Don’t Be Lazy

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Slowly chipping way at the 29 Before 29 list! 


#7 on my list is to work on Henry’s baby book.  This, of course, involves actually buying a baby book.  I decided to kill two To Do’s with one trip and run to the store.


Pump up those tires!

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I ran 2.5 miles to the store, did a ton of window shopping, and ran 2.5 miles back.


I like the baby book (I got it at Hallmark).  I thought about doing a book entirely from scratch – scrapbook style – but realized that I needed the prompts of traditional baby books.  It’s so hard to remember all the relevant dates and whatnot.  I wish I had done this sooner.  I can’t remember anything significant for the second month of his life! 


That’s what blog archives are for, right? Winking smile


Another awesome find – this A Thought a Day book (found at Barnes and Noble).  You know how I’m been reminiscing about traditional planners?  I think this will fulfill my desire to write down daily notes without the commitment of a true diary and without giving up my uber-convenient Google Calendar on my phone.



Cool concept, huh? I can’t wait to see what coincidences I see over the next five years.


I’ll share my lunch before telling my next story.


Brown rice, black beans, greens, salad cream dressing.  All leftovers so very easy to make.  Good thing, too, because I was starving after that run and Henry did not want to be put down for even a second.


Okay. Gross story time.


So our trash cans are in our garage, beyond our car.  To get to the cans, I have to walk down these steps and around the car.  Sometimes, when I’m lazy and only have a small bag of trash to throw away (like scooped dog poop or a grocery bag of banana peel), I just toss it over the car’s roof and hope it lands near the general vicinity of the trash cans.  This morning, I tossed a bag of dirty diapers over the car, but it didn’t clear the car and stayed on the roof.  I thought, “Oh well, next time I get in the car, I’ll just grab the bag and put it in the trash.”


Except the Husband drove the car next and didn’t notice the diapers.  And I happened to be running back onto our street while he was pulling out onto the main road, and I saw the diapers fall off the roof and exploooode all over the street.  So then I had to pick dirty diapers out of the gutter.

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Lesson learned – Don’t be lazy.  Just throw the trash in the damned trash can.



  • Zulkey February 7, 2013, 1:53 pm

    That suuucks. My husband is lazy when it comes to actually getting the kitty litter nuggets into the garbage can so more than once I have stepped from our garage right into a nice soft bag of cat turds.

  • Kelsey Y. February 7, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I really love your concept of 29 before 29, and with my 21st just around the corner (next Friday actually), I’m deciding to do one of my own. I’m a “lists” girl and love my planners; I’m finding it hard to just commit to my iPhone, so I still use (two) paper planners. I actually have just one for school, and one for “life”. And a side note; your blog post title gave me the optimism of making this Thursday amazing. Thank you!

    • Caitlin February 7, 2013, 1:58 pm

      happy birthday 🙂

    • Michele February 7, 2013, 9:17 pm

      My birthday is next Friday too! 🙂

  • Sana February 7, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Hahaha. Don’t be lazy!

  • Abbey February 7, 2013, 2:03 pm

    I have a five year journal! I’ve been keeping it over a year now and love to read last year’s entries out loud to the bf. 🙂 Although, when I get busy, it gets ignored. I’m nearly a month behind and missing a chunk in December… Definitely need to make it a habit and part of my routine!

  • Beks February 7, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Oh, that’s terrible! At least you brought something away from it, and when Henry grows up and has to help out with the pets, use it as a lesson for him (and any other children you ever have).

    What, exactly, is salad cream?

    • Haz February 7, 2013, 5:19 pm

      Salad cream is a British condiment. Like mayonnaise but less eggy and more vinegary.

  • Marisa E February 7, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Bahahahaha!!! Awesome story!

  • Zulkey February 7, 2013, 2:06 pm

    PS that dressing looks good: did you make it or is it storebought?

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake February 7, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Oh my god. Total cringe laugh when I read the word “explooode.” I can’t believe you happened to witness it happening! Hilarious!

  • Beth February 7, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I love your 29 before 29 concept! I might institute this in my own life! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nicole February 7, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Also, eat all your black beans and don’t let them languish in the fridge until they smell funky. Otherwise you throw them out the day after trash day and are stuck smelling them every time you go into the garage. And into the laundry room because the stink somehow migrates in there, too.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 7, 2013, 2:35 pm

    oh goodness, that diaper thing is SO something I would do! But good job on checking some things off your list!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty February 7, 2013, 2:42 pm

    hahaha I’m so lazy with diapers/garbage, too. I hope I don’t have to learn the hard way.

  • Erica February 7, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Have you seen these journals? They are similar but over the course of 10 years. I’ve written a few sentences in mine everyday for the last four years and it’s so neat to be able to read about what was going on the years before on the same day.

  • Mark February 7, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Sounds like you need a good pair of slippers.

  • Lisa February 7, 2013, 2:57 pm

    My MIL bought my girls and I a 5 year journal as well but it has prompts every day. They are easy but fun, like “Sum up your day in one word.”

  • Kim February 7, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Hilarious diaper story – you really can’t make that stuff up! 🙂 Thanks for the giggles!

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup February 7, 2013, 3:24 pm

    That’s reeeeeally gross. I’m sure it took you way longer to clean up the poop off the road than to just walk the extra couple of steps and throw them away to begin with. Well, at least you won’t make that mistake again! Here’s hoping!

