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This is probably not an appropriate book to bring to the midwives’ office.


This is.  I’m trying to re-read all my Bradley Method books prior to d-day (delivery day, of course).


Yes, I have fallen prey to the trend that is Fifty Shades of Gray.  I have mixed feelings (mainly, I don’t understand the hype – but I hear second book is better).  I have especially mixed feelings while reading it in the doctor’s waiting room.  Or the checkout line at Home Depot.  Some books are not meant for public consumption.  I think Fifty Shades is one of them.


Odds and ends of the day included a lotta work and a feast of junkie food.  My baby appointment went very well, and I’m full-term tomorrow, so I’ve decided to try to push the baby out with junk food…  Okay.  That made no sense at all.  Somewhere, my midwife is rolling her eyes.  But I’m all hormonal and hungry.  So frozen yogurt, a popsicle, and far too many salt ‘n vinegar chips it was. 


Tried to make it up with a healthy dinner. Winking smile


Egg sammie and a wonderful mix of steamed veggies – including broccoli, mushrooms, and leeks with a little bit of Tamari sauce.  Leeks – SO tasty.

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Oh and, I know this is totally random, but check this out.  Is this not an a-maz-ing business concept for a barber shop? 


Genius. Fifty shades of it, in fact.



  • Alex @ Raw Recovery May 21, 2012, 9:37 pm

    My boyfriend would love that barber shop, as long as they played baseball, and the Red Sox were winning 🙂

    Congrats, you’re almost there!!

  • Kelly May 21, 2012, 9:44 pm

    We have Sport Clips here, but I had no idea that is their slogan! I just figured they were another Super Cuts type place, except maybe they lean more towards sportier cuts.

  • mi-an d. May 21, 2012, 9:57 pm

    i’m reading that as we speak…i love the story between them especially!!

  • Sana May 21, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Congrats on being full term tomm! Let’s do this Baby HTP

  • Helena May 21, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I remember reading some of 50 Shades when it was still a Twilight fanfiction. I have to admit I’m a bit despairing of the quality of some of the fiction that is getting all the hype these days! And that’s not to say that I think people should only read high literature; when I’m not researching/teaching at uni, my choice of reading material is fluffy all the way, but there’s really well written books in every genre, including chick lit, romance, mystery, etc, and then there are others that…aren’t. Ahem. End inner literary snob!

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2012, 11:59 am

      I hate to criticize someone else’s writing, but I totally agree.

      • Amy May 22, 2012, 8:05 pm

        I’m a librarian and my coworker ordered it because so many people are requesting it. She read the first part and had to put it down. It’s too bad something poorly written gets so much attention while so many really, really good books get skipped over.

  • April May 21, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Many of my girls and I have discussed the need for old school book covers! Especially since it seems the entire world knows what this book is about. I really liked the series despite the lackluster writing sometimes. The second book really kicks the storyline into gear which is what I think all the hype is about.

    I hope that frozen yogurt/potato chip combo gets things moving!

  • Michal May 21, 2012, 10:20 pm

    I just heard about Sport Clips today for the first time – apparently they offer massages!

  • Lauren May 21, 2012, 10:20 pm

    Book two and three are much better 🙂 I tried to resist them when all of the girls at work started reading them, but finally gave in. Obviously not the best piece of literature ever written, but still an enjoyable read.

  • Courtney May 21, 2012, 10:23 pm

    I read all 3 of the 50 Shades Book in like a week. I started reading it because of the hype… Sure it was racy, but after awhile I just skimmed through some of those scenes. I think the hype about it is more than sex, it is the way their relationship develops. Women want to think they can “fix” men and this book feeds into that fantasy.

  • Megan@The Running Doc May 21, 2012, 10:30 pm

    That was one book where I was glad to be reading it on a kindle. The books make for an easy read, sort of Twilightesque in that manner. I thought the 2nd book was definitely the best of the three.

  • Linda @ Lemons May 21, 2012, 10:43 pm

    I got 50 shades of grey on my kindle so no one knows what I am reading. I only got up to chapter 9 before I stopped reading it, I think it is awful. Terrible writing!

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets May 21, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Sports Clips is where my husband gets his hair cut, lets just say once all the men are back getting trimmed all the ladies have nothing to do besides watch ESPN or read a sports mag. Its very handy to bring gossip magazines. Its better during the fall, college football is playing.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 21, 2012, 10:56 pm

    i usually cut my husband’s hair, but every once in awhile he goes to sportsclips if we have a coupon. he looooves it.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 21, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Haha I’m pretty sure that book would make me blush reading it alone, so I ant imagine trying to read it in public!

  • Kelly May 21, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I can’t believe you’re full term tomorrow! I know I’ve just been watching this pregnancy from my laptop in Nebraska, and not LIVING it- but MAN that went fast!

