Wahhhh.  I dropped the teapot this morning and broke off the top handle.  Teapot down!  I would like to say I simply screamed, “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!” in dramatic slow motion, but it was more like a quick, harsh, and very loud epithet that I desperately need to eliminate from my vocabulary before this baby arrives.


Shut the front door.


Greek yogurt

Raw oats


Strawberries and blueberries


Time for a little FAQ Monday action.  I love to read your answers. Smile 


FAQ Monday


What’s the last movie you watched and the last book you read?  I watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on Saturday. Our choices were Dragon Tattoo or War Horse, and I’m really afraid that the horse dies at the end of War Horse so I’ve avoided watching it.  Anyway, Dragon Tattoo was really good even if it was scary and disturbing.  I’m currently reading Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes, which was recommended by a reader.  Plot summary: “The stereotype-laden message, delivered through clothes, music, books, and TV, is essentially a continuous plea for girls to put their energies into beauty products, shopping, fashion, and boys. This constant marketing, cheapening of relationships, absence of good women role models, and stereotyping and sexualization of girls is something that parents need to first understand before they can take action.”  So far, it’s good, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a message that is terribly different from books like Cinderella Ate My Daughter or So Sexy So Soon.  After I finish Packaging Girlhood, I want to read Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes.


What was the last really great purchase that you made?  I recently bought a robe!  I have never owned a comfy robe before.  Pulling on pants is a difficult feat right now, especially in the morning when my legs are stiff.  So I bought a robe from Target, and it is amazing.  Robes rule.


Do you listen to music while exercising?  Why or why not?  What kind?  I cannot run without music.  It’s definitely a crutch!  I like to listen to pop.  The bouncier the better.


Your turn.  What was the last movie you watched and book your read?  Any special purchases?  Do you jam out while exercising or prefer silence?



  • Hillary June 11, 2012, 8:58 am

    I find that music makes all the difference in the world when I work out—and like you said, the bouncier, the better!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It June 11, 2012, 9:00 am

    Haha I worry about my potty mouth around kids too. I was waiting for the day that one of my 2 year olds dropped an F bomb at home and told their parents they learned it from me…

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl June 11, 2012, 9:02 am

    What was the last movie you watched and book your read?
    Just watched Wanderlust with Jen Aniston and Paul Rudd last night – my goodness, it was so bad it was painful. On the complete opposite note, I’m on the final pages of The Hunger Games trilogy.. OBSESSED!

    Any special purchases?
    Just bought my tix back to the States 🙂 I live in Amsterdam right now and can’t wait to visit my fam and friends in California!

    Do you jam out while exercising or prefer silence?
    Music – all the time. Especially since the gyms here play tunes from 1998 in the gym. Case in point: Welcome to Miami and Jordan Knight was on last week.

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 9:03 am

      Wait – Jordan Knight is never a bad thing!

    • Liz A June 11, 2012, 10:33 am

      aww, I’m sad to hear that it wasn’t that good. I haven’t seen it yet but I love me some Paul Rudd!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 11, 2012, 9:05 am

    I feel like all I did was order things online this weekend! Can’t wait for some burlap flat TOMS. I said a little prayer for the right sizing.
    And music is 99% of the time must!

  • Amy Q June 11, 2012, 9:05 am

    It’s starting to feel like Christmas morning when I open your blog—- the anticipation of this arrival is building 🙂

  • Angela June 11, 2012, 9:08 am

    That is the exact same reason why I will not watch War Horse or any animal film. Too much childhood trauma from watching films where the dog or whatever died.

  • Amanda @ Veggies n Dogs June 11, 2012, 9:08 am

    Robes are the best! What type of headphones do you use to run? I stopped running with music because I would be playing with my ear phoens the entire time. Grr. I also want to let you know that it is really hard to read this post with the grey font 🙁

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 9:17 am

      no no youre right – its been happening for three weeks and we cant figure out why.

    • Liz A June 11, 2012, 10:22 am

      I got these things called yurbuds a while back – they’re made to fit right over generic ipod buds and stay put in your ear. not once in over a year have they fallen out while I’m running! the website isn’t loading for me right now, but a google search will bring it up. if I remember correctly, they are expensive, but I waited for a sale and got three sets for the price of one.

      (no I don’t work for them, I just really love them!)

