Fun fact: I am OBSESSED with American Idol.  So is the Husband. 


In college, he used to come into the (very small and usually empty) bar I worked at, and we would watch Idol.  The tradition lives on.


Did you watch tonight? Super serious shocker elimination!  I screamed at my television… “Noooooooo! Nooooo!!!!”  And then I felt really, really bad, because I never actually vote even though I get totally attached to contestants.  :( 


Anyone else surprised by Idol?!






(Over-easy eggs with steamed kale and soy sauce)




This flavor combo really got my recipe gears turning – I think you could make something really creative with a combo of chocolate and chili… It’s SUCH a good mix.


Oh, and today’s Girls on the Run lesson:


It was on the truth of advertising!  A very engaging lesson that really got the girls talking.  I had to tear them away from the sample magazine ads to actually run. :)  I think the lesson really sinked in!


If you’re in the Charlotte area and want to get involved with GOTR, you can register for our 5K on May 7 and be a running buddy for a girl (every girl runs with an adult)!  It’s only $15.  We also need volunteers to help run the race.


Are you a sucker for reality television competition shows?  And do you actually VOTE?!  I should’ve!  Wahhh!



  • Evan Thomas April 7, 2011, 9:48 pm

    I’ve been watching loosely this season. I was a little bit surprised but I’m pretty sure more shocking things have happened past years of idol. In the end the only person who really breaks through is the winner and sometimes they don’t even do anything good. I don’t think she would have gone all the way if she didn’t go tonight. My money’s on Paul McDonald.

    • Baking 'n' Books April 7, 2011, 10:15 pm

      I don’t think Paul’s going to get it actually. He’s unique but not very diversified. I think someone like Casey or James will have a better chance. But who knows!

      I liked Pia but felt she was too much of a ballad girl. She’ll do great on her own anyways!

      • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:04 am

        I HATE Paul. One trick pony. Also, he did better this weekend because he was grounded by the mike not being in his hand. Once he starts dancing around the stage, its all over.

        • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 8, 2011, 9:28 am

          Yeh I can’t really stand Paul, I think he’s a wannabe! But, I think Pia was the only decent one and now she’s gone, boooohoooooo!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 7, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I love what you did at GOTR today. I actually am having a lot of issues with my students lately about girl drama and fat talk. I actually wrote about it tonight:

    Thank you for doing what you do every day!! You’re amazing.

    • Allison @ Happy Tales April 7, 2011, 10:45 pm

      I have to highlight your post Chelsey… it is SOOO GOOD and so important for everyone to read!!!! Y’all are such powerful women with your messages… !!!

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:11 am


  • Jess@atasteofconfidence April 7, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I lost interest in idol after the first few seasons, and I only voted for a so think you can dance competitor when it was (kind of) a friend.

  • Michelle April 7, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I’m a sucker for Top Chef and anything cooking related but those shows don’t normally let the public vote.

  • gabriella @ embracement April 7, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I’ve watched idol since Kelly Clarkson and I used to vote a lot, but I haven’t at all recently so although I am SHOCKED I didn’t really help out any either. I’m sure a contract will be offered soon enough; too good to pass that one up. Would love to hear what young girls have to say about something I’ve analyzed in college courses for years.

  • Jessica April 7, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Pia has an amazing voice and she is gorgeous, but I don’t think she has the personality/vibe to be an American Idol. She will get a music deal for sure! This is the first season I’ve ever voted and I do it religiously after the show.. Casey, Haley, and Paul are my top 3!

    I love the GOTR lesson… did you think of that yourself? That would be a good activity to do with middle schoolers/upper elementary kids!

    • kelly April 8, 2011, 8:40 am

      I have the same exact top 3 as you! I vote for them every show 🙂

      • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:12 am

        Nope, you have to follow a strict program for GOTR, so its a standard lesson.

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) April 7, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Spicy brownies: (her blog rules)

    I think chili goes best with chocolate if cinnamon is also involved. And maybe white chocolate chips. Time to experiment…

    If you liked the Theo, see if you can get your hands on the Vosges Red Fire bar; I think it’s a little more balanced.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 7, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I haven’t watched Idol in yearrrrrs. I am only really into the reality TV about mental illness but that’s the social worker in me. And yes, I now include Extreme Couponing in my lineup 🙂

  • Tracy April 7, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I was also completely shocked by the elimination on AI tonight. People may think because she was so good that she didn’t need the vote because everyone else was voting for her. Or, people wanted to give other people a chance realizing that she would most likely get a record deal no matter what and others wouldn’t. The type of eliminations, similiar to when Daughty was eliminated makes me hink the appeal of the best winning over and done.

