Morning!  I crashed at 10 PM last night, and woke up at 7:30 AM.  I feel like a new woman!


Wheatgrass and coffee helped, too.  🙂


And then I tackled my e-mail, which was entirely out of control.   I had intentions to do Yoga Sculpt afterwards, but I realized that I was essentially using yoga as an excuse not to get to work immediately.  :(  Today is definitely NOT a day of rest – I have a lot of writing to do. 


So instead of yoga, I made breakfast:


Underneath all that flax and coconut is actually oatmeal.  🙂


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • Toppings: flax, coconut, brown sugar




Plans for the rest of the day include:  writing, shopping, and running.  :)  I’m going to H&M with the Husband and Harry this afternoon (I need clothes for my London vacation!) and I also need to squeeze in a run at some point.


My Official New Moon Review


I saw New Moon on Friday night, but I never got a chance to officially review it. 


I saw the movie with Ryan, Ashley, LIndsey, and Ryan’s friend. 


Before we went to the movie, we hung out at Ryan’s house, talked about the books, and watched Rob on Ellen.   When we got to the movies, I was taken aback by how many people were there!  There were lines in every single hallway – it was nuts!


I thought the movie was excellent.  I know some critics are ripping it apart, and I think that’s because they simply are not fans of the books.   If you love the books, you will love this movie. 


My grips with the first Twilight film include:  really, really bad makeup; mediocre acting; weird Indie-style of shooting; and a lack of dramatic build-up.  My biggest fear for New Moon was that the (SPOLIER) werewolves would look super cheesy.


The acting in New Moon was MUCH better.  I think someone told Kristen (Bella) and Rob (Edward) that staring at each other, sighing, and biting their lips does not equal emotion (thank God!), and both actors did a MUCH better job of being emotional without being cheesy.  I do think that Taylor (Jacob) and Kristen have much better chemistry on-screen than her and Rob (which is ironic, considering that Kristen and Rob are suppose to really be dating).


The CGI effects for the werewolves were so good that I found myself forgetting it was computer animated and just getting into the scenes!  At NO point did I think, “Wow, that looks terribly fake.”  The fight scenes between the vamps and the werewolves were really well done, as well.  There’s one overhead shot that shows a bird beating its wings as the werewolves and vamps race underneath (to convey speed), and it was just such a creative shot – I was impressed.


Oh, and the vampire makeup was so much better.  During the Meet-The-Cullens scene in Twilight, I want to scream EVERY TIME because you can see Esme’s makeup line on her forehead.  I noticed no visible makeup lines this time around, and I think they toned down the paleness/red lips on Edward a little. 


My ONLY issue with the movie was that the ending seemed really, really rushed.  It was a long movie (2 hours) but it didn’t feel long, so I wanted them to extend the Italy scenes by at least five minutes.  However, the rushed Italy scenes were redeemed by a really excellent Edward-Bella-Jacob conversation at the end.


So, in review – the movie rocked.  If you’re a fan, you’ll love it (especially the GREAT cliff hanger ending!).  I’m pretty picky (and willing to admit Twilight was mediocre at best), so if I think it was good, you probably will, too!  I can’t wait to see it again.   Oh, and I can’t wait for June 2010 when Eclipse comes out.  🙂


(Also, apparently New Moon pulled in more than $80 MILLION domestically on Friday alone, making it the biggest Friday opener EVER).



  • Runeatrepeat November 22, 2009, 8:57 am

    Now I’m excited to see it! If only I can get Ben to come with me…

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 22, 2009, 8:59 am

    I want to see it!! I think Ash and I are going to go this week, maybe even tomorrow night if you’re free and want an encore already. 😉 Can we plan another girls night for June 2010??