    • Lisa June 11, 2012, 12:41 pm

      I have the same problem, maybe it’s because my ears are small or maybe it’s an insertion fail but I can’t get buds to stay in. Instead I use the old fashioned headphones and it makes running life just a little bit easier.

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 9:59 pm

      also i just use regular ipod earbuds!

  • Amanda @ Veggies n Dogs June 11, 2012, 9:09 am

    Never mind about the font color. As soon as I submitted my comment the resolution changed. Weird computers…

  • Tara June 11, 2012, 9:09 am

    Lol, I have a 2 year old and he’s now at the stage where he tries to repeat everything we say. There’s a lot of pressure to keep all language G-rated!!!

    The last movie we watched was “The Woman in Black”…it was okay. I haven’t watched War Horse for the same reason…I’d be a blubbering mess if the horse dies.

    The finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman last week and I loved it! Such strong female characters and a really moving story.

    I have to listen to music when I workout and tend to lean towards loud rock music, because I feel like I run faster and stay more motivated with the music pounding in my ears.

  • Elisabeth June 11, 2012, 9:16 am

    I last watched 27 Dresses – I love that movie & always watch when I find it on TV! I’m currently reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – it’s a favorite from childhood & I’m enjoying the re-read. I also love the movie of it that Hallmark Hall of Fame did 😉

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles June 11, 2012, 9:18 am

    Love your FAQs- so fun to read everyones answers!

    Last movie was Men in Black 3- I know it didn’t get great reviews, but I really liked it. No great purchases lately. At the gym, i prefer zoning out to the tv rather than music- I like having something to look at- but when I’m exercising outside, I can do music or silence, depends on my mood.

    Happy Monday!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 11, 2012, 9:19 am

    Sorry about the tea pot! There was a plate broken in our house over the weekend but thankfully no tea accessories. The last book I read (well, am currently reading) is Drop Dead Healthy, which is hilarious! Funny you mention the robes, because the spa where I get massages done has the absolute fuzziest robes I’ve ever seen – they’re awesome! Last thing I bought was a day pass to go tubing down a gorge in one of the local conservation areas yesterday. It was so much fun! And music while working out – yes for cardio, but not often for weights. I like to be a little bit social and don’t want people to think I don’t want to chat with them because I have earbuds in!

  • Lindsey June 11, 2012, 9:20 am

    We saw Snow White Saturday, it was not near as good as we had hoped. I finished The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad last week, at first I was not too into it but near the end I got into it more and more.
    I bought new barefoot runners this weekend! So excited to try them out this week. And a bright pink rain coat 🙂
    I need music for sure!

  • Presley (@runpretty) June 11, 2012, 9:23 am

    We just watched War Horse this weekend. I think it was just the baby hormones, but I was a wreck. So much war. And so many horses. haha My husband didn’t like it much, he said it’s totally unrealistic.

    And I run with music. Pop/Rap are my go tos.

  • jameil June 11, 2012, 9:24 am

    The last movie I tried to watch was “The Beaver.” Too out there for me. Couldn’t finish it. The last book was 50 Shades. Blech. So horrible. Didn’t want to finish it but did so I could justify my early disgust. I definitely run more often w/o music. I think, work on my breathing, get clarity about life. I love it! Music annoys me sometimes while running but podcasts are much worse. I have no idea how anyone listens to podcasts while working out. Seemed like a good idea at the time…

  • Megan@ The Running Doc June 11, 2012, 9:24 am

    We went and saw The Avengers last week. It was good but probably would have been better had I watched all the original super hero movies first!

    The last great purchase I made was new sheets! I slept on them for the first time last night and they’re so soft and comfy.

    Like you, I have to listen to music while running. It just seems to make the time fly by so much faster when I have good music to listen to.

  • Earthy Nicole June 11, 2012, 9:25 am

    Oh no! RIP teapot! By the way I bought an electric kettle after reading your tea cabinet post and I’m so glad I did. I love it! Anyways, the last movie I saw was Lemonade Mouth (Disney Channel movie). My little girl LOVES the songs from it (they are catchy!) so we have it on DVD and watched it this weekend. The last book I read was Catching Fire (Hunger Games book 2) and I need to get a copy of the third! No special purchases since we just moved and we’re paying two rents right now! And yes, I must have music when I run. I’m usually listening to rock or rap when I run but if I’m walking, I can listen to anything… or nothing.

