pancakes and beach days

Once again, I am not sure how we’re already on Monday. The weekend was a good one but flew by!

I started off Friday night with a workout that I intended to be straight-up strength training and ended up being a run. The treadmill is not the most fun ever and I get bored easily, so I mixed it up a bit and did 6-6-5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1 alternating between walking and running by minutes, increasing speed as I decreased minutes and ended for a complete 45 minutes with some Tabata Intervals- 20 second sprints, 10 second rest. I was sweaty and tired by the end and ready for a relaxing evening.

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I pretty much watched Sex and the City, read a bit, and fell into a deep sleep!

Saturday morning, I woke up for a hankering for pancakes and tried out a new recipe that I’ll get to later in the week…After breakfast, I went grocery shopping before hitting up the gym for a killer strength training workout, the effects of which I am still feeling as I type this Monday morning.

I fit in a quick shower and lunch before it was time to meet my friend for a movie night. He hadn’t seen Wonder Woman yet and since I enjoyed it so much-and the tickets at this theater were cheap- I tagged along. We ended up going to the Vista, which is where they shot that terrifying movie scene in Scream 2. It was kinda a big deal.

After the movie, we got dinner at Shake Shack and a classy dessert at McDonalds for a McFlurry and called it a night!

Sunday morning called for more pancakes, this time a different recipe.

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Since Sunday was my rest day, I threw in a load of laundry and relaxed before it was time to meet my cousins at the beach. The wind prevented me from actually diving into the water, but it was nice and relaxing just sitting and chatting the afternoon away.

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If you look closely enough, you’ll notice a line of seagulls just sitting there watching the ocean. I can respect that as I too have been enjoying my tour of SoCal beaches, but I was also suspicious.

That afternoon, it was time for beers, chips and salsa, burgers, and desserts.

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I got home in time to fold laundry and enjoy another episode of Sex and the City before pulling the curtains on the weekend.

weekend things

Another weekend is in the books. I thought with June, the sunshine and warmth would come with it, but LA has entered what they call “June Gloom.” I was also told that the clouds would disappear as we got to afternoon, but this did not happen this weekend.

Hopeful, I headed down to Laguna Beach with my cousins. We left in the late morning and made our way to the beautiful oceanside.

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It looked like this all day.

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And yet, beauty remains.

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I’ve wanted to go to the OC ever since watching The OC, but unfortunately, I didn’t meet my Seth Cohen on this trip. The water was warm enough and had the sun shone through even a little, I would’ve happily dove into those waves. But I remained on the shore a little chilly. Instead, I journaled, read, and walked along the rocks and tide pools. Oh, and ate a lot of unhealthy but yummy beach food.

There’s something about a beach day that wipes a girl out and once I got home, I showered and lounged for a bit before I went to see Wonder Woman. There are so many things I can say about the film, such as that there is power in representation and that we need a strong female lead more than ever, but I’ll keep it simple. It was a great movie and I really enjoyed it. When a film makes you laugh, cry, and think, you know it did a wonderful job. And it’s fun!

On Sunday, I didn’t have any particular plans. I took my time in the morning and happily enjoyed this breakfast.

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After a run to the grocery store, it was time to meal prep, which will be discussed further in tomorrow’s post! I also got myself hydrated enough for a run that I’ll admit wasn’t the smoothest thanks to some tenderness in my calves, but was otherwise successful! The sun might not have been out, but it was hot, and I worked up a good sweat.

My post-workout meal was a glamorous hotdog and broccoli followed up with some relaxing. I also took some time to throw together this baked oatmeal that will make for a couple yummy breakfasts.

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The rest of the night was spent writing, reading, and relaxing, which is pretty much how most Sundays should end.

Extra Exciting Weekend Recap

I am posting this early because I’m so excited, but since most of my readers are on the East Coast, you’ll be in bed and won’t even notice.

Welcome to post-weekend life! As usual, the days flew by, but thankfully it was a good one.

Before I go into the mundane, I cannot start this post in any other way. Look what happened!

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You guys!!! That is Sarah Michelle Gellar! Buffy is my favorite show ever and I’ve been a fan for years. She was doing an event with her company, Foodstirs (which for the record, is healthy, features all-natural ingredients, yummy, and Caitlin approved if you are so inclined). As I was waiting for this picture to happen, I kept thinking I should say something poignant, such as, “Thanks for being an inspiration and a kickass woman, both as Buffy and as a innovator of your own company,” but all I said was, “Thank you, I’m such a big fan.”

