Simply Great

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Can I just say that I had a really, really fun day?  Probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time, in fact.  :)  Nothing too special or unique; just the simple things that I really love:  running, froyo, wine, hanging out with friends, listening to music.  Simple is good.


First up:  Kath, Matt, Husband, and I went shopping.  I needed to go to the local running shop to buy a new sports bra, long winter running tights, and Goo.  I’ll do reviews of the Moving Comfort bra and Mizuno pants once I try them out.


Everyone was in need of a snack, so I suggested we head over to Yoforia for some frozen yogurt.  I haven’t been in WEEKS – I feel like I finally broke the froyo addiction (it’s expensive!).  It was good to be back.


Some cookies and cream and Butterfinger bar.  We were already discussing going back to the house for alcoholic beverages so I went easy on the portions so I wouldn’t ruin dinner.


Matt convinced the Husband that “Columbus Day is kind of like St. Patrick’s Day, but with wine,” so we went home and had a few cocktails.  :) 



I was in the mood for white (this hardly ever happens these days).  It was light and refreshing (the Relax Riesling is a great buy, I think!).


We chatted, drank, and listened to some Brendan James.  He’s a (very upcoming) singer/songwriter, and we had plans to see him in concert!  I haven’t been to a concert in so, so long.  The last was Coldplay in 2007 or so. 


But first – dinner with a huge group friends at Big Daddy’s (Kath used to live in Charlotte and had lots of friends to say hello to!).


I started with sweet potato fries:


And ordered the black bean salad for my entree.  On top was the world’s best black bean burger (I think the magical ingredient is sour cream), and in the mix was:  Napa Cabbage, corn, feta, carrots, pecans, apple, onion, and cucumber.

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Michelle ordered a cookies ‘n cream shake for dessert and graciously shared half with more!


And then it was time for the concert!  It was at a small venue called Tremont Music Hall.  Tickets were $12.  I was so pumped to see the low price (very budget friendly!  Date night was only an extra $20 this week, which isn’t so bad considering we had live music) – but I was a little surprised at the low price, too.   I’ve been listening to his album for about a month and just know he’s going to be HUGE.  In fact, he’s on Rachel Ray this Friday!

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Brendan did NOT disappoint.  I think it’s pretty awesome when the live version of songs sounds as great (vocally) as the album.  It speaks volumes, doesn’t it?


His single:


Such a fun night out with friends – on a school night, too!  🙂

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Such a fun and full day, but one I’ll really remember.  It was just… great.  Exactly what I’ve been needing lately.


To bed I go!



  • Camille October 11, 2010, 11:21 pm

    What fun!
    Your dinner looks amazing!

  • Rebecca October 11, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Oh, looks like fun! I’ll be looking forward to the review of the tights. I’ll be needing some winter run gear. Winter is the toughest season for me to do any running in – – ugh! not looking forward to it at all.

  • Jolene ( October 11, 2010, 11:31 pm

    LOL – gotta love those last pics!!

  • hippierunner October 11, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Yay for awesome days! Especially ones involving black bean burgers, friends and live music! AND a cookies n’ cream shake! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 11, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Just relaxing is so much fun! So glad you enjoyed your day with friends and took in all the moments.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed October 11, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Such fun! Love it 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 11, 2010, 11:38 pm

    <3 Brendan James.

  • KatieTX October 11, 2010, 11:39 pm

    I love that wine and I am not a wine drinker. It is cheap, really easy to drink, and yummy!

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 7:43 am

      hahah the requirements of good wine!

  • Janene Giuseffi October 11, 2010, 11:41 pm

    AH, you and the husband are way too cute! 😀

  • Wei-Wei October 11, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Sometimes all you need a simple but great night out. Glad to see you so happy!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 11, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Oh, I love Relax riesling. Definitely one of my favorites. Glad you had a fun day!

  • Amber K October 12, 2010, 12:02 am

    Good for you! We all deserve a great night out once in awhile. 🙂

  • claire October 12, 2010, 12:05 am

    What a fun night with bloggie friends! Especially on a school night!

