Moving Confessions [and Giveaway]

by Sarah on May 26, 2013 · 30 comments

I received a text from Melissa the other day that queried, simply, “When are you moving?”

My response? “That requires an e-mail, not a text.”

See, I’m moving now.

And then again. And again.

despite appearances, my move is (sadly) NOT sponsored by

My lease ends this weekend, but school (AKA my job) doesn’t end until mid-June.

So I’ll be semi-homeless for awhile (meaning I have a place to store my stuff, and different place to store ME.)

And then I’ll be back and forth between Charlottesville and my parents’ homes, and potentially on a road trip with my sister.

I can’t really keep track of it all either, but eventually I’ll move (for the three hundredth time this summer) to Alabama. Eventually.

Until then, we can take a moment to reflect on the crazy that I continue to be every time I pack up and go with these moving confessions.


I still spend a lot of time cooking

mojito minto avocado dip

…that should probably be used for packing.

eggplant + summer squash quinoa cakes w. roasted tomatoes + spinach


There has been a serious internal debate raging as to the fate of Guapo and Goldie:

Does a PhD student really need Goldfish-shaped snack containers?

I just might.


I do not, however, have any issues packing my Chobani Champions lunchbox.

Mostly because all of my bars fit perfectly inside.

But if I am being honest, I must confess that I know there are more bars in my office at school, and many that I brought back from Blend, and it stresses me out a bit to know I will have to have a second bar container.


Once I’ve sorted and decided what needs to go to Goodwill, I have to take it immediately or else I will second guess my decision and end up carrying 25 pairs of shoes I never wear across the country for a third time.

However, I also sometimes give away things I probably shouldn’t because I don’t want to deal with them. [This is why I didn’t have a bed for nine months after the last move.]


I always end up packing tons of unopened food.

And not just for ‘travel snacks.’

confession: this is not the only box like this

Hey, I’m going to be a student again. I might as well start my new life with a stocked pantry before turning to Kraft mac & cheese and ramen noodles, right?


It might help if I didn’t stockpile food to begin with.

But you really wouldn’t be able to tell from my kitchen-or my grocery store visits--these past few weeks that I’m going anywhere but a bomb shelter.

Good thing I pretty much subsist on melon these days, so I’m not worriedabout finishing these. [A similarly sized second cantaloupe was almost entirely consumed within 8 hours.]

please note mr. frog staring at me with judgement in those beady eyes

(Also, I can take food with me to my temporary abode, so there’s no pressure to do the whole ‘completely purge the pantry, fridge, and freezer routine.)


It seemed a brilliant move to use dried fruit instead of newspaper as padding for my dishware.

And also to label clearly so that my pots and pans don’t end up in the uneducated kitchen by accident.


Apparently I didn’t pay very close attention to this note from Maddy at Love Grown she put in a love drop months ago.

I guess I was supposed to spread the love and not forget I even had keep these coupons. (Go figure.)

So…how about I just give them away now?

For a chance to win either a free bag of Love, or a coupon for $1.00 offplus some individually-sized packagesleave a comment with YOUR confession for today. It can be about moving, or the rate at which you consume melon, or the fact that you often prefer made-for-TV romantic comedies to most thought-provoking ‘films.’ I don’t care.

I will choose my favorite. It won’t be random.

Mostly because I don’t feel like setting up a Rafflecopter, but also because…why NOT actually pick the BEST entry for once?

If you’re lucky, I might even throw in some of the random bars that won’t fit in my Chobani lunchbox, too. :)

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Anna@ActiveFingers May 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

Happy moving! When I move, I refuse to take pictures off of my wall until the last moment possible. My place no longer feels like home when I take everything off of the walls. This habit had one of my landlords concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to get all of my stuff out on time.

Debbie (Accidently Delish) May 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

sweetie i am so excited for your move and your new adventure!! you need to email me some details because i’m dying to know how things are going and how you’re doing!! i really think this move will be an amazing experience for you!

oh and like i would say no to free stuff. trust me, i know the poor student life and i have no shame. haha.

Lacey @ Life Hands You Limes May 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

haha can i have multiple confessions?
Forgive me Sarah, for I have sinned (well, not really but I was just at my sister’s graduation from a catholic college sooo…)
-I am a tea klepto. aka every time I go into a building that has free tea bags and water in the waiting room, I sneak a few-okay like 3-7, tea bags into my purse, on the off chance that I ever run into a cup of hot water that needs flavoring.
-I eat an absurd amount of watermelon. and kabocha. often on the same day (like a quarter of a melon and half a squash). It leads to bloating but I have yet to learn my lesson. I have no self control.
-On pinterest, the board where I save all the recipes I want to make is a secret board, because most of the people who follow me don’t know I blog and I am secretly afraid of being judged for saving so many recipes. That I will probably never actually get around to…
okay thats all for now haha! Good luck with moving, I’m so excited for you!!

