July 27, 2010

What. A. Day.

Started at 5AM. I actually woke up at 4:51 with excitement!!

We packed our toiletries and made a cup of coffee and were on the road by 6.

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Soon enough!!

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Stretch break!

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Breakfast was eaten around 7 and was this cool cereal mix called Rokit Fuel I was sent a while ago to review. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to use it, and this was certainly it.

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Early in the morning I mixed the Spice Cookie flavor with half a cup of milk and a banana, hoping for an overnight oats effect. You can eat the Rokit raw or mix it with water in its own pouch, or milk, or heat it up. Very convenient for traveling.

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2 hours later it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that good either :( Kind of tasted stale to me, and I thought the ginger was too strong. Matt mixed his with water in a water bottle and I would not recommend that. Some kind of milk is definitely preferred.

10AM snack – rest stop #2

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Some of this as well:

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And I figured I needed some hydration and electrolytes in prep for the big move. I don’t really know a thing about Vitamin Water but at first glance it looked like a good choice for my goals. This flavor was great, but too sweet. I cut it with some water.

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5 hours of driving went by really fast – and look what we found on our street! OUR STUFF!

<3 I missed it so much!!

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We unloaded and unloaded and unloaded and unloaded and unloaded and unloaded and unloaded and unloaded

And then stopped for tinned fish, naturally. What else would you want to eat for fuel when you have no kitchen!? We debated sandwiches and the Whole Foods salad bar, but herring seemed like a better fit.

We LOVEDDDD this flavor of herring!! To bad we don’t have a TJ’s here in Cville yet!!

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There was no water in the house, so we had to make do with hand sanitizer. I’ve also been saving these wipes since the Foodbuzz festival last November!! They came in perfect handy.

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Because we had no water due to a delayed utility truck, we were forced to drink beer. FORCED!!

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Just forked right in with some hot sauce. If you like seafood, you will love herring!! Like mussels and tuna meshed together.

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On the side, cantaloupe from Karen’s and a peach from Bella Eats!!

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Plus Food Should Taste Good Chocolate chips, which we decided should be called "Mole" (even though they don’t have spices in them) and they are really good!

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Chocolate and fish? A winning combo. I promise.

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Andrea was so kind to stop by and say hello – with local peaches and homemade jam!

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Followed by Jess, who came by to greet us and bring some of the biggest muffins I’ve ever seen!! I didn’t get around to tasting one yet (my hands were so dirty!) but I can’t wait to taste one at breakfast!!

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Bowls anyone!?

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This room is the least disastrous right now!

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I could NOT have survived the day without the help of Anna and Crystal!!! New friends to the rescue. They were totally awesome and saved the day for sure. We got most of the kitchen put together. Whew!

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Matt and I have a (one time) tradition of getting pizza and drinking wine the first night in our new house. Appropriately, we picked up some pizza from the new local station shop just a half mile away (Matt walked to get it!) and drank a local wine we’ve loved from the past.

Local food!

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x2 for me!

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Salad was just brought from Karen’s in a ziplock and assembled. Dressed in Garlic Gold! I think I got the girls hooked 😉

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Spicy Pepperoni + Jalapeno

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Wild Mushroom

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LOVED the pizza! My favorite kind of dough. I had one of each flavor.

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We just finished putting together our bed. Sheets are on. I am showered. Air conditioning is now on. My feet are aching. And I cannot wait to go to sleep!!

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Congrats!!! Now the fun can begin of arranging everything! You’re so lucky to have built-in friends already!


2 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Sheets on the bed are the most important thing in a move. Soon everything will have a home. You love order.


3 Susan July 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I agree! Whenever I move, I always make sure I know where the clean bedding is so I can make up the bed.

Love the new place and can’t wait to see it all set up!


4 Dynamics July 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I agree toooooo! The best thing a friend can do is make your bed. The only thing your really HAVE to have in a big move. I had kids and it was a huge, huge delight as their bed were made too.


5 Meg July 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

WOW what a day – congrats for the safe arrival and stretches 😀 I hope all goes well!


6 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Congrats on the big move! Now when are you coming to DC? 😉


7 Dorry July 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

What a day is right! Hope y’all can get some good rest tonight. That pizza looks PERFECT.


8 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) July 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Each time we have moved, I didn’t feel like we were moved in until sheets were on the bed and everything had a home in the kitchen.


