Mother Trucker

September 24, 2010

Karen drove this 26′ U-Haul 6 hours up from Charlotte ALL BY HERSELF. She is crazy!!!! And brave!

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Didn’t have the hands to photograph any of the moving at her place, but I’ll get some this afternoon.

I DID, however, manage to photograph the guys bringing in our new entertainment center! It doesn’t fit in her place so it’s on extended (permanent!?) loan to us!

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I spent the morning vacuuming furniture (although I wrote “vacuuming laundry on Twitter and almost just did it again!?).

Then we took a rug to a rug store to be cut down. Then we returned the truck. Then, lunch! My “morning toast” actually held me over just fine (although I did eat lunch sooner than normal today).

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We fancied up salads with bacon, grilled eggplant + carrots + peppers and goat cheese! All tossed in some Garlic Gold and garnished with Great Harvest Dakota croutons.

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With a pear on the side for dessert

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Headed back down to Karen’s for some unpacking and settling in. I biked over there this morning but am in a car now. Plan to bike back. It’s only about 2 miles from our house and a pleasant ride!

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1 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews September 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Wow I cannot believe that you guys made such nice salads while moving! Good luck with the rest of the move!!

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2 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Woww – props to Karen…I get nervous with the small UHauls!!

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3 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Those salads look great- I’m impressed that you had such a great lunch in the midst of moving!

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4 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

No way I’d even drive a truck. Once I drove my mom’s minivan into our garage pillar….OOPS!

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet September 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

That is a BIG truck. I couldn’t handle that.

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6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

How nice to have family so close!!! Y’all are going to really enjoy that!

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7 Tina September 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I would NOT drive a truck like that. I’m too dangerous on the roads in my little compact as it is. LOL

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8 Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I could never drive a truck like that! My husband drove a much smaller UHaul when we moved to our house and he totally made sparks fly on the sides going through an underpass that was too narrow. Woops. I’m impressed!!

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9 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I like the mirrored doors!

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10 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Wow! she drove that alone? impressive…

your salad look yummy as always…

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11 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I have to give you guys props for always putting together great meals no matter how busy you are. If I was moving it’d be sandwich city ;)

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12 Natalia - a side of simple September 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Way to go, Karen! She deserves a beer. Or two.

Gossip Girl is going to be that.much.better with that entertainment center. ;)

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13 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

best post title EVER!

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14 CathyK @ www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com September 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

that’s EXACTLY what i was going to say!!!

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15 Krystina September 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I wish I had a bike so I could bike everywhere. It sounds so lovely.

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16 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

so nice that you will now have family close by!

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17 Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon September 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I’m so impressed with Karen’s van-driving skills…I often have to transport students at my work in a 15 passenger, and I still hate backing up in that crazy thing!

Have a great weekend :)

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18 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I saw that Twitter post! It made me laugh :) Does this mean you are officially getting cable?!?

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19 Kath September 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Probably not cable..but maybe some kind of TV upgrade

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20 Kristina @ spabettie September 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

DAAANG she is brave to drive that beast herself! :) no way I could do that! :)

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21 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

wow! I get nervous with a small uhaul. Super impressive :)

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22 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Oh WOW, go Karen!

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23 Susan Mc September 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

LOVE your title on this post!! :-) That entertainment center is gorgeous! It’s a perfect fit for you guys!
With Karen in town, things are coming together, I’m sure you’ll nail down your location any moment now.
Good luck with the move!

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24 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

this may be a bit of an odd question, but does that variety of pear taste differently than the others? I always buy Barletts or Bosc…I’ve noticed the kind you had for lunch in the store before but never tried them…

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25 Kath September 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

It does taste a little different – a little grittier and the skin is tougher, but I love the texture.

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26 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

ha! just realized I meant to type that I usually by Bartlett or Anjou. Bosc is actually the one you had for lunch! :) I think I would like them,though, cuz I’m a “texture” girl…

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27 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Ah, salad with bacon is so good :) I would never ever have the courage to drive that monster :D

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28 yummiee cupcake September 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

when i read this title and the first thing came to my mind was mother… ahem. haha… you’re a teaser.

