Motorless Vehicle

August 27, 2010

So if you guessed DMV, you were RIGHT. However, VA is having trouble with their licensing system and we weren’t able to go (luckily we found this out online first!)

So we went to find another kind of motor vehicle!

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We saved up for me to buy a new bike a while ago, but with our big move, we decided just to wait until we got to Charlottesville. A month of being busy later, today was the day!

My previous bikes have been gems from Target, Walmart, Craigslist and a hand-me-down, so this is my very first [expensive 😳 ] big girl bike! It rides soooooooooo smoothly!

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I tested out 3 kinds: a TREK 7.1FX and a Gary Fisher – all hybrids suitable for commuter, farmer’s market and fitness biking with potential to do some longer distances as well. (I’m not the curly handlebar road bike type)

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I ended up with the 7.2 TREK which seemed like a perfect blend of the other two. Scott at Blue Wheel Bicycles was a HUGE help!!

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I also got a rack for the back, a cool carrying snap-on bag for groceries and purses and some lights for night riding.

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Then we went to seek out coffee.

I was adamant that we avoid a glass carafe. Yesterday’s accident marks the THIRD time we’ve shattered coffee things and I just knew we would again.

We considered this but ultimately decided that the carafe was part of the coffee fun and is better for pouring, esp when entertaining.

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I wanted to get this, but Matt was adamantly opposed to the control panel (and while there was lots of stainless, I didn’t care much for the black base).

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I have been wanting THIS maker since my wedding. It matches all of our other appliances, and I love the clean, square look. But every time I’ve wanted a coffee maker, I’ve always talked myself out of it. But Matt fell in love (we’re so much alike :0) ) and he pretty much just took it to the register with me opposing the glass carafe the whole way. IF this carafe ever breaks, we’re going to get a stainless replacement and never look back to glass. I wanted to get stainless right away, but Matt says just wait until this one breaks (hopefully NOT causing BLOOD this time!!)

[Yay for 20% off at BB&B!]

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I think it looks hawt and want to make some coffee right away!!

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Can’t wait to fill ‘er up tonight and just press "GO" Karen Monson style!

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After coffee shopping, we went grocery shopping. We are still missing staples in our kitchen. We’re now over grocery budget for August, but after picking up staples, we should be good for a month just getting a few things here or there.

I was excited to find at Harris Teeter my beloved $99./lb NC kale (regionally grown works for me!)

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KERF Staples

Things I need in my house at all times

  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Pickles
  • Veggie broth
  • Sardines
  • Kale
  • Lettuce / spinach of some kind
  • Frozen berries
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese (can’t WAIT to put that in oats!!)
  • Couple cans of beans
  • Couple cans of diced tomatoes
  • Seltzer
  • Hummus
  • Organic milk

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A killer sandwich = toasted frozen/thawed Great Harvest bread with avocado, Sabra hummus, lettuce, pickle, green pepper

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The bread makes it!

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Plus a carrot with Nutty’s Cinnamon Raisin and more plum balls

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I have a call…and then we might go bike riding!

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1 Dorry August 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

SO exciting about your new bike!! I’m in the market for one, too so glad to know which one you went with. I’ve shopped around and will probably get one in the next month or so. I CANNOT WAIT to ride around everywhere…except I need to move to a more bike-friendly city. Soon!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Kale is never that cheap for me – and I can never find good kale around here!


3 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I don’t have a coffee maker at home. I DO however have an espresso maker.


4 Evan Thomas August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I never keep veggie stock on hand, but I really should start doing that. I bet it would make my quinoa so much more flavorful.


5 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Oh it’s times like these when I wish I knew something (anything!) about a) bikes and b) coffee/coffee makers..this post would make much more sense if I did!


6 Tina August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

That bike sounds great for you. It always pains me to see how much they are. I don’t think I’ll ever own a bike for that very reason.


7 Christine August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I could go for a carrot with nut butter right about now. Mmm!

Glad you still got to get things done. I know when my original plans change I have a hard time being productive.


8 Ilana August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Congrats on your new big girl bike! :) LOVE it. So much fun. (I am in the market for one and we are around the same height so I will be taking down notes for later.)
Also, your new coffee maker is awesome– its just like my mom’s but hers has the stainless carafe. Fingers crossed. :) PS: In preparation for the Oct. 10 k, I ran just under 5 miles today! The most I have run in about 10 years. I would not have done it without your inspiration, so thank you!!


