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Random story:  regardless of whether you share the bed with someone, do you have a side?  I am firmly a ‘whatever-side-is-further-from-the-door’ sleeper, which is currently on the right side in our bed.  But the Husband and I switched sides last night, and sleeping on the left side was SO WEIRD.  The whole ceiling looked different from the left side. 


I think my brain is fried from this cra-zy week.  All I’ve got for you is a story about sleeping arrangements.  But maybe it’s actually a really deep life metaphor?  Oh yeah.  I’m reaching, I know.


So – let’s talk about FOOD!


I’ve been eating mini-meals today.  Normally, I’m not much of a grazer but nothing seemed super appealing so it’s just bits of this and that.  Like taquitos from Trader Joe’s.


And rice cakes with sunflower butter.


And a yummy strawberry and soy milk smoothie.


Oh, how I longed for a straw while drinking this smoothie.


No vegetables for lunch – unless salsa counts?  Apparently the tomato sauce on pizza counts, so….


Just remembered that I’m running a 5K tomorrow!  And I’m so excited.  I haven’t raced in well over two months, and I can’t wait to give it my best effort. 


Questions of the day:  Do you have a sleeping side?  Or are you running a race this weekend?



  • Rachel December 9, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I don’t really have a side, but SO absolutely does, so I get whatever side he doesn’t want.

    Unfortunately, in our current bedroom, that puts me closest to the door and I don’t like it!

  • Jill @ Just Focus Well December 9, 2011, 3:56 pm

    We definitely have a sleeping side while we’re at our house, but when we are traveling, it just depends on how the bed is situated in the room, how close it is to the bathroom or a window, etc. Serious things to think about, you know 🙂

  • Ashley @ This Is The Place December 9, 2011, 3:58 pm

    I absolutely have a side. The husband doesn’t care which side he sleeps on, but switching is crazy for me. It’s unfortunate because, since we moved, my “side” is the side next to the window (the COLD side). We tried to switch, but I couldn’t do it.

  • lauren December 9, 2011, 3:58 pm

    I’ve always slept on the left side, and it’s also been the side closest from the door. In hotels, I usually sleep on the side closest to the bathroom…I tend to bump into walls easily 🙂
    No races for me this weekend, but last weekend I ran a Jingle Bell 5K for the Arthritis Foundation and it was awesome! I PRd and placed in my division, which I never thought would happen to me – small races are the best!
    Good luck tomorrow!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 9:30 am

      @lauren: WOW!! Go you!!!

  • Rebecca December 9, 2011, 3:58 pm

    I’d never actually thought about this until recently, because fitting more than one person in my bed would be hard, haha. But almost every time I sleep in a larger bed (spending the night at the neighbors’, or sharing the hide-a-bed with my sister at Grandma’s), I’ve slept on the left. I’m like you–away from the door if at all possible. But I think there’ve been times when that has meant sleeping on the right. But I think for the most part I’m a left-side person.

  • erica December 9, 2011, 3:59 pm

    i think i sleep closest to the bathroom. lol. i always have to pee in the middle of the night. i like the shortest route possible.

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife December 9, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Funny thing, I was just having this conversation with a coworker 10 minutes ago. When we first started living together we had to switch sides, since we were sleeping in a full. I have some major sleep issues, and have to fall asleep on my left side. Well, if I’m sleeping on the right side of a full size bed, that put my back too close to the edge. Now that we have our king, I don’t think it makes much of a difference although I have yet to go back to the right side of the bed.

    “But then the ocean would be on the wrong side!” – Richard Burke, Friends.

  • jamie@cueyourlife.com December 9, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I have got to remember the rice cake/sunflower butta combo next time I go to the store! Yumm!

