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First things first:  Is this not the creepiest of all creepy rest stop bathrooms?


The creepiness was compounded by the fact that the door didn’t lock.  And to think – I was hoping they had a changing table in there!  Oh lord.


Well, that may be the grossest picture that I’ve ever opened a blog post with.  Here’s a cute baby picture to take away the sting.


Better now?  I hope so.


Our day was filled with… DRIVING.  Driving!  And more driving.  Then, we arrived at the house and took turns entertaining the baby while the other tried to plow through some work.  It was a fun Monday, indeed – coming home from vacation is always such a downer.


Anyway, I tried to eat healthy on the road.  Lunch was a mish-mash of leftovers stolen from my mom’s fridge and gas station finds.



Upon arriving in Charlotte, I had one of Anne P’s bars and a big glass of soy milk.  And eventually, I made us dinner.  This seems to be my go-to mid-week meal:  Cast iron tofu, brown rice, and stir-fried veggies – it’s so fast.  I’ve been cooking everything with coconut oil instead of olive oil and it’s much more tasty.  Yum.



My grand plans for this evening include putting together an IKEA side table.  Normally, I love IKEA assembly (it appeals to the Type A in me), but I’ve been putting this one off for weeks.


Oh – and here’s the weekly workout round-up!  Posting these round-ups have really helped me stay motivated, so thanks for virtually holding me accountable.


Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 1,000 yard swim

Wednesday – Couch to 5K workout

Thursday – 1,000 yard swim

Friday – 2.0 mile walk

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Couch to 5K workout in hilly Tennessee (whew!)


With some at-home strength training thrown in nearly every day.


PS – I’m aware there are still issues with the blog if you’re viewing it on Internet Explorer.  Still trying to resolve it but it may be a while.  The blog is loading fine on other browsers (Chrome, Firefox) if you want to view the blog in another way in the meantime.  I’m very sorry!  UPDATE:  Should be resolved now!



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 30, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Ummmmm that is a SUPER CREEPY bathroom! 2 toilets in the same room, and all that stuff falling from the ceiling!?!? So many questions…

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 30, 2012, 8:49 pm

    Isn’t coconut oil a fun change? I’ve been experimenting with it lately, since it’s supposed to be a bit healthier, and work better with higher heat. My husband uses it all the time now! It’s still growing on me . . . my favorite is to melt it and pour over popcorn.

  • Army Amy* July 30, 2012, 9:04 pm

    That bathroom is the the thing nightmares are made of! Shudder!*

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 30, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Henry’s eyes are so BLUE!
    And super creepy rest stop bathroom award, for sure.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In July 30, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I just started using coconut oil too and love it!
    also I need to make these Anne P. bars.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 30, 2012, 9:25 pm

    That bathroom is just not right. Just not right…

    But thank you for making up for it with a super cute baby picture! Henry is SUCH a cutie!! 🙂

  • Allie July 30, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Uhm yeah, that bathroom is creepy as hell. Also, Henry is ADORBS. 🙂

  • Sana July 30, 2012, 9:53 pm

    Baby Henry is soooo cute :)!!!!

  • Kristin July 30, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Those two toilets together is very strange. I can’t let you give it grossest bathroom though. 😉 I think I found that one last year at a rest stop; there was actual poop covering the entire floor in the stall and in the area by the sink. It was revolting. I had to leave and drive to find another spot…

    Anyway, Henry is so adorable!!!

    • Kristin July 30, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Well, now I realize you said creepy, so you win for creepy and I win for gross. 😉

  • Kim @ spoonful of sass July 30, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Im officially eating cast iron tofu every week! So easy and delicious! Tonight I cubed it extra small and made it extra crispy. I threw it on a salad and it was like croutons…but better!

  • Erin @ erinberries July 30, 2012, 10:16 pm

    Whyyyy are there 2 toilets and no stalls?! It’s like “hey…what’s up?….nothing much…”

  • mary July 30, 2012, 10:19 pm

    ewww please don’t tell me you use changing tables. they are disgusting and crawling with germs. They rarely get cleaned. Please go out to the car, use your stroller, find a corner, anywhere but a nasty changing table esp since Henry is still so young and building up an immune system.

    • CaitlinHTP July 31, 2012, 12:37 pm

      We use a changing pad!

