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Two nights ago, I dreamed I lived in Tennessee, and in our front yard were a bunch of cast-iron lambs and donkeys.



(Yes, I went through a blonde stage.)



I dreamed that the animals came alive one day, and they walked into our living room and talked to me in English.  They were so nice (and housebroken) so I let them stay and sit on the couches.   Then, the Husband came home suddenly, and the animals turned right back into iron, and I tried to tell him what happened, but all I had to show for it was a bunch of cast-iron donkeys and lambs in our living room.




Last night, I dreamed that I was biking the 100-mile race, and we kept stopping at all the aid stations for 30 minutes a time. 



I was getting really frustrated because no one else seemed to care that we had like, 75 miles to go, and they all just wanted to hang out and eat donuts.   No one would listen to me!  I got more and more frustrated, but then I decided to just start eating the donuts, too, but I ate a whole box and got too sick to continue on my ride.  And then they left without me!


Not sure what my dreams mean, but they were strange and funny enough to share!  Dreams are so weird, aren’t they?  Sometimes, I think our subconscious is trying to tell us something, but most of the time, I think it’s just random thoughts.


A dreamy breakfast:

IMG_5244 ]Pecan pancakes from a Kodiak mix with a banana + honey on top.


I’m getting on a plane for California in a few hours! Napa Valley, here I come!


Have you had any weird dreams lately?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 21, 2010, 9:21 am

    Haha wow those dreams ARE strange! I have a hard time remembering dreams a lot of times unless they’re really wacky and then sometimes I can remember a few details. Have a safe trip!!

    PS: thought you’d like this that I read in Women’s Health Magazine today. “Beer isn’t all carbs and empty calories: It’s also a source of silicon, a bone-building nutrient that can help ward off osteoporosis.” 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 21, 2010, 9:21 am

    Haha, sooo many psychoanalysist people would go mad over your dreams!! I used to think they meant something, but then I read that if you dream your mum grows feathers, you’re going to get rich – but if you dream your mum gets rich, she’s going to die!!?? That’s a load of quack IMHO….
    Have a good day 🙂

  • Joanne May 21, 2010, 9:21 am

    Your dreams were great. I wouldn’t want to wake up. Except the sick on donuts part – I can’t eat donuts anyway because just one makes my stomach turn flips.
    As for dreams, a few weeks ago I had a dream that some red haired strange lady, who was carrying a laundry basket, started beating me up outside of a public bathroom. As I was trying to scream for help, the words wouldn’t form and I couldn’t scream. That’s when Ted woke me up and at that point, I managed to let out a loud “HELP ME!”.
    Dreams are weird and they can really get your heart pounding.

  • Marina May 21, 2010, 9:27 am

    Cool dreams :))
    Yesterday I had a dream about a snow storm. It’s pretty cold and awful weather over here, summer is I guess on a really long vacation, and I’m sick of the cold and rain 🙁

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 21, 2010, 9:29 am

    Awww sheep are my favourite animal!

  • Helena May 21, 2010, 9:30 am

    for me dreams have more to do with past experiences than with premonitions but i also think that sometimes they tell us things we don’t know we know or want. 🙂
    unfortunately, i can’t remember most of my dreams.

    two posts ago I asked you a question: brown rice or wild rice, do you know which is better?

    oh, the animals are SO CUTE and different! 😀

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 9:34 am

      oh im glad you asked me again! you know i always answer Q’s. i actually started to research this and then i got sidetracked.

      do you have the ingredients for your wild rice? what does it say on the side?

      • Helena May 21, 2010, 9:56 am

        it says it’s a mix of wild rice and parboiled rice

        • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 9:58 am

          ok so, i think the thing to focus on is the level of processing. white rice is more processed than brown, which is why brown is nutritionally superior. i dont think wild has been processed, but i know parboiled is processed more than brown, so i would say that brown is better than wild overall, but the its more than OK to mix it up every now and then!

