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You should see my desk.  It looks like 2012 Income Taxes partied all night long and then vomited across my keyboard.  I hate tax season.  I hate it with every bone in my body.


Adding to my desk mess is the fact that I finally picked up a freelance writing job.  I used to do a lot more freelance work but have only dabbled in it since Henry’s birth.  This is my first regular new gig – it’s hard to balance adding a new project, but I think it’s going well so far.

My next planned race is in June.  That’s a far way off.  I feel a little untethered without an immediate goal; it’s been kind of hard to motivate myself to exercise lately.  I have reinstituted the Blank Training Plan concept, which is helping a bit.  I’m aiming to run twice a week, swim twice a week, and cycle once a week in preparation of triathlon season. Five workouts a week feels really ambitious, but maybe I  need to give myself something to shoot for.  Know what I mean?

Henry has figured out that he can feed Maggie, which he finds absolutely hysterical.  He likes to share his crackers with her, so I’ve been trying to separate them at meal times.  But he’ll crawl over to the baby gate and pass her pieces through the slates.  Maggie is a pig and gobbles it up, reaffirming Henry’s place in her heart.  It’s so cute that I can’t bear to stop it completely.  They are best buddies.

Speaking of the wee one, the Husband and Henry are out shopping together, so I am all alone at the house.  It’s so quiet!  And it sure is nice to focus on e-mails and taxes and writing without all the usual distractions.

I’m currently jamming to this song on repeat.

Here’s something interesting to consider:  This Dove commercial, which features a blind woman talking about how coloring her hair makes her feel.  Thoughts?  I thought that blogger’s take on the commercial was spot on (which is a shame because I usually like Dove’s efforts).

Hey!  It’s almost Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty pumped because we’ve lined up a babysitter, and I have a great gift to give Kristien.  We don’t usually do ‘big gifts’ for Valentine’s Day but I know something he would really like, so I went ahead and splurged on it.  I’m so excited to give it to him – isn’t that a fun feeling? I wish it was Valentine’s Day tomorrow so he could unwrap it already.

That’s all.  I’m going to tackle my desk now. Winking smile



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 11, 2013, 2:12 pm

    I’m thinking about trying to get into freelance writing, my only issue is that I’ve never done it before and I don’t have any kind of experience or education specific to writing… (marine biology degree and law school). But I need to just go for it and start asking!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

      But if you’re a good writer regardless of education AND have knowledge about two complicated subjects (biology + law), you could be a great technical writer in those areas! Worth exploring!

  • Nancy February 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

    I only like my taxes because I get a “large” refund that I get to put back into my savings and spend a little of it too. Mine aren’t complicated, yet.

  • Kristin February 11, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I’ve been a silent reader for years, but had to say hello when I saw NKU on the list. So glad to have you our way! Keeping my fingers crossed that it’s a public event. (PostSecret came earlier this school year, and it was students only. Even this alumnus/faculty member couldn’t get in.)

    • Caitlin February 11, 2013, 2:47 pm

      Yes it will be public! I think – I’ll double check.

    • Holly February 12, 2013, 8:22 pm

      Yep, Cincinnati gal here- I’d love to come if it’s public!

  • alexe February 11, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the music recommendation, love it! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 11, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Congrats on the writing gig. That’s exciting! I’m scared to even begin the tax thing. I just know it’s a pain in the butt. It’s never as bad as I think, but the unknown makes me crazy (ier). Good luck getting things done while the men are out!

  • Katie February 11, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Hooray for the quiet!! 5 workouts sounds like a lot! But it depends on what your average has been lately. If you’ve been pretty consistent with 4 workouts, 5 isn’t too bad, but if the average is 3 or 2….I would be a bit easier on yourself…..Also, I love giving presents so much (when I’ve found a good one) that I am famous for giving presents before they are due. I just can’t wait!!!

  • Allison February 11, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Yay for having the house to yourself and for fun Valentine’s plans! You definitely deserve it. I would love to hear you speak…you should come to Michigan 🙂 Also, I agree with you about tax season. That could disappear from my life and I would be just fine.

  • Lindsey @ Pas de Deux February 11, 2013, 3:42 pm

    I work at UVA! Can’t wait to hear more details on your talk!

  • Bridget @ Type A Frame Personality February 11, 2013, 3:43 pm

    March 5th is my b-day and NKU is directly across from my office! Is that a public speaking event for people to attend or private?! If you are spending the night and need/want food recomendations let me know!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 11, 2013, 3:45 pm

    West Chester PA?! More details, pleeeeease!

  • Michelle February 11, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Instead of having a specific race goal, you could set other goals like speed, longevity, strength etc and make up a training plan for those.

    I just watched the Dove commercial. umm… I actually kind of like it. (i feel like i should duck in case someone throws something after reading that). Maybe I’m just an optimist, but I don’t read anything into that along the lines of you HAVE to do these things to be beautfiul; I saw it as using hair color as another form of self expression and fun and I think there isn’t a single thing wrong with that (and can anyone who’s ever played with hair dye but didnt feel obliged to use it disagree?). I dyed my hair purple in high school and again in college. I loved that it screamed punk with a dash of girlish “bite me”. When I was a lifeguard and the sun bleached my hair to an insane shade of blonde, i felt airy and relaxed and beach/surfer mentality and I liked that it complimented my “if im wearing shoes you should feel honored ’cause this is fancy for me” attitude. I let it go back to its natural deep brown with red highlights and I feel more mature and more sensual as people have described it as being like a young Sophia Lauren etc. Whats wrong with being in control of an external physical method of communicating a feeling or attitude and relishing in it?

