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The overpowering smell of paint in my bedroom forced me to relocate to the living room in the middle of the night.


Wait.  Now my bed is blog ready.  🙂


Not only did it hurt me to lay in the toxic-smelling room (the Husband was out of town on business), but I kept thinking of the poor puppies’ lungs.  That motivated me to drag a very heavy bed through my narrow hallway and snooze in my living room.  In the three years I’ve lived in this apartment, I’ve never slept in the living room – it was kind of strange!


I ended up waking up early and getting some writing and Healthy Living Summit work done.  By the time I looked at the clock, it was already 9:30 AM!  Time flies when you’re being productive.


Breakfast was simple but good.


I made oatmeal:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  coconut and cinnamon


Today’s table was…. a box!


I am really excited to get this move over with and resume normal life!  We decided last night to move in two stages because the England game on Sunday is going to disrupt our original plans:  we plan to drive two hours to my in-laws’ on Saturday night, sleep over, watch the game in the morning on Sunday, and then drive the rest of the way to Charlotte.


Back in 2006, we went to the Husband’s aunt’s wedding in England.  She “accidentally” scheduled her wedding the same day as a World Cup day.  She ended up canceling her pre-wedding cocktail party and setting up a massive projection screen so people could watch the match.  She knew no one would get to her wedding on time otherwise!



Are you such a huge sports fan that you would change important plans to accommodate a game?



  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 24, 2010, 10:46 am

    you know, i’m not, but i know people who are…that takes dedication!!! i would maybe change the time of an event, but not the day or anything 🙂

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You) June 24, 2010, 10:48 am

    I love this question! I always wanted a Fall wedding but I couldn’t deal with the chance of missing any football games so we went with Spring! And I was so happy I did!

  • Evan Thomas June 24, 2010, 10:49 am

    I’m not really but yesterday I had so many plans for the afternoon and all i did was watch the never ending wimbeldon match. In fact, I should have been running 18 minutes ago and I’m still watching it!

  • Jess June 24, 2010, 10:49 am

    We had to consult the Nebraska Cornhuskers football schedule before setting a date for our wedding. We picked a day they were out of state, so that my husband’s friends and family would come out to Colorado for the ceremony. Unfortunately the game ran long, so there were people listening to the game during our ceremony. I found out later my husband was getting updates. Good thing he was sly enough I didn’t notice and we had a beautiful ceremony.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 24, 2010, 10:52 am

    We had to take football season into consideration when we were scheduling our engagement party in the fall. Our wedding was in May, so luckily no big conflicts arose!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 24, 2010, 10:53 am

    If it involved the Steelers or the Pens, then yes!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please June 24, 2010, 10:54 am

    Wow… I don’t think I would take sports into account when planning my wedding! Unless the groom had a special request, I wouldn’t pay attention!

  • Sarah for Real June 24, 2010, 10:55 am

    Hmm… If the WSU Cougars ever stop sucking a big one and actually made it to a bowl game, I’m sure my husband and I would drop everything and go. College football and basketball are really the only sports I enjoy.

    Think you’ll consider a low-VOC paint next time? They have no odor whatsoever. Regular paint will continue to off-gas chemicals for a while. Will you be paining in your new place?

    • caitlin June 24, 2010, 10:58 am

      Since I was just painting my apartment, I wanted the cheapest paint possible… If I were painting my own home I would definitely buy non toxic paint.

      After this paint sesh, I think I’ve learned not to paint rooms in apartments. Maybe I’ll do an accent wall though.

  • Christie {Honoring Health} June 24, 2010, 10:56 am

    I love that ladies hat with the feathers 😀

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers June 24, 2010, 10:57 am

    i’m personally not a big enough fan to change my plans, but i might do it for other people who are. we were at a wedding 2 yrs. ago that fell on the NCAA football national championships & all the univ. of florida fans had ear pieces in during the reception & were running out to check the scores periodically! eek!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 24, 2010, 11:00 am

    I am not a sports fan and would have totally gone BRIDEZILLA if I were your husband’s aunt! She is such a good sport FOR a good sport 😉

  • Joanne June 24, 2010, 11:01 am

    There really isn’t a sport or a program I would rearrange plans for. However – a lot of our friends think differently.