  • Gina July 30, 2012, 10:32 pm

    This probably occurred to you, but next time you’re on a road trip and there isn’t much in your trunk, you could easily change a diaper back there..unless you have a small car with a deep trunk then that might be a bit strange. But better than a gas station bathroom 🙂

  • Amy July 30, 2012, 10:35 pm

    At least from the picture, it doesn’t look terribly creepy, just unfinished. Assuming it’s mid-construction and functional in the meantime, it seems like it’ll be pretty nice, once the stall doors and walls are put up and whatever else needs to be done to complete the job! 🙂

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 30, 2012, 11:19 pm

    There are so many things wrong with that bathroom, I don’t even know where to begin. Clearly, stalls need to be finished before you open the bathroom to the public!

  • Elisabeth July 31, 2012, 12:54 am

    Glad you’re working on a fix the way the blog loads! I can read it just fine, it just loads oddly 😉

  • Mel July 31, 2012, 4:00 am

    Hahaha…unfortunately I’ve seen some worse road trip bathrooms (Although, when your parents decide to move across the country from Georgia to Washington it’s bound to happen). At least it didn’t have condomn dispensers or some other weird stuff!

    Henry is adorable though! He kind of has this deer in the headlights look, makes me wonder what he’s thinking behind those cute blue eyes! Glad you got home safely!

  • Ksenija July 31, 2012, 4:18 am

    Yum! Dinner looks exactly like my kind of meal – it has everything it needs: brown rice, tofu and veggies. Who says comfort food must be unhealthy?

  • OntarioGirl July 31, 2012, 6:45 am

    I’m using IE and your blog is loading normally today! 🙂
    Um yes, that is definitely the creepiest public restroom ever. Gross.
    Henry is such a cutie and looks so much like you!!

  • jen July 31, 2012, 7:16 am


    For the stir fry veggies do you just use coconut oil and salt? any garlic or pepper or veggie broth or anything? can you let me know (a novice cook) how best to stirfry… especially without burning? how long should it take? thank you so much!

    • CaitlinHTP July 31, 2012, 12:38 pm

      Make the wok hot, add the coconut oil (just about 1/2 a tablespoon should do), and then add the veggies. Stir-fry until browned – keep it at medium hot and move around constantly – and then add salt and peppa when you plate them!

      • jen July 31, 2012, 7:53 pm

        thank you so much for getting back to me!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2012, 7:40 am

    I’ve never seen a bathroom with 2 toilets without separate stalls! Weird…

    Tofu stir fries are one of my favourite fast meals too! I’ve never tried cooking with coconut oil though. Does the kind you use taste coconutty?

  • Cindy July 31, 2012, 8:38 am

    That is one creepy bathroom. *shudder*

    Somedays I miss stir fry tofu. Stupid soy allergies. 🙁

  • Mary M. July 31, 2012, 9:41 am

    haha henry is too cute! he looks like he’s balding with his adorable 🙂

  • Good for healthy July 31, 2012, 11:14 am

    Isn’t coconut oil a fun change? unless you have a small car with a deep trunk then that might be a bit strange. But better than a gas station bathroom At least from the picture, it doesn’t look terribly creepy, just unfinished.

  • Kim July 31, 2012, 11:18 am

    That is seriously creepy. It reminds me of some of the bathrooms we had a boot camp except the toilets were right next to each other an arms length away. Gives me the creeps think back on it. On a good not dinner looked delish. I need to start cooking tofu again it has been too long!

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me July 31, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I started using coconut oil recently when I switched the way I was eating. It has been amazing, seriously love the stuff!!!

    That bathroom would gross me out. Eeewww.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 31, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I love simple meals like that. Do you use unrefined coconut oil? I’ve been thinking about making the switch from EVOO for a while—I just need to take the plunge and give it a try!

  • Penny July 31, 2012, 9:48 pm

    I can’t get rid of the mental picture of two women sitting on those thrones, just chatting it up and looking at each other while doing natures deed. lol

    That bathroom is horrendous. 🙂 And I liked that you blogged about it. 🙂

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012, 3:06 pm

    What the…?? Who came up with a bathroom like that?? So creepy. Ew.

  • Jessi August 1, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Hey Caitlin!! Gross bathroom 🙁

    I was just wondering… with all the talk of the saturated fat content in coconut oil.. how do you feel about that? Do you know if that will raise cholesterol? I was thinking of switching over, but I have naturally high cholesterol (I’m a VEGAN with high cholesterol… sounds so stupid) and I’m nervous about it going even higher.

    • Caitlin August 1, 2012, 8:33 pm

      I would def research this for yourself but I have heard the saturated fat in coconut oil is not ‘bad’ saturated fat, I don’t know how this would impact cholesterol though.

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