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One of the things I’m doing to motivate myself for my upcoming triathlon is this countdown on our refrigerator white board.   The reminder is motivating me to eat well and hydrate, too.  And it’s also causing me to practically pee my pants every time I walk into the kitchen – I am so excited but so nervous, too.  It’s been a long, long time since I raced. 


James says I’ll be just fine.  That makes me feel better.  Dogs always believe in you.


The blog has been severely lacking in puppy pictures lately.  Please forgive me, M+J aficionados.  They’ve been their usual sun-drunk, hungry, silly selves. 


Maggie is slowly warming to Henry – wait, that may be an exaggeration.  I think she’s just decided to pretend like he isn’t here at all, hoping that she can eventually will him out of her existence. 


It’s hard to be usurped.




A completely random mix (kind of like a baby and a dachshund in a Boppy pillow…) but, again, we are LOW on groceries.


The highlight of the meal:


Tofu Salad


Ingredients (for five servings):


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper




  • Prepare tofu according to cast iron tofu instructions.  Place in fridge to chill.
  • Meanwhile, chop celery and carrots into thin slices.
  • In a bowl, combine cooled tofu, carrots, and celery with mayo, salt and pepper, and dill.
  • Serve!


It would’ve been especially tasty on bread… you know, if we had any in the house…



  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 20, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I’m impressed that you are even able to scrape together these tasty meals! I try to keep eggs, oatmeal and veggies stocked at all times or else I find myself eating cereal (or dark chocolate!) for every meal. 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 20, 2012, 2:03 pm

    So maybe the countdown should be moved to the bathroom just in case…?

  • Laura August 20, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Maggie seems to be taking the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach. She looks pretty cozy with Henry to me :).

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 20, 2012, 2:28 pm

    That’s so exciting that you’re on the final countdown for your race Caitlin!! I hope you have a great one. Actually no, I KNOW you’ll have a great one!
    As for Maggie and Henry, I think Maggie just wants to cuddle with him. 😉

  • Reenie August 20, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Oh….my….Goodness……that is the cutest picture EV-ER with Maggie & Henry!!!

    Henry: Hurry Mom…..take the picture ~ my big sissy is cuddling with me. HA!! =)

  • KaraHadley August 20, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I, too, am low on groceries. But I’m low in the weird way where I have things for dinner for the next two days, but no breakfast or lunch food. So I can sort of justify putting off going to the store, but then I get mad at breakfast and lunch.
    It’s a really unfortunate way to live.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 20, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Hahahaha that picture of Maggie with Henry is hilarious!!!

  • Jorie August 20, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Good luck on the upcoming triathalon! That picture of James smiling in the sun…priceless!

  • Sana August 20, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I am pretty sure Maggie wishes she were the baby 😉

  • Anna August 20, 2012, 4:14 pm

    You have the cutest puppies.. and baby!
    Also, I am crossing my fingers for your tri!

  • Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air August 20, 2012, 4:17 pm

    That picture of Henry and Maggie? Just made.my.day. Love it!!!

  • Cassie D. August 20, 2012, 4:26 pm

    LOVE that picture of Henry and Maggie! Too cute!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 20, 2012, 4:35 pm

    YAY! I love countdowns! I have one too–mine is saturday (half ironman) and it makes me NERVOUS and EXCITED every time I think about it 😉 good luck to ya!

  • wendi August 20, 2012, 6:19 pm

    That tofu salad looks delish!! But, is that really enough for 5 servings?? Just wondering because I think I am going to make that for a party this weekend, and I want to bring a lot of it!

    • Caitlin August 21, 2012, 12:43 pm

      Well the servings are small bc you have to fit it on bread. So maybe double it?

  • Mary (A Merry Life) August 20, 2012, 6:34 pm

    5 days, wow! I hope it goes well!

    Seeing that picture of the baby and dog together is so cute and gives me hope that our dog will adjust when we eventually have kids. She rules things now but things change, right? 🙂 Did the practice with the doll and setting boundaries help for you guys?

    • Caitlin August 21, 2012, 12:44 pm

      I think M is too stupid to process almost anything.

  • Elisabeth August 21, 2012, 1:28 am

    That picture is ADORABLE!

  • Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy August 21, 2012, 3:33 am

    I recently discovered your blog through Carrots ‘n’ Cake and I love it! I just read your birth story and I can definitely relate. My husband and I also did the Bradley Method when I was pregnant with our son and I was fortunate to have a natural, non-medicated birth. Congratulations on the birth of your son! I look forward to reading more!

    • Caitlin August 21, 2012, 12:45 pm


  • Peggy August 23, 2012, 1:56 pm

    One of your dogs looks dead-up like a combination of our two dogs! Too funny! And I love scraping up meals out of a bare pantry – really lets the creativity flow! The tofu salad sounds great =)

  • Sarah August 25, 2012, 10:08 pm

    That Maggie on the boppy pic? Hysterical!

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