Dinner Date

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When I left for Philadelphia on Friday, the Husband promised he’d pick me up from the airport on Sunday and take me out on a dinner date.  I think he knew I’d be sad to leave all my blog friends at the Healthy Living Summit


Kristien had a busy weekend while I was away.  He attended a three-day conference about the thyroid, one of his favorite parts of the body (the endocrine system runs a close second).  He was bubbling with fun facts all throughout dinner.  My Husband, the medical nerd. 


I was whisked from the airport to Basil, a delicious Thai restaurant in Uptown Charlotte that I’ve only gone to once before.

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I ordered the Vegetable Delight with tofu and jasmine rice.


And, boy – was it delightful!  The veggies were crisp, light, and flavorful, not mushy.   



I ate every single veggie on that plate.   Perfect meal, perfect date, perfect conversation.


Guess who else was particularly excited to see me?


My little bullet!  We’re cuddling on the couch, and I’m sipping a tea.  I love to travel, but it always feels so good to come home.


Oh, and I left this little motivation in the airplane bathroom.  Writing Operation Beautiful notes always makes me so happy. 


Have a lovely Sunday night!



  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 21, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Woohoo that dinner looks beautiful! I’m interested in all those fun facts the Husband learned about the thyroid, seeing as mine hates me!

  • Kim @ Wonderings August 21, 2011, 9:13 pm

    That dinner looks great! Always nice to come home from a trip and not have to worry about what you have to make for dinner.

  • Jenn August 21, 2011, 9:15 pm

    What a nice date night!

    I agree, traveling is always fun but coming home is always better! 🙂

  • Brittany August 21, 2011, 9:21 pm

    Yay! Glad ya’ll had a fun date 🙂 This made me smile– thyroid/endocrinology is one of my favorite parts of the body! I work at an Endocrinologist’s office- it’s amazing how the thyroid can affect so many parts of the body!

    • Reenie August 23, 2011, 10:31 am

      You ain’t a kiddin’!!!

      I wish I had the $$$ to fly to see The Husband about my thyroid.

  • Bonnie August 21, 2011, 9:22 pm

    SO fun! I got stuck at the airport and then my flight was cancelled entirely…here in a motel for another night. But after reading your post, I think I might ask my husband to make sure we have a bottle of wine on hand and/or go out to dinner ourselves too when I’m finally home tomorrow. 😉 Loved the weekend and meeting you, Caitlin! Looking forward to more interactions in the future! -Bonnie (the blonde dreaded girl)

  • Shaya August 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I keep hoping to see an Operation Beautiful note somewhere… except now I realize I should probably be posting them myself first :S

    Anyway, it’s nice to come home from vacay (or a weekend away) and immediately go out to eat. Sometime, it’s just necessary to not have to worry about getting in the kitchen and whipping something up.

    Happy you’re home with your doggies and hubby!

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:01 am

      I keep posting in hopes that I will find one!

  • The Purple Carrot August 21, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Perfect thing to do after getting home from a weekend away? A dinner date! 🙂

  • Lisa August 21, 2011, 9:50 pm

    My husband is a medical nerd too. I like to send him med-related articles I come across and get his opinion. FYI, I am not a med nerd…I just like to hear my husband talk. 🙂

  • Mel August 21, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Bahahaha…”the Husband” is hilarious. I have an appreciation for people who are not afraid to totally “geek out” about something they love. Have a good night!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 21, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Look at your hottie husband! I love boys in ball caps. I’m glad you had a great time. xo

  • maya August 21, 2011, 10:10 pm

    I’d also be really interested to hear what the Husband has to say about the thyroid.. Particularly as it relates to overactive thyroid and its impact on.. well, everything.

    • Amara August 21, 2011, 11:47 pm

      Me too! I’m hyperthyroid and I’ve tried acupuncture with some success but stress starts it up again. Especially if he has some advice on diet etc.

  • Baking N Books August 21, 2011, 10:16 pm

    The Husband – so sweet 🙂 I wonder – do health professionals such as himself feel “pressure” to be really healthy-like? They know and research so much on what’s right to eat, drink, do, de-stress, etc…it can be overwhelming!

    The note…well, I have decide I am going to start posting sticky-notes up as well…as in all over my apartment. I need it.

  • Army Amy* August 21, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I had Indian food for the first time yesterday, and I was just thinking that I want to try Thai next!*

  • Carin August 21, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Your dinner looked SO yummy and is exactly what I would have chosen!

    Is that an earring on the Hubby in the top photo – or an optical illusion? He could totally rock an earring, I reckon – presumably could even do a DIY version with a stronger shove of an acupuncture needle?! There’s an additional business opportunity for you!

    • Caitlin August 21, 2011, 10:32 pm

      bawhahahah awesome comment. it’s an optical illusion!

      • Carin August 21, 2011, 10:48 pm

        Caitlin, I live to make you chuckle… mebbe Mr HTP should think about the earring? I got my nose pierced recently (as part of my challenge/ self perception project)and it’s cool – my husband think’s it a visible sign of a mid-life crisis though!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 21, 2011, 10:53 pm

    Vacations are amazing, but coming home can be even better. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed a dinner date with the hubs!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 21, 2011, 11:14 pm

    What a good husband! Gotta find me one of those, haha. And I’ve got to do a better job of remembering to put up Operation Beautiful post-its! I carry post its around with me but I keep forgetting! Hopefully I can make it a habit!

  • Michelle@ Crazy*Running*Legs August 21, 2011, 11:19 pm

    “It was smaller than I imagined it would be…” That’s what she said? 😉

    Looks like you all had an amazing time!!

    Can you please send that Thai restaurant down to Orlando. YUM!!

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:12 am

      Have you been to Royal Thai on Semoran near Colonial?? You must go.

