Beer Makes An Excellent Snack

July 15, 2010

We found a house!!! I’m crazy about it, but I don’t want to jinx us. It’s historic, modern, filled with light and spacious within a half mile of downtown. CROSS YOUR FINGERS!

Yes, I mean you!

We biked all.day.long. I was totally exhausted by the end! I told Matt I was a bit hungry for a snack around 4PM and he led me straight to his watering hole:

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Beer run is part store, part bar

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And he LOVES it! In his defense, they do have some really awesome unique beers there.

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I got the Sierra Nevada Anniversary Bock and LOVED it. Every drop of my 10 ounce glass.

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He got an organic Hefe Weizen that was awesome as well.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that 10 ounces was more than enough on this empty stomach!

That said, beer makes an excellent snack!

Upon returning home from 18.5 miles of biking up and down the mountain hills of Cville, I was ready to CRASH!!

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Nearly 4 hours of biking!

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And by crash I mean drink wine and eat cheese ;)

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Wet hair and all

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Matt and I shared a platter of cheeses and fruits. Me liked the “biscuit cookies.” Seemed like something I would have had in England!

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Half a glass of Reisling.

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Our evening went out with a Bang!

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Did you know it’s restaurant week here in Cville? And next week is restaurant week in Charlotte and we will be partaking!

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Matt and I celebrated our adventures with a duo of vino. Zinfandel for me, Sauv Blan for he.

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For Course I he got the Pork Tacos. I had a bite. INCREDIBLE! He proclaimed them the “best pork I’ve ever had”

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I got a Beet + Chevre Salad for course I

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Sesame – both seeds and oil – was involved. It was DIVINE!

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Dinner for him was the Seared Tuna over Coconut Rice. Bang! loves wasabi!!

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And I got the Vegetarian Purse!

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A blend of mushrooms and veggies with curry (I think!?) in a phyllo pouch (a.k.a. purse) with portabello mushroom (again!) and wasabi mashed potatoes.

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Ate every bite!

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Course III was Banana Fritters for him. They were pillowy and amazing

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And the Coconut Panna Cotta for me.

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It was just OK. I’m not the biggest Panna Cotta fan.

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After dinner we went to see another house. We’ve seen two REALLY cute houses, but I think they are just too small. We’d have to store our furniture (dining room table) and just don’t know if we want to do that if we can pay just a bit more to have it all set up.

We debated going out for some music, but we’re both totally exhausted and calling it a night. More things to do tomorrow!

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

consider my fingers crossed…and my toes! that sounds like a perfect fit for you guys!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Fingers crossed!! :)

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3 Lauren @ eater not a runner July 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Beer is such a great snack! And your dinner looks amazing, love that you are eating outside so much!

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4 Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Woo hoo! I hope the house situation works out! My fingers are crossed!

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5 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Without jinxing it … Congr…. :)

What a nice way to go house hunting, than doing it on bikes! Love it !

Beer as a snack? I wonder if my co worker would judge me if I’d do that tomorrow afternoon? Come on! It’s Friday! :D

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6 Mom July 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Love the red shirt!

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7 JenATX July 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Me thinks I shall have one of my biscuit cookies now that your picture has instilled a mighty craving :)

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8 Dorry July 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

That dinner looks great! Y’all have some awesome restaurant choices. :)

Crossing fingers!

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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Currently crossing fingers! lol

I have to say, all of your hubby’s food today looked amazing! Pork tacos and Banana Fritters???? Sign me up for that meal, haha.

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10 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Congrats and good luck!!! Fingers crossed!

Once Again, wootwoot with the Sierra Nevada!!! :0)

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11 Exercise and Eat July 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I love the fruit and cheese plate- so simple, so delish!

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12 Samantha July 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The biscuit/cookie sure looks like a Carrs ww cracker. I LOVE them!
Have to add to my groc. list now.
Best house wishes!
xo
S

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13 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) July 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My fingers are crossed! I’m so excited for you :-)

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14 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

My fingers are crossed!! Good luck :)

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Good luck on the house! I hope you get it! Dinner looks delicious! Have a great night.

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16 Tara July 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Are the “biscuit cookies” oatcakes? They’re Scottish, so you’re close ;) If you ever happen to see them, Gubeen oatcakes are amazingly good! I really think you’d like them.

Love the outfit! Very similar to how I dress, too ;)
Oh, and fingers crossed! X

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17 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Congrats and good luck!!!! Sending good vibes your way!

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18 Daniel July 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Good luck with the house hunting!!!

You find and go to some of the neatest little restaurants too, send some my way! :P

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19 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hope you get the house you want!! You look so sophisticated sitting on the porch with your drink.

Your dinner looks absolutely fabulous! So jealous, I’m starved! lol

Jenn

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20 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Oh my – what a day you have both had!
Sending lots of ‘house’ well wishes your way!!!