  • Caitlin @ TPL April 7, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I used to watch ALL of the time but I’ve stopped since I’ve been in college =(. Season 4 my friend and I made “Go Bo” t-shirts to where to school on the finale day, I still love Bo Bice!

    That is an AMAZING exercise, those girls are so lucky to have you!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal April 7, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I haven’t watched the past 3 or so seasons – It’s SO time consuming to get into. I just don’t have that kind of time in my evenings I guess! But I wish I did, because it’s so fun to talk about the next day 😀

  • Teacherwoman April 7, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I watch AI and was totally shocked tonight. I was in tears. In all the years, I have probably only voted a handful of times. So, I shouldn’t be too disappointed when something like this happens!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 7, 2011, 10:08 pm

    I never got into American Idol. But that chile chocolate? Heck yes! 🙂

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat April 7, 2011, 10:09 pm

    That is totally TJ’s Monkey trail mix right?! I’m only being weird because I’m in Buenos Aires right now and my family just sentme some and I am rationing it out. 🙁

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:13 am

      It is so good! I don’t blame you for rationing.

  • Baking 'n' Books April 7, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Love G&B’s Chocolate. Especially their milk – why?!

    Do you eat only a few pieces of the bar though? I have trouble stopping…and they come in full bars – nearly impossible to put away (for me anyways).

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 7, 2011, 10:16 pm

    I used to watch American Idol for the first 4 seasons or so, but I haven’t since then. When I did watch it, I was all about voting! 🙂

    I JUST tried making eggs on my own for the first time EVER last night and made eggs over easy. They’re addicting in a very good way!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 7, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I don’t watch Idol — I watched the first few seasons and just got sick of it. But I never voted! The only time I voted was for the Biggest Loser a few years ago — it was to get one of the contestants to the finale.

  • Rachel April 7, 2011, 10:19 pm

    haha! i was just thinking to myself today, who actually watches AI anymore? itjust doesn’t seem relevant to me b/c the “winner” is usually never heard from again 😛

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:14 am

      I know – usually the runner up is better!

      65 million votes last week though – someone is still watching 🙂

  • Jamie April 7, 2011, 10:21 pm

    This is my first season watching idol- wasn’t a Simon/Paula fan but I’m loving J-lo and Steven Tyler. I vote every week so I do my civic duty 😉 This week I voted for Paul and Casey. Pia is extremely talented, but I don’t love her personality. I think James or Lauren will win it all. I would HATE for Lauren to win it- she’s too immature to handle the fame. I felt horrible for Stefano and everyone is expecting him to go and pretty upset that he didn’t.. poor guy.

  • Stacey April 7, 2011, 10:23 pm

    1) I am totally guilty of being obsessed with AI and never voting either. So sad Pia left ;( She was AMAZING!
    2) I am running my first 5K next Sat with GOTR in Gainesville. I am PUMPED ( and super nervous because running is HARD!)

  • Jazz April 7, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I’m about to have a hot chocolate which chili flakes in it right now.. so good!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 7, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I never vote, and I actually haven’t watched Idol since the second season.

  • Jennie in Wonderland April 7, 2011, 10:26 pm

    I’m not too shocked about Pia. Ever since a few seasons ago, the girls get picked off one by one, and the boys remain. It might be the legions of teenyboppers voting.

  • Abby April 7, 2011, 10:27 pm

    What a great message! I wish I was close to Charlotte! 🙁 That would be such a cool opportunity to be a running buddy!

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:14 am

      If your city has GOTR, you can do it for your city’s chapter! All the 5Ks are usually around the same time, so sign up!

  • Moll April 7, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I am such a sucker for Teen Mom! It is my #1 guilty pleasure!
    Otherwise I’m proud to say I love Top Chef.

  • Mrs. Muffins April 7, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Oh, I hardly watch ANY tv. I love Jeopardy and Kendra though (odd right!?). I stopped watching AI way back when Chris Daughtry didn’t win. I refuse to believe that Taylor Hicks honestly had more votes than Chris or Katherine McPhee.

    Love the message for GOTR, too!!!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 7, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I’ve actually never seen Idol…such a shocker, I know! And as long as I’m not injred from my Marathon on the 1st of May, I’d loooove to run as a GOTR buddy!!!! Can I still sign up the week of? If not, I’ll totally volunteer!