        • Helena May 21, 2010, 10:04 am

          i can’t reply to your last comment, so I will reply in this one:
          thank you 😉

  • Jennifer May 21, 2010, 9:36 am

    Back in 1998, my grandfather died. Then, about 5 years later in 2003, I had a dream that I was at his viewing, and from a distance I could see him in the casket. When I started walking closer to him however, I realized that it wasn’t my grandfather, but my dad instead! I woke up sobbing and crying uncontrollably (obviously!)!! I had to call my mom and tell her about it the next morning and ask to make sure that Dad was okay! That was the first time I had a real “nightmare”! Not long after that I had another dream…I don’t remember what it was, but I was laughing so hard that it not only woke me up, but it also woke my husband up! LOL! He also said I would sleepwalk sometimes. He said he woke up once when I got up, and I was going through all the clothes in his closet! Haha! I don’t know what that was about! 😛

    Good luck on your bike race! I know you will do great!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 21, 2010, 9:38 am

    I have had dreams that I am in LABOR a few times a month for the past few months. I can actually feel it in the dreams, too – it is freaky. I looked it up and it said that it could mean that I am working hard on something that has not been completed. It also said if the baby comes in the dream, that means the project is complete? Who knows!

  • Nicole Y. @ An Adventurous life May 21, 2010, 9:38 am

    Haha! The dream with the animals was hilarious!!
    Sometimes my dreams are so strange that I end up laughing out loud in my sleep, or crying, or talking.. It wakes my fiance up. The best are when I’m laughing! LoL!

    GOOD LUCK on your century out in CALI!! You’ve trained for this and are super prepared, you’re going to do awesome!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 21, 2010, 9:41 am

    Have a safe trip to Cali and good luck on the race! I have dreams every so often that I have a baby or I am watching someone else’s baby and have NO idea how to take care of it. haha.

  • Kelly May 21, 2010, 9:42 am

    Have fun in Napa, I am so jealous (we honeymooned there).

    I have weird dreams like that too..and they are ones where I am always running late and someone is slowing me down! I usually end up being left behind too! It’s so frustrating, and I am sooo happy when I wake up 🙂

    P.S. I just found your blog a few weeks ago and it is a new favorite! You are truly inspirational!

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 9:55 am

      thank you so much!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 21, 2010, 9:42 am

    Ahhh, your hair is so blond! I like it!

    I have really strange dreams when I’m down home in Louisiana (as I am right now). The other night, I dreamed that my dad (who is not overweight) secretly decided to get liposuction, and died!!! I was crying when I woke up– I hate dreams like that 🙁

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 21, 2010, 9:43 am

    The other night I had a dream that my husband died, but was still walking around and I could see him and talk to him, but he couldn’t talk back. It was so weird!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 21, 2010, 9:44 am

    I love that you had the pictures to illustrate your dreams!! I haven’t had too many dreams lately that I remember. The worst is when I dream that I’m at work. I don’t want to spend another eight hours there in my head at night!

  • Michelle May 21, 2010, 9:45 am

    I love crazy dreams! It makes me happy when other people have them, because my husband doesn’t dream and thinks I’m a little nuts 😉 Last night I had a dream that all the crotches had worn out of all my jeans because I was too big for them…

    GOOD LUCK on Sunday and take as much time as you need at those aid stations!

  • Brynn May 21, 2010, 9:47 am

    Those are hilarious! Your first dream sounds like a movie.

  • Hangry Pants May 21, 2010, 9:48 am

    I think your bike dream is telling you that people don’t go fast enough for you. You mean business and sometimes people aren’t serious enough.

    Heather, Blogging Psychologist.

  • Evan Thomas May 21, 2010, 9:51 am

    I definitely had some weird dreams recently, but I can’t remember any.
    I love the little facts we remember from dreams, like the animals were housebroken

  • HTP Dad May 21, 2010, 9:54 am

    Go ahead – just leave me at the rest stops – sob – I’ll be alright.

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 9:56 am

      you’re so dramatic.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 21, 2010, 9:54 am

    My nights have been strangely dream-free recently, but last week I dreamed that I discovered missing footage from season 1 of LOST and then all of a sudden I was in it. Good thing the smoke monster wasn’t in my dream. Good think Saywer was shirtless. Too bad we were running for our lives.

  • Johanna B May 21, 2010, 9:54 am

    Dreams are great for starting conversations. I loved your dream about the bike race – classic anxiety dream. Your subconscious is working overtime with thoughts of the race and your performance. You’ll do GREAT!!!

