Spoiled Dinner

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Ah – one of those days when I totally ruined my dinner by snacking too much and too late. 


I had pumpkin yogurt with raw oats around 2.


A little while later, while working at the bar in the kitchen, I noticed that the Husband was gnawing on some leftover Chinese food and got jealous.


So I heated up a little bit, too.  Mmm. 


My tummy was full!


Then, I hit a writing stride. I’m trying to figure out how to organize my writing schedule for the book.  Other writers out there will sympathize with my plight – I’m only in the mood to write when I’m in the mood to write, but with a deadline looming… I should pretty much be writing all the time. 


I THOUGHT I wrote better in the morning, but I’m beginning to see that I’m currently doing better in the late afternoon (or even evening – I stayed up until midnight on Saturday to write).  As long as it gets done, I’m happy!


Anyway, I tore through a chapter called Thoughts Become Actions.  I’m nearly done and should be able to wrap up it up tomorrow! 


(By the way, I’m STILL working on submissions for the Operation Beautiful Tweens book; there are some legal issues to handle.  I’ll let you know when submissions open!)


A big pile of vegetables for Dinner #2:


Roasted potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and parsnips.


Oh, I used this fun new gadget to prepare the veggies:

Misto® Olive Oil Sprayer

An olive oil sprayer (thanks, Mom!) is so handy!  It would be a fun stocking stuffer.


The whole scene was… veggies on the couch. In front of the laptop.

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And then a piece of buttahy bread.


I am getting very, very sleepy….



  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 6, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Gives new meaning to ‘vegging on the couch’ 🙂

    • Wei-Wei December 7, 2010, 3:00 am

      LOL. Hahahaha.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 6, 2010, 9:57 pm

    my mom also told me an olive oil sprayer will change my life, haha

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 6, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I love making a simple dinner of roasted vegetables when I’m not super hungry or energized for a big meal. So simple, so tasty (and healthy!).

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 6, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I totally get food envy when the Husband eats something and then I want it too! Sending positive vibes your way for writing your book!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 6, 2010, 9:59 pm

    As crazy as it seems, I tend to get a lot of work done way early in the morning… like between 6 and 8. Sometimes, it’s all downhill after that. Other times, I can get into that flow in the afternoons. Like everything in life, our productive times vary.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 6, 2010, 10:01 pm

    I totally understand what you’re talking about when it comes to writing. If you’re not in the mood, you’re not in the mood… you can’t force it! Unfortunately, deadlines make the whole thing a bit complicated. I struggle with this all of the time at work. “You want 500 words about WHAT? Now?!” Daaaaamn…

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 6, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Good luck on the book! I’m working on my article on Operation Beautiful now, I’m excited:)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 6, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Funny, I just got that same olive oil mister in the mail today. I haven’t cleaned it yet to use it, but I’m dying to!

    I find that the best way to get going with writing is to leave myself some “breadcrumbs” the writing session before. So if I have a great day then I’ll end by writing what I want to come next. It usually helps me grab onto that same enthusiasm for whatever I’m writing.

  • Shari December 6, 2010, 10:03 pm

    It always interests me to hear about other writers’ schedules, methods, etc. I think it’s so fascinating how everyone goes about the process so differently. It sounds like things are going well. There’s nothing like that invigorating writing stride, is there? 🙂

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 6, 2010, 10:05 pm

    That looks like many of my dinners recently! It’s finals week, and I’m quite lazy and don’t want to go to the store since I’m leaving for a bit.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 6, 2010, 10:05 pm

    That looks like many of my dinners recently! It’s finals week, and I’m quite lazy and don’t want to go to the store since I’m leaving for a bit.

  • Lauren December 6, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I really want to get an olive oil mister. I always end up pouring way more than I want into my meals.

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) December 6, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Good luck with the writing! I’ve always done my best writing at night. It’s interesting how our minds and bodies work at different times of day!

    I’m jealous of your roasted veggie and buttahy bread dinner!

  • Laura (Starloz) December 6, 2010, 10:32 pm

    oh my geee, your tree is stunning

  • Nicole December 6, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Good luck with the writing…I try to set schedules for myself but they never seem to work. Usually only a looming deadline forces me to get things done!

  • Annette December 6, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Good luck with writing girl! I totally understand deadlines….yikes! But you’ll get it done. P.s. I too HATE when I ruin my dinner with earlier cravings and hunger.

  • Dynamics December 6, 2010, 10:58 pm

    The Misto is amazing. I have one with lemon juice and one with Olive oil. They have a tiny misto is some areas. I would love to get my hand on one if anyone sees one.

