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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Sweet Home Virginia.

Ohhh my gossshh I have so much to tell you guys about!!  Sorry for the disappearing act – I am JUST now getting internet access!  Let’s start at the beginning…

Thursday night, Casey and I wanted to get the entire truck packed up, so we spent our last night in the house sleeping straight on the rock hard floor, with just a pillow and blankets.  I barely slept a wink, and when the alarm went off at 5am I was already so anxious about the move.  We spent about an hour getting every last little thing into the cars and truck, and then said our final goodbyes to our big blue house on Brynmar.

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My mom and I cleaned every nook and cranny so that the house would look fabulous when we left.

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Casey headed out first since he wanted to get a head start, so I waved goodbye in the darkness of the morning. 

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The funny part is that just seconds after I took this picture, I heard a horrible SCRAPE sound, to discover that our moving truck actually bottomed out at the bottom of our driveway.  About ten minutes of panic and the threat of having to UNLOAD the entire truck later, Casey announced that he had an idea.  He gunned the truck out of it’s stuck position in the ditch of our driveway, and then built a bridge out of a rolled up rug and some wood planks, to propel the truck over the dip where the driveway meets the street.  It was HORRIBLE and I was holding my breath, but it worked!  He is a genius.  I waved him on and he headed north!

Back inside, I said goodbye to my kitchen.  So many great cooking memories in this house.

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Recognize this image?

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Thank god for my mom, I never could have managed the cleaning and the dogs without her. 

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We wanted to give Casey a good lead, so the two of us decided to take the dogs for one last walk around the old hood.  They were VERY excited and incredibly anxious.  The empty house made them so nervous!

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One mile later, we piled into the car and headed toward our new home!  The dogs were not totally convinced that this was a good thing.

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Before long, we took our first break for some much needed coffee.  At this point I had been running on three days of hard-core physical exertion and VERY little sleep.

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One of the things I was most nervous about for this trip was physically getting the dogs there.  When we moved from OH to NC I drove them in the back of our Honda, which was NOT a pleasant experience.  I was crossing my fingers that the combination of more space in the SUV plus cushy dog beds would be a better scenario.  They were a little anxious at first…

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And did a bit of bouncing off the walls…

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But within about ten minutes they had calmed down and were happy to snooze in the backseat. 

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Meanwhile, I had mom behind me following the caravan.  It was so helpful to have her to help with the dogs at the gas stations and stops.

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I stopped to let them out after about 4 hours, and found this fun grassy area where I actually ran them for a bit to burn off some energy.  The other folks pump
ing their gas thought we were insane.

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Before I knew it, Virginia welcomed me!  MY NEW HOME STATE!!

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Unfortunately, Virginia also made me sleepy.  Or perhaps that was the 36 hours with almost zero sleep catching up to me.  Either way, I got a disgusting sugar-free energy drink out of sheer desperation.

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My mom tried to get away with eating a Snickers ice cream bar and NOT have it documented on the internet.  Doesn’t she know me?

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A little over six hours of driving later, I pulled into Old Town, Alexandria and immediately remembered how much I LOVE IT here!  It is seriously the cutest neighborhood I’ve ever seen.  And here’s what you’ve actually been waiting for this whole time – pictures of our NEW HOUSE!

I only have a few for now, but trust me there are many many more to come.  Starting with the main side of our beautiful, updated kitchen.

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Bright, sunny living room with a working wood-burning fireplace…

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Big master bedroom, which we are actually going to use as an office and guest room combo…

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My personal favorite room – the most amazing bathroom EVER!  Check out that soaking tub and the double headed shower…

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And the third floor loft room, which will be used as our bedroom…

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After I ran around and took pictures, we got to unloading.  It was a nightmare.  My muscles and energy were just so dead from moving everything INto the truck, and I had so little left to give for the move out.  One of our biggest obstacles was this box spring, which we tried to get to the third floor. 

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About two hours of attempting and one sawing incident later, we determined that the box spring was NOT going to make it up the steps.  I had a minor breakdown and then decided that it was just a bed, and life would go on.  The box spring now lives in a dumpster and our mattress is on the floor – sad.  We ended up unloading a little over half the truck before declaring ourselves too tired to continue, and left the rest for the morning.   

Casey ran to the store to get snacks and dinner, and while my food itself is undocumented, I can assure you that the majority of it was eating about half of this huge baguette smeared with jelly.  Delicious, indeed.

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That’s it for day one!  Much more to show you tomorrow – things are starting to come together!  But for now, I really need a good night’s sleep.

Thank you so much to everyone for all the warm wishes and happy thoughts!  It’s so fun to share it with you guys.  Can’t wait to unpack my kitchen and COOK again!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 5:07 pm

Glad you got to your new home safe and sound! That’s the most stressful part- the transit, I think. I’m the same way, if I don’t have access (and control) to a kitchen for awhile I get a little antsy to cook :-)


Billy     at 5:32 pm

Hope you get to break in the Mt Vernon trail while we are having this nice temperature here in the area.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

YES! I found it Sunday morning – amazing!


Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit     at 5:33 pm

How exciting to be moving! Your new house looks so cozy & cute! I can’t wait to see pictures once you’re settled in =)

…and that tub! I can only imagine how great itll feel to soak in there after a long run!

Cute puppies too!


Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 6:38 pm

What a mammoth day :) Congrats guys!


Tina     at 9:17 pm

I hate moving and all the stressful things it brings. It never seems to go 100% smoothly. At least it always feels SO good when its done and you can get settled into making the house a home. :)


Babs     at 11:22 pm

that shower rocks :)


Samantha Cernock     at 9:09 am

I LOVE your new kitchen and bathroom.


Lindsay     at 10:09 am

You are very welcome! Thanks for the shout out :) I hope you’ll have a No. VA/DC meet up!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yes! Hopefully soon!!


Ashley     at 8:43 pm

I was sitting here showing my fiancee pictures of your lovely place and he came up with a good idea! Apparently they sell split box springs. Might be worth looking into if you’d prefer not to sleep on the floor! :)

Love the pictures of your new home and neighborhood!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I have heard that too – might be something to consider! Thanks!


Laura     at 9:50 pm

Your new place is sooo cute! I’m excited to see how it all comes together:)


Brynne     at 9:47 am

AH your new houselooks beauitful! especially the kitchen :)


Cati @ crave and create     at 6:45 pm

Oh, your house is beautiful! I’m just catching up after a busy week x2, and I’m having fun moving vicariously with you. :-) Moving is SO stressful, but so exciting at the same time!


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Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)     at 5:08 pm

how did I miss this post?! I’ve been a loyal reader for forever! ;) Your new house looks awesome, and the old one was very pretty too!

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