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2012, 12:01 pm

      It feels fast for me too!!!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB May 21, 2012, 11:50 pm

    I actually think 50 Shades has become so maintstream no one would be surprised to see it. I’m totally not a fan of it (yes, I thumbed through a copy at a bookstore) but will spare everyone the diatribe.

    I think you should absolutely start plotting to the get the baby out. I’ve never had a baby before but trampolines seem to make so much sense…

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 22, 2012, 12:00 am

    That IS a great idea! I always cut my husband’s hair, but I bet he’d appreciate the sport’s cuts. Hah.

  • Heidi May 22, 2012, 1:00 am

    Wow…I think sport clips must have been founded in Wisconsin! They’re everywhere here! Hahaha. Oh, you urbanized people you…:)

  • Jen May 22, 2012, 1:56 am

    I haven’t read this book, but have heard a LOT about it lately. The thought of you reading it at the doctor’s office (and trying to keep a straight face) makes me giggle! 🙂

    I love the Sport Clips concept…obviously, great for (many) men, but I have to admit – I would probably enjoy it myself, as long as the right sport/team is playing! 🙂

    Congrats on going full-term…I have been having this strange feeling that it’s going to be this weekend, but don’t hold me to that! I was among the many that thought you may have gone into labor when you went “missing” for a day. 🙂

    Wow…longest comment ever (sorry about that!)

    • Jen May 22, 2012, 1:58 am

      Holy cow…and total overkill on the smilies! Forgive me – it’s been a long day!

      • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2012, 12:07 pm

        oh man!!! what if it is this weekend?!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 22, 2012, 5:55 am

    As long as I don’t have anyone peering over my shoulder, I feel fine reading 50 shades anywhere because I downloaded it on my kindle!

  • Tricia May 22, 2012, 6:53 am

    So I felt exactly like you when I started the series… I just finished book 3 and I actually think I want to re-read the series! I miss it! I didn’t think I would at the beginning… At all. I only read the second book cause I can’t just read one book of a series. I’m so glad I stuck with it! Although, I will say that I started skimming/totally skipping a lot of the heavy sex scenes. That wasn’t really my thang… But is the book totally cheesy and over the top? Yes! Was it fun to read? Yes! Lol 🙂 and the emails are my favorite part.

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 22, 2012, 7:08 am

    Those months sure went fast! I love that you have a routine of froyo after a doctor’s appointment. Never read 50 shades but I’m loving all the celebrities doing public readings of it haha

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) May 22, 2012, 7:29 am

    I tried to push my baby out with spicy foods… so didn’t work for me. Ha! So excited for your upcoming arrival. You will fall in love and I cannot wait for you to experience the joy of seeing your baby for the first time. My little girl is just 3 weeks old and oh man I cannont imagine my life without her now. 🙂

  • Jules May 22, 2012, 7:33 am

    There’s this super gross (imho) hair salon (chain maybe?) called Lady Jane’s where I live (Ann Arbor, MI). It features hooteresque hair stylists who are scantily clad, and a sports themed interior.

    I think it’s super gross, but would prefer watching a baseball game while getting my hair colored and cut then reading people magazine, so maybe they’re on to something, and I’m just jealous that it’s “just for men.”

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2012, 12:08 pm

      the hooters of barber shops!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 22, 2012, 8:07 am

    I haven’t read gotten into that book yet… but I do love me some beach trash 😉

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 22, 2012, 8:12 am

    My fiance went to SportClips one time. I wasn’t thrilled with the way they cut this hair, but it is a good concept!

    I can’t believe you’re already full-term…so exciting!

  • leslie May 22, 2012, 8:13 am

    Okay, so have you heard Gilbert Gottfried read “Fifty Shades”? Perhaps you can laugh that baby out:


    (Oh, and my husband goes to Sport Clips– he calls it “Hooters for Hair” lol)

  • Susan May 22, 2012, 8:13 am

    It kills me to hear people touting 50 Shades as such a great “love story.” I’ll admit that I read the first one pretty quickly and was intrigued. But, I just can’t get into the second one because Christian Grey treats the main character terribly. I don’t find anything he does “sweet,” just a means to control every aspect of her life. And I’m not a literary snob…I read (and enjoyed!) both the Twilight and Hunger Games series.

    • Tricia May 22, 2012, 11:52 am

      I completely relate! But by the end of the series, I liked him.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 22, 2012, 8:17 am

    I’ve heard so much about that book recently that I just want to read it out of pure curiosity to see what the hype is all about!

  • Sara May 22, 2012, 8:35 am

    We have tons of Sports Clips around Richmond, Va. My husband goes sometimes when we have a coupon, ha. (But he prefers the old time barber shop which is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Sad.)

  • Vikki May 22, 2012, 8:42 am

    Eh, I have no intention of reading that novel. Not because I’m against BDSM erotica or anything, but because it started life as Twilight fan-fic and I just can’t get behind that.

