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Another awesome day coaching Girls on the Run.  It truly is the best part of our week.

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Today’s lesson was on being assertive with your feelings.  We learned the ‘magical combination’ of phrases to use when someone is bothering you (like little brothers!):


I feel …

When you ….

Because it makes me feel ….

So please do ….


We went over the importance of using “I” phrases instead of “You” phrases to make others feel less defensive and promote good, healthy communication.  I swear – the lessons might be for elementary schoolers but they’re good reminders for me, too.  Heh.


Did I say I’m a grown-up?  Because I’m still working through my pack of applesauce crushers.


Additionally, the Husband complimented my side braid, and I actually replied, “Thanks.  It’s sups cool right now.  Totes like Katniss in The Hunger Games.”  He just stared and asked if I was fifteen.


However, I MUST be a grown-up because I have a credit card and placed an order for amazingly delicious Thai food.  Disadvantages of being an adult:  No one cleans up after you, and you have to pay all the bills.  Advantages of being an adult:  If you don’t want to cook because you’ll only be adding to the gigantic pile of dishes in the sink, you can order takeout. 


Oh yeah.


Steamed spring rolls:


And two types of vegetarian curry (which weren’t very curryish, although still tasty) and rice.


I was hoping to go for a run after dinner, but man – my sciatic nerve is acting up.  I did lunges last night (while the dogs sloooowly smelled a tree; very efficient workout) and now my leg is killing me.  Must’ve dipped too low or too much to one side.  Hopefully, it will feel better tomorrow.


Gonna channel my inner kid and get to bed early.  Someone is getting cranky from lack of sleep.



  • Lisa Fine October 27, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Ah! I just got The Hunger Games out from the library, and am hoping to dig into it tonight. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Maren October 27, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Love the shadow picture of you and the hus! My sciatic nerve ALWAYS acts up when I do forward lunges, but I never have issues if I do them backwards! Sometimes I feel like I would get a better workout going forward, but the pain the next day is totally not worth it.

  • Sarah October 27, 2011, 9:15 pm

    Dude, I hear the nights of not wanting to add to the dishes. Good choice 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 27, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I love that shadow picture!

    Definitely lessons we ALL can be reminded of. Dinner looks delish… love avoiding dirty dishes 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 27, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I love not doing dishes!! haha. Good choice 😉

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 27, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I love love love Hunger Games – can’t wait for that movie to come out!

    We call those statements “I Statements” at school – it’s one of the bullying strategies our kids use!

    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 11:23 am

      Yup – we’re going to talk about bullying next week!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 27, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Dang that lesson holds true for adults too! It’s funny how they teach kids all this testing stuff in school and sex ed at such a young age, but they don’t teach this kind of core behavior for communication. I would say it’s the parents’ responsibility, but it should be part of education…along with organization which I sadly missed out on.

  • Amanda October 27, 2011, 9:22 pm

    Oh my gosh I love that first picture you took, love it!!!

    GOTR sounds so great, I wish there was a chapter around here. Great job!

  • Stefanie @ Living HI October 27, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Steamed spring rolls? I’ve never seen those, looks like a healthier option to the fried rolls. I’ll have to keep my eye out for those.

  • Kim @ Wonderings October 27, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Dinner looks amazing! We did takeout too but ours was not that tasty.

  • Lauren October 27, 2011, 10:49 pm

    There are a lot of adults that could benefit from learning about “I” statements 🙂 Taking the time to watch how you word things definitely makes a big difference in how we’re received!
    There are a lot of times I feel more like 17 then 27, this grown up thing isn’t always easy, but thank goodness for takeout.

    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 11:24 am

      Yeah – isn’t there an instruction manual for adulthood???

  • Chelsea October 27, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Mmm thai food is probably my favorite! I have yet to find some delicious vege spring rolls around where I live though 🙁

  • Jillian @ DNA and Dessert October 27, 2011, 11:07 pm

    My sink was full of dishes too today!! But I didn’t order takeout curry, I made my own eggplant coconut curry instead…and did several loads of dishes. Haha.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 27, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Somehow I’ve never actually had spring rolls, though I know I’d love them. And those ones look SO good. Mmmm

  • Rebecca October 28, 2011, 12:22 am

    We totally learned about “I” statements and expressing feelings in my Interpersonal class. 😀

  • Christine @ BookishlyB October 28, 2011, 12:38 am

    Love the shadow picture!