  • Mellissa December 9, 2011, 4:05 pm

    My side is always closest to the door, even if it means switching sides depending on a hotel room.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 9, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Def have a side –the one closest to the bathroom door! (B/c I have to pee a lot)

  • Ann December 9, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I was very set on my side of the bed (furthest from the door), until I got pregnant. Getting up several times a night to take trips to the bathroom was much easier when it was a straight shot from bed to door instead of navigating around in the dark! We’re planning to switch back once the baby comes and the bassinet is on the other side, but it was surprisingly easy to adapt for 8 months, especially for a creature of habit, like me.

  • katie @ KatieDid December 9, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Considering I’ve never had larger than a twin bed in my life, I have the middle and always have! Good luck with your race!!

  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner December 9, 2011, 4:07 pm

    I’m a left side of the bed sleeper (if you’re facing the bed). My husband forced us to switch one night and I couldn’t stand it! It was too weird!

  • Beth @ 990 Square December 9, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I ALWAYS sleep on the right. ALWAYS.

    Have a great race tomorrow! Did you get a running for two shirt? 🙂

  • Shannon December 9, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I like to sleep closest to the door. I know it’s usually the man who sleeps close so they can be a protector, etc. but…
    1) my boyfriend would probably sleep through anything I would need protecting for
    2) I like being closer to the kitchen, bathroom, etc even if it is just a few feet.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 9:35 am

      @Shannon: heheh you can do the protecting too!

  • michelle December 9, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I sleep closest to the door, always! My aunt and I were talking about this and she said that she’d heard that women usually take the side closest to an exit because instinct tells them they will need to get up to feed a baby! I never thought about that and I don’t have kids but I thought back to every woman in my life and they all sleep on the side closest to the door!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 9, 2011, 4:26 pm

    When I’m at home, the left side of the bed is the one I always sleep on – even though I have the entire thing to myself! If I’m on hotel or sharing with someone, it doesn’t really matter to me. And I hear ya on the crazy week – SO ready for the weekend!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 9, 2011, 4:36 pm

    It’s just me in my bed, and it’s so small that I take up the whole thing 🙂 I’m racing a 5k with my uncle tomorrow- so excited!

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy December 9, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I’m currently a left sider (nearest to the door). Not sure I like it persay, but the manfriend and I decided that because I often get up early to workout and don’t want to walk all the way around the bed and trip on something or just make more noise than necessary.

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions December 9, 2011, 4:52 pm

    I HAVE to sleep on the right side of the bed! However, if hubby is not home or not in bed yet, I find myself creeping toward his side… We did switch sides one night when he was *convinced* that his side of the bed was giving him back pain, and I didn’t sleep well. So strange!

  • Briana December 9, 2011, 4:53 pm

    I love days where I graze.. and sure, salsa is a veggie, just..pureed!

    Have fun tomorrow at your 5k!

  • Jess December 9, 2011, 4:56 pm

    I’m a left sider. I think it is because when I was little my dad (a left side sleeper) was away a lot, so I got away with sleeping with mum if I had a bad dream etc. It obviously happened enough that now as an adult I am a left side sleeper! Sometimes I will swap with my partner (he is deaf in his left ear so we can’t talk in bed when on our usual sides) but it is odd and we quickly swap back!!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 9:35 am

      @Jess: aww this is sweet!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 9, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I have a giant queen size bed all to myself but only sleep on the right quarter of it…not even the whole right half!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 9, 2011, 4:57 pm

    i definitely have a sleeping side (because i share with a hubby), but when i have the bed to myself, i sleep right in the middle taking up as much space as possible!

  • Johanna B December 9, 2011, 5:16 pm

    I have always slept on the right side of the bed but I lean toward the left if you get my drift.

  • Kim @ Wonderings December 9, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Definitely sleep as far away from the door as possible. My husband thinks it’s funny because he always tries to switch it up when we travel. Can’t sleep if we are backwards!

  • Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes December 9, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I am definitely a close to the door sleeper! Sometimes I switch it up if I am not home, but 99% of the time I am by the door. I wonder if there is some subconscious meaning behind it? I love those taquitos from tj.

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets December 9, 2011, 5:38 pm

    I too sleep on the side away from the door! I can’t sleep close to it, even on vacation.

