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Last night was a late night for the boys and the girls.


The Husband had a party for the Manchester United v. Barcelona game (we were cheering for Man U so we’re pretty disappointed by the outcome).  It was a ‘boys only’ party so I helped him clean the house and set up before I made myself scarce.


We’re trying to switch to all-green products.  I really liked the Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner for the hardwood floors.  It left a nice smell behind, too.


The boys had guacamole and chips, pizza, and bourbon.  So manly.


While, the female counterparts joined together for a girlie chick flick:


I read Something Borrowed while I was on vacation a few weeks ago and loved the book, so I was excited for the movie.  It was pretty good – even though it got terrible reviews.  Cute, light, romantic.  Nothing more or less than expected!


Since the poker game was still going on when I returned home…


…Nicole sat on the porch with me, and we each drank a big glass of wine.  The testosterone was pretty thick in my living room!


And since I had such a challenging triathlon workout yesterday (5K run + 1,000 yard swim), here are my afternoon and evening recovery eats:


My hunger was high all afternoon, so I ate lots of small bites to keep my energy levels up.  I had two servings of Triscuit crackers + Italian herb spread + cheese:


A bowl of Greek yogurt, cereal, and strawberries:


And Nicole made me her special Open-Faced Hummus Sandwich, but without the avocado (she subbed in sprouts):


Diana’s husband Dan came over for the party, and she sent him over with a cupcake for me to enjoy.  It was lemony perfection.


Since this post was filled with gender stereotypes (boys watching sports; girls watching chick flicks), I thought this was the perfect opportunity to review a great book I recently read (gift from the publisher)…


In Defense of Women by Nancy Gertner


From the publisher: “Today Judge Nancy Gertner dons a long black robe while presiding over court cases for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. But in the 1970s, when she was one of few women in a stubbornly male profession, she sported bright red suits that reflected her fearless choice of cases and her daring litigation tactics. Defending clients in some of the most prominent criminal and civil rights cases of the time, Gertner drove home the point that women lawyers belonged in our courtrooms.”


I absolutely love non-fiction memoirs, and Gertner’s did NOT disappoint. I loved reading about her experiences in the courtroom and her involvement in shaping key legislation for women in the 1970s and 1980s.  She provides really interesting, enlightening discussions on equal pay and discrimination, abortion rights, and the effects of domestic violence.


If you love legal books or feminist memoirs, you would definitely enjoy Gertner’s book!  It challenged my thinking about some important politics topics and encouraged me to embrace my feminist side a little bit more.  Go, Gertner!



  • Shari May 29, 2011, 10:03 am

    I loved the movie adaptation of SoBo! I’m usually wary when my favorite books are made into films, but I thought this one did a great job of following the message and themes of the novel. Emily seemed to be very involved in the process, which may have had something to do with it, but either way — great movie for a great book! 🙂

  • Shari May 29, 2011, 10:04 am

    By the way – did you see the Something Blue teaser scene in the middle of the credits? So fun!

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2011, 10:05 am

      NO! I’m going to try to find it online.

    • Amber K May 29, 2011, 10:47 am

      Oh my gosh, the fun stuff they hide in the credits is one of the reasons I always stay until the VERY end of the credits. Besides the fact that if I’m actually at a movie I’m staying until they come in to clean and start glaring at me. I’m getting my money’s worth!! lol

      • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 29, 2011, 1:07 pm

        Ahh.. I am seeing the movie next weekend and now I know that I must stay to see the teaser!

  • Kara May 29, 2011, 10:04 am

    I love the idea of a girl’s night. I haven’t had one since the baby was born! We can’t really have joint nights like that, only one of us is allowed to have fun at a time. 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 29, 2011, 10:05 am

    I can imagine you were super hungry yesterday — that hummus sandwich looks incredible!

  • Cristina @ Girl Meets Pink May 29, 2011, 10:05 am

    Those crackers look yummy! The tomato bruschetta Triscuts are super good. I know you’re vegetarian, but I’d put cream cheese and top it off with sundried tomatoes in EVOO with seasonings. The combo sounds strange, but it tastes like pizza.

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 29, 2011, 10:06 am

    I really enjoy using green cleaners too–it doesn’t leave that headache-causing smell all over your house.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 29, 2011, 10:10 am

    I’ve read all her books but have yet to see the movie. Might wait for it on Netflix.

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 29, 2011, 10:13 am

    I need to go see Something Borrowed before it goes out of theaters!

    It’s definitely more interesting to me than soccer lol.

  • Angela May 29, 2011, 10:17 am

    I love watching all those types of chick flicks but really can’t stand reading the book versions. I like my cheesey romance packed into two hours rather than days of reading. The plus side of that is I’m usually the only person walking out of the cinema not complaining that they changed things from the book!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 29, 2011, 10:18 am

    That book sounds really interesting! I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction, so this may be next on my list 🙂

  • Kaley [Y Mucho Más] May 29, 2011, 10:19 am

    In Spain, we were rooting for ManU, too. Boo Barça.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 29, 2011, 10:20 am

    I love memoirs- that one sounds really interesting!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations May 29, 2011, 10:22 am

    I’ve put an order request in for this book in our law library. I look forward to reading it.