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:00 pm

      Oh arent electric tea kettles the best???

  • Mary June 11, 2012, 9:26 am

    Spoiler Alert: Even though War Horse is a sad movie the horse doesn’t die. The movie is very good just realistic of that time. I think it’s a must watch to help understand that part of history

  • Maggie June 11, 2012, 9:30 am

    I love my robe! I’ve had it since college and it’s one of my favorite parts about the morning.

    Last movie I saw: The Dark Knight, I had never seen it and I figured I had to before the new Batman movie comes out. Last book I read: A Grown Up Kind of Pretty, it was ok.

    Best recent purchase: Allergy cover for my mattress, mine tore and my awful dust and dust mite allergies were out of control

    I do list to music while running, lately I’ve been going with the Spotify top 40 station, it’s pop music so it’s mostly upbeat and it changes slightly every week so there’s variety.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 11, 2012, 9:35 am

    I’m afraid to watch girl with the dragon tattoo. My husband loves it, but I’m just scared. We watched Another Earth the other night. UGH, what a waste of time. At least we found the humor in the fact that it was a whole lot of nothing.

    Sorry about the tea pot. I’m the clumsiest person, which is kind of scary since I’m also a chef..

  • Jenny June 11, 2012, 9:36 am

    The last movie I saw was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (SO GOOD). I finished reading American Gods last week and haven’t started another since my summer classes began last Monday. If I’m outside I don’t listen to music because I’m on hyper alert for stranger-danger, but if I’m on the ‘mill I have to either listen to music or watch TV. Also, you and Kristien were in my dream last night! I was teaching you how to swaddle your baby (which was a girl, btw). Your dream post the other day must’ve really affected me 😉

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:01 pm

      I want to see that!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes June 11, 2012, 9:38 am

    I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with my mom, sisters, and grandma last week. It was pretty good–Maggie Smith and Judi Dench were awesome! Right now, I’m reading The Interpreter of Maladies.

    I just bought a road bike (Lexa SL)–fingers crossed it comes to the bike shop this week!

    I love listening to music during spin classes and when I’m running alone, but if I’m running with a friend or doing a race, I’ll unplug.

  • Jo June 11, 2012, 9:46 am

    I don’t always listen to music while working out, but when I’m having a bad, unmotivated run, I blast some ‘angry’ tunes. Nothing like some oldschool Linkin Park or Guano Apes to make me pound that pavement good.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 11, 2012, 9:46 am

    I watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince yesterday, and on Friday I finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home! And I love listening to podcasts or music when I run, or chatting with people!

  • Allie June 11, 2012, 9:51 am

    I haven’t watched War Horse for that same reason! The last movie I did see was The Avengers – my fiance dragged me to see it, but I ended up really liking it. Staring at Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans for two hours = not a bad deal at all 😉

    My last really great purchase was new work clothes from J. Crew (on sale!) and some new running socks.

    I must listen to music while working out – normally pop with some not-super-heavy rock or a little rap thrown in for good measure. It makes me feel like a B.A. hehe

  • Natalie June 11, 2012, 9:55 am

    I’m addicted to listening to audiobooks while working out. I can’t do it without them anymore!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction June 11, 2012, 9:55 am

    Last movie I watched was Snow White and the Huntsman, it was good not great. Last book I read was 50 Shades of Grey. My last purchase was a pair of capri pants and t-shirt from White House, Black Market. And I NEED music to run!!!

  • Amelia June 11, 2012, 10:03 am

    Last movie: One for the Money with Katherine Heigel.
    Book: Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier
    Purchases: My new HTC One S
    I MUST have music while exercising otherwise I begin to think too much. 😉

  • Hannah June 11, 2012, 10:04 am

    1) last movie I watched was “Marley & Me” balled my eyes out, I saw “the girl with the dragon tattoo” on a first date, lea just say there wasn’t a second one after that horrible experience!
    2)I am currently waiting for the doors at ikea to open so I am anticipating some purchases for a bedroom renovation.
    3) I can’t workout without music, something fast and upbeat that I can sing to 🙂

  • Megan June 11, 2012, 10:04 am

    I definitely can’t work out without SOMETHING in my ears, most of the time it’s music (supplemented with the Zombies! Run! app for iphone… check it out!), but occasionally I’ll put on Dan Savage’s Savage Love podcast. Gotta love some good sex advice while I’m gettin my sweat on!

