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What I’m eating:


More panang curry from Trader Joe’s. So. Freaking. Delicious.


What I’m reading:



A review copy of Jenna / Eat Live Run’s new memoir, White Jacket Required.  It’s good!


What I’m watching:



The Walking Dead.  Zoooombies!  We’re on Season 2, and it’s scary.  I want to be a zombie for Halloween.  Can Henry be a baby zombie or is that too weird?


What I’m excited about:



The Democratic National Convention takes over Charlotte next week.  Pretty cool that this is happening in my hometown, although I’m sure traffic is going to be nuts in all directions for the next few days.  I’m going to try to attend some events.  I’m in the lottery to hear Obama speak; fingers crossed.  I’ve never seen a President in real life before.


What we’re playing on:


JUMP JUMP JUMP.  Henry is obsessed with his jumper, which I just assembled yesterday.  A whole new baby world.  He hasn’t figured any of the toys and is too short for it (head control is fine, no worries) but really likes the jumping action. 


What I’m coveting:


This pretty stag print from Etsy.  I’ve finally gotten around to hanging up some prints and need another one in my living room.  Considering this… it would look nice on our gray walls.


What I’m craving:


A swim session.  The idea of sinking into the cool water seems so nice.  Maybe tomorrow!


Aaaaand brain dump is over.  What are you whating about?



  • Laura @ She Eats Well August 29, 2012, 9:18 pm

    What’s in my oven….a new gluten free pizza recipe. I think I’ve finally found the crust!

    What I’m watching….So You Think You Can Dance. Love love love it.

    What I’m craving….a good run with my new playlist. Except my knee has been bugging me so I’m trying to be good and stay off it. Patience! Rest days!

    Love Henry’s facial expression…so freaking cute.

    • Kara August 30, 2012, 9:16 pm

      Laura, what kind of crust did you use, and was it good?

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 29, 2012, 9:18 pm

    I hope you win the lottery! I’ve actually seen Obama twice: once 4 years ago when he was campaigning and he came to speak at my school (College of Charleston) and then a year ago at his 50th birthday party here in Chicago, someone at the office I was interning at had a bunch of extra tickets!

  • Axel August 29, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I *love* Panang Curry. Now I wish there was a Trader Joe’s here… way to make me feel like I live in a third-world country 😉

  • Carin August 29, 2012, 9:23 pm

    What it would feel like to be well again… I’m struggling with the flu!

    Even though I’m not American, I have met (briefly) and heard a US President speak – Clinton, on a trip to the UK. Have also met British, Australian and NZ Prime Ministers. I realise that this makes me sound like a political groupie!

    Love Henry’s expression on the jumper. Is he practicing husband zombie stare already?

    • Carin August 29, 2012, 9:26 pm

      ** should read HIS zombie stare (stupid predictive text!)

      Was not implying that K is a zombie!

      • Jen August 30, 2012, 12:05 am

        Hahahaha…THAT predictive text “fail” actually turned out pretty funny! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 29, 2012, 9:26 pm

    So cool!! You get to review Jenna’s book?!? I’ve been reading her blog forever . . . I bet it’s a great read! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 9:28 pm

      It’s great. Chronicles her journey through culinary school to CA. If you’ve read her blog you *kind of* know the story but its fun to hear the details. And there are recipes, too, which is fun.

  • MC August 29, 2012, 9:28 pm

    I met Obama! He came to speak at my alma mater (American) when he was running for President and when they opened the floor section up in the gym..you bet my friend and I ran to the front. I wound up getting to shake hands with him! I hope you get to see him speak.

    What I’m watching – RNC. Really. Just to keep informed, since one of the things I can’t stand is when people push their side of things and don’t even want to know about the other. On a related note, I’d love to hear what you thought of Ann Romney’s speech. It was…interesting…

    • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 9:33 pm

      Well, I listened to a bit of it on NPR and thought it was patronizing to men and eventually shut it off in frustration. I think the men-slamming was kind of the point since Romney is really falling behind with the women’s vote (which, as a whole, makes sense especially regarding some recent changes to the Republican platform). This line in particular killed me: “It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right.” I was so insulted by that line. My husband is a man who works hard to make everything right for his family; I don’t work harder just because I’m a woman! I felt like she was implying that my ‘working harder’ involves chasing around my husband and picking up his dirty laundry or something… not doing something great with my womanliness. I don’t understand why we can’t lift up women without bringing down men. I don’t like it when any politician from any side does this.

