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I am attempting to win the International Best Wife Ever contest by attending not one, but TWO sporting events in less than 24 hours.


Last night we went to a AHL hockey game (Checkers v. Penguins; Checkers lost).


We went with our friends Kayla and Brandon, who ironically just moved here from Florida, too.  Fun fact:  They have four chihuahuas and Brandon has a tattoo of the dogs on his arm.  πŸ™‚


We took the lightrail to the game, which made me feel like Charlotte is officially a Ò€œrealÒ€ city with public transportation.


Good times!


I also totally disconnected from the computer so I could face-plant in bed and sleep off the last remnants of my illness.  IÒ€ℒm feeling much better today! 


Which is a very good thing because weÒ€ℒre driving two hours to Durham to see the Miami v. Duke football game.  :)  Best Wife Ever, right?


Pre-football breakfast:


The very famous Grilled Banana Sandwich.


This breakfast could probably win the International Best Breakfast Ever contest.  Seriously.


Off we go!


Are there any hobbies you partook in for someone else, but then you secretly ended up kind of liking it?  ThatÒ€ℒs me and football!



  • Lauren October 16, 2010, 9:05 am

    A few months ago I joined a bowling league with my almost-husband and its really made him SO happy so its totally worth me looking ridiculous one night a week! πŸ™‚

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 16, 2010, 9:16 am

    My husband loves video games and computer games — and after we were dating a short time he bought a Wii — thinking that we could do that together. I tried my best to “not like” playing because I am so stubborn!

    Now I play more often than him!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 16, 2010, 9:17 am

    you are definitely the best wife ever. or at least the creator of the best breakfast sandwich ever.

    i started thrift store shopping because of a dude forever ago and was totally anti… until i realized the amazingness that you can find and now i wish it was a professional event. “thrifting.” hardcore!

  • christina cadden October 16, 2010, 9:18 am

    You really should get the best wife ever award!

  • Freya October 16, 2010, 9:22 am

    Chihuahuas tatooed? That is so hardcore!!
    I’ve gone to the odd art gallery/museum for my mum..and ended up liking it πŸ˜›

  • Lindsey October 16, 2010, 9:28 am

    Sounds like a fun evening! That’s good you’re feeling better; hopefully you can do your last training run : )
    And the grilled banana sandwich would definitely win…yum!

  • Michele October 16, 2010, 9:29 am

    HOCKEY – I love it now!!!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 16, 2010, 9:30 am

    You are brave! And I say you should totally get an award. I’m just lucky my husband isn’t a sports guy because I am totally NOT a sports girl.

  • Megan October 16, 2010, 9:37 am

    Maybe I will see you at the game (Go Duke!). My husband actually adopted my
    fandom early in our relationship when I told him if he wanted to see me
    during basketball season he would have to watch games with me. It almost
    brings a tear to my eye when he starts screaming things at the television
    during a game. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 12:58 pm

      Where are u sitting!

      • Megan October 16, 2010, 1:30 pm

        section 7 – wearing a silly devil hat πŸ™‚

        • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 1:35 pm

          We are 9 mm I can’t find your hat. What row?

        • Megan October 16, 2010, 2:00 pm

          Row ee – also wearing a #19 jersey

  • tabatha October 16, 2010, 9:47 am

    I tried your banana truffles this morning and about DIED! Tastes just like banana fosters dessert! Soooooooo good. My 12 yr old finally appreciated the experimentation I’ve been doing since I found your blog two months ago. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 9:05 pm

      i’m so glad you liked them!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 16, 2010, 9:49 am

    You are a great wife – luckily for me, the Husband isn’t really into sports that much. I enjoy watching football more than him!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit October 16, 2010, 9:50 am

    my husband loves football (American football!) but I don’t think I’ll ever like it. I did get him Celtics tickets for Christmas last year and actually did have fun going to that game πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 16, 2010, 9:59 am

    Looks like fun – the husband should be very thankful for his amazing wife! I sort of started golfing because my parents did, and when I moved to the Middle East there wasn’t a ton of other sports that I could get into as seriously (coz I’m the serious type – lol… not really, but I like to really get into things and get good at them). I ended up getting pretty hardcore into it but haven’t played much since I moved back to Canada – sadly, university education doesn’t leave much time for golf!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 16, 2010, 10:13 am

    The Checkers are in the AHL now? They used to be an ECHL team… I know this because minor league hockey was one of those hobbies I began for someone else and then it quickly became my own!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 9:04 pm

      i think so?

