127 Hours

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I was SO excited for tonight because the Husband and I had a date planned with Nicole and Isaac to see 127 Hours.


Do you remember hearing about this back in 2003?  A hiker named Aron got his arm trapped underneath a heavy boulder while walking through a canyon… and he was  all alone… and no one knew where he was.  I was FASCINATED by the story when it came out so I was super pumped to see it come to life – plus, it had amazing reviews, and I was very curious how they could make one dude all alone in a canyon into a 90-minute film.


Also, we got to go to the Manor Theatre, which is a local place (only two showings at a time!) that I’ve been dying to check out.


The movie was great.  I’m always so inspired by what people can survive when push comes to shove.   I think I’m obsessed with crazy survival stories because of this couple:

I couldn’t find an English version of this exact book cover and now they’ve redesigned it, but I remember the story so well!  The book was called “Our Last Chance” and was about a couple who was adrift in the ocean for 60+ days.  The man came and talked to our school when I was in 5th grade and I never forgot it!  So crazy. 


In comparison, my day seems rather tame.  :)  But that’s fine with me.  I worked all afternoon and ruined my dinner by this:


I should’ve frozen the cookies right away, but instead I left them sitting on the countertop, smelling delicious and tempting me all afternoon.  I have no idea how many thumbprint cookies I ate, but every bite was worth it!


Easy dinner:


Hummus and toast.  Plus roasted Brussel sprouts with melted cheddar cheese on top (this.was.delicious).


The Girls on the Run 5K is tomorrow AM!



  • Samantha @ Mama Notes December 3, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I wan to see that movie, too! I’m glad to hear it was good! Have fun at your run tomorrow! 🙂

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes December 3, 2010, 9:39 pm

    WOW, I was the first commenter! Do I win a prize? 😉

  • Laura (Starloz) December 3, 2010, 9:46 pm

    that movie looks incredible, the will to survive is incredibly powerful i hear but cant say i know.

    good luck with the 5k run

  • Jen December 3, 2010, 9:46 pm

    James Franco is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for that movie. I never did read the book because it was in the media so much at the time, I felt I knew most of it by then! Definitely a courageous man no doubt.

    Good luck with the 5K. (oh, and the cookies? -story of my life. Even if they were frozen, what’s stopping you from popping them in the microwave or eating them frozen?). Or maybe that’s just me…and I live alone! And love to bake! Capital T-rouble.

  • Kiran December 3, 2010, 9:54 pm

    The cookies are so tempting! I want some 🙂 would try baking it!

  • Laura December 3, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Do you love ‘I shouldnt be alive’ on animal planet? The survival stories are incredible!

    • Caitlin December 4, 2010, 12:36 pm

      Yes but I love I Survived even more!

  • Ashley December 3, 2010, 9:58 pm

    That movie looks so good, I haven’t heard of it. Those cookies look pretty delicious as well. Good luck at your 5k!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 3, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I can’t wait to see that movie, too. It looks so good, despite the fact that it stars James Franco. Unlike every other woman on the planet, I find him more annoying than charming.

  • Sarra December 3, 2010, 10:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see that movie, it’s at the top of my list! I LOVE James Franco

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats December 3, 2010, 10:29 pm

    The GOTR 5k is here tomorrow morning too…I’m going with some girls to work to cheer them on and I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 3, 2010, 10:29 pm

    So glad you had a great day! Dinner looks delicious. Good luck tomorrow and have fun!

  • Kristina @ spabettie December 3, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I cannot wait to see this movie… I remember when this happened.


  • Emilie December 3, 2010, 10:47 pm

    You should read ‘In the Heart of the Sea’! I read it a couple months ago and I haven’t stopped recommending it to people. It’s a great survival story and just an incredibly written book. It’s also a true story.

  • Maren December 3, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Good luck to you and the girls tomorrow morning! Have fun!

  • Shannon December 3, 2010, 11:05 pm

    The book you’re thinking of is now called 66 Days Adrift. I found it at Barnes and Noble awhile back. But you can still get it there. It was sooo good. I would definitely recommend it!
    Oh, and have fun with GOTR tomorrow!

  • Kath December 3, 2010, 11:10 pm

    WOW. That movie does look awesome. But the hand smashing scene made me close my eyes..

  • Lauren December 3, 2010, 11:11 pm

    Good luck at the 5K tomorrow. Hope the girls do well!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 3, 2010, 11:23 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I want to see that movie but I heard people were passing out in theaters because it is so graphic. I’m so squeamish!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 3, 2010, 11:24 pm

    I’ve heard so much about that movie and heard JAmes Franco did a great job:) He’s pretty easy on the eyes, too 😉

  • Camels & Chocolate December 3, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I saw 127 Hours WITH JAMES FRANCO a couple months ago. (I had to interview him before hand.) Did a lot of people faint? There were three who did in our audience!

    • Caitlin December 4, 2010, 12:37 pm

      I had to close my eyes! I don’t think anyone fainted though.

  • Camille December 4, 2010, 12:24 am

    I can’t even tell you how many times I have ruined a meal with cookies 🙂 I always throw them right in the freezer to prevent temptation.

  • Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous December 4, 2010, 1:42 am

    My mom and I went to see Black Swan tonight. It was so good!

    • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor December 4, 2010, 11:05 am

      I want to see that so bad! But it hasn’t been released in Colorado yet 🙁

      • Caitlin December 4, 2010, 12:37 pm

        I also want to see this. I’m waiting for the Manor Theatre to show it.

  • madeleine December 4, 2010, 2:00 am

    You should look for the book “117 Days Adrift”. It’s also a true story about a couple who gets stranded at sea, but for 117 days! It’s really good.

  • natalie @ http://healthybalancingact.blogspot.com/ December 4, 2010, 5:04 am

    oh i remember hearing that story ..i cant wait till the movie comes out over here! good luck with Girls on the run tomz 🙂

  • Little Bookworm December 4, 2010, 5:11 am

    Hope the GOTR 5k goes well tomorrow! 🙂

  • Angela December 4, 2010, 5:21 am

    Luck with the race! So jelly you got to see 127 hours! I hope it comes out in my German town soon. :/

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 4, 2010, 5:32 am

    Ooh I really want to see that movie! And since I haven’t heard about the real story, the ending will be a surprise! 🙂
    Good luck with the GOTR 5k! They’re going to do great! 😀

  • Anne December 4, 2010, 5:37 am

    Ok I seriously do not understand why people give him so much credit. Not only did he not tell anyone where he was going (extremely stupid and obviously dangerous), he brought no supplies/provisions in case of emergency. Informing someone about where you’re going if you’re going alone, ESPECIALLY if it’s to hike, is SO important because you never know what will happen.

    I can’t believe people consider him a “hero”. He’s the poster boy for everything that you don’t do in the wilderness. I have absolutely zero sympathy for him.

    • Caitlin December 4, 2010, 6:57 am

      He admits in the movie and in all of his speeches that he was reckless. You don’t think someone who survives 5 days with minimal food and water, cuts of his own arm, and hikes 8 miles to safety is incredible? I don’t think he’s Mother Theresa or anything, but he’s such a testament to the human will to survive.

    • jessica December 4, 2010, 9:48 am

      Wow Anne that’s a little harsh.

      • Anne December 4, 2010, 9:59 am

        I’m not the only one who feels this way.

        And I definitely don’t think it’s harsh. The reasons I listed are completely legitimate.

    • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor December 4, 2010, 11:14 am

      Anne, I can see your perspective. He certainly was reckless, and he made definite mistakes. However, we all make mistakes. And your argument is reminding me of the awful things people say to the lung cancer and HIV/AIDS people I work with; they’ve done some admittedly “reckless” things that have led to their illnesses, but I don’t think that makes their treatment journeys any less meaningful.

  • Anne December 4, 2010, 7:44 am

    No I don’t think it’s incredible. If he had taken the proper precautions none of this would have happened. I can’t be “amazed by” or think someone is incredible for being a blatant idiot.
    For him to capitalize on said idiocy makes me feel gross and saddened.
    There are plenty of people who overcome difficulties that aren’t in their control on a regular basis. Why aren’t their stories told as loudly as Aron Ralston? For me, those are the ones that have more meaning and substance.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 4, 2010, 8:48 am

    I’m always amazed by survival stories too! I always try to put myself in their shoes, and sometimes I just can’t imagine being able to do what they did. I don’t think I would ever be able to cut off my own arm!

  • Anne P December 4, 2010, 9:31 am

    I REALLY want to see this movie. I’m about halfway through the book right now – he is definitely reckless and stupid but like you said, his will to live is incredibly amazing. I like James Franco a lot too – the movie looks awesome!

  • Balanced Healthy Life December 4, 2010, 10:06 am

    I’ve never heard of this movie, but it sounds really good from all the reviews I’ve seen on here and just looked up. I am looking forward to seeing it now!

  • Ashley December 4, 2010, 10:35 am

    OMG, me too! I’m OBSESSED with that show “I shouldn’t be alive” – I used to not have cable, so the first time I saw it, they had a marathon at my mom’s house (over Christmas break) & I swear I sat there and watched for like 4 hours (each episode is an hour so I lost track of time!!!) Love those stories!

  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor December 4, 2010, 11:03 am

    I love a good survival story too! I took an outdoor survival class in undergrad, and our professor had lots of guests come in to talk about their survival experiences. (PS: When you compared cupping marks to octopus bites, it made me think of him because he had actually been attacked by an octopus!) The one that made me laugh the most was this guy who got lost hiking up in Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park in a blizzard. Someone asked him what kept him going and he said he was in the middle of a divorce, and he “didn’t want the b—h getting everything!” Still makes me laugh 🙂

    • Caitlin December 4, 2010, 12:35 pm

      Hahah. ZING.

  • Amber K December 4, 2010, 12:05 pm

    I think it’s a great storry, but there is no way I could go see it in the live action form. I get disturbed just reading about stuff like that!

  • Dee December 4, 2010, 1:57 pm

    What an interesting story. Now I’m curious to see it.

  • Rachel December 4, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see 127 Hours too. I remember what that incident happened and, as an avid outdoors person, the experience hits close to home.
    I’m terrified of being stranded in the ocean. Scary stuff!

  • Lisa December 4, 2010, 6:15 pm

    I saw this guy when it first happened and he was on Oprah. What a crazy story! I want to see this movie.

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