  • Virginia @YtotheUmmy December 6, 2010, 11:07 pm

    baha! is your husband wearing a girl’s on the run shirt?

    and i do that eating too much too early thing too. i hate it because i feel left out when everyone else is eating and i’m not hungry. but i usually eat something regardless 🙂

    • Caitlin December 7, 2010, 9:43 am

      It’s a BenDoesLife.com shirt!

  • Joanna @ Drizzle of Sunshine December 6, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I ruin my dinner all the time! I’m a teacher and my lunch is at 10:45am so when I get home at 4:30 I’m ravenous! Pita and hummus is my weakness at the time! hehe

  • Runeatrepeat December 6, 2010, 11:15 pm

    For some reason your blog did not work for me all day 🙁 Boo.
    But, I’m pretty sure it was my internet telling me to work and not read blogs 🙂

    • Caitlin December 7, 2010, 9:41 am


  • Lu December 6, 2010, 11:33 pm

    I love my olive oil sprayer. It’s funny how we change our process of learning and working as we get older. I constantly ruin my dinner.

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 6, 2010, 11:50 pm

    I totally spoiled my dinner yesterday. We went out and I barely touched it. But hooray for leftovers for dinner tonight! At least you didn’t eat just to eat and recognized that you were full.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now December 7, 2010, 12:19 am

    I want one of those olive oil sprayers so bad. I just dump mine in a spray bottle (the kind with a trigger) and use that. I still end up using less oil with this method than if I just poured it in a pan.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 7, 2010, 1:10 am

    Good luck with the writing. I hate it when I’m supposed to write but I am completely unmotivated to do so!

  • retro sweets December 7, 2010, 4:37 am

    Yeah, I understand how it feels when you’re not in the mood to write. You just can’t do it no matter how hard you try. Sometimes I even stare at my monitor blankly or read a post without understanding a single word that I’ve read.

    Anyway,I love snatching what my husband eats all the time. :)It’s my favorite form of teasing him!
    Good luck on the book hope you beat the deadline. 🙂

  • Lauren December 7, 2010, 7:05 am

    I’ve wanted one of those misters forever! I don’t think I even put it on my list, but thanks for reminding me!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 7, 2010, 7:18 am

    I love eating big plates of roasted veggies for dinner! They are super delicious. Last night I had kolrabi for the first time – have you ever had it? It kind of tastes like a brussels sprout. Delicious!

    • Caitlin December 7, 2010, 9:39 am

      No! I’ve never even heard of kolrabi.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 7, 2010, 7:32 am

    Sometimes I need fuel to stay focused on things. Maybe this was your bodies way of keeping the brain going so you could write. Oh and I always get jealous of something my husband makes for himself for lunch. He makes the best omelets and I always think I don’t want them at lunch until he makes one!

  • Lily's Health Pad December 7, 2010, 7:48 am

    Mmmm I could use one of those Misto things! I use waayyyy too much olive oil when I roast veggies.

  • Baking 'n' Books December 7, 2010, 8:03 am

    Do you usually write from home? I remember writing papers in the library in college to be more productive, but I can’t stand that now. Unfortunately being home leads to constant snacking (that aren’t as healthy as yours!).

    • Caitlin December 7, 2010, 9:39 am

      I usually do… I like being here 🙂

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini December 7, 2010, 8:21 am

    K’s shirt has a picture of me on it.

    • Caitlin December 7, 2010, 9:38 am

      no it’s me!

  • Dee December 7, 2010, 8:46 am

    I would love a Misto spray!

  • grocery goddess jen December 7, 2010, 9:00 am

    Looks like a pretty cozy way to work to me 🙂

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy December 7, 2010, 9:53 am

    LOVE the Misto! I just e-mailed my husband and sent him a giant hint for a Christmas gift! (Plus Bed, Bath and Beyond has it and we have coupons, gotta love it!) Thanks for the idea. I think I’m going to get one for my co-worker too!

  • Gwen December 7, 2010, 10:11 am

    I love our Misto! It’s the best kitchen tool!

  • Amber K December 7, 2010, 10:32 am

    I have a Misto as well. Now I’m totally craving roasted veggies!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 7, 2010, 12:19 pm

    That olive oil sprayer would be so handy! I always toss things in olive oil with my hands, and it gets so messy! 😛

  • Kendel @ Eating Abroad December 7, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Believe it or not, there are no oil spray cans in Germany. Not even Pam. The last time I was home, I bought the Misto spray can and it has changed my life for the better. When I’m back in in US for Christmas, I plan on buying several to give as gifts in the land of no spray cans.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 7, 2010, 5:18 pm

    My mom got me the Misto like 3 or 4 years ago. It saves money & the environment 🙂

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