    Good luck on getting that move over with. I haven’t checked in with you in a while and didn’t realize the move was so close. Happy packing. The pups must be wondering …”what the heck?!”

  • Kelly June 24, 2010, 11:02 am

    I am not a big enough fan of the World Cup to do it, but i could see myself changing plans for a baseball game or something 🙂 I’m not sure about my wedding though, thats planned far in advance- I’d more likely set up tvs haha

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 24, 2010, 11:02 am

    Heck no! is the short answer!Especially not my wedding 😛 if Steven Gerrard was my best friend, I’d still make him miss the world cup to come to my wedding 😛

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 24, 2010, 11:03 am

    God I wish I could pull of a hat like that in the last picture.

  • Dorry June 24, 2010, 11:03 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I love sports but my fiance (and all other University of Texas Longhorns) ARE CRAZED FANATICS! We’ve been trying to plan wedding showers, etc this fall and we are definitely having to work 100% around college football. 🙂 But it’s true, if we don’t, nobody will show up to our parties!

    • Marci June 24, 2010, 11:13 am

      understand all that Dorry! Been there!

  • Megan June 24, 2010, 11:05 am

    Without a doubt, yes. I am a huge sports fanatic – especially about my beloved Duke Blue Devil men’s basketball team. I got married in August so as to not conflict with basketball season and I totally plan my vacations around games. My husband has learned to accept it (and also become a big fan), but, it drives my friends crazy.

  • Kelly June 24, 2010, 11:06 am

    Haha I would totally consult all my favorite sports teams schedules before picking a wedding date. While I wouldn’t change any plans once they were made I would definitely try to accommodate to be able to watch the game.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! June 24, 2010, 11:07 am

    I like sports but NO I would never miss or be late to a “major event” such a wedding cause of it!!!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 24, 2010, 11:08 am

    poor you and poor puppies! i hate the smell of paint. when we painted our house we just decided to hire a crew and have them in and out in one day (we have ALWAYS painted and this time i think we just wanted a break!) but the house smelled soooo bad for the next few days, i was glad to get out.
    that’s hilarious and awesome that you planned your move around the game. but if england wins it’s so worth it.

  • victoria June 24, 2010, 11:08 am

    non related, but are your in laws moving to charlotte too?? what about their beautiful house (the one you house sit from time to time)???

    • caitlin June 24, 2010, 11:12 am

      yes they are moving too! my inlaws and sister in law will be moving in stages and then my mom is moving to charlotte in the next 1 – 2 years. 🙂 my inlaws are trying to sell their house but obviously the market sucks and they are having issues. wanna buy it!

  • Kristina June 24, 2010, 11:08 am

    I’m not that huge a fan, but I’m realistic enough to change plans for others!! 🙂

    …and if the event is that important to ME, I want the people around me to be enjoying fully, not distracted… 🙂

  • Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 24, 2010, 11:11 am

    I certainly am not, but if my family was I would totally do the same thing. It’s fun, playful and original. Not something you would expect at such a formal event.

  • Rachel June 24, 2010, 11:11 am

    Nope, not a sports fan like that. But I wouldn’t schedule an important even on the Super Bowl or something like that. I guess the World Cup is comprable to that.

    But I’m in Texas, the Super Bowl is KING.

  • Marci June 24, 2010, 11:13 am

    My wedding was in the middle of August (do you know how hot it is in August in Texas?)purposely so it would never coincide with a University of Texas football game for future anniversaries, or the baseball World Series if the Astros ever make it.

  • Nichole June 24, 2010, 11:13 am

    I live in the south, so SEC football season means you better plan your wedding during an away game, lol.

  • Hallie June 24, 2010, 11:18 am

    Not me…but I’m pretty sure I’m not getting married during football (NFL) season as my boyfriend is a huge fan. Because, besides the wedding, if our anniversary ever fell on a Sunday…and later in the season, on Monday, Thursday, or Saturday…I’d have to compete with a bunch of big boys hitting each other for my guy’s attention 🙂

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma June 24, 2010, 11:18 am

    Yes – we took great care in scheduling our wedding to avoid any major sporting events. We had to get married before the Cavaliers season started, so nothing after Nov 1st was considered. In case hell froze over & the Indians made the MLB playoffs, we narrowed it down to the month of September. Then we looked at the Ohio State football schedule. Thank the Lord the least important game that month was against Iowa, which was scheduled on the 23rd. Also note the number 23: LeBron James’ jersey number. YES I AM MARRIED TO THAT GUY!!! At least I know he won’t forget the date!

