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So – on Saturday night, we actually went out and DID something.  Since spawn growing began, we have become hermits because my energy level dies after 8 PM.  But we got all gussed up on Saturday, went to a swanky dinner with friends, and then saw the Waynes Brothers do stand-up comedy.  They were hysterical.


Tears were literally running down my cheeks.


Unfortunately, the combination of running 4.0 miles that morning and staying up until 1:30 AM totally did me in.  I ended up sleeping a whopping 21.5 hours between Saturday and Sunday.  I am pretty sure that’s an adult-Caitlin record (teenage-Caitlin has me beat, I am sure).


Scarily enough, I am pretty sure I could go back to sleep right now.  But the work week must commence!


Easy breakfast:


In the mix:


Panda Puffs

Honey roasted peanuts

Soy milk


My body is saying “no, no, no” to the idea of a run, so I’m going to try to go swimming and take James on a long walk at some point.


Something to Do


Have you done your push-ups for the November Push-Up Challenge?  I’m still at 20 regular push-ups and 20 modified ones.  I feel stronger, though!



Something to Read


I teamed up with New Balance as the site’s Wellness Guest Editor and wrote a few freelance articles about healthy living and staying active.  Check ‘em out!


  Healthy Eating Shortcuts that Save Time and Your Sanity

Ditch the All or Nothing Attitude

Cures for Bad Runs: Why Some Workouts Seem Harder than Others



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 14, 2011, 9:22 am

    Congrats on the New Balance articles Caitlin! I can’t wait to read them. Your night out sounds like a lot of fun. I love laughing so hard it makes the tears start… I went to see Russell Peters once when I was in university and it was totally that kind of show! Have a fabulous day!

  • Khushboo November 14, 2011, 9:23 am

    Loveee the Wayans brothers! Did you see White Chicks? Too funny!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 14, 2011, 9:24 am

    what an exciting new opportunity. i can’t wait to read the articles.

    my adult self rarely makes it past 10 p.m. and i’m totally ok with that! my teenage self, though… it was lucky if i started before 10 p.m. i wonder all the time how i did it!

  • Emily November 14, 2011, 9:25 am

    I would love to see the Wayan Brothers!!
    Congrats on the articles, can’t wait to read them all!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 14, 2011, 9:30 am

    Congrats on those articles, that picture collage came out awesome! 21.5 hours of sleep sounds amazing. I’m the kind of person that needs like 10 to feel “rested” and I’m not even pregnant. I’d probably end up hibernating like a bear for 9 months if I were.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas November 14, 2011, 9:45 am

    I loved the waynes brothers when I was growing up. Totally had crushed on marlin! Jealous u saw them!!

  • megan November 14, 2011, 9:50 am

    Pregnancy exhaustion is intense. I swear as soon as I got a positive test I conked out from exhaustion, both times!!

    And please don’t call your baby a spawn! That *might* be more condescending than fetus. I know you’re just trying to be funny, but it could be hurtful to some people- esp people struggling with fertility/multiple miscarriages.

  • Lucy@The Sweet Touch November 14, 2011, 10:04 am

    Hey Caitlin,
    Off subject but I am trying to get my T-giving turkey ordered. I know you won’t be eating turkey but I thought maybe it was you last year who posted a site where people can go to find out where to purchase a turkey locally? Maybe it wasn’t you but I was hoping if you didn’t know maybe one of your readers would…This is our first year hosting T-giving and I think it would be a pretty big bust if we didn’t have a turkey so I better get on this lol! Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out!

  • Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 14, 2011, 10:11 am

    Wow, Caitlin, that banner for New Balance is gorgeous – and the articles are great to boot! Dream job status. 🙂

  • CJ @ November 14, 2011, 10:20 am

    awe congratulations on being New Balance’s guest editor!!! Those articles are so useful and the pictures look fabulous!
    I absolutely LOVE stand up comedy! and I am sure the Wayan’s brothers were hilarious! I am glad you got out of the house but definitely continue to listen to your body! I cant wait to meet baby HTP!

  • Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate November 14, 2011, 10:27 am

    Aren’t easy breakfasts the best? A bowl of cereal will always be my favorite way to start the day.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 14, 2011, 10:44 am

    I’m glad you got a fun night out AND plenty of sleep! sounds like a great weekend!