      • Michelle August 22, 2011, 10:53 am

        I went once – it was packed and had a less than stellar experience. I’ll have to try again! we usually go to a Thai place in Waterford. Their food is good – but no nearly as amazing looking as what you ate last night!

        • CaitlinHTP August 22, 2011, 12:28 pm

          Wah. Maybe it was a fluke? Or maybe its going downhill? I recommend the spring rolls and the panaag tofu!

  • Jen August 21, 2011, 11:31 pm

    I really love your sticky notes. They always put a smile on my face. And if I get a smile on my face by just from seeing a picture of one you posted, I can only imagine how many smiles are created by people actually finding these notes in public. Do you give me permission to start leaving them places? I would write operationbeautiful.com at the bottom. I want to help spread your love!

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:09 am

      Of course!!! Anyone can post. Snap a pic and email it to me at operationbeautiful@gmail.com and I’ll put it up on the site.

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) August 21, 2011, 11:40 pm

    There is always something so great about coming home. My puppy loves it when I come home as well- sadly, I’ll be leaving her for college in a week! I can’t imagine life without her. 🙁

  • Khushboo August 21, 2011, 11:49 pm

    Having something to look fwd to always makes the ending of a great weekend easier! I hope to one day personally come across one of your post-its, would be so uplifting!

  • Katie August 21, 2011, 11:58 pm

    The thyroid is part of the endocrine system! 🙂

  • Stephie August 22, 2011, 12:23 am

    I hope you don’t mind me saying, but your husband is hot!!!!

    • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots August 22, 2011, 7:31 am

      That’s pretty much exactly what I came in here to say. 🙂

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:08 am

      I know 🙂 I know. He’s a looker!!! Hehe.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf August 22, 2011, 3:42 am

    The husband is so cute!

    • Sophie @ threetimesf August 22, 2011, 3:42 am

      I meant in an adorable sort of way, but actually Stephie is quite true…! (I bet he loves these comments!)

      • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:08 am

        Hehe don’t worry, he loves it.

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 22, 2011, 6:25 am

    airplane bathroom! that is an awesome place because it can reach so many people, women and men! I am glad you had a nice weekend. I was thrilled to meet you…you are just as sweet in person as I imagine after reading for so long!

  • Lauren August 22, 2011, 6:44 am

    I have to echo everyone who is asking to hear what the husband learned about the thyroid. Sounds like lots of us have thyroid issues and would love to hear his perspective. I started seeing an acupuncturist for skin issues about two months ago, and it’s really helping! It’s a slow process, but things are starting to get better. That’s more than I can say for anything my dermatologist ever did for me. Reading about acupuncture on this blog was a big factor in my decision to finally give it a try. I owe you and the husband a big thank you for that!

    • Caitlin August 22, 2011, 9:08 am

      I am so glad your acupuncturist is helping you! I will ask him about the thyroid post 🙂

      Thank you 🙂

  • Tasha @ Voracious Eats August 22, 2011, 7:19 am

    Your pooch looks so much like my Polly! I just got back from a week in London and she was SO happy to see me. There is nothing like dingo cuddles to welcome you home, eh?

    Your meal looks lovely!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION August 22, 2011, 7:33 am

    I love the welcome home that pups give. Yours looks particularly excited, if I say so myself…haha. What a cutie! 😀

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 22, 2011, 8:10 am

    What a thoughtful hubby! Being welcomed home by a puppers is one of the best things ever though. Their enthusiasm cannot be matched!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count August 22, 2011, 8:28 am

    I’ve never found anything That nice in an airplane bathroom. I really need to start doing that. What a truly lovely idea!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats August 22, 2011, 8:40 am

    I am also obsessed about learning about the thyroid, mainly because I don’t have one! It’s totally one of those you don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone.

    Yay for dinner dates! My Dude cooked for me last night because he knew how pooped I was. Conferencing can really take it out of you! (and it was so awesome to finally meet you too!)

  • Stephanie August 22, 2011, 8:48 am

    I find that having a dog makes it so much easier to come home from a vacation! I’m glad you had such a great time at HLS. I enjoyed reading all about it on various blogs.

  • lindsay August 22, 2011, 9:23 am

    yum! basil is my favorite restaurant! we have two in charleston and i could eat there every day.

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats August 22, 2011, 9:58 am

    That food looks delicious! And I love that pic of Maggie running on her tiny legs!!

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly August 22, 2011, 10:03 am

    Is your hubby a UM fan? ! My man and I are big U fans!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 22, 2011, 10:44 am

    That is the funniest/cutest picture of Maggie I’ve ever seen! I was gone all week and my husband surprised me and picked me up in NYC instead of making me take the commuter train up north to go home. It definitely makes the end of a vacation/friend filled week more bearable 😉

  • Kimberly August 22, 2011, 11:13 am

    is it inappropriate for me to say.. the husband is looking particularly smokin’ in that pic 😉 Glad you are home safely with your loves!

    • CaitlinHTP August 22, 2011, 12:28 pm

      He says thanks 🙂

  • Brittney August 22, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Mmmm, I love Basil! They have great Thai food! So fun hanging out with you this weekend. We’ll have to get together in the Queen City to hang out more 🙂

  • Amber K August 22, 2011, 1:19 pm

    What an awesome hubby. Glad you got to celebrate another night out!

  • The Healthy Engineer August 22, 2011, 4:11 pm

    I just came back from Thailand so I had allll of that good food every day.

    I don’t know if people have already commented (most probably, yes) but your husband reminds me of someone in Modern Family! Maybe it’s just the red hair…

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 22, 2011, 7:03 pm

    Haha I think I would love having a conversation with your hubby – hormones fascinate me! I was actually thinking of going into endocrinology before I decided on nutrition.

    I’m glad you had a fun date night! 🙂

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