  • shirlene October 16, 2010, 10:24 am

    GO CANES! πŸ™‚

  • Camille October 16, 2010, 10:27 am

    My boyfriend loooves Basketball. I had, honestly, never watched a game before we started dating. Now I actually enjoy it!

  • Karen Bowers October 16, 2010, 10:30 am

    yum! i made your breakfast, too, after seeing these photos. Very nice!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 16, 2010, 10:31 am

    Hmm…I guess going for walks after dinner with my dad initially. Don’ tknow if that is really a “hobby” but he does it after dinner every day. He wanted to do it with me as a bonding thing and while I did it for him, I really wasn’t in to physical activity at the time. I grew to love it, though. It was a great time for us to talk and now that I actually like moving my body I always look forward to them.

  • Laurie October 16, 2010, 10:33 am

    You are the best wife ever! My husband goes to comic book conventions – GEEK! Disclaimer: he does shower and doesn’t wear costumes. He actually publishes them w/ some friends, so not only does he go, he works them. This summer the kids and I “visited” him at one. I got Best Wife Ever that day!

  • lisasfoods October 16, 2010, 10:39 am

    When I first got into skiing, it was because my boyfriend loves it and wanted to teach me. I went along a few times, a bit nervous, and wanting to keep warm while doing so. I ended up loving it too, so now we have a great winter sport to share together, and plan trips around.

    Have a great weekend Caitlin – hope you’re feeling better.

  • Kelly October 16, 2010, 10:39 am

    I so wish this would happen to me- I still hate football and my husband played at the college and arena levels (before I met him) so it’s obviously important to him. I try to pretend to care, but I really am not into football- baseball and hockey, definitely, football- nope! I swear I do other nice things for him though πŸ™‚

  • Marina October 16, 2010, 11:08 am

    well, my bf adores dr. who, so i actually am addicted to it too know.
    hope you feel all better today!

  • Nicole October 16, 2010, 11:08 am

    Dennis is a Dead Head and has collected and traded thousands of live shows. He took me to a show (with the remaining members of the Grateful Dead) about 5 years ago, and although I was a little skeptical, we had a great time. Since then we’ve been to about 10 shows, and I can actually point out songs now (they all sounded the same to me)
    I’ve always been a sports nut but we are complete rivals (He’s a Red Sox fan, I’m a Yankees fan; he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan, I’m a NY Giants fan; etc.) so we needed to find something we wouldn’t strangle each other over!! πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah October 16, 2010, 11:10 am

    Fly Fishing, hands down. I’ve only actually done it once, but a lot of times I’ll go with my husband and hang out while he’s on the river. Four years ago I didn’t know what fly fishing was!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 16, 2010, 11:13 am

    The Boy is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds/Baseball fan. I started going to games with him after we moved to Cincinnati, and now I CANNOT get enough baseball! I follow the Reds AND a few Reds players on Twitter, and was psyched that we got to go to one of the playoff games :-).

  • SaraRM October 16, 2010, 11:15 am

    GOLF!!! My husband is a golf coach, plays golf and talks everything golf. I knew nothing about golf when we got married except how to drive a golf cart! I enjoy going to tournaments and watching the team but by the end of the season(which is now) NO. MORE. GOLF.!!!

    Ok I got that off my chest…. wheeeew much better πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 9:03 pm

      i feel like that at the end of football season!

  • Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 16, 2010, 11:21 am

    I never thought I would say this but my boyfriend can out shop me! Thrift store shopping that is πŸ˜‰ Sometimes I really do find unique treasures…but my boyfriend is much better. I have no patience to shift through junk until I find treasure!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 16, 2010, 11:25 am

    Best. Wife. Ever.

    You should definitely win the award…haha. πŸ˜€

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 16, 2010, 11:29 am

    Whoa, you do deserve a wifey award! Although, I WISH my bf was a sports guy. He’s a history buff, and as much as I try to get into it, I just can’t! Well, I probably haven’t tried hard enough… πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey October 16, 2010, 11:32 am

    Going to a stadium to watch a football game, it is hard to not get pumped!! I love it! My husband has gotten me into golf, sometimes I love it and sometimes I want to throw my club at that stupid ball arggg….

