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I thought Thursday was my last day workin’ at the clinic, but it turns out that I got called in today to cover the shift.  Guess I just can’t stay away from the old desk.   It was a long day, and when we got home, the Hus and I changed out of our work clothes, grabbed some food, and positively collapsed on the porch.


I need a lounge chair, STAT.  I’ve outgrown the bench every which way!


Maggie already has her lounge chair. Me.


James is a real dog that actually sits in the grass (well, the lone ‘flower’ bed – and I use that term loosely that didn’t get destroyed in the nuclear garden war over the weekend).


Time to come off the porch for dinner!


I made a very simple fried rice scramble.  In the mix: brown rice, broccoli, carrots, pre-cooked lentils, and two eggs.  I cooked the broccoli and carrots in a wok with a little oil, and once they were soft, I added the cooked rice and lentils.  After a bit longer, I added in the eggs – it’s always hard to decide if fried rice tastes better with the eggs mixed in raw or scrambled separately and tossed in.  Both options are tasty!


On top: some nutritional yeast.  It added a little something-something.


And for dessert…


A watermelon wheel.  Saw Kath slice a melon this way the other day and I thought – “GENIUS!”  So easy to slice and so easy to eat.


So – who worked out today?  Please brag!  I worked out!  Whoo hoo.  I did a 0.5-mile swim this morning in an empty pool (well, DadHTP was with me).  A virtually empty pool is a highly unusual occurrence at our gym.  It was so nice!  I felt pretty slow and choppy this morning, and although I don’t normally mind lane sharing in the slightest, it was nice not to have to worry about bumpin’ into someone else as I fumbled around.  Winking smile



  • Army Amy* May 15, 2012, 9:42 pm

    I walked 2.5 miles. Does that count? I am in a post-marathon slump, so walking is all I can muster up the motivation to do.*

    • Caitlin May 15, 2012, 9:43 pm

      Heck yeah!

  • Kim May 15, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Glad to see James is enjoying the new yard (and Maggie is enjoying the lounge chair:)

  • Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets May 15, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Good job on the workout. I also worked out today. Doing a fun weight lifting program that is making me feel like a bad ass!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery May 15, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Let’s see here, workouts…ummm…hmm..walked the dog! It was raining for half the day so not perfect weather but it cleared up. I can’t wait to play some tennis this summer though! I always love hearing about Maggie and James, they are so funny. I bet they love the yard! Well, it appears Maggie enjoys your belly more…

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 15, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I’ve totally been avoiding the gym lately, and have a shin injury so haven’t been able to run…but tonight I did some upper body weight lifting and stretching in my apartment and then rearranged my room..which totally counts as cardio 🙂

    You and maggie look adorable on the bench!

  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles May 15, 2012, 10:11 pm

    I went for a swim this morning too. Such a great way to start the day!

  • BroccoliHut May 15, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Your lunch looks awesome! I’ve been loving the pre-cooked lentils from TJ’s so I bet that would be a great use for them.
    I hit the gym this morning with a 2.5 mile run and worked chest + back.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 15, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I coached a bunch of 9 and 10 year old cheerleaders, which involved a lot of running around… and then I did their conditioning with them at the end. I also did some stunting (aka putting people in the air) with some of of the other young coaches. I think I’m probably going to be sore tomorrow yay!

  • Katy May 15, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I lifted weights! Woo Hoo!!

  • Maren May 15, 2012, 10:26 pm

    I laid out this afternoon too! It felt so nice! I did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then took a cxworx class! I really loved it and am hoping to teach it someday soon!

    Can’t believe you are 3 weeks away from baby time! It honestly feels like you JUST told the blog world!

  • Rachel May 15, 2012, 10:29 pm

    i…did not work out this AM. little man couldn’t make up his mind on napping & when i finally got him down, it was 10am. oh well, tomorrow is another day!

  • Caitlin May 15, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I went to a spin class and sat front row! I got my butt kicked – it felt amazing!

  • Amanda K. May 15, 2012, 10:40 pm

    I did! I planned to run, but my morning got away from me. I made excuses until the evening, then did a Jillian Michaels workout tape before totally punking out.
    And what did I learn? I need a few more push-ups in my life.

  • Aylin May 15, 2012, 10:46 pm

    I worked out today! Dragged myself to the gym and did weights!! Felt great after. Now, tired.

  • Helena May 15, 2012, 11:31 pm

    No work out, I’m having a flare-up of costochondritis at the moment, but I did manage to walk to the mailbox and back, which actually felt like quite an achievement today, heh. (And I’m staying on my parents’ farm, so the mailbox is out of sight of the house, making my one excursion outside slightly less pathetic than it sounds.)

    You’re looking so great! You’re one of those women who somehow makes pregnancy look stylish. 🙂 You may be one of the few pregnant women I’ve seen who’ve somehow managed to keep a waistline at going on nine months! And the bump makes me nostalgic. There’s something so comforting about being able to rub your tummy when it’s hard and smooth like that. Rubbing your own stomach when it’s just rounded from too big a lunch is not quite the same thing!!

    • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:13 am

      Aw thanks Helena. I hope you feel better soon – costochondritis does not sound fun at ALL. 🙁

  • Eri May 15, 2012, 11:32 pm

    I keep meaning to learn how to swim… maybe later this year. Today’s workout: bodystep practice – new music and new choreography will make for a fun class!

  • Leslie May 15, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Sorry you had to go in to work. Maybe today was really the last day. You are glowing! So full of life.(pun intended)

    • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:12 am

      Thanks Leslie 🙂

  • Kelley May 16, 2012, 12:19 am

    I was also impressed with Kath’s version of sliced watermelon. Genius!