    • Eunice June 24, 2010, 1:47 pm

      Lol. That is a SERIOUS fan!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life June 24, 2010, 11:19 am

    YAY for HLS work! I can’t WAIT for that weekend – so fun!
    I love sports, but not that much 😉

  • Jessica June 24, 2010, 11:19 am

    I am from Kentucky where University of Kentucky basketballs reigns supreme and my family bleeds blue!! My wedding reception was most definitely planned around March Madness!!

  • Jo June 24, 2010, 11:21 am

    Yes, I would and have. We had our wedding on FA Cup final day which is a big deal in England. We held our little after party in the local pub watching the football and had the proper wedding reception in the evening instead.

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog June 24, 2010, 11:23 am

    Our outdoor track state championship was always the same day as prom…so you can guess which won out!

  • Becca June 24, 2010, 11:24 am

    Well… Our wedding is in a marquee at the rugby club where my fiancé and one of the groomsmen play, so we needed to make sure that it was off-season (dear fiancé has a habit of picking up black eyes during rugby matches, and I want him pretty in our wedding pics!) The remaining groomsmen are serious footie fans, so we had to make sure it fit between the World Cup and the Premiership.

    We actually put “It falls nicely between the end of the World Cup and the start of the Premiership – I’m in!” as one of the tick-box “yes” options on our RSVP cards. People loved it!

    • caitlin June 24, 2010, 11:30 am

      My husband WISHES he married you!

      • Becca June 24, 2010, 11:45 am

        Haha, not at all! The rugby, I’m fine with, but I’m rather prone to whingeing about the football! He also knows better than to mention cricket 😉

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 24, 2010, 11:29 am

    hahaha NEVER. My husband is a fan of football but I can say he’d probably not care about the games if something else was going on. Totally foreign to me!

  • SaraRM June 24, 2010, 11:32 am

    Sadly our date was completely set around sports! My husband is a golf coach with is year round and several of his gms/ushers were football players so needless to say our dates were limited! 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 24, 2010, 11:36 am

    I’m going to a wedding in Charlotte this Saturday at 2:00 and all the guys are figuring out how to still watch the World Cup- ought to be interesting! 🙂

  • AngelaOSG June 24, 2010, 11:42 am

    LOL that is so funny she cancelled the cocktail hour!!
    I am a huuuuge hockey fan. I would drop EVERYTHING to watch a big game…like the Olympics or juniors in the past winter season.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 24, 2010, 11:48 am

    Wow, you’ve got some serious strength to drag that bed into the living room!! Much better than the couch though 🙂

    I was born on a Super Bowl Sunday, in the middle of the game. I feel like my dad was probably pissed, but birth is one things you can’t really work around! That’s so funny she cancelled her original wedding plans, but at least it was a memorable and fun way to make everyone happy!

  • debs@pamplemousse21 June 24, 2010, 11:54 am

    I love that you are scheduling it around the England game!Absolutely everything is grinding to a halt here for it!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 24, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I love sports but I’m not that dedicated. I actually missed the day the Red Sox won the world series because I thought they couldn’t win it in 4 straight. And I ha to work yesterday so I missed the USA games.

    But when I was teaching I did watch the world cup games instead of grading exams and then did them at home.

  • dawn June 24, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Funny! I can relate…we had to schedule our wedding around college football games. Had to make sure our wedding was the day of an away game so no one had to miss any home games 🙂 And all the guys still had their headphones on during pictures and searching for tv’s! I’m from a big sports family 🙂

    Good luck with the move!

