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I’ve managed to create my own personal Twelve Days of Christmas:

12 hours night shift-ing

6 miles bike riding

10 minutes showering

0 seconds sleeping

350 miles I-5-ing

2 stops for peeing



We arrived to an empty house (family was out seeing the new Sherlock Holmes movie), but it still felt warm and home-y thanks to the decorations.


I immediately raided my parents’ kitchen (as I do whenever I get home).

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It’s a hippie dream come true!


The winner of all snacks?


Trader Joe’s Iced Triple Ginger Biscotti

Hell to the yeah.  Three kinds of ginger in one treat?  Don’t mind if I do.

Despite being crazy exhausted, I still stayed up through the rest of the day…making the sleep : awake ratio of the last 3 days 6 : 72 hours.  Not great.


For dinner we went to Tomatina, a cute pizza place in Walnut Creek that I’ve blogged about before

It’s insanely popular, which is why the wait was an hour long (even at 5:45!).  With time to kill we decided to swing by my sister’s apartment to show it to my Aunt.


Her tree is decorated a bit differently from my parents’ with the Bud Light cans and the Stella bottle in place of a star.


Eventually we headed back to Tomatina.  The wait was starting to take a toll on me as my eyes were drooping and I neared melt down status. 

Finally our buzzer went off and we were seated.  Naturally, we all already knew what we were ordering.


Kyle started with a polenta dish, which was the night’s special.

I ordered a make-your-own pizza which first arrived covered in cheese.  Ummm, no.  After some ‘splainin’ I got a new order placed, but it was still quite a wait.  There’s nothing more painful than watching your entire family dig in to warm pizza while you sit, hungry & tired – just trying to keep your head up. 


At last my personal pizza arrived, with spinach and tomatoes on a wheat crust.  I didn’t wanna make a huge fuss (again), so I ignored the absense of roasted red peppers and just ate.

It was so so, but from now on I’ll stick to the dish I usually order, the Hummus Piadine.

Now I’m soaking up my last few hours in Lafayette before Kyle and I drive up to Clearlake to ring in 2012!


I’m a few batches of quinoa granola deep…so stay tuned for some yummy new breakfast recipes in the new year.

Who are you spending the 31st with?  Anywhere special?

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Comments (9)

  1. Jess

    Spending my new year moments in the neuro ICU. I hope my patients are festive tonight. More importantly, I hope the coffee is strong, because my sleep ratio at the moment isn’t looking too hot, either. Happy new year, fellow nurse!

  2. Melissa S

    I am bringing in the new year with my fiance! I cannot wait for your 2012 recipes! I hope some of them will be gluten free. Your 2011 recipes were fantastic!

  3. Lou

    Spending NYE with the 2 men in my life, at home after 5 weeks of travelling…. it may be boring but man it’s so good to get HOME!

  4. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon

    The bottom drawer of my parents pantry looks just like that and I always beeline for it when I arrive home!
    Happy new year!

  5. Emily

    The first thing I do when I get to my parents house is raid their kitchen! I love it. It’s like being a little kid again and having access to a different variety of foods is so much fun!
    I’m bringing in the New Year with my family and a few close friends. Very low key- just the way I like it!

  6. Katie

    What is it about raiding the parents’ kitchen that tastes so good?!

    I speant the night with Meeker at his sister’s house…it was fun. Hope you had a great New Years!!

  7. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Hahaha I used to always raid my parents’ kitchen when I got home! It’s a little harder now that I can’t have gluten or soy, but trust me, I still make it happen!

  8. Sarah @blueeyedbarbie.blogspot.com

    Oh my gosh your sisters tree is hysterical.

  9. Elise (Post author)

    she is a funny one 🙂

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