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:16 am

      I don’t know if you can sign up to run as a Buddy the week of, but you can sign up and run it as a normal citizen, which is welcomed and encouraged too!

  • Sara C. April 7, 2011, 10:49 pm

    If you live in the Phoenix area our GOTR 5k is on May 7th too!!!
    🙂 thanks for all you do!!!!

  • Talia April 7, 2011, 11:03 pm

    What bar did you work at in Pittsburgh? I’m from there and recall you lived in Oakland, as did I, so I am just curious if you don’t mind me asking 🙂

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:16 am

      The bar in Qdoba! 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 7, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I haven’t watched at all–but I am sorry it didn’t work out great 🙁 I will maybe make a recipe with chilis and chocolate….mmmmm yummy 🙂

  • Reenie April 7, 2011, 11:07 pm

    Oh wow…it’s intersting to see who likes who on Idol. I was shocked about Pia leaving. I don’t care for Paul at all.

    My 2 favs are James & Lauren.

    And yes….I always vote on Idol and DWTS….and I even vote on those silly polls with the Housewives….on LIVE with Andy on Bravo. HA!!! 🙂

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy April 7, 2011, 11:09 pm

    If you like chocolate + chili, try baking a Mexican Chocolate Cake! It’s basically like a cake-sized brownie with cayenne & cinnamon in the batter, so it has a nice after-spice!!!

  • Brittany April 7, 2011, 11:11 pm

    AI was a hugeeee shocker tonight!!!! I was so upset i may or may not have cried!!! What the heck Brittany!!!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 7, 2011, 11:32 pm

    I’ve taught high school health in the past and had a unit devoted to advertising. Once you start analyzing the ads, you quickly realize how misleading and manipulative they are!!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 7, 2011, 11:46 pm

    I have been trying to find a GOTR to volunteer with in the Indianapolis area, but no luck so far. Do they have a national website where I could look up locations? It looks so rewarding!

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:17 am!

  • Lesley April 7, 2011, 11:57 pm

    God, I am so into Idol, and yes, I was really shocked! She has one of the strongest voices and she’s been consistently good. Although, to be fair, I don’t think she’s as unique as people like Haley, Paul, and Casey. Oh well, I don’t think she’ll suffer for it. Top 9 isn’t that far removed from top 7 and that’s when Jennifer Hudson got the boot. That obviously didn’t hurt her any…

    I’m a sucker for Idol and SYTYCD. And I’m 50/50 about voting. I always vote if I watch it live, but half the time I catch up online a day late!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 8, 2011, 12:09 am

    I haven’t watched American Idol since I was 13 and Clay Aiken lost… I was devastated!

  • Christine April 8, 2011, 12:15 am

    Aw, that sounds like so much fun. I wish I had the time right now to commit to starting a GOTR chapter in my area, but maybe someday.

  • Jolene ( April 8, 2011, 12:43 am

    I watch a lot of reality TV but Big Brother is my fave. I am scared to watch Idol (I recorded it) because I will be sad if certain ppl leave.

  • Khushboo April 8, 2011, 12:50 am

    I never got into American Idol surprisingly which sucked as every week, my friends would gather to watch it and get super excited while would be there tapping my fingers waiting for the 1 hour to end!

  • Kiran April 8, 2011, 1:17 am

    I’ve lost touch with Idol. These days it’s been a little boring with unfair eliminations. Sigh.

  • Amy April 8, 2011, 1:41 am

    I am totally a sucker for reality tv shows; however I have NEVER watched a season of American Idol!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul April 8, 2011, 1:43 am

    that is SUCH a great activity to do with the girls! It gives me some ideas for the group of kids I volunteer for on Fridays. Of course, we’ll have to split up boys+girls. I’ll take the girls and my fiance, the boys. 😀 So crazy because they’re only in 5th grade but are “growing up” so so fast! they’re already very self-conscious and talk about boys a lot. At that age I was barely letting go of my barbies 😛 sorry this is so tangential from your actual post!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 8, 2011, 4:07 am

    I like some reality shows but I have such a hard time sitting down to watch them all. I always feel a bit guilty when I watch TV…because I think there’s something else I should be doing. I know TV is good and I love my shows but there are so few I really dedicate my full attention to.

    But American Idol is fun!

