9 Things on 9/9/09

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Good afternoon!  My mid-morning snack involved polishing off this bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips.


And lunch was a simple sweet potato, kidney bean, and quinoa combo:


The quinoa was toasted.  I just rinse it, add about 1 teaspoon of EVOO and some salt, spread out on a cookie sheet, and toast at 375 for 18 minutes or so:




9 Things on 9/9/09


Did you know today is 9/9/09?  Which adds up to 27… which adds up to 9.  Weird.  Here are 9 Things I’m loving today (in no particular order):


ONE:  My family (yes, that little blonde child is me!):


TWO:  Race Season!  I hope to collect many more finishers’ medals.


THREE:  My Alma Mater.  Go PITT!


FOUR:  My besties.  Miss you!


FIVE:  Organic produce and dairy.  It’s worth it.


SIX:  My lucky horseshoe.  Because I’m really superstitious.


SEVEN:  Maggie and James!


EIGHT:  Another bouquet of fresh flowers that I bought for myself.  🙂


NINE:  Edward Cullen the Garmin.  Best gift ever!


What are you loving today?



  • danielle September 9, 2009, 9:36 am

    Sunshine and baseball playoffs 🙂

    As a side note…what other blogs do you read? I didn't see a "blogroll" on your site…

  • talesfromtwocities September 9, 2009, 9:40 am

    I'm loving the crisp autmn weather in Boston, and that I'm heading to Charleston SC this weekend!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 9, 2009, 9:43 am

    Danielle –

    This is NOT an all inclusive list… I have like 95 blogs on my Google Reader (literally).

    Some of my favorite include:


    i don't keep a blog roll because, like i said, i read too many blogs to list them all and i dont want to hurt anyone's feelings accidentally if i forget to list them 🙂

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 9, 2009, 10:04 am

    Those Stacy's Pita Chips are awesome and addictive!

    I love your 9 things!

    I'm loving some quiet time today while the daughters are at school 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 9, 2009, 10:10 am

    I am loving cold water, hot tea, The Boy and crisp apples.

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 9, 2009, 10:13 am

    I love that your garmin is called Edward Cullen. 🙂

    Right now I'm thankful for my super cute puppy!

  • Catch Me If You Can September 9, 2009, 10:15 am

    Fall weather, apples, my dog, my friends,my family, long runs, race season, new TV and dairy free ice cream sandwiches. There are 9 things for you 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 9, 2009, 10:16 am

    My favorite line of one of my favorite songs from a musical is: "I'd rather be 9 people's favorite thing than 100 people's ninth favorite thing." Totally agree! Loved your 9!

    -Sarah @ http://www.thefoodiediaries.wordpress.com

  • Kristin September 9, 2009, 10:17 am

    Today I am loving being done with school early, the sunshine, and my delicious lunch!


  • brandi September 9, 2009, 10:19 am

    Hmm…I am loving:
    college football
    crisp mornings
    cooler running weather
    high heels today 🙂
    sweater season coming!
    leaves changing
    my family
    my friends
    my cat

  • haya September 9, 2009, 10:21 am

    today is a great day!

    i have a question about edward cullen and your wrist size. do you have smallish wrists and do you find that the watch is a little big or does it fit comfortably? i've read this and that on the web and thought I would check with you before I put my order in (!!)

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 9, 2009, 10:22 am

    haya – i have a small wrist but i havent had a problem. i know that kelly wears hers with the face turned in to prevent it from grinding against her arm. it is a large screen!!

  • VeggieGirl September 9, 2009, 10:24 am

    SO much to be thankful for and to love 🙂

  • Sheri September 9, 2009, 10:24 am

    I am loving the feeling of Fall in the air. Also I am going to start Hot Yoga classes in about a week!

  • Lauren September 9, 2009, 10:25 am

    I'm loving our sweater-weather here (at least in the evenings), and my family, friends, boyfriend, and puppy. Lots of people (and creatures) to be thankful for!

