Home Again, Home Again!

Hello, hello!

I’m back in Chapel Hill and getting organized after my whirlwind few weeks of vacation (stay tuned for a fun recap of it all tomorrow)! I love traveling, but I love my real life, too. :) It’s nice to be home again, especially since I got to see this guy!


Matt and I went for a nice bike ride yesterday after I arrived home from Philadelphia. It was fun — our bikes hadn’t been out to play since our triathlon


Matt was excited to try out his fun new Pittsburgh bike jersey that I got him for his birthday. Cool, huh? :)


Matt’s from Pittsburgh, and we saw this jersey when we were there in Easter and went biking with his parents. I made a mental note to secretly buy it online once we got home :) Hehe.


We biked for about an hour, covering 9-ish miles.

By the time we got back, it was dinner time! We decided to bust out this fun sample I got at the Healthy Living Summit on Saturday.


Quaker was the main sponsor at HLS this weekend, and had a booth set up to give away some samples of new products. Apparently they own Near East — I had no idea! I snagged these new quinoa blends and we tried out the roasted red pepper & basil flavor last night.


Matt cooked up some chicken and veggies for us (just sautéed them in some olive oil, garlic, and various spices) and served the mixture atop the quinoa/brown rice. Deeelish!

We enjoyed dinner out on our patio, watching heat lightning and listening to approaching thunder. Lots of storms around last night! Made for a cozy evening in :)



I’ve spent the morning getting caught up on blog stuff (check out my updated travel page!) and now it’s time to hit the gym and get organized for school — year #2 of grad school starts tomorrow and I’m most definitely not ready yet. Yikes! I have fun plans to meet up with the grad school girls tonight — can’t wait to see them again :)

Have a wonderful day!

p.s. I was nominated as a Top 50 Most Inspirational Healthy Tweep! I’m so honored to be included in such a great list of health-minded people! Please click here to see the list and vote for me? :) And if you aren’t following me on Twitter, I would love if you did!

p.p.s. I added in the nutritional information per bar to my Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars recipe page — check it out! Thanks to reader Jill for calculating it for me :)



  1. 1

    Glad to know the box was worth it. I think I grabbed the other flavor so I’ll be interested to see how it holds up! HLS was super fun with you (you have quite a few cameos in the pics on my blog today, Annie!) and good luck with school tomorrow.

    PS: This post doubleposted to Google Reader randomly, just FYI.

  2. 3

    I just voted for you Anne. Good luck, you are #2 so far, but always #1 in my book.

  3. 5

    congrats on the nomination! I hear ya on being home, I spent all of yesterday afternoon just relaxing before having to pack up and head out again this week :(

  4. 6

    Awww, Matt missed you!! Toly did the same when I got home. Well, he didn’t cook me dinner but he was super sweet all night. Guess they need us more than they think they do. ;)

  5. 8

    Awww that jersey looks great on Matt, you two need match ones!

  6. 9

    I had no idea that Quaker owned Near East! More reason for me to incorporate more Quaker lovin’ into my life ;)

    Congrats on the nomination, Anne!

  7. 10

    Congratulations on your nomination!!! :)

  8. 11

    Congrats on the nomination, well deserved (and of course i put in a vote for you)! Good luck on the second year of your internship; I just started my dietetic internship last week (in Pittsburgh, actually!) so I can totally understand not feeling ready :)

  9. 12

    Glad your home! Good luck with the internship :)

  10. 13

    Good luck Anne. :) Voting now!

  11. 14

    Miss you already! It was so great that we had more time to chat and connect this conference. You’re too awesome…the girl crush feeling is mutual. ;)

    PS – good to know the quinoa blend is yummy. Can’t wait to try it myself!

  12. 16

    Good luck!!! :D

    (p.s. I love your heart-shaped dinner! And I can’t wait to give the quinoa mix a try. That would be perfect for a quick hiking meal, I’m thinking. :D )

  13. 18

    Hey Anne! I just realized we have the same bike! Fun-fun!

    PS. Mine’s name is Eleanor! Lexa was too common for me!

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