Holiday Time

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This is how I’ve been spending my late evenings:


Sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating Christmas goodies (GF pretzels with chocolate – a sweet gift!).  We’re been pulling crazy hours at the clinic to try to see patients before we close for the holidays. We don’t get home until 7 or 8, and by that point, we’re both ready to drop, so we’ve been pulling together really simple dinners, like egg and cheese sandwiches or veggie burgers with a side of fruit.  


And a side of Christmas cookies.  ‘Tis the season, after all! 




This beautiful (and ginormous) smoothie contained:


Soy milk

A banana

Frozen raspberries

2 cups packed spinach

Non-dairy protein powder



Have you been working overtime in advance of the holidays or are you in vacation mode already?  I am happy to say that we’re on holiday (not going anywhere, though!).  And it feels awesome.



  • Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock December 22, 2011, 10:10 am

    Absolutely – everytime before vacation work always always piles up – as if we have to pay upfront for the holiday we are about to enjoy! Though annoying that never stopped me from being in vacation mode a few days before actual vacation though:)

  • Brittany @a healthy slice December 22, 2011, 10:13 am

    It will officially be Christmas for me once we get to my parents house tonight 🙂

  • HTPDad December 22, 2011, 10:17 am

    Yay! I get to see the 2.3 of you tomorrow! So excited!

    • Caitlin December 22, 2011, 10:20 am

      haha 0.3 baby

  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 22, 2011, 10:18 am

    True life, my mom has been making those EXACT pretzel thangs for the last two weeks. They are so. good.

    p.s. They are especially magical straight out of the fridge.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 22, 2011, 10:19 am

    I’m working through Friday and currently on the worst conference call of my life. These last 2 days are draagggging. Enjoy your vacation!

  • Whitney December 22, 2011, 10:20 am

    At my work everything is pretty dead because of the holidays so to say that I’m in vacation mode is an understatement! Mine starts in 1 hour! holla 🙂

    • Caitlin December 22, 2011, 10:20 am

      holla! have fun!

  • Heather @ For the Love of Kale December 22, 2011, 10:22 am

    Your smoothie looks divine. My mouth is watering just looking at it!

    I just finished finals yesterday and one would think I’d be in totally lazy-mode but instead, I picked up an extra shift at my retail job and am tackling a major to-do list! I’m still in “go-go-go” energizer bunny mode. Haha.

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 22, 2011, 10:28 am

    I’m desperately trying to finish my nutrition certification before the end of the year. Yeah, overtime is an understatement. Enjoy your break Caitlin!

  • Sara December 22, 2011, 10:28 am

    My last day is today and I don’t have to be back until Tuesday. Looking forward to it. It’s hard to be productive at work with so many people out!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 22, 2011, 10:31 am

    i was lucky and slowed down on the work front a few weeks before the holidays, but have still been at my computer for a few hours every morning on vacation. oh well, at least around noon time i can retreat to the beach!

  • Alyse December 22, 2011, 10:49 am

    “I am happy to say that we’re on holiday”: on holiday? You are SO married to a British person. hehe.

    • CaitlinHTP December 23, 2011, 10:46 am

      hehe I also say “we had a row”

      • Alyse December 23, 2011, 12:13 pm

        I missed that one.

        When you respond to my comment I don’t get an email anymore. Is that something you can fix? It bothers me when someone responds to my comment and I don’t know it. I feel like I miss so much!

        • CaitlinHTP December 23, 2011, 12:17 pm

          Just double checkin – you aren’t getting emails? I thought I resolved this bug!!!

          • Alyse December 23, 2011, 12:47 pm

            I just emailed you back from you emailing me. I did not get your previous ^^^ comment.

  • katie December 22, 2011, 10:56 am

    what brand of gf bread is that? looks so tasty!

    • Tiffany December 22, 2011, 10:59 am

      Hey Katie,

      I think its Udi’s Gluten free bread 🙂

      • Katie December 23, 2011, 6:56 am


  • Tiffany December 22, 2011, 10:58 am

    I love the color of your nails! What is the name of the color you chose?

    • CaitlinHTP December 23, 2011, 10:47 am

      It was from Essie but I’m not sure of the name 🙁 So sorry!

  • khushboo December 22, 2011, 10:58 am

    I’m doing half days at work next week so this week is super hectic trying to get on top of things! Happy holidays 🙂

  • Emily December 22, 2011, 10:59 am

    I love those pretzel things. So easy and so delicious!
    As far as working before I am off for the holidays, today is my last day. I have set myself a few goals of things that I need to get done, and decided when I am done with those things, I will be going home. Incentive to work harder while I am here!

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 22, 2011, 11:01 am

    Those pretzels are such a great gift. I love getting, and giving, food gifts!