    We have our GOTR 5K this weekend! I’m so excited!

  • Rachel December 9, 2011, 5:38 pm

    hubs & i definitely have our own sides! it just feels weird when you switch…good luck on your race tomorrow! i’m so jealous. lots of my friends have been racing lately & i miss the rush! i’ve already got 2 races i’m going to sign up for next year after this bebe is born in Feb. i NEVER thought i’d say this, but i miss running!

  • Kelley December 9, 2011, 5:48 pm

    haha I’ve been eating random meals lately too. Vegetables are always tough, I’ve been drinking V8 here and there to fill in the gaps a bit. I bought a Snoogle this weekend!! Can’t wait to break it out. I hear sleeping on the left side is good for the baby, but it won’t matter til week 28 or so I think. =)

  • Liz A December 9, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Yep… I always sleep farthest from the door. Hubs and I are currently in our fourth apartment together so we’ve had to switch a few times!

    And yes, I would count salsa as a vegetable.

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 9, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Mmmm…sunflower seed butter! 🙂

  • Army Amy* December 9, 2011, 6:39 pm

    I sleep on the right side of the bed. When my husband left for his deployment, I migrated toward the middle, but I would never sleep on his side. It’s reserved for him when he comes back!*

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 9, 2011, 6:53 pm

    We definitely have our sides if the bed and have for almost 17 years. It just feels right. I don’t know that I could switch, but now I want to know if it would work.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 9, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Always on the left side! Lol and I sleep alone!

  • Joey December 9, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Mmmm taquitos… What kind are those? They are one food I REALLY miss since being more picky about my sources of meat…

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 9:37 am

      @Joey: They are the black bean and cheese ones from TJs!

  • Kristina December 9, 2011, 8:15 pm

    always on the right side, unless that side is up against a wall! I need to have access out of the bed without disturbing my boyfriend since I am always up going to the bathroom, getting water, turing up/down the heat, etc.

  • Jillian December 9, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Oh man, please give me the recipe for that smoothie. It looks so good.

    “Woot-woot!” for the 5k 🙂

  • Alaina December 9, 2011, 8:30 pm

    My husband and I definitely have sides. I sleep on the right. Even when he’s not here! 🙂

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith December 9, 2011, 8:38 pm

    I thought it was weird that we don’t have right side or left side, rather, I sleep on the side closest to the door. Don’t know why, just realized it about a year ago that I always have. Now I don’t feel so weird though hearing yours.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 9, 2011, 8:39 pm

    So the Husband and I sleep in the bed that used to be in my room at my parent’s house (it’s a queen) and weirdly, when we got married I wanted the side of the bed that I had never slept in. I always slept in the right side of the bed (when you’re standing in front of it), but I have this thing where I can’t be on the left side of someone, and if I were to sleep on that side, I would be on the left side of him.

  • Emily December 9, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Whichever side is farthest from the closet door! When I was a kid (like 5…), I watched the Poltergeist marathon on tv during Halloween and ever since I can’t sleep near a closet door and it must always remain closed for fear of being sucked in. At the moment, this means the right side…oh, irrational fears, they make life so interesting 😉

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul December 9, 2011, 9:13 pm

    first of all, that smoothie looks soooooooo dreamy! You should sell ’em 😉 And I have a funky routine!! I first seem to turn to my left. When I get tired of that position and slowly start falling asleep, I turn to the right. And then on my back. haha, it’s complicated I know.

  • Suzanne December 9, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Not running this weekend but will be next weekend. Good luck in your 5K!

    Allan prefers to sleep closest to the door so I sleep on the right side. When he’s gone I sleep directly in the middle and usually at some sort of odd angle.

  • Jen December 9, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Good luck with your race tomorrow! Just enjoy it and hopefully the weather will cooperate.

