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My girlfriends and I organized ourselves for a night out.  Whoo hoo!  The five of us are in one big and constant text stream – we truly blow each other’s phones up a hundred times a day.  We do a decent amount of play dates, but it’s nice to hang out in real life sans kids, too. 


Secret to getting ready for a night out without children climbing up my leg – shower at the gym.  Works every time!

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We went to the always swanky 5 Church in Uptown.




The place was rammed – we accidentally chose Charlotte Restaurant Week as our night out and hadn’t planned ahead with a reservation. 


We ended up eating way too much (everyone stood up to leave, groaned, and clutched their stomachs) and stayed out way too late for a bunch of moms with eleven small children between them.  And then I woke up at 2:30 AM puking my guts out!  In case you’re wondering, red wine and chocolate tastes gross coming back up.  I think something I ate just totally disagreed with me… This is the second time it’s happened in a month, so I think I’m going to stay away from restaurant food for a long, long time.  


So I’m kind of in recovery mode this morning.  I choked down half a smoothie and a bunch of electrolyte water, and now I’m trying to rally so I can function.



But first…


Book a Week


Week 24:  A Walk Across the Sun

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One of the problems with Book a Week is I cannot chose really long books or I’ll get too far behind – 400 pages is fine but 500 is not.  So I took a chance by reading this book, which was a bit longer but came highly recommended by a reader.


A Walk Across the Sun tells the story of two Indian teenage girls who are swept into human trafficking after a tsunami destroys their village.  At the same time, the plot follows an American man who is struggling to deal with the collapse of his family after the death of his child.  Eventually, the two stories collide.  The plot takes you all over the world – from Asia to Europe to North America – and reveals the very true and very horrific nature of the child sex trade (however, I felt like the author wasn’t gratuitous when describing things, which was appreciated).


This book was so good.  Not only did the plot have an important real-world message, but it was fast-paced and intriguing.  And I actually cried big, blubbery tears at the end of the book. I don’t think I’ve cried during Book a Week for a while, but this one totally got me to sob. 


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  If you’d like a more serious version of “beach reading” for the summer, this would be a great pick.


All my Books a Week.


What are you reading?  I’ve got so many books on my nightstand right now, but I think I’m going to read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee next.  



  • Katie sB July 23, 2015, 9:47 am

    I’m putting this book on my list.

    I got E.Coli from eating a salad at a restaurant last summer and it took me a really long time to be able to order salads out again. It was a week-long terrible illness. I still worry about it sometimes.

  • Jolene ( July 23, 2015, 9:57 am

    That’s nice that you ladies got out for a nice evening – too bad you ended up getting sick though 🙁 Your kids are soooo cute!! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I’ve been reading since the beginning (since the beginning of See Bride Run), and you’ve done so much over the years.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 23, 2015, 10:03 am

    You’re really limiting yourself sticking to shorter books! There are a lot of awesome, longer, books out there. And many would surprise you and move faster than you think. I just read Go Set a Watchman and while the whole thing was an important literary event (and a bit suspect), it was just a poorly done book- flat characters, bad dialogue, etc… That being said, I think everyone should read it. Currently I’m reading Still Alice, which is scaring the shit out of me, and on deck is The Martian and All the Light We Cannot See for book club.

    • Melissa July 23, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Still Alice is by far one of my favorite books this year! I couldn’t get into All the Light We Cannot See….I tried so hard!

  • Laura July 23, 2015, 10:14 am

    You think your adverse reaction to restaurant food has anything to do with the whole30? Maybe you’re getting exposed to something you haven’t eaten in awhile and this is your body’s reaction?

  • Amanda July 23, 2015, 10:27 am

    That book sounds really interesting… and I just adore the way that quote is painted on the wall, for some reason. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that!

  • Reenie July 23, 2015, 10:33 am

    Love your dress on you! Glad y’all got a night out on the town!! Sorry you got sick. 🙁

    That pic of the kiddos…. too cute!!!

  • Danielle July 23, 2015, 10:58 am

    I’m not sure if you had red wine both times, but you might want to look into sulfite poisoning…

    • Danielle July 23, 2015, 10:59 am

      Or, rather, a sulfite allergy

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 23, 2015, 11:16 am

    So sorry you’re not feeling well! But I’m glad you had a fun time with the girls!

  • Melissa July 23, 2015, 11:21 am

    Right now, I’m in the midst of reading, Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews. It’s a very lengthy book (over 430 pages, I believe), but I’m loving it so far! It’s a lighthearted, easy read that is great to relax with.