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 16, 2010, 11:33 am

    I used to hate watching WWE wrestling with Hunni. It reminded me of my childhood with my dad and felt so fake. But now I pay attention and actually know the wrestler names.

  • Kath October 16, 2010, 11:36 am

    Do Duke!!

    Wave to my parents when you pass Hillsborough, Exit 165 on I-85!

  • Amber K October 16, 2010, 11:37 am

    Ah, what a lucky guy!

    Actually…I can’t think of anything I have done for someone else that I ended up liking myself. But I do still put up with some things that aren’t my fave, so I can hang out with the hubs.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 16, 2010, 11:38 am

    I need to make those grilled banana sandwiches!

  • Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone October 16, 2010, 11:38 am

    Hubs got me to go camping when we were dating. This was after years of telling my BFF that camping was a hotel without cable (never had cable growing up so that was a luxury when on vacation.) I had NO interest in sleeping in a tent. Now I love it.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 16, 2010, 11:50 am

    I can’t believe I still haven’t tried that!!!
    That would be watching football and bowling!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 16, 2010, 11:54 am

    I ran before I started dating my current BF, but he got me way more into it as a sport. I realized that I’m actually pretty good at it!!

    Also, I hate sporting events but will go with my dad πŸ™‚

  • thetreadmilldiaries October 16, 2010, 12:14 pm

    You get my vote for the Best wife award. That’s a lot of sports in a day.

    And..let’s not even talk about how delicious your grilled banana sandwich looks. Yum!

  • Tempie October 16, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Definitely a good wife! My husband isn’t really into sports, but he does like to watch boring documentaries. I consider myself a good wife when I don’t complain about watching one of those with him instead of something I would really rather watch.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 16, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I took up karate for Michael and am starting to like it. And guess what- he took up blogging!! haha! πŸ˜€

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 9:00 pm

      that is cute πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 16, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now!

    My mom always used to have to drag me into housewares stores, but now I like shopping around for pretty dishes as much as she does! πŸ˜€

  • nicole October 16, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Best wife ever! Yes, sometimes I feel like I deserve an award for going above and beyond regular girlfriend duties. Last night I went to the bf’s little brother’s football game, and somehow I forgot how obnoxious high school kids are.

  • Jessica M October 16, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Sometimes I have to be dragged to see an action flick. But sometimes I will end up liking the movie. I thought The Town was pretty good!

    Netiher the husband or I like football all that much. But we both would kind of like to go to a college game sometime. Sounds like your weekend is off to a fun start!

  • JenATX October 16, 2010, 1:11 pm

    haha you crack me up.. I actually love sporting events secretly πŸ˜‰ But sports on tv is another thing.. boring! At sporting events you can eat peanuts and drink a beer while looking at hot athletes, sounds like a good time to me

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 16, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I always love when you post pictures of your grilled banana breakfasts.. they always look beyond delicious! So glad you’re feeling better

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 16, 2010, 1:21 pm

    My boyfriend loves playing video games. I’ve played with him a few times, but I haven’t gotten into them like he has. At least I tried!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 16, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I love football! I get bored watching baseball of TV, but I love going to the games and people watching!

  • Becca October 16, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Oh I try and try to enjoy rugby, but I swear my brain isn’t wired to appreciate sports! I like the atmosphere, but I just find the activity itself so boring πŸ™

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 16, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I want your sandwich. That’s all! πŸ™‚
    Cathy B. @ brightbakes

  • Caca October 16, 2010, 1:57 pm

    My husband used to have to drag me to electronic stores, but now I can put up with those stores, and sometimes I kind of like them.

  • Sarah for Real October 16, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Skiing! I finally tried it last year for my husband and turns out I love it! Now we are going on two different ski vacations this winter. I’m so excited!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal October 16, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better, girl! Nice of you to do two events in one weekend!
    The only thing I pretend to like but kinda really do like for my husband is playing Tiger Woods. LOL

  • Jessica K. October 16, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I’m a recent graduate from UM and I am so jealous that you get to go to the game today! I hope they play well today, last week was horrible!
    Well have fun and GO CANES!

