Echoes

June 19, 2010

We are now without our giant Sony TV… [we'll get a flat screen at our next place...FINALLY!]

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Our coffee table…

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And this console table…

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We also sold our adirondack chairs in 10 minutes last weekend! And think we have an owner for our Washer/Dryer.

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Craig’s List is amazing!!! Sold them all in 20 minutes of posting. It probably helped that our prices were really good. I just wanted them taken off my hands! And the people I met were really excited to get them. Sweet!

But our house is looking so empty!

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I packed pretty much from 10AM to 6PM straight. With a few breaks for lunch, blogging and such. I don’t feel like I worked out hard or anything, but I guess it was a pretty good workout. I went up and down the stairs 100 times!

I sorted through all of my toiletries. And my makeup and jewelry. Packed all the linens. Matt did most of the dining room stuff. We’re making good progress.

Since some of you have been asking, here’s our very loose plan for the next 2 months:

  • June 25 – My parents arrive to help us move and bid farewell to our first house
  • June 26 – Moving Day. Life goes into a POD for who-knows-how-long!
  • June 26 Eve – Sleep at Karen’s condo, our temporary home
  • June 30 – Closing on house
  • July 1 – My last day of my internship
  • July 2 – Have all the fun in the world being freeeeeee!!
  • July 3 – Carolina Beach for a week with my family!
  • July 16 (around then) – 4-5 day trip to Charlottesville to look for a place to rent. We’re looking for a cute cottage with storage space. I’ve decided that a loft would be too impractical because we have way too much stuff and 2 cars, but I’m not ruling it out!
  • Late July – MAYBE move into new rental. If not, will stay at Karen’s and study for RD exam! (And lounge by the pool and read good books!)
  • August 1 – MAYBE move into new rental. If not, will go to my parents’ house for a bit
  • August 5 – Fly to NYC for BlogHer Conference with my mom and sister
  • August 9-11 – Likely back in Charlotte
  • August 12 – Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit!!
  • August 18-ish – MAYBE move into new rental if we had to wait for tenants to move out.
  • September – Travel to Montana for Great Harvest
  • Beyond – ????

As much of a planner as I am, I am surprisingly relaxed about all this unknown. I think I am just excited to be a floater for a while and not have responsibilities and a house and work and all that jazz. Once we get the bakery open my life will resume normalcy craziness.

I broke for snacktime from packing around 5PM and had a Voskos Vanilla Bean with crumbled muffin!

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And then I FINALLY showered!!!!!!!!!!! When we used to work at summer camps I would get SO dirty and it made a shower feel that much better. That’s how it was tonight!!

We ended up meeting these two turkeys for dinner!

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We went to an Ethiopian restaurant – my first time – and LOVED it!!!

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

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3/4 of us got the vegetarian combo plate – see below for the details – and Matt got a plate with two meats.

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My feast:

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You can see how it’s served on a brown thing – that’s bread! Well, "bread." It’s call Injera, a teff flour and water dough mixture that is kind of like a mix between a crepe, sourdough bread and a wet towel. Seriously! It was AWESOME!!! Check out the pile of extras they brought to the table. I think we each had at least one hand towel’s worth :mrgreen: [I am just learning about Injera so forgive me if I defined it incorrectly!]

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So back to my plate…

The dishes clockwise started at midnight were lentils, green beans and sweet carrots (my favorite!!), collard greens, more lentils, a chickpea mash and cabbage. Those were the Kath-pronounced names. Go to the website for the official names! To eat these bites, you tear off some injera and wrap it around some mush. No forks allowed. It was very fun! And very delicious. I ate about 75% of my foods and probably a whole plus a bit more injera.

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Matt’s with meats –

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BFF <3

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Matt and I debated Yoforia, which we passed on our way home. But we were full and decided to pass. So I settled for a single spoonful of strawberry ice cream to cleanse my palate!

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Goodnight!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Ahh that coffee table would be so perfect for our new house! We signed on a house yesterday and we are moving soon (although we have a couple months to move all our stuff and it’s only 13 miles away). STILL stresssssful though. I have so many toiletries that need to go to someone else’s bathroom!

I’m one of those Craigslist stalkers :)

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2 Heather June 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’m SO craving Injera now!! Looks so good :D

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3 Fit Chick in the City June 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

My tv looks exactly like your old one! Now that you’ll be shopping for a flat screen, I’ll be the only person left with a huge tv. =)

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4 Camille June 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

What a fabulous looking dinner! The towel bread looks so good!
Sounds like you have a busy couple of months coming up!

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5 Ashley@thehungryscholar June 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

The apartment looks great!

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6 Kath June 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Do you mean the house looks empty!?!

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7 Kerry June 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Mmmmm….Ethiopian food. I haven’t been in a while. The dishes with lentils and collard greens are always my favorites. This is a very exciting time for you guys – thanks for sharing it with us!

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8 Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Wow! It looks like it’s gonna be a crazy, but exciting time.

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9 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Oh my gosh so busy!! Moving day’s only a week away!

