Playing Hookie

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I confess. I totally played hookie yesterday…  I really needed a mental health day.  So I left the kids with the sitter and did fun things ALL BY MYSELF.  It was weird, quiet, and glorious… But then I really started to miss everyone and raced home.  Funny how that happens, huh? 


Anyway – I got my nails done.


I also bought some new flats.  Does anyone else do this?  I always get a new pair of flats before the fall, wear them to death and destroy them, and then toss them out when the winter season is over.  My shoes see a lot of playground action so they are never nice enough to keep longer than a year.


Anyway, aren’t these Katie & Kelly shoes cute?  I liked the bling. 


Also, they were the first and only pair that I put on my feet and didn’t immediately want to rip off (how can some flats be SO uncomfortable?!) but only time will tell if they are truly comfy…


And I went to a consignment store and tried on a bunch of clothes that I have no practical use for, like evening gowns and fancy dresses.  Hah.  It was fun.  I loooove consignment shops because you never know what you will find!  I wish this dress wasn’t so small – I really wanted it!  But couldn’t breath or sit down in it so… no go.

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After my solo adventure out, I spent my evening working and trying to catch up on all the things that I was supposed to have done during the day.  Still – WORTH IT.


Hit the gym this morning and did a little strength training.

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Do you guys remember how my knee/leg was bothering me before my triathlon? Well, I went to the chiropractor before I left town for the race, and he did some Active Release Technique on me – which made it feel WAY better.  It only started to bother me towards the run of the run, so I was very grateful because a few days before, it hurt even to walk around my house.  It was sore after but never as bad as it had originally been.


But all the sudden, it hurts again!  Boo.  So I’ve been laying off the running and doing other stuff, like boot camp ab day and rowing.


Holy hell.  We did SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY different ab moves during that boot camp class.  My stomach is soreeeeeeee.


And last, but not least, a yummy snack:


Question: If you had several hours to yourself, what would you go do?



  • Andrea August 20, 2015, 11:07 am

    I would go to the spa!

    What happened to your wedding band?! Did you lose it??? 🙁

    • Caitlin August 20, 2015, 11:08 am

      Noooo, thank goodness. But almost! One of the prongs on the band was loose and a stone could’ve fallen out… It’s being repaired. 🙂 I only found out when I took both rings in to get cleaned. They were so dirty after my triathlon. I would’ve been so upset if I had lost a stone!

  • Katie V August 20, 2015, 11:17 am

    What color is that on your nails? I love it!!

    • Caitlin August 20, 2015, 11:19 am

      Thanks! Its a gel mani so I am not sure… But it’s kind of a purple pinky??

  • Beks August 20, 2015, 11:21 am

    I’m totally the same way on flats. I once wore a hole in the bottom of my favorite pair, and still wore them until it rained and my feet got wet. *sigh* beautiful shiny purple flats, I still think about you.

    • Caitlin August 20, 2015, 11:24 am

      LOL i had a pair of leopard ones that I felt the same way about.

  • Sana August 20, 2015, 11:21 am

    Your solo day=my single and kid free life!! I guess I should enjoy it while I can!!!

  • leatitia August 20, 2015, 11:37 am

    Full time single mom here… when I get a few hours by myself, I go to Winners (home sense) and shop for like 2 hours, take my time to browse ALL the aisles.
    Also, movie theater by myself to see anything but kids movies. Glorious!!

    • Ali August 20, 2015, 12:25 pm

      I have an 8 month old, and had an evening to myself last week after the baby went to sleep for the evening. I went for a sunset run, then (sweaty clothes and all) to a thrift store, and then got onion rings and root beer at a drive-thru on my way home. It was amazing.

  • Laura August 20, 2015, 12:43 pm

    I have the worst time finding flats that are comfortable! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like me feet sweat a lot in them and then they slide around a little which makes it hard to walk. Other pairs fit well but they get super stinky so I don’t want to wear them and have smelly feet!

    • janelle August 20, 2015, 9:11 pm

      I’m so glad you said this. i thought my sweaty feet and i were in this alone. my armpits do not sweat but my feet do. wth!

  • Kwame August 20, 2015, 1:16 pm

    I need alone time or I’m a really mean person. Lol. I had this entire week off from work while my daughter is in school. I read, wrote blog post and read some more. Happy your day my was fun be amazing!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 20, 2015, 1:33 pm

    Ohh that last snack looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed a fun, solo day!

  • Ashley August 20, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I gotta ask because your ring looks just like mine…is it a Verragio?!

    • Caitlin August 20, 2015, 4:04 pm

      That sounds fancy 🙂 I don’t think so?

  • Alyssa @ Sweetly Tattered August 20, 2015, 1:56 pm

    I don’t even know!! What did I do before kids?!? Haha…I would definitely get a pedicure and some Starbucks. Maybe just take a nice stroll…it sounds too good to be true! 🙂

  • Marisa E August 20, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Ahhhh!!! I have a mommy mental health WEEK coming next week and I couldn’t be more excited!! Besides getting my home and boys ready for the new school year my plans for ME time include LOTS of yoga, a mani/pedi, a massage and lots of reading!

    Glad you enjoyed your day!! Those flats are gorg 😉

  • Jolene ( August 20, 2015, 3:29 pm

    I think I have way more hours to myself than most people … I have the entire summer off of work with no responsibilities, and I don’t have kids! I do all sorts of things, and it’s fun!

  • Stephanie Robbins August 20, 2015, 4:44 pm

    When I play hooky, it usually includes a yoga class and some time by the beach. I live near a meditation garden that also overlooks the ocean. Pure heaven. I have been sneaking away there for 11 years now. And many a time, I nursed in their hide aways so my baby would pass out and I would get some me time lol

  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail August 21, 2015, 3:14 pm

    I’m a firm believer in playing bookie every once in a while! I think it is totally necessary for mental health. Sounds like you had a wonderful day!
    When I have a few hours to myself, I usually run or go to a yoga class, shop, browse bookstores and always get coffee:)

  • Kate August 21, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I also have two kids at home (2.5 year old boy and a 3 mnth old girl), and I love them to death, but today I was sooo done with this mum business, so I took 4 hour brake – got a pedicure and did some shoping, mostly food stuff, but I did it alone :). Funny how You are a so much better mother after such a “vacation”!

  • Amry August 27, 2015, 1:38 am

    This could sound so weird, but I think you’re my hand twin Caitlin! My fingers and nail beds have the same shapes as yours 🙂

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