9 Kath August 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Congrats! I’m running that race – just registered! We should run together!


10 Ilana August 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Thanks. Yay. I am sooo excited. I’d love to. (Hope I am fast enough to run with you.)


11 Jimmy @ Run, Jimmy, Run August 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Huge, huge, HUGE Trek fan here. I’ve been riding Trek bikes my entire life and am currently on my fourth one – a 2009 Trek 6000 mountain bike (hardtail), which coincidentally, I chose over the 7.2FX.

Love that gun metal gray color you chose – that’s one sweet lookin’ ride. Enjoy it!


12 Erin August 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I have the same coffee maker and just love it. Great choice! :)


13 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Hummus sandwiches are my favorite – I really like to add roasted red peppers and feta but hummus and avocado is also a great combination!


14 liane August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I’ve been lusting over that cusinart coffee maker for over 2 years now, and I keep talking myself out of buying it as well, eventhough I’m now on my third cheap coffee maker because they keep dying on me! Too funny!


15 Kim August 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I’ve had two of those very same coffee makers and they both just stopped working. I decided two was enough.


16 Jocelyn August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I have that coffeemaker!!! Love it! We are on our second one, since the first one developed a self-cleaning problem, but Cuisinart took it back and sent us a new one right away, no questions asked! I love french press, but I don’t love the process of having to make it in the morning, so this coffeemaker is a must for me. Enjoy it :)


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I have a trek mountain bike that I have not ridden in years. So sad. Great bikes though! Enjoy it! Your lunch looks delicious and yeah, the bread can make or break a sandwich. Have fun this afternoon.


18 courtney August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Congrats on the bike–I have a very similar Trek that I like a lot. And please update us on how you like the coffee maker! I am in the market for a new one, and you reminded me that with 20% of at BB&B I might be able to swing that one next month (excitement!) :)


19 Liz August 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Love those 20% off BB&B coupons (I’m assuming that’s what you used for the coffee maker). Did you know that they will let you use as many as you want in a single transaction, even if they are WAY expired?? I saved up a whole bunch before and after my wedding and then went to town completing my registry. With all those coupons I saved hundreds of dollars. Ridiculous!


20 Kim August 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I’ve read on other sites that some stores aren’t taking the coupons after they expiration date anymore. :(


21 Allison K August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Hooray for the big girl bike! I’ve been spoiled with good bikes since I was a kid, they make a big difference!


22 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

New bike. New coffee maker. Pickles on a sandwich.

Perfect. 😀


23 Rebekah@ Rebeltarian August 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

That bread looks soooo good. I really need to bulk up my sandwich bookends with some thicker bread!


24 Alicia August 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I actually have the exact same cusinart coffee maker. I’ve had it for 4 years and LOVE it. You won’t be disappointed. And if you get the gold plated filter you never have to buy any coffee filters – the coffee tastes better and less waste!


25 Kath August 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

It came with a gold filter!


26 Stefanie August 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

We have the same coffee maker and even bought a new one when the other one got old after 10 years. it makes great coffee and get the gold filter so you don’t have to use paper ones.


27 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

What a beautiful bike! And you look like you should be going to play golf — with the longer shorts and argyle sweater :)


28 Sarah August 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I have the same coffee maker! Let me tell you, there is not much better than waking up on a winter morning to the smell of fresh coffee brewing away! :) My maker is currently in the closet as I’ve been using my french press so much lately, but seeing it again on your post makes me want to dust it off again.


29 erica August 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm

congrats on the new bike & coffee maker! can you believe i don’t know how to ride a bike?!?! (*hangs head in shame*)


30 Stormy August 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

In Charlottesville, the Sabra hummus is $.50/container cheaper at your local Food Lion than it is at HT. I hate making multiple trips when doing the shopping, but if I can find other reasons to stop at FL, I’ll stop in and save the difference. Of course, I’m not biking like you, so a second stop is a bit easier for me.


31 CB August 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Cottage cheese hides pretty well in oats… I almost managed to sneak it past the cc hating bf, but he noticed “little white dots” and inquired, oops. Even better than cc in oats = cc in smoothies! I haven’t found a protein powder with a taste that doesn’t offend me, so I use cc.


