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?

Things I’m Digging: January Edition

It’s hard to believe that January is coming to a close. It feels like just the other day we were all ringing in 2012 and now we’re almost 1/12 done with it! I know I say it all the time, but seriously, time flies!

I haven’t done one of these since October, so I think we’re due for another now that the winter months are here. Here are some things I’m totally into this month:

Afternoon Runs

As part of my quest to “get fit”, I’ve inducted the daily afternoon run into my lifestyle. And I totally love it! I get an hour lunch break, so instead of stuffing my face with Chipotle (like I usually do), I’ve started to go on runs. Reasons why I love the afternoon run:

  • It’s light outside and I hate running in the dark
  • It’s the perfect temperature. Not too hot (obviously, it’s January) and not too cold yet either
  • Prevents me from going out to eat for lunch everyday
  • Gives me SOOO much more energy to make it through the rest of the afternoon

Those are just a few reasons. I’m hoping to continue this trend well through the spring. Summer may get questionable as I don’t want to return to work a sweaty mess, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

The Weather

January, hey January, where the heck are you? It feels more like spring out there and I am seriously digging it! I am loving the sun and the 50-something degree temperatures lately. Especially during my afternoon runs. In fact, I would be totally fine if winter decided to skip the DC area completely. Snow = a pain. Ah, I probably just jinxed it by posting this!

Kindle Fire

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I got myself a Kindle Fire. Why? Because I wanted it! Since I had accumulated some Amazon gift cards recently, I didn’t even have to pay a cent of my own money. Worth it! While I don’t think it’s as cool as the iPad in terms of functionality, I do think it’s worth the price for what I will use it for. I can access the internet, download apps, watch Netflix, and best of all…READ BOOKS! I’m really trying to read more lately. I just finished The Help with the help (hah, pun unintended) of my Kindle and I’m loving it. I’ve put a few more books on there that I’ve been wanting to read, so I should be set for awhile. Next up, The Hunger Games!

Pizza

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I know I said I was going to make a conscious effort to cut down on my pizza intake. And honestly, I have! I only had pizza one time in the month of January. And that one time was last night. And yep, I still dig it!

Daydreaming

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It’s right around this time every year that my mind starts to wander to sunny places and warmer temperatures. I’ve already posted about having the travel bug again, but I haven’t made any big plans for vacations yet. My most recent daydreams have taken me to Florida. For some reason, I am having these huge urges to hit up Disney World, the beach, and Harry Potter World. I still haven’t been to the new Harry Potter World and it’s on my list of things to see. Maybe, possibly this year? At least I can always escape there in my mind!

What are you digging lately?

Baltimore Crab Pizza

I’m sorry for the scarcity of posts this week. It’s the holiday season and there are some pretty big changes happening in my life (I will discuss in a later post), which have kept me inexplicably busy.

This post has been a long time in the making though. I moved to Maryland after college about two years ago and quickly learned that there are two things Maryland is known for: crab and football. As part of becoming an official Maryland resident, I knew I had to try crab. My co-worker/friend Mike(y), constantly would go on, and on, and on, and on, and on (no exaggeration here at all) about how awesome crab was and how it was a crime that I had never tried it. My first attempt was in crab cake form at a restaurant in Baltimore. I was impressed. Later that summer, I went on a crab boat where we actually had to crack our own shells and pull the meat out. I only had 3-4 crabs that day (it’s hard work!), but I thought they were delicious and craved more.

That’s when the idea to make crab pizza was formed. I am on a crab kick and pretty much want to try every concoction I can possibly dream of. What could be better than combining one of my new favorite foods with one of my classic favorites?

Nothing, I tell you, nothing.

We decided if we were going to do this, we were going to do this right. Mike lives in Baltimore, which is known for their crabs. Before I arrived for pizza making he went down the street and picked up a dozen crabs from L.P. Steamers. I’m pretty sure he also tested one for quality control before I even got there…typical.

After a quick refresher (for me, obviously Mike is a pro) on how to get the crab meat out, we got to it. I forgot how messy this was.

Luckily, we had some help from Layla, Mike’s cat. Pretty sure that nothing would have gotten done without her. Although I think she was just in it for the little crab snacks we were giving her.

She loves some Old Bay.

The concept of crab pizza seemed weird to me at first. My original thought was, “How the heck could that taste good? It sounds kind of weird”, but we decided on a recipe that included a cream cheese filling, and a blend of spices which reminded me of crab dip…except better! We, then, added cheese and a little bit lot of bacon to the top.

See, I’m not the only bacon stealer around here!

The crab filling on this was seriously so good. I could have eaten it alone by the spoonful. We made too much though, and put way too much on the pizzas. When I make this again (and I will) I will probably spread it a little thinner because it was literally oozing out the sides.

Crab Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh crab (I suppose you can buy canned, but it’s way more fun when it’s fresh)
  • Two 8oz packs of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup swiss cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (or more if you love it like we do) Old Bay seasoning
  • Bacon
  • Swiss cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese

Combine cream cheese, crab meat, milk, feta cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and Old Bay in a large bowl. Spread over pizza crust (we cheated and store bought ours). Sprinkle swiss cheese and mozzarella cheese over the top. Add bacon (or any other toppings) as desired. Bake 10-12 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted.

We served ours with some Old Bay french fries which are not pictured because we ate them so quickly that I didn’t have time to snap a photo. Oops! I think I’ve been officially inducted into the Maryland residents club.

