Ufology and the Orchestra

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My, my.  I had an interesting night.


First up: my mom asked me to attend a meeting about ufology (i.e. the study of UFOs and aliens).  I’m pretty much game for whatever, so I agreed.   I guess aliens are a hot topic in Knoxville… There were over 50 people at the lecture!


I munched on a Glo Bar while waiting for the lecture to begin.


We discussed the theories of Zecharia Sitchin, who wrote the book The 12th Planet, who believes that aliens gave ancient human civilizations many technologies.  The case presented at the lecture was compelling, but I came home, Googled him, and decided he was basically a really great fiction writer.

We also looked at NASA imagery that shows tower-like structures on Mars.  The NASA images got me!

Mars Tower

As well as this UFO over Moscow in December 2009 (there are tons of YouTube videos!):

Do I believe in UFOs?  Let’s just say that I’m pretty skeptical… but maybe the lecture left me feeling a little more open-minded. What do you think?  Are we alone in the universe?


After the lecture, we grabbed dinner from the hot bar at Earth Fare:


I had carrot and ginger soup, a salad, fruit, and a hunk of macaroni and cheese.


Mmmm.  It was out of this world!  Wink, wink.


I had one of these cookies for dessert:


After dinner, my mom and I headed over to the Knoxville Civic Center to see a special Valentine’s Day-themed presentation for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.


The orchestra and three wonderful singers did a variety of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, like music from Phantom of the Opera and Evita!  I love musicals and had a blast. 


During intermission, I was SO hungry and grabbed the “healthiest” snack from the bar. 


At least they were tasty!  🙂


Tomorrow is my last full day in Tennessee.  I’m sad to leave… but at least I get to go home to the Husband!  I miss him. 


Good night!



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 6, 2010, 11:36 pm

    I’ve decided that anything with or covered in cheese is amazing. I’ve always been curious about UFOs…not THAT curious though 🙂 I used to play in orchestras–good times!

  • Nicci February 6, 2010, 11:39 pm

    I find UFO stuff to be silly, but I’d go to a lecture just to see. Sounds interesting and I may learn why some people are so obsessed with aliens.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 6, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Nope, I don’t believe in aliens/UFOs etc.. The food from Earth Fare looks great!

  • Tracey February 6, 2010, 11:49 pm

    A little known fact about myself: When I was little I used to sleep with the family cat because I read that cats scare off aliens.

    I had a great imagination as a kid!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 6, 2010, 11:57 pm

    I’m suprised a place called Earth Fare has styrofoam containers.

    • caitlin February 7, 2010, 9:12 am

      it wasn’t – they are recycled paper.

  • Sarah February 6, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I love musicals too 🙂

    What songs did they sing???

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 7, 2010, 12:01 am

    Love Earth Fare. Wish we had one closer to Maryville though. Driving over to Farragut is a little much sometimes. My FIL believes in UFOs and aliens but I’m not sure. I’m open to it being possible. Did you and your mom ever eat at home while you were visiting?? Lol! Other than you’re yummy breakfasts of course! And Dude, now that you’re headed back to Florida, take me with you! This rainy weather is awful. 🙂

  • ida February 7, 2010, 12:05 am

    is Ufology the real term?! you def covered the cultural spectrum today:)

  • Rachel February 7, 2010, 12:10 am

    Hehe, I don’t believe in UFOs, really, but I’m into all of it – reading the conspiracy theories, watching The X-Files, etc. etc. So it was so fun to read about this on your blog today! Always enjoyable when food/health bloggers give us a glimpse into other worlds… hehe 🙂

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 7, 2010, 12:13 am

    I love musicals! What are your favorite? The top of my list is Rent, followed by Wicked and Legally Blonde.

    • caitlin February 7, 2010, 9:14 am

      Phantom of the Opera!

  • Alison February 7, 2010, 12:13 am

    My uncle was really into UFO’s but that’s the extent of it … I don’t believe in them. I bet your hubby is excited that you’re coming home soon! Drive safely!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health February 7, 2010, 12:24 am

    I don’t really believe in UFOs but once I went on a road trip with my dad and we went to Roswell New Mexico. I guess it’s UFO city. We even went to a UFO museum. It was ridiculous. They had fake aliens around everywhere. It was fun but very silly. My dad got so into it and I thought he was nuts (I was 15), but of course I bought tons of alien souvenirs LOL

    • caitlin February 7, 2010, 9:14 am

      hahah i too wouldve thought my dad was crazy at 15.

  • Run Sarah February 7, 2010, 12:51 am

    I dont believe in UFOs at all, although my hubs, who is usually skeptical, really does!

  • Allison (Balance in Bites) February 7, 2010, 12:52 am

    Considering the size of the universe, there’s no WAY we’re the only life around. But I don’t actually believe in the conventional UFO, however.

