A Pool Buddy

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My Saturday night is going to consist of these fierce stick-on nail polish strips and the Graham Norton show: 


Americans – you must get on the Graham Norton train!  Funniest talk show ever.  We watch it on BBC America (which, of course, is a TV staple when you’re married to a Brit).


Guess who accompanied me to the pool today?


The Husband!  I was so excited.  I never have a swimming buddy at the pool.  This was his first time doing laps in years, but he did really well.  Now, if only I could convince him to do a triathlon with me… Hmm…


I swam 1,000 yards and ran 2.5 miles.  Wahoo, training!


Feasts of the day:


Scrambled eggs, Mmmm Sauce, toast, and sweet potato (split with Hus):


Eggs + Mmmm Sauce = Heaven


Banana and peanut butter snack:


And we got takeout from a reader-recommended restaurant, Zizi’s (check out their amaaaazing website address: AwesomeVegan2Go.com – seriously. How great is that?).  I claimed that Luna’s Living Kitchen was Charlotte’s only vegetarian restaurant, but I was wrong – Zizi’s has a great menu AND they deliver.


I kind of have a tummy ache so I just got a big Garden salad with tons of veggies (I poured balsamic all over) and a veggie mash of parsnips, potatoes, and cauliflower.  Must create the mash at home!


Let my cra-azy Saturday night begin!



  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 9, 2011, 9:18 pm

    Those stick-on nail designs look awesome! I’m dying to try Mmmm sauce! What else do you eat it with?

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:43 am

      stir fries! mmmm!

  • Baking 'n' Books July 9, 2011, 9:19 pm

    I was wondering if the “Hus” worked out much or not? I don’t know if you’ve talked about it in the past – but is he supportive of your work-out habits? I’m sure he is! But just curious as I know it can be a source of conflict in many relationships when one person isn’t as active or wants to do other things, etc. Or I assume he’s super busy with the clinic and his own interests as well – golf! 🙂

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:43 am

      he runs with me twice a week and he golfs once or twice a week 🙂 He’s not into racing but he likes doing other stuff. thank god we both dont like racing, it would be too expensive 🙂 hehe

  • SassyingSarah July 9, 2011, 9:33 pm

    I love Graham Norton so much. A couple of weeks ago with Bear Grylls and Kathy Griffin was great!
    I also love mmmm sauce. It is so yummy with eggs.

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:44 am

      ohmigod, that episode was hysterical.

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 9, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I think your Saturday night sounds awesome. I also think I would be your swimming buddy in exchange for some mmmmmmmm sauce. It is too bad I’m not in Charlotte for work every 4-6 weeks anymore. Maybe later.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 9, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Graham Norton is a hoot. Saturdays in our house are full of Dr. WHO or Torchwood or Being Human or whatever is on at 9pm and then Graham…about to turn him on right now. (TWSS although he might not like it 😉 )

  • Ely July 9, 2011, 10:05 pm

    I tried that pattern of nail polish strips a few weeks ago – got sooooo many compliments on them. And they’re super easy to use!!! Have fun! 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 9, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try those stick on strips. Think they would work on toes?

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:44 am

      naw, they aren’t wide enough. but i bet they come out with them soon!

  • Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice July 9, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I love the looks of those nail designs! Im going to look for them the next time in in the drug store.

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour July 9, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I wish my boyfriend would train with me sometime. I don’t think I have any chance of convincing him to do a triathlon with me

  • Dominique July 9, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I just joined my BF’s gym and it was surprisingly fun. We were the only ones in the 24/7 gym and got to “run” the place. I got to watch Say Yes to the Dress and Iron Chef America which distracted me from the fact that I was exercising. Win!

    I have a box of those Salon Nail things too. Mine is the houndstooth pattern though. I have yet to try them because I’m a little worried I’m going to screw it up and they cost $9 over here. Can you post a pic of your nails when you’re done? Maybe that’ll encourage me to do mine.

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:45 am

      Sure! I’ll take one later. It was super easy.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 9, 2011, 11:42 pm

    For some reason, those scrambled eggs look aaaamazing.. my cravings are weird.
    And that actually sounds like a nice Saturday night! I love chill nights in once in a while.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 10, 2011, 12:16 am

    I’m glad the husband went with you! It is fun to workout with Jason now and then.

    That mash sounds delicious — good luck with the recreation!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 10, 2011, 12:17 am

    I beg my husband to run/workout with me but I’m only successful like 5% of the time.