  • Krystina October 12, 2010, 12:17 am

    You look so happy 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 12, 2010, 12:31 am

    What a fun day indeed!!!!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 12, 2010, 12:51 am

    Glad you had such a fun weekday! Those are always a nice boost to the rest of the week!

  • Mm October 12, 2010, 12:59 am

    What a awesome full day!
    Can’t wait to see the review of the tights.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 12, 2010, 1:03 am

    The best kind of day!! Looking forward to your purchase reviews 🙂

  • skinnyrunner October 12, 2010, 1:10 am

    i havent been to a concert since college. back then i would go to all the punk rock shows but now i think id like something a little more relaxing and slow. im old.

  • Lana October 12, 2010, 1:14 am

    The picture of the wine pouring is really cool. I’m so glad you had a fabulous day!

  • October 12, 2010, 1:24 am

    haha, you know its been a great night when ur licking someones face..right? well that and having a great shopping day too <3 <3

  • grocery goddess jen October 12, 2010, 6:32 am

    I love it when days turn out perfectly! I haven’t heard of Brendan James, but it sounds like I’m going to start hearing about him soon.

  • Lauren October 12, 2010, 6:55 am

    I love that wine! I was just telling Kath that I think I finished an entire bottle of Relax last weekend in one night. Haha, it just went down way to easy!

    Sounds like a wonderful night. 😉

  • whitney October 12, 2010, 7:03 am

    looks like you guys had a great day. I have always wondered about that relax reisling.

    I’m glad you had such a great evening. I need more running stuff soon too.

  • Jennie (in Wonderland) October 12, 2010, 7:04 am

    I love that song but the video always makes me scratch my head, as it appears he takes offense that his girlfriend is going on vacay with her friends. He’s like, NO POSTCARDS, JUST HAVE FUN. NOT. haha.

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 7:40 am

      hahah that’s true. kind of an odd video. i always thought she was leaving for work or school.

      • krista October 12, 2010, 9:19 am

        What a great song! I thought she was going away for something like that too, Caitlin. You should have asked him last night. 😉

        • Lacey @ Lake Life October 13, 2010, 12:03 pm

          It sounds as if she’s going to study abroad for the summer or something.

  • Haleigh October 12, 2010, 7:19 am

    I am happy to hear that you all had such a fabulous time! But with froyo, burgers and a concert… how could you not? 😉

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) October 12, 2010, 7:20 am

    I hope my bf would be that chill if i licked his face. Great pics.

  • alexe @ October 12, 2010, 7:24 am

    I’m glad you had a great day. With everything that happened last week, the marathon training and all your hard work, you deserve it! I hope the rest of the week is just as nice for you! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 12, 2010, 7:36 am

    Looks like an incredible day! So glad you had some time to enjoy things! I love that the salad you got was served in a mixing bowl! That’s how I do it at home! Everything looks great.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 12, 2010, 7:44 am

    What a wonderful day! 🙂 I saw Brendan James in Nashville a couple of years ago when he opened for Tyrone Wells at a really small venue. He was awesome!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 12, 2010, 7:50 am

    I’ll have to watch his video soon — I’ve never heard of Brendan James.

    After a few glasses of wine I usually lick my husband’s face too — glad I’m not alone!

    • Evan Thomas October 12, 2010, 9:34 am

      LOL at that second part

  • Lee October 12, 2010, 7:58 am

    I think I wrote this on Kath’s blog some time ago, but check out David Berkeley. He sounds like Brenda James to me.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 12, 2010, 8:03 am

    LOVE that Relax Reisling. But, then again, Reisling is my favorite wine in general. 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 12, 2010, 8:03 am

    LOVE that Relax Reisling. But, then again, Reisling is my favorite wine in general. 🙂

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 12, 2010, 8:06 am

    I heart Brendan. So jealous you saw him live!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 12, 2010, 8:23 am

    Sounds like fun! I also consider weekdays school nights–and feel weird when I’m out. I still try not to schedule things for after work because I need to rest. I’m not sure what my parents did to me growing up, but I think mind control was involved.