  • Mrs. LC September 9, 2009, 10:27 am

    Aw love the 9 things! 🙂

  • Mellissa September 9, 2009, 10:34 am

    My 9 Things-

    1) My husband
    2) My friends
    3) Volunteer organizations
    4) Good tea
    5) Fall
    6) Looking forward to sweaters
    7) A fun trip to Madison, WI this weekend to see friends and watch the husbands football team
    8) Access to fruits, veggies and healthy foods!
    9) Our thanksgiving trip (TBD but thinking Rio)

  • Elsa September 9, 2009, 10:36 am

    Things I am loving today:
    My Husband
    My Pets (2 cats and a dog)
    My Family
    My Friends
    My Health
    A new Fall wardrobe (or at least a couple of new items!)

  • Steph September 9, 2009, 10:39 am

    I love your list! Today I'm loving the weather, my fiancee, and learning all about blogging!!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 9, 2009, 10:40 am

    WHOA – totally forgot about that toasted quinoa you posted a couple weeks ago – must put it on my to do list

    9 things I am grateful for today:

    my homework
    that my head injury was not serious
    everyone who has been on my blog today
    a new friend to make dinner with tonight
    starbucks within walking distance
    young and the restless
    garlic bread
    green monsters
    the sunshine

    PS – I finally got hooked over at no meat athlete, thank you for that too!

  • Jenna September 9, 2009, 10:44 am

    Yayy for happy thoughts, I need it on this nasty afternoon we are having here in Minneapolis.

    Things I am loving
    1. My new jar of peanut butter- white chocolate flava
    2. My family
    3. My boyfriend
    4. That is is Wednesday!
    5. The blog community
    6. Looking at the baby elephants on my calendar
    7. My new comfy dress I got to wear to work today
    8. My ipod, so I can jam away while at work
    9. My health

    Have a splendid afternoon 🙂

  • Thinspired September 9, 2009, 10:46 am

    I didn't know you could eat quinoa like that! I like this post 🙂

  • Matt September 9, 2009, 10:56 am

    No husband in there? 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 9, 2009, 11:08 am

    Matt – he falls under the family category 🙂

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 9, 2009, 11:11 am

    I'm loving that Fall is here and looking forward to sweater shopping this weekend. also, lookinf foward to new hsows on tv

  • Lizzy September 9, 2009, 11:13 am

    MMMM pita chips..jeals girl!!!

    I'm totes lovin my iced coffee from starbies today! haha

  • Jewels September 9, 2009, 11:13 am

    you know what else is cool?
    9 x 2 is 18 (1 and 8 add up to 9)
    9 x 3 is 27 (2 and 7 add up to 9)
    9 x 4 is 36 (3 and 6 add up to 9)

    and so on haha

  • Megan September 9, 2009, 11:17 am

    I had no idea you went to Pitt! I'm from Pittsburgh and was the black sheep of my family for not going there! Love your blog – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ali September 9, 2009, 11:21 am

    WOW, you nine things are great. Today I love:
    – My fiance (he is just so sweet and handsome, which always helps 😉
    – Mt doxie Oscar… he is perfect in every way.

  • TeriLyn September 9, 2009, 11:32 am

    I'm loving that it's my birthday! Pretty cool birthdate huh? 09/09/09. Love it. I think I'll post 9 things on my blog too! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • TeriLyn September 9, 2009, 11:32 am

    Oh, and P.S. I LOVE your name for your Garmin. I have the same one and I think I may need to give it a Twilight name also. Perhaps Jasper…

  • Anne Marie September 9, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I'm loving the hubby today (well, every day, that is!) and the fact that my brother and I are in a friendly competition to work off these pesky last 10 pounds.

  • Maura September 9, 2009, 12:24 pm

    My 9 favorites (b/c it looked like fun):

    1) My family
    2) My best friend Kate
    3) Being newly single and enjoying my new found confidence
    4) Afternoon walks with my Mom
    5) Starbuck's pumpkin spice lattes
    6) Helping people — esp. my patients!
    7) Reading food blogs, like this one
    8) Football season
    9) Finishing med school apps!!