  • Baking 'n' Books May 29, 2011, 10:26 am

    Is that sandwich on rice cakes?!

    I didn’t realize you took that pic at the theatre obviously…and was wondering how you got those movies in your house!! 😉

  • Diana May 29, 2011, 10:38 am

    So glad you liked the cupcake! 🙂 I haven’t tried the lemon flavor yet, but it sounded tasty. And the movie was awesome! yay!

  • Khushboo May 29, 2011, 10:39 am

    I was meant to see Something Borrowed at the cinema today but I had trouble getting off the couch ;)! Have a great Sunday!

  • Amber K May 29, 2011, 10:48 am

    The horrible reviews had put me off, but anecdotally I’ve heard good things! I’ll have to give it a try once it’s $1.

  • Val @ Balancing Val May 29, 2011, 11:15 am

    I have that same 7th generation cleaner and LOVE the scent of the Thyme oil.

    I am actually going to get a bottle of the essential oil to make my own cleaner and save $3!

  • Jenna H May 29, 2011, 11:38 am

    something borrowed was pretty good, but when it comes to wedding movies out right now Bridesmaids is SO MUCH BETTER. It’s nice to see women “allowed” to be raunchy in a comedy for once.

    I watched the Barcelona/Man U game too. And to make the outcome worse, a handful of our friends (who are from England and die hard Liverpool fans) hate Man U so much that they bought Barcelona shirts for the game and were just being so over the top cheering against Man U. It was actually pretty funny. At one point when Rooney scored, once of them turned to me and said Man U could be playing the Nazis, and as a Liverpool fan he would cheer for the Nazis before Man U hahaha. I love how seriously the Brits take their football!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 29, 2011, 11:51 am

    My husband and I were thinking about seeing Something Borrowed, but we ended up seeing Bridesmaids, which was hilarious!

  • Allison May 29, 2011, 11:57 am

    If you like women’s memoirs, you should read Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer. It’s all about how she started running in the 1960s when women were not supposed to run. She then writes about her experiences with running through college and entering the Boston Marathon, plus how she worked to get the women’s marathon included as an Olympic event. It’s a very well-written memoir and I think you’d really like it!

  • Courtney May 29, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Haha, I love the pink plates at the man party 😛

  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 29, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I thought the same thing about Something Borrowed, but I so want to see Hangover 2 and Bridesmaids:)

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 29, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I loved Something Borrowed. I thought it was really cute!

  • Katherine May 29, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Have you ever read any Jodi Picoult books?

    • CaitlinHTP May 29, 2011, 2:04 pm

      No! Which is her best?

      • Katherine May 29, 2011, 2:06 pm

        O, how to choose. They are all amazing, I recommend Change of Heart or of course My Sister’s Keeper! The Tenth Circle is amazing as well. I would start with those!

  • The Teenage Taste May 29, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Sounds like an awesome night had by all! I want to see Something Borrowed so badly! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 29, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I am going to see Something Borrowed this week! Whoop. I thought the book was fun.

    And your cracker snack looks SO good!

  • Corrie Anne May 29, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I had no idea that was a movie now! The things you miss when you’re living in the DR. You would’ve noticed that if you had tried to go to a theater while you were here on vacation. The movies come super late…. We have sun & fun, but forget up-to-date entertainment!! Haha. I’m hoping Bridesmaids will come out here sometime, but you never really know!! The food in that post all looked so delicious! Making me hungry this afternoon!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 29, 2011, 1:40 pm

    I saw Something Borrowed (haven’t read it-yet) and loved it. I expected the opposite to happen though.

  • Alexandra May 29, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Watched the game and was rooting for Barca, however i’m living in Barcelona so im a little biased. Visca el Barca! The crackers with cheese and herbs seems awesome though 😀

  • Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's May 29, 2011, 7:04 pm

    I think lasagna is a great idea, either plain cheese or this veggie one from Hungry Girl I’ve made the HG one before and subbed spinach for mushrooms. It came out really tasty.

  • Jolene ( May 30, 2011, 1:05 am

    Those snacky foods look so good!!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales May 30, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I thought the movie was really well done! I had fun with you guys 🙂 But I’m sad that we missed seeing the teaser for Something Blue… i’m gonna have to find it on google!

  • Eric Marcotte, MD May 30, 2011, 8:31 pm

    I recognize Bulleit! Your Husband’s got good taste in the bourbon department!

  • Mac May 30, 2011, 10:44 pm

    That sounds like such a fun girls date 🙂 I really want to see that movie.

  • sarah May 31, 2011, 11:01 pm

    Thank you for this post Caitlin! It is awesome to hear you identify as a feminist. I love that you bring so much intelligence to your health & fitness blog. It really is a pleasure all around. Thanks.

  • Michelle... June 4, 2011, 9:59 pm

    If you’re looking for more good green cleaning options, I can wholeheartedly suggest Bon Ami (the original powder…I haven’t tried any of their other products). I have yet to find anything that cuts grease better in the kitchen, and it’s totally safe and natural. LOVE IT.

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