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Dance party in the kitchen!  Maggie is the best dance partner.  We particularly love jamming to Michael Jackson together.


I don’t know why I’ve been making the fishy face in all my pictures lately!  I go through photo phases (I also like flashing ‘gang signs,’ peace signs, crossing my eyes, and sticking out my tongue… I am so mature.)


Side note:  Look into Maggie’s eyes.  Doesn’t it look like the lights are on, but no one is home?  Poor dear.


While we danced, the Husband made dinner.


He chopped up a bounty of veggies!


And into the wok they went…


The Husband is really into fresh ginger lately, and he made a ginger-soy stir-fry for dinner. 


In the mix:  Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, green beans, onions, tomatoes… and lots and lots of ginger!  Plus brown rice.


When we sat down, I sprinkled a bunch of roasted peanuts on top.  It was the perfect complement!


And dessert was some coconut, lavender, and ginger chocolate from (a sample):


This afternoon, I snacked on Chobani pineapple and 1/2 cup oatmeal.


I will probably rummaging in the kitchen for another snack later… I’ve been hungry every 2 – 3 hours since my 56-mile bike ride.


Do you dance like no one is watching?  In your living room, the shower?  While you run on the treadmill?  I am a huge fan of the personal dance party.  Who needs a special occasion to shake your moneymaker!



  • Jenny May 4, 2010, 8:13 pm

    I dance in my car – and sing really obnoxiously too! Helps pass the time from Gville to Tampa! And I make the fish face, too:)

    • Tracy May 5, 2010, 5:43 am

      Greenville, SC? I live there!

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} May 4, 2010, 8:14 pm

    The other day I actually found myself ‘stepping’ to the rhythm while I was on the Stairmaster. My hips were shaking, my fingers were tapping. I only realized I was doing it when I saw the guy beside me shooting me concerned glances.

    It was still AWESOME!

  • Nancy May 4, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Is that ginger he’s chopping up? I only recently starting making food with ginger in it, and I thought you had to scrape off the peel, and then grate it.

    omg if you could chop it – that would save me EONS of time!

    • Caitlin May 4, 2010, 8:17 pm

      i also peel and grate, but the husband just washed and chopped it with peel. it was fine!

  • Lexi May 4, 2010, 8:15 pm

    My bf & I love to have a dance party. He’s a pretty bad dancer so when he gets the chance to break loose in private…he goes all out! MJ is probably the best for private dance parties!

  • Sarah for Real May 4, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I love private dance parties! And I dance with my doggie too 😀

    I’ll sing and clap… I’m a total freak show when I’m all by myself, haha. You know you’re getting really comfy in your marriage when you don’t notice you’re doing it with your husband around, hehe.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 4, 2010, 8:16 pm

    that’s hilarious 🙂 i’m so NOT a dancer, but if i’m all alone (no hubby or anything) and a good song comes on sometimes i’ll stand up and go crazy!

  • Kelly May 4, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Oh definitely. I love love the personal dance party. I have to restrain myself in the gym to not dance to the music, especially in spinning class haha

  • Evan Thomas May 4, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I’m not a closet dancer, but I’m blasting out the 90’s songs right now and singing god-awfully

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 4, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I love personal dance parties. They get me moving!

  • Michelle May 4, 2010, 8:26 pm

    My dance parties tend to happen when I’m studying. Sometimes, you just have to dance out the stress! You always feel better.

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner May 4, 2010, 8:27 pm

    Gotta dance in the shower, it’s the best!

  • BalanceforMEre May 4, 2010, 8:27 pm

    I dance in the shower, car and when running if I think no one is looking! 🙂

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated May 4, 2010, 8:27 pm

    I <3 Maggie pictures! She's so darn CUTE! And I think the slightly vacant look makes her even cuter!

    I have dance parties in my room when I'm getting dressed in the mornings. My cat loves it when I sing to her… 🙂

  • Allison May 4, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I totally dance while running through my neighborhood. Luckily, I live in a questionable downtown community across from an artist’s colony, so nobody thinks much of it. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 4, 2010, 8:30 pm

    YAY for yummy stirfires 🙂 Such an easy yet healthy weeknight dinner!