The whole thing could have gone over a lot worse, so I’ll take it. I also would have liked to imply that one day she would be starring in a show I will write and create, but I didn’t want to push it. We’ll all just have to remember this moment in a few years.

I’ve lived in LA for two and a half weeks now and in that time, I’ve got a job and met my favorite celebrity. I’m accepting these as positive omens and not just a rush job to get me out of here.

And now we’ll go back…

On Friday, I got my butt up for a workout. Shoulders, legs, and core. For whatever reason, even though my legs are obviously stronger, they do not like strength training. The poor things were not happy at 5:50 AM to endure a ton of squats and lunges back to back, but in the end, they felt stronger for it. To top things off, I cycled it out for a few minutes. After work on Friday, I met up with a friend from college for Happy Hour, something we do not have back in Boston. They had a slider with fries option which was really cute so I went with that for my dinner. Back at the apartment, I started watching Kristen Bell’s new show The Good Place, which is adorable.

Saturday morning called for pancakes.

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Lunch was a stir fry. I might have gone overboard on the soyaki.

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Dinner was pasta and salad.

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I don’t think I left my apartment on Saturday. I spent a lot of time watching Arrested Development, which many people have suggested I watch and I just never got around to it. Let’s back track for a moment. I’m certain I have revealed my phobia of Liza Minelli before on the blog, but if not, I’ll regal you now. For many years, that woman stalked me. I don’t mean in the literal sense in that she followed me around (that I know of!), but she’d show up in things like a Baseball Special, SNL, pictures at restaurants, and so many more references I’ve repressed. Since I saw a video of hers in high school drama class, I’ve harbored a fear, and it’s not something I’m proud of, but I’ll point out that she was at least accused of beating up her husband. Back to Saturday, I was mid-binge when this happened:

 

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Destroyed. I’ve been relieved of my Liza curse for years, but she strikes back! I must be on alert.

I was semi-productive in parts of Saturday, reading and writing and whatnot, but mostly, I was completely lazy and I have no shame in that. In my defense, it was raining and cold back in Boston, so my emotions must still be there.

On Sunday, I woke up and had a quick breakfast of eggs and toast. Then it was off to pick up my cousins to head to The Grove. I was going to try and show you my commute from this Snapchat filter the other night:

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But then, I was waiting for my cousins and snapped this real picture.

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Then at The Grove, this happened.

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So basically, that’s all that matters ever. Kidding. But only kind of. I will remind you of my post from the other day when I jokingly complained that instead of meeting any celebrities, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, I saw two guys joking about putting mayonnaise in their coffee. Either I’m psychic or what I put out into the universe comes true, so I’ll test that theory. I’d like a million dollars, thanks much.

After I navigated myself home, I called my friend Bethany and we talked for close to three hours, which seems insane. We didn’t even realize. I was productive throughout the chat: folding laundry, going for a run, food prepping for the week, then making and eating dinner. That’s friendship.

It was only fitting that I wear this shirt out on my run.

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But also impractical because cotton does not absorb sweat gracefully.

Monday comes as Monday does, so I finished up some writing, prepped my things for the day, set the alarm for 5:30 AM, and called it a day.

Happy Birthday, Mikey!

So I’ll be honest. November is not only my birthday month. Thanksgiving is *thankfully* far enough away that the anticipation doesn’t overshadow my day of birth, but there is another day in early November that holds a special occasion that has nothing to do with me.

Nothing, except for how much I adore the person it celebrates.

Even though he has moved far away from me for college, I want to honor him on this day. My cousin Mikey is funny, silly, brave, smart, and sassy. We are so similar in some ways, it can be scary and detrimental to anyone who isn’t us.

Mikey has the best Bob’s Burgers impressions and Snapchat game.

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To honor him on this day, I have collected a few pictures of the two of us together that captures our friendship. We can be serious (seriously, there is something mischievous brewing behind these smiles).

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Posers (in a cool sort of way).

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When we team up playing family games (with his sister Erin) we always win, mostly because we come up with more clever ways to cheat.

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Sometimes we do fun (scary) things like ride giant beasts.

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Sometimes we go to movies, like The Hunger Games or Inside Out.

