Belated Christmas Present

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I never told you guys what I got the Husband for Christmas!  Well, I got him a snazzy University of Miami watch, a homemade scrapbook, and two tickets to see Billy Elliot.  We finally cashed in our tickets!  The play was so good, too.


The kid who played Billy Elliot was amazing – such a great ballet dancer and only 13.  His biography make the Husband and I feel like an underachievers.


Another fun thing about the play? The actors kept mentioning Maggie Thatcher (the British Prime Minister).  Did you know our Maggie’s full name is Margaret Thatcher?  See the resemblance?


Before leaving for the play, I snacked on some cereal:


And ate a Sweet Potato and Baked Beans dish for dinner – so easy and so delicious!  With a bunch of veggies on the side.


Hit up the snack bar at intermission (ate half):


And drank some merlot.


Dang, I’m pooped!  Who would’ve thought a middle-of-the-week play wouldn’t end until 10:30 PM!?



  • Becki January 26, 2011, 11:19 pm

    So glad that you loved Billy! It’s such a great play! I’m a ballet teacher, and 2 of my students are currently performing leads in the Toronto edition! 1 even played Billy on Broadway last year! A couple other students are extra’s as well!!

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 9:53 am

      Wow that’s awesome! You must be an excellent teacher 🙂

  • Camille January 26, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Have you seen the movie? So good!
    And geez, that kid should really get a hobby! 🙂

  • Ashley January 26, 2011, 11:24 pm

    Wow! No one is that well rounded! What’s wrong with that kid? : )

  • Runeatrepeat January 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

    I am so tragic about staying out late mid-week. It’s a school night! Not really, but still…

  • annette January 26, 2011, 11:35 pm

    WOW that looks amazing! And that kid’s bio would make ANY of us feel like underachievers, holy amazingness by age 13!!

  • Amber K January 26, 2011, 11:46 pm

    That’s exactly why my husband and I don’t go out on weeknights. We end up staying up sooo late! Glad you had fun though!

  • Karen January 26, 2011, 11:46 pm

    How on earth did you have the will power to stop after HALF the bag?!

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 9:53 am

      It was technically a two serving bag so I started to get ill. 😉

  • Maryann January 26, 2011, 11:49 pm

    I agree with Karen!! M&ms=addicting.

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) January 26, 2011, 11:49 pm

    so fun!!! i can’t stay out that late anymore either. 🙂 I’m doing your sweet potato and baked beans combo tomorrow for the first time–I can’t wait. 🙂

  • Chelsey (Cookteen) January 26, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Thats crazy how he is only 13! I’ve heard great things about Billy Elliot, I can’t wait to see it

  • Ilana January 26, 2011, 11:57 pm

    I looooved Billy Elliot – I saw it back when it first opened on B’way. It’s one of the best new shows I’ve seen in a looooong time. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jenn January 27, 2011, 12:08 am

    Aww! I’m glad to hear the play was good because my mom bought her and my dad tickets for Christmas too! I’ll pass the word along!

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 9:54 am

      Nice! It was great 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs January 27, 2011, 12:27 am

    I can never stop half way with a bag of m&m’s, especially peanut. They are my favorite 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 27, 2011, 12:29 am

    What fun! I took my hubby on a surprise date a while back to a play – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was so fun. Glad you had a good time! Peanut MMs are my favorite candy, btw.

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:11 am

      Oh I love Joseph. Such a good play!!!

  • Sana January 27, 2011, 12:43 am

    Billy is from Bern!!! I love Switzerland 🙂 Cute dateee!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 27, 2011, 12:45 am

    I’m seeing Billy Elliot in Tampa at the beginning of February! I can’t wait! 😀

  • courtney @ the granola chronicles January 27, 2011, 12:48 am

    I always see that sweet potato/baked beans combo but haven’t tried it. I must change that soon!

  • Beatrix @ Beaglebea January 27, 2011, 1:03 am

    Sounds like a great evening..glad you enjoyed it.

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves January 27, 2011, 1:19 am

    I’ve heard this play is so good! Love your dinner idea, and the M&Ms for the play snack! 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 27, 2011, 1:36 am

    I know what you mean about being pooped. This week has about done me in! 🙂

  • Flo January 27, 2011, 3:49 am

    Hope your dog has a better personality that Maggie Thatcher! 🙂

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:13 am

      Ehhhh. Not really. LOL

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) January 27, 2011, 4:00 am

    Love Billy Elliott! Glad you enjoyed the show. I laughed at the Maggie/Maggie comparison – I hope your Maggie is a bit sweeter than ours was!

