Still Warm From The Sun

July 16, 2010

First we biked up hills.

Then down hills.

It was exhausting. And hotter out today!

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Got stopped by trains. Small town life!

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Then we toured the GYM!

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Which has an infinity pool on the roof

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And was also SUPER expensive. Not sure if I’m going to join!!

Then we went to Whole Foods – to test the waters!! I drooled on everything…

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Clearly Jenna had beat me to the store..SOLD OUT of Carrot Cake Larabars!

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Then we met Miss Bella Eats for lunch!! She’s the best – and takes AMAZING food photos!!

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She took us to Blue Ridge Country Store on the downmall – a charming little old fashioned store with a Whole Foods worthy salad bar!!!

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I built this masterpiece

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And drank this tea, honestly

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And for dessert, we ate Andrea’s blackberries picked from the bush just hours before. So fresh, juice and still warm from the sun.

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Went to a house appointment ….saved the best for last ;)

We stopped into Arch’s for GOOEY BROWNIE!! Grasshopper (minty) + Chocolate Cake Moo Cow Lite ice cream swirl (I don’t even know what that means except it’s light in calories and fat) with gooey brownie batter like topping. Nothing other than amazingness. We debated our housing options.

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Then we verbally signed a lease on our dream cottage!!

Just check out this porch:

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A Craftsman Bungalow (which I have always DREAMED of living in!) with hardwood floors,  beadboard, beautiful paint colors, a killer front porch (rocking chairs included!), an awesome deck with fenced in yard and a vegetable garden!! A cute interior. 3 small bedrooms, 1.25 baths (my big sacrifice). It’s not as close to downtown as I would have wanted (2.5 miles) but it’s totally bikable (we biked it 4 times!) and in a really nice, cute charming neighborhood dotted with bungalows. It’s also lacking closet space big time, but has tons of storage in a nice basement and one car garage. Its charm and yard won us over! Moving in July 26 or 27!!

More later! Off to celebrate.

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1 Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Wow, congratulations! The front porch looks so quaint! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

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2 Rosey Rebecca July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! Glad you found your dream house! So excited for you!

The picture of you kissing your ice cream is great!

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3 emily July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Congrats!!!!! We are moving that weekend as well, on my birthday actually (the 24th)!

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4 Laura July 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm

YAY! Congrats. It looks amazing. (The house, I mean. Not the brownie sundaes ;))

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5 Simply Life July 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Congrats! That salad and ice cream look like they made the day even more perfect!

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6 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

A HUGE congrats on the house!!!
And that brownie topping… OMG.

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7 Evan Thomas July 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Those ice creams look freaking incredible

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8 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I love front porches. I want one so bad. Glad you picked a place that fits your needs and will work for your move.

And the biking looks great. I love bikeable cites.

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9 Sheri July 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Congrats on finding a house! I love that porch..I love porches that big on old houses! I can’t wait to see more about it.

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10 Sara July 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Congrats on finding a place to live in Charlottesville! I lived there for about 8 months back in 2007. I LOVE Charlottesville. There are so many things to do! You must go to the Market on Saturday mornings and get some fresh, hot donuts! You should also try the samosas from The Shebeen, a South African restaurant. And pay a visit to the Bellaire Market. I used to stop by there and pick up a sandwich for picnic food when I would go hiking off of Skyline Drive!

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11 Kathy W. July 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm

LOVE that porch swing! Congratulations, you guys!!

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12 Marie July 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Awesome! I’d LOVE a front porch like that one day– and I absolutely adore Craftsmen-style homes. So cool that you’re going to be in Cville! I live in Lynchburg and my boyfriend’s family lives in Cville so we visit often (I particularly like to stop by that Wholefoods ;). Can’t wait to check out your Great Harvest! Definitely looking forward to it opening. Congrats on finding a place :) (and WHY have I never been to Arch’s? My goodness!).

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13 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

yay! i’m ga ga over craftsman bungalows too. los angeles is lousy with them but unfortunately they’re all $$$$

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14 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com July 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

What a cute sounding house!! AND Whole Foods close by?! LUCKY! And that brownie treat is DEFINITELY food porn. YUM :D

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15 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Congrats Kath! That’s so exciting. Your dessert looks insanely delicious too :)

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16 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

That infinity pool on the roof looks amazing!