    • Debbie February 11, 2013, 4:22 pm

      Great comment!!!!

    • Amber K February 12, 2013, 12:25 am


      My hair has been every color imaginable and it was always fun. Even the time I tried to go blue with my dark brown hair and my hairline was blue and the tops of my ears were blue and my hair was….brown. I still rocked it until the blue on my skin faded and I tried something different for more fun.

  • Diana @ Twenty One(derful) February 11, 2013, 4:10 pm

    I got excited when I saw Stockon College because I thought it said State College. Would be awesome to hear a talk at Penn State!

  • Liz February 11, 2013, 4:27 pm

    LOVE the new header, it shows off all the dimensons of your blog so well!

  • Catherine February 11, 2013, 4:35 pm

    I agree that the Dove ad is ridiculous, but honestly, they’re ALL ridiculous in some way or another. I like the ones that are so exaggerated that you hysterically laugh. Like the Axe commercial where the guy sprays himself, and a stampede of women in bikinis start chasing him down. Dove usually does (try to) promote positive self-image with a lot of their campaigns, but I think they screwed this one up. Still, that ad isn’t going to make me stop buying their soap. I love it!

    I usually don’t make a huge thing of Valentine’s Day either, but this year will be amazing! It’s our first Valentine’s Day as parents, and on Saturday, we found out that we’re having another one in October! We plan to tell our families on Valentine’s Day. 🙂 But we’re still trying to think of a clever way to do it. It’s been SO hard keeping it a secret. I’m not really the patient type when I have big news like this!

  • Jennifer Hohn February 11, 2013, 4:45 pm

    West Chester University in Pennsylvania??? Would totally come, went to grad school there – please say yes!

  • Kris February 11, 2013, 5:25 pm

    We started using a tax accountant when our taxes became too complicated — moves, selling house, buying house, multiple state taxes, multiple jobs for me. Made our lives a lot easier, although DH still hates putting it all together. But, as a certified financial planner he’s used to working with accountants, and says it often pays for itself in tax savings. Something to think about!

  • Kate February 11, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Fantastic song ~ thank you for introducing me to a new artist!

  • Sara February 11, 2013, 6:37 pm

    Oh, I live in West Chester! Is your event during the day or in the evening? (Are you staying right in town? West Chester has a bunch of awesome restaurants!)

  • Stacia February 11, 2013, 7:07 pm

    Hey Caitlin, when I tried clicking on the Dove link it took me to other ad sites, kinda like before when I would click on the comments. Just thought you’d like to know!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2013, 7:11 pm

      I am trying so hard to sort this out! I don’t know what’s wrong :-/

      • Amber K February 12, 2013, 12:26 am

        I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this! How frustrating. Hope you can get it worked out!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 11, 2013, 7:46 pm

    Oh I totally hear ya on the tax blues. I know I need to get on it but just. can’t. be. bothered! I’d far rather talk about things like…. racing! That’s great that you’ve got another one on your agenda! I signed up for two half marathons this past weekend (who AM I?) and my main goals are 1) to break 1:30 2) to emerge from my race season injury free (I ended up having to cross train with Achilles tendinitis last year, and ran 3/4 of a half marathon with what I later learned was a sprained SI joint!) Perhaps you could set yourself a more short term goal by finding a try-a-tri or short distance one between now and the actual race in June? Or perhaps just focus on racing in one of the sports, like the run for example (or whichever one you feel you want to strengthen the most)?

  • Janine February 11, 2013, 7:49 pm

    I love this Greg Laswell song! My niece danced to this song in a competition last year, it was great! He has some other great songs like Landline as well.

  • Jennifer February 11, 2013, 8:33 pm

    Stockton College in NJ?

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 11, 2013, 10:25 pm

    That is too funny about Henry feeding your dog. Sounds like those two are getting along pretty well!

  • Rebecca February 12, 2013, 11:29 am

    My uncle does our taxes, so I haven’t had to worry much about that. Plus I only have one (part-time) job right now. I’m sure your taxes are a little more complicated than mine! Good luck!

    Just checked the comments of the commercial article/blog and the woman who is in the commercial actually commented. Interesting comment.
    My sister dyes her hair sometimes (mostly shades of blonde). I have a friend who’s dyed her hair nearly every color, and another friend who dyes her hair pretty frequently. I think it’s silly because I think we should be happy with our natural colors, but if it makes them happy I guess I’m not too bothered by it. As long as they’re not doing it simply to conform or make others happy, I don’t think I really mind. It’s when something becomes routine and you only do it because you think you have to that I start to worry.

  • Sarah February 12, 2013, 1:41 pm

    I agree with Michelle. I actually like the Dove commercial. I’ve never acutally dyed my hair, but I think the message in the ad is still one that rings true with any beauty product – you CAN feel more beautiful, more alive, with the use of a product. Maybe that’s shallow of us, but it’s the truth. The same thing is true when you wear a cute dress, or heels, or put on some lip gloss. It makes you feel more like a woman, gives you confidence, etc. I don’t think there is anything wrong with Dove trying to convey this deeper emotion – that’s what marketers are paid to do – sell their products. And simply saying, “this shampoo with keep the color of your hair more vibrant” doesn’t do the job.

    I think this is along the same lines as everything else Dove has done – they have always tried to make their personal care products about more than the product itself.

    Thanks for sharing, Caitlin. I continue to find your blog the most insightful and thought-provoking of all the ones I read. Keep it up!

  • Angela February 13, 2013, 12:45 am

    Can’t wait to see what you got him!

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