  • tracik September 9, 2009, 1:25 pm

    Things I'm loving today: A very busy and productive day at work, still thinking about my awesome run last night, my 6:30pm Bikram Yoga class tonight…Love ite! And last but not last, Loving your blog and that you always get readers thinking!

  • Laura@findingahealthybalance September 9, 2009, 1:27 pm

    Love you "9" list and I must add I never knew what a GARMIN was until you mentioned it and showed it on your blog and now I want one too!

    =) Laura


  • Sam September 9, 2009, 1:58 pm

    It's already 9/10 here but yesterday some of the things I was loving: an open water ocean pool to swim laps in, being able to "see" my hubs boat go out to sea so I have closure that he's really gone and email from the boat so we at least have some communication, my two boys!

  • Kathleen September 9, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Love the list of things that you love!

    I love my brother…today is his 22nd birthday!

  • Caroline September 9, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Another stellar quinoa idea! I have yet to try your quinoa that you baked to top yogurt with and I now have to add this one to my list. I am all about this wonder grain and want to try it in as many different forms as possible! Great post!

  • Taylor September 9, 2009, 2:16 pm

    Aww what a wonderful list!! I'm going to have to think about my 9 things, and I may also do a post on it 🙂 Linking back to the original of course!

  • hookedup September 9, 2009, 3:30 pm

    I am a bit of a math geek so I have spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about this, every number that is divisible by 9 will add back to 9. Consective multiples of 9 reduce the unit and increase the ten by 1; 9, 18, 27.
    9 is one of my fave numbers because there are so many unique properties that other numbers don't.

  • Jess September 9, 2009, 3:46 pm

    I've been on a quinoa kick lately so I tried out your recipe for toasted quinoa tonight. Delicious! The flavor reminded me of Chex Mix.

  • Jenna September 9, 2009, 4:19 pm

    i am loving my family, my life, and college right now!!

  • angieinatlanta September 9, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Great post idea! I love your idea of 9 things of 9/9/09!

    I'm intrigued by this toasted quinoa idea! I may have to try it!

  • Jess September 9, 2009, 7:25 pm

    I'll join you with the horseshoe (I have one too-although mine is coated in green glitter, a gift from one of my favorite campers) and buying flowers for myself (and my Mom!)

    I'm also loving my job, although I am working wayyyyy too much, but it's a pleasure!

  • shawna September 10, 2009, 7:08 am

    Hi Caitlin –

    I have a quick question for you. I see that you've listed Organic Dairy as a good thing. Do you choose organic dairy based on the no-antibiotic/no-hormone issue? I ask because I thought I had been doing the right thing choosing organic/free range meats and eggs, but then I read your post about becoming vegetarian and learned that these animals are not necessarily being treated any more humanely than the non-organic. I did some more research and found the same was true for organic dairy animals. This isn't a sneaky question or anything; rather, I'd just like to get your opinion on it since you opened my eyes a bit more to the actual treatment of organic animals.


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 10, 2009, 7:14 am

    shawna – well, i choose organic dairy for many reasons. yes, the animals are not necessarily treated better, but they are sometimes (organic valley is a good brand treatment-wise, horizon is NOT. horizon is muy evil.). also, i am vegetarian for more reasons than just animal rights. organic farming is better for the environment and pays the farmers a more livable wage.

    i do enjoy knowing i am drinking/eating dairy that does not contain antibotics, but i think the environmental issues are more important for me (fewer cehmicals being dumped into the ground etc).

    i admire the fact that you do your research!!!

  • shawna September 10, 2009, 7:42 am

    Thanks for your response, Caitlin! I agree about the environmental factors of supporting organic foods, and it's one of the reasons I've continued my switch to organic, even after learning about the animal treatment. I'm finding it tough to find a happy medium, though.

    Very, very interesting about Horizon. I had no idea! Will have to read more about it.

  • Kristina September 10, 2009, 7:29 pm

    I just got my masters from Pitt 🙂

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