Wednesday Cool Down

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I prayed for a cold front, and I got a rainstorm.  Not bad.


Happy Wednesday!


As mentioned earlier this week, I am currently suffering from the third trimester sleepies, which basically means that I could fall asleep anywhere, at any time.  I’ve read that, at this point in pregnancy, the baby gains as much as 0.5 a pound every week until the end of pregnancy (amazaballs!), which would explain my sleepies.  I cleaned the house last night, and the sheer act of pushing around a vacuum for half an hour did me in.  Not complaining, just observing!  I’ll never complain when vacuuming counts as a workout.  Smile


Easy breakfast to get me going:


Just peanut butter and banana toast.


Gossip Girl Challenge


My personal challenge to stop the celeb gossip is going quite well!  If you joined me on the gossip hiatus, how are you doing with the challenge?  There’s been a few nights that I’ve been laying in bed, unable to fall asleep, so I head to the Internet browser on my cell phone and my finger hovers over the address bar…. unsure of what to type!  Ha. 


But instead, I’ve been reading loads of interesting articles, including Your Unplanned Pregnancy Is the Ultimate Conversation Piece (very funny opinion piece), The Challenge of Going Vegan, Can You Make Yourself Smarter?, and Pro-Anorexia Content Still Flourishes Despite the Internet Police’s Best Efforts.  Reading is a little hard because there’s a lot of celeb gossip on the site (I avert my eyes!), but the rest of the articles are so good.  I haven’t transitioned to more political news (which is the whole point on this challenge), but my goal for the next few days is to brush up on local politics so I can intelligently vote in the local elections in May. 


Have a great day!



  • Michelle April 18, 2012, 9:20 am

    I’m doing the challenge as well and I’m doing really well!! Although it’s hard to get away from celebrity gossip when I’m listening to the radio. The other day they were talking about Brangelina’s engagement and her ring and comparing Angie’s ring to Jennifer’s…. I thought about listening on but I was good and changed the station. I didn’t realize how hung up on celebrity gossip we all are!!! Even at the checkout line I can’t help to read the headlines of “Us” magazine!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love April 18, 2012, 9:24 am

    So because of you is so cold today and I am freezing ??? LOL! Have a good day and please pray for warm wheather!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 18, 2012, 9:39 am

    I have a confession: I caved a little on the gossip challenge. I turned in my senior thesis on Monday and couldn’t help but check 🙁 can’t be perfect but at least I finished my thesis and can now graduate!! Have a great day!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 18, 2012, 10:18 am

    Heck, I’m not even remotely pregnant and I have those sleepies…

    That’s what coming home from a business trip/mini vacation will do to you. I hope you find a secret burst of energy today!

  • Ashley April 18, 2012, 10:18 am

    Thanks Caitlin! I love finding interesting articles to read. Although I didn’t join you on the challenge, I am more aware of what a waste of time gossip sites are.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2012, 10:24 am

    Great job Caitlin! If you’re looking for something else to keep you busy, I’ve been recently loving the This American Life podcasts – I know it’s not internet browsing (although you can read the transcripts if you really want to on their website), but I’m loving how it’s so easy to get into the stories! They’re about real people.. but I wouldn’t call them celebrities!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 18, 2012, 10:28 am

    Not a huge fan of rain, but I know we need it! And yeah… I wasn’t ready to sweat yet. It’s only April!

  • Beth April 18, 2012, 10:32 am

    I’m doing pretty well on the challenge too. The first couple of days were difficult, but now I don’t even miss it. I’ve been listening to npr in the morning and reading the New York Times online. I love this challenge!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 18, 2012, 10:36 am

    I always intend to be better educated regarding elections, but end up using the candidate cheat sheets that my local paper publishes the day of. They highlight the candidates’ stances on major issues.

  • Megan April 18, 2012, 10:45 am

    I haven’t gone to any gossip celeb sites or read any of the magazines at the supermarket… but does it count as cheating if the person sitting in front me on the train last night had a celeb rag open? I may have scanned the headlines… which I can’t even remember anymore. I was punished when the person turned around and caught me peering over her shoulder, so I have learned my lesson… no headlines either!

  • Diane @ runChipper April 18, 2012, 11:02 am

    I always mean to brush up on politics too. You’re current article reading selection does sound a bit more fun though 🙂 Balance is good, right?