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Oh my goodness–I’m tired just READING about your day!! Looks like you got a heck of a lot accomplished though so kudos to you. Welcome to VA, Kath!!


10 Stephanie July 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

this post makes me so happy: (1) Virginia Virginia Virginia! (2) JMU t-shirt – my school! and (3) Veritas wines, we just had this wine at the beach last week!!

you’ll have to head a bit east to short pump/richmond to visit trader joe’s sometime, it’s less than an hour away and such a great shopping area (I live there :) )


11 Samantha July 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Sweeeeeet! Welcome home!


12 Mehr July 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Congrats on the move!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and comment very infrequently, but I just wanted to say good luck with the move and with settling in :)


13 Wendy July 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

After living in limbo for so long, it must be such a relief to finally be able to start getting settled in your own home again. Good luck to you and Matt as you make your new home in Virginia! :)


14 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

How exciting!! I’m so happy for you and Matt to finally be able to settle in.
Those pizzas + wine all totally looked like they were worth the hard labor all day long. 😉


15 Laura @ youngDCliving July 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Congrats on finally arriving/your first night in the house! That pod looks really intimidating to unpack–yowza. It looks like you’re making a lot of progress, though.

That pizza looks incredible! That’s my kind of pizza dough too–not cracker thin, but nice and doughy. Where is it from again?


16 Dynamics July 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I can see many days sitting out on your fantastic porch. I think it is the best part of the house.


17 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie July 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Funny how pizza is such a go-to for moving food. Looks like a lot of progress today.


18 janna @ janna's keeping it real July 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Congrats! It looks lovely so far, as does the pizza!

How wonderful that you had help, and treats provided! =0)


19 Ashley July 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Ohhh man…that pizza seriously looks amazing. haven’t found one like that in CO yet! Dangerous that it’s in walking distance 😉 Glad you’re settling in!!


20 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

My goodness – you have all been so busy! Congrats on what was a big day for you both!


21 Joanna July 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Ahhh, there’s nothing prettier than a black cup of coffee!


22 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog July 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm



23 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Congrats on being in your new place. I was missing your posts, but I new you were moving!


24 Ilana July 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Congrats on your new place in your new hometown! :) Looks like things are off to a wonderful start in cville. Bon nuit!


25 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Wow! It looks like you had a hectic day. Though I have to admit, settling into a new place is always fun and exciting. I love nesting in a new abode. Pizza is the ultimate compliment to moving, especially Margherita pizza as delicious looking as the kind you had tonight!


26 lena July 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Big day! Looks like a great start.


27 Lisa July 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I can smell those pizza’s all the way down here in Australia – my mouths watering just looking at them!


28 Rachel July 28, 2010 at 12:08 am

LOVE that JMU is being represented here on the blog through your new friend’s shirt!! I have so much JMU pride :)

Congrats on your first night in the new home and your first night as Virginians. Welcome to this wonderful state that I’ve called home for my whole life!!


29 Amy @ Amy Starts To Run July 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

Yay for having friends to help! And pizza and wine make everything better. Everything. I swear!


30 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 28, 2010 at 12:39 am

A JMU shirt, Veritas wine, a Welcome to Virginia sign….take me home country roads :)

Hope you love it there!


31 Wei-Wei July 28, 2010 at 12:47 am

I’m glad the first day went well! That pizza looks simply divine. I hope you settle down okay! (Wouldn’t it be awesome if taps ran beer instead of tap water?)



32 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

Congrats on the move! The pizza’s look so delicious :)


33 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 28, 2010 at 1:03 am

pizza is the best unpacking food. then, once you’re settled, chinese food out of takeout boxes!!!


34 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 28, 2010 at 2:03 am

What a day!! Moving is seriously the most tiring thing! Congrats. :) It looks like Cville is welcoming you guys with open arms – so sweet!!


35 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 28, 2010 at 2:08 am

Wooww long day!You must be knackered :p
Herrings and chocolate crackers? That sounds liike the most immense combination ever. 😀


36 Gillbert July 28, 2010 at 3:37 am

That pizza looks beautiful….


37 Becky July 28, 2010 at 3:40 am

Welcome to your new home! Moving days are such a strange combination of earth-shatteringly exhausting and exciting at the same time. Your pizzas look like heaven.


38 Kendel @ Eating Abroad July 28, 2010 at 3:46 am

Welcome Home!
You are truly blessed to already have “built in friends” with your new place. Be sure to cherish them!


