Getting Settled & On the Road Again

Friends — thank you all for the amazing comments on my last post. It means a lot to me :)

Hello from the road! No rest for the weary — Matt and I are currently on our way to upstate New York for a wedding! We flew from Raleigh to Newark this morning, then flew on to Rochester where we met up with friends, rented a car, and are now driving the couple hours to the finger lakes. Matt’s high school friend is marrying my college friend, so it’s going to be a huge party of all my college buddies and all our joint DC friends. We’re staying in a big house — I’m excited! But I wish it weren’t this weekend… so exhausted and our new place is still a disaster. Bah.


I promise I’ll show more pictures once it’s all cute and set up!

All went well with the move. As you guys probably gathered, Matt moved with me :) He works in consulting and travels a lot for work anyway, so he’ll be continuing to work up in DC Mon-Thurs and down in NC with me the rest of the time. Perfect solution! Here he is being manly and putting together a cabinet :)


Also, a big thank you to the amazing Caitlin and her fiancé for helping us lug all our crap inside on Tuesday! It’s amazing that someone I only know via Twitter was nice enough to offer help. It was such a life saver, especially for the huge heavy bedroom furniture!


Caitlin — I promise next time we hang out it won’t involve lugging furniture and heavy boxes in 100 degree heat :)

Matt and I spent Wednesday frantically unpacking and making Target runs, and then yesterday I headed off to campus for my first of two orientations!


Pretty campus :) I feel like UNC is a ginormous version of Dickinson, where I did my undergrad (heart!). 

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After getting super lost and missing the lunch part of orientation, I finally got my act together and attended two sessions on health insurance and “grad student life.” Good times!

And then I got my official UNC student ID card! Woohoo! The photo actually came out cute, too! That NEVER happens :)


And then, last night, Matt and I made our first meal in our new kitchen :) Love this plate (it’s Matt’s)!


There’s a small farmers market right by our apartment, so we picked up some fun local produce for the dinner!

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That’s actually “thai basil” instead of regular basil! It has such a delicious flavor. Yum!

Other ingredients: Quinoa pasta and a tiny box of kamut pasta that was a sample from the Healthy Living Summit:


And oregano, artichokes, olive oil, and organic tomato sauce! 


We just sautéed all the chopped veggies in a pan with some garlic, thai basil, oregano, and olive oil/cooking spray:


Then added in the tomato sauce and artichoke hearts:


We also added in some local sausage, also purchased at the farmer’s market! Matt cooked it in a separate pan with some cooking spray and garlic, and when it was ready, drained the fat out and added it into the veggie/tomato sauce mix!


Serve atop pasta :)


Yum! The kamut pasta was especially fun because it was tiny and perfect for fitting on forks! :) Heh.

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:) So far I’m a fan of the new kitchen!

Time to enjoy the road trip. Catch you guys later! It is AMAZING weather here — beautifully sunny and NOT humid… FINALLY! :)


  1. 1

    That pasta is adorable. Enjoy the wedding! And good luck with all the unpacking and settling in.

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    aw, i so miss my college ID! one of the best ID pics i ever had… :)

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    Ahhhhhh! You live with a boy!!! No more opening jars, and lifting heavy stufff! Not that you are not hardcore enough, you just don’t have to ;)

    I hope you bought a new backpack :)!!!

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    Ahhhh, the onecard! Yay!! So glad to see you’re getting settled, Anne. Man, I miss it so much. Enjoy every bit of CH, I’m glad it’s off to such a good start! Have a blast at the wedding, too. :)

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    Where in the finger lakes are you going?? I’m from Ithaca :)

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    Have a blast this weekend! I <3 weddings. We are going to a great Italian place tonight with friends and your dinner made me really excited for a tasty pasta dish. :)

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    katie didit says

    I just moved from Chapel Hill to Syracuse (~40 minutes from the Finger Lakes). I’m sure that will be a beautiful wedding! I also loved my onecard photo!! Don’t like any of the other id’s I’ve had in life, but I liked that one! And I took the picture on the day I moved in — 104* outside! Can’t wait until you get back and you’re all settled…I want to see you explore all my favorite spots :)

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    UNC has such a beautiful campus. You’re going to love it.

    Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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    I graduated from UNC in 2009, and seeing pictures of campus is making me all teary-eyed from my desk in NYC! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – nothing beats the view from the Quad or catching the Old Well at sunset :) I can’t wait to keep seeing more of my favorite CH spots pop up on your blog! Have a fantastic Friday!

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    Have fun at the wedding! I loooove that chair in the picture of you apartment. Congrats on being an official grad student- it’s fun.

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    That pasta is so cute! Have a great time at the wedding, sorry to hear about your cousin, hugs.

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    Hahaha – I just realized that we totally should have done a picture *before* all of us got soaked in sweat :) Have fun at the wedding!

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    Seriously, the first picture looks exactly like my new apartment. Where the door is and everything. Strange. You sure you didn’t move to PA? ;-)

    I am in the same boat with the unpacking. It’s so stressful isn’t it? Right when you think you’re close to being done, something else pops up. Hang in there and that’s very exciting about your ID. My new employee ID’s picture is nice too :-) I was happy about that! Have a GREAT weekend!

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    Congrats on the new apt, ID, and adventure!!

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    I love those mini noodles! So cute and fun. Good luck with getting settled, remember it always feels more messy before it gets clean.

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    Glad you are all moved in! Have a great weekend!

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    Your apt. looks like it has great potential – and your I.D. picture looks just like you. I haven’t seen any pictures of you that weren’t gorgeous. Matt is cute as pie, I want to pinch his cheeks, they look pinch-able. Take care

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    I liked the pictures with the pasta on the fork. Now I know I am not the only one that does cool stuff like that! LOL! ;-)

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    Great update, glad you’re getting settled, nice chow, and safe travels! And, yes, pasta on the fork photos are the ticket!

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    UNC looks pretty. one of my BF’s went to Dickinson and I thought it was very pretty when I visited her.

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    How exciting to be starting up at UNC. It looks beautiful, and your place looks great too (even for a work in progress!). That is so super nice of Caitlin to help out with the unloading! This community is amazing :)
    Have a great time upstate at the wedding!

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    I am dying to know which part of upstate NY you’re in because I grew up and lived there until I was 19. It’s gorgeous!! I am from a teeny town south of Rochester called Honeoye.

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    Congrats on the new place! I’m sure you’ll have it all set up in no time. That’s great that Matt is able to flex his time like that! Plus it allows you some quiet time for studying M-Th. PS I really want to go on a wine tour at the Finger Lakes. I hear they have a great wine community!

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    congrats on the move! and yeaaaahhhh chapel hill. when you come back, let me know if you are up for a run/wine/loyo outing sometime!

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    Your pictures make me miss UNC so much. I went for undergrad. It’s an awesome and beautiful place!!

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    those fresh veggies loook delicious!

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    glad to see that the FANNetastic food kitchen is neat and ready for business…the other rooms will eventually fall in place… I liked the pasta shots…two different styles for two different people -straight tine vs the alternating tine? Interesting.

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    Such a pretty ID pic! And that campus is beautiful, too!

    Your pasta looks so good! Love all the veggies!

    I’m just catching up on posts and I’m so sorry about your cousin. My uncle passed away a few summers ago from the same thing, so I can sort of empathize. I won’t dwell on it because I know it’s hard to think about. Just know that you’re in my thoughts.

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    Congrats on the move and good luck with your first week of school! I made the almond butter banana bars and the healthy deviled eggs yesterday. Both are big hits at school :) So fANNEtastic!


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