  • Niki (Running In Pink) November 22, 2009, 9:04 am

    It was awesome!! I’m so glad you posted your review…I was curious what you thought about it. I have to agree that Twilight is pretty mediocre, and New Moon was light years better. To add to your list of things that bugged you about Twilight, I thought the score was SO cheesy! The music during the meadow scene made the whole scene seem like a big, gooey, lame ball of cheddar. The score for New Moon was so much better!! Okay, I could write a book on this…I need to work on my own review, I think, hehe. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 22, 2009, 9:08 am

      aww i actually LOVE the twilight score 🙂 i run to it a lot!

      • Niki (Running In Pink) November 22, 2009, 11:53 am

        I guess I can’t say the entire score was bad, I just thought there were some scenes in the first movie where the score just didn’t really fit. I love that you run to a movie’s score, by the way. 🙂

  • Wendy November 22, 2009, 9:05 am

    I haven’t seen New Moon yet, but really want to! I agree with you about Twilight being mediocre, so I’m really excited that I’ve heard so many people say New Moon is much better. I read there was a different director for New Moon, so I’m betting that has a lot to do with it!

  • Kristie Lynn November 22, 2009, 9:17 am

    Good luck squeezing everything in today! I bet the oatmeal, wheatgrass and coffee will be good fuel to get through it 🙂

  • Evan Thomas November 22, 2009, 9:17 am

    New Moon is going to smash the box office

  • Jenna November 22, 2009, 9:28 am

    i am glad you enjoyed the movie! and yes i also heard the movie got tons of money in just one night!

  • Heather November 22, 2009, 9:35 am

    Woohoo, I’m going to see it today! I wanted to wait until tomorrow since hopefully everyone would be back in school, but I just can’t wait. New Moon is my favorite of the books, and while I don’t have as many dislikes as you for the first movie (but the makeup YES OH MY GOD SO BAD), it’s just kind of the primer for all the others which are obviously my favorite. Except for Breaking Dawn, that one is just…well, nevermind. Have a good Sunday!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 22, 2009, 9:37 am

    I use exercise as my main tool for procrastinating! Having boatloads of work makes exercising that much more fun and enjoyable 🙂 Looking forward to watching the movie!!

  • Matt November 22, 2009, 9:43 am

    My friend is dragging me along to see that movie tonight. I hope it is good!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 22, 2009, 9:48 am

    I recently watched Twilight (haven’t read the books yet) and while I wasn’t super impressed with the movie, I’m actually really excited to see New Moon. I think I’m getting hooked!

    Love the flax and coconut topped oatmeal 🙂 I just made my Mom and Grandma peanut butter oats!

  • Susan November 22, 2009, 9:53 am

    Awesome New Moon review! I have to wait till Thursday to see it (I know, guff!). In the meantime, I’m occupying myself by re-reading the series, I’m now on Eclipse 🙂

  • Karla November 22, 2009, 9:56 am

    I don’t know about you, but the first five minutes of the movie were TERRIBLE in my opinion. Then it got a million times better. The beginning when they’re at school and happy was just all sorts of wrong for me, maybe the lack of chemistry between rpatz and kstew??

  • Krista November 22, 2009, 10:01 am

    I would agree with your beefs of Twilight. Did you ever notice at the end when Bella is coming down the stairs to go to prom she is wearing a purply coloured dress? Then in the last scene while they are dancing it’s suddenly a dark green? I was a little baffled by that. I also saw Nikki Reed on Rach last week and she was saying that for the first movie she was to have worn a blond wig but they did have the budget for it. Can you beleive it???? So they ended up bleaching her hair 6 times then it started to fall out so they had to resort to extensions. My word! Anyways, thanks for the awesome New Moon review. I’ll be taking my daughter to see it next weekend when the crowds are (hopefully) smaller! 😉

    • caitlin November 22, 2009, 10:10 am

      lol ok, although twilight has a lot of flaws, bella’s dress definitely does NOT change. she’s wearing the same purple dress at the prom! she just has a cardigan on over it.

      nikki read’s hair looked HORRENDOUS the first movie, i will agree with you on that.

  • Karla November 22, 2009, 10:02 am

    Oh my friend sent me this since she knows I love Twilight.