  • Paige October 12, 2010, 8:37 am

    Looooove his sound. One of the college radio stations where I live has been playing his single for a few weeks now. He really reminds me of David Gray, who I love. Will be downloading his album!

  • Aubrey S. October 12, 2010, 8:59 am

    Wow, I haven’t been to the Tremont in years. It looks like they’re really stepped it up a notch since I was in high school.

  • Jessie October 12, 2010, 9:15 am

    I love the shirt that you are wearing in this pics. You look really nice.

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:44 am

      Thanks! I’m trying 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 12, 2010, 9:19 am

    Looks like a fun day! 🙂

    I’ve been meaning to check out Brendan James since reading about him a few times on Kath’s blog. I love all male singer-songwriters, so I’m sure he’s right up my alley!

  • Stacey October 12, 2010, 9:20 am

    That’s what I order at Big Daddys 😀 And Jason and I had one of our first dates at Tremont Music Hall..can’t remember the bands was some local punk band 🙂 Ah, memories. Glad you had a good night out, looks like fun!

  • Rachel October 12, 2010, 9:27 am

    What a fun day!! Yogurt, wine and black bean burgers – all of my favorites mmm!

  • Rachel @Balance and Blueberries October 12, 2010, 9:41 am

    I ADORE Brenden James. I discovered him a few years ago when he put out his very first album. If you like him, have you heard of Joshua Radin. Also very good!

  • Heather October 12, 2010, 9:50 am

    sounds like a super fun day! I ahven’t been shopping in SO LONG. that requires money, right? lol! I ahve never heard of Brenden James, but then again I am a more country kinda girl!

  • Laurie October 12, 2010, 10:34 am

    Listening now, love it. I love that “Columbus Day is like St. P’s day w/ wine”. I ran a half on St. P’s day (or that weekend) called the Shamrock in VA Beach and, I kid you not, there was BEER at one of the water stops….I would have puked if I had any.
    I love your day yesterday….they are just my favorite….the song is still playing and I am liking it even more! Thanks, I love learning new music.

  • Laurie October 12, 2010, 10:39 am

    My bad….or good….I am purchasing the album right now (G-d Bless the internet). Brendan should thank you and your blog!! You should get some proceeds, huh?

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:45 am

      YAY 🙂 Brendan rules!

  • Kayla P October 12, 2010, 11:11 am

    You will LOVE the Moving Comfort bra. I have the Juno bra and I’m in love with it…best bra for runners and big chested girls 🙂

  • Marci October 12, 2010, 11:28 am

    I just downloaded two songs. What are your other favorites? Y’all have been talking about him for a while! He’s kind of like Michael Buble (love) plus Bryan Adams.
    PS I love days like that too!

  • Janelle October 12, 2010, 11:41 am

    I am loving his music, thanks for sharing the link!
    Sometimes those “simple” days are the best, glad you had fun!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 12, 2010, 12:30 pm

    I just listened to that song. OMG. That is amazing. You’re right. He’s going to be big!!!

  • Sara October 12, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I love how in the background of the picture of the wine glasses on the tray, you can see Kath photographing, too. LOL! Peas in a pod, clearly. 😉 Thanks for the great post! As usual, you’re an inspiration to me. =D

  • Nikka B October 12, 2010, 2:51 pm

    The smile on your face says it all…that’s what great days can do!

  • Edith October 12, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Aw! I saw Brendan James at a concert at UNC once – he used to sing in an accapella group there when he was an undergrad, and he came back for their concert and sang a few songs by himself there. He was awesome!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 12, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Looks like a ton of fun!! I love Yoforia 🙂 The first time I went there was with my boyfriend and we ended up getting a $15 bowl..trying every flavor. 😉

  • Kayla October 12, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Um, Relax Riesling is the bomb. I discovered it at World Market and bought it on bottle, label and name alone. 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 13, 2010, 11:56 am

    LOVE the pic of you through the wine glass!

    Your day looks fun! Did you stay within your new budget?

  • Cassie October 18, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of him, but I love the song!

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