  • Krista June 24, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Um, yes. We purposely scheduled our upcoming wedding as not to interfere with any major sporting events.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story June 24, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I got married in Cocoa Beach, FL in September, my “reception” basically we all went out for dinner and drinks before leaving on a cruise the next day (very small, friends and family only thing) at Coconuts on The Beach and there was an American football game on. My Philadelphia Eagles were playing and I’m pretty sure we spent most of the time watching the game. At least keeping up with the score. 🙂 I’ll never forget it.

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner June 24, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I personally do not change plans to accommodate sports, but my boyfriend is kind of the master at that. (This is nevvvver a point of conflict 🙂 )

    In his words, this is the best summer ever–World Cup, Wimbeldon, and Tour de France all in the course of a few months. He’s practically beside himself. I find it very endearing!

  • Wei-Wei June 24, 2010, 12:18 pm

    🙁 Sorry about the paint smells. There’s this brand of paint that our family always uses, and it actually smells quite nice 😉 We passed by another house going under a reno the other day and smelled the exact same smell. Is it weird to like the smell of paint? Haha 😀

    Personally I’m not a big sports fan, but if it would affect my personal event in a big way (like if the world cup was on my wedding day and nobody would come because of that) then I would change it. Otherwise… nah. 😛


  • Kellie June 24, 2010, 12:24 pm

    I am not that big of a sports fan, but I have family who are. I don’t mind watching them, but I think I would rather be out there playing than watching.

  • Nikole June 24, 2010, 12:25 pm

    We set the date for our October wedding last year in February and then realized it was the same weekend as the NASCAR race here. Not that my husband and I are fans but the track is a mile from my parents vineyard that we got married in. There would have been no hotels, 100,000 fans everywhere. So we moved it back one weekend. Unfortunately that also meant we had 43 degree weather for our outdoor wedding…boo NASCAR 🙂

  • Erika June 24, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Not around sports, but we do have to plans things around hunting seasons. Oh well. Off topic… I’ve been doing Jilian’s NMTZ since April and I really like it. I had been strenght training for awhile but did have to go down in weight size with that video – like she says “doing the same muscle for 5 minutes” so of course you have to use lighter weights. One thing she says on the video that bothers me though is that weight lifting doesn’t burn calories (I think she means to say “as much” without cardio) and I disagree. Maybe I misunderstand her everytime I do the video. Thoughts?

  • Stephanie June 24, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Of course! When we got married fall of 2008, we chose the only bi-week for UGA that season!! 🙂

  • Allie June 24, 2010, 12:33 pm

    When the Red Wings were in the Stanley Cup 2 years ago, game 7 almost happened on our wedding day. My husband and his family are HUGE Wings fans, so there would have had to be a TV at the reception (which would have resulted in very little dancing, I have a feeling). Fortunately, the Wings won the cup in game 6!

    • Kristie June 24, 2010, 3:42 pm

      When the Red Wings were in the Stanley Cup finals last year game 5 was the night of our wedding… yes, we made sure to leave our reception early enough to watch it and yes, it would have been bad if they had lost on our wedding night. Thankfully they won ;). I know I would have done the same for my hubby if the Flyers (his team) had been in that position so it worked out fine!

  • Kathrin June 24, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I completely understand… I am going back and forth about how to organize Sunday to accomodate the England vs Germany game… But I will be cheering for Germany of course! 😉

  • Melinda Neely June 24, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I’m a huge sports plan, and would be careful to schedule anything important during March Madness; but otherwise, I’d go with the flow and record!

  • Crystal June 24, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I’m a huge Bears fan so we try to schedule things around game time. I went into labor with my daughter on a Sunday and we had the last half of the Bears game on after we had her. The nurses came in to make sure we were ok b/c DH and I were yelling at the TV.

  • Scargosun June 24, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I will be watching both games with my soccer/football crazed husband. There is no way we would have scheduled anything like a wedding during World Cup. I used to also set aside time for Wimbledon but not as much anymore.

  • Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) June 24, 2010, 12:57 pm

    I’m a HUGE football fan, so I definitely try to schedule my life around big games. Sunday afternoons are for games, and nothing else. Lol…Sad, but true. The Denver Broncos have a special place in my life around which all (well, most…)other things will be organized.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 24, 2010, 1:02 pm

    That’s dedication right there. I’m not a big sports fan at all, so no rearranging my life to watch a game.