    Kind of funny…

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 22, 2009, 10:09 am

    I loved it too! I agree though Jacob and Bella had great chemistry!

  • hemp jogger November 22, 2009, 10:13 am

    i could not agree more on twilight…in fact, i thought it totally blew! they left out sooo much stuff from the book, and the acting was so shotty. and the whole style of the movie…boo.

    cant wait to see this next weekend. its nice to hear the review from someone who i feel like is ‘on the same page’. hope i really do love it!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 22, 2009, 10:15 am

    I want to see the movie now and I’m not even a huge fan!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats November 22, 2009, 10:19 am

    I didn’t like the makeup on them in this movie…or the hair of the Cullens. Some reason the hair styles bothered me alot. Edward looked so ill, but I like ”jail bait” Jacob. The ending was rushed and I felt the movie did drag on a bit.

  • Vicki November 22, 2009, 10:24 am

    I loved it, too! Your review is spot on for my feelings about it.

    The only thing I would say is that, if I hadn’t read the book and I saw this movie I would absolutely not understand why she chose Edward over Jacob simply because of the chemistry factor. The chemistry there was just so much better than the chemistry between Kristen and Rob.

    I’m tracking down all of my loaned out books so that I can re-read them over the winter break. Yes, I’m a huge nerd! lol

  • TorontoGirloutWest November 22, 2009, 10:29 am

    Finally an even keeled review! I have to admit I’ve been a bit leary of bloggers raving that the moving is AMAZING! Mostly because I didn’t think the first movie was very good.

    I agree that it was entirely too dark and moody, the acting horrendous at times, and on top of that the screenplay was poorly done. If you hadn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand a thing.

    When I read Ebert’s review (the second movie is so bad you should see the first movie twice instead) I thought for sure it would suck. Glad to hear it doesn’t. Now I just have to find someone who’s actually willing to go watch it with me! lol

    PS: Team Jacob! 😉

  • Kareen November 22, 2009, 10:40 am

    I love New Moon too! I was able to drag my husband to see it and he seemed to have enjoyed it.
    You were discussing make up in Twilight. Did it bother you that Edward had red ears and cheeks in some parts of the movie?
    I agree that the Italy scenes and the reunion between Bella and Edward were incredibly rushed.
    Anyways, we can now get ready for Eclipse!

    Thanks for your great posts, your blog is very inspiring!

    • caitlin November 22, 2009, 10:42 am

      i didnt notice any red ears or cheeks! i need to watch it again. i admit that i was totally scanning edward’s neck, ears, back, everything for makeup lines whenever he was on screen. i am sooo picky about the makeup. i’m surprised i missed it!

  • Tabby November 22, 2009, 11:07 am

    I loved it too! It was definitely much better than Twilight, especially with the makeup and acting! I am worried about Eclipse though because they got yet another director for it and they have replaced the girl that plays Victoria! I don’t know how they can do that! Apparently she had some other movie she was filming that would just cut into their promotional photo shoot or something and not even affect the filming!

  • pierre November 22, 2009, 11:10 am

    hello caitlin
    Nice and interesting blog that you have ! bravo !
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    Pierre from Paris France

  • Hannah November 22, 2009, 11:50 am

    Hey Caitlin! I’m finally delurking after reading your blog everyday lol. It’s so exciting to know that you like the twilight series! I hadn’t read the first book before I saw the movie, so I really liked the movie a lot. I actually liked the “indie-ness” of the filming because it didn’t seem overproduced and I thought that it fit the vibe of the town Forks and the remoteness of it all. I liked New Moon a lot though, even though it did drag on a bit.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 22, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Thanks for reviewing the movie– I was kind of on the fence about whether or not I wanted to see it, but now I definitely want to. I’m glad that Kristen Stewart’s acting has improved– that was one of the worst parts about Twilight!!

    Have fun at H&M…I love that store 🙂

  • Caroline November 22, 2009, 12:14 pm

    I saw the midnight showing Thursday night, Taylor definitely made the movie! I agree with all you said about New Moon being better than Twilight in acting/make up/special effects. This was my favorite of the four books, and the movie definitely did not let me down!