A Thanksgiving Day FAIL

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I spent the holiday enjoying the company of my lovely family. I headed up to my sister’s house on Wednesday after work where we celebrated my birthday with some gifts and my favorite ice cream cake!

With my birthday finally out of the way, the entire day on Thursday was dedicated to cooking. My family always spends the whole day in the kitchen. I usually just watch football since I don’t actually know how to cook (hey, it’s a learning process right). I thought about going into the kitchen to help out this year, but I decided that my place on the couch was just a little bit too warm for me to leave. There’s always next year, right?

We always have a TON of food on Thanksgiving, we are Italian after all. There is turkey, cranberries, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, homemade bread…the list goes on and on. In the past, all I’ve ever eaten on Thanksgiving was pizza. Weird, but true.

So many new foods to try! I’ve never had turkey, I’ve never had green beans, I’ve never had sweet potato casserole. With all those new food possibilities just sprawled out on the table ready for me to sink my teeth into, I’m sure you’re just dying to know what I ate (if you didn’t already guess it from this post’s title):

If you guessed pizza, someone should give you a cookie right now.

I know, I know, I had big time expectations for this holiday. After all, it is a holiday based around food. I thought for sure, I’d be striding for that green bean casserole, taking a huge bite of turkey, and filling my plate with mile high heaps of mashed potatoes and gravy. But then reality sunk in: I don’t eat any of these foods, and I’m not quite ready to make that leap just yet.

My family was giving me a hard time about trying “just one green bean”, citing that I “had” to do it because of my blog. Which, yes, I will admit, I felt mildly guilty after that pizza went into the oven thinking that I was letting myself down. But, then I remembered the tagline of my blog: Tackling life at a different pace. Trying turkey may not seem like a huge deal to everyone. Some people may not be able to understand why it is so hard for me to try new foods. But it is. And for me, trying turkey would be a huge deal. I need to take this thing at my own pace. This year I just wasn’t quite ready to dig into those green beans, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I added mashed potatoes and corn to my plate which have been left out in previous years.

Even though I didn’t try any new foods this year, I’m not giving up hope that maybe in the future you will see some turkey on my plate. Thursday may have been a small step back for me, a small reversion to my ways of the past; but hey, if my life is going to be one step back followed by two giant leaps forward, then I’LL TAKE IT!

Don’t even worry though, I made up for my lack of turkey consumption by eating a cornucopia of pumpkin pie. I’m definitely not afraid of dessert!

Doughn’t You Love Pizza!?

Happy Hump Day! It’s been quite an insane week already, but I’m gearing up for my even insaner (apparently that IS a word, who knew?) weekend and the PHILADELPHIA MARATHON! Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here.

Also, here is a random tidbit of wisdom for your day. This has been my life motto for the last few weeks:

Now onto the good stuff! I’ve made my love affair with pizza pretty apparent on my little space in the blogosphere already. But have I shared with you my theory on pizza soulmates? No? Well, allow me enlighten you with a little bit of AWESOME.

If you didn’t click on that link (which you should), pizza soulmates can be summed up as follows: that person who loves the exact same pizza toppings, in the exact same proportions as you do. Without prompt, you would both order the same pizza every single time. It’s hard to find. Some even may even say impossible, but I know it’s not because I found mine.

(yeah, feel the love. geez!)

Melodramatic intro aside, my co-worker, Pera, and I actually fit the definition of pizza soulmates to a tee. The first time we went out for pizza with our group of friends it was a pretty great moment that went something like this:

Pera: “Anyone want to split a pizza?”
Caitlin: “What kind of toppings?”
Pera: “Pepperoni and sausage?”
Caitlin: “And bacon?”
Pera: “Done.”

Easiest decision I’ve ever made.

So, it came as no surprise that as soon as I had the idea to start a blog one of the first things he said to me was, “We should cook our own pizza. Make our own dough and everything!” Done.

Second easiest decision I’ve ever made.

We were both excited to get started. The only problem: we are clueless in the kitchen.

If a picture could say a thousand words…

After a brief trip to the grocery store (yes, I braved the grocery store…I was shocked that we found the active dry yeast), we got to it. I’ve said this before, baking doesn’t intimidate me much. But making pizza dough? Well, that’s a realm I hadn’t quite stepped in to. I put my warface on:

The dough was no match for our culinary prowess. It was delicious and rose surprisingly well after about 10-15 minutes of kneading and an hour of letting it rise. We added garlic and basil to our crust for some extra flavor. It was a nice touch!

I was in charge of cooking up the toppings and may or may not have stolen a few niblet half pound of bacon in the process.

What can I say? Bacon is my kryptonite.

ANYWAY, our pizza was topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and a metric ton of cheese. You can seriously never have enough cheese on a pizza…but if such a thing were to exist, this would have been dangerously close.

For those of you following along at home, here’s a bit of recipe magic for your arsenal:

The Best Pizza Dough You Will Ever Make
adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm (110 degrees-ish) water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil

First combine the water and active yeast. Let that sit for 10 minutes to get those cultures active!
Then, combine that with the rest of the ingredients. Knead for 10-15 minutes. Let sit for an hour or more covered by a damp towel. Roll out. Bake by itself for 5-7 minutes, then add sauce and toppings and bake again 20-25 minutes.

OM NOM NOM!

The crust was flakey, the sauce was sweet, the cheese was gooey, and the toppings were spot on. Pizza success!

Have you found your pizza soulmate? What are your toppings of choice?