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This morning, I woke up in my hotel bed and I thought, “I wonder how many beds I’ve slept in?”

(Not the hotel bed I woke up in this morning!  That bed was much more tropical.)


I have this weird fantasy that when I die, I’ll go to heaven and God will be waiting with a giant book filled with all my totals. You know – how many beds I slept in, how many sunrises I watched, how many miles I’ve ran, how many cups of coffee I drank.  How many times I said “thank you” and “you’re welcome” (I hope they are roughly equal!); how many times I cried and laughed (I hope they are not equal).  How many times I did the horizontal polka!  I’d love to know the mundane totals, the serious totals.  I realize that God totally doesn’t give a crap, but it’s God, and God is all-knowing, so I’m sure this information can just be summoned at the snap of a finger.  Wouldn’t that be fun?


Did you know…


  • The average person blinks 16,000 times a day (source).
  • The average woman has 460 periods in her lifetime (source).
  • The average woman in the United States will experience about 29,492 days.  If you were born in Mozambique, you’d only get 14,235 days (source).
  • The average person will fall in love six times during their lifetime!  And one in four reports falling in love more than ten times.  Interestingly enough, three out of four of us believe in the concept of “one true love” (source).  If you count puppy love, I’ve been in love four times.  Grown-up love: twice.  But only one true love!
  • The average woman in America experiences 81 Christmases and 81 Thanksgivings (source). 


Just for fun, here’s my totals for the day thus far.


Times I hit snooze:  1.  Showers: 1.  Songs listened to:  2.  Times my credit card was swiped: 2.  Twitter checks: 3.  Facebook updates: 1.  Emails read: 27.  Emails responded to: Only 2 (got a lot to do later!).  Texts sent: 6.  Trips to the potty: 3 (hey, I’m pregnant).  Pictures taken: 6.


Bananas consumed: 1.  Fruit shakes drank: 1. Pumpkin seeds eaten: 40?


Bowls of oatmeal ordered and consumed:  1.  Cups of coffee consumed:  So far, 1/2.


I would say that’s one very full morning (it started at 5 AM)!


Share one of your fun totals – from today or from your life.  Fun fact: The Husband has lived in 3 countries – England, Spain, and America – in over 25 different houses.



  • Khushboo February 21, 2012, 9:55 am

    Number of showers had: 2!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove February 21, 2012, 9:59 am

    I love those details too!

    Number of Paczki ate: 1
    Number of squats done: too many 🙂

  • Joanne February 21, 2012, 10:04 am

    Well that’s 459 too many periods for me. There should be a better way 😉
    As for bathroom trips, I’m NOT pregnant and I have you beat times 3!

    • Faith @ For the Health of It February 21, 2012, 10:09 am

      Ugh, totally agree about the periods! But I try to look at them as a positive “hey, at least I’m not having a baby that I’m not ready for” event!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It February 21, 2012, 10:08 am

    Been in love twice. Only told one of them. I’m not exactly fond of that total…

  • Sana February 21, 2012, 10:11 am

    Times I have yawned this morning: 10…. and 11 as I type this comment.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 21, 2012, 10:11 am

    I like numbers, so I would love to know all my numbers for things! That would be really cool…

  • Sarahf February 21, 2012, 10:13 am

    number of pancakes eaten: 2 (large)- it’s pancake day for Brits!
    number of boxes packed for next week’s move: enough to be worried about carrying them!

  • Hannah February 21, 2012, 10:14 am

    Cute post! But, really, only 460 periods? I’m only 20 and I feel like I’ve already had that many. Lame.

    • Rebecca February 21, 2012, 11:29 am

      Haha I feel the same way! I’m 20, too, and can’t imagine about 30 more years of periods (save for pregnancies, of course). That seems like waaaaaay too many years.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 21, 2012, 10:15 am

    I like that whole idea of getting all your totals presented in heaven – the man upstairs is a clever guy, so like you said, I’m sure he could just do a quick sum! 😉 Here are some of mine:
    Number of houses lived in: 3 (4 if you count residence in university)
    Number of miles covered on the treadmill this morning: 6.6
    Number of big glasses of water consumed this morning: 4 (woohoo!)
    Number of times the thought “I wish it was still the long weekend” has run through my head this morning – about 20 and counting! 😉

  • Corrie Anne February 21, 2012, 10:19 am

    That’s funny. Just last night I made Kevin count how many countries he’s been to because I really didn’t know them all – 10!! I’m so jealous. I’ve only been to one other country (Dominican Republic), but I lived there for three full years so that probably counts as almost equal to 10 visits.

    I really haven’t done a thing this morning. Lol. I get up very last minute before the office.

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 1:57 pm

      10 countries is awesome!

  • Joss February 21, 2012, 10:19 am

    Number of different schools I’ve attended: 6

  • Jolene ( February 21, 2012, 10:22 am

    OMG, I have the exact same fantasy!!! How strange it that!!?? I thought I was the only one. I thought it was so funny in the “40 Year Old Virgin” when the Steve Carrel says, “How many times have you gone to the bathroom in your life?” I plan to find that out one day!