  • Ilana May 21, 2010, 9:57 am

    I think that dream about the race is your nerves and frustration about your training manifesting itself in your subconscious – you’re motivated to go but you’re worried yourself AND others might hold you back – the others eating the donuts for a half hour each, maybe you’re nervous you can’t keep up with other people, or that they’re going to slow your roll, and then of course you were recently a little sick so you’re probably worried about sabotaging yourself as well!

    I’ve had some strange, really very obvious dreams, usually about being chased/not being able tor un away, which was my subconscious manifesting feeling trapped. Ever since I changed my “goals” I stopped feeling so trapped and I stopped having those dreams.

  • Paula May 21, 2010, 10:07 am

    I think the biking dream is a sign of anxiety, probably about the race. I know, too simple, right? Now the animal dream? I got nothin’ there! lol

    I love your hair in the donkey photo!

  • Ali @ Redhead Reports May 21, 2010, 10:08 am

    Those dreams are funny!

    Your hair looked pretty blonde! I like it dark too though.

  • katie May 21, 2010, 10:10 am

    ahhh dreams! its SO weird because in psych we learned that every dream means SOMETHING from the subconscious mind! It doesnt really mean that its important, but it always means something deeper. Like-if you are running away from something in your dream..then we learned that you may be running away from something in your life (big or small!), OR if you are being chased in your dream then you feel trapped and like something is bothering you in your life. The biking dream may mean that you feel like your goal hasnt been reached and you feel like it may leave you if you dont achieve it, and you have some little things you think could hold you back from it? i dk! haha but anyway dreams are super interesting!

  • eatmovelove May 21, 2010, 10:10 am

    So, I finally had to check out your blog after reading about it on Jenna’s so often. Best of luck in the bike race!! Also – the post below – I LOVE Maranatha!! …but I’ve never had Justins’ to compare…it’d have to be pretty stellar though…
    I see your writing a book?!! My DREAM..like every other blogger apparently…:(…any tips/advice??
    And what is your book about??!

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 10:17 am

      my book is based on my other blog, operatiobeautiful.com

      i think the book the writers market is an excellent resource!

  • Lee May 21, 2010, 10:11 am

    I am getting married in a month and this past week have had two nightmares that everything is going to go wrong. Last night, I dreamt that there was a band playing and the ceremony kept getting postponed and no one was wearing the proper clothes.

  • Laura May 21, 2010, 10:13 am

    I had a dream two nights ago that I was running the Pittsburgh Marathon (which I finished, two weeks ago!) and decided to stop and go home and chill out for a while at the 13.1 mark. I had a leisurely lunch and by the time I decided to get back on the course to finish the marathon, the race was closed! And of course, I FREAKED. Haha. I have the weirdest anxiety dreams about races, even after they’re over!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run May 21, 2010, 10:14 am

    I always have weird dreams before a big race or stressful life event!!! I get nervous that they’re predicting something ominous that is to come…but I think it’s really just the stress talking.

    At least now you know to stay away from the donuts at the aid stations. 😉

    Have a safe flight to California! Can’t wait to hear about the race (seriously — you’ve put the cycling itch in me and every time I read your blog lately I’m so tempted to go out and buy a bike!!)

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010, 10:15 am

    Haha! I’m always having crazy-weird dreams! The one I remember from recently is being at a dinner and being hit on by the President of Mexico. Haha! What does that even mean!?

  • caronae May 21, 2010, 10:18 am

    What crazy dreams! I love the second one — that’s the kind of dream I would have. Before big races or events I always dream about something going wrong. At least yours was funny! Stopping at aid stations for 30 minutes. Ha!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full May 21, 2010, 10:19 am

    I used to have vidid dreams about tornaodes all the time. I get so freaked out when my dreams feel so real!
    Also, today’s Real Simple Daily Thought made me think of you and OB-
    “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
    ― Sophia Loren

  • Mary May 21, 2010, 10:30 am

    fly safe!! good luck this weekend! I cant wait to read your race recap! Drink lots of wine 🙂

  • Lisa of Lisa at Home May 21, 2010, 10:34 am

    I love this post! You look good as a blonde 🙂
    Have an awesome time in Napa!!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2010, 10:44 am

    YES!!! i totally dreamed i was a supporting actress in a horror movie last night and JUST posted about it…so weird! 🙂

  • Angharad May 21, 2010, 10:53 am

    So exciting! Have an amazing amount of fun and good luck!! Can’t wait to hear the recap when I get from a weekend away!