  • Orla January 27, 2011, 5:02 am

    I love that you called your dog after Margaret Thatcher.
    We called ours Charlie Bird – after a journalist on our national broadcaster. He was the Washington Correspondant for a year but came home because he was homesick/needy. Our dog is the neediest dog I have ever come across – constantly looking for attention. Hence the Name!

  • Mary January 27, 2011, 6:17 am

    Haha growing up my family had a yellow lab named Maggie – also short for Margaret Thatcher!!

    • Mary January 27, 2011, 6:17 am

      PS – now we have another lab named “Big Ben” – ha.

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:14 am

      Aww how sweet! i love both names!

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:14 am

      Aww how sweet! i love both names!

  • Katie January 27, 2011, 6:33 am

    Oh thats awesome you got him tix! I wanted to see that when I was in Chicago last month and they cancelled the shows for the week I was there ; p I am going to chicago next week but Billy Elliot doesnt start up again until March : p

    So glad you guys had fun!

    Peanut M and M’s rock ; )

  • Lauren January 27, 2011, 6:44 am

    What a great gift! I bet hubby loved it. 🙂

    And I love your fancy wine and chocolate dessert at the theater. Livin’ it up girl! 😉

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen January 27, 2011, 7:03 am

    Cool date! I haven’t been to a play in so long!

  • Haleigh January 27, 2011, 7:05 am

    I love going to the ballet! I’m glad that you had a good time 🙂

    Peanut M&M’s are my favorite chocolate candy in the states. They just can’t be beat.

  • Marie January 27, 2011, 7:15 am

    Aw I love that movie, what a great present! I’d love to see the play. Fun date!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 27, 2011, 7:18 am

    Billy Elliot is one of my FAVORITE movies, but I haven’t seen the play yet. I should try to see if NYU is offering their student discount to see it on Broadway!! Glad you liked it!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete January 27, 2011, 7:23 am

    I love that movie — haven’t watched it in forever!

    And Margaret Thatcher is a hilarious name for a dog.

    When I was younger I “birdsat” for a bird named Harrison Ford!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 27, 2011, 7:34 am

    5 languages at 13?! I’d settle for 2 at 28 and be pretty excited about it!

  • Janine January 27, 2011, 7:48 am

    When I saw Billy Elliot in Chicago it was the same actor..what a coincidence! And you are right, he’s AMAZING!

  • Baking 'n' Books January 27, 2011, 8:03 am

    I’ve watched that movie a LONG time ago!

    Did you make your own beans?

  • Lee January 27, 2011, 8:03 am

    I really like that song Electricity from the play. I have it on a lot of running mixes. Yes, I am a weirdo that runs to showtunes.

  • Brenda January 27, 2011, 8:04 am

    Caitlin, I’d really like your opinion on something. What are your thoughts on ignoring someone’s specific question in the comments section after a blog post? You’ve been really great about this but not everyone is. My questions are not inappropriate so why not answer?

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:17 am


      1) Maybe 5 other people asked the same question and it was already answered in the comment section? I try to copy and paste answers when I get the same question multiple times but not everyone does this.

      2) Honestly sometimes you just overlook questions by accident. I read every comment and make mental notes to answer questions but sometimes I can’t find it again! I know this happened to me last week, someone asked me about half marathon training and then for the life of me I couldn’t find the question again.

      3) Some bloggers are just so busy with their real jobs that they don’t have time to answer all the questions.

      This isn’t the way I like to do things (obviously) but I know most bloggers don’t miss questions on purpose!

      Can I answer your question? 🙂

      • Brenda January 27, 2011, 2:57 pm

        Thank you for your thoughts, you are so sweet! For a reader, it feels like bloggers are writing for us. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s just a way for people to express their thoughts without thinking about who is reading and why we are reading. Oh well! I’m glad I can count on you Caitlin, you help me make better choices everyday!!

        • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 3:16 pm

          Thank you Brenda 🙂

  • Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 27, 2011, 8:04 am

    What a great combo of gifts! Glad you liked the play.