    Seriously as someone that cut her teeth reading her mother’s rapetastic romance novels (Ex. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss) and still loves a good romance novel almost 20 years later, I can assure you there is better stuff out there. If you or your readers want recommendations, I can recommend a great blog by romance fans for romance fans if you’re interested.

    Note: If you have ever read early romance novels, you will understand the descriptor ‘rapetastic.’

    Also, good luck with the baby.

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2012, 12:11 pm

      I love everything about this comment, major LOLs. Can I have the blog recs?

      • Vikki May 22, 2012, 3:14 pm

        Smart Bitches. They wrote an awesome book a few years back called Beyond Heaving Bosoms and they have a great community of readers so if you’re looking for a specific book (or even kind of book), they can help you. I love them so much.


  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots May 22, 2012, 8:44 am

    Congrats on being full term!! I read all 3 50 Shades and I loved the series the 2nd and 3rd book get less S&M and sort of have more of a plot line but regardless it is still there. I think there is such a hype because no one has taken a book that far before really. I just can’t wait to see how they are going to do the movie/who they will cast for Christian Grey!

  • Emma May 22, 2012, 9:04 am

    There used to be a place near me called Cartoon Cuts where kids could watch a show while they had their hair done, but it was much more expensive than an average cut.

  • lindsay May 22, 2012, 9:06 am

    i LOVE fifty shades! the second and third books are much much better than the first!

  • brandi May 22, 2012, 9:12 am

    ha! i just wrote a post last night with a stir fry method and my somewhat review of the books 🙂 the 2nd and 3rd get better. the writing still isn’t great, but they sure are addicting!

  • Heather May 22, 2012, 9:33 am

    I just started 50 shades of grey and also don’t really get it. It also makes me really happy I got a kindle for chistmas. You can read anything on there and no one knows what you are reading ; )

  • FactFinderSteph May 22, 2012, 9:56 am

    I am now past the curious stage… I am going to have to get this book!! It seems like I am the only girl in America who isn’t reading it!

  • Rebecca May 22, 2012, 10:51 am

    I’m going to avoid the 50 Shades series indefinitely. I read too many romance novels as it is… They’re warping my brain. (Although I justify my choices with things like, “I’m reading Christian lit. It’s totally cool.” …no. Still affecting me, positively and negatively.)
    I made the mistake of reading an erotic book that I didn’t know was erotic until a few chapters in a few summers ago. Never again. When I start a book, I (almost always) have to finish it. I tried to ignore those parts, but that didn’t help much. I should’ve just put it down and found another book.

  • Maggie May 22, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I read all 3 50 Shades books a few weeks ago. I thought the first one was the worst one. They’re all poorly written, but the 2nd and 3rd have more of a story line. Plus the power dynamic between Ana and Christian made me really uncomfortable (I had no problems with the sex though, I don’t know what that says about me…) in the first book (it got better in the 2nd and 3rd).

  • Mac May 22, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Sport clips is the only place my boyfriend will go to gt his hair cut, even though he’s not always pleased lol! Two years and counting on his loyalty to them.

  • Hanna May 22, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Funny I enjoyed the first book, wanted to finish the storyline for the second, and then was totally over and bored with the third in terms of the storyline and the sex scenes.

  • Ang May 22, 2012, 1:10 pm

    My husband is an IT manager at his office and was on his way out to get some battery back-ups when one of the accountants asked him to see if he could find her that book while he was out. I found that pretty amusing. Apparantly if she is ok asking the IT guy to buy it for her she wouldn’t feel weird reading it in a waiting room! lol!

  • Lauren May 22, 2012, 1:39 pm

    I just finished the first Fifty Shades book, and am not really sure how I feel about it. I think I’ll at least continue on to the second book since I’m hearing it’s the best. I was reading it on an airplane the other week and felt really embarrassed. But then realized no one had any idea what I was reading since it’s on my kindle!

  • Amber K May 22, 2012, 2:29 pm

    This is one bandwagon I’m not jumping on. I like getting recommendations and I’m so glad people told me to check out The Hunger Games and Divergent. But after reading more about it and how awful the writing is, I’m just not down. And they’re going to make a movie of it I think? Ugh.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 22, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Mmmmmmm frozen yogurt is the best for lunch 😉

  • Jennifer May 22, 2012, 9:08 pm

    I read it awhile ago. I was wondering when the blog world would catch up 🙂 The second book is better in my opinion. It peaked my interest initially because I had heard it was inspired by Twilight, which I liked. All sex aside, I do like the characters and think it’s a good love story.

  • Caitlin May 22, 2012, 10:58 pm

    I love seeing people in NYC reading it on the subway – but by far the best was seeing someone listening to it on audiobook on her ipod! So awkward.

  • Denise May 24, 2012, 11:45 am

    The gloriousness of a kindle is that you can read Fifty Shades and as long as no one peaks over your shoulder, you’re perfectly safe!

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