Claire received a hand-me-down dolly with a realistic face (you know, the kind that opens and closes her eyes when you lay her down), and Claire thinks it’s the weirdest thing ever.  She’s not sure if it’s real or not and will reach out to touch it before shrinking back at the last minute.  Hah!


So – this week’s exercise theme was MAKE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST.  I cleared some room in my workout schedule and really decided to buckle down with triathlon training.  And I am now SO excited for the race in August.  Having a plan – and a big goal – is so invigorating.


Also, I actually wrote my plan out (instead of just winging it on a daily basis in accordance to what I feel like I “should” be doing) and had a lot of success with that.  Putting my workouts in my daily planner – right next to deadlines and conference calls and doctor appointments – made them really concrete.


Here’s what I did last week!


Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Swam 1500 meters + 2.0 miles of speedwork on the treadmill

Wednesday – 6.0 mile long run

Thursday – I got terribly sick on Wednesday evening (I puked 13 times in 4 hours!) and obviously took Thursday off to recover.  I spent almost the whole day in bed.

Friday – I woke up Friday feeling totally normal, so it must’ve been something I ate.  I went to spin class (but took it easy) and swam a really gentle 250 yards.

Saturday – 7.0 mile long run

Sunday – Rest

Grand Totals: Swam about 1700 meters, ran 15.0 miles, cycled in one spin class

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Super happy with my run total, but definitely need more time on the bike and in the pool.


Speaking of the pool, we had a lot of family time at the pool this weekend… Claire has truly become a water baby – she kicks her feet so much when she sees the water!  And Henry, of course, adores the pool life.  Especially because we always get Popsicles when we need a break from the heat.


Book a Week


Oooh, this is actually Week 21’s book, not Week 20 (I lost count last week).  Progress!  So…


Week 21:  Sisterland


When people hear about my Book a Week progress and ask me what are the best books of the year so far, I always think over the list and immediately say Unbroken, How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, and The Girl on the TrainNow I have another book to add to this list!  Sisterland was an awesome read.


Here’s the plot summary: “From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.  Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.”


I’ve also read American Wife by the same author (I hear I have to read Prep), and the thing that I love the most about her writing is how she really delves into the character’s past and present, as well as their innermost thoughts, in a way that is fun and interesting to read.  The details are so rich!  But not boring.  And Kate was a great character – not perfect at all but completely human… Someone you both liked and were annoyed with at the same time.  And I really did NOT see the ending of the book coming and thought it was a creative way to wrap up a big plot line.  It gets a little “soap operaish” but I thought the build-up and drama was great.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  A fun and fast read with a lot of drama.


Thought of the Day:


Have an awesome day.



  • Chrissy June 30, 2015, 6:58 am

    I’ve read all three and love Sittenfeld. You must read Prep!!! American Wife was my favourite and stayed with me for a long time. You really know what the characters are feeling in her books.

  • Melissa June 30, 2015, 7:15 am

    I read Prep several years ago and I really loved it. I remember it was pretty long, but well worth it. I’d like to read her other books, too, and Sisterland sounds like an interesting one. If you haven’t read it already, I recommend Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. It’s a beautiful story with a great setting.

  • Elizabeth Beil June 30, 2015, 8:06 am

    Putting Sisterland on my reading list! I have had so many great things about this book! Loving that last quote. I am one to make my day around something which has happened… that stops today!

  • Beks June 30, 2015, 8:41 am

    I’m on the fence about Curtis Sittenfeld. I thought Prep was a whole lot of build up without any pay off, and I had to stop reading American Wife. I was just like, “Can she become first lady yet, so I can stop reading this book?” Have you read “The Man of My Dreams?” I don’t remember much about it (I read it in college), but I thought it was interesting how it was non-linear, and showed different parts of the protagonist’s life, but again, not much happens. I’m gonna have to read Sisterland, though. I’ve read the rest of her books. Might as well keep going. 🙂

  • Sagan June 30, 2015, 9:02 am

    Nice workout! Incorporating exercise into the daily plan works so well for me, too: when you see it written down, you’ve just GOT to do it 🙂

    <3 swimming

  • June 30, 2015, 10:09 am

    I have an Erin Condren planner too! I feel like I don’t ever know what to do unless I write it down and keep referring back to my lists! I have never read any of the Curtis Sittenfeld books, but have been wanting to read Prep for a long time. Hopefully this summer I will have time to get around to it.

  • Anne June 30, 2015, 10:10 am

    Just a head’s up…Osteen is well known to be against gay marriage!

    • Caitlin June 30, 2015, 11:35 am

      ewww yuck. too bad, it’s such a good quote.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 30, 2015, 11:43 am

    I’ve definitely added that book to my reading list! And poor Claire, dolls can be scary!

  • Katie D. June 30, 2015, 11:49 am

    I loved Sisterland SOOO much! I haven’t read American Wife yet, I want to save it for a vacation read! My sister also read Sisterland and now whenever we have a premonition, we say we have “senses”. 🙂

  • Liz June 30, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Any advice for getting young kiddos acclimated to the gym childcare?! We just joined the Y so I can finally start putting my own health first and lose some much needed weight…but my 2 year old flipped out at the tot watch. I would love any advice! My 8 month old did fine, so now I’m wishing that we had done something like this a long time ago. I just want 30 min to work out while knowing that the kids are safe.

    • Caitlin June 30, 2015, 2:15 pm

      Some thoughts:

      1) Don’t go during peak hours. Call and ask when the fewest kids are usually there and go then.
      2) Can your toddler take in a snack? Snacks are good.
      3) Can you teach her how to read a clock? Like, when the big hand points down, mom will be back – kind of thing. That may help.
      4) Go in really short bursts at first. 20 minutes, come back. Repeat a few times before extending.
      5) Can she take in a lovie?
      6) Just keep trying… I would ask them not to come get you unless she is inconsolable for a long period of time.

      • Liz July 1, 2015, 12:42 pm

        Thank you! All great tips! No snacks allowed, but she took her two favorite dolls today and did a bit better. I just did a short twenty min workout, but at least she didn’t cry the whole time. Baby steps!!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB June 30, 2015, 3:48 pm

    Prep is excellent; a well-written coming-of-age story that is not YA (and if you like that read Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics).

  • Cassie June 30, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better!

  • Ash Diamond July 1, 2015, 10:29 am

    I’ll have to add this and PREP to my list of books this Summer!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork July 1, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the run-down on your favorites so far! I’ll have to add Sisterland to the list. I’m just finishing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and I’m loving the play of relationships between the siblings as well as parent/child. Lots of food for thought. I agree that Unbroken is a great one and I need to read Girl on a Train Next (after I get over my Outlander series obsession).

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona July 1, 2015, 5:45 pm

    I read Prep years ago, also by the same author. I really liked it. I’ll have to check out this book.

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