    How do you make your smoothie to get it so thick??!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 9:38 am

      @Jen: way too many strawberries 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 9, 2011, 10:04 pm

    My sleep has been horrible lately! 5 hours last night which isn’t horrible for many people..but it drains me. And I WOULD be running a marathon tomorrow if it weren’t for an injury that had me sidelined. 🙁

  • Jen December 9, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I get the right side, he gets the left. We tried switching once in the summer a few years ago because he wanted the a/c on and I said it was too cold (the unit was in the window right next to me) and wow, that was the weirdest sleep ever! Everything about his side of the bed just felt wrong! Nice to see we’re not the only ones with this bedtime quirk, lol. Good luck with your race tomorrow!

  • Dominique December 9, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I sleep on the right and Sean sleeps on the left. I didn’t really give him a choice when we moved in; I chose first. I’ve never slept on his side but tonight I’m home alone (he went home to visit his parents) so I’m going to stretch out all over the bed. I think it would be too weird to sleep on his side.

    The taquitos from Trader Joe’s always look so good. What’s inside? I wish we had a TJ here in Canada.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 9, 2011, 11:04 pm

    We have sides in the bed and specific seats at the table. I’m the same way about being the farthest from the door and in hotels if there are two beds I’ll sleep on the bed farthest from the bathroom/door.
    Good luck tomorrow!

  • *Michelle December 10, 2011, 12:06 am

    Yes, and YES(for the first time since high school)!!

    First off, sleeping on the wrong side is just WEIRD!!!! I can’t do it. I have literally rolled OVER my husband to get back to my side of the bed. 🙂

    Just found out today that they changed the race course, so what was supposed to be a 5k with 2 not too steep 300ft climbs is now a 6k with 1 (mofo) STEEP 700 ft climb. ZOMG. WISH ME LUCK! 🙂

  • Khushboo December 10, 2011, 12:11 am

    Yes I’m totally weird about my bed side as well as car: if I am sitting in the back, shotgun the left side!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness December 10, 2011, 7:17 am

    I like the left side! 🙂 I just naturally prefer sleeping on that side, and I even did when I was single and didn’t share a bed with anyone but my teddy bear and pillow, lol! 😉
    Sometimes mini meals really do hit the spot. That smoothie looks divine!
    I hope your race goes amazing and that you have a BLAST! <3 xyx

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 10, 2011, 7:50 am

    I am always on the left side and my husband is always on the right. We tried to switch it up once and I just couldn’t do it… weird right? I didn’t like waking up on the other side. ha.

  • Joy @ The Joy Vey December 10, 2011, 8:42 am

    I migrate, as BF is the one who likes to be farthest from the door. I used to be on the right side, but now it’s left. Even though we made the change months ago, there are still times where he’ll get up, and I roll over to his side. What can I say? I’m a lover of routine 🙂

  • Amber K December 10, 2011, 1:32 pm

    It feels wrong to not sleep on the right hand side of the bed. Even if my husband is gone I sleep on “my” side otherwise there’s just something off the whole night.

    • Amber K December 10, 2011, 1:34 pm

      After reading through the comments I just realized that I have been sleeping on the right hand side because it’s the closest to the bathroom. And it has been that way since we started sleeping in the same bed. There’s no way I want to walk all the way around the bed if I wake up having to go! lol

  • sonia the mexigarian December 10, 2011, 2:01 pm

    My side is the furthest away from the door as well. 😀 Currently the left, but I starfish the entire bed when Hubby is away.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 11, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I usually am a firm believer in sleeping further from the door (because if a bad guy breaks in they won’t get to me first – LOL), but in the house we are in our bed faces the door (feet toward the door) and it is centered in the door so no one is closer to it. I sleep on the right side.

  • Krista December 12, 2011, 1:15 pm

    I’m always in the right. I read in bed at night and lay on my left side and need the lamp in front of me. Thankfully, Jason doesn’t care which side he’s on!

  • Sarah December 17, 2011, 11:07 am

    hahah I am exactly the same! I HAVE TO BE FURTHEST FROM THE DOOR! I have next slept a night on the other side but I did take a nap once and it was to much for me, to weird!!!

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