    I did a prenatal yoga class tonight and it was awesome!

    Love the bench picture. hee hee

  • sarah May 16, 2012, 12:31 am

    2.2 mile swim- Boo-yah!

    That rice looks SO good- I love all your meals and snacks actually. Your little baby is going to have the best parents and the best food!

  • Socal Rachel May 16, 2012, 12:52 am

    Way to go on getting in your workout. I biked to the gym to do weights this morning, then biked to the dentist this afternoon. It is bike to work week.

  • Dental Consultant May 16, 2012, 12:58 am

    Comfy lounge chairs makes every pregnant lady happy! How far along the way are you? I’m guessing you’re having a baby girl! Cos you’re blooming. 🙂

  • AmandaonMaui May 16, 2012, 1:09 am

    You could say I worked out today. It was hot. Low 80s (hot for up here), leading a horse for about 40 minutes. Grooming a horse. Sweeping out the tack area (thoroughly). Yeah, I was sweating and was tired by the end.

    Next time I go to Washington for a work thing I am totally buying my food at TJ’s. We first went to Whole Foods last time we were there, but that was before we knew there is a TJ’s only a few blocks from our hotel. Next time, it’s TJ’s all the time. Hehe. Especially so I can buy the ready made lentils, rice, etc.

  • Baroque Diva May 16, 2012, 1:10 am

    Oh my goodness- thank you for showing the Watermelon Wheel! I feel really “special” for never thinking of that on my own- love watermelon, but hating slicing it! LOL Duh’!

    I walked 4 miles today- love my new mapmywalk app on my iPhone! 🙂

  • Katherine May 16, 2012, 1:13 am

    I ran for 1 mile and then walked 4 miles + Jill’s yoga meltdown dvd. I worked out with my sister and best friend which made it seem like not so much of a workout and more of a social outing :).

  • Sarah May 16, 2012, 1:16 am

    Did you see that Rosie Pope on Bravo yesterday? (Pregnant in Heels) She was helping a couple have a natural birth, away from the hospital and she gave them the stank eye. Then, she told the, she was eating her placenta, and Rosie threw her some more shade. Discuss. Reminded me of you dahlin’!

    • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:11 am

      haha rosie cracks me up.

  • Jen May 16, 2012, 1:17 am

    That is such an adorable picture of you, Maggie & baby! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 16, 2012, 1:44 am

    I went to Jazzercise class with my mom!

  • Jess May 16, 2012, 5:43 am

    I’ll brag! I did 35 minutes of heavy weight lifting, and then because I had a latte at 4pm at a staff meeting and I was buzzing, I went to a 1 hour boxing class. I am gonna feel that tomorrow!!

  • Hillary May 16, 2012, 7:13 am

    I’ve been making a fried rice and veggie scramble for lunch these past few weeks—I like the egg tossed in raw and cooked with everything else! It makes it extra…creamy, I guess?

    And I worked out! Four mile run and a half hour of weights. I felt like crap before the gym, and I felt incredible afterward. Isn’t that always the case?!

  • Vikki May 16, 2012, 7:17 am

    I didn’t work out yesterday due to the incessant thunderstorms. But I did ‘run’ this morning. I use that term loosely as there was more walking than running, but I’m building up.

  • Joy May 16, 2012, 7:31 am

    I walked 6 miles AND took a yoga class plus did my plank – in aiming to catch up to the pure2raw twins (never happening)

  • Sara @my less serious life May 16, 2012, 7:47 am

    i ran 3 miles and 30-minute walk with my pup.

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 16, 2012, 7:48 am

    Ah, why am I not making these simple rice-based dishes that you are always whipping up? Must change this!

  • Brittney @ Brittney Breathing May 16, 2012, 8:26 am

    This looks yummy! I may need to try my own version tonight for dinner!

  • Britt May 16, 2012, 9:33 am

    I did Body Pump (choreographed weight lifting) in the early a.m. THEN that evening, I got a good run in with my mom! I love running with my her. She pushes me to run faster and harder…I have no choice if I want to catch her! Needless to say I slept very well last night!

  • Alyse May 16, 2012, 9:59 am

    I’ve said it a few times, but James’ ears destroy me. aaah. <3

    • Caitlin May 16, 2012, 10:09 am

      Hahah me too!

  • Ashley May 16, 2012, 10:02 am

    Do you ever see something so genius but so simple, you wonder why you never thought of it yourself?? That was my moment with the watermelon wheel 😉 Haha!
    Sadly, I didn’t work out yesterday, aside from watering the garden – hopping in and out of the back of the truck to get to the water tank!

  • Kath May 16, 2012, 10:41 am

    Love your wheel!! I want one for lunch 🙂

  • Corrie @ Blurb Column May 16, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I walked 8.5 miles in prep for my half marathon on June 9th! Yay me!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf May 16, 2012, 4:19 pm

    I did, I did! (Can you tell I’m super proud of myself?! haha)
    I can’t believe you’re still swimming this close to the birth – good work!!

  • Jessi May 16, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I didn’t want to, but I did. I ran 40 minutes on the treadmill and did the last 2 at the fastest speed I’ve ever tried on the mill =D Silly, maybe but it made me proud =)

  • Michelle May 17, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Love the wheel idea! And just because you’ve been on such a watermelon kick lately, I have to share this hilarious picture!! Watermelon baby seat and teething ring!! 🙂


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