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Because I went to kettlebells this morning.  Can’t… lift… arms…. Ouch.


Isn’t it weird – and annoying – how fitness does not translate across different exercises? I hate that. I just ran a freaking Half Ironman and I couldn’t keep up with push-ups and squats. No fair! Smile


Class was great, though. I haven’t done an organized strength workout class like that in… oh… forever.  Coach Marni’s training plan called for me to do strength training every week, but unfortunately, that was quickly nixed. I know that strength training reduces injuries and makes you faster, but… I just couldn’t find the time to squeeze it in regularly on top of all the cardio. So I did more sit-ups, push-ups, and squats in this 45-minute class than I did the entire 15 weeks of training.  Go figure.


I’ve played around with kettlebells before, but I’ve never attended a class. When I walked into the room, I went straight up to the instructor and said, “Hi, I’m new!”  A few years ago, I would’ve never done that – I preferred to hang out in the back and hide so no one could see how inept I was.  But I realized that this is not the way to go – newbies need the one-on-one help more than anyone.  The instructor was super sweet and kept an eye on me during class (correcting form and whatnot).  I will definitely be back!  I can already feel the burn forming.


Guess who ate one too many chocolates last night?


Not Henry – me.  And yes, we carved a University of Miami pumpkin.


Halloween was so much fun!  Of course, this is the first year that Henry could go trick or treating, and I don’t think Kristien or I realized what a big parenting moment it was going to be until Henry got dressed in his costume.  Such a milestone!  We take the dogs on a walk around our neighborhood every day, so Henry is used to walking around, but he was very excited when realized he got to knock on doorbells.  And get little packages to put in his Elmo bucket. Thankfully, he didn’t figure out there was chocolate inside until we got home.  Smile


Did you Trick or Treat?  What was your costume?  Or your kids’ costumes?  Henry was a doggie, but I didn’t dress up.  I should next year, though! I think he’d like it.


The Circle Book Club


I recently read an amazing new book called The Circle by David Egger.  I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you guys.  And it’s so worthy of a group discussion that I thought it’d be fun to do an online book club.


Most of us imagine totalitarianism as something imposed upon us—but what if we’re complicit in our own oppression? That’s the scenario in Eggers’ ambitious, terrifying, and eerily plausible new novel. When Mae gets a job at the Circle, a Bay Area tech company that’s cornered the world market on social media and e-commerce, she’s elated, and not just because of the platinum health-care package. The gleaming campus is a wonder, and it seems as though there isn’t anything the company can’t do (and won’t try). But she soon learns that participation in social media is mandatory, not voluntary, and that could soon apply to the general population as well. For a monopoly, it’s a short step from sharing to surveillance, to a world without privacy.  – Amazon.com


To organize the book club, I’m creating a private group on Facebook.  If you want to join in the discussion, simply leave a comment on this post, and I’ll use your e-mail to send you an invite to the group.  We’ll start the discussion on December 1 so you have time to read this incredible book!



  • Courtney November 1, 2013, 1:26 pm

    What an adorable puppy! My favorite moment last night was waiting almost 5 minutes inside the door while 2 little kids fought over who got to the ring the doorbell. The little things in like 🙂
    Count me in for the book club!!

  • Tory November 1, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I requested the book at my local library after your last post about it and am next on the list! Hurray! I’d love to part of the book club!

  • Rachel November 1, 2013, 1:28 pm

    You should definitely dress up next year! My 14 month old son thought it was hilarious seeing us dressed up! (I don’t think he realized how he looked dressed up as an elephant! haha) It made it really easy to get good pictures of him smiling.

  • Amanda November 1, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I would love to be a part of the book club!

  • Sarah November 1, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Definitely doing a family costume next year! Sammy was Scooby Doo (minus the head, ’cause ya know, he’s a toddler).

  • Mari Bury November 1, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I would love to participate!

  • Jennifer November 1, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I took my niece trick or treating and she went as Dorothy, so I was Glinda. It was the first time I’ve been in ages. I was glad to find a kid I could trick into going so I could get some sympathy candy from some of the houses, haha. 🙂

  • Samantha November 1, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I’m in for the book club!! So exciting. Also, I know how you feel about strength training. I’ve committed to weekly personal training sessions and I had one last night. I am feeling more and more like I got hit by a truck as the day goes on. I think I did a few too many squats and lunges. I’m a yoga teacher so you’d think that squats and lunges would be right up my alley… but add some weight and I am a mess!