  • Jess February 21, 2012, 10:27 am

    You’re idea of a full morning will change once your baby is born. I’ve also been up since 5 but my morning really started at 2am. So far, 2 diaper changes, 2 nursing sessions, 1 time hitting snooze, one shower, one long drive to work, 1 pumping session,45 emails checked, 2 facebook visits.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 21, 2012, 10:35 am

    460 periods sounds awful. maybe that’s why michelle duggar is perpetually pregnant.
    I have taught at 4 different colleges and went to the same amount.

  • Laura February 21, 2012, 10:35 am

    I love the idea of finding out all of your totals. I’ve visited 10 countries and want to visit soooo many more in my life time.

  • Miranda February 21, 2012, 10:46 am

    I thought you were agnostic?

    • emily February 21, 2012, 10:55 am

      Not to speak for Caitlin, but not believing in God speaks more to being an athiest. I am agnostic and it doesn’t mean I don’t beleive in God/faith/*something*/etc, but that I don’t believe in religion.

      • Miranda February 21, 2012, 10:58 am

        You’re right and I understand that part of it, but she was talking about going to heaven.

        • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 11:44 am

          Heaven = afterlife! Like God = my version but prob not someone else’s. I guess I just think of these terms as general concepts. Like Kleenex for tissue. 🙂

          • Miranda February 21, 2012, 11:47 am

            Fair enough! Thanks Caitlin!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 21, 2012, 10:53 am

    Cups of coffee: 5. I’m a champ. lol

  • emily February 21, 2012, 10:53 am

    I’ve lived in 6 houses/apartment, excluding dorm living!

  • Rachel February 21, 2012, 10:56 am

    How fun!

    Number of soy lattes consumed this weekend: 5. Oops.

    Number of sports I’ve participated in in my life: 5. Running, triathlon, equestrian events, soccer and rock climbing.

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl February 21, 2012, 11:04 am

    Loved the stats especially the one on falling in love. I guess it’s not that surprising considering the divorce rate and how many times people remarry.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture February 21, 2012, 11:16 am

    Ha fun to think about! I have lived in 6 countries UK, Switzerland, Germany, UAE, Cyprus, Malta in erm… 22 houses (If i’m remembering everything! 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 21, 2012, 11:23 am

    I’ve travelled to 4 continents but I would love to make that 6 (I’m not so sure I need to see Antartica!)

  • Laura February 21, 2012, 11:23 am

    Total muscles pulled today – 1. The groin. Ugh.

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 1:59 pm

      Ouch feel better!!!

  • Jenny February 21, 2012, 11:26 am

    Loved this post!!

  • Angela February 21, 2012, 11:26 am

    Wow, I don’t know if it’s just me but that doesn’t seem like enough days! gulp. better get cracking! hah.

  • Ashley February 21, 2012, 11:32 am

    This sounds fun! My stats:

    miles run today: 2
    hours of sleep last night: 4 (dang you, pinterest!)
    number of countries visited: 10
    number of times I’ve been in love: 2
    coffee consumed: -2 (i’m behind)

  • Kattrina February 21, 2012, 11:46 am

    Hmm, I have lots of lifetime totals!

    # of countries lived in: 6
    # of times I kissed my husband today: 2 (hey, we both leave for work at 6:10am)
    # of hours spent on the bus commuting to work this morning: 1.5
    # of times I yawned: close to 20
    # of times I’ve thought about eating my lunch: 4
    # of times I’ve been in love: 1
    # of babies I have growing in my belly: 1 (thank goodness!)
    # of school loan payments left to make: 312 (boo)

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 1:59 pm

      Ew to your last factoid. I don’t want to know how many more we have to go.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 21, 2012, 11:51 am

    Wow 460 periods! I just calculated that I’ve only had 96, which means I have a lot ahead of me.

    I’ve also fallen in love 2 grown up times.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 21, 2012, 11:58 am

    Interesting stats – I’d like to know stats on my life, too. Times I changed majors in college: 4 (+ a different one for grad school). 🙂

  • becca @ bellebottoms February 21, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I have lived in three countries too! Greece, Italy and the US 🙂

  • Hillary February 21, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I only lived in one house until I was 19. Since then (eight years), I’ve lived in seven!

  • Emily February 21, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I’ve always thought the exact same thing! That once we get to heaven there would be a huge scrapbook of your so called life totals. I’ve always wondered how many times I’ve said the word ‘the’ or kissed certain boyfriends, etc. I think that would be so fun to know! Fun total for me: I’ve had two last names in my lifetime but I’ve never been married. I’ve also been to exactly half of America.. 25 states!!

  • Jennifer February 21, 2012, 12:25 pm

    # of addresses I’ve had: 29
    # of states I’ve visited: 49
    # of dogs I’ve had: 7

  • Shari February 21, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Ooh, what a fun idea.