  • Jenne October 16, 2010, 2:42 pm

    UFC!!! I used to go to a friends house and “watch” the games just to be around the guys πŸ™‚ but now I love it and will go to the pub by myself to watch the fights!!!!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 16, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I’d have to say fishing! I always thought it looked SO boring and didn’t understand how my friend sat there with a pole in the water for hours at a time..but then I tried it out and actually kind of enjoyed it! It is pretty relaxing πŸ™‚

  • Sana October 16, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Swimming! The boy has too much fun scaring me in the deep end. But I have fun hanging on for dear life.

  • Moni'sMeals October 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    yes you are a great wife indeed! I try to do as much as I can for loved ones but there are a few things I just have to pass on…
    I really want to try that sandwhich of yours too.:)

  • yummieecupcake October 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    haha you’re the best wife ever already!

    love tattooed arm guys!

  • Heather October 16, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Football too! We like different teams but I’ll root for his if mine’s not playing.

  • Tamika October 16, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I moved to Carolina from Texas which means I went from a football to a basketball state. I quickly realized that NC fans either love Duke or Carolina (very Coke or Pepsi, right?) but I for one didn’t care. That changed when I met honey. He’s very into Duke basketball and I have turned into a Duke fan despite many sighs and rolled eyes. In fact, we went to the Duke basketball game last night. It’s a beautiful campus and I know you’ll enjoy the entire Blue Devil atmosphere. Enjoy the game!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? October 16, 2010, 6:41 pm

    I dont know if it counts, but I started watching The Office just because my boyfriend loves it. I make him watch so many girly shows I figured it was his turn, but now Im completely obsessed with it.

  • eatmovelove October 16, 2010, 7:44 pm

    What’s the white on the sandwich? Is that cheese, mayonnaise or just ‘smooshed’ banana? (and it just took me 5 mins. to spell banana correctly -GOD!!!).

    Hmm – definitely Best Wife Ever…although I think you get a sweet deal out of it too seeing the games πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin October 16, 2010, 8:58 pm

      its egg πŸ™‚

  • Amy October 16, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I started pretending to like hockey as a little kid so that I could fit in with my brother and my dad! I would literally sit and pretend to watch the tv, and wear my brother’s hand me down jersey. Now, I’m 23 and it’s the only sport I absolutely LOVE to watch!! Thanks, dad and brother!

  • Lisa October 16, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I love hockey! It’s so much fun live.

    When I started dating my boyfriend he watched a lot of tv and he turned me onto the shows 30 Rock and Community. I didn’t want to like them, but I did. πŸ™‚

  • Amy October 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Football for me too, definitely! I think I might like watching it more than my husband now. (He takes it so much more seriously.)

  • Becky October 16, 2010, 11:54 pm

    “Can I please, please go back to undergraduate (and be 18 again)?”

    It’s funny, because I’m a (21 year old) undergraduate, and when I read your blog all I want is to be a real adult with a husband and dogs!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:08 am

      beckiii nooooo college is seriously the best years of your LIFE. i think about how little responsibilities i had (i don’t know your situation, of course, so i’m not saying you’re in the same boat), but someone else paid for my cell phone and health insurance, i got $10 birth control from student health, my rent was $400 a month, and all i had to worry about was class and my fun college jobs (i actually had three but there were all so low stress that it was fine by me). i spent my days hanging out, partying, making out with my boyfriend (aka the Husband now), and generally loving life. I still love life but college seemed so incredibly relaxed. no worries about savings or 401(k)s or anything. πŸ™‚

  • Marnni October 17, 2010, 12:01 am

    I won best wife ever award yesterday when I support-crewed for my husband (and his best friend) at multi-sport race. Husband’s bike tyre went flat approx 30 seconds before the start of the race (run leg). I has 30mins to change the tyre, drive to first transition and set up kayaks! And I did it!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2010, 8:09 am

      i think you are the best wife ever now!

  • Juli D. October 18, 2010, 10:43 am

    My H got me into backcountry hiking. The idea of not showering, digging a hole for a toilet and not communicating w/the rest of the world for a week didn’t seem appealing. But now I love getting away from it all and spending QT with him and our friends who are crazy enough to join us. πŸ™‚

  • Lin October 18, 2010, 4:43 pm

    AHHHH I’m so glad you went to a Checkers’ game! My friend Andrea is a Checkers’ girl (the cheerleaders who dance on ice)!!!

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