MIMM: Home and Away

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I went into the weekend wary of how I would handle my plans to visit my good friend/former neighbor Molly in Boston on Saturday night. I still wasn’t feeling good about myself after Wednesday night’s dinner out and was doing a lot of future-tripping over the guilt I would surely feel after a day and night of restaurant hopping in Beantown. For that reason I made sure to keep Friday night low-key and stayed in my hometown. Of course everything turned out marvelous in the end, as it often does. I’ve got another weekend of excellent memories and moments I’d re-live again in an instant, even if they also came with some not-so-kind thoughts toward myself.

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Marvelous are…my tolerant, flexible parents. I was a bit of a mess when I got home Friday night. I’d been sitting in traffic, stewing with too much time to think about our evening dinner plans. We would have to fight that same traffic again to get over to our planned destination (Rizzuto’s in West Hartford) and it didn’t seem worth it. But if we didn’t go there, where would we go? I’d already mentally prepared myself for one restaurant and I know it sounds silly, but I do not handle plan changes well when it comes to food. Hello, control freak. My parents calmed me down when I got home and let me choose a new restaurant destination that I was comfortable with and that also wouldn’t take us on a highway. Speaking of which…

Marvelous was…Friday night dinner at Pond House Grille. That traffic sure had ignited a Manhattan craving in me and I adore Pond House’s Tahitian Manhattan so that was where we ended up dining. Unfortunately no room in the bar but we were seated at a table immediately and our waitress Teresa (hello if you’re reading!!) did an excellent job. I knew she’d be a good waitress when she brought out bread without us having to ask for it first!

Manhattan me. I spy the barrette Molly made me!

I went for the special (and the LAST serving of it that they had!): fluke with lentils and carrot/parsnip “noodles”. And obviously an extra side order of baby cabbages…I hadn’t been able to get Pond House’s out of my head since last weekend!

Lentils + seafood = match made in heaven.

The restaurant sent out a complimentary dessert taste – mini eclairs! My dad and I scarfed these up (and I enjoyed my portion with a glass of dessert wine of course).

That whipped cream was the best part!

Our meal wasn’t over yet…we concluded with an aroma course! You may remember my experience with one during the chef’s tasting I attended. My parents definitely got a kick out of it.

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Pretending I’m brewing a potion, obviously.

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Dad lovin it.

One cocktail and two glasses of wine later…

Marvelous was…getting in some good workouts this weekend. I passed out before 9:30PM after dinner so I woke up Saturday morning early enough to make it to 8AM Group Step! The class had a mix of some songs I’d done before and some that were totally new to me, including Taylor Swift’s “Red”. Sunday morning I took 40 minutes of a spin class (I got there late) and did a few minutes of core work afterward. But after all that cardio I am missing my weights and am so excited for tonight’s Group Power class; I look forward to it every Monday!

Marvelous was…my trip to Boston. I just love seeing my close friends for the first time in awhile because how easy it is to pick up right where we left off reminds me of how strong those friendships are. Molly and I have been tight (or as we’d say, biffs) since 2003-ish…10 years!

Except now we drink cocktails together instead of water. Well, we drink water too.

Except now we drink cocktails together instead of water. Well, we drink water too.

We started my visit with lunch at Legal Sea Foods. Not exactly a unique foodie restaurant choice but I’ve wanted to try this chain since hearing Kelly rave about it, and there are none in CT, so why not take advantage? Molly and I each had a salad and shared a delish blackened raw tuna sashimi with seaweed salad.

Mai Tai for Molly, pear + St. Germaine martini for me!

Legal had a surprisingly awesome collection of not only wine flights, but spirit flights too! We selected “Nectar of the Gods”, a tasting of three different rums, to share. Never has a flight been more appropriately named. These vanilla, coffee, and coconut rums were INCREDIBLE! We took the smallest sips to make them last as long as possible.

Left to right: vanilla, coffee, coconut. Source

My favorite thing to do after having lunch out is SHOP…especially with a cocktail buzz. But that can also result in too much money spent, so it’s a good thing we ended up sticking to just one stop – the fabulous H&M on Newbury Street. I spent less than $70 so no harm done.

My new coat…on sale for $40!

Couldn't resist

Couldn’t resist.

Let’s wear animal hats and take selfies.

I look JUST like this cat.