  • Jacalyn April 8, 2011, 6:06 am

    I haven’t watch Idol since maybe the 3rd season, however, all of my friends on facebook appeared upset and shocked by the vote last night. My son is into Toy Story right now and freaks out if “Buzz” isn’t on the tv. We are teaching him to share the tv with mom and dad so we can watch the news. Everyone says to put a tv in his room so he can watch his movies in there, but I am torn. I really don’t like the idea of televisions in bedrooms. I think it’s poor sleep hygiene. Maybe one day I’ll get burnt out on Toy Story and cave. Sorry, I am so random.

    • Caitlin April 8, 2011, 9:18 am

      No don’t do it! I think TVs in ANYONE’S bedroom, but especially a kid’s, is a bad idea. Bedrooms are for rest, not television watching.

      • Jacalyn April 8, 2011, 9:49 am

        Oh good to hear someone else feels the way I do! Everyone thinks I am being super strict with that rule. There are no tvs in any bedrooms in my house. I wont even put one in the guest bedrooms. I will stay strong, sista!

  • Miranda @ working mom works out April 8, 2011, 6:19 am

    I didn’t vote either and was completely shocked. Pia was amazing.

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 8, 2011, 6:41 am

    I also LOVE american idol but havent been able to watch this season because we only get the older seasons here on our tv channels. I have to watch on you tube or online and havent had a chance to recently. I definately want to watch now to find out what was shocking!

  • Kelly April 8, 2011, 6:41 am

    I watched all the time in college and it was so much fun. I still watch now but my husband doesn’t like it so I try to skype with my bff while watching it haha. I wasn’t a huge fan of the person eliminated so I’m not too upset, it was surprising though because she is definitely good!

  • Jen April 8, 2011, 6:49 am

    I haven’t watched it yet, but I know who went home and i’m so sad. She was the one I was hoping to win it all. I don’t really like anyone else, so my DVR has now opened up 🙂

  • Kara April 8, 2011, 6:52 am

    I watch and actually vote in the Sing Off. I also watch Dancing with the Stars, but rarely vote (only last season when I was trying to make sure Bristol Palin got sent home like she should have been).

  • Lauren April 8, 2011, 7:24 am

    I’m doing a presentation this morning on The Influence of Advertising and I have a similar activity. It’s always so interesting to see how the students react to the impacts of some ads.

  • Amanda April 8, 2011, 7:47 am

    I <3 your dinner! Eggs ad toast FTW.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 8, 2011, 7:53 am

    I love the lessons you do for GOTR. I think you really teach them some valuable things.

    It’s funny, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate and chili. But chocolate and sea salt? Oh ya baby!

  • Shari April 8, 2011, 8:16 am

    I’m an Idol fanatic – have been since season one – and always, always vote. Sometimes it’s just a couple times per week, sometimes it’s way more (I lost count of how many times I voted when my favorites like Kelly and Carrie were in the finale). I feel like there’s a shocker almost every year – Tamyra, Jennifer, Chris, Melinda – but this time seems particularly jolting since it was so early on. I had a bad feeling as soon as Ryan said Pia was in the bottom three. She was my favorite this year, but even if she wasn’t, I’d have thought she should go much farther. I honestly thought she was going to win it all. Her voice is incredible!!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 8, 2011, 8:17 am

    I couldn’t believe American Idol last night!!! I literally screamed out loud too! I think a lot of people assumed that Pia would be safe, so they didn’t vote. It is such a shame, but I know that someone will sign here. In fact, I told my husband, “I bet that Ellen will have her on her show, and she’ll sign her to her label.” We’ll see if I am right. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 8, 2011, 8:30 am

    I don’t really watch any reality tv this year! I would watch America’s Next Top Model if I had more time… but I’ll probably catch the reruns in the summer! 😀

  • Lindsay April 8, 2011, 9:26 am

    I also love American Idol, as well as So You Think You Can Dance! I can’t wait for its return!!

    As for Pia, I was shocked and a bit disappointed, but I really don’t think she will win. She was one of the best though! I love Casey and Lauren, although Lauren has barely impressed me since her audition. But her audition was just SO good. I wish she could bring that passion and energy back…every week I hope she will be better. Wow, I am a dork 🙂

    I don’t vote for AI though, but I do vote for SYTYCD!