      Rant over. Guess everyone knows where I stand now.

      • CaitlinHTP August 29, 2012, 9:44 pm

        What did you think? It did make me think she really loves her husband, which was nice.

      • Jess August 30, 2012, 12:00 pm

        Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion – and with politics some people have stronger views than others. I’m not a political person (which may seem sad and un-American, but honestly — I’m a bit intimidated by politics). My boss was/is attending the convention, so I tuned in to watch. I found Ann Romney so empowering and real. Maybe because I didn’t really have any expectations – or maybe because I didn’t know any background on her or her husband – other than a few media blurbs – but boy was I impressed. Her approach was so honest and compassionate. I personally loved when she said that people say she and her husband have a fairytale marriage and she said she’s never read a storybook that had a chapter for Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis. Ugh, so true!

        I personally did not find her speech “bringing men down” – – – to me, she spoke “my” truth. Maybe that’s why I found her so relatable. For your readers, that value your opinion, I felt the need to post the portion of the transcript that you referred to so they can see what was said verbatim.

        All political party opinions aside – I feel like this conversation could have been one I shared with any of my friends on a walk around our neighborhood and for that I am grateful that I tuned in and listened to her viewpoints.

        Hopefully, everyone can formulate their own opinions. Here’s a portion of what she had to say…

        Sometimes, I think that, late at night, if we were all
        silent for just a few moments and listened carefully, we could
        hear a collective sigh from the moms and dads across America who
        made it through another day, and know that they will make it
        through another one tomorrow. But in the end of that day moment,
        they just aren’t sure how.

        And if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the women sighing
        a little bit more than the men. It’s how it is, isn’t it? It’s
        the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make
        everything right. It’s the mom’s of this nation, single,
        married, widowed, who really hold the country together. We’re
        the mothers. We’re the wives. We’re the grandmothers. We’re
        the big sisters. We’re the little sisters and we are the

        You know it’s true, don’t you?

        I love you, women! And I hear your voices. Those are my favorite fans down

        You are the ones that have to do a little bit more and you
        know what it is like to earn a little bit harder earn the
        respect you deserve at work and then you come home to help with
        the book report just because it has to be done.

        You know what those late-night phone calls with an elderly
        parent are like, and those long weekend drives just to see how
        they’re doing.

        You know the fastest route to the local emergency room and
        which doctors actually answers the phone call when you call at
        night, and by the way, I know all about that.

        You know what it is like to sit in that graduation ceremony
        and wonder how it was that so many long days turned into years
        that went by so quickly. You are the best of America.

        • Brooke August 30, 2012, 12:47 pm

          Jess, I agree with you. I absolutely loved her speech and thought she spoke from her heart.

      • J August 30, 2012, 1:28 pm

        I don’t think she was “men-slamming” at all. Regardless of how your household operates, the sad truth is that in most families, women take on the majority of cooking/cleaning/child-rearing responsibilities. I will agree that her speech didn’t do much to “lift women up”, but I think her intention was to appeal to suburban married women with children, who probably do relate to her message there. What really pissed me off about her speech (and the GOP in general), is that she completely ignored single women, LGBTQ women, or anyone with an “untraditional” lifestyle. I agree with you that it definitely seems like she loves her husband, but it also seems like she really just has no clue what she’s talking about when it comes to feminism or the plight of modern women.