  • Army Amy* June 11, 2012, 10:07 am

    I just finished reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. It was a good read, but I preferred his book Outliers.*

  • Molly June 11, 2012, 10:10 am

    1) I rewatched best in show-so funny, and I am about to pick up 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I just finished The Plain Truth, and I loved it!
    2) A foam roller!!
    3) I don’t listen to music when I run outside because it makes me feel disconnected and distracted from my surroundings (even if it just cars and buildings). Sometimes I will listen to hiphop when I’m on the treadmill, but other times, I just zone out.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb June 11, 2012, 10:15 am

    Awww you really should watch War Horse!!! It’s fantastic!! .. I will say that I am a horse owner/lover and I cried happy tears at the end! 😉 p.s. it also might help if you knew that during the not-so-fun parts of the movie ie. in no man’s land, it’s not a real horse! all computers! 🙂

    Last movie I saw was Snow White and the Huntsman and I really enjoyed it! 🙂 And I’m currently reading Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell. A quick, but enjoyable summer read.

    As for music and working out – the only time I am NOT listening to music is when I am riding my horse outside. (I always turn the radio on when I ride indoors).

  • Liz A June 11, 2012, 10:26 am

    -the last movie I watched was “I Love You Man”. it’s one of our favorites. I adore Paul Rudd and he is freaking hilarious in this movie! it also stars Jason Segel and Rashida Jones who are awesome too!
    -I’m currently in the middle of several pregnancy related books, but the last book I finished was “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult
    -last great purchase was a bathing suit from Land’s End
    -yes, I definitely need music when I run. I keep it down as low as possible so I can still hear cars and such, but I really rely on a strong beat to keep me going!

  • jen June 11, 2012, 10:26 am

    Yesterday we went to see John Carter (the movie) because it was at the dollar theater. It wasn’t bad, and Taylor Kitsch shirtless for two hours wasn’t anything I can complain about, either 🙂

    Last book I read was probably…oh,a friend sent me 50 Shades of Grey, but I did not like it at all and stopped half way through, and that was a couple weeks ago. I guess I need to find something else to read!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 11, 2012, 10:30 am

    I always exercised with music. But for the past two weeks, I kept forgetting to take my iPod out of my jacket pocket before work (I go straight to the gym afterwards). So – I was music less. It wasn’t that bad and I even ran 5 treadmill miles without music.
    I did a before work workout this AM.. and remember the tunes. It was AWESOME to have some beats!

  • Lauren June 11, 2012, 10:41 am

    What was the last movie you watched and book your read?
    Movie= The Lucky One 🙂 swooooon
    Book= Hmm, this is a tough one, as I tend to read about 5 books at a time. My current fav is ‘What’s up down there? Questions you’d only ask your gynecologist if she were your best friend’ by Lissa Rankin M.D. (ob-gyn). It is fab! Her blog owningpink.com is remarkable too!

    Any special purchases?
    Umm, a $5 yellow tank top?…haha. Not really special. Was out buying a gift for a friend and saw it was on sale for dirt cheap, so i swooped it up 🙂

    Do you jam out while exercising or prefer silence?
    Weight-training= YES! I need my jam beats…Especially loving ‘Bust a move’ by Young MC lately. Running outside= yes. I usually prefer slower music though…even though I’m not running super slow. It makes the experience more spiritual…more of a deep reflection about life, as opposed to jam beats. If I’m inside on the treadmill, I will usually watch a movie/tv show instead of listen to music.

  • Liz June 11, 2012, 10:43 am

    The last movie I saw was a few weeks ago when I re-watched Bridesmaids. That movie is hilarious. Right now I’m reading The Great Gatsby and when I’m running, about 90 percent of the time I want music. For lifting I’m OK without any music, and I tend to read magazines on the elliptical/stair climbers/bikes

  • Marissa C June 11, 2012, 10:47 am

    Checking every day to see if there is a labor annoucement!!

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:01 pm

      Hopefully sooooooooooooooooooooon.

  • Kattrina June 11, 2012, 10:48 am

    The last movie I watched was What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It was surprisingly good – my husband really enjoyed it also. Fun to watch since I’m expecting.

