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 fiancÃ© 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!).
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!
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 sautÃ©ed 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.
A preview of where the magic happens:
🙂 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! 🙂