Then we started the journey to Drink, the most amazing speakeasy-style cocktail spot (I blogged about my first visit). It took a few train/bus switches on the T but the trip ended up being worth it, and that’s not just because of this view at the seaport…

Drink didn’t disappoint. For Molly it lived up to the high expectations I’d set and for me it was great to be back and let them do their magic on my favorite standard cocktail, the Manhattan.

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I’m not sure why the brandied cherry was served on the side but I could’ve gone for about five more of them.

I hadn’t planned on having a second Drink drink (ha) but the first went down VERY quickly so I asked for a second creation and named just one ingredient – Velvet Falernum, which I fell in love with during last summer’s Newport trip. I don’t know the other ingredients in the drink my talented bartender made me but I enjoyed it because I could really taste the Falernum. I still preferred my first drink though – whiskey will always win my heart!

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The lime peel presentation certainly matched the drink’s refreshing flavor.

We both developed a cheese plate craving and for some frustrating reason, none of the restaurants we ducked into had one on their menu! Finally we found success with the Salvatore’s antipasti appetizer!

Our bartender was awesome and offered us bread with house-made basil hummus. YES PLEASE.

She also was nice enough to pour me tons of different samples of various wines from the reds by the glass section of the wine list. A nice older lady sitting next to us purchased our wine for us too – a random act of kindness!

All the samples.

All the samples.

Our next (but not last!) stop was Legal Test Kitchen (another Legal Sea Foods spot!) to get my daily baby cabbages fix. I didn’t get a picture of them unfortunately, or the marvelous bread and white bean spread. But I did get a picture of our red wine flight (oh and us).

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Okay, now on to the last stop…RITE AID! Because sometimes you just want to buy a bottle of Apothic Red, some Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack (disappointing…I couldn’t even taste the potato chips!), snap a quick pic with Santa, and pass out before 10PM.

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Real talk. I woke up a couple of times in the middle of the night and felt SO guilty. I wasn’t having a very hard time about the food because I know I didn’t overeat. I listened to my body. But alcohol calories just SUCK. They give me so much anxiety because I can’t ask myself whether or not I’m full when it comes to them. I feel like (whether I have one drink or five) I can’t trust my body to tell me when I’m drinking too many calories and so if I drink at all, I will over-consume and gain weight. I love trying interesting beers, cool cocktails, and delicious wines. I’d rather not drink than drink Bud Light or Barefoot wine. Part of my Boston experience was the drinks. I just hated myself for wanting that to be a part of it.

This hits a bit too close to home.

The guilt translated into my view of my body and I felt really unhappy with my appearance all day yesterday. My pants felt too tight…even my yoga/pajama pants. Is it in my head? Is it for real? I felt like I had to feel the guilt just like I did after getting really full on Wednesday, because if I didn’t then I’d “be bad” again and again and end up weighing more. This discussion is a whole other post in itself that I plan to publish this week.

But I had an incredible time with Molly. I’m so thankful we could spend such a fun time together. I’m so grateful to have such a good friend like her. I’m lucky to have the means to drive to Boston and go to these restaurants and spend money on the food and drinks. And clothes that I wanted but didn’t really need. That’s why these MIMM posts are really great for me. I tend to deal with the most ED thoughts on Sundays, and that’s when I write these posts. Mondays the thoughts still linger as I’m getting back into my safe work week routine, and that’s where your helpful comments always make a difference.

Marvelous was…a quiet Sunday. Despite the frigid wind, I enjoyed my Sunday because once I got home at 12:30PM or so from Boston, the gym, and a coffee run, I didn’t leave the house once. I wrote this post, did laundry, sat by the fire, and completed a few other chores. It made me feel productive yet relaxed at the same time and was what I needed.

I had two boxes of Swanson Vitamins goodies to unpack. Can’t wait to share my thoughts on the products…and participate in their 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!

Marvelous is…being featured on Kicks, Turns, & KettlebellsKristen goes to a super cool school that offers a minor in social media, so she started her blog for her capstone class. Best homework ever! She decided to interview other bloggers for an assignment and I’m honored that she chose me. Check out my answers to her interview questions over on her blog! Thank you Kristen for featuring me!

Marvelous is…I’m almost at 5,000 followers on TwitterCan you help get me there?

What was marvelous about your weekend?