  • Rebecca November 1, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I worked last night, and we had a bowl of candy on the desk for anyone who wanted. Didn’t see any costumes. Not sure if we got any trick-or-treaters at our house. My supervisor got about 20, she said. I haven’t gone trick-or-treating in years. I suppose if I ever have kids I’ll go with them, and maybe we’ll do family-themed costumes. I’ve seen some awesome ones online!

  • Lisa November 1, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I am usually not a book club-type person, but this sounds fun so I’m in!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 1, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Henry is an adorable pup! I dressed my pup up as a lion 🙂

    I’d love to join up for the book club!

  • Hazel @ The Comfort Zone and Beyond November 1, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Ditto! I’m in too 🙂

  • Birgit November 1, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I would love an invite to the book club!
    The book sounds really interesting.

  • Ali November 1, 2013, 2:02 pm

    I’m in for the book club! I love reading and never have anyone to discuss books with!

  • Jamie November 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I would love an invite to the book club! I am waiting to get this book from the library. 🙂

  • Marie November 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

    Count me in too 🙂

  • Holly November 1, 2013, 2:17 pm

    I’d love to be part of the book club! Thanks!

  • ann November 1, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Count me in for book club please, adorable puppy costume, we had a black cat and a farmer.

  • Kim November 1, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Count me in for the book club, the book sounds awesome!!

    Adorable puppy costume!! 🙂

    My man and I went as a captain and pinup sailor girl with our pups dressed as t-Rex!!

  • Robyne November 1, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Count me in the book club. I am very interested in this book. Just finishing the Divergent series now. Will be ready for another book soon!

  • Eliana Sarrou November 1, 2013, 2:45 pm

    I’d love to join the book club! Thanks!

  • Alli November 1, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Kettlebells are rough, I agree! I just wanted to point out that you called the author “David Egger” but his name is Dave Eggers. I’ve only read one or two of his other books, but the mistake jumped out at me and I felt bad not letting you know!

    • Caitlin November 2, 2013, 9:27 am

      oh thanks!

  • Janelle November 1, 2013, 2:49 pm

    My husband just read that book and enjoyed it; maybe I’ll have to pick it up when I’m finished with my current books.

    Based on the description of the book it’s a little ironic that you have to participate in social media (Facebook) to be a part of the book group (though obviously that’s not the same thing as mandatory participation!). Things like this make it hard to stay away from Facebook, but I’m going to stay strong. 🙂

    • Caitlin November 2, 2013, 9:26 am

      haha i know, right? 🙂

  • Vicki November 1, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Sounds great! Count me in.

    I had a long comment about Halloween costumes but Feedly ate it. Love/hate relationship over here.

  • Kelsey November 1, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I would love to join the book club!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 1, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Add me for the book club!! 🙂

  • Kelsey November 1, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Sounds like a good book!

  • Lauren November 1, 2013, 3:19 pm

    I’d like to be a part of the book club, please! Thanks!

  • Alexa November 1, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Book club sounds fun!

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac November 1, 2013, 3:25 pm

    My boyfriend is reading that book right now! I want to read it when he’s finished, but I won’t be able to do it in time for the book club… law school leaves little time for “fun” reading! I feel you on the strength training! My upper body got so weak when I trained for my half marathon! I’m still working on getting back to where I was!

  • Caitlin November 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I’m in for the book club! Already bought it!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 1, 2013, 3:33 pm

    I freaking LOVE using Kettlebells in my workout but seriously the push-ups I did in my workout the other day KICKED.MY.BUTT! I couldn’t believe it either!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake November 1, 2013, 3:43 pm

    That sounds so fun! I’m in a writing group, but not a book club. Count me in!

  • Deanna November 1, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Ooh, I want in!

    P.S. Henry is so stinkin’ cute.

  • Lisa November 1, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I would love to be included in the book club and I am purchasing the book as we speak. I love hearing about Henry’s excitement for Halloween! So cute.

  • Elyse November 1, 2013, 3:51 pm

    I wan to join the book club please! I went as Minnie Mouse this year!

  • Jasmine November 1, 2013, 3:54 pm

    I’d love to join your book club! I’ve read several books over the years, based on your recommendations anyway! 🙂

  • Sara November 1, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Please add me to the bookclub!

  • Maria S November 1, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Looks like a great book!

  • Kayla November 1, 2013, 4:20 pm

    My daughter is 15 months and went as a lady bug. They are so cute at this age! Count me in for the book club!

  • Taya November 1, 2013, 4:24 pm

    I’m glad you had a fun Halloween! My way home from work got blocked by our town’s Halloween parade, so the 5 minute drive turned into a 40 minute one as I tried to find an alternative route. And we had a whopping total of 1 trick-or-treater, which was a bummer because this was our first Halloween as husband and wife and we were so excited! Now I’m forcing my husband to take all the candy to work with him!