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17 Dynamics July 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

That porch would have sold me along with the garden….Congrats!

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18 Rachel July 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Congrats on the home!! What an exciting adventure :)

And Arch’s gooey brownie! I am SO super jealous! It’s probably my favorite spot to visit when I’m in C’Ville!

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19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

That is a dream house of ours too…one day. Now we have to wait until the kids are out of the house. It sounds great and I am really happy for you two! The food there looks incredible too! I think you may have found your perfect place to live! Congrats and enjoy the evening!

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20 Teacherwoman July 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Congratulations on signing your lease! I can’t wait to see more pics of the place!

And btw, I am drooling over that dessert…

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21 The Wife of a Dairyman July 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Wow! That was a quick and adorable find! Can’t wait to see the inside:) That ice cream looked amazing….anything with ‘Moo’ in the title I like ;)

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22 Jess Broaddus July 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Kath! I love your blog–Alice Cross introduced me to it a few years ago. You are going to really enjoy living in Charlottesville. I’m working here this summer, and it has been wonderful. In fact, I think I might have seen you and Matt today? Biking down Main Street? I am going to add some restaurants to what I’m sure must be an ever-growing list for you: Blue Moon Diner, Mas, and Orzo. Congrats finding a house! I hope the move is smooth and that you enjoy the end of the summer.

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23 Kath July 17, 2010 at 6:42 am

Hey Jess!!! I’m sure that was us you saw :) Hope we can get together after we move?

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24 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm

oh my goodness, ADORABLE! i love love love it…but it’s even better knowing that you guys adore it :)

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25 erica July 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

congrats on finding your dream home! don’t you love finding something that’s just so perfect for you?

and holy gooey brownie goodness! i just drooled all over my keyboard. that looks ridiculously amazing!

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26 Sally Mae July 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!! So glad you found an awesome place. My husband and I live in a craftsman bungalow in WI and we absolutely love it:) Tons of charm!!!!!!

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27 Andrea [bella eats] July 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Yay! I had such fun with you and Matt today…looking forward to more KERF/BellaEats gatherings in the future! Maybe in your super-cute new house, since you’re only a mile away from mine! :)

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28 Kath July 17, 2010 at 6:42 am

1 mile!!! Yay!

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29 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary July 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

YAYAYAYAYAYAY! Congrats KAth :D

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30 Mama Pea July 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I love Andrea. Little known fact…okay, you already know this I’m sure…Andrea and Meghann are cousins!

Congrats on the house. I’m hitting WF for dinner myself, and if they don’t have the new Larabars, I’m going to cry into my hot bar.

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31 Kath July 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

I did know that! :)

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32 Susan July 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Yay! Such good news, what an adventurous time for the KERF/Kanz household! The house sounds perfect, can’t wait to see what ya’ll do with a vegetable garden!!
Congrats!

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33 Jess. July 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm

can’t wait to see pics of the inside! looks adorable. Congratulations!!!

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34 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm

LOVE craftsman bungalow! Thats what we have and its so worth the money!!!

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35 Katheryn July 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Congratulations on the house!

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36 janna July 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

CONGRATS! What a cute little porch, major score!!!

that ice cream. WOW. just wow….

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37 Camille July 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Congrats on your house!
And also congrats on eating perhaps the most delicious looking brownie type thing I have ever seen in my life. I applaud you.

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38 Cindy July 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Kath, The porch is great! I know that you and Matt will really enjoy your new home!

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39 Kelsey (Nourishing Noshes) July 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Love the front porch! I would definitely sacrifice some interior space for a nice exterior ;) Congrats, Kath!

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40 Anna Lee July 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Blessings to you both in your new home!

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41 Exercise and Eat July 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Congrats on finding a home!

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42 Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Congrats Kath!!!!! What a wonderful day :)

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43 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Aw the place sounds so perfect! :) Congrats!

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44 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen July 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hooray!!!!!

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45 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations!! That porch is just gorgeous! Definitely would have been a dealmaker for me :-D

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46 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Congratulations glad you can breath a sigh of relief. That snack is out of this world.

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47 Mary Frances July 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Congratz…so happy 4 U !