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29 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Karen is sooo brave! I can barely drive a pick up truck without freaking out. I need to be able to see all around the car. I guess thats why I have a little Ford Focus :)

Did you ever get a tv like you talked about?

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30 Kath September 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

We did! From Emily + Casey. Still working on setup and technical tweaks

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31 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

That is really nice that you can bike there! I am really happy for you guys! You seem to really enjoy where you are right now!

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32 Nic September 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

That truck is huge! She must have great depth perception, I’d be hitting everything in sight! Also, I love the entertainment center, it’s a classic (mostly because I can’t tell if it’s a vintage piece or a new piece so it must be timeless;)

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33 Steph@stephsbitebybite September 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

She is a brave one isn’t she! There’s no way I could do that! I don’t even like driving the big ole diesel trucks. GO KAREN!! :)

Happy moving…or unpacking rather!

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34 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

WOW that is awesome! I can barely drive a regular car across the Bay!

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35 Paula September 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

This is the best post title ever! ;)

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36 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Don’t you love when the parents give you “permanent loans”? I miss that about living close to my ‘rents.

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37 erica September 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

woah. that is one huge UHAUL!!! i could never ever do that! she’s one brave woman!!!

and that entertainment center is really nice! great score :)

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38 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Whew she’s one brave women!! I would have been terrified driving that thing by myself!

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39 Allison K September 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Good for her!I think I would be confident to drive that truck if I didn’t have to back up or change lanes! :)

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40 Rachel September 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hee – and here I was convinced that vacuuming laundry was a fancy new trick I didn’t know! :)

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41 Stacey September 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

There’s no way I would drive a U-Haul by myself! Go Karen! Hope she gets moved in all right, and I also hope that your entertainment addition is permanent (for your sake!) ;)

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42 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Dang. I get scared just driving a Honda. ;)

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43 Sarah K @ the Pajama Chef September 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm

wow, impressive driver!

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44 Ashley@thehungryscholar September 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I have only had a pear once, I should change that!

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45 Meg September 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Dang Karen! What a woman, I love it. I’d feel like such a bada– in that truck! ;) Glad everything’s going well, Happy Friday!

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46 Food & Other Things September 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Wow…that’s awesome Karen drove that U-haul, I’m nervous just to drive an SUV! Love the black and white placemat!

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47 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

you dont vacuum laundry?! ;)

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48 Camille September 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Ahh, those UHauls are scary to drive!
My boyfriend drove ours all the way from San Diego to Oregon towing a car behind it. Scaaaary!

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49 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Yay for family!! She is quite the brave woman – I don’t know if I woul dhave made that trip with that truck!

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50 stacey-healthylife September 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

That’s nice that Karen’s so close.

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51 Kath (Eating for Living) September 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Mmmmmhhhh, roasted veggies are so good with salad!

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52 Bee Goes Bananas September 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Wow, that is one Hugh Jass truck! I would never be able to drive something that big, let alone drive it for six hours by myself!

Mad props Karen!!

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53 Tracy September 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Those trucks are just not fun! Good for her… that is terrific! They are not very comfy either :-) Yummy salads :-)

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54 Hannah September 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Gosh, even looking at the size of that truck gives me the heebie jeebies! Well done Karen!

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55 naturallycheryl September 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm

This is totally random but I am trying a manhattan inspired by katheats and I must say it’s pretty good! I also am a tempeh eater now. Tempeh spaghetti is my fav.
My husband likes to say, “well, just because Kath did it…” LOL!

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56 Kath September 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

:) Yum!!

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57 Brittney September 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

You know I did see you Tweet “vacuum laundry” earlier, but was like “well, who knows what that Kath is into…” LOL!

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58 jassy September 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

for karen to drive that is so cool! kudos to her :)

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