  • Kelly February 7, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I started doing this one in 2011:

    I have it by the bedside table and make it part of my bedtime routine. It’s a good way to reflect on the day and capture the moments of your life that might otherwise be lost to bad memory.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 7, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Bahahah, unfortunate but hilarious!

  • Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant February 7, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Haha this sounds like something I would do!

  • Sarah February 7, 2013, 4:22 pm

    5-year journals are amazing! After my grandmother passed away we found on going through her things – documenting from the day she met my grandfather to when they got married!

    • Rebecca February 7, 2013, 6:13 pm

      That is super sweet!

  • Babs February 7, 2013, 4:32 pm

    At least you have a funny story! Imagine what the neighbours thought as they saw flying nappies … hehe

  • eliza February 7, 2013, 4:34 pm

    haha! I dont know why I think that story is so funny.. but being lazy , as Ive learned, usually has its down falls like that! oh well

  • Anna February 7, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Hahahah! The trash throwing sounds so familiar! This could be an excerpt from my life!
    Your lunches/food in general always look so delicious, I will try this combination, never put rice on my salad before, but why not, right?

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut February 7, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Oh my goodness! Baby diapers everywhere!

    I always thought I’d do a baby scrapbook since I used to be an avid scrapper, but now, with a blog? I don’t think I will. I would like to get something like what you bought at Hallmark though. Of course I’m not even a mom yet…doesn’t hurt to think ahead right?

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) February 7, 2013, 4:47 pm

    OHNO!!!!!! That is so funny! We’ve done stuff like that…..lesson learned!

  • Ebernst February 7, 2013, 4:48 pm

    My sister just bought me a 5-year journal and although I’m still getting into the habit of writing in it I really like it so far! I can’t wait to go back and read things in a couple of years and see what I’ve been up too!

    It also is neat to think about what might happen over the next 5 years! 🙂

  • Katie H. February 7, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Oooo, I would love to try the A Thought a Day book. What a great idea!

    Also your salad looks delicious 🙂

  • Rebecca February 7, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Maybe I should get a five-year journal… My best friend got me a journal when she was in London and I’ve been using it as a way of daily reminding myself what I’m thankful for–which usually includes fun things that happen and stuff. I also write down things I’m praying for. Maybe when I reach the end of this journal I’ll go get myself a five-year one. Except I’d write way more than that little paragraph per day… 😛

  • Anna February 7, 2013, 8:07 pm

    HAHA. Great story! Too bad we all know that old habits die hard and you’ll likely still launch trash bombs 😉

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 7, 2013, 8:39 pm

    lol…maybe a slightly gross story but also a kind of funny story. 😉

    And as for that journal – AWESOME idea!

  • Amber K February 7, 2013, 9:55 pm

    YES! I was finally able to get one of your blogs to actually open instead of directing me somewhere else.

    And all I have to say is that is HILARIOUS! I would totally do that with diapers, and I can see myself now trying to pick them all up.

    But also, I love the idea of thought a day. I did that for almost two years in a document on my computer and then just sort of fell out of the habit. I need to pick it up again!

  • Amanda February 7, 2013, 11:31 pm

    You had me at explooode. lol.

  • Paige February 8, 2013, 7:37 am

    I am a little surprised at how many people think your diaper story is funny. I was a little grossed out.

    I have the Thought A Day journal and love it!

  • My Neon Running Shoes February 8, 2013, 7:57 am

    How awesome to have had a blog his whole life and to be able to look back! That is a real gift!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd February 8, 2013, 8:59 am

    My dad got me a 10 year journal in 2010 (right after I got married) and I’ve kept up with it. It is really a great concept and I love looking back! So much has happened in 3 years!

  • Brittney February 8, 2013, 9:11 am

    That’s funny about the diapers, but gross- yes!
    I have the 5 year memory journal and keep it next to the bed on the nightstand and try to write in it every night. I’m on my second year and it’s fun to see what I was up to a year ago. It’ll be even cooler when I’m a 4-5 years in and can look back on the first year! I like that you just put a small snipet in and not a long entry, it’s easier!

  • Tonyne February 8, 2013, 10:22 am

    Totally not wanting to be morbid but, my father passed away in 1986, in the year of 1985 he kept a daily planner and each day he would write appointments, etc. and also random notes about the day. Everything from the weather, to how he was feeling, something odd or funny that happened, etc. I have that planner now and it’s one of my most prized possessions. To look back, read his words and feel that connection to him is priceless for me. So, don’t just keep the daily thoughts journal for yourself, but also for Henry…for one day 100+ years from now of course. 🙂

    And after that speech, I’m going to start one myself too. Damn I’m good. 😉

  • Beth February 8, 2013, 2:46 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! My visual of a car with diapers flying off the roof is too much! I so wish I was there for that!

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance February 8, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Haha. Caitlin your diaper story is hilarious. That so sounds like something that would happen to me. 🙂

  • Dana Caffrey February 9, 2013, 10:41 am

    Hahaha this is a funny story! So what did your husband told you? What’s his reason behind his laziness? I’ll be expecting within 2 months, I’m afraid for my husband lolz

  • Anna February 12, 2013, 8:00 am

    I was just going to recommend that kind of journal to you after reading your memories post! I have one and I love it 🙂 I’m in the second year of it– it’s most satisfying after you get through a year and are able to read what happened the year before. But it’s fun to keep track for the first year too!

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