Another Productive Weekend

I know I’ve been sort of slacking on my blog posts lately. I had two in mind for last week, but neither really came to fruition. Oops! I’ve been focusing on my dieting and exercising though, and am getting ready for the Monument Ave 10k which I am running next weekend!

Regardless of my excuses, this past weekend was busy and FUN! I got more accomplished than I thought I would.

I hung out with my family, which is always a crazy time. My brother was in town from school, so we all headed up to my parent’s house.

That’s what you get for stealing my phone and taking unattractive pictures, brother.

Of course, since the family all got together, that meant that we ate…delicious food. And a lot of it! This weekend I had my very first Brazilian Steakhouse experience and it was OMGood. I think I ate about 5 lbs of just pure meat. My favorites were the bacon wrapped filet mignon, the lamb t-bone, the pork ribs, and the parmigiana crusted pork. Holy moly. I will write a full post about it soon!

So like I said, we don’t just go to Fogo de Chao any old day of the year. We were celebrating multiple occasions: my dad’s (belated) birthday, my parent’s wedding anniversary, and my sister being pregnant. So much in life to celebrate!!

With all that food being consumed, I decided I need to run more. To up my motivation factor, I went out and bought new running shoes.

Really though, my old shoes were over 2 years old, have trained and run 2 marathons with me, and were literally falling apart at the seams. I can’t wait to try these guys out today for the first time. I’m hoping to break them in well enough to run in them next weekend! I usually don’t go for Nike, but I couldn’t find any Adidas that were under $125 at the mall, so I sucked it up. I hope they don’t give me blisters…but it’ll be worth it since they’re bright orange!

Staying in the mindset of getting in shape, I also went out and bought a new bathing suit this weekend from Target. I’m officially ready for summer!

After shopping, I came home and helped my dad bottle his homebrew beer, while simultaneously getting a physics lesson on the specific gravity and density of beer. Must be an engineer thing.

Oh, and then I went and chopped off 10 inches of my hair. WHAAAAAT! I love it. It’s so much lighter and easier to manage.

Tonight I’m going to see THE HUNGER GAMES!! Ahhhh! And I am super pumped about it. I’ve read all the books and have heard great things about the movie. I have high expectations in general, so I hope it doesn’t let me down. Either way, I will still love the boy with the bread.

Hello there, Peeta!
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Has anyone seen The Hunger Games yet? How is it? No spoilers!

A Day in the Life

You know what’s interesting? The day-to-day. You may think your life seems mundane, but it’s crazy how much stuff happens in just one regular old day. That’s why I decided to do this post: to track an entire day of my life via pictures and share them with you all.

Now, I can’t totally take credit for this idea. I stole it from my friend Cassie, who writes a great blog that you should all check out. After reading her “A Day in My Life” post, I realized how different our daily schedules are. It got me thinking about how everyone lives in such incredibly various ways.

So, without further ado, here is Friday, February 24th, 2012 in the life of Cait:

8:00am – Alarm goes off for the first time and I press Snooze. Oops

8:09am – Alarm goes off for the second time and I force myself out of bed.

8:10am – Assess the damage from the night. Ouch…


Yes, hello blog world, this IS what I look like first thing in the morning!

8:10am-8:50am – Ready for work, but still tired. I am SO not a morning person.

8:52am – Begin commute.

8:57am – Arrive at work (yes, I literally live 5 minutes from my place of employment)

9:02am – Get water from the fridge. CHUG!

9:02 ½ am – Go for round 2. This happens every morning.

9:05am – Breakfast! Usually a granola bar, sometimes a banana. Today was a PB Granola bar. Om nom!

9:15am – 5 hour energy shots with my co-worker Jane. This is a special Friday tradition that we have been doing for about a year. She found out that I don’t drink caffeine at all and decided it would be hilarious to make me take a 5 hour energy. I did it once and sort of became hooked. But we keep it limited to Fridays so that I don’t build up a tolerance and we can still laugh when I bug out.

9am – 10am – Do my job.

That’s my desk. Cool, right?

10:05am – Go downstairs to say hi to my Media Center pals.

Hi Sarah!

10:10am – The energy shot kicks in.

10:15am – I find funky toys to play with.

10:30am – noon – More worky, work.

11:14am – Remember it’s my Dad’s birthday today and send him this text!

12:01pm – Hunger sets in! Snack on some Easter themed Peanut Butter M&M’s.

12:38pm – Sarah sends me this cute picture of a bunny at a computer desk. I die of eternal happiness.

12:48pm – Peak over to my TV and realize that “What Not to Wear” is on. Secretly wish that someone would nominate me for this show.

1:00pm – Get pizza from the pizza truck that’s outside of my office for the day. 35% of the proceeds benefit the Discovery Dodgeball team that is playing in a tournament to benefit diabetes research.