  • Maria July 23, 2015, 11:41 am

    I’ve been living pretty much after the Whole30 principles and went out for a birth dinner last night and had a delicious meal – and came home and got sick just like you. We were four people and three of us chose the same menu but I was the only one who got sick, so I think the Whole30 has made me really sensitive to wine and sugar. Uhm, guess that’s both good and bad :-/…. but I will be really careful from now on.

    • Caitlin July 23, 2015, 11:45 am

      Oh man really? I pretty much had a ton of foods that I had gone off of for Whole 30… like corn, wine, sugar, cream, and more and more.

      • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 23, 2015, 1:19 pm

        I’ve never puked, but post Whole30 meals that go way off the rails always give me horrible tummy aches!

  • Ash Diamond July 23, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your book a week series as it has given me so many great ideas and suggestions!

  • Sagan July 23, 2015, 12:53 pm

    Cannot WAIT to hear how Go Set a Watchman is!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙁

  • July 23, 2015, 1:08 pm

    That stinks that you were sick! I’m excited to read Go Set a Watchman too. I’m expecting it to be pretty bad and can’t wait to see what all the hype is about!

  • eve July 23, 2015, 1:09 pm

    Sounds like a hangover to me!

  • Melissa July 23, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Go Set a Watchman really spoke to me. Maybe it is because of recent events in my town, maybe it’s because I very well may be grown-up Scout. 🙂 Either way, LOVED IT!
    I also recently read The Graveyard Book at the recommendation of my baby brother. We usually aren’t in tune with the same books but I loved it! Quick and easy and just kinda fun!

  • Ali July 23, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Ugh I hate being hungover after a night out of fun! Sounds like it was worth it though 🙂

    • Caitlin July 23, 2015, 4:42 pm

      Haha I swear it wasn’t a hangover!

  • sarah July 23, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I seriously can not get enough pictures of your kids! Claire is the cutest little girl and it makes me look forward to my little one starting to walk soon. Would you be willing to photo dump pictures from your phone, I bet there are some super cute ones of the kids.

  • Alisha July 23, 2015, 4:45 pm

    Have you read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes? Sobs!!! My SO thought something was wrong! Very good though.

    Can’t wait to add this to my “To Read” list.

  • Laura T. July 23, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I just read “The Devil’s Knot” based on a true story of a gruesome triple murder in the early 90s. So disturbing but a very important read.

  • Katie July 23, 2015, 7:48 pm

    From a soon-to-be first time mom (38 weeks tomorrow!) — I love the idea of getting read at the gym, but I’m curious where your kids stay while you’re there? I reeeeeeally want to keep exercise a regular activity, once I’m cleared to start up again, but I don’t know how to do it with a baby! Almost zero gyms in San Francisco have childcare, and none anywhere near me. Does your husband watch the kids? I worry about losing so much time with him if we’re always trading off exercising and watching the baby. We opted not to buy a jogging stroller because my husband has bad knees and I prefer pilates and boot camps to running, so I’m really unsure of what to do! It concerns me because exercise is such an important part of my life. Any tips would be SO SO appreciated!

    • Caitlin July 24, 2015, 10:26 am

      You have to find a gym with childcare. There has to be one! What about community center gyms like the YMCA? We put the kids in childcare while we go to the pool or hang out in the adult lounge. It’s a really nice way to get an hour to ourselves for cheap.

  • Meredith @ ImRunningWithErasers July 24, 2015, 8:54 am

    I should preface this by saying that I’m a teacher, so summer time is my “guilty pleasure” reading time…I’m shamefully reading the new book “Down the Rabbit Whole” by Holly Madison. There is not literary merit to it, but it’s a great guilty pleasure read!

  • Nicole C. July 24, 2015, 9:16 am

    Maybe you just had too much rich variety at one time? Sometimes after I’ve eaten at a restaurant, or if I’ve had a particularly fattening meal, I feel sick on my stomach–usually because I had something with cheese, something that had a strong sauce etc. Sometimes I’ve thrown up. I usually just lay down and eat mild the next day.

  • Kathy July 26, 2015, 9:20 pm

    I just finished All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews and it goes onto my top 15 books. So good!

  • Amy July 29, 2015, 11:23 am

    I love love love that you read this book and liked it! I figured it would be awesome for your book a week but wasn’t sure how it would rate given how long it is!

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