32 R @ Learning As I Chop August 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I was against a Keurig but my hubby really wanted one so we got one. I love it. But at times I do miss a big pot and the warm way it smells up the kitchen


33 Laura August 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

This has just given me urge to go cycling!!! Shame I LOST ( IS possible to lose a bike) a few years ago! xx


34 Kelsea August 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Hey Kath! First off, I’ve become way too addicted to your blog since I discovered it this summer. It’s great! Second, did I read in an earlier post that you ran a half marathon? I’m training for my first (end of October) and wanted to know if you had any training tips. I’ve run quite a few 10ks, and usually run around every other day, but I’m freaking out a bit over running 13 miles.


35 Kath August 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Glad you like it!

I did run a half in April:

And this post has the most information on my preparations:


36 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Your lunch looks fabulous….and the bread looks really yummy. Have fun on your new ‘ride’ :)


37 Mama Pea August 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I have that very same coffee pot. I should say HAD. Ours started smoking about a week ago. It was pretty scary. I still drank the coffee though.


38 barefootgirl August 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

yay for a big girl bike!!! I just love my Cuisinart coffee maker!! great choice.. can you program it to start while you are still in bed ??? That’s my favorite part about it 😉 It’s like a mastercard commercial.. PRICELESS!


39 Jessica August 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I have a 7.3 FX and ride it everywhere…through the worst snowfalls here in IL, even.

I know Scott through a friend! Glad he gave you good service.


40 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

i had a craving for kale chips today and was so disappointed when they didn’t have any at the farmer’s market


41 SallyH August 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I have to ask — what do the insides of those plums look like? Do they have a seed? Are the skins tough?


42 Kath August 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I forgot to say – they are kind of gross! But JUST like a plum with a pit. I couldn’t finish them all because they were mushy.


43 Diana August 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

That’s the same coffee maker I have!

LOVE the new bike! I keep hoping to get one, but I’m not doing so hot saving up. lol


44 anne August 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Love your new bike – how fun!! Sounds like it’s perfect for you. Let us know if you like your new coffee maker too. I’m anxious to hear a review.


45 Candice August 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I have that coffee maker and I love it! You won’t regret the glass carafe either. I have dropped it on the counter and it didn’t break.


46 Simply Life August 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

That’s the coffee pot I’ve had since our wedding and I love it!


47 Jessica August 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Hey Kath,

I have the same coffee maker and I am a certified klutz. I have banged it around a few times and have yet to break or even chip it. I’m sure if I dropped it on the ground it would certainly smash, but what glass objects wouldn’t?
Anyways enjoy! I love the timer and ‘beep’ features!


48 Michelle August 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

that coffeepot looks like serious business 😉


49 TheHEalthyApron August 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

most of your staples are also my staples!! We are going to cali tomorrow so we refused to grocery shop this week. I’ve been living off of PB and J. haha I miss my staples :(
However, it saved a grocery bill and waste at least!


50 Stacey August 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

What a fun trip! (Not the DMV I mean, lol) I remember when Jason got my bike, it was off of Craigs List and it is still treating me fairly nicely :) Yay for getting a new bike!
And BTW, bananas is a first on my list of must-have’s for the house!


51 neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

yay congrats on the big girl bike!!


52 Caitlin August 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

You should check out the SodaStream seltzer maker! You’ll never be out of seltzer again, you can control your amount of fizz, add natural mixers, and the reusable bottles are environmentally friendly! (I’m slightly obsessed with mine, as are every other person I know who has one). Sorry, I know seltzer wasn’t the focus of this post, I just noticed it on your “must haves” list. I have a version of that coffee maker and love it!


53 Kath August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I’ve lusted over those for a while, but never got around to it


54 Susan August 28, 2010 at 12:04 am

I want one of those! There are different types and I can’t figure out which one to get!


55 Caitlin August 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

I have what I think they are now calling the “fountain jet” and I love it. It’s the cheapest of their models but it works great.


56 Ashley August 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I have that coffee maker and LOVE it :)


57 [email protected] August 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I love bike riding it is oh so enjoyable and relaxing :) I have been rocking the same bike given to me for my 13th birthday for the last 6 years! I hope she holds up for me a little while longer!


58 Nikki T August 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Sweet new bike!
I have that coffee maker and love it! We have yet to break the carafe….Good Luck!


59 Rhiannon August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Love your new bike! I have the same one! I bought it in May and have loved it! My husband and I are actually going on a mini “fitcation” over labor day weekend and taking our bikes!