39 JL Goes Vegan July 28, 2010 at 4:03 am

Wow, you do it right! Arrive and move in! (Just what we did nine years ago when moving to New York!) Congrats on the move!


40 sarah (the SHU box) July 28, 2010 at 4:23 am

YAYYYY! so excited for you two. the place looks great, and what a start to your new adventure! hope you’ll be up for visitors at some point :) !!


41 erica July 28, 2010 at 4:42 am

congrats on the move! i just moved so i understand how stressful it can be, but you guys seem chipper and stress free! that’s a cute tradition i wish we did…pizza and wine. yum!


42 Kaci Higgins July 28, 2010 at 5:13 am

Congrats!! Glad you had a safe trip! It looks quite stressful yet exciting all at the same time! :-)


43 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

Looks like things went smoothly, yay for friends already!


44 Liz @ Blog is the New Black July 28, 2010 at 5:18 am

Congrats on the move… looks like you find yourself a good neighborhood, at least by pizza standards!!!!


45 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 28, 2010 at 5:34 am

Glad you guys made it and are still sane!


46 Cara July 28, 2010 at 5:38 am

What an ordeal. Driving and Moving can be soooo tiring!
Pizza is good fuel.


47 Janelle July 28, 2010 at 5:45 am

Congrats on the new home! This is my Friday…can’t say I’m looking forward to it!


48 Vivi July 28, 2010 at 6:06 am

how do you find time to blog with your busy life? congrats on your move!


49 Joy July 28, 2010 at 6:06 am

Welcome home! Enjoy


50 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 28, 2010 at 6:15 am

Woohooo!!!!!! This is so awesome!!! I’m sure the unloading unpacking unloading unpacking was a lot of work but a lot of fun at the same time since it’s finally over! Love all the bowls, too..I’m just waiting for my collection to get like if there’s any room. 😛


51 Caitie July 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

Is that big green salad bowl available in your open sky store still? I looked a few times yesterday and couldn’t seem to find it!


52 Kath July 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

It’s not :( I’m so sorry


53 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

Congrats on the move!! You must be so excited…good luck with the rest of the unpacking!


54 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 28, 2010 at 6:26 am

Congratulations on the new place! The adventure continues!


55 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

Yayyy – love the new place – and that pizza looks amazing!!


56 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 28, 2010 at 6:47 am

Your new house looks like such a perfect fit for you guys! Love it.

And those bowls!! So jealous…haha. 😀

Have fun organizing and settling into your new place!! 😀


57 Lauren July 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

Where else than the food blog world would you find fit young ladies willing to work for pizza? Looks like you guys had a good time and the house is looking great. :-)


58 Gena July 28, 2010 at 6:52 am

Congrats on your new home, sweetie!


59 Chelsey July 28, 2010 at 6:57 am

Yay!! That is so great some girls came to help you out – looove that they were willing to help!

Pizza + wine seems like the perfect tradition!! :)


60 Lisa July 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

Congratulations on moving to your new home! It must feel so good to finally have your feet planted again.

I’ve never tried herring, but will add it to my list, since I love sardines. Thanks for the tip.


61 Simply Life July 28, 2010 at 7:14 am

what a day! Good luck with the unpacking!


62 leatitia July 28, 2010 at 7:16 am

The pizza looks so good! it’s 8am and I kind of want a bite.. hehe. I think it means it’s time for breakfast! 😉

Have an amazing first day of organizing in your new house. xx


63 Kelly July 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

How fun! Must feel awesome to have your stuff back!

And that pizza looks amazing! You’re so lucky to have a place like that so close!


64 Christina July 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

I’m so jealous that you’re living in C’ville. I graduated from UVA and went back to get married in the chapel a few weeks ago. If you’re looking for more good pizza be sure to try Christian’s!


65 Stormy July 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

The story on TJs and Charlottesville is that when the new Whole Foods is built and vacates its current location, a TJ’s is going into the current location across from the mall. That story is a few years old, even though I haven’t heard anything more recent.


66 rachael July 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

Hope you had a great first night in your new home!


67 [email protected] July 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

Pizza is a must on a moving day :-) Hope you got some good rest, you deserve it! So happy for you guys.


68 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

Moving day is so exciting! And I love that you have the tradition of wine/pizza for your first night in a new house. So nice that you had help, even though I prefer to pack and unpack all by myself — I like to know EXACTLY where everything is.


69 Samantha Cernock July 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

I like the lemonade vitamin water but find it too sweet too. I like mixing it with seltzer water.


