Rentals, Ruts, and Running

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Howdy!  DadHTP and I took the morning off to explore potential rental options for him (he’s been living with us and my in-laws’ since he moved here a few weeks ago). Looking for someone else’s house is so much more fun than looking for your own!


In Charlotte, it seems more effective to simply drive around the neighborhood you want to live in until you see a For Rent sign – I think a lot of homeowners are nervous about putting their properties online. Through this method, we managed to uncover one great option that’s less than 3.0 miles from our new place.  Hope it works out.  Keep your fingers crossed for him!


Came home and made a quick lunch:


Veggie burgers.  Again.  We are totally in a food rut when it comes to two things: veggie burgers and Thai food. 


Case in point: last night’s dinner.


Dad has been buying us takeout as a ‘thank you’ for staying with us, and I feel like I am slowly going to turn into penang curry with extra veggies.  And I may sprout a spring roll from the top of my head.


Anyway – back to our food rut lunch.

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It may be a rut, but it’s a tasty rut.


I’m off to slice a dozen oranges… My Girls on the Run girls have been pretty unmotivated to run lately, so I’m going to bring orange slices so they can pop one in their mouth every lap.  You know, for ‘fuel.’ Smile 


The girls LOVE this and it really makes them run-run-run around the track.  Normally, I save this special treat for the big Practice 5K event, but they have really been struggling in the heat lately.  Gotta motivate them!


What silly thing would motivate you to run 16 laps around a track in the heat?  I’d do it for: dachshund kisses, bites of ice cream, and stickers (I’m 27 and love stickers – so what).  Oh, and probably penang curry.



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 15, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Popcorn would motivate me right now! Or a Starbucks gift card.

  • Danielle March 15, 2012, 1:46 pm

    I’d do it for cuddle time with my pups, a day with my best friend, more than a few bites of ice cream, or a really, really good cocktail. Maybe a virgin margarita? 😉

    P.S. I want to be in your rut.

  • shelly March 15, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I’d do it if I got to high five someone at the end of each lap. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 15, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Lol, maybe this means BabyHTP will grow up LOVING Panang curry! I’d do it for a huge green smoothie, a pedicure, and a massage!

  • Lindsey March 15, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Jelly Belly’s!! Not the healthiest option but it’d make me run even when I used to hate it 😉 haha

  • Hillary March 15, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Will run for ice cream!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 15, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Good luck with your dad!
    And that’s so sweet… I think that would make them feel like real runners!!! I’d run for wine.. or chocolate. Or pizza. Can you tell i’m hungry?

  • Patty March 15, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I’m one of your west coast blog readers. I never thought I’d be writing you and asking for recommendations for hotels and restaurants in Charlotte…but here I am doing just that!
    We are flying out and renting a car and driving up to Banner Elk to check out Lees McRae College Our son has been accepted and we want to take a look! He is also excited to ride on their Mt. Bike team.
    So…we fly into Charlotte and would like a nice, reasonable hotel and a great restaurant for dinner and breakfast! I’m the only vegetarian in the fam but I’m sure most places have vegetarian options available.

    Thanks so much,
    Love your blog and I’m excited about
    Reading all about your new bundle of love!

    Your new bundle of love

  • Kim L. March 15, 2012, 2:00 pm

    M&M’s, bites of a Chocolate Extreme Blizzard, mini massages…

  • Faith @ For the Health of It March 15, 2012, 2:01 pm

    I’d do it for a Clif Bar! I’m craving one really badly, but I left my Visa at home and I’m a dime short of enough pocket change to run to the convenience store and get one. Dang!

  • colleen March 15, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I would definitely run for some tasty mint ice cream or a slow floatin trip on a river on a sunny day.

  • Mary March 15, 2012, 2:18 pm

    I used to have a book called “Running Games” (weird side note: I let my high school gym teacher borrow it from me and she accidentally (??) stole it….I was too shy to ask for it back)

    One of the “games” in the book was super simple: starting from either the outside in or inside out, you switch a lane at every lap. So on an 8 lane track, you’d start in lane 8, and then every loop, you’d come in a lane, run twice in lane 1 and then work your way back to lane 8.

    It’s super simple and not even really a “game” but the goal of getting around the track in order to switch a lane really does help motivate.

    I only did this as an adult runner (or I guess, I did it as a teen, too, but one who was a serious athlete), so I’m not sure how it would work with younger girls. But if you DO try it out with the group, I’d be interested to hear how it turns out!