60 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I like your list of staples. Mine includes milk, celery, carrots, onions, spinach/arugula/greens, yogurt, oats, frozen fruit, chicken broth, bananas, canned diced tomatoes, and maybe I’ll be adding beans, kale, and some sort of potatoes to the mix. We’re out of a lot of our staples! But we’re going out of town for several days, so we let our stash get bone dry.


61 Liza @ Health Nutting August 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

That sandwich looks so scrumptious! I need to get to my great harvest asap! :)


62 Lauren August 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Nice bike! I’ve been contemplating buying one, but will probably wait until my husband and I move out to the ‘burbs… Boston city roads are horrendous for bike riding.

Good choice on the coffee maker – we have the same one and love it!


63 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm

that looks like a great coffee maker! we shattered our glass carafe in the spring and bought a new one. we just have an inexpensive mr. coffee with timer. one day i’d love to get a super nice one. one day…


64 Heather August 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I have that same coffee pot! good choice


65 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I’m getting a new bike very soon, and I cannot wait! It will, however, be a hand-me-down.


66 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras August 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Sweet bike! Can’t wait til we move back to the States and I can get a big girl bike!

We have the same coffee maker and we love it! The automatic brew setting is awesome and we never had any problems with the glass carafe…sounds like you and Matt may be a little heavy handed though, hehe 😉 Hope this one doesn’t break!


67 Amy Pea August 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Kath, that sandwich looks amazing! I love hummus with avocado – never thought to put pickles in there, too! Must try.

Also ventured out to the only Great Harvest in the Houston area a few weeks ago (it’s in The Woodlands) and got a loaf of Dakota. Needless to say, I am officially obsessed. My husband is allergic to seeds and nuts so he couldn’t have any – he asked me to describe the flavor to him and I said, “beer cake!” YUM! It froze well, too! I am planning another trip very soon to try several more varieties.


68 Sarah B August 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Awesome selection on the bike!! I’ve been looking to trade my mountain bike for something more street/commuter friendly, and the Treks have been calling my name. Let us know how it holds up for you, I’d love to get a good review before I part with my dear old Specialized.


69 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Awesome new bike!! There must be a world of difference between WalMart bikes and Trek bikes! It’s awesome they’re suitable for grocery shopping, too!


70 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I have the Trek 7.3 (also my first ‘big girl’ bike)! Congrats.. you’re gonna love that bike!! Got mine for a year and have been extremely happy.

I also have the steel caraf verison of the coffee maker you and Matt got! Great minds HEHE


71 Kath August 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I didn’t know there WAS a stainless carafe version!?


72 Sarah August 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

My husband has a hybrid Trek similar to that – he loves it! Perfect for commuting. Did you get clips or are you going to just ride in sneakers for awhile?


73 Kath August 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

No clips – since I’ll be using it mostly for around town


74 Esse August 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Gotta have the pickles! I just recently got a free sample of that Sabra Hummus at an event – it was good.


75 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Congrats on the new bike. It can be hard to lay down the money for a good bike, but it’s definitely worth it. I’m coaching a friend through the process right now. Once you look at the actual cost of owning and operating a car (including those horrible visits to the DMV), the price of the bike is much easier to justify :) Enjoy it!


76 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Wow, that’s a serious bike! Congrats Kath.

I like the coffee machine you picked the most out of the three… the only other additional problem with a glass carafe (other than easily breakable–although I did break the handle of a stainless one the other day just dropping it on the kitchen floor :( ) is that it doesn’t hold the heat very well. A thermal insulated carafe is the best way to go if you end up making the change in the future!


77 BroccoliHut August 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I just made a trip to the Teet today too–I was most excited about the plums I scored for 99 cents/lb :)


78 ari August 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm

LOL to the teet.


79 Lesley August 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Congrats on the new bike, my husband has a Trek but I’m still riding a Schwinn I bought when I was 15 for $300. We are seriously considering being dorky and buy a bikes with a bucket seat.

Thanks again for answering my questions a few weeks ago about you header. I really like your new one. I just started my blog and look forward to getting a header up that I love.