    The last book I read was Half Broken Horses (good), Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (good), and Lean, Mean, Thirteen (Stephanie Plum books – fun but fluffy). I read a bunch of books all at the same time. Now I’m reading Husband-Coached Birth and The Boy in the Suitcase. Very different but good books.

    I don’t ever really exercise with music. The only time I put the earphones in are if I’m stuck running on the treadmill, which is a rarity. When I’m running I’m too afraid to put headphones in because I can’t hear if people are around me.

  • Kelli June 11, 2012, 10:50 am

    I watched part of Machete this weekend with my husband & brother in law. It is a campy thriller movie, it was entertaining but went past my bedtime, so I didn’t finish with them.
    I’m currently reading Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. It’s about the history of Mormon fundamentalism, & it is really fascinating but scary.
    I hate wearing headphones or earbuds, but I like listening to music when I workout. So when I run or exercise outside I do it without music but if I take a class or lift weights I enjoy listening to music. I tend to enjoy rock or rap when I lift weights.

  • Maggie @ Healthy Urban Hearth June 11, 2012, 11:04 am

    What’s the last movie you watched and the last book you read? Last movie you watched: Bag It, a documentary about plastic bags and plastic in general (available via instant play on Netflix). Book: I’m currently making my way through War and Peace.

    What was the last really great purchase that you made? I haven’t bought anything in a LONG time bc I’m currently unemployed….however, a few months ago I bought a pair of Vibrams for running, which I love!

    Do you listen to music while exercising? Why or why not? What kind? It depends – I CAN’T STAND RUNNING WITH EAR BUDS IN because – I don’t know why – ear buds do not stay in my ears. Back when I had a good set of over-the-ear headphones, I listened to music all the time while I ran. Now that those are broken, I’ve just been listening to the birds :).

  • Janelle June 11, 2012, 11:08 am

    We had broken glass in our kitchen this morning too. Mondays… Sigh.

  • Kt June 11, 2012, 11:15 am

    Hi Caitlyn! I love these questions …
    – I watched Hugo last night (pretty good) and recently read the Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which I really recommend to you if you haven’t read it. Dystopian earth where women are brutally repressed.
    – I bought a crop top from urban outfitters… Not sure if I’ll have the guts to wear it haha!
    – 100% must have music whenever exercising! I am fueled my music!

  • Susan June 11, 2012, 11:59 am

    What was the last movie you watched and book your read?
    — I don’t know if it counts as a movie but I was “watching” the first season of Animaniacs on DVD last night (watching as in on in the background while I was crocheting last night). Loved that series, would love to share with my nephews/nieces but not sure how much is over their heads. And to contrast that the last book I just finished is “Skipping Towards Gomorrah” by Dan Savage (very good) and just started “Bitch:In Praise of Difficult Women” by Elizabeth Wurtzel (enh so far). All of the prior came from the library which is the awesomest thing ever because I get to try things out!

    Any special purchases?
    — I finally gave in and bought myself two camisoles for running from InkNBurn.com (plus one as a gift). So glad I did. Most.Beautiful.Running.Clothes.EVER.

    Do you jam out while exercising or prefer silence?
    — Not music, mostly podcasts. Currently addicted to Savage Love, but also Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Marketplace Money, and This American Life.

  • Jo June 11, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Last movie: “The Descendants.” Good, but not quite as good as I’d expected. I was mostly just amused that George Clooney was supposed to be Hawaiian.
    Last book: “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. Finally got around to reading this and loved it.

    Special purchases: A pair of Chaco sandals. I’d been debating back and forth about this purchase for awhile, because they are a bit of an investment, but having comfy shoes makes all the difference in the world!

    I do listen to music while working out often, but lately I’ve been switching to podcasts…Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, On Being, and This American Life are my favorites.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well June 11, 2012, 12:36 pm

    I HAVE to listen to music while working out. If I don’t, I just cannot work out. I’m obsessed with Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend song right now.

    Also, your breakfast has expired me. I am totally obsessed with greek yogurt with delicious mix-ins right now.

  • Sarah F. June 11, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Last movie and book:
    Last movie was “Definitely, Maybe” which is such a great movie! Current book I’m reading is yours! Though due to life I am making very small progress on it- but I am really enjoying it (I just got to the food portion).
    I saw War Horse and thought it was TERRIBLE! My boyfriend and I saw it together over Christmas and still joke about how bad it was.