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48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Yayyy that’s so exciting you got the house. That porch is amazing!

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49 Eileen July 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Congratulations! The house sounds wonderful … I love Craftsman bungalows.

Your food and biking adventures look pretty fab, too.

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50 tanya July 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

That frozen yougurt looks so good,esp for a summer day.

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51 Nelly July 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm

…how does one have a quarter bathroom? Is it only the sink?

The delicious eats and house news are awesome, that just caught my eye ;P

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52 Kath July 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

It’s a half bath in the basement but it’s not enclosed. Just toilet + sink with a screen.

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53 Tracey July 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Oh, it’s wonderful! So happy for you guys. :)

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54 Laura (Starloz) July 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Oh oh, trains. lovely.

Wholefoods is a dream, serious dream.

Bella’s photography makes me smile.

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55 gina (fitnessista) July 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

whoo hoo! congrats on finding a house! it sounds PERFECT :)
and that yogurt creation? holy foodgasms
have a great night <3

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56 Jordan July 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Congrats on finding a house! Craftsman bungalows are my favorite, but the downside IS the lack of storage/closet space if it’s an original. :( The basement is a big plus though!

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57 Joy Tanksley July 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Congrats on the lovely home!

ACAC rocks. Totally worth the money. I’ve been a member at many different gyms, both here and in other towns, and ACAC is the best. Oh, I’m going to miss it SO VERY MUCH.

Gooey brownie, huh? Well, you’re definitely having the full C’ville experience. :)

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58 Suzanne July 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

CONGRATS!!! Love the porch. Can’t wait to see the inside! :)
That brownie topping looks killer.

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59 Wei-Wei July 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Congratulations! The front porch looks very cute and very you! But… I’m honestly more attracted to that GOOEY brownie in this post. Those are my favourite kind of brownies. :D

Wei-Wei

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60 Katie July 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Congratulations on the new place!

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61 Angela (ohsheglows) July 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Ahhh congrats!!! That happened so fast!! =) It sounds lovely :)

It sounds like you will be living the country life like us…I get stopped by a train at LEAST once a day…hahah. Good times. Wait til you get stopped by a 5-10 min train while on a run! A nice excuse for a break. We have very long trains here.

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62 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Well, wasn’t that EASY!! How many places do you look at? …and I thought house-hunting was hard.

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63 Heather July 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm

so glad you found soemthing. can’t wait to see more pics!

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64 Leanne July 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

So great that you found a place and that salad looks delicious!!

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65 Hannah July 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Oh my heavens, I can’t believe I did an exchange year at UVA and never went to Arby’s! What is WRONG with me?!

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66 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie July 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm

What a reason for treat. Congrats!! The new place looks cute.

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67 teens eat July 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Omg! All of those bars are amazing :) Hopefully you will get to try some soon. Whit and I tried the cookie dough one and it was awesome. We are already planning to make some homemade ones. I thought since you and Matt loved our “Lara” bars we sent you guys then maybe you would like to try to make our Fruit and Nut KIND bars They were so awesome :P

-Court

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68 Ann Liu July 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

The infinity pool looks like it has an amaaazing view and the place looks adorable! Your pictures make me want to move there too!

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69 Kaci Higgins July 17, 2010 at 5:57 am

Oh my goodness your salad & brownie ice cream dessert look out of this world!! I wish I could reach through the computer screen & take a bite!!

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70 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

What a fab day – hit up Whole Foods, met a fellow blogger, had a yummy salad and divine ice cream! All topped off with finding your dream house. Perfect!

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71 Cheri July 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

I’m so happy for you! My dream house is a craftsman bungalow with a big ol’ porch.

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72 Meghann July 17, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hi Andrea! :) I think you’ve seen my cousin more in the last two years than I have!

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73 Ally July 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

Yay! My husband and I live in a Bungalow (Craftsman like) north of Chicago in Evanston near Northwestern University and we love it! Congrats!

LOVE you blog, BTW :)

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74 Danielle July 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Yea! How exciting :)

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75 Melissa @ HerGreenLife July 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Congrats on the new place! Charlottesville looks like a fun place to live — bikeable, good farmers’ market, and fun places to eat!

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