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10 Lele June 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Ethiopian is my FAVORITE. Once you move to Charlottesville, you’ll be closer to the D.C. area (my area) which everyone says has the best Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia, so you’ll have to come up for a visit!

But oh God I love Ethiopian so much. ESPECIALLY the injera. And while I’ve had meat (they do a crazy yummy steak tartare type thing) all I ever end up wanting, at every single Ethiopian place I go to (which I go to as often as possible!) is the vegetarian sampler :D

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11 Alicia June 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Try to enjoy what likely the last phase in your life when you won’t have concrete plans! Rebel against your inner planner!
Sounds like you’re doing ok with it though ;)
I didn’t like the injera that much. I found it too sour and floppy. I much prefer naan. That said, I really enjoyed the squash I tried at an Ethiopian place in DC.

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12 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Busy lady!! I hope you get all your packing down without too much stress! :-)
The Ethiopian food looks amazing!

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13 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I have heard mixed reviews about Ethiopian food but I think I need to try it for myself. I love the idea of using bread as a “fork”!

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14 Maria June 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Wow, you’re doing so well with all the stress of moving. It’s really exciting too!
Love your china cabinet and now I see it matches your TV stand too. Super cute. Wishing you all th best!!
P.S. I ordered a bunch of goodies from your Open Sky last night…an super excited!

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15 Kath June 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

Wheee! What’d you get!?

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16 Maria June 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Let’s see! Those cute little blue bowls, lemon/lime glasses and dessert bowls (SO cute!), coconut butter and garlic gold nuggets!!
What are some ideas for a garlic gold newbie?!
Love your blog. With your great food ideas, I have lost 35 lbs to date!! You have opened new doors for me. Thanks, Kath!

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17 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm

That’s amazing that you are pretty relaxed with all of those unknowns! Major kudos to you, Kath!

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18 Elaine @ Om Sweet Om June 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Ethiopian food! I loved the collard greens and chickpea mash at the one I went. Too bad they didn’t have the sweet carrots. I thoroughly enjoyed eating with my hands :-)

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19 Brynne June 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’m DYING to try Ethiopian! I think since I love Indian, I’ll love Ethiopian too :0)

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20 claire June 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Sounds like a great meal and some great things happening in the next few months! I haven’t had ethiopian yet but this might just have been the nudge I’ve needed!

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21 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I might need to try some Indian food that looks pretty good.

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22 The Wife of a Dairyman June 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I’ve never tried Ethiopian food, but maybe I will now. Strawberry ice cream would hit the spot right now:)

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23 Kerri June 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I love summer planning and Injera bread is delicious. Anyone got a recipe?

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24 Wei-Wei June 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

O_O THAT is “unplanned”?? Wow, I can’t even THINK that far ahead! You’re so organised :D I wanted to go for Ethiopian food in a restaurant in Switzerland when I was visiting my sister, but I never got to go. It looks really really good! What do you mean by the injera is part wet towel?!

Wei-Wei

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25 Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Holy cow! So much going on!

Your furniture is adorable and THAT is why it sold so fast! I love how your house is decorated. Hopefully you find a place that can be as cute for you two!

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26 emily June 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I’m going to BlogHer too (my first time!).

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27 Kath June 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh fun!!!!

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28 Hannah June 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Oh gosh, I’ve been wanting to try injera for YEARS! It’s about time I stop making excuses and head out to the apparently-fantastic Ethiopian restaurant here in Canberra. It looks like so much fun!

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29 Courtney June 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

LOVE Ethiopian! I’m sure it’s not, but it seems so healthy, and tastes delish! Good luck with all the upcoming craziness!

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30 Carly @ Happy Healthy Foodie June 20, 2010 at 1:07 am

Mmm That food looks so interesting and delicious! I have to try it! :)

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31 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 20, 2010 at 2:08 am

You’ve got a bust few months ahead of you!!
I love the look of Ethiopian – that bread thing is amazing, so thin looking!

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32 Cara June 20, 2010 at 2:39 am

That food looks great…very different and unique!
It’s always fun to try something different.

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33 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear June 20, 2010 at 2:47 am

You have such pretty furniture, I could have bought everything from you :)

I’m a big planner, but sometimes living without a plan is good for you, makes life a bit more exiting AND gives room for being spontaneous :)

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34 The 50 Best Health Blogs June 20, 2010 at 5:25 am

Ethiopian restaurant dining is very different and interesting, isn’t it? There’s an Ethiopian restaurant in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC that’s quite an experience.

Jim Purdy

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35 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 20, 2010 at 5:53 am

I haven’t experienced many different types of cuisine outside of my own kitchen, and this has totally spiked my interest. I love the idea of being served food with the bread for dipping and scooping. And the foods sound fabulous. :D

So glad that moving (and selling!) is going well! :D

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36 Marla June 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

Hope it’s all smooth sailing.
That is great you guys can live freely without income (especially since starting a business delays income as well!)
Hopefully the blog income will support your travels ;)
Enjoy it all-it is a special moment in lives to be “in between stuff” and sometimes it can
be like an extended holiday and really refreshing (unless financial stress of course).