  • Mama Pea July 10, 2011, 12:53 am

    I made a double batch of Mmmm Sauce tonight…and thought of you. Weird, huh? 🙂

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:45 am

      Mmmm Sauce = Caitlin

  • yolie @ practising wellness July 10, 2011, 1:01 am

    awesome for swimmimg with the husband, that must’ve been so fun! the kiwi (my bf) asked if he could do yoga with me later today…i am so excited, lol! 😀 love the graham norton show…we watched an episode with ewan mcgregor last week, and it made me laugh until I cried, lol! 😛 hope your tummy feels better xyx

  • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle July 10, 2011, 1:22 am

    Oooh can’t wait to see how the nails turn out! I really want to try those but I never got around to getting some as I worried it would be a bit faffy to do… As a fellow Brit I share the love for all things BBC America 😉

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies July 10, 2011, 2:20 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and half, but earlier today, I was reading some of your old old blog posts from back when you first started blogging in 2008. I noticed that back in the day, you used to talk about how many calories you were burning in your workouts, and how you would feel guilty about eating certain foods and whatnot. Now you’re the founder of Operation Beautiful! It’s really cool to see where you’ve come from in the last 3 years. You’re pretty freaking awesome, just thought i’d let you know. 🙂

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:46 am

      Thanks girl! Yes, my mindset has definitely evolved! I’m more more health-focused than appearance-focused. It’s a lot easier to maintain good habits when you’re health focused, that’s for sure!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 10, 2011, 4:57 am

    I love Graham Norton, he’s hilarious! Been watching him for years here in Ireland 🙂

  • Mary July 10, 2011, 5:45 am

    how awesome the hus joined you at the pool! sometimes having a training buddy isn’t so bad 🙂

  • Kathryn July 10, 2011, 6:42 am

    Ahhh I just got those exact same nail things…can’t wait to see how they turn out since I’m a bit unsure of how to put them on 🙂

  • Kate July 10, 2011, 7:00 am

    Oh Graham Norton – he’s an Irish staple 🙂 If you’re a fan, check out old episodes of Fr. Ted (the mainland is the episode name if you’re interested ha 😀 )
    Love your blog btw 🙂

    • Caitlin July 10, 2011, 8:46 am

      Thanks Kate 🙂

  • Emily @ Relishments July 10, 2011, 7:57 am

    I can’t wait to hear how you like those nail polish strips. One of my friends loves them, but I’ve been scared to try!

  • Kelly July 10, 2011, 8:54 am

    HA! Your Saturday night sounds just about perfect to me! 🙂

  • Anne July 10, 2011, 9:19 am

    I lovelovelove Graham Norton – he is HYSTERICAL. Did you see the episode with Cher and the balloon guy? It’s from several years ago, but it’s worth digging up, because it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 11:57 am

      haha I have NOT seen that one but it sounds good. Graham + Cher = Awesomesauce

  • Paige @Running Around Normal July 10, 2011, 9:28 am

    Hey, I have those press ons right now! I got so many compliments on my nails while shopping yesterday, haha

  • Sarah July 10, 2011, 9:37 am

    Thanks for sharing about ZiZi’s, I had no idea it existed and I have lived in Charlotte for a looong time! Good luck with training!!

  • Michelle July 10, 2011, 9:55 am

    I LOVE those sally hansen things. SO easy to put on and even though they’re 9 bucks, that’s still cheaper then a manicure!!

  • Karin July 10, 2011, 10:14 am

    We should all sign a virtual petition to encourage the husband to do the tri

  • Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) July 10, 2011, 11:50 am

    All that food looks great! I have got to try that mmm sauace.

    And yay for getting your husband to the pool 🙂 Hope you had fun!

  • Amber K July 10, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I must have messed up the Mmm sauce somehow. I made it and instantly hated it. My husband and bff described it as “eh” sauce. Like they didn’t love it, but weren’t opposed either. But then, I wonder if my palate just isn’t adventurous enough. I don’t think I like curry!

    But that veggie mash sounds tasty! Parsnips, potatoes and cauliflower are all delicious.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 10, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Something about that banana and PB snack looks perverted to me? Lol. I can’t wait to try the mash when you re-create it!

    P.S. My Saturday night was crazy too- Harry Potter on ABC family while reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 10, 2011, 1:08 pm

    The couple that works out together, stays together 🙂

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 10, 2011, 1:12 pm

    That veggie mash looks delicious – I’ve never even thought to try something like that!

  • Amna July 10, 2011, 3:11 pm

    oooh, what brand peanut butter is that??! looks delicious!

  • Kate July 10, 2011, 5:54 pm

    How did you like the Sally Hansen nail kit? I did the one with butterflies last month and really liked how easy it was to put on (I’m pretty clutzy) and how my nails didn’t show signs of chipping for a week.

    • CaitlinHTP July 10, 2011, 9:32 pm

      I love it! i think its so cute.

  • Sami July 11, 2011, 9:12 am

    LOVE the nail polish. I tried out the cheetah print not long ago, and fell head over heels. You have to share that veggie mash recipe if you concoct it! (: The pic reminds me of some kinda potato salad.


  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 11, 2011, 9:26 am

    I adore Graham Norton! And I’m so happy to hear of other fans of his!

    I lived in London for a couple of years, and pretty much live for anything and everything British (and Irish!). I always have, and always will.

    BBC America rocks. (Except for the fact that they don’t run EastEnders).


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