  • Khushboo October 28, 2011, 12:59 am

    I wanna channel my inner child by indulging in nap-time..too bad my j-o-b comes in the way 😉

    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 11:24 am

      being an adult blows. naptime for everyone!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 28, 2011, 1:03 am

    That first picture is so cute. 🙂

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles October 28, 2011, 1:11 am

    My next pet will be named after a Hunger Games character, but I can’t decide which one. Katniss, Peeta, Rue…so many good ones to choose from!
    Anyway, those are great magical combinations – I need to remind my students to use phrases like that, rather than running to me to tattle.

  • Jen October 28, 2011, 1:28 am

    GOTR sounds so awesome – go girls!!! And, totally off-topic, but I’ve just gotta say…GO CARDS!!! (I’m sorry – I’m excited!) 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 11:25 am

      Bah. I can’t believe Miami lost.

      • Jen October 28, 2011, 10:24 pm

        What are you talking about, girlfriend? 🙂 I’m talking baseball – the World Series!!! Cards are ahead right now (knock on wood)! Or, did you realize that & just don’t care because you are still mourning the football loss? If so, I can empathize – my poor college team is really struggling this year (I’m sure yours is doing much better than mine). Anyway, I am happily focusing on BASEBALL right now! 🙂

        • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 10:33 pm

          Hahaha I don’t understand sports.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 28, 2011, 6:09 am

    The Thai food looks really tasty. I’ve never had Thai and I don’t even know where there are any restaurants near by. I’ll have to start searching!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 28, 2011, 7:10 am

    Oooh, I hope your knee feels a bit better soon! 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs October 28, 2011, 7:41 am

    What a very important lesson for children to learn. I wish someone had told me that at a young age, or even in college. 😉

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 28, 2011, 8:15 am

    But most kids can’t appreciate Thai food. Small bonus of being an adult!

  • Amanda October 28, 2011, 8:58 am

    That Thai food looks really, really good – especially the spring rolls. I also had one of those nights yesterday and was so thankful when my husband called on his way home from work and asked if I wanted to order pizza. Best.idea.ever.

    Hope your sciatic nerve stops bothering you soon!

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) October 28, 2011, 9:30 am

    I love the first photo- so artistic 🙂 My little cousins LOVE the applesauce crushers… I don’t really get them, but hey, whatever works.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 28, 2011, 10:14 am

    we had hand pulled noodles for dinner. I vote yes for adulthood!

  • Moni'sMeals October 28, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I was just thinking how great being a kid is… at the park yesterday. I was watching 3 kids do rolls down the hill laughing so hard, getting dizzy, and then doing it all over again. 🙂

    Hope that sciatic nerve feels better.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 28, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I am always working on “I statements” with my kids (I’m a teacher.). They do pretty well at it.

  • Amber K October 28, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I’m STILL trying to get myself to remember to use “I” statements. It’s tough to change years worth of saying it the other way. Good lesson to teach them while they are still young!

  • Sara October 28, 2011, 3:16 pm

    It’s COLD here in Pennsylvania (outside of Philly)! Well, colder than it’s been in a long while – they’re even calling for the first nor’easter of the season!

    Lucky me, though – I’m flying to Kansas tonight and the high temperatures for the next few days are either in the 70s or 60s! I’m running a 5k with some friends in Lawrence this Saturday and am going to have break out my warmer weather running clothes for this trip!

    • Sara October 28, 2011, 3:20 pm

      *Sorry – meant to leave that comment above on your most recent post. I clicked the wrong link in my Google Reader!

      And I just check the actual hourly forecast for our 5k and it’s going to be THIRTY-NINE degrees there at race time. So, looks like I’ll be packing the long-sleeve shirt and running tights after all!

  • Alett October 28, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I feel…really happy

    When you…post fun blog posts about GOTR & deelish food.

    Because it makes me feel…like smiling & doing a jig

    So please do…keep up with your awesomesauce blog.


    • CaitlinHTP October 28, 2011, 5:39 pm

      Thanks 🙂 And epic use of awesomesauce.

  • Alett October 28, 2011, 4:44 pm

    p.s. My sciatic nerve has been bothering me for WEEKS.

    I finally figured out that it probably started b/c my bike (Flurry, yep that’s her name) was not fit properly. Due to poor fit I was even more scrunched up or hunched than usual cyclists. This plus poor core strength & me being lax on my yoga = sciatic issue.

  • Eliza October 29, 2011, 2:53 am

    Yummmm.. did you specifically ask for steamed spring rolls or were they on the menu?

    • Caitlin October 29, 2011, 12:44 pm

      They were on the menu and are MUY BUENO!

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