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans May 4, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I am such a treadmill dancer! When there is no one else in my apartment gym (or sometimes when there is) I am definitely moving and grooving and air drumming like no body’s business!

  • Jenna May 4, 2010, 8:32 pm

    I ALWAYS dance to put myself in a better mood. It is fun to let loose and laugh at yourself. What I find even more entertaining is when my boyfriend dances to a song for me to get me out of a bad mood!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 4, 2010, 8:33 pm

    More like… I ONLY dance when no one is looking! ;P I lurve stir fry’s… just posted about one today 😀

  • Jacquie May 4, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I love dance parties. I dance in my kitchen when i’m making myself a meal… put on my itunes, dancing around and dinner is served 🙂

  • jenny May 4, 2010, 8:40 pm

    you’re just so fun!!!
    you’re photography skills are amazing and you’re little catch-phrases always bring the lolz
    “shake your moneymaker”….”the lights are on but nobody’s home”
    you’re easily my fave blogger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Caitlin May 4, 2010, 8:41 pm

      haha aww thank you my dearie!! i’m glad i make you laugh.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 4, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I totally dance by myself, especially when Disney or some pump-me-up music comes up on iTunes. Dance party!

  • jenny May 4, 2010, 8:41 pm

    *your skills *your catch phrases
    i know my grammar 😛

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 4, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I sing in the shower as cliche as that is haha I don’t really dance very often because I can’t dance.. it’s pretty bad.
    Poor little Maggie… aww 🙁

  • Wei-Wei May 4, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Hahaha you’re too cute! And so is Maggie I agree with Jenny… You’re so much fun! You make me giggle everyday. 🙂

    The stir-fry looks delicious! Oh, and the chocolate sample sounds exquisite. (Ginger? LAVENDER?)

    Have a great night! Keep booogie-in’ on! 😀


  • Kat May 4, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I definitely dance while I run on the treadmill!! It probably doesn’t help my speed or endurance much, but its way more fun than just boring regular running haha!

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You) May 4, 2010, 8:52 pm

    LOVE ginger! Yum!

    And I dance every chance I get. It is healthy to just let loose! 🙂

  • Lee May 4, 2010, 8:53 pm

    I have dance parties with my dog but he always gets to into the music and tries to put my arms in his mouth.

  • Camille May 4, 2010, 8:57 pm

    I would love to dance and throw my hands up on the treadmill, but I use the one at the gym. When I get my own someday I will be jamming to no end!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 4, 2010, 9:04 pm

    i always dance like no ones watching! i have no shame 😉

    plus, it’s way more fun to be weird than boring!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) May 4, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I had a dance party today! In a public parking lot after my 5 mile run! I danced like no one was watching. However, people were. And they were scared 😉

  • Meredith May 4, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I have some pretty great dance parties when I am getting ready to go out with friends. I danced for 10 years so I like to think I can get down 🙂

    I also have a funny habit of dancing with my hands when I run to get myself pumped up. I’m sure I look absolutely ridiculous but it works!!

  • Penny (Wannabe VEGGIEtarian) May 4, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Michael Jackson is my favorite!!!!! I love him!!!

  • Bec May 4, 2010, 9:18 pm

    check out the internet and local bike shops to see if you can get longer seat posts, I got one for my last mountain bike.

  • Lacey May 4, 2010, 9:19 pm

    They’re probably photo PHASES, not phrases. Not sure though.

  • Bec May 4, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Oh also I like to mix my sports drink and water together on long rides!

  • Jen May 4, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I dance about the house and the husband just looks at me funny…needless to say I’m not a good dancer but I have fun with it.

    If you want to see some treadmill dancing check out this You Tube video:
    I still can’t figure out why the people next to her don’t even appear to notice.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:45 am

      i am not going to lie, i just literally laughed SOOOOO hard out loud.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health May 4, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Yes!!! I dance like it’s nobody’s business. Most of the time it’s really goofy dances like (trying to do) the moonwalk and “pop and lock.” bahaha! The best/worst part is that I do it for my parents. Wow. I have no life.