  • katie @KatieDid November 14, 2011, 10:52 am

    You look awesome in those pictures, and the articles sound like great topics! I thought for a second you meant you slept that much in 1 night haha wo! But that’s even impressive between 2 nights, I’m sure you’re body needs a lot more sleep with all the changes that are happening.

  • Victoria November 14, 2011, 11:05 am

    Hey Caitlin…I absolutely adore you and love the blog, but please please PLEASE do not call your baby your “spawn”…”fetus” isn’t good either. It makes me (and your other blog readers here in my office) cringe. Please, just don’t do it. We still love you though 🙂

    • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 11:17 am

      Not trying to be smart, but what’s the big deal about calling it a spawn (or a fetus)? It is a spawn. And it’s a fetus.

      • Liz November 14, 2011, 11:28 am

        I came to post a comment about the same exact thing.

        Can you please, please not use the word “spawn”? It’s just awful and makes me cringe every time.

        It honestly makes it sound like your carrying some alien child or something and it doesn’t make you sound very happy about being pregnant.

        • Mary November 14, 2011, 11:37 am

          I don’t get it…is there a negative connotation associated with the words “spawn” and “fetus”?

          Fetus is scientifically correct…TOTALLY NOT trying to start anything, I’ve just never heard of anyone being offended by those terms before.

        • Victoria November 14, 2011, 11:39 am

          I knew I wasn’t the only one!

          For starters, like another reader pointed out, it may come off as flippant or condescending to those with fertility issues (that’s not my beef with it at all, but you gotta respect other people’s feelings and I could see that viewpoint).

          My issue with it? I just don’t think it’s cute or funny. Like I said, it makes me cringe. I am also pregnant, and I just think it’s disgusting. I mean, what’s wrong with saying “baby”?

          • Victoria November 14, 2011, 11:42 am

            I totally agree that fetus is scientifically correct, and while I don’t love that term, I can deal. It’s “spawn” that’s the killer.

          • Mary November 14, 2011, 11:46 am

            Interesting…I’m not a mom/have never been pregnant so I can’t really see both sides, which I recognize. Thanks for replying!

          • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 11:52 am

            If you are offended by me calling the baby ‘spawn’ (which is a real word without negative connotations – look it up), then all I can say is that you would really hate me if you knew me in real life.

          • Victoria November 14, 2011, 12:01 pm

            Caitlin: Wow. That was a very nasty reply. You asked me why I didn’t like it, so I told you. If you don’t like comments from readers, you shouldn’t have a place for them or you shouldn’t have asked what the issue was with my comment in the first place. I am really shocked and disappointed by your reponse…I never took you for that kind of person. I think I was very nice in my initial comment and honestly, it’s not that big of a deal. You can call your baby whatever you want to, I was just leaving an opinion which is what I thought this comment area was for. My mistake.

          • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 12:04 pm

            Excuse me Victoria – my reply was not “nasty” – it was honest! If you think me calling the baby a spawn is bad, you would seriously be offended by me in real life right and left. You were the one who said my nickname for my baby (which I actually call it to it’s face) was ‘disgusting.’

          • Victoria November 14, 2011, 12:17 pm

            I’m sorry if I offended you with my comment. It was not my intent, I was just leaving a comment and not trying to be overly critical or offensive. I have a sense of humor, we just disagree on liking the word “spawn”…not a big deal. Again, sorry if you took anything I said that wrong way, and I hope you continue to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

          • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 12:28 pm

            That’s cool, Victoria. 🙂 We can agree to disagree. I’m having an emotional day anyway and am prob more sensitive than I would be normally! I’m sorry.

          • Dawn November 14, 2011, 2:13 pm

            Well we would probably get along in real life because I think it is pretty funny. I guess you just have to have a kind of dry, non-literal sense of humor. I can totally see myself referring to pregnancy as “spawn growing” one day in a wry, jokey way. I think people are arguing over semantics and you are free to call your child baby, spawn, whatever you want without comment from anybody. Yes there is a comment section but I don’t understand why people feel compelled to discuss what you choose to call your child.

          • Anya November 14, 2011, 6:51 pm

            Wow Caitlin that was a nasty reply! I take you as a nice person based on your blog and totally didn’t see that coming from you. We know you’re pregnant and hormonal and all but that doesn’t give you an excuse to be nasty to people– especially your readers! Who are paying your bills by visiting your site! Victoria was just making a comment for crying out loud. If I talked to my clients at work that way (who provide ME with business and therefore pay MY bills) I would be out of a job, pregnant or no. Sorry to be such a downer but I was really taken aback between this and the “I can’t believe you people would eat non-organic meat” thing earlier.