  • meagan November 22, 2009, 12:15 pm

    I liked your review! It baffles me that a lot of critics think that Twilight is better than New Moon. How is that possible? The acting is better (especially Jacob and Kristen), the CGI (see the wolf fight scene). I mean–there were some definite corn ball parts but, on a whole, New Moon is a movie I’d watch with someone else. Twilight…well, Twilight I watch by myself!

    Good luck with your writing today!

  • Tina November 22, 2009, 12:20 pm

    You just made me sooo excited to see the movie! Great review, thanks!

  • Kareen November 22, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Hello again Caitlin,
    BTW, I meant red ears and cheeks in Twilight, not in New Moon… I too think they did a great job with make up in NM.
    Don’t you all love Charlie!!! I heard that growing a mustache was his idea in the first movie, because he thought that it was more fitting for a policeman! AHah!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 22, 2009, 12:37 pm

    That movie theatre looks crazy. But I’m glad you had a blast!

  • haya November 22, 2009, 1:30 pm


    i have that same green shirt with the bike and infinity miles per gallon on it 😉 love it.

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) November 22, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Well I thought the 1st movie was great, so this one will probably blow my mind, haha! I’m seeing it this afternoon and am SO excited!

  • Jolene ( November 22, 2009, 1:47 pm

    Weird I never noticed the makeup lines in Twilight! Now I totally want to watch it again to look for them!!

  • Erin November 22, 2009, 2:07 pm

    I haven’t seen either of the movies (well, duh, not New Moon obviously) but I do find Taylor what’s his face attractive for an 18 year old. Or 21 year old. Which I also find slightly frightening for myself.

    Those oats look yummy!

  • Janna November 22, 2009, 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the review. I am not a big Twilight fan and am going to see the movie tonight…so I’m glad you thought it was good!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 22, 2009, 7:49 pm

    So..P.S…Ryan and Ash are already going again with me to see it tomorrow night! I am looking forward to it, I wish I had already read the book because it might make me lose motivation to read them once I know what happens but oh’ll still be great!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 23, 2009, 8:40 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! I haven’t read the books but I saw the first one and wasn’t sure what to think of it. But I have heard from all of my friends who are fans that the second movie was much better. So I’ll have to check it out eventually 😉

  • Jessica November 23, 2009, 8:59 am

    I’m so glad that you admitted to not liking the first movie!! I haven’t read any of the books and just watched Twilight the other night and DID NOT LIKE IT. I was starting to get worried that I wouldn’t like the books either if the movie was bad- plus, everyone seemed to rave about it when it first came out. I thought the movie was so boring, and I didn’t really understand how Edward and Bella were “so in love” after spending so little time together. Anyway, I’m glad to hear that a Twilight fan didn’t even like the movie!!

  • stina November 23, 2009, 10:20 am

    I had a lot of the same gripes with the first movie. As much as I like Catherine Hardwick’s other films, I feel her directing Twilight pretty much destroyed the movie. I’m glad to hear a lot of these things were remedied in New Moon. This makes me a lot more excited to go see it!

  • Stephaniekaye November 23, 2009, 12:52 pm

    New Moon was definitely better then Twilight. Jacob was the highlight for me. I really don’t feel any chemistry betwen Edward and Bella…. and sadly don’t find either of them very endearing. Kristen Stweart is a terribly actress… (sorry just my opinion)..

  • Lara (Thinspired) November 25, 2009, 4:34 am

    Just come back to read your review now that I have seen New Moon. I agree with everything you have said! Overall I thought it was just great. The wolves looked good, but were a little bigger than I thought they would be. And the ending (very ending) was rushed and a bit crap considering the rest of the move. Loved the Italy scenes!

  • Kristy November 25, 2009, 3:00 pm

    Agreed! Ending was rushed! Valtore deserved more time!

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