We’re In Our House!

Well, we’ve finally gotten settled in our new house! It’s been a few weeks since the move-in day and I already feel more at home there than I’ve ever felt anywhere. Seriously, I’ve started regressing to old childhood habits, like rushing home to watch ABC Family and have an after-work snack. I guess this was to be expected?

Some things I’ve already learned from living in a house versus an apartment.

  • Work dem legs, gurl! Granted, I moved into a house that is a great deal larger than my old apartments, but still…I was not at all prepared for how tiring it would be to walk from one floor to another. My god, man, the stairs.
  • The silence. Living in dorms and apartments taught me to drown out the external sounds (i.e. stupid-ace neighbors). It’s not something I ever really learned to ignore, but it definitely was something I’d adjusted to. Now, I notice I sleep better, relax more and just have a more comfortable feeling walking around my home.
  • The great outdoors. Actually being able to walk out into a yard may seem like a simple act, but not to a former apartment dweller. The feeling of walking through grass and it being our own is totally cool!
  • Security.  Every time I signed a lease, I knew that at any point, someone could walk into my apartment. Being in a home allows us the security of knowing that nobody will ever walk in unannounced again! Granted, it was nice having someone come in to change air filters and such, but I’d rather do that than wonder if someone is snooping through my stuff any day!

I could go on and on, but the best part is this:

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Karen and Grace are happy!

So there you have it. The Morris/Miller household (soon-to-be Miller-only household) is up and running!

Smooth Moves

A few weeks ago when I was carpooling with Alex, his sister graciously offered me a homemade smoothie to-go before we headed off to work for the day. I accepted and watched her get to blendin’. I’m always interested in new smoothie recipes, and let me tell you, her’s is great! Here are the ingredients.

  • handful of spinach leaves
  • handful of red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 medium sized banana
  • 1/2-3/4 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 4-5 baby carrots
  • 3/4-1 cup of almond milk
  • few cubes of ice

I’ve always been on the “spinach in my smoothie” train, but I never thought to throw carrots in! I took a big gulp of the smoothie and couldn’t believe how sweet it was. The grapes, banana and carrots, mixed with the vanilla protein powder really made for a milkshake-esque drink. I chugged it down before work and felt totally satisfied until lunchtime. I started recreating this drink last week and had one every single day. Yum! The only bummer is that my Magic Bullet takes a little longer to crunch up ice. Maybe I’ll have to consider registering for a Ninja! I hear such good things about them.

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Anyway, today I decided to mix it up and do strawberries instead of grapes and carrots. It wasn’t as sweet, but definitely delicious and filling. If you aren’t on the smoothie train, I highly recommend you give them a try. It’s the perfect breakfast for summer, because it really helps cool you down.

In other news, Alex and I are preparing to move into our first house together very soon. Yay!!! Alex is tackling the hard part — the paperwork — while I’m handling the home maintenance stuff, like picking out furniture, switching over utilities, etc. I’m also in charge of moving the cats, so maybe our jobs are equally challenging in this process…

Grace Soon

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Yesterday I went over to Ashley Furniture at the University Town Center and started browsing for a new couch. I’m particularly torn between a sectional and just getting a couch and loveseat set. Here’s what I found I liked the most.

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There was a section I didn’t snap a photo of, but it looked a lot like the fabric in the last photo above. I like all of these sets for different reasons. The main reason I like them all is the fabric. My cats have claws and no matter how much I try to deter them, they always manage to leave picks in my furniture. These fabrics are sturdy and would show less imperfections from my little furry roommates. Another reason I like them is because they are all darker colors. Light furniture, while beautiful, gives me anxiety that I just can’t handle. I’ll stick to grays and dark browns, thanks.

So the decision must be made! Hopefully we’ll get this sorted out so I can start thinking about accent colors!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Toss in veggies with your smoothie to get some of your daily serving knocked out first thing in the morning. Carrots are nice for adding sweetness and spinach is great, because you can’t even taste it.

Officially Moved

I’m going to keep this brief, but I am officially moved into my new place. I have several things to take care of, but for the most part, the unpacking process is going relatively smoothly. The girls have adjusted, which is great; however they’ve become ultra, super-duper divas from all of the pampering they have been receiving. Lesson learned!

In other news, I haven’t been able to get any running in, which is a major bummer. The good news is that I’m within walking distance to my gym now and plan to spend some time there this evening. It’s weird how moving means I physically stop moving. (I also blame sore muscles from moving boxes. Hey, at least it was a sort-of workout!)

I promise I’ll get back on track with everything (blogging, healthy eating, running, etc.) soon!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Exercise before eating. Even a ten minute walk can decrease your appetite and prevent you from over eating.