  • Therese May 21, 2010, 10:56 am

    LOVE the dreams! Heh! I had a dream for two nights in a row where I lived in a world infested with zombies and Jeff Bridges was my father. I didn’t realize until then that if you ARE living in a world infested with zombies, Jeff Bridges is THE guy you want for a Dad! He made everything seem like it was safe and cool.

  • Michele May 21, 2010, 10:59 am

    Actually, dreams are your body’s way of dealing with fears. That explains the century one, but not so much the donkey?

    So maybe you have fears of not going fast enough. (the brain isn’t too rational when it sleeps)

  • Scargosun May 21, 2010, 11:05 am

    I used to remember my dreams all the time but now not so much. When I do remember them they are incredibly vivid, like the one I had about my Dad a few weeks ago.

  • Erin May 21, 2010, 11:07 am

    That’s funny. I rarely remember my dreams, although I did dream the other night that my roommate painted the living room orange and installed a basketball hoop…

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist! May 21, 2010, 11:08 am

    That is a dreamy breakfast!! I am always envious of all the breakfasts in blog world 🙂 Most of the time I eat breakfast with our clients… which is the same everyday! haha! Luckily breakfast is the one meal the repetition doesn’t bother me.

    I always have crazy dreams when I am worried or have a nervous feeling (good or bad) actually anticipation does it to me too.

    Your dreams were so funny! Isn’t it funny how sad and upset you get from dreams? Like the biking one you had. You would never eat a whole box of DN during a race and your girls would never leave you but it probably felt so real in the dream.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 21, 2010, 11:11 am

    I dreamed that I moved to Spain but I could no longer speak spanish and they all thought I was crazy. Scared me.

  • Casey @ Chasing Casey May 21, 2010, 11:11 am

    What a weird dream. Here’s hoping the real race doesn’t go like that! That breakfast looks so good. I wish I didn’t have to be at work at 6am so I could make hot breakfasts like that. Have fun in napa. Wish you were coming to the bay area to say hello!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt May 21, 2010, 11:16 am

    I love that you are motivated even in your dreams! If that doesn’t scream good juju, I don’t know what does!

  • Lisa May 21, 2010, 11:23 am

    After our bike ride last weekend, my BF said he kept having nightmares about his bike crossing the white line on the road!

  • Carrie H May 21, 2010, 11:29 am

    Good luck Caitlin! You’re gonna rock that century!

  • Sarah for Real May 21, 2010, 11:31 am

    Hmm… Maybe you subconsciously fear your husband thinks you are crazy?

    As for the rest stop dream, I think that’s pretty obviously just anxiety about the race. But hey, at least your subconscious couldn’t come up with any credible fears right? That’s good!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health May 21, 2010, 11:31 am

    I ate pretty much the exact same thing for breakfast!

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) May 21, 2010, 11:34 am

    I have dreams like that when I’m nervous! But no need to be nervous…you’ve trained and you’ll rock it 😀

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) May 21, 2010, 11:45 am

    Yes!! I registered for a half marathon last minute, and I must be a little anxious about it (it’s on Sunday!) I had a dream that I arrived at the race site late and could NOT get my bib attached! I couln’t open the safety pins and kept dropping them everywhere and I started to freak out. Then a coworker of mine showed up and started asking me all of these work questions that he said were really important. I watched all of the runners go ahead without me while I cried at the start line talking about work! 🙁

    I usually have anxiety-ridden dreams before big events. Before my marathon I dreamt that I had to stop at check points and complete puzzles before I could continue on. I also dreamt that I accidentally wore all cotton clothes to the race and freaked out in the middle screaming “why did I wear all cotton?!…I know better than this!!!” 🙂

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) May 21, 2010, 11:51 am

    hilarious! aw. very natural to have weird dreams before any big event! i think all it means is, dont eat too many donuts at the aid stations 🙂 hehe SAFE TRAVELS

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 21, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Those ARE weird dreams! I haven’t had anything like that lately. But I definitely think our subconcious is just trying to work things out.