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21 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Oooh I hope you get that house!

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22 Nichole July 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I have successfully been reading, and reading, and reading your amazing stories for almost an hour now. I so enjoy your posts.

Beer as a snack, in the words of Homer Simpson – Beer… Now there’s a temporary solution.

The wine looks even more delish! Glad you had a great ride, no better feeling. Good look on the home front, literally. Fingers crossed:)

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23 Cara July 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Delicious eats; I love the presentation!

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24 claire July 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I think those biscuit cookies are the whole wheat carr’s…they are so wheaty and biscuity…the best!

I am crossing my fingers for ya!

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25 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Crossing fingers, toes, etc!! And that food looks absolutely stuuunnning!

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26 Rhea (Greek Feaster) July 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

i feel you on the biscuit cookies, they’re so good- rough texture with a little bit of sweetness. you should try chocolate-dipped digestive biscuits!
sending good vibes your way on the house. my mom just signed for a house today, so there must be something in the air!

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27 M.E. July 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Bang is a definite favorite. You must try the tuna-pizza and salad trio!

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28 Rachel in NC July 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

A house that is both historic and modern – that’s intriguing!

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29 Brittany (a healthy slice of life) July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Good luck with the house. I’d love to see pictures if a house that is both historic and modern!

And all the food looks fab!

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30 Jess @ MTL Veggie July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Congrats on finding a place you love- keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out for you guys! :)

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31 Lee July 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Crossing my fingers for you guys.

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32 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Digestives!!! Is that what the cracker tasted like? Mmmmm!

Fingers crossed and wood knocked.

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33 Run Sarah July 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Congrats – crossing my fingers!
The beet salad and vegetarian purse both look delicious – yum.

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34 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Ahhh! Congratulations! That’s so exciting. I’ll be crossing my fingers for you Kath.

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35 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers July 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Your dinner made my mouth water :-) Good luck with the houses!

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36 Annamarina (Running Tails) July 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I’m so jealous you had dinner at Bang! I lived in Charlottesville for a year and it was one of my favorite restaurants. If the restaurant Mas is still there, you definitely need to try that too!

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37 Kristin July 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Good luck with the place! This is super-duper late but just wanted to say that I absolutely loved the video you took while on vacation. You should definetly DO IT MORE!!!! :-)

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38 Hannah July 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Fingers are crossed! I love Charlottesville, and can’t wait to see your life there. Fingers super crossed, all the way down here in Australia! How can you not succeed? :D

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39 Camille July 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Congrats on the house!
My fingers and toes are crossed!

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40 Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

What a fun day!!! Beer, wine, bike riding, cheese, and finding a house?? Sounds like the perfect Thursday :)

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41 Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Hope you get the house! That’s so exciting. It’s so awesome that you guys biked every where. And beer is SO filling. I feel the same way about coffee.

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42 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Oh my word, the beet salad is a masterpiece!!

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43 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

*Crosses fingers*

I love purses (Coach, Longchamp, etc.), but that beauty of a purse beats them all!

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44 The Wife of a Dairyman July 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Um…banana fritters?! Those look to DIE for!
Hope you get the house of your dreams. I love seeing the sights of such an adorable town:)

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45 Annie @ stronghealthyfit July 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I love Restaurant Week! I’ve done it in Portsmouth NH, and it has some amazing restaurants.

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46 Ashley July 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

1. Fingers crossed 2. You are AHHHdorable :) 3. Love those dinner photos!!! 4. Can’t wait to reunite in less than a month! 5. xo

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47 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm

fingers/toes/hairs crossed for you and the house!

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48 Marina July 16, 2010 at 1:15 am

Fingers crossed!
Isn’t beer amazing when it’s hot and you’re exhausted? :)
love the veggie purse!

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49 Emily Lou July 16, 2010 at 1:16 am

Good luck on the house!

Sounds like everything else in C-Ville is going great. Biking is probably one of the best ways to really experience a town! I’m also really jealous of all the cool-sounding restaurants you’ve already discovered! All the town needs is a Great Harvest…

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50 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 16, 2010 at 3:07 am

How exciting that you may have found a house!! Looks like you had a good day of biking and househunting and a nice relaxing evening out.

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51 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 16, 2010 at 3:30 am

I actually did cross my fingers when you wrote ‘yes you!’ :p How exciting that you’ve found one!! I’m so happy for you :)
And :O :O at that meal! How incredible did that all look!? Blimey.

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52 Karen July 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

haha, I did as well! I have serious food envy. Are you thinking of Jacobs Cream Crackers? They’re the cheese accompaniment of choice in our house :)

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53 Kori July 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

I have my fingers, toes, legs, eyes, and arms all crossed for you and Matt!!!! :) Things will definitely work out the way that they are meant to, though so I have no worries and that you both will find just the right house. Btw I LOVE your sunglasses, and I was wondering if you knew where you got them. I recently began wearing contacts more, and I only have a pair of prescription sunglasses, so I need to grab a regular pair asap. Thanks!