Do you enjoy making restaurants and cool food/drinks part of your travel plans?

32 Responses to "MIMM: Home and Away"

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  1. Meg @ The Compost Cook

    November 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Cait! I love your honesty to talk about your ED thoughts…It’s such a comfort to read your words and know that we’re all on this journey together and those thoughts are just STORIES that we are telling ourselves. Focus on the smiles, laughs and delight that you had with Molly. ALSO look at your ridiculously awesome photos of H&M and dinner with your parents. LOVE IT. you are a posing rockstar:) xoxoxo

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Thanks Meg! I appreciate your comment about my honesty and it’s always great to have reminders in the form of photos about the fun in our lives!

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  2. Sarah @pickyrunner

    November 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Well you know how I can always relate to these posts. That’s why I like participating in MIMM. It allows me to see the good in every weekend even if it is tainted with some more negative thoughts. I think overall you DO see the good in your weekend! You got to see a great friend, and you enjoyed good food with people you care about. I’m the same way with choosing restaurants at the last second. Even if it’s a place I’m comfortable with, it isn’t what I “planned” for so I get all bent out of shape. So yes, control freak status for both of us haha it’s almost time for us to plan our own get-together when I’m home for Christmas!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Oh my gosh I would LOVE THAT.

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  3. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    November 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I need to stop reading your recaps because they make me want to hang out with you too much! CT and Toronto are too damn far! I so appreciate your honesty, but know that we all have those thoughts as women and we can choose if we want to let them takeover or not. Alcohol guilt is the worst, but I seem to be a better version of myself with at least one glass of wine in me, so I try to remember that ;)

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Hahaha a good problem to have yes?! I love that better version of yourself comment, so true, if we ever get to meet up wine must be involved!

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  4. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    November 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    You always make me want to get out to restaurants more often. I can definitely relate to freaking out about alcohol calories…a lot of people can. but I think our bodies are smart when it comes to ‘too much’ – I just make sure to watch for those signals and make sure I’m drinking water once in a while too, and it tends to be ok.

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      I did drink plenty of water, probably why I woke up ready for spin class the next morning!

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  5. Alex @ therunwithin

    November 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    whoa best holiday win ever! that box is packed. you made me can’t wait to head back to boston, counting the days!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      I know you’re psyched!

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  6. Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    November 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    it sounds like you had a great weekend! Despite feeling bad about yourself the next day you should be so proud that it didn’t get in the way of you living and truly enjoying yourself!! Whenever you are thinking down on youself its important to remember how far you have come.

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Thanks for being there for me always!

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  7. Linz @ Itz Linz

    November 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    SO FUN! that cat shirt picture made me crack up when i saw it on ig!!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I thought you folks would get a kick out of it :)

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  8. Susan

    November 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    My weekend was both marvelous and not marvelous. I got to see the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who (yes, I am that geek girl), which was marvelous. I did R.I.P.P.E.D. Saturday morning and spend Saturday afternoon with my Mom and bro, also marvelous. I didn’t leave my house yesterday which was hella marvelous.

    Not marvelous is that I completely caved on eating. I can’t explain all the junk I ate. I mean, just junk. It was so bad HuBs actually asked me if I was okay. I guess I wasn’t okay. I don’t really know what was wrong. I wasn’t hungry — I just kept eating. I don’t think I’m stressed but who knows. I do know, however, that my entire body has been hurting since my weekend training 2 weekends ago. I took 2 days off, but I don’t think that was enough. I’m planning on taking it ultra easy on working out this weekend — to the point of only going to my actual gym MAYBE tomorrow and then back on Saturday.

    And..I’m trying to get my godforsaken eating back under control. Sigh.

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Remember that you are the one that has the control, not the food! It’s so easy for our minds to make us think that we have no control at all but really you are the decision maker. So try to question and find out why you made those decisions that you did with food, so that you can get to the root of what is going on. You can do it girl. I’m having a hard time today and I’m sure you are too but we can both do it.

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  9. Hyedi

    November 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I always make food the central part of my travel plans. Sometimes it helps me narrow down the other things I also want to do!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      True! Choosing activities around the restaurants is easier if you already know where you’ll be eating!

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  10. arman @ thebigmansworld

    November 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I’m awaiting the day you announce you’ve been given your own travel doco series. Seriously. I LOVE your Monday posts because its like reading a travel guide. A Good one (none of those monotone lonely planet ones…fail).

