Vacation in Snapshots

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We’re in Philadelphia!  I spoke at a Women In Cable Telecommunications event at the Comcast building on Thursday, and the entire family ventured up to Pennsylvania with me so we could visit some friends before and after.


Here’s what we’ve been up to!


We left Charlotte on Tuesday night and drove to Durham, which is about two hours away. After an awesome night’s sleep in a creepy hotel, we woke up and explored Duke University for a bit.

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My favorite part was the gardens, which I’ve never been in before.  So very beautiful.  Too bad it was scorching hot!

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It was all part of our master plan to wear Henry out in anticipation of another 7 hours of driving.

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It almost worked.  The last half hour was pretty rough (for Henry and me, too) but we survived.

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My friend Jenn,who helped organize the WICT event, and I were up very bright and early so we could catch a train into the city for the event. Obviously, we had to stop at Wawa.  I’ve changed my mind… Wawa is better than Sheetz (residents of PA and surrounding states know what I’m talking about!).  So many coffee choices.

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I discovered that the Operation Beautiful kids’ book is available in a hardcover in addition to a paperback!  I was so excited.  I didn’t even know my own book was available in hardcover… I don’t know how I missed that.  But pretty cool!

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View from the 42 story of the Comcast building.  Good morning, Philadelphia!

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The event went really well. I was actually the moderator for a panel on Self-Awareness.  Three executives sat on the panel, and they had so many interesting things to say on how self-awareness relates to success in the business world. I really enjoyed moderating.  If you’re interest in the topic, here are a few of the books that were recommended for further reading: The Platinum Rule and How Remarkable Women Lead.


The rest of our trip has just including hanging out and relaxing.  We needed some down time – this is nice!

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Jenn and Joe’s pups have adopted Henry as one of their own.

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And I’ve managed to somewhat stick to my training schedule. I couldn’t fit my bike in the car, but I did bring the jogging stroller, and I’ve had a few decent runs.

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Hope you’re having a good week, too!



  • Jacquelyn @justjacq July 19, 2013, 9:59 am

    welcome to my city! I hope you’re enjoying the oppressive heat we’re having!

  • Melissa July 19, 2013, 10:13 am

    Yay for Philly and Wawa! I’m from the Philly suburbs, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. If you haven’t tried it yet, the caramel coffee from Wawa is such a treat! It’s only brewed coffee, but the caramel flavor really comes through! Glad to see you had a fun trip with the family!

  • Kristi July 19, 2013, 10:22 am

    It has been so hot lately. You still want to do the things you planned for, but then the weather kind of zaps the energy from you way earlier than normal.

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 19, 2013, 10:47 am

    Looks like a fun trip! Love your polka dotted shorts. Where did you get them?

    We are driving to Phoenix today for my grandma’s Memorial Service… Bring on the HEAT!

  • Sarah July 19, 2013, 11:01 am

    Enjoy your trip!!! I live close to philly so you are in my neck of the woods! I will be virtually joining you on some crazy hot run this weekend 🙂

  • Emily July 19, 2013, 11:03 am

    Glad you had a nice trip up to PA! I’ve been running early in the mornings in Pittsburgh and give you major props to sticking to the schedule. These mornings have been KILLER!

    PS- Sheetz4L <3 haha

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance July 19, 2013, 11:19 am

    Oh Wawa and Sheetz. You are bringing me back to my college days at the University of Richmond. None of those up here in the Northeast. We have Cumbies (aka Cumberland Farms) and 7 Eleven for the most part! 🙂

  • Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen July 19, 2013, 11:54 am

    i love the cover of the book!

  • Molly July 19, 2013, 11:55 am

    I have to recommend the Kona coffee from WaWa – it’s a weekend ritual in our house! Hope you enjoyed your time here in our fabulous (and hot) city!!!

  • Jolene ( July 19, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Looks like a fun trip!! Have a wonderful weekend Caitlin!

  • Selinda July 19, 2013, 12:11 pm

    I moved from Philadelphia to Durham last year – you’re making the trip I make quite often! Drive safe, and whatever you do, don’t speed on 85 in Virginia! 🙂

  • Ashlee@hisnHers July 19, 2013, 12:23 pm

    i love Philadelphia! My hubby and I just got back from a long road trip for our 1 year anniversary. so much fun!

  • cassidy July 19, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Sheetz <3

  • Sara July 19, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Wawa is like the best thing that ever happen…. I am not sure if anything could even compete! 🙂 Although they could improve on their ice coffee situation! And there situation of not having any locations in Massachusetts! That is the biggest problem.

    Looks so much fun, I was in Philly a couple of weekends ago! Fun City!

    Sara 🙂

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 19, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Props to you for running in such hot weather! I’m a running wuss: it has to be sunny and between 60-75 degrees or I’d rather not go out 😉

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 19, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I’m interested in the books you suggested – thanks for the tip! (I’m a self-help girl in all forms, what can I say?!)

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 19, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I used to live in Raleigh but my husband grew up in Durham, NC and I love Duke Gardens! Duke itself is a beautiful campus and my husband and I would go walk around it many times!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 19, 2013, 1:47 pm

    I’m sure that was a really interesting panel to lead…and listen to! I’ll have to check out those books because I feel like I’m meant to do BIG things and be super successful but I keep getting in my own way. It’s all very interesting to me…

  • jen July 19, 2013, 2:04 pm
  • Alex July 19, 2013, 2:37 pm

    I can’t get over how adorable Henry is. And your breakfasts always look so yummy!

  • emily July 19, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Those pups are too cute! Would you mind asking your friend what breed they are?

    • Jenn July 21, 2013, 9:27 am

      Beagle terrier(light tan one-Atlas) and beagle orapei (Sadie) 🙂

  • Katie July 19, 2013, 8:13 pm

    yeah! Philly (well, the burbs) is my hometown! And YES Wawa is definitely better than Sheetz! 🙂 Enjoy the vacay

  • Jillian July 20, 2013, 11:20 am

    Jersey girl here—wawa is the BEST!

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 20, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Looks like fun! And wearing kids out is always a good plan…good workout for you and then peace and quiet later! 😉

  • Caro July 20, 2013, 9:20 pm

    I just gave one of my teen clients your book as an end of therapy gift! Have fun in Philly 🙂

  • Alex July 22, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Wawa is ah-mazing! The two things I miss most about living in Philadelphia: Trader Joe’s and Wawa. If you’re still in the area, you might want to check out Forbidden Drive. It’s a “hike” (read: beautiful walking area, or you could bike or run and lots of people bring their strollers and kids, and there’s a good amount of shade and little waterfalls). It’s near Conshohocken and it’s so beautiful.

  • April July 23, 2013, 12:58 pm

    What a coincidence, I work for Comcast (NBC Universal) and have gone to the Women in Cable Conference before, but there was never a ‘cool’ speaker such as yourself, bummed i missed it:(

    • Caitlin July 23, 2013, 12:59 pm

      you are so sweet. i wish you couldve come!

  • Sara July 25, 2013, 1:53 pm

    I’ve been out on maternity leave and had to check back to your blog to see how big Henry has gotten! He’s such a cutie! Looking forward to reading again! (Just wasn’t time at home with a newborn!)

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