Freedom is dreamy! ;)

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37 Kath June 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

Matt will be working most of July. And we’ve saved and saved this year knowing this was on the horizon…

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38 Marla June 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I am really impressed with young couples being so careful with their finances.
Congrats on being so organized with your preparation in that regard-that is so wise!
Hope you have a lovely summer !

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39 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 20, 2010 at 6:49 am

Sounds like you’ve got a busy few months ahead of you! I’m a planner too, and I like to know where I’m going, but sometimes spontaneity can be exciting and lead you in an entirely new direction than you thought! Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your weekend!

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40 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

I found a injera recipe in Cooking Light last year, but I haven’t tried it because I don’t have teff flour.

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41 Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 20, 2010 at 7:18 am

I love Ethiopian food! My husband likes to eat injera before long runs.

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42 Chelsey June 20, 2010 at 7:33 am

I love that entertainment center base! You did a great job packing today – I’m packing slowly but surely too. My FH and I are renovating a house and are almost done! We put floors down yesterday – I’m itching to put my new stuff in!

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43 christina cadden June 20, 2010 at 7:38 am

Good luck with moving. You guys are busy!

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44 maxinthegym June 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

Oh wow that Injera looks so interesting!
Good luck with moving! It’s coming real soon :)

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45 Katharina June 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

Craigslist is amazing! I love Ethiopian food and eating with my hands is so much fun. Also, injera is super packed with nutrients.

Good luck with your busy schedule up ahead! :D

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46 Daniel June 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

Looks like a lot has happened since I’ve been away. Congratulations on selling the house! (I really hope that’s why you’re packing and everything… haha.)

Very nice looking dinner spread, I love when you can try a whole bunch of different things instead of only one meal. :)

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47 Kacie June 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

Ahhhh you’re coming to MT again!?! What town!!?! I’m in Bozeman!!

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48 Kath June 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

Fun! We’re going to Dillon (where GH is) and will probably fly into Missoula but we might fly OUT of Bozeman because I LOVED it last time!! If so, you’ll know before.

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49 lynn (The Actors Diet) June 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

i haven’t had ethiopian in years – i like it but my husband isn’t a fan of the bread. too bad b/c there are so many great vegan places in l.a. in little ethiopia!

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50 Lisa June 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

Ethiopian food can be really good, but I’ve had some hit or miss experiences. It’s a lot of fun when they put all of the food on one giant piece of Injera in the middle of the table. Yum yum.

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51 Melissa June 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

Looks like we’re in the same boat! I’ve been spending my days uploading pictures and constantly checking email selling all of our stuff! Craigslist is a life saver! My boyfriend (and fur baby) are moving from downtown Atlanta to Alaska! : )

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52 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary June 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

YAYAYAYYAYAYAYAA for a flat screen :D You gus are gonna love it!

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53 MLT June 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Kath- I LOVE your couch. Where is it from?
Your summer sounds exciting. :)

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54 Kath June 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

it’s a hand-me-down from Karen, who had it designed herself in the 90s.

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55 BroccoliHut June 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I just tried Ethiopian food for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it as well! I got the veg platter too–I couldn’t identify half of it, but it was all DELISH. Glad you liked it!

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56 Alyssa June 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hey Kath!

Is that Ethiopian bread gluten free? I know that Teff is a GF grain, but I’m not sure what the other ingredients are. Thanks!

~Alyssa

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57 Kath June 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

I think it’s JUST teff and water…but I’d check with your restaurant first to be sure.

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58 Shaina June 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

OMG Kath! My husband and I have the EXACT same TV. It weighs approximately 3 tons, and we always say that when we move … we won’t take it with us. It is a double hand-me-down – it was my grammy and granddad’s, who gave it to my parents, who gave it to us. KLASSY!!!! Our favorite part is the flashing green message that comes on when you try to program it that says “WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY.” Classic!

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59 Kath June 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

Haha.

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60 Susan June 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I love Ethiopian food! One of these days I’m going to learn how to make the injera.

I can’t wait until our big ol’ TV dies so we can get a flat screen!

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61 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

I love your style! Your furniture is very cool :-)

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62 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The loft idea sounds fun — I bet you could make it work! What about becoming a single-car family? It’s almost been a year since we made the switch to one car, and it’s working out well. We get built-in exercise biking or walking places, and we save money! If you can find a loft near your GH location, this might work out really well.

Despite the amount of work involved, I look forward to moving for the chance to clean and get rid of “stuff” that accumulates. I’m all about lightening the load. Good luck with your move.

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63 Kath June 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I wouldn’t have trouble becoming a 1 car family – but I’d REALLY miss the space, yard and driving up to a garage to store my bike.

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64 jane June 24, 2010 at 9:11 am

you dont seem to like your internship at all. what do you plan on doing after you are finished for a job? blog full time? does blogging bring in revenue? does sound fun! i will think of some good summertime books for you :-) i am starting law school in the fall and only have 3 more weeks until i am free before school-poolside with a book is where you will find this chica

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