          • Tempe November 14, 2011, 7:06 pm

            So, you’d probably be REALLY offended if you heard me refer to a fetus as a parasite then?

          • Anya November 14, 2011, 7:14 pm

            Well it is kinda a parasite isn’t it 😉 I’m not offended by spawn or parasite, I’m just defending a reader’s right to make a dissenting comment.

      • Eliza November 14, 2011, 8:01 pm

        I think spawn is funny. I was looking for something I might have missed- a negative connotation or something.. but I think it is funny.
        Didn’t someone call the Twilight baby a spawn in the book?

        • Jenna November 14, 2011, 8:27 pm

          AMEN ANYA. I was totally thinking the same thing. Caitlin, I was also surprised by your response – and I hate to say it, but it was on the nasty side. All Victoria (and the multiple other readers who echoed her sentiment) did was make a simple comment about how they didn’t like the word. Victoria in particular was very cute and polite about it and it was obvious she was not trying to be rude or overly critical. You then proceeded to ask her what her issue was with the word, and when she told you (again, she wasn’t rude or offensive), you made some very snide comments and said that she would “hate you”? Come on. And way to go Victoria for taking the high road and refusing to keep arguing by giving some very nice compliments and apologizing (although I don’t think she had a reason to, she did nothing wrong). Now if she had been disrespectful and out of line, this would be a different conversation. But she wasn’t, and she got jumped all over for having a difference of opinion.

          And for the record: I actually think spawn is kinda cool. What’s not cool: being nasty to your readers. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Caitlin, I really hope we just caught you on a bad day.

  • Lisa November 14, 2011, 11:12 am

    This is great! I’ve noticed you’ve done a number of freelance projects over the last while, does this all come from people approaching you after seeing your blog or book? Or do you submit proposals too?

    • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 11:53 am

      Usually it’s people who approach me because of the blog. I used to do a lot more pitches when I wrote more frequently but unfortunately, I just don’t have the time anymore to pitch as much.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 14, 2011, 11:31 am

    Ooh, I would love to see the Waynes brothers!! They’re hilarious!

  • Amy @loveAmyx November 14, 2011, 11:37 am

    Is spawn a term of affection in the US? It sounds negative and spikey to my English ears, no idea why. Often hear people refer to ‘it’ as bean or similar.

    love Amy x

    • Amy @loveAmyx November 14, 2011, 11:40 am

      Sorry, only just realised there have been other comments about the spawn thing – wasn’t meaning to wade it. It just doesn’t sound affectionate to me but then it’s totally up to you what you call your baby. We call ours babyH (OH’s surname initial) or Probie (we love NCIS). In my head I call your baby ‘babyHTP’ but that might be odd to given I don’t IRL know you.

      love Amy x

      • Colleen November 14, 2011, 4:26 pm

        Sorry, I hate to agree with this but I totally do. The only time I’ve ever heard the term spawn used was to describe “devil’s spawn.” Even if the term itself doesn’t have a negative definition, I’m sure many people attach a negative connotation to it.

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 14, 2011, 11:39 am

    Congrats on the New Balance gig. That’s awesome. Also awesome is the addition of honey roasted peanuts to the cereal bowl! Yum! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Laura November 14, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Great articles for New Balance! I’m wondering how many servings your Santa Fe casserole makes? I really want to try it.

    • Caitlin November 14, 2011, 12:05 pm

      4 – 6!

      • Laura November 14, 2011, 1:49 pm

        Thanks! Can’t wait to give it a try.

        • Laura December 2, 2011, 12:15 pm

          I am finally going to make this casserole this weekend, but am just wondering if you could replace the red beans and use all kidney beans? I can’t find the red (Azuki beans). If not, any other suggestions? Thanks again.

          • Caitlin December 2, 2011, 12:16 pm

            @Laura: You could use any beans, really! Black would be good.

          • Laura December 3, 2011, 8:13 pm

            Made this tonight and it was delish. Thanks again.

  • Marisa E November 14, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to see the Wayans brothers in stand up- looks like tons of fun!! I’m also jealous of all that sleep….Zzzzzzz!!! I remember sleeping as much as I could/wanted to pre-baby….*Sigh* Distant memory now ;-)Cherish it girl!!

