New Year’s Eve Prep

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We’re prepping for a big New Year’s Eve party at Sarah’s house!  We all woke up slowly, and then cooked up a breakfast buffet.


I had eggs with spinach and fruit:



We always get manicures when together, so Sarah, Sculley, and I trekked to the salon to get our nails done.  I tend to choose colors by their name.  🙂


And testing on my nails:


I ended up getting the color on my middle finger!  But I already managed to smudge one nail.  🙁


Post-nails, we ran a bunch of errands and now we’re prepping food and booze for the party.


Well, the boys are watching more football.  Go Canes!


Lunch was a Mediterranean FEAST!


In the mix:


  • Tabbouleh
  • Feta-stuffed olives
  • Grape leaves
  • Rice
  • Tortellini


My plans for the last few hours of 2010 include:


  • Walking James
  • Napping
  • Finishing the food
  • Skype with BFF Lauren, who is in Singapore right now 🙁
  • Hanging out with friends!
  • Being thankful


Flashback to college days:


Sarah and I, 4 years ago in Pittsburgh for St. Patty’s Day!



  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 31, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Sounds like a fun night! Happy new year Caitlin!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 31, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Your photo of Pittsburgh brings back such memories. I so loved my time at Pitt!!!

    Have fun this evening!

  • Blog is the New Black December 31, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I choose by names too! Happy new year!

  • Stacey December 31, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Hope you have a fab NYE!!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 31, 2010, 3:16 pm

    Happy new year!! Have an amazing time tonight!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 31, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I have never, ever gotten a manicure I didn’t mess up within 5 minutes. 😉

  • Whitney December 31, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope you guys have a fun and safe night!

  • Erica December 31, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Love the old Oakland pic!! That Wendy’s is no longer in existence…I had many a lunch there back in the day!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 10:56 am

      WAHHH did you know Boomerang’s is now a Dunkin Donuts (WTF)???

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 31, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Looks like you are ending 2010 with a bang! Enjoy it!

  • Kailey @ Caffienated Nut December 31, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I hope you have a great new years caitlin!! you seriously deserve the BEST in 2011 – you’ve made me realize that beauty is more than how I look in the mirror/the size of my jeans. I no longer have disordered eating and am not as rigid in my eating. Your Operation Beautiful really changed me.

    ps. spinach is fantastic in eggs 🙂

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 10:56 am

      Thank you so much Kailey. Truly!

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves December 31, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Have a great New Year! That lunch looked delicious! My mom makes the best stuffed grape leaves ever, but I haven’t had them in a while. And I made a similar breakfast this morning: a spinach feta omelet. Yum!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 31, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is great for you 🙂

  • Christine December 31, 2010, 4:26 pm

    Is the Tabbouleh homemade? If so, do you have a good recipe? Have a great new year!

  • Sana December 31, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Happy New year!
    Stay EPIC in 2011!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 31, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Have a great NYE!!!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to continue reading your blog in 2011!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 31, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Oh I love your last pic…such fun memories for you, im sure!

    Nails. omg i HATE IT when i sit there forever to wait for them to dry and then just randomly, they smudge. Why does it take so long for polish to REALLY dry?! you’d think science could hook us up w/ something faster by now!

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side December 31, 2010, 5:10 pm

    That lunch looks delish- I could go for some stuffed grape leaves right about now. Y’all have fun tonight!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter December 31, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I have been getting so much better about my nails not smudging right after I get them done. In high school it would happen every.single.time. haha. Have a very happy New Year Caitlin!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged December 31, 2010, 5:17 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day and a perfect lunch – I had some WF dolmas too 🙂 Enjoy your New Year Caitlin!

  • Jennifer (Happiness Here) December 31, 2010, 5:32 pm

    Thanks so much for a wonderful year of Healthy Tipping Point. You’ve been an inspiration, and I wish you much continued success and joy in the coming year.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 31, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I got my New Year’s Eve prep on last night…

  • Sarah December 31, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I had that same green St. Patty’s Day tank from Old Navy! Haha, gotta love those cheap finds.

    Have fun at the party tonight!

  • Baking 'n' Books December 31, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Happy New Years! I’m prepping my “drinks” 😉

    Is that your natural hair color?!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 10:57 am

      Nope, it’s light brown naturally.

  • Brittany December 31, 2010, 6:54 pm


    this happens to be my VERY FIRST blog comment. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. I’ve started from the beginning and have been reading all the way through ( still not done!) but i always follow your daily updates…..WELL to make a long story short you inspired me to start my own blog. Its brand new and probably not very interesting right now haha BUT I hope you’ll follow mine as it grows (hopefully to be as big as yours!)

    ANYWAY have a happy new year you deserve it girl!!!


    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 10:57 am

      Hi! Welcome to the blogworld 🙂

  • Amalfi Girl December 31, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I love feasting on Medit. food! I definitely would have gone with the middle finger color–I rarely get mani’s though, because I always smudge, usually before I even get to the car!

  • Camille December 31, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I love your St. Patty’s photo!
    Have fun tonight!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 31, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I got a pedicure today and I think for the first time ever I managed to not smudge it! Victory at last! 😀

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 31, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Have a very Happy and safe New Year!! You sure did end it on a good note 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 31, 2010, 7:31 pm

    Happy New Year! You had quite a fantastic year Caitlin – I hope you’re proud of yourself!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 31, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Happy New Year Caitlin! I like the last thing on your to-do list 🙂

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) December 31, 2010, 7:56 pm

    your lunch looks so awesome!! The grape leaves look especially good, i haven’t had them in forever.

    Happy New Year to you Caitlin!

  • Stephanie December 31, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Yum, grape leaves!

    Happy New Year!

  • Amber K January 1, 2011, 12:13 am

    Have a great time! Happy New Year!

  • Jes (Self Motivation) January 1, 2011, 1:24 am

    My favorite of my own was about my engagement. Happy New Year’s! I am so glad I discovered your blog and Operation Beautiful this year. I look forward to reading your blog next year and for many more years to come!

  • carlee January 1, 2011, 3:25 am

    How are feta stuffed olives? I have wanted to try those sooo bad! and the garlic ones!!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 11:00 am

      I love all olives 🙂 They were good!

  • Lexie January 1, 2011, 10:24 am

    Wanna know something sad? That Wendy’s in that picture is closed now. I know that’s not actually a sad thing, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for fast food.

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 10:58 am

      That is sad to me. How does a place like that in a location like that go out of business?

      Boomerang’s is now a Dunkin Donuts.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 1, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Can’t wait to read about the festivities! Your lunch looks so good, I absolutely loved Mediterranean food.

  • Amanda January 1, 2011, 5:06 pm

    Happy New Year! I always smudge manicures, what’s up with that?!

  • Tina January 1, 2011, 6:37 pm

    What a lovely way to ring in the new year! Hope 2011 brings you happiness & good health! 🙂

  • Tina January 1, 2011, 6:37 pm

    What a lovely way to ring in the new year! Hope 2011 brings you happiness & good health! 🙂

  • Allison January 1, 2011, 11:48 pm

    Too funny! I have a picture of my hands looking JUST like that when I went with my mom to the nail place right before Christmas. Although, i never get manicures because I always always ALWAYs smudge them within two or three hours. So I was sportin’ the multi-colored fingernail look for about a week and a half until I painted them for real yesterday to look “nice” for New Years. Priorites, right?

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