  • Jess December 22, 2011, 11:25 am

    My office is officially closed starting tomorrow, Dec 23rd, and set to re-open on Jan 3rd. One of the reasons I <3 this job.

    Unfortunately I'll still be working most of those days…but happily so as I've opted to switch the holiday hours to the next week so I can go to the Netherlands 🙂

  • Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled December 22, 2011, 11:27 am

    I’m in vacation mode but I only get two days off in the next week.

    That smoothie looks so good. Like dessert for breakfast.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) December 22, 2011, 11:29 am

    Sadly, it’s really slow right now. I work at an engineering machine shop and nothing is coming in. :\ it’s usually just me in the office just in case miraculously something comes in, but it’s be soooo quiet. Hopefully things will pick up in January. We really need it to.

  • Amanda December 22, 2011, 11:42 am

    I’m working through tomorrow, but then I have next week off. Yes! This has sort of been the week from hell at work, so I can’t wait for a break.

  • katie @ KatieDid December 22, 2011, 11:45 am

    I’ve been on break from school for 2 weeks already 🙂 I’m soaking in every lazy second of it for I know this very well could be my last lengthy holiday break… ever?! Eek. Glad your now able to get in some relaxation and de-stress, you deserve it!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 22, 2011, 11:46 am

    I’m going overtime in baking cookies! Trying to get a bunch of batches done by today but I keep making flops and starting over!

  • Elisabeth December 22, 2011, 11:48 am

    I work third shift in a hospital as a medical laboratory scientist – our work doesn’t change one bit for the holidays since we can’t close…ha! We’re slightly slower I think on day shift because some of the outpatient centers are closed, but my shift still sees plenty of ER patients, traumas & inpatients (where our work is always from anyhow).

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 22, 2011, 11:53 am

    Wahoo!! FIrst day of vacay for me 🙂 Lovin’ it!!

  • Army Amy* December 22, 2011, 12:19 pm

    I have lots of time off for the holidays since I’m a teacher, but I really admire people who have to work no matter what the calendar says.*

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 22, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I finished my last exam on Monday, so I’m off until January 9th now. It feels so good! 😀

  • Lisa December 22, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Mentally I am totally checked out!!!

  • Kim @ Spoonful Of Sass December 22, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Those little chocolate pretzel treats are dangerous. They are just too easy to pop in my mouth every time I walk near them. At my house they are now officially hid in a drawer! Ha!

  • Johanna B December 22, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Your toast looks tasty. Udi’s? That’s about the only bread I buy.

    • CaitlinHTP December 23, 2011, 10:47 am

      yes – so good!

  • Amber K December 22, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I’m loving GF pretzels with a peanut butter mixture smushed in between them and then dipped in chocolate. It’s amazing!

    My husband has tomorrow off and then is off for the next nine days. So excited!

  • Kimberly December 22, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Yes! My work gives all employees the week between Christmas and New Year’s off so we’re in a mad scramble to finish in three weeks what we usually finish in four. Add holiday travel and Christmas shopping, and things have been pretty darn busy…

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle December 22, 2011, 1:27 pm

    This week at work was cray. I found myself working at midnight on Monday! Luckily tomorrow is a holiday and our office is closed 🙂

  • Erica December 22, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Those pretzels are ridiculous addictive :). Hope you guys have a VERY Merry Christmas! We’re business as usual over here (working, teaching at the gym, etc)

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch December 22, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Supah busy! From one end of my life to the other, everything’s in overdrive from now until late Spring. But with a toddler, I’m learning to focus my limited free time to enjoy the holidays, too. Well, hello work/life/holiday balance. Nice to see you.

  • Chelsea December 22, 2011, 2:29 pm

    I’m in vacation mode from work, but I’m taking a mini mester at school. I would feel/get way too bored if I did nothing lol.

  • Rebecca December 22, 2011, 7:07 pm

    I’ve been home from school for a week. I’ve done almost nothing but read and surf the internet. It’s already gotten just a tiny bit boring.

    My mom and I made those treats last weekend for our family party and forgot to bring them with us! We used Rolos and both M&Ms and almonds on top. Turned out pretty good. We usually use Hershey’s hugs and peanut M&Ms but we decided to try something different this time. 🙂

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) December 22, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Vacay all the way! We stopped homeschooling earlier this week and we’ll be off next week. So looking forward to the break!

  • Jolene ( December 22, 2011, 11:24 pm

    I am in vacation mode as of now! Tonight is the start of 2 weeks of holidays 🙂

  • Charise December 23, 2011, 7:56 am

    I am working today (Friday) and it seems like I’m the only one I know who is! BUT, I don’t go back until Jan 3 after this, so I am trying to remind myself of that and power through today being productive.

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