    Anyway, I’d love to join the book club!

  • Catie November 1, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Count me in for the book club, thanks! 🙂

  • Kristen November 1, 2013, 4:44 pm

    I’d love to join the book club!

  • Susan November 1, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Soooo—— are you saying that people who choose not to be on Facebook can’t join your book club?

    • Caitlin November 2, 2013, 9:24 am

      That’s the way I’m going to organize it because the private group function in FB is the perfect way to do a discussion. It wouldn’t really work on the blog.

  • Sarah Lindsey November 1, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book! Count me in for the book club!

  • Jessica November 1, 2013, 5:07 pm

    would love to be a part of the book club!

    love H’s costume – too cute 🙂

  • Lizzie November 1, 2013, 5:30 pm

    I’m in for all book clubs, always! Great idea.

    By the way, have you heard the controversy surrounding this book? http://jezebel.com/is-dave-eggers-new-novel-a-ripoff-of-a-female-writers-1428445249 and http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/02/dave-eggers-denies-reading-the-boy-kings/ I’m not convinced based on those passages alone, but could be good book club conversation nonetheless.

  • Jess from Team Awesome November 1, 2013, 5:33 pm

    I would love to be part of the book club! I just reserved it on my library’s ebooks. Hopefully everyone reads it quickly, I’m number 7 on the list!

  • Haley November 1, 2013, 5:43 pm

    I would love to be part of the book club!

  • Lauren @ Breathe & Nourish November 1, 2013, 5:46 pm

    I’ve already read it and mentioned it on my blog too, I’d love to be included.

  • Chrissy November 1, 2013, 5:49 pm

    I’m in! I’m teaching a dystopian/apocalypse themed lit class next semester, so this will be a good warm up.

  • Amy Q November 1, 2013, 5:51 pm

    I’d like to read that and discuss!

    I am swooning, dying over the bread pudding with the Udi’s cinnamon buns. I must find those! Must. Find.

  • Cheryl Swerdloff November 1, 2013, 6:01 pm

    I would love to be part of the book club. I am a working mother of four, my youngest being 10 weeks old. I used to love to read but can’t find the time to do anymore. I am hoping being a part of this book club will motivate me to have the book read by December!

  • Amy November 1, 2013, 6:19 pm

    I am very interested in this book

  • Alina November 1, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Hen is so cute! You guys should do a group costume next year- my 4 month old nephew and his parents went as a bag of money and two robbers, respectively 😉

  • Claire November 1, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m so excited for this book club. And the book looks great.

  • Amy Kipar November 1, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Sign me up! I am always looking for a good read that comes highly recommended.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change November 1, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Count me in on the book club! HUGE reader and this book looks super interesting!

  • Lucy Hobbs November 1, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Yes please to the book club. Will have to grab this book from the library ASAP.

  • Katie November 1, 2013, 8:04 pm

    Yes, I want to do this book club! Thanks!

  • emily November 1, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I have a huge stack of books on my bedside table right now so I don’t want to read The Circle but if you think you might do other books later then I’d love to be included in the club.

    P.S. I dressed my dachshund up as a hot dog for Halloween and the kids on my block freaking loved it {it’s a hot dog! it’s a hot dog dog wearing a hot dog!!} so I highly recommend buns for Maggie and James next year! 🙂

  • Sassy November 1, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Yay, bookclub!

  • Kim November 1, 2013, 8:45 pm

    I’m game for the book club. I need to get back to reading something other than blogs of people riding their bikes across the country.

  • Ashley November 1, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I’d love to be a part of the book club!

  • Laura November 1, 2013, 9:16 pm

    I want to join the book club!

  • Elizabeth November 1, 2013, 9:41 pm

    I’m in for book club! Thanks.

  • Krishna November 1, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Count me in as well, please! 🙂 Thanks.

  • Luv What You Do November 1, 2013, 10:30 pm

    That was so me!
    Finished a marathon and couldn’t get through one strength session without every single muscle (except my calves) hurting!

  • Anna November 1, 2013, 10:55 pm

    I would like to participate! Thank you!

  • Carin November 1, 2013, 10:59 pm

    Another book club recruit please Caitlin! Ta, Carin.

  • Kortney November 2, 2013, 12:56 am

    I would love to join!

  • sarah November 2, 2013, 2:05 am

    Can I join? I need to get back into reading 🙂

  • Ali November 2, 2013, 2:11 am

    Girl, I know what you mean about being able to race a 70.3 but not be able to do simple things. My coworkers laugh at me all of the time because I whine about walking up and down stairs. They’re like, “Don’t you run a half marathon every weekend or something?”. Yes, but then I’m tired!

