Zealand and only Coca-Cola is coke. Everything is called either fizzy drink or the product name (Sprite, Pepsi, Fanta, tonic..).

    Great blog, by the way! Love it! Read it for a year or two now.

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 21, 2012, 12:16 am

    Can of coke! No pop here 🙂

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