  • Sara (effortless health) February 7, 2010, 1:20 am

    Oooohh I have been meaning to try those globars!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 7, 2010, 2:52 am

    I don’t believe in them – I used to, but now sooo many stories have been uncovered as fake that it’s made me lose all my faith in it! Though it’d be nice to think there was something else out there; I like Allison’s point above though – if there is, I doubt it’s an actual flying saucer or something!
    Glad you had fun 🙂

  • Laura February 7, 2010, 3:00 am

    I dont believe in UFOs at all

  • Marina February 7, 2010, 4:43 am

    I definitely believe that we are not alone in the universe. That would be such a waste of space. But I don’t think that aliens are among us, who knows what are they, how do they look like, are they corporial, or what. Who knows 🙂

  • christie, honoring health February 7, 2010, 7:08 am

    I agree with Allison. I don’t believe that we are the only life within the universe but I’m not sure in all the UFO business, either. I think that if we go off and explore the moon and what not, surely any other life out there might do the same.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 7, 2010, 7:19 am

    Yup I’d say that was an interesting night!! I’m pretty skeptical about UFOs, but I’m always willing to listen to a good argument 🙂

  • Julie February 7, 2010, 7:26 am

    I believe in other life forms. I think it’s crazy to think that in this huge universe, we are the only ones out there.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 7, 2010, 7:29 am

    I am skeptical but go back and forth about them, too!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 7, 2010, 7:45 am

    I believe in another life form in this universe but not in the form in green men driving ufos. Maybe microscopic organisms?

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 7, 2010, 7:53 am

    I love that your mom likes to do fun things like that! I’d like to check those u tubes vidoes out but I’m pretty skeptical too. You never know!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 7, 2010, 8:14 am

    I *want* to believe and have to believe there’s some sort of other life out there, but not necessarily big green aliens. Interesting topic though!

  • Kelly February 7, 2010, 8:15 am

    That’s so cool that you went with your mom to that- what a good daughter. Does your mom believe in them, or is she just interested in the topic? I don’t think I really do, but like others have said- it’s a cool topic 🙂

    • caitlin February 7, 2010, 9:13 am

      i think you could also call her a open-minded skeptic. 🙂

  • Sammi February 7, 2010, 8:49 am

    That’s an awesome experience! I’m not sure if I believe in UFOs but it’d be pretty cool to sit in on a lecture like that. I don’t believe we’re alone in the universe but I don’t really have an opinion when it comes to whether or not there are aliens on planets close by. I think that if we ever find aliens though, they probably won’t look anything like E.T. or any other creatures we have thought up! Though that would be awesome 🙂 (as long as they’re peaceful. If they’re mean, that would so NOT be awesome! lol)

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 7, 2010, 8:50 am

    I’m not sure if I believe in UFO’s. I seriously just try not to think about it or else I could get seriously freaked out. My mom believes in aliens though!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 7, 2010, 9:01 am

    UFO’s = eh, not so much. You’re a good daughter to tag along though! You’re always up for something new. 🙂

  • Nicole February 7, 2010, 9:08 am

    I’m skeptical about aliens/UFO’s too…maybe I just care to believe they aren’t out there for peace of mind? : ) Your evening looked wonderful!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 7, 2010, 9:10 am

    I’m not sure that aliens have ever been to our planet, but I absolutely believe that we are NOT alone. To think that we are the only ones in the entire universe is extremely naive in my opinion. But I do not believe in every little thing I see about UFOS and aliens. There are a lot of hoaxes out there.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 7, 2010, 9:13 am

    I definitely believe in alien life…to think that we are the only ones here is ridiculous, in my opinion! BUT, I don’t know if our planet has ever been visited by alien lifeforms 🙂

    Sounds like a fun night, anyway!

  • skinnyrunner February 7, 2010, 9:28 am

    now thats a full evening!
    i cant say i believe in aliens. until i see some hard proof, im a big skeptic.

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat February 7, 2010, 9:36 am

    It would be really surprising to be the only ones living in the Universe but to say that aliens visited the earth, ishhh, that’s a big step! We’ll have Will Smith to help us if something happens I guess 😉

  • Matt February 7, 2010, 9:42 am

    I actually do believe in UFO’s. The universe is too big for just one civilization. If we were alone, isn’t that kind of a waste? LOL.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 7, 2010, 9:54 am

    Hmm aliens. I’m not sure. It sounds so out there but if you think about it, like others have said, the universe is HUGE! You just never know.

  • Evan Thomas February 7, 2010, 9:58 am

    That conference sounds like a trip! I do believe in UFO’s, but I also believe that 99% of what is out there on them is complete bull and that some theories are a bit too much. If they’ve done anything, it’s not more than observe. I really don’t get how people can think they came and started playing with Egyptians or whatever and taught language

  • Jenny February 7, 2010, 10:21 am

    I’ve never heard of ufology! I’m very skeptical about the whole “ET” phenomenon, however it does not stop me from watching shows on TV about it, and wondering just a bit…

  • Amber K February 7, 2010, 11:19 am

    I definitely believe in UFOs, and by that I mean that there are flying objects which can be unidentified. Until we identify them. But there will always be UFOs until we figure out what they are. =)

  • Jayne February 7, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Your mom sounds so interesting! Haha. I would honestly love to go to a conference like that.

    I’m not totally sure WHAT I believe when it comes to UFO’s, but I think it would definitely be a trip if they are real. To think that we’re the only life in this HUGE universe is a little bit of a stretch for me, so we’ll see.

  • Ambre February 8, 2010, 11:35 am

    Off subject – I was looking into buying some Glo bars for myself for Valentines Day, but when I saw the shipping price, I decided not to purchase them. Do you know if she has any discounts or anything for shipping? (I know it probably costs a lot to ship from Canada to Texas, but just checking)

    • Caitlin February 8, 2010, 5:41 pm

      not that i know of…. the shipping is a lot but its worth it! i promise 🙂

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