Thursday Randomness

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Last Week’s Workouts  (better late than never, right?)


Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 2.2 mile run

Wednesday – 3.25 mile run

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 4.0 mile RACE!

Sunday – PiYo workout while the kiddos were sleeping.  I got through 20 minutes before I thought the kids were waking up.


I Owed You This Recipe


I tested this Quinoa, Bean, and Greek Yogurt Muffins recipe again for you – here’s the final recipe!  This is an awesome dish for grab-and-go savory breakfasts, packed lunches, or fast dinners.  I haven’t tried freezing the muffins yet, but I bet you could!

quinoa muffins

Quinoa, Bean, and Greek Yogurt Muffins


Ingredients (for 12 muffins):


  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa, measured dry and cooked according to directions
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 generous cups spinach
  • 1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt plain
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can Great Northern beans (or cannellini beans), drained




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease 12 cupcake tins.
  • Chop onions and spinach and cook on stovetop in oil until onion begins to wilt.
  • Combine onion and spinach, cooked quinoa, yogurt, cheddar cheese, eggs, and drained beans in a large bowl.
  • Pour mixture into cupcake tins and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove, let cool for a few minutes, and serve.


This Week’s Running Song


This jam came on during my race last week and it totally powered me through!


It’s the Little Things


A few weeks ago, my iPhone cord got destroyed, so I went to Amazon to order a new one.  I discovered that you can buy TEN FOOT LONG iPhone cords and promptly ordered one.  OMG – you guys!  Extra-extra-extra long phone cords are amaaaaaaaaaazing.  It is so much more convenient to have a long cord.  Buy it – it’s worth it!


Book a Week


This week’s book was All Fun, No Joy: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.


This week’s Book of the Week was Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.  This was a very interesting social science book that examines the effect of children on parents – namely, why parents are less happy than non-parents (and yet say their children are their greatest joy in life).  There’s a great NPR summary of this book


The initial chapters of the book explore how children stress their parents’ lives throughout various developmental stages; the last focuses on the “All Joy” concept, which actually was pretty deep, philosophically, and brought tears to my eyes.  I wish, however, that the book had more ‘recommendations’ on increasing the joyful aspects of parenting (although, it turns out, a lot of the “No Fun” parts are heavily influenced by concepts like gender roles and politics and may not be within an individual parent’s control).  Regardless, the book was great food for thought.


My rating:  3 out of 5 stars.  You’d like it especially if you’re into social science stuff and a parent (or thinking about becoming one).


Side note: I have a Book a Week page – here’s the link.  I’ll be putting a shortcut up on the side of the blog soon!



  • Traci January 22, 2015, 10:59 am

    A 10 foot iphone cord? I don’t know why Apple doesn’t make them even just a LITTLE bit longer. It’s the one thing I miss about my android phones. Thanks for the head’s up!

  • Chelsea @ TableForOne January 22, 2015, 11:54 am

    I love random posts like this! Whenever “remember the name” comes on my iPod, I totally get an extra burst of energy and can really push myself. I don’t know what it is about that song, but I love it!

  • Amber January 22, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Not parents, not pregnant and not even TTC yet but we are planning to start TTC within the next year. Would you recommend the book for me and my hubby? Or is it just going to scare us haha. Thinking of listening to it in audiobook format as I really like listening to non-fiction books!

    If not this one do you have one to recommend for me/us on parenting/parenthood?

    • Caitlin January 22, 2015, 2:23 pm

      I think you should read it because I do think it’s instructive in the way that it kind of makes you think about the purpose of modern parenting and how YOUR happiness as a parent depends on your purpose. It also makes really good points about techniques for handling kids and why it’s important to have “me time.” I think a lot of us *KNOW* that but have trouble actually making it happen in our lives, either because of guilt or because of time. I am really awesome about me time and never, ever feel bad about it and I have a super positive view of parenting (and young kids/teens are the hardest years in happiness, apparently).

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 22, 2015, 1:44 pm

    Did you find the book depressing at all? I want children badly, but have also heard the statistic that non-parents are happier than parents and it definitely makes me stop and think about it more. I did listen to an interesting Freakonomics podcast on parenting that mentioned a lot of parent unhappiness comes from signing their kids up for too many activities that make both the kid and the parents miserable, so there’s at least that tip.

    • Caitlin January 22, 2015, 2:25 pm

      It’s a little depressing in that you realize American parents could be so much happier if we had different politics. But alas, that is not easy to change. Makes me want to move to Sweden. A lot of happiness is more within your control (i.e. choice of partner, way you look at things). There’s also an interesting bit at the end of how the day to day of kids may be unhappy but when you look back, 85% of parents remember things very positively. And the book talks about whether your life experience is moment to moment or retrospective overall (for most people, it’s retrospective on the larger scale).

  • Amanda @ Slimplify Life January 22, 2015, 2:23 pm

    Hahaha I’m laughing out loud at that first picture about the course hills. So. True.

  • Bobbie January 22, 2015, 5:51 pm

    You SOOOO listen to the same kind of music while running that I do! ha ha!
    My husband has one of those cords and I hate the thing b/c it’s always laying all over the floor! 😉

  • Kelly January 22, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Just wanted to suggest a book for you – Into Thin Air by John Krakauer about the 1996 Everest disaster. Not the happiest book but I thought it was really interesting to read about what people go through to attempt the summit, and also about what happened that season.

    • Caitlin January 26, 2015, 9:31 am

      Thanks! I’ll put it on my list 🙂

  • Nicole January 23, 2015, 12:10 pm

    I made the muffins last night and they are delicious hot or cold! I will definitely be making this a regular! Thank you for posting!

  • Heather @ Heather's Sweets and Treats January 23, 2015, 4:53 pm

    Yeah, learning that you could buy a long iphone cord pretty much changed my life-it was awesome!

  • Jen in SC January 23, 2015, 9:17 pm

    I read that book last year and LOVED it. Totally up my alley 🙂 That kind of book makes me feel much less alone in my general parenting struggles.

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