    Also, you could try to hunt down that book. I remember thinking it was pretty cool but I’ll be honest, I only had it in my hands for a little bit before my gym teacher yoinked it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 15, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I’d do it for froyo at the end. Peanut butter flavored specifically. 🙂

  • Laurel March 15, 2012, 2:26 pm

    I’d do it for M&M’s. Or pita chips. Or back massages.

    Also, I love that you can just drive around neighborhoods and look for places to live… living in a rural community, the rental process is not that easy!

  • Courtney Leigh March 15, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Chocolate and caramel Lacey’s from Whole Foods. Oh GOD those things are good.

    On a different note: WHEN are we getting the deets on the new place? So excited to hear that it’s all working out this time.

  • Jen @ Whittle My Middle March 15, 2012, 2:39 pm

    A cold treat always motivates me to run in the heat!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 15, 2012, 2:47 pm

    i would do it for a cupcake. or fro yo if the weather was warm!! orange slices remind me of youth soccer… we would have them after every game!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 15, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Is there any way you can run somewhere other than around a track? that just seems so monotonous!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 15, 2012, 2:55 pm

    Margaritas. Hands down.

  • Amy March 15, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Our girls loved pony tail holders — no idea why but they wanted as many as they could get. The best part is that they fit perfectly on their wrists while running! I wrapped a shoe box with wrapping paper and they could pull one out easily as they went by us!

  • Erin March 15, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Just saw this article and thought you might think it’s interesting. It’s explaning a new study that shows that intense exercise (they give training for a marathon as an example) increases infertility. Obviously this didn’t seem to affect you at all! But it is interesting nonetheless.

  • Joanne March 15, 2012, 3:28 pm

    A hose hook up so they can get sprayed to cool off with each lap.

  • Anna March 15, 2012, 3:28 pm

    When I did GOTR back in the day, every lap we’d get to do a nail. I’d run to just do another nail! Granted, it didn’t turn out to be the best manicure, but I was young, it was fun!!

    • Anna March 15, 2012, 3:54 pm

      Also…this isn’t very Naked Face Project, looking back on it…It was wayy back in the day. Didn’t even think about it…

  • Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 15, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Hmm, I’m thinking frozen strawberries or grapes?

  • Rebecca March 15, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Who doesn’t love stickers!? 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 15, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I’d do it for fro yo, stickers, and grapes!! 🙂

  • jill March 15, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Your dad has always seemed cool to me. I picture him as a cool grandpa.

  • Kelly March 15, 2012, 4:08 pm

    I have only had Thai food once and it was when I was in London. I had Pad Seuw (no idea how to spell that) and it was fantastic.

  • Nicole M. March 15, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Ooh, running through a sprinkler or mist of water each lap… that would get me around the track, lol! I’m not sure how you’d set that up but you could always use squirt guns 🙂

  • Julia March 15, 2012, 5:05 pm

    i’m honestly always surprised by how excited you are to have family members living with you or living super close to you. i have a great relationship w/ my family but i still like to feel more separation or something.. i don’t know what it is.

    i’d prob get sick of my inlaws if they lived right down the road-even though it’s a positive experience every time i’m with them.

    congrats on being so welcoming and generous to you family–it’s very nice to see, and it makes me question my resistance to being so close to fam.

  • Molly @ RDexposed March 15, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Chocolate milk is always a good motivator for me!

  • Lauren March 15, 2012, 6:07 pm

    STICKERS FTW!!!! 😀

  • Liv March 15, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I’m sure you’ve seen this: but I got excited seeing your name and figured I’d post you the link just in case you haven’t 🙂

  • kristin @ wounded fawn March 15, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Yay to stickers! And stamps! Like a stamp of hello kitty on my hand. My boyfriend is currently in jail (it’s ok, I’m being open about it and growing from it!) Anyway, I put stamps on his envelopes ( no stickers allowed in case I decide to put some cocaine under the sticker) so his letters look like the come from a 12 year old girl. What? Just hearts though, well and sometimes cats, but never hello kitty for him.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 15, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I’d do it for cold hard cash haha! Or pages of my thesis magically written for me….

  • Amber K March 16, 2012, 3:25 pm

    I love that orange slices are so motivating to them! As a kid I’d need candy. Even as an adult I think I’d need candy! lol

  • Sara March 16, 2012, 4:33 pm

    oranges always taste SOOO good after a run!
    I was wondering what brand of veggie burger you like?…I’ve tried a few but am always looking out for a good one to have on hand for quick meals

    • CaitlinHTP March 16, 2012, 7:13 pm

      I like Dr. Pragers, or however you spell it!

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