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment April 8, 2011, 9:48 am

    I think I might be the only one on the planet who was actively rooting for Pia to go! I think she has a great voice, but I always kind of got an “entitled” vibe from her, and I can’t stand when contestants get that way — look at a lot of the award-winning artists they bring onto AI for the results show; a lot of them would never make it past Hollywood Week based on raw talent, but they’ve succeeded on something a lot of Idols end up getting tossed for lacking: charisma, the ability to take constructive criticism and do something with it, and really hard work. While I definitely agree that this season might be the most vocally-talented ever (Pia, Jacob et al.), there are some who are way more interesting and fun to watch than others (James, Paul), and who seem to be willing to accept that they aren’t “perfect” now, but will work hard to become so. That’s how Kelly and Carrie made it in “the big leagues”, and I bet it’s how this season’s Idol will, too!

    Also, I still find it disturbing that more adults of voting age vote for AI than vote in actual civic elections. 🙂

  • Abbey April 8, 2011, 9:58 am

    My husband and I are totally obsessed with Idol also. We are reality tv junkies. I have been rooting for Pia since day 1 and was VERY upset when they sent her home. I never vote either but I guess maybe I should start!

  • Megan @ Sweet On April 8, 2011, 10:00 am

    It’s a little embarrassing, but I got sucked into Grease: You’re the One that I Want back in 2007, to cast the new Broadway production of Grease. I voted in the final and the people I voted for won! That fall, I moved to NY state for grad school and actually got to SEE them in the production and get autographs after. The production was pretty lame, though the actors were good. I just couldn’t resist letting my geekiness come full circle 🙂 No shame!

  • Amanda @ Cucina Amanda April 8, 2011, 10:04 am

    I was completely shocked!!! I thought she was basically the winner, but that’s when my fiancé said I was partly to blame because I never vote!! I’m so sad for her!

  • Jamie April 8, 2011, 10:24 am

    Crazy that you did that for GOTR yesterday…my facebook post was this link:

    I love that you’re helping young girls, we as parents/mentors can either choose to shape what our gals see to be true (about themselves)…or we can let society do it.

  • R @ Learning As I Chop April 8, 2011, 10:30 am

    I was surprised because she is very talented but at the same time kind of boring. Ballads, ballads, ballads

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) April 8, 2011, 10:57 am

    I am a HUGE sucker for reality TV and competition shows, but I am a bad viewer and never vote either!

  • Jessica April 8, 2011, 11:19 am

    My husband and I watch American Idol too and couldn’t believe Pia was eliminated. I really think adding in the text voting hurt the show because now it seems like preteen girls decide it all, and they’re going to pick cute little guitar playing boys.

  • Amber K April 8, 2011, 11:44 am

    I don’t watch American Idol, but apparently I’m the only one because my Facebook lit up after it was over with disappointment!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) April 8, 2011, 11:47 am

    I have never seen an episode of American Idol. I have too many shows to watch already ^_^; I seriously need to cut down. As for reality competition shows that I watch, sometimes The Amazing Race just because of all the challenges and scary stuff they have to go through contrasted against the beauty of some of the locations and an outsiders view on the relationship between the team members. Fun show. Like clockwork I watch Biggest Loser (fast forwarding through most of it) Project Runway and my guilty pleasure America’s Next Top Model. Yeah, I know. Fierce.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) April 8, 2011, 12:39 pm

    So ticked by the results! There are two girls left…what the heck! She was my favourite by a landside (huz too)…the most talented vocal range in my opinion. I see her becoming a HUGE star though so that comforts me! haha

    I used to love Paul, but he annoys me now. he has been super weak for the past 4 weeks. My top picks are James, Haley, and Casey at the moment.

  • Kristen April 8, 2011, 1:49 pm

    american idol is all over facebook! I unfortuantly stopped watching a few seasons ago.

  • Stace April 8, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I think my AI opinions are so different than most people I know. Firstly, I am not to upset by last night because although i appreciate that persons vocal skills and beauty, she seemed to familiar to me in the sense that there are alot of very pretty artists with big voices. I love the unique ones so much. Also, James Durbin, everyone loves him, I don’t. He has grown on me somewhat but I just can’t get into him like everyone seems to be. I love love love love Haley and after elton john week I fell more in love! Paul, Casey, and Lauren Alaina are the next in my order of favs. Its a tight match up now.

    • Lesley April 8, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Oh no, you’re not alone! Originality is where it’s at. I was shocked about Pia, but I totally agree with your favorites and I feel the same way about James!

  • Liz April 8, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Theo is my favorite chocolate EVER. If you’re ever in Seattle, go on the tour. It’s awesome.

  • Theodora April 8, 2011, 5:57 pm

    That chocolate is named after me 😉

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