    Most recent purchase- was a bike! Just bought one on Saturday and was so excited that I biked to work today- despite the rain! For the future- terrible choice. Biking when it is pouring= a very cold start to the day.

    Music- my exercise is usually yoga or swimming (and now biking!) so I never listen to music while working out. Though I’d really like to listen to music on my way to and from work on the bike- but is probably a very unsafe idea!

  • Jenn June 11, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Last movie: Gone. Parts were pretty intense but overall not the best storyline.
    Last book: The Selection by Keirra Cass. AMAZING!! I can’t wait for the next book in series to come out..in 2013 wahhh!
    Music: Definitely! There is no way I could get through a run or gym workout without my tunes.
    Special Purchases: I just bought an awesome metallic blue tank from H&M for a wedding I attended. What makes this purchase so special is that the tank was only $4.95 and I got compliments all night! Bargain shopping rules.

  • Sharon MacGregor June 11, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Love reading both fiction and non – currently reading “A Lion Among Men,” by Gregory Maguire (part of the Wicked series) and finished “The Creative Habit,” by Twyla Tharp. Love them both for different reasons!

  • Danielle @Two Love Birds June 11, 2012, 1:33 pm

    My husband and I just bought a “new to us” King Size Bed!!! Now there’s enough room for us, our two kitties, and our 60 pounds dog who all sneak into bed in the middle of the night! It’s glorious!

  • Britta June 11, 2012, 1:39 pm

    You should definitely watch War Horse. Great movie and I promise it has a nice ending 🙂

  • Amber K June 11, 2012, 1:43 pm

    I can’t even remember the last movie I watched. It’s been awhile! Although I’ve caught up on a lot of old episodes of Simpsons lately, lol. I’m currently reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth and it’s totally living up to the first one in the series, Divergent. Can’t put it down!

  • Amanda (modernation) June 11, 2012, 3:09 pm

    I dropped a huge bottle of hot sauce in the sink this weekend and it shattered everywhere. It actually wound up being a good thing it was in the sink otherwise glass and Tapatio would have gone literally, everywhere. I recently bought a really comfy long stretchy skirt from target. I have been traveling a ton, and I bought it to wear on planes, trains and automobiles. It is so comfy, feels like you are wearing PJs, but I get tons of compliments on how cute it is. Double score!

  • Jess June 11, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Just finished reading Lipstick In Afghanistan, By Roberta Gately. It’s a novel about a nurse from Boston ( fun because I’m a nurse and live in MA) who goes to Afghanistan to do relief work post 9/11. It was a good read! The last movie was Tin Tin(we love animated stuff, among many other genres over here) which was cute.

    Last awesome purchase was stuff to do an at home pedicure! Cheap and relaxing!

    I NEED music when I exercise or my thoughts get the best of me, I get too distracted, or I give up too early!

  • Laura June 11, 2012, 4:08 pm

    I used to not be able to go for a run without music but lately I’ve been running with my love and leaving the iPod at home and I am able to run faster and longer because I am more focused on listening to my body rather than the beat. It sucks though because running is boring but I choose better performance.

  • Lauren T June 11, 2012, 4:36 pm

    This weekend my boyfriend and I watched the newest Mission Impossible movie, Young Adult (with Charlize Theron), and Rango…none of them were spectacular. Mission Impossible was the best of the 3 and Young Adult was by far the worst! Don’t bother watching it!
    I’ve also been reading Nicholas Spark books for fun just because I can’t resist the sappy romance in his books 🙂 They’re a good break from work at lunch.

  • Shauna June 11, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Last book/movie: Last night I watched Coyote Ugly with my boyfriend, who for years has been telling me it’s not just about girls dancing on bars as the previews would suggest. When it was over, I told him, “It was better than I expected, in the sense that it has a plot,” and that was good enough for him. He does have good taste in movies, so for him to endorse this amuses me to no end. I’m currently reading Normal Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song. I’m halfway through (and at 1,100 pages that is no small feat! I’m totally bragging! I don’t care! It’s a huge book!) and I’m definitely intrigued.