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54 Mary Frances July 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Just make sure the sunglasses are rated UVA and UVB protection; otherwise, it would be better to not wear sunglasses at all because the eye is open more with regular sunglasses and allows more of the damaging UBA and UVB rays in than if you wore nothing at all. Then again, all that squinting would promote premature wrinkling. A good idea would be to wear a hat to help block rays from the sides where the glasses are not protecting. Myths about sunglasses include darker lenses provide better protection from the sun; expensive designer glasses are better; and sunglasses only need to be worn in the summer. Actually, winter sun is in more of an angle in the sky and potentially has more direct line of view than when it is high in the sky above in the summertime.

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55 Mary Frances July 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Oh, forgot to mention… be sure the glasses provide over 95% UV protection; choose a lens tint that blocks at least 80% of transmissable light, but not more than 92% of light; and neutral gray, amber, brown or green are good lens colors to choose from. Dr. Stephen Trokel, attending opthalmologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center reports, “There are strong indications that chronic exposure to the components of sunlight may accelerate aging of ocular tissues…”

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56 Brittney July 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

Yay, glad you found a house! Hope you guys get it! That bar/store, looks kind of like Common Market in CLT. Can’t go wrong with all those beers to choose from!

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57 Alison July 16, 2010 at 5:34 am

yay! I love Charlottesville. My parents live there and I always have so much fun when I go to visit. Congrats! My mom has mentioned Beer Run before. Never knew what she was talking about but now I will have to check it out next time I am down there, especially after seeing all that beer :-). If you are interested, my parents meet with a biking group on Saturdays or Sundays and they go on 30 or 40 mile rides throughout C-ville. I think they are crazy, but that’s probably just b/c my leg strength still leaves a bit to be desired :)

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58 Kath July 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

A biking group would be fun!! I need a better bike first though :)

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59 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

I really hope the house works out for you guys! It sounds absolutely perfect. :D

*crossing fingers*

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60 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

That’s a lot of bike riding but glad you made some progress in the house hunting.

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61 Simply Life July 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

wow, that salad looks amazing!

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62 Ashley@thehungryscholar July 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

Congrats on the home. Hope it all works out.

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63 Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

Mmm Sierra Nevada, one of my favorite breweries. Some day when I’m not pregnant/nursing I’m going to enjoy an evening of those!

I hope your house hunt goes well. Definitely crossing my fingers for you!

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64 Courtney R. July 16, 2010 at 6:57 am

Kath,

I am sure you have answered this before, but what kind of bike do you have?

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65 Kath July 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

I have Matt’s old Dahon folding bike. I do not recommend it unless you’re a commuter (which is why he got it). I’m hoping to get a new bike this fall.

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66 Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 16, 2010 at 7:24 am

Congrats on the house Kath! I will certainly keep my fingers crossed for you guys :). Can’t wait to see pics!

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67 Meagan July 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

Wow, that’s an amazing looking dinner! You guys seem to eat out often. Do you try to find affordable eats?

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68 Kath July 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

Yes, this was actually not bad because it was restaurant week!

We don’t eat out as much as it might seem when we’re not traveling. It’s hard to make a home-cooked meal while staying at an inn..

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69 Jess. July 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

All of the food and restaurants look amazing there! I love outdoor dining!!! Can’t wait until you get a new place and get to move in and decorate and show us all pictures :)

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70 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

We had a really long day of meetings yesterday and all I wanted at the end was an ice cold beer. Thankfully, I work for a beer/wine company, so all I had to do was stroll over the bar behind our receptionist area for a pint! It was awesome!

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71 Wei-Wei July 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

Good luck! No black cats for you :D Just curious, which superstitions does everyone believe in? Crossing fingers, knocking on wood, black cats, walking under ladders??

Wei-Wei

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

Ahh that’s so exciting about the house. I hope you get it!! :D

Both of your meals look incredible. I think I would have had that tuna and coconut rice for all three of my courses haha!

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73 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

Yeah for houses!!!

And so fun to just enjoy yourself…even if it is a bit too much.

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74 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy July 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

I’m crossing my fingers for you too! :)

Those pork tacos look amazing! Mmm….

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75 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Sounds like a great day! The pork tacos looked absolutely delish! :-)

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76 Laura July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’ve got everything crossed for ya! I’m sure you’re gonna know the perfect house when you see it:) (ps…this whole “having everything crossed” malarky is quite painful..so please hurry up!)

What a lovely looking meal! Matt’s first course looks espescially delicious xx

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77 Mary Frances July 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

We’re all X’d here!

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