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 27, 2011, 8:17 am

    Glad you had a good time at the play!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 27, 2011, 8:21 am

    Ah, I’m so jealous!

    Billy Elliot is my favourite movie.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 27, 2011, 8:34 am

    Those sound like great gifts! And I can’t believe that boy is just 13. Makes me rethink what I was doing at 13…

  • Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 27, 2011, 8:58 am

    LOVE seeing plays-we haven’t seen this one yet but we’re going to NYC in March and was thinking about getting tix-thanks for the review!

  • Kara January 27, 2011, 9:00 am

    Peanut M&Ms are such a great candy…almost as good as Pretzel m&ms. I’m waiting on them to come out with Peanut butter filled Pretzel m&ms, how amazing would that be??

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:19 am

      you’re a genius!! patent that!

  • Melissa January 27, 2011, 9:00 am

    I loved Billy Elliot!!! The kids and the dancing are phenomenal! If “In the Heights” comes to town, you should see that one too.. great show!!

  • Katie @ peacebeme January 27, 2011, 9:10 am

    I love the theater!

    I also love peanut M&M’s 😉 and I have been meaning to try that baked bean/sweet potato combo ever since I first saw it on here. Glad you had fun!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt January 27, 2011, 9:15 am

    I heard that Billy Elliott was great! I was hoping to catch it in Charlotte too, but no such luck. I am glad that you enjoyed it!

  • Allison @ Food For Healing January 27, 2011, 9:18 am

    sounds like a lovely evening! i could really go for some m&m’s right now ha

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 27, 2011, 9:24 am

    what a great christmas present! 🙂 i love giving “experiences” as gifts!

  • Kathie @ Frugal Fit and Fabulous January 27, 2011, 9:48 am

    love billy elliot!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 27, 2011, 9:48 am

    Maybe it’s only because you said it but I actually DO see a small resemblance between the Maggies! No offense to either :).

  • Callie January 27, 2011, 9:49 am

    I just bought tickets to see Billy Elliott! Our office is going on Feb. 16 here in Tampa. I am so excited to see it!

    And BTW – love the comparison photos of Maggie and Margaret Thatcher. I am totally seeing the resemblance. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas January 27, 2011, 10:11 am

    Wow. I don’t think I accomplished anything by the age of 13.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 27, 2011, 10:39 am

    What a fun Christmas gift! So, did your husband like Margaret Thatcher? I’m not sure if naming a dog after a former Prime Minister is a compliment or not, ha ha!

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 27, 2011, 10:45 am

    I made sweet potato + brown beans for my dinner last night & it was SO good! ohmygosh the flavors go perfectly together. I’ll definitly be making that again!

  • Erin January 27, 2011, 10:49 am

    I started reading your blog this week after receiving the link from a friend, so I’ve been going through a lot of your older postings. One of my favorite things about your entries is your recipes. They all look sooooo delicious and are super nutritious. Even though you have a ton of stuff going on right now, like completing your second book, do you ever want to write a cookbook? I would totally buy the first copy if you ever did. 🙂 No pressure, though.

    • Caitlin January 27, 2011, 10:51 am

      Hi Erin!

      My third book, which will actually be Healthy Tipping Point the book, will feature lots of recipes 🙂

      • Erin January 27, 2011, 1:04 pm

        Awesome. I’m looking forward to it!

  • rebecca lustig January 27, 2011, 10:55 am

    LOVED billy elliot. such an incredible story and fun movie

  • Kacy January 27, 2011, 11:05 am

    Fun! I love giving experiences like that as gifts. So much more memorable.

  • Kaci January 27, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Wow and I thought I was doing well with Elly in swim lessons. =)

  • Lexie January 27, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Pahhhh! My chinchilla’s name is Margaret Thatcher!!!!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 27, 2011, 1:01 pm

    I bet that was such a good show! I actually gave Ryan tickets to see Lion King on broadway this coming Saturday, so we get to cash in his xmas present soon, too! I caaaan’t wait!! Plus, we get to take a roadtrip up to the triangle area for the show 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 27, 2011, 6:56 pm

    I’m always pooped by 10:30 too! Actually, I’m usually in bed by then! 😛

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith January 27, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Yay! I’m glad to hear it was good. Alex and I are going to see it on Sunday! Can’t wait!

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