    # of words written in my manuscript today: 1450
    # of times I had to yell at and/or beg my laptop to work properly: 2 (thinking it’s time to just suck it up and finally buy a new one after four years, since it’s having daily temper tantrums now!)
    # of songs concurrently stuck in my head: 3

  • Rebecca February 21, 2012, 12:38 pm

    This makes me think of this song:

    Since we’re talking about numbers of days and whatnot, there are less than 40 until my birthday (38 I think?), 24 until I can leave for Spring Break, and only 10 until my daddy comes to visit me! 😀
    Number of times I’ve wished it was Spring Break in the last two days: Probably 24. Hah.

  • Kaitlyn February 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Fun stats and something to think about:
    # of miles run today: 5
    # of times woke up last night:3
    # of times we have changed the name of the dog we are getting today-about 50 (go to my site and vote!–shameless, I know)
    # of pancakes consumed for breakfast-5
    # of pages read today-220

    Whew…that’s exhausting to think about!

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

      YAY!!! Congrats on your new doggie. I wish you lots of puppy kisses.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 21, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Whoa! What a fun thing. Can’t believe your husband has lived in that many houses. WOW.

    I have been in love 4 times, but only one TRUE love. Totally found my soulmate in my husband! He’s the best.

    I’ve visited/lived in over 10 countries : U.S., Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Singapore, Bali, England, Tanzania…. Hopefully more soon!

    Emails sent today: like 40. Gotta love work.

  • Brie February 21, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I am 10 weeks and 2 days pregnant! Woot!

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

      Best factoid ever.

  • Emily February 21, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I feel the same way about Book of Totals! I always wonder how many times I’ve seen my favorite movies, read my favorite books, etc.!

  • Amber K February 21, 2012, 2:14 pm

    Wow, I’ve never thought about that before, but how cool would that be? I’d love to know those sorts of things. I also really would love to know who was right in certain fights I’ve had in the past. So petty, but there were times when I majorly disagreed with someone about how something went down and I’m curious as to know if I remembered accurately or not!

    Wow fall in love six times? I’ve only ever dated and been in love with one person: my husband!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian February 21, 2012, 2:39 pm

    How many abdominal pains thus far today: 5. :\ dunno why. . .

  • Aimee February 21, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I’ve been married twice to one man. The first time was in Mozambique and the second was in the U.S.

  • Emily February 21, 2012, 3:51 pm

    I’ve noticed that you like to note totals a lot in your posts (33 days ’til spring, married for 1,000 days, and of course miles run!), only because when I write in a journal I often do the same thing. I love to look at trends as well, like a personal sociological data collection.

    My personal totals? I went to five different colleges before (finally) obtaining my BA. Fallen in love 3 times. Oh and my period is insanely irregular so I’m kind of behind on my period count – I’ve probably only had between 36 and 48 in my life time and I’m 24 years old. Started when I was 12 and usually only get it 3 or 4 times a year. I hope that is one total that never catches up to me!

  • cristina February 21, 2012, 5:27 pm

    What a fun post! I would love to know all my totals too. I have lived in 3 countries, 5 states and over 15 different houses. I love to move so I sure hope there are a few more countries in my future or at least states! We own our house now so we may be here for a while…

  • Heidi February 21, 2012, 9:12 pm


    # of cities lived in: 6
    # of minutes spinning (spun?!) today: 60
    # of babies grown by me: 2
    # of jobs since college: 5
    # of days I have off this week: 5 (Woot! Woot!)

  • Jen February 22, 2012, 2:08 am

    Well, it actually does say in the Bible that “even the very hairs on your head are all numbered,” meaning (to me, at least) that God cares about all of the little details in our lives. Also, I TOTALLY believe that He has a sense of humor, so who knows? Maybe He will let us in on some of the mysteries/fun facts about which we have always wondered…man, I hope so, because I have a LOT of questions! 🙂

    I do understand (and respect) that you are not religious, but that’s just my take on the topic! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 7:18 am

      I didn’t know about that quote in the Bible. I love it!!!

  • Charise February 22, 2012, 8:32 am

    I’m just about up there w/ your husband: 22 places for me if you count college apts; my parents both moved a decent amount after their divorce.
    On a more fun note: 7 hours til my work week ends, and 25 hours til we hit the road for VACATION!!!

  • LSandoe February 22, 2012, 4:30 pm

    So, does Kristien speak Spanish fluently?

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 6:05 pm

      No 🙁 He lived there as a kiddo.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf February 24, 2012, 4:13 am

    25 houses?!!!!?!?!?!? :O Wowzer!

    This is a fun idea!
    # of gym vsits this week: 3
    # cups of tea so far today: 2
    # of clothing items waiting to be tidied from my bedroom floor: 7

    Have a great day!

  • Megan Jones March 8, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I love this perspective! Every once and a while I like to make lists like this to just kind of take stock of my life so far. My 25th birthday is coming up and it seems kind of like a milestone (quarter century!!) While there isn’t a certain amount of things I would like to get done before I turn 25 (I think that is kind of an unhealthy viewpoint of life) but it is fun to see how much of what things I have done so far in my life 🙂

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