  • Jenny November 2, 2013, 7:17 am

    Count me in for the book club! Looking forward to it!

  • Hilary November 2, 2013, 7:24 am

    I’d love to be a part of the book club!

  • Mari November 2, 2013, 8:41 am

    I’m interested in the book club!

  • sam November 2, 2013, 9:38 am

    count me in for The Circle!

  • Erin November 2, 2013, 9:43 am

    Count me in for the book club!

  • Jenn November 2, 2013, 9:55 am

    I would love to participate in this. I just downloaded it onto my kindle. 🙂

  • Ally November 2, 2013, 10:08 am

    The book sounds great, and I love the book club idea!

  • Susan November 2, 2013, 12:27 pm

    My little twin boys just learned to walk within the last 2 weeks–just in time for trick or treating! They were stumbling along in their bear and rabbit costumes and we all had a riot of a good time.

    I’ve been meaning to pick up this book so please count me in on the book club!

  • Liz November 2, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Love these types of books! You got me hooked on them with Divergent.

  • Nan November 2, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Would love to participate in book club!!

  • Clizia November 2, 2013, 1:47 pm

    I’d love to take part!

  • Angela November 2, 2013, 2:50 pm

    I’d love to join the book club, thank you!

  • Autumn November 2, 2013, 3:47 pm

    I would like to participate in the book club.

  • Tabitha Slemmer November 2, 2013, 4:20 pm

    This book seems very interesting and would love to take part in the discussion.

  • Gia November 2, 2013, 5:05 pm

    I’d love to be part of the book club! Downloading the book to my Kindle now… 🙂

    I love Halloween! We got 3 costumes for our little girl – who is 11 months. One mama/daughter matching costume (Rosie the Riveter) for Halloween night and she was a lion and an elephant for other events. So fun!!

    Henry is so adorable!!

  • jen November 2, 2013, 6:12 pm

    im interested in the book club!!

  • Aja November 2, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Henry is adorable. He’s getting so big, too!
    I wish exercise translated easily into each other. My weight training has improved my mile time though, and I don’t even run that much. Some of it does, some of it doesn’t.

  • Amy I. November 2, 2013, 9:57 pm

    I would love to be in the book club- sounds like a great story!

  • lynne @ lgsmash November 2, 2013, 10:11 pm

    love the book club idea – count me in!

  • Katie November 2, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Sounds like the hunger games meets silicon valley . Would love to be a member, the plot sounds great !

  • Amisha November 3, 2013, 7:40 am

    Please add me to the book club as well!

  • Ally November 3, 2013, 10:19 am

    I live in CLT and have been looking for a kettlebell class! Where did you take your class? Thanks so much!

  • Bobbie November 3, 2013, 11:00 am

    count me in for the book club please!
    I will be downloading it on my kindle asap

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 3, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Oh, that book sounds amazing!! I am definitely purchasing it off of Amazon now 🙂

  • Amelia November 3, 2013, 1:58 pm

    First time poster. Thanks for your posts, they wake me up in the morning and inspire me to go get fit! Many congratulations on your half iron man. Phenomenal acheivement!!

    • Caitlin November 4, 2013, 11:03 am


  • Regan November 3, 2013, 6:24 pm

    I’d love to join the book club!

  • Janet November 3, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Count me in for book club. And congratulations on your HIM!!!

  • Anne T. November 4, 2013, 7:19 am

    I just bought this book, and would love to do the book club. Thanks!

  • Kermit November 4, 2013, 9:02 am

    Yes please for book club 🙂

  • Sara November 4, 2013, 11:31 am

    Yes please for book club. Thanks for doing this.

  • Mary-Cameron November 4, 2013, 11:57 am

    The book looks great, and I love Dave Eggers — count me in, please!

  • Erin November 4, 2013, 12:31 pm

    I’d love to be part of the book club!

  • Kimberly November 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Aww, so cute! You know you’re getting older when you enjoy seeing kid costumes more than what your peers are wearing! I agree about fitness translating across different exercises…I do frequent cardio but had my first session with a personal trainer this morning to do some weight training. He kicked my butt!

  • Shabnam November 4, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Love your blog!!Really want to be a part of the Book Club:)

  • Lilli Mahaffy November 4, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I love David Eggers, would love to join the book club!!!

  • Trinda November 5, 2013, 8:28 am

    I’d like to join the bookclub!

  • Shaun November 5, 2013, 9:08 am

    My son was a ninja this year and he insisted that I matched him at the last minute. I put on a black shirt, black slacks, sandels, a tie around my waist, and wala. Now I am a ninja too.

  • Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages November 5, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Apparently I am way behind in blog reading since you wrote this 4 days ago, but I wanted to say that I love kettlebells! Actually my worst workout class EVER was a kettlebell class. My friend and I went to what was supposed to be an all-levels kettlebell class and the instructor was just not nice. She kept saying how it wasn’t a beginner class and after seeing my friend and I use the kettlebells she said we didn’t have proper form (but didn’t show us proper form) and we weren’t allowed to pick up the kettlebells for the rest of the class. I’m a pretty confident person in general and I tend to let criticism just roll off my back, so I wasn’t personally offended by her, although I bet a lot of people would have been and might have been dissuaded from working out. Anyway, I called to complain about her (I mean, it was the YMCA, not some crazy elite gym) and I think she got in trouble or other people must have complained or maybe she realized that she wasn’t meant to teach the class because she vanished from the schedule shortly after that.

    I have no idea why I’m telling you all of this, but after that class I assumed kettlebells were really hard to use (this woman seriously made it sound like you needed a PhD in kettlebells to be able to take a class) and I never tried another class. But I moved earlier this year and the gym I joined had a bunch of kettlebell classes so I gave one a try and I love it! And the instructor explained to me what to do, made a few corrections, and I’ve been in business ever since. No injuries and all it took was a minute of explanation at the beginning and a few 10 second corrections!

    • Caitlin November 6, 2013, 9:24 am

      Yay for better instructors 🙂

  • E November 6, 2013, 2:26 am

    I’d love to be a part of your book group – we seem to really share taste in books! A little worried about getting hold of the books if I’m honest – I’m from the UK and I don’t know whether any libraries will be able to get hold of them but I will try my hardest 😀

  • Tiffany November 6, 2013, 9:57 am

    The book sounds great! I’d love to join the book club!

  • Emily November 6, 2013, 10:22 am

    I’d love to join the book club. I just bought the book and couldn’t put it down on my plane flight home.

  • Rachel November 6, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I’d like to join the book club! Just finished it and can’t wait to discuss!

  • Jessie November 7, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I would love to join the book club!

  • Alycia November 7, 2013, 2:46 pm

    I’d like to join the book club! I love dystopias too so I can’t wait to start the circle. I’m halfway through Allegiant and I’m not loving it like the first two, so I’m excited for something great to read after!

  • Anne T. November 7, 2013, 5:06 pm

    I haven’t gotten the facebook group invite – can you resend? Thanks! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 8, 2013, 9:32 am

      just reinvited!

  • Kerri November 7, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I’m in for the book club! Gotta get reading!

  • Maureen November 7, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Book club, please! I just bought the Kindle edition for about $7 on Amazon.

  • Cate November 7, 2013, 9:03 pm

    What a great idea! I would love to join the book club!

  • kate November 7, 2013, 9:11 pm

    Count me in!!

  • Stephanie November 7, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I’d like to be in the book club! I put the book on hold at the library. Hope it’s back in time!

  • Kelsey November 7, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I would like to join book club!

  • Samantha Pierce November 7, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Hook me up with the book club please! Loving your blog, reading from Hong Kong and attempting to healthy-up my life. Happy Friday.

  • Sassy November 8, 2013, 3:53 am

    Please add me to the book club list!

  • Jess November 8, 2013, 9:20 am

    I’d like to join the book club! Just about to start it!

  • Ali November 8, 2013, 11:38 am

    I’d love to join book club!

  • Obre November 8, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I’d love to join the book club! Just started this book, about 20 pages in!

  • Heather November 8, 2013, 5:32 pm

    I would like join the book club 🙂

  • Courtney November 9, 2013, 8:47 am

    I’d like to join the book club! 🙂

  • Samantha November 9, 2013, 9:47 am

    I have started the book and would love to join the book club!

  • MegaNerd November 9, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Sign me up for the book club, yo!

  • Carol November 10, 2013, 8:36 am

    If its not too late, I’d like to join too

  • Melissa November 11, 2013, 10:29 am

    I would love to join the book club! Please sign me up!

  • Sherie November 12, 2013, 2:25 pm

    Count me in for the book club, please.

  • Judy November 16, 2013, 5:24 am

    Finally got the book from the library!

  • Jaime S November 19, 2013, 11:02 am

    If its not too late, I’d like to join the book club! Thanks!

  • Lesley November 22, 2013, 9:30 am

    I’m way late to the party, but I’d love to join the book club!! 🙂

  • Jennifer November 23, 2013, 1:21 am

    I’d love to join the book club! Better get reading 🙂

  • Judy November 30, 2013, 8:36 am


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