        • J August 30, 2012, 1:42 pm

          Just to expand on what I wrote because I’m not sure I was entirely clear, I think it’s great that you and your husband balance your work/home responsibilities as evenly as you can. I think what was frustrating about Ann Romney’s speech (aside from ignoring non-married, wealthy enough, cis-women), was that she kind of just sighed and said, “this is the way it is.” There are things that could change this, but many of them are supported by the other side (such as: the fair pay act, the violence against women act, reproductive freedom) and so she couldn’t talk about them. One other thing that would really help would be to acknowledge that yes, mothers are great and do a lot of good for the world, but women do not have to be defined by their role as mothers, do not even have to BE mothers, and should be given more opportunities to be awesome. So basically the opposite of her speech.

          • CaitlinHTP August 30, 2012, 2:54 pm

            Great comment, I didn’t even think of how she ignored ‘non-traditional’ households.

  • Stephanie @ Steph's Miles August 29, 2012, 9:31 pm

    What I’m eating.. Sicilian salad from a local Italian restaurant with blue cheese, balsamic, red onions and roasted red peppers.
    What I’m recovering from.. an awesome kickboxing workout!
    What I’m looking forward to.. the rest of the week’s workouts and the long weekend!
    Hope you win the lottery!

  • Sana August 29, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Baby Henry is SO ADORABLE!!!! I can’t tell who I adore more, him or Maggie 😉

  • Alicia August 29, 2012, 9:48 pm

    I actually think baby zombie is an ADORABLE/very rad costume idea. Just saying.

  • Dani @ Dani, Redesigned August 29, 2012, 9:53 pm

    What I’m watching: Teen Mom. I have no idea why I watch this show, I just can’t get rid of it.

    What I’m wanting: some freaking compression socks. I have to travel thirty minutes to get them, or I can order them offline. I want them nowwwww…..

    What I’m about to eat: Philly cheese steaks the bf is making. OMG the smell in my apt is delicious.

    What I’m dreading: the laundry that’s about to finish drying. I think I may just go turn the dryer back on. I’m not ready for it yet….

  • Maren August 29, 2012, 9:56 pm

    What I’m eating…err.. drinking: wine.

    What I’m doing: reading your blog, watching The Big Bang Theory, and relaxing after packing for our trip!

    What I’m jealous of: you getting to possibly see Obama speak! That will be SO awesome and I will be SO jealous 🙂

  • Juliene August 29, 2012, 10:12 pm

    You and I are so alike! I begged my husband to let me dress our 3 month old as a zombie and us go as a family of zombies but he wasn’t having it last year. The baby ended up being a very cute, albeit cranky vampire but I am still holding out for a zombie family someday!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 29, 2012, 10:24 pm

    I like this post 🙂

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  • Colleen August 29, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Currently thinking about: how I need to stretch more; whether or nori should stay up and work or go to bed with the hubby; what the heck am I going to make this weekend–family gathering; when’d did my oldest become old enough to learn comparison ad shipping and asking me who I going to vote for—and him saying he’d vote the same way and wishing he could vote now (he is 8.5 going on 18).

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 29, 2012, 11:04 pm

    What I want to do? Go for a run! Hopefully tomorrow morning! 🙂

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans August 29, 2012, 11:34 pm

    My boyfriend got to see Obama speak when he was campaigning in Raleigh for the 2008 election! I’m still beyond jealous of him! I was stuck at school, which was definitely not as important.

  • Ellen August 29, 2012, 11:35 pm

    OMG I can’t get over how much Henry looks exactly like both of you! I know that sounds dumb, but its true. Little mini <3

    I'm curious to read the reviews about the ELR book. I read her blog back in its infancy, but eventually had to stop due to grammar problems and other annoying writing issues.

  • Ashley August 30, 2012, 12:07 am

    Baby zombie – Hahaha! You crack me up!

  • Jen August 30, 2012, 12:13 am

    I wish that they made jumpers for adults…I WAAAAANT one! 🙂

    Also, have I mentioned lately that Henry is unbelievably adorable?!? (Guess you can’t say that too many times.) 🙂

    Good luck getting in to see Obama!