70 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

You must have been so hungry! I don’t think I ‘ve ever seen you eat 3 slices of pizza! Thanks for making me feel more normal though, because I definitely could have had some of each pizza as well- it looks great!

COngrats on finally being moved! :)


71 Rose-Anne July 28, 2010 at 8:13 am

Whee, what a day indeed! Happy nesting, KERF. I am so excited for you. Also, I would like a slice of pizza right now. Just sayin’.


72 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

Whew, sounds like a loaded day! I hope you sleep in today.


73 chrissy July 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

congrats on the move kath, VA is beautiful, you’ll love it! i love the chick wearing a hot pink JMU tee, that’s awesome!


74 Daniel July 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

Congrats on unloading and moving into your new home! It’s such an exhausting process, I hope you take a day or two to relax and take it easy soon, you deserve it! 😀


75 Tracy July 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

Welcome to Virginia! I have lived here for most of my life and I do love it. You have many great offerings in this state and you will enjoy C’ville. Best of luck with your new endeavors!


76 Chiara July 28, 2010 at 8:41 am

Curious to know your reaction to the Vitamin Water Zero. I drank it for the 1st time on Saturday and Sunday and both nights I had really restless sleep. When I woke up Monday I made the connection that the only thing different about my diet/routine was the addition of the Zero Vitamin Water. I didnt drinnk it Monday and my sleep has been back to peaceful. Any ideas on what is in it that could be causing me to have that reaction?


77 Kath July 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hmmm. I have no idea. Is there caffeine on the label??


78 [email protected]:// July 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

Sounds like a busy day. It’s got to be so exciting that you are there, setting up, and starting the next chapter in your life.


79 Makenzie July 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

Just a note about Vitamin Water, I read yesterday about the huge lawsuit the makers (Coca Cola) are facing due the the “health benefits” they list on the bottles. In reality, they’re just not carbonated soda-y sugar-y-ness.

Personally, I see the “ZERO” kind as being worthwhile, but other than that–don’t drink it!


80 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

Congrats on the move! I love how you already unpacked all of the bowls! :)


81 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

Pizza and wine sounds like the PERFECT move-in food, and home renovation food. Actually, when I moved into both my first and second apartments, we had pizza for dinner! I don’t remember what we ate when I moved into my third (current) place. We also had pizza when I helped paint a friend’s apartment. I guess we’ll extend the pizza tradition to our house when we move in two months!


82 Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

I LOVE Veritas wine! We always drink their wine at the VA wine fests our near DC. So exciting to see a familiar bottle on your blog :).


83 Marie July 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

Weird I think I know Crystal from JMU! Can’t point to where exactly, though… but I think we were in the same year. Anyways, WOW on the bowls!!! Haha :) I’m still hoping to stop by Veritas sometime, I hear from everyone that it’s really good.


84 Jen July 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

Just curious, how do you already have new friends there? Lucky!


85 Halie July 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

It’s 8:30 in the morning where I am at the moment, but that pizza looks soooo good! I’m really into the wild mushroom one! Making me hungry for pizza for breakfast!


86 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 28, 2010 at 10:45 am

I am glad unpacking is going well! The muffins looked delicious and HUGE! (Just like Dunkin Donuts makes…Haha!)


87 Kimberley July 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

Congrats on the move! Putting the bed together is THE most sastifying feeling during a move. I always make sure I know exactly where the sheets are and that all of the bedding was packed clean so you can put it on and fall into bed. That and easily locatable toilet paper are a MUST!


88 anonymous July 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Ibuprofen is the proper spelling.


89 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) July 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm

welcome to VA! I hope to meet up with you (again) soon!


90 Rose July 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Glad the move was successful and that you’re settling in!


91 Meagan July 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

“the Whole Foods salad bar” <– OMG how could you pass this up!?!?! I'm in love.


92 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Wow, tough day! At least you had pizza and wine after all that work, makes is more satisfying!


93 Andrea July 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love the JMU pride, too. I’m a Virginia girl at heart since I spent the best 4 years of my life at JMU earning my undergraduate degree. Go Dukes! Congrats on your move to VA!!!!


94 Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Sounds exhausting, but I’m sure all the work was worth it and that bed felt fantastic! Oh, and that pizza looks amazing!


95 Hannah July 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Well done on getting so much of the move done! You guys are stellar! And I love herring – it’s kinda “meatier” than sardines, I think!


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