  • Anna May 21, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Last night I dreamed that I was to perform a piano concerto in front of an audience and freaked out because I didn’t know how to play the piece (I stopped playing piano in… oh, 3rd grade?). I fled the concert hall and started hysterically crying and my friend (who acutally IS a pianist) had to calm me down. Then I woke up and went to the dentist and got my wisdom teeth removed. Weird.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 21, 2010, 12:07 pm

    It’s so strange that you have this post today because last night I had a dream with you in it last night! I was just going to email you but since you wrote a post on this I figure it’s more appropriate here. haha

    I can’t remember all the details but we went on a long bike ride together and I remember thinking, ‘wow, she’s so confident and fun to be around. I need to be a better biker.’ haha. The rest of the dream slips my mind but just thought I’d let you know!

  • Bree May 21, 2010, 12:12 pm

    Every night is a weird dream! Some of mine are so realistic when I wake up I have to think twice if it happened in real life or not. Lots of flashbacks to high school and sports for some reason.

    My husband says he doesn’t dream – but I know he does he just doesn’t remember them.

  • Stephanie May 21, 2010, 12:16 pm

    omg yesssssssss, after watching grey’s anatomy last night i had the scariest dreams of being shot at and chased after all through our neighborhood :/ i knew that was going to happen, that episode scared me!

  • Carolina John May 21, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Those kind of dreams might mean it’s time to put down the crack pipe. hahahaha!! very funny stuff!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun May 21, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Sometimes, I dream crazy things like people trying to break into the house. I prefer to not remember those dreams. And then sometimes I dream that I am hanging with Trent Reznor. I like remembering those. 🙂

  • Claire May 21, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Can you believe I never ever remember my dreams! I used to think it meant something, especially when we were asked to write down our dreams for a high school psychology class, but really I am just thinking that I am a daydreamer! I am a pisces after all…if that mean’s anything.

    Good luck in Napa! I can’t wait to read about the race and your time hanging with Jenna! I know you will do amazing lady!

  • Hayley H May 21, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Dreams are so funny. Last night I dreamed that my roommate and her boyfriend were in my living room, watching a doctor check me for breast cancer lumps, haha. Then I woke up and had a pimple in my armpit. Much less serious than cancer!

  • Allie May 21, 2010, 12:27 pm

    that donkey dream is hilarious. last night i fell asleep on top of a reeses peanut butter cup (don’t ask- it was a messy morning) and, not suprisingly, dreamt about peanut butter.

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 21, 2010, 12:27 pm

    mmmm pecan pancakes… every time i see pecans on your blog i get a craving for them.

    good luck in napa.

  • Vanessa May 21, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Your dreams probably just signified your nervousness…with a little “crazy” thrown in there. 😉

    I love reading all the dream comments! LOL!!!

  • Annie May 21, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Haha! 😀

    My most recent dream was of friends and I building a religious theme swimming pool. We all really got into it and were arguing about what should be included. I think I know more religious facts and figures in my sleep than I do awake. Seriously. It was so weird.

    Have a safe flight!

  • Katherine May 21, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Have you ever been on malaria pills? They supposedly give you bad dreams so if you plan on traveling, watch out!

  • Michelle May 21, 2010, 12:55 pm

    The night before my 25 mile bike ride (i know, wimpy compared to 100!) I kept dreaming that my friend who was riding with me wanted to stop and eat nachos during the ride! Wierd!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 21, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I rarely remember my dreams.

  • S May 21, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I had the craziest dream about a year ago..Terrorist were splitting up my family and they had locked my sister in a room and force feeding her sushi. Sushi looked like water balloons in my dream…Crazy dream huh?

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 21, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I like the blonde!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 21, 2010, 3:16 pm

    hahaha well a couple nights ago I had a fabulous dream that involved the super sexy tennis-playing exchange student from Spain. That one was fun 😉

  • Kath May 21, 2010, 5:59 pm

    How do your pancakes look so much better than mine!? I think I must put too much liquid. Would love to know how you mix when you have time sometime! [Know you’re en route!]

    • caitlin May 22, 2010, 1:00 am

      the kodiak mix is 1 cup mix to 1 cup water! what do you do?

  • eatingRD May 21, 2010, 6:52 pm

    haha funny dreams! I usually can’t ever remember my dreams except on rare occasion. I hope we don’t stop for 30 min and eat donuts lol mmm pancake heaven

  • a May 22, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I have crazy dreams all the time.
    I look most of them up in my dream dictionaries lol
    Your’s just basiclly means that you’re nervous about not being able to control something 😛

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 24, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I had a bunch of weird dreams while camping this weekend – but they were great!!!!!

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