  • Li August 30, 2012, 2:09 am

    Can’t wait to read Jenna’s book! I pre-ordered it on my Nook today so I’m all set to read on Tuesday 😉

  • Sasha August 30, 2012, 2:51 am

    I’m from Palin-country Alaska, and go to school in the very red state of Idaho, so it’s nice to hear that there are other progressive individuals out there! It’s also nice to hear that you are excited to potentially see the president; I would give an arm and a leg to hear him speak in person! Thanks for sharing where you stand, it made my night 😉

  • Mel August 30, 2012, 3:12 am

    This was a fun post! I would love to hear the President speak someday. Michelle Obama visited my college town when they were on the campaign trail in 2008 and I got to hear her speak. She certainly knows how to command a room- I even got a little teary eyed. I’m also looking forward to reading Jenna’s book. It was her blog that led me to yours back when you both did the 100 mile bike ride! But currently, I’m reading Anna Karenina (the movie is coming out soon!)

  • Ksenija August 30, 2012, 5:14 am

    This curry looks really amazing. I am buying a lot of organic currysauces and it is so easy to whip up a quick and delicious meal. And thanks for sharing your current read, it sounds so interesting that I want to have it in my hands right now!

  • Hillary August 30, 2012, 7:20 am

    What I’m drinking: COFFEE. First week of school teacher fuel. FOR REAL.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 30, 2012, 7:58 am

    What I’ll be chowing down on tonight: my boyfriend’s mom’s homemade mac & cheese, NOM NOM!

    What I’m looking forward to: my bday tomorrow!!!!

    What I need to do: get in a quick run tonight after work.

    I saw Obama speak when I was a student and he came to Penn State. I can’t remember if he was the president at the time, but it was pretty cool! He’s a great speaker!

    • Jen August 30, 2012, 11:13 pm

      Happy Birthday, Amber!!!

  • Sara August 30, 2012, 8:38 am

    What I’m thinking — could Henry BE any cuter? Good grief.

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 30, 2012, 8:48 am

    I want to read Jenna’s book! It sounds like it’s good!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 30, 2012, 8:50 am

    Minor obsession with the Walking Dead. So so good!

  • Rachel O. August 30, 2012, 9:35 am

    the zombie walk was last night in louisville. thousands of people dressed as zombies roam the highlands – pretty much shuts the streets down – happens every year. it’s pretty awesome to watch.

  • Courtney August 30, 2012, 10:02 am

    That is the best jumper out there…just wait until he gets the hang out it. It’s so cute to watch them bounce up and down and begin to entertain themselves.

  • Lori August 30, 2012, 10:12 am

    What I am waiting on-a positive pregnancy test!!! 😉

    • CaitlinHTP August 30, 2012, 11:43 am

      Good luck!

  • Sarah August 30, 2012, 1:14 pm

    As the mother of a once little boy – you should definitely dress Henry in something cute and squishy for Halloween because it won’t be long and he won’t want to be anything but a zombie, vampire or dead football player! lol then again maybe that’s just my experience! 🙂

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama August 30, 2012, 2:43 pm

    We got sucked into watching the Walking Dead last year. At first I was laughing at it because it was kind of cheesy. Now we are hooked and can’t wait for the new season!

  • Helen August 30, 2012, 3:09 pm

    My son loved that exact same jumperoo for a good number of months. I got some good video of him jumping away. Just FYI – we sometimes had to watch him when he played with that parrot and elephant (on Henry’s left) as he could get his fingers stuck between them if he turned them just right 🙁 Anyway, it’s such a large piece of equipment that we bought it on Craiglist and then resold it for the same amount when we were done with it. Hope to do the same with the next baby!

  • leslie August 30, 2012, 3:47 pm

    When I saw this costume I (almost) wished for another baby so I could do it myself:


  • Chelle {Everyday Polish} August 30, 2012, 4:44 pm

    White Jacket Required looks like a good book0- will have to check it out. I’m coming to Charlotte this weekend so I responded to this post in Thursday talkback today! You can check it out here: http://www.everydaypolish.com/2012/08/thursday-talkback-what.html 🙂

  • Molly September 27, 2012, 11:47 am

    I’m not trying to insult you, so please don’t take this as so, but I do find it a bit odd that you’re a vegetarian yet want a picture of a mounted deer?

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