    Last great purchase: I’m coming up blank :/

    Music on runs: I love it, but a couple years ago I was on summer vacation from college and went home. My mother hated the thought of me running in our ridiculously safe neighborhood, let alone the thought of me running with headphones that could prevent me from hearing axe murderers, so that summer I went on 3-10 mile runs without headphones, and it was actually pleasant to be alone with my thoughts. I always use headphones now, but it’s good to know I can go without if need be.

  • Bec June 11, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Mild Spoiler Alert: I have seen War Horse and as a horse lover I bawled my eyes out, but it has a happy ending for both the horse and the boy. My friend was part of the horse on Broadway so I felt I needed to watch the movie so I could see what all the fuss was about. Super good, just have a kleenex stash nearby!

  • Elizabeth June 11, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Last movie I saw: I went and saw Madagascar 3 with my mom. It was cute, but not as funny as the others.

    Best recent purchase: A new rug for under our dining table

    I generally prefer to have music on. I keep in gangsta. Just kidding. I like anything with a good beat that keeps me going.

    Aaaaand War Horse was traumatic for me. I’m a horse lover and had a really hard time watching it. Plus, I thought the overall plot was kind of boring. The cinematography was beautiful though!

  • Robin June 11, 2012, 7:40 pm

    This might be sad to some people, but I’m excited. We just bought a new dishwasher. Our old dishwasher was so gross I didn’t even want to use it!

    Last movie – we took our son to Madagascar 3 yesterday. Very cute!

    I don’t like to listen to music when I exercise. No sounds at all.

  • Lindsay June 11, 2012, 7:42 pm

    The last movie I saw was the Hunger Games. I’m pretty awful at sitting through movies so I don’t go that frequently, only when I’m really excited about a movie.

    The last book was The Lost Girls about a girl who goes missing and the woman/town who looks for her. Very twisty.

    Best recent purchase was a wax package for myself because I cannot stand shaving my bikini line. Now I find my regular waxes almost therapeutic.

    And I love running with music but live in a semi-sketchy area so I keep one ear open for safety reasons.

  • Katya June 11, 2012, 8:02 pm

    The last movie I saw was also the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    Currently reading ’50 Shades of Grey’.
    Best recent purchase was a beautiful bamboo blanket…okay, it’s for the baby, but I love it!
    I don’t like exercising to music unless it’s a gym class or something like that. Definitely no music when I’m running.

  • Lea June 11, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I broke like 3 mugs last year by dropping them on the tile floor in my dorm bathroom. Stumbling through the dark pre-caffeine (hence the coffee mug) at 7 am because your roommate is still sleeping and hard tile floor don’t mix well. It makes me really sad every time a break one!

    The last thing I bought was a Pilates book. I teach at my university so I’m always looking for good Pilates resources to refer to for information/ways to keep the class interesting and I found I really comprehensive book, bonus was that it was one sale for $7!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 11, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I totally feel you with the whole running-with-music thing. My iPod died when I was midway through my run the other die, and the second half of it was eerily silent haha. As for the gym (elliptical/stationary bike/etc.), I’ve actually become a big fan of reading a book while working out. Currently reading “The Help” (finally!).

  • Claire June 11, 2012, 11:23 pm

    Last movie – Lars and the real girl. Totally wonderful and highly recommended.
    Last book – The hunger games, and now I’m dying to read the next 2.
    Purchase – tix to see Prince, OMG that man is awesome, it was the best concert I’ve been to by far, can’t believe he is 53!
    Definitely no music while exercising. I run outdoors 4-6 times a week, and it’s a combination of wanting to be aware of my surroundings for safety reasons as well as just enjoying the great outdoors. Plus ear buds annoy the crap out of me.

  • Charise June 13, 2012, 10:03 am

    Last movie – Working our way through a documentary series on the Tower of London via Netflix streaming.

    Last book – read The Lost Wife and Shatter Me this week, both pretty good!

    Best purchase – we’re about to redo our entire first floor, so there’s been lots o’ shopping and packages showing up for that. Most recently, bought the awesome hexagonal white tiled flooring for the half-bath.

    When I’m doing indoor cardio, I NEED my good tunes! But for weightlifting, I just listen to whatever’s on at the gym, and when I’m outside I like to listen to nature. 🙂

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 13, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Oh my gosh. Robes are the absolute best! All the benefits of a dress without any of the worries 😉

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