  • Alison April 18, 2012, 11:05 am

    I’m doing the challenge as well and I’m so glad I’m sticking with it. The hardest part for me was cutting out my reality TV. But now my DVR isn’t loaded and i’m spending more time at night reading! I never noticed how much gossip there is on the radio! I’ve had to stop listening to my favorite morning show, but I now listen to NPR and I learn something new every morning on my way to work! I’m also more aware of some of the judge-y things I say about others, celebs or not.

  • allpointswhole April 18, 2012, 11:09 am

    Way to stay away from the gossip. I’m doing the same plus reality tv

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 18, 2012, 11:11 am

    i am so impressed with your gossip girl challenge. that is just one habit i cannot imagine EVER breaking!

  • Corinne April 18, 2012, 11:19 am

    What kind of Peanut Butter do you use? It always looks so delish on your toast!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 18, 2012, 11:24 am

    I was in a dr. waiting room yesterday and there was a magazine sitting there speculating on whether Kate Middleton is pregnant. I thought to myself – leave her be! haha

  • Army Amy* April 18, 2012, 11:45 am

    Sometimes I feel like know too much about politics. It can get pretty nasty and very frustrating. I’m finding this particular presidential election painful to watch. (On the news this morning, Ted Koppel was talking about how there is very little coverage of French elections because they have laws stating that every candidate gets exactly equal amounts of time on tv. Interesting!) Local politics, on the other hand, I wish I knew more about. Maybe I’ll follow your lead!*

  • Karyn April 18, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Hi Caitlin!

    You might enjoy “Food Politics” for a source of news. Marion Nestle blogs over there and the title sums it up. She talks about all of the politics behind food advertising, the problems with marketing to children, etc.

  • Kim April 18, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the articles to read! I haven’t joined you in the celebrity gossip challenge completely (its so hard to stay away at work!) I really liked the unplanned pregnancy article. My husband and I are not planning on having children and although I pray I won’t need it, that article was a good read!

  • Jill Will Run April 18, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Thank you for pointing out the unplanned pregnancy article, I needed to read that. I’m (almost) 23 weeks along and my pregnancy wasn’t planned. I’m in my 30’s and this scared the crap out of me. I’ve blogged some of my feelings about this and have received the most hurtful feedback I’ve ever received about anything I’ve written. But I’ve also received some amazing positive feedback as well… but I liked this article and I hope for the “double rainbow” ending to this experience!

  • Amber K April 18, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Sometimes politics seems to be just as gossipy as gossip sites. I like reading a mixture of things, so I can understand wanting to be informed for the elections! I hate it when people have no idea how to vote so they either don’t do it at all or they just vote randomly.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 18, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Peanut Butter and Banana toast! Always delicious, a classic combination. If you do need a light break from reading, I always enjoy heading over to and watching short trailers for movies about to come out. There are often good documentary ones and it’s fun to be in the know!

  • Jen April 18, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I read an article recently on “slow-books,” which basically encouraged reading “real” fiction rather than more mindless entertainment. It was very interesting. Not to say there isn’t a definite benefit behind some mindless entertainment (especially after a stressful day), but there are some really good points about the benefit of classic literature. The article is: if anyone’s interested!

  • Susan April 18, 2012, 3:49 pm

    I use cloth for my second but we only use them about 80% of the time and didn’t start until he was about 5 months old. I tried when he was a newborn, but just got over-whelmed (with everything, not just cloth diapering). When the dust settled and I tried again, I found that it really wasn’t a big deal or a lot of extra work. However, I think there are enough things to feel guilty about as a parent, what you catch your kids excrement in shouldn’t be one of them. Do what works for you and your family.

    • Susan April 18, 2012, 3:50 pm

      Oops! Responded on the wrong post!

  • Alison April 18, 2012, 4:03 pm

    There’s nothing better than peanut butter and banana!

  • Liz April 19, 2012, 4:36 pm

    I recommend for coverage of important events with a critical lens and they always throw in fun stuff too! I think you would really like it!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 19, 2012, 7:53 pm

    vacuuming was totally my workout today. hard work, girl! great job on the no gossip front. and yay for BP & banana. happiness.
    Heidi xo

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