80 Lesley August 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I forgot to add I like you new favicon too.


81 Kori August 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Several things: CONGRATS on getting an AWESOME bike and coffeemaker!!! :) I went grocery shopping today too, and I just made Aarti’s (Next Food Network Star) massaged kale and mango salad. My sis, bf, and I are going to enjoy it tomorrow with brown basmati rice, grilled chicken, and her creamy pistachio pops with my tweeks for health and more flavor. 😉 You should definitely try these recipes because I can already tell they’re going to be fabulous! I am also cooking up the kale with organic rye berries and dry beans soaked and cooked ’til deliciously tender for another dinner this week, similar to some of your greens, beans, and grains dinners. 😀 Just wanted to let you know that you have been yet another inspiration to a great meal here!


82 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I like the new bike! Talk about riding in style!


83 Beth August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hi Kath – I’ve got the same coffee maker – it’s awesome! They do make a stainless carafe!


84 Kath August 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

The model DCC-1200 isn’t listed though!? Does it still work OK?


85 ari August 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

i LOVE your shoes in these pictures! what are they/where did you get them?


86 Kath August 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Thanks! Apparently someone on Twitter did NOT like them!?

They’re Champion brand from Payless about 3 years ago


87 [email protected] August 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

What a gorgeous bike! And a gorgeous lady 😉

I have that coffee maker and love it! Its my best friend in the morning!

All lot of must haves for food being in stock at all times are on your list! (especially oats and lettuce). Additionally, I must have an avocado available. I eat at least a quarter of one a day :)


88 Courtney August 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I have that coffee maker and love it! I am thinking about switching to a stainless steel carafe though. With our last coffee maker, our glass carafe was broken for probably over 6 months and I never even noticed! Scary! Who knows how many shards of glass my husband and I may have ingested!


89 caronae August 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Yay for the new bike! I have a trek seven-something too, which I inherited from my mama. I am pretty sure you forgot the most important thing on your list of staples though: nut butter!


90 Justy2003 August 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Yay for a new bike! I bought a Trek hybrid as my first “big girl” bike and I looooove it! So smooth and perfect for commuting or for fitness.


91 Casey August 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I have a Trek bike. I used to ride it all the time when I was younger, but we don’t live in a “bicycle friendly” area. My parents have that same coffee maker!


92 Chelsey August 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I have the same coffee pot and I LOVE IT!!!!


93 Emily @ For Sweets Sake August 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I have the same coffee maker! good choice :)


94 Cathy August 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

what kind of milk do you buy, besides it being organic? low fat, skim, full fat?


95 Kath August 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I prefer 1%. Sometimes we get skim (because HT brand doesn’t come in 1%) and sometimes we get 2%, which is my favorite flavor, but probably a little unnecessary fat.


96 Kristin August 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Kath great bike choice, you are going to have a blast! BTW you look amazing!


97 Kelly R August 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Your new wheels look great! I love riding my bike and try to do it everyday. The city I live outside of is trying to become more biker friendly, unfortunately, it is not very accessible unless I drive there. Oh well, looks like I will be sticking to the trails some more.


98 Tina August 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I’m glad you passed up the Cusinart ‘press n serve’-it leaks everywhere every single time I make coffee. The idea is awesome, but the execution is a giant fail!


99 Laura (Starloz) August 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I want to go to harris teeter when I’m in the US!

nice bike


100 Chris August 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

You have a picture of the stainless steel carafe?


101 Kath August 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

No, but you can find them on Amazon


102 Paula August 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I love your bike. I have a Cannondale Adventure 5 & I just love it. It is perfect for going around town. I hit our local bike trail each afternoon after work. I don’t have to worry about cars. Keep us informed on how you like your Trek. I think it is great that you live close enough to everything that biking is an option to a car.


103 Wei-Wei August 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I love your KERF staples! It’s so darn healthy 😉 Lotta loot today, huh? 😀 Your coffee machine looks awesome. But I’ll miss seeing French Press obsession on your blog. 😛


104 Jordan August 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

We have that coffee maker. Works like a charm!


105 Gree August 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

That lunch looks so yummy!


106 Hannah August 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Plum balls?! I’m in love! Plums are one of my favourite summer fruits – can’t wait til it’s summer here in Australia!


107 [email protected]:// August 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I just looked at bikes myself and I understand how expensive yours must have been. I was shocked and pretty much fell to the floor when I saw the prices.