1:03pm – Drink soda (which I never do). 5 hour energy + soda = trouble!

1:15pm – Lunch party!

Nice face, Pera.

1:30pm – Say hi to Jane who is sporting her dodgeball gear for the cause.

After lunch – 5pm – More work.

3:18pm – My favorite song from 5th grade comes on. Insta-nostalgia!

5:00-5:05pm – Rainy commute home.

5:06pm – I remember that I hate rain.

5:15pm – Pack a bag at lightning speed to beat the rush hour traffic. I head to my parent’s house because it’s my Dad’s birthday.

5:30pm – Get stuck in traffic anyway.

Traffic may not look bad, but I was keeping ample space between me and the car in front of me to take the picture.

5:45pm – Willard and I jam out to tunes.

6pm – I decide to wear this hat ironically.

6:30pm – arrive at my parent’s house.

6:33pm – My mom steals my laundry and starts to do it. I don’t protest. For the record, I am fully capable of doing my own laundry, but my mom always steals it before I have a chance and does it. She says she likes to do it. I don’t get it, but hey, whatever!

6:35pm – Say hi to the Birthday Dad and my sister.

6:37pm – Appe-teasers.

6:39pm – Dad starts making the first round of drinks. Maaaargaritas!!

6:55pm – Dad opens the first homebrew of the batch he just made. I have a taste. Yum!

7:00pm – My brother-in-law, Robert finally arrives.

7:15pm – Dinner is served. Burger and sweet potato fries for me. Om nom nom!

7:45pm – After dinner turds. At least that’s what my dad calls his favorite toy. It’s really a reindeer who poops out jellybeans.

8:15pm – Dad opens his birthday presents. I got him a personalized sign for his “Dad Pad”: think man cave, only cooler!

8:15pm – Second drink.

8:58pm – Bed time for the sister. She usually makes it until right around 9, but went out a little early this night. I snuck this sneaky picture and she is going to kill me for posting it. Worth it!

9:15pm – We wake the sister up for some birthday ice cream cake. If you can figure out our numbering system for the candles, gold star for you! Hint: my dad is 56 this year.

10pm – Erin and Robert head home and someone breaks out the mead. Yes, you read that correctly, I said: MEAD!

10pm – 11pm – Chill and unwind time.

11:05pm – Get ready for bed. Once again, only the most attractive pictures of me on this blog. Hah!

11:20pm – Night, night!

What did you do today?

My Favorite Month

Happy November 1st, kids! You may not know this but November is absolutely my favorite month of the whole year. I think it’s often under-appreciated and overlooked. There is a tendency to rush through the last few days and jump into December and Christmas. But there is SO much to look forward to at the end of this month. Here is what I’m excited for in November:

Thanksgiving

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This may come as a surprise given my phobia of food, but I seriously love Thanksgiving. It’s a time when my family all comes together no matter where we are, which in my family, is a recipe for constant entertainment. This year’s celebration will be a slightly different monster as my parents will be moving that weekend. The nice part will be that all the kids will be there to help out, and after that we can all eat lots and lots of food. Maybe I’ll even try some turkey and green bean casserole! Maybe.

Hiking/Camping

When I went to JMU, I was located smack-dab in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by mountains and just minutes from Skyline Drive. Obviously, one of my favorite things to do while in school was to go hiking and camping. I’ve found that November is the perfect month for both of these because it’s not too hot during the day (like it is in summer) and it’s not absolutely freezing yet at night especially if you have a campfire going (S’MORES ANYONE?). I’m looking at finding a few places that are a bit closer to home, but the pickings are slim so close to the city.

My Birthday

This year is the big 2-5. When did I get so old? I can feel a quarter life crisis a-brewin’! But really, last year’s birthday was so terrible that I’m determined to make this year’s a little better. Plus, there’s always cake involved which is NEVER a bad thing.

Red Cups from Starbucks

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Is there anything better than drinking a peppermint mocha out of this little cup of happiness? Quick answer: no. I’m not a coffee drinker, but around the holidays, I LOVE me some peppermint mocha. It just screams winter and gets me amped for the holiday season. Everyone knows that on November 1st Starbucks whips these cute little cups out of storage. I can’t wait to get my first one!

Philadelphia Marathon

Yep, it’s November. So that means regardless of if I’m ready or not the Philadelphia marathon IS happening. I’ll be running withRachel (that lovely woman with me in the photo above) and my little brother, Adam (who is going to kick my butt). For both of them, this will be their first marathon and I’m excited that I get to share this experience with them. After running 12 miles this past weekend, I’m officially back on the training wagon. I’m starting to get mentally prepared and super pumped too!

As I contemplated this post, there were about 10 other things I jotted down as possible ideas. It was hard to narrow it down to just 5. November is going to be such a busy, fun month. Don’t rush through, enjoy it!