  • Candice @ Sailing on Paper November 14, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I love your “Ditch the All-or-Nothing Attitude” article. I am a new runner, and I definitely struggle to complete “perfect” runs that fit my training schedule. It’s sometimes hard to see the improvement in my abilities because I’m so stuck on what I didn’t do, instead of what I completed. Thanks for the reminder that “all-or-nothing” is counter-productive and that you should be realistic and create opportunities out of setbacks!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 14, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Sometimes when I oversleep, I can’t get out of the habit and end up sleeping like crazy!! Glad you had fun though!

  • Carolina John November 14, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Wow, that New Balance gig is really cool!

  • marci November 14, 2011, 1:14 pm

    When I got out of the sleepiness phase of the first tri, I was just amazed what my body had been so busy doing! It’s just amazing how your body is so busy doing what it’s supposed to do while you just sleep. So much energy goes to the belly!

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled November 14, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I totally feel you on the energy level! I feel myself fading at 7:30 and then I’m totally out by 9pm. It’s crazy how at 10 weeks you can feel so completely drained.

    And I totally don’t get the negative comments you’re getting on what you choose to call your own baby. Come on people, lighten up!

  • Kris November 14, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Spawn, baby, fetus, Baby HTP — call it whatever you want — it’s your baby 🙂 Give yourself a big hug and have a great Monday!

  • Zulkey November 14, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Wow. I didn’t even notice that Caitlin referred to her babby as “spawn.” Um, it’s her spawn: she can call it “dickhead” for all she likes. Not really anyone else’s concern.

    (Congrats, btw from a snarky lurker.)

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs November 14, 2011, 3:39 pm

    How fun on the NewBalance gig! So I was totally going to go back to the pregnancy rules post and ask you if you were eating peanuts and peanut products, but this post answered it for me! I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other, I was just curious 🙂

  • kristin November 14, 2011, 4:21 pm

    I’m pregnant and I’ve definately referred to my baby as various “offensive” things that to me are terms of endearment. One that I think is particularly fumny is “gremlin” haha. That’s super uncool anyone would criticize you about such a trvial thing… Also does anyone know to never criticize a pregnant woman?! Come onnn that’s like pregnancy rule #1! I hope you and your spawn have an awesome day!

    • kristin November 14, 2011, 4:23 pm

      PS. I slept 15 hrs straight after a really stressful week while pregnant. It was heavenly! Sleep on our spawn need it!

  • Lili November 14, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Wow ~ congrats on the NB opportunity!! You DESERVE it!!
    How often will you be writing there?

  • Avery November 14, 2011, 4:43 pm

    I got on to comment over something and totally forgot after reading all the comments on “spawn-gate”. To add my two cents in, I think the readers who commented on it (Victoria in particular, sorry to single you out) just gave their opinion on something Caitlin wrote. BIG DEAL. I don’t think anyone meant to be malicious or to be mean to the poor pregnant blogger 🙂 (although I do agree that you need to go easy on the comments to pregnant women, I was uber-sensitive when I was pregnant and would snap at the drop of a hat. Blame it on the hormones!) I feel like I gotta stand up for the poor girl who was crucified because she said she didn’t like the word “spawn”. Come on people, since when did it become a crime to say what we think and state our opinions? She said it in a light hearted way (in my opnion) and even apologized if she offended anyone. Part of the fun of the comment page is to read what other people think about what is written. As a strong, intelligent women I like to give a piece of my mind if I feel like it and have no problems if others do as well, as long as it is in a respectful way. Personally Caitlin, I don’t care what you call your baby…to each their own. I just think everyone needs to RELAX over the “spawn” thing. Embrace different opinions and we don’t ALL have to agree. Ok rant over 🙂

  • Carol November 14, 2011, 5:20 pm

    Please stop calling your unborn child a spawn – it sounds so negative ! You are so lucky to have a human life growing inside of you …. cherish that .

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 14, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Ahh The Wayans Brothers are hilarious! 🙂 That must have been so much fun!

  • Jen November 15, 2011, 1:15 am

    Some very interesting things that you have been mixing with your Panda Puffs lately! If I didn’t know better, I’d have to ask “are you pregnant?” 🙂 (hugs)

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 15, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Laughter does wonders for the soul! I bet the little spawn enjoyed the show, too 🙂

    Also, I just noticed that the blog’s banner changes…neat!

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