  • emptynutjar May 4, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Beautiful again. Your kids will be cute.
    Did you ever have eating issues Caitlin? Or not ?

    • Caitlin May 4, 2010, 9:49 pm

      no i never had an ED.

  • Janelle May 4, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I love to treat the kiddos to impromptu dance parties – ones that I definitely would not have in front of “adults.” I imagine Maggie serves the same purpose!

  • Christin May 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Caitlin, you look so cute in that blue and white striped tank. I don’t know if it’s the color or the cut but it’s adorable on you!

    • Caitlin May 4, 2010, 10:14 pm

      aww thanks!

  • Robin May 4, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I have dance parties with my black lab, Lucy, when I’m doing something in the kitchen or getting ready for work. She gets so excited and will jump up and twirl around, it’s the best! I will also bust out some jazz hands while on the elliptical if my husband is at the gym with me and happens to glance over. It embarrases him but never me!

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 4, 2010, 10:20 pm

    During exam week my friends and I would randomly break out into dance parties during our study sessions! It broke up the monotony and really, who doesn’t love awkwardly jamming around a room?!

  • Carolyn @ May 4, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Hah! I was dancing with my puppy earlier, too. 🙂 Actually, I was dancing and he was looking a little scared. 😕

  • Jessica May 4, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Maggie is so cute! I dance on the treamill… and sing… good thing the treadmill is at home 🙂

    I’m new to your blog, but I’ve enjoyed reading it!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 4, 2010, 10:53 pm

    one of my fave photos is colorful veggies on a cutting board! love it!
    I dance in my home
    I sing everything- especially on the treadmill at the gym lol

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

    I had a major dance party with Miley Cyrus this weekend when all of my roommates were gone and I just cleaned my entire apartment!

  • midgetkeeper May 4, 2010, 11:11 pm

    I love dancing. My Daughter is my best dancing partners we bust out in dance all the time. So fun.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I can kind of bob my head, but that’s about it! lol

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid May 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I dance at my desk, in the airport, wherever!

    By the way, thanks for letting us post our blogs on your post this morning. SIXTY PEOPLE clicked on my blog from your post! Doubled (almost tripled) my readership. WOOT!

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:44 am


  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) May 4, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I dance ALL THE TIME. I’ve also moved into an apartment with an entire wall that is just one big mirror. This has not helped my dancing tendencies…

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 4, 2010, 11:42 pm

    LOL, yes, my husband and I randomly dance anywhere in the house. Especially after we eat. 😀


  • TorontoGirloutWest May 5, 2010, 12:00 am

    The fiancé and I regularly dance when no one is watching. We also make up random songs featuring everyday phrases. So instead of saying “I am cooking dinner” we’ll turn it into a song instead! lol

    Crazy? Yes! Fun? You bet!!!! 

  • Kara May 5, 2010, 12:05 am

    The private dance party is my favorite. Sometimes when I’m running I forget that other people can see me and I start a mini dance party while waiting at traffic crossings.. 🙂

  • Jolene ( May 5, 2010, 12:37 am

    I dance when no one is home all the time!!

  • Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 5, 2010, 12:43 am

    oh yeah! I love dancing with myselffff…when ever I’m in a funky mood I just put on a good song and go at it! Always makes me smile and feel better.

    Gorgeous Veggies! Your hubby did well

  • Jo May 5, 2010, 1:29 am

    I love a good dancing session when nobody is home, if anyone ever saw me I’d be mortified! I used to dance with my son when he was really little but he’s 13 now so too cool for dancing 😉

    I also sing my heart out even though I can’t carry a tune to save my life.

  • kerry May 5, 2010, 2:33 am

    cute pic of you! xx

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 5, 2010, 2:38 am

    Dancing in the car is the best. And in my room. And when I am working out to a DVD, if the song I am listening to inspires me I will forget whatever it is I am doing and just bust a move. Some of my friends in college, we had a joke that when things got boring someone would count to three and then yell “EMERGENCY DANCE PARTY!” and everyone would just bust out in something ridiculous. Really helps brighten up your day!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 5, 2010, 3:13 am

    It’s all about the dance party in my car – and the crazy singing! Thank goodness I travel alone….