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Mostly, we just have the best time together laughing like crazy.

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Happy birthday, Mikey! Miss ya! (But see you SO soon for the holiday/cousin silliness time!)

*Side note, while scouring through my pictures, I can’t believe how many pictures I have of food and my cat and dog. Sometimes, together.

Happy Birthday…And Then I Threw Up

21 years and some months ago on this very day, a four year old Caitlin slid down the wall in a department store crying and promptly threw up. This scene could have occurred at any point in my childhood as I have always been dramatic and still on occasion, throw up when I’m overly excited. This scene in particular details the moment I realized I was no longer going to be my Uncle Mike and Aunt Stacy’s favorite.

We can say that I am their favorite niece (they won’t admit it out loud in front of other people but we know it to be true), but I did not take the announcement of my soon-to-be cousin’s arrival very well. Especially when it was followed up with a brother AND another little cousin!

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One might say it was a slow climb, but we got there eventually. I even named my favorite baby doll after her, Erin Elizabeth.

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We’ve always been cousins, but over the past few years, we’ve grown to be friends. There are few people in this world who can make me laugh as hard than these two suckers.

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From our shenanigans at family parties (they should know by now to separate us…)

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To drinking wine and playing Jax with our mothers who made us this crazy.

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Deciding last minute to buy tickets to a One Direction concert and knowing almost every word to each song.

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And having the same expression to mock the people taking selfie videos in front of us.

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Looking pretty cool in our twin helmets while horseback riding.

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Knowing that friends Snapchat each other and family Snapchat each other and screenshot the embarrassing moments.

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Going to the same college and being an alleged beacon of support and guidance when we both know we’re just going to get into more trouble.

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Face timing when we’re separated during the holidays and trying to look ridiculous.

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And knowing how to get dressed up just as well.

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To Erin on your 21st birthday, here’s to many more years of laughter, fun, and wine!!!

Checking In

Yes, I realize I’ve been a bad blogging lady lately, but I’ve been a busy writer. There are only so many hours in the day and the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a couple of exciting creative projects. 

I’m making an effort to check in more often. What’s been going on with you? Remember when it was bitingly cold and snowy? Now it’s bitterly hot. No mare transition seasons as I like to call fall and spring. Just one extreme to another. I won’t complain about the heat, yet, because it’s been lovely outside. Except of course for the allergies and the little black bugs that I think are different than Mosquitos but bite and leave an itch just the same.

I’ve still been exercising and trying to eat healthy. On Friday, I had my personal best in bench pressing: 120 pounds. It was a little scary and a little tough, but an awesome accomplishment!

It’s wedding month, so the countdown is on! I need to be in even more control of my eating the next few weeks as the day grows closer because I want to look my best in those pictures! More to come as it gets closer. Now I have to work on my speech…

Since I’ve been writing more consistently, I’ve found that my mind is swirling with possible stories. It can be difficult to focus on one idea at a time, but I write down anything new and try to focus on the present task. Exciting things are coming together.

Shout out to my cousin Mikey who is graduating from high school today! We celebrated the occasion over the weekend. There are plenty of exciting and inspiring things ahead for you and I’m so happy and proud to know that not only are we cousins, but we’re friends.

Other things I did this weekend? I ran outside on Saturday after the sun went down. It was super hot, so I wasn’t going to be happy out in the blaring sun and I wasn’t going to love it on Sunday in the pouring rain, so I buckled up and got moving Saturday night. I was excited to be done when I woke up on Sunday. I spent most of yesterday watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched it for a few seasons when I was younger, but I wanted to go back and rewatch the entire series. Loving it! While I lounged, I did a ton of writing. Rainy Sundays are good for both.

Have a happy Monday everyone!

Sick of Me Yet?

I’ll be honest, this whole post a day thing is harder than I anticipated. Despite any challenges, I made a vow and cannot succumb to laziness on the second day.

Not much happened to me today because I had to sit through a 3-hour class, but I suppose it is important that I had a cookie, got rained on, and maneuvered myself to school in time to get a quick workout in before it closed at a new early time.

What part of me do I appreciate today? Cousin. All the snapchats I get a day from my cousins Erin and Mikey because they always make me laugh when I need it (and even when I don’t). So happy we’ve been spending more time together!

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And I now have a Godbunny named Declan Caitlin Buckley.

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