    All this talk of baby cabbages is making me convince myself to buy some and justify the price ;) Congrats on enjoying yourself, even though you had some guilt- you followed through and can today, acknowledge all the best bits of the weekend ;)

    5000 followers? You can do it!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Thanks champ! I know you’d follow me if you didn’t already! :P and my travel is kinda limited to driving distance haha

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  11. Lindsay

    November 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend! For a while now, I have been struggling with the same post-weekend thoughts you are familiar with. But this weekend I feel like I made progress. Despite three nights of drinking, late night jumbo slice pizza, and a “Pie Party” (yes, a party centered around copious amounts of both sweet and savory pies), I didn’t feel like crap. I think it is because I have been “indulging” so much over the past couple of months and I don’t think my body has changed (at least from what I can tell), and I don’t think yours will either. I also feel better when my friends all participate as well. Plus, all the stress/worry is so exhausting. This is probably counter-productive, but I also tell myself that these “indulgent” weekends are good for my metabolism – speeds it up and keeps it working hard! Not saying that my crappy feelings are gone forever, but thought I would share a few things that have been working for me lately :)

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      That’s awesome Lindsay. So great for you and also really helpful for me to hear. Thank you, and that pizza party sounds fab!

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  12. Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach

    November 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I love reading about your Boston trips! You always find the best spots to eat and drink! I love that you have your baby cabbages daily, but I’m also glad you didn’t take a pic. To me, this means you were enjoying the moment and thats so important! Glad you were able to enjoy all the drinks and all the noms because trips like this should be savored.

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      You’re right Maria, I was so over my phone at that point!

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  13. Becca

    November 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I just started reading your blog last week but seriously could have written this post myself. You are dealing with EXACTLY what I’m going through right now. Your comment about Sundays is especially true– after Friday and Saturday nights out with friends and maybe a brunch drink or two, I constantly feel the guilt on Sundays, without fail. I envy those who can take relaxing Sundays and stay in their pajamas all day without feeling like they have get exercise in to make themselves feel better about their weekend of indulgence. Hopefully it’s a cycle that I can break soon, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog and knowing that someone else is struggling with the same things as I am!

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    • Caitlin

      November 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Thanks so much Becca. Molly (the friend I visited) told me she spent all day in her PJs on Sunday & I used to do that in college but now the thought of it causes me SO much anxiety. It’s sad isn’t it?! I’m glad you can relate (well not glad that you feel guilt but you know what mean!) and I hope we can be a helpful support to each other

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  14. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    November 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Traffic is a bitch and I hate when I feel like it changes everything, it gets the best of me a lot. Glad mom and dad Croswell were there for you, they are the best :)

    So glad you loved Legal Seafoods, LTK is actually where we went for my 23rd (I think) birthday and for my masters grad lunch. Nick and I love it there. The woman bartender is amazing! That tuna app at Legal is one of my favorites. Next time we need to go to the third floor at Legal Harborside, the view is amazing!

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    • Caitlin

      November 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      The woman bartender WAS awesome! The one with short hair? That would be so cool to eat there. I can complete a trifecta!

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  15. Missy

    December 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Ok so you look ADOR.ABLE in all the pics you snapped shopping but the one with the cat OMFG.
    Priceless!

    Ps- I wanted to also say how great you looked on your Tgiving Eve and say I am so impressed by how you have handled the Holiday …complications. Or should I say how our MINDS want us to complicate the sh*t out of the good things in life. Any- you did well!

    Also, kudos for you for your About Me redux.

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    • Caitlin

      December 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Aw thanks girl. I am going to be reflecting on Thanksgiving itself tomorrow because I am far from perfect and definitely could have handled the day better. But thank you for the props because I definitely did a lot that scared me!

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  16. Brittany @ Barr & Table

    December 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    This looks like such a fun weekend! I’m so glad your parents are so accommodating, it really is helpful to have that in your life. And the time in Boston looked like an absolute blast! I know the thoughts can really suck as they creep up in the passing days (helloooooo me right now!) but it’s important to know that you always have your family and friends there for you to remind you that yes, it is all in your head ;)

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    • Caitlin

      December 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I do feel lucky to have them. Sometimes I think they spoil me with all their accommodation!

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