  • Heather @ Junk Food Break Up June 24, 2010, 1:17 pm

    If it was something really special like the Chicago White Sox in the World Series again, I might, but I would probably just bring a TV in to my event instead of rescheduling it.

  • Eunice June 24, 2010, 1:45 pm

    When my brother married his (now ex) wife, their wedding was during the AFC playoff championship that the Miami Dolphins were playing in. Of course, there was no way of predicting that the Dolphins would be in the playoffs, but when I get married, it will definitely be in the off season. Anyway, we ended up taking a little TV into the reception so we could watch the game. The Dolphins lost, and we blamed it on my brother. Haha

  • Fusami June 24, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I would never change plans for football! Maybe other sports, though.

    I’ve noticed that you use different milks. Which kind is your favorite/is better for making oatmeal with?

    • caitlin June 24, 2010, 2:03 pm

      honestly i cannot tell a difference between hemp, rice, and almond so i tend to buy whatever is on sale!

  • Jennifer June 24, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Yes, I scheduled my wedding on a bye week to avoid having it on the day my college football team was playing (Nebraska). I get a little ticked off when people schedule weddings during these games. 😉

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble June 24, 2010, 2:10 pm

    When I saw your first photo of breakfast, it looked liked a bowl of pasta with shredded parmesan to me! LOL! Most people think that eat lunch or dinner foods for breakfast are bizarre, but I’ve never been a big breakfast of breakfast food. I’ve been known to eat some interesting things for breakfast like left over enchiladas or pasta. Fits my taste buds much better than oats or pancakes! LOl

  • Summer June 24, 2010, 2:18 pm

    In the South, and Alabama especially, SEC football reigns supreme. My bff had her wedding on the day of the Iron Bowl (Alabama vs. Auburn), and I was maid of honor. My dad, an Auburn graduate, waved at me on the way out the door and refused to come to ceremony until the game was done!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 24, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I don’t think I am a big enough fan of ANYTHING to completely rearrange my life!

  • sarah June 24, 2010, 2:59 pm

    I don’t know if I’d change plans but I’d definitely think about it first. My family are huge football fans so Saturdays and Sundays in the fall pretty much revolve around football. I had my son’s first birthday party on the same day as the USC v. Notre Dame and my brothers/Dad spent the whole party watching the game.

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life) June 24, 2010, 3:14 pm

    ha we have a wedding this Saturday and so my hub & friends have major plans to rush back to a friends house (and not talk to anyone or turn on the radio etc etc) to watch the recorded US game before heading to the reception 🙂

    and my hubby will prob be late to church on Sunday to finish out the UK game!

  • Ellen June 24, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Ohh Brits and their pre-wedding cocktails! The first English wedding I went to, there was a cocktail “reception” before the ceremony…in the basement of the church!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness June 24, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I am a big sports fan, but I’m not the deciding factor. I’m also attracted to super sports fans, so I can imagine doing something like that!

  • Morgan June 24, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Yes, I did schedule my wedding when no major sports events were happening. As a die hard college football and basketball fan, the months September-April are off limits for weddings. Everyone I know also schedules their wedding during an away game or bye week. Southerners are the best!
    The only person I know who scheduled her wedding on a college football home game, the bridesmaids moaned and groaned because we couldn’t go to the game and also, only the females of all the couples who were invited came to the wedding because the men were at the game.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 25, 2010, 4:55 am

    I used to move down to the living room when I was little and it got too hot. Brings back memories, lol.

    I’m not much of a sports fan, other than the NY Yankees. If I had plans to go to a game, I’d probably put off something else to do it, depends what though.


  • Jolene ( June 25, 2010, 6:27 pm

    I would never switch my wedding day for sports … neither my hubby or I are big into sports.

  • Suyapa June 26, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I’m such a huuuuuuuge soccer fan that I’m pretty sure I’ll take that into account when planning anything big.

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone June 27, 2010, 5:57 pm

    We made sure we didn’t pick Super Bowl weekend when we got married in Feb 08.

    Our friends’ baby shower was on the same say as a Chicago Bears game. She made sure that they had the banquet room with the big screen over the bar tuned in to the game.

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