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More than 2/3 of the way through the Gossip Girl Challenge – my personal hiatus from celeb gossip. And it’s going really, really well. I did struggle bit to find something to read at the nail salon today.  Good Housekeeping to the rescue!  It was actually a much better magazine than I imagined it would be.


Another struggle? The checkout line at the grocery store.  I caught myself automatically lifting one of the magazines out of the rack -  you know, just to “check it out.” I dropped it like it was on fire!  But only after I caught a glimpse of some royal gossip.  Drats. Can’t escape it completely, I guess.  20 days without celeb gossip, and I must admit that my mind feels much less crowded (and I have more time for other productive work). 


Speaking of good housekeeping, I had a 10-minute meltdown when I got home from work.  You know the kind – everything goes wrong in a 10-minute time span (nothing important, just tons of little stuff).  I was already grumpy from being stuck in rush-hour traffic, arrived home later than I wanted to, and couldn’t find an important piece of paper.  I walked upstairs to discover our air conditioner had died on us… again.  And then I looked towards James’ crate and noticed a dog poop explosion. 


Thanks, James.


But alas – it all ended up being okay in the end.  Mainly because I have an epic dog that manages to aim his poop outside of the crate.  Still haven’t figured out how he does it, but he does.  It’s a magic trick – like making a convertible appear onstage or a tiger disappear from a cage.  And I figured that if James can poop outside of a crate, I can surely turn my frown upside down.


All in a day’s eats:


(Three slices of cold leftover pizza for lunch.)

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(Protein bar and banana for snack.)


(Dinner: English muffin, eggs with spinach, carrots, and orange.)


(Cereal with cranberries and almonds for dinner snack.)


So – how was your day? Any poop explosions – metaphorical or literal?



  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 30, 2012, 10:13 pm

    I wish I could say my day was good but I didn’t get the job I wanted and I’m still having a difficult time with a friend’s death last week. Hoping that this week will be better.

  • emily April 30, 2012, 10:18 pm

    My puppy ground poop into the floor today and it turned my smile upside down. But then I got in a workout in spite of pouring rain and I’m now proud of myself and full of endorphines!

  • Jen April 30, 2012, 10:19 pm

    As a matter of fact, we had a major baby poop explosion! It was warm, so Maya was just wearing a onesie and diaper. I had just finished feeding her sweet potatoes in her high chair when I picked her up and felt something warm and wet on my t-shirt by my hip. I looked down and sure enough, poop had oozed out one side of her diaper. We both jumped in the shower/bath after that!

    • Earthy Nicole April 30, 2012, 10:24 pm

      Oh man, I don’t miss baby poop ‘splosions. One time my little girl had one in the car and it went all over her car seat and down into her socks and everything… and we were hours away from home so I had to do my best with baby wipes to clean us both up!

  • Earthy Nicole April 30, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Most days are like that for me… I’m generally pretty clutzy and I must have broken a mirror or something in the last seven years because I have awful luck sometimes. BUT, I’m hoping tomorrow goes well since I’m looking at a new house (to rent) and from what I know so far, it’s amazing!

    Btw, I tried those Think Thin bars some time ago and every time you post them I get grossed out. I don’t know what it is about them but I just really didn’t like them! Pizza looks yummy though!

  • Nat April 30, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Are both James and Maggie crate trained?

    • CaitlinHTP May 1, 2012, 9:44 am

      Oh yeah. They are DESTRUCTIVE when left outside crates and alone.

  • Nat April 30, 2012, 10:43 pm

    And on a metaphorical poopsplosion, someone broke into our garage and stole an expensive bike and a guitar.

  • Sarah April 30, 2012, 11:24 pm

    Sounds like it was a rough day for everyone! I had a sucky morning. Trying to find health care insurance for when my baby is born…ended up in tears, but seem to be headed toward resolution.

    On a different note, I’ve been lurking for a while and just want to say that you are awesome! I am 29 weeks pregnant so I feel like I’ve been going through my pregnancy with you. You are such an encouragement, especially when it comes to just eating when you’re hungry and not worrying about how many lbs you’re putting on. 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 1, 2012, 9:45 am

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 Happy pregnancy. Good luck with insurance. I need to look into that, too, but I’m definitely not looking forward to it.