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 5, 2010, 3:19 am

    I am a HUGE fan of solo dance parties. I had one in my room today!

    I’m also a fan of bamboo cutting boards & veggies : )

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward May 5, 2010, 6:29 am

    Love personal dance parties! I always break out the music on weekend nights when I’m getting ready to go out for dinner or something. Lady Gaga never fails!

  • Kiran May 5, 2010, 7:49 am

    Love loads of ginger in my food as well 🙂

    Great job with your cycling milestones Caitlin!

  • Hedda May 5, 2010, 8:03 am

    Haha, you to are cute. Of course you have to shake your moneymakers!
    I dance like no one is watching very often, as I am convinced that that is very healthy for heart and mind. Just act out your inner monkey / Beyonce (for those who actually know how to dance). Today I forgot that we have a painter doing our house, so I’m sure he enjoyed the sight of me dancing around in my kitchen.
    I guess he should be thankful for that I did not sing loud 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 5, 2010, 8:31 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of dance parties 🙂

  • Raya @ Raya Runs May 5, 2010, 8:34 am

    Sometimes I dance in my head when I’m running, especially if a Britney song comes on. I pretend I’m one of her back-up dancers. Or I dance at home while I’m cleaning. Oh and P.S. I looove the smell of fresh ginger.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 5, 2010, 8:37 am

    I am so guilty of dancing on the treadmill…haha! Only I do it at my gym and everyone laughs at me! But now…if I don’t dance people always ask me what’s wrong! haha! I have definitely set a pattern!

  • Joanne May 5, 2010, 8:45 am

    I used to dance all the time – it wasn’t pretty. Now I just run or walk fast with the occasional hip swing. You reminded me that I need to make time to just fool around. Too busy lately.
    As for your “fishy face” – you’re lucky it actually doesn’t look bad on you 😉

  • Nichole May 5, 2010, 8:53 am

    I sing in the mirror all the time, it’s tragic.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 5, 2010, 9:01 am

    Haha more like dance WHEN no one is watching :-p I kid, I kid – always game for a dance party.
    Maggie’s adorable.

  • Heather May 5, 2010, 9:22 am

    haha! I dance in the shower sometimes. and in the car when I am driving. People think I am having seizures I am sure.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 5, 2010, 9:27 am

    how fun! i am not a big dance fan but it sounds like fun….thanks again for your blog post yesterday where everyone listed their blog…..i found some great ones 🙂

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me May 5, 2010, 9:32 am

    I dance all the time in my house! It’s one of the things my daughter and I do to be silly! But I sing even more – even while I’m running with my headphones on. Not only does it help me keep my breathing under control, but it makes crazy people leave me alone. Wait, maybe they think I’m the crazy one. LOL!

  • Corinne May 5, 2010, 9:54 am

    nice work with the ginger addition hubby! i absolutely LOVE to dance while i cook. the kitchen is my dance floor 🙂 do your dogs bark when you start to dance? haha sometimes mine do!

  • Krista May 5, 2010, 9:55 am

    I bust out some moves every now and again. My 8yr old son thinks it’s hilarious and my soon-to-be 11 yrd old daughter is usually mortified. No matter….it makes it that much more fun for me!!! I also dance with my cats sometimes. They don’t like that, but again, I find it funny. HA!

  • Jessica May 5, 2010, 10:46 am

    Dancing is the best! I crank up some tunes in my living room and just jump and spin around like crazy. It’s such a good feeling! The only thing better is when my sister and I used to have “dance-offs” but now we live a few states away so I only get to do that a few times a year. I make sure to warn her that I get in plenty of practice though 😉

  • Ilana May 5, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I have dance parties by myself in my room justtt about every day. And while on the subway. And walking down the street. I can’t help it! And I can’t dance, so it’s even better.

  • Lisa May 5, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Only when no one is looking!

  • Lisa May 5, 2010, 6:51 pm

    I’m a college student and stumbled across your blog (while doing a google search – LOL) about a year ago. You’re truly an inspiration. I have been a beyond loyal fan and decided to start up a bloggie of my own. There are not too many pics but you should totally check it out.

    Good luck on your 2nd book. You go girl!

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