108 Susan August 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

You should try out Craigslist. I got my Trek Pilot 2.1 road bike and my Specialized FSR XC mt bike from Craigslist and saved about $500 on each of them. If you live in a touristy spot with good places to bike, you can also try to find a bike rental company. I bought both of my bikes from touring companies and they were well maintained.


109 Emilia @ Namaste Gurl August 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Your sandwich looks GREAT– one of my fav combos…..

And your grocery cart looks much like mine when I enter Whole Foods…. we *may* have a few things in common :)


110 Katie August 28, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hey Kath – weird question, but who made your shoes in the first bike pics? They are SO cute and must be comfy if you are ridding your bike in them. I’m always looking for shoes like that – thanks!!!


111 Stephanie August 28, 2010 at 1:37 am

I knew someone with a similar bike (same brand). She let me ride it and I LOVED how well it rode. That’s the bike I want to get one day once I am riding regularly 😉


112 Clair August 28, 2010 at 2:23 am

Nice choice of bike, I’m picking my new bike up today a Specialised Sirrus but did want to try the Trek 7.2. Sadly they are end of season here so I never got the chance, hope it rides well.


113 andi August 28, 2010 at 6:25 am

i actually had a cuisinart with a stainless carafe and *hated* it. it made my coffee taste funny no matter what i did to clean it, my machine, whatever. anywho, i’ve had the same cuisinart coffee maker with my glass carafe for 3 years and no problems, no worries! enjoy! :)


114 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

Oh! Good to know


115 Martie Weatherman August 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

Keep your husband AWAY from the Trek FX + …power assist bike. My husband rode one and couldn’t stop talking about it for several weeks! You will love your Trek! BTW I have a clip on purse for the front of my Navigator from DETOURS, check it out…it makes a great shoulder bag and even comes with a rain cover. Happy Riding!


116 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

Congrats on the new bike and coffee maker! I’d like to hear how the coffee maker works out for you because I’m looking into getting a new one too. :)


117 Lisa August 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

omg kath, i love your shoes in the top picture (well i guess they are the same in all of them haha)! Can I ask where you got them?


118 Mali August 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

Hi Kath
I’ve been reading your blog for MONTHS and have never posted before but just wanted to let you know I love it =)
Also, I own a Trek 7.2FX and I love it! I bought it for my upcoming Triathlon and so far so good. The seat is a little uncomfortable but with bike shorts it’s not too much of an issue. I’m sure you read in the reviews of it about the seat issue but so far I have yet to replace it. Enjoy it!


119 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

Shoes are Champion from Payless 2 years ago!


120 Lisa August 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm

damn i guess i wont be getting myself a pair! haha


121 Michelle B August 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

Congrats on the new gear! I think you made the right choice with the glass carafe. When my tech-savvy BF was in the market last year he chose a highly rated and very expensive stainless steel maker saying that it just had to be better than my trusty glass one. Six months and two new carafes later we had tried eveything and even called the manufacturer about the coffee having a gross metal taste. He ended up having to get a new one, which has a glass carafe, hehe. I’m not sure if this problem would be for every brand, or if we just got a dud. Anyways, i have had my trusty glass coffee maker for many years, it’s easy to clean and never has a funny taste!


122 Andrea August 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hi Kath!

Just have to comment on the stainless carafe…I had one and I didn’t really like it. You never could tell how much coffee was left, plus it leaked when you poured it. I was NOT a fan. Hope this makes you feel better about getting glass. :)


123 Tori @ August 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

I love my Trek! I love your wooden countertops too!


124 Karen August 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

Congrats on the new bike! I got mine a month ago and am basically in love. We should meet up for a bike ride sometime soon. There are lots of pretty short-ish rides around here.


125 Kath August 28, 2010 at 11:35 am



126 elaine! August 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Nice rack! 😉 Congratulations on your hybrid bike, it’s a beaut! And I think you’ll enjoy grocery shopping with it. You might want to eventually get a second pannier. I have the Trek Interchange Grocery Pannier, and it fits perfectly on the exact same rack you have.


127 SAMD August 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

First thanks for an AMAZING website. I love reading your posts! Second, I also just bought a Trek 7.2FX as well, and can’t wait to get out riding it.
Keep on bloggin’!


128 Jac August 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Are those plum balls grapes??


129 klm April 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

The coffee maker you considered is the one I had forever + loved loved loved. So unique! I am obsessed with the french press + afraid of germs, so I finally gave it away.


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