  • Rachel April 30, 2012, 11:25 pm

    i had a baby poop explosion yesterday. all the way up little man’s back 😛 super gross. thank goodness for that sanitize cycle on my washing machine!

    • Rachel April 30, 2012, 11:26 pm

      that wasn’t supposed to be a smiley face, but a tongue sticking out face 🙁

  • Christine @ BookishlyB April 30, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Are those Crispix??? I consider myself a bit of a cereal connoisseur 😉

    ps- thanks for no dog poop explosion pics 😉

  • Sana April 30, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Oy poop. I know having the doggies will prepare you for baby poop!

  • Whitney April 30, 2012, 11:57 pm

    No poop explosions here, thankfully! Just checking in because I’m a frequent “lurker” and read your blog every day. That has stopped for the past week or so since I started a new job. Today, I realized that I’ve been so busy and pooped (pun intended) at the end of the day that I hadn’t moseyed on over here; I was going through withdrawals! I am now officially caught up!

    Thanks again for being awesome!

    • CaitlinHTP May 1, 2012, 9:47 am

      Thanks 🙂 And good luck with your new job. I hope it’s going well!

  • Danielle @ Two Love Birds May 1, 2012, 12:24 am

    My poop explosion happened yesterday. We took our pup on way too long of a bike ride with us this weekend and she is slowly recovering. She’s just been hobbling around and sleeping. Yesterday she decided it was too much work to walk the 10 steps it would have taken to get outside and instead just pooped by the door. So close! Thankfully she’s feeling much better and is managing to walk around today, such a drama queen!

  • Helen May 1, 2012, 4:33 am

    Look at Maggie licking her lips at your Think Thin bar!! LOL!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz May 1, 2012, 7:54 am

    I’m glad you only posted a picture of James and not the explosion… 🙂 We got hit with a hail explosion on Sunday. And now our gutter is hanging off our roof. Oh the joys of being a homeowner!

  • Holly S. May 1, 2012, 8:48 am

    Haha – my dog totally poops outside the cage also – I thought she was the only one!

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions May 1, 2012, 9:09 am

    I love your gossip girl challenge! At my old job, we had a chunk of down time every day which we filled with celeb gossip magazines ~ it can really become an addiction! When I left that job, it was a tough change for me at first, but at this point I’m do grateful to no longer have that nonsense filling my head. I’m much happier to focus on my own life and priorities!

  • Amanda May 1, 2012, 9:40 am

    No poop explosion, but our newer dog has been really into chewing things lately. Usually it’s just his toys, but I got home from the gym last night to find a big hole in our duvet cover 🙁 Oh well, as my fiance says, it’s all just “stuff”. That pup is lucky I love him!! Hope today is better for you and me!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 1, 2012, 9:48 am

      Have you tried giving him a Kong toy? That might help…. Ugh. Poor duvet!

  • Kristin point May 1, 2012, 9:44 am

    My 8 week old daughter had a projectile poop while being changed last week. It was absolutely insane! I’m talking on walls, changing table, diaper pail, laundy basket… Like a splatter painting! It was entertaining and nothing stained so not the end of the world lol.

  • Hannah May 1, 2012, 11:14 am

    That’s really interesting about James aiming his bizness outside the crate. I’m thinking of getting a dog soon and I JUST read that they really like to keep their own safe spaces really clean, so they don’t like to ‘go’ in their crates at all. Makes sense for James, then!

  • Amber K May 1, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any poop explosions. I did have gum surgery yesterday though, so life isn’t all that great. I’m mostly just finding that I can eat the same food as usual, just blended, and yet it isn’t nearly as filling. Such a bummer!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd May 1, 2012, 12:52 pm

    One night at my parent’s house my husband and I woke up to our puppy wimpering to go out. When we woke up and turned out the light there was a full blown POOP-POCOLYPSE!!!!! Seriously like 6 piles of poop in the room.

    Everybody has their poop-pocolypse days 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 1, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m sure it was horrible for you at the time but I laughed out loud when you said he poops outside of his crate! That takes talent for sure 😉 Glad everything ended up being okay, I definitely know the feeling.

  • Chelsea May 1, 2012, 10:05 pm

    At first I thought your cereal was chick-fil-a waffle fries. Now I’m craving them. Argh :(! They’re so dellliccciiiouuuss!

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