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate May 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Haha I am the exact same way with both the tea and the kabocha!

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate May 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

My confession for the day: I had a mini crisis this morning when I ran out of gummy multivitamins. Okay, that’s a lie. I had a full blown, anxiety-attack worthy crisis and proceeded to rewrite my entire grocery list so that I could fit gummy vitamins of Ar at the top of the list oin all caps. Yes, I wish I was kidding too.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I went to hot yoga today (that’s not my confession), it was amazing but I’m pretty sure it left me the sweatiest I’ve been in a long time (if ever)! And while many would probably hurry home to take a shower, I hurried home to eat lunch and sit on my computer catching up on blog posts in my own sweat and stank. It’s probably a good thing I was home alone…it’s probably also the reason why I’m single. 😉

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut May 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

bahaha I do this sometimes too!! And feel totally gross and usually pay with a lovely row of bra-line breakouts!

char eats greens May 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

My confessions is that I ate my whole container of leftover BBQ tofu that should have lasted me two days. And, I ate it cold. It’s suppose to be enjoyed warm. And I ate it in 5 minutes flat. I don’t think there’s any shame though, so that counts as part of the confession too, right?

Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Ugh, I hate moving. Good luck to you, girl!

Ashley W May 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm

My confession is that instead of going to the gym today, I went and got frozen yogurt. I’m not sorry.

Katie M May 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I buy a crazy amount of produce. Sometimes I get funny comments on the amount of carrots, grapes, berries, etc. that I am buying, and I always respond: “the kids and I love fruits and vegetables”. However, fatherforgivemeforIhavesinned, the thing is, there are no kids. It’s just me that consumes all of the goodness.

Danielle @ It's A Harleyyy Life May 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I watched the Proposal today for like the 1 thousandth time.. I can’t get enough!

Amanda Martinez May 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

You are a CHAMP for being able to store both you and your stuff during such a big transition! Way to go! I’m excited for all your new adventures! My Confession: Chocolate gives me really bad gas and if I eat any before going to workout (read: Zumba, Body Combat, & Turbo Kick class), I stink up the place, so I move around to different corners of the space I’m in so folks won’t know it’s me! :O

Natalie S May 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

My confession is that I prefer to use plastic silverware instead of metal because it doesn’t change temperature. I always take extra plasticware from restaurants to add to my collection at home.

Danica @ It's Progression May 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

My Sunday Confession: I hide food from my husband.
Yes, there are certain products that I *need* to sample and review for my blog, but really, there are just a lot of foods that I want all to myself. There’s a special bin in the pantry and the fridge that is deemed my food, plus I hide some in the cupboards.
Don’t tell! 😉

Barb S. May 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I confess that I haven’t emptied three totes of things that have moved with us through at least 3 moves in the past 20 years! (And we’ve been in our house 13 of those years! Ha!)
Though, since I’m out on a leave for a back surgery , I do have a few weeks to finally get around to going through them, finally. I need to purge, throw out papers, things, etc, that I no longer need or want.

Erin G. May 27, 2013 at 12:18 am

My Sunday confession: today a dog tick crawled right across my head.
Yes, you read that right! It was quite a nice welcome to the country vacation (not). Funny that both me and my dog came out to the country, but I’m the one with the ticks! 😛

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 27, 2013 at 3:50 am

Hahaha! You’ve GOT to know how much I loved (and can relate to) this post! From one food hoarder to another…I approve of your fine packing skillz! 😉 But seriously? You’ve got me feeling sooooo bad right now looking at your tiny like Chobani lunchbox carrying “all” your bars when my collection spans the length of an entire over-the-door shoe organizer…and THEN some!! True story, I’ve banned myself from pantry buying for the next…however-effing-long it takes me to eat it down to a respectable inventory for a single girl LIVING ALONE!!!

So please, DON’T do me any favors…this does NOT count as an entry for me! Lol

Ria May 27, 2013 at 7:16 am

My friend and I started using hash tags as a joke, but now we can’t stop! It has become a contest to see who will make the other person laugh the hardest. #thesearemyconfessions #sorryimnotsorry

Good luck with the move and on this exciting adventure!!

Fran@BCDC May 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

My husband and I are moving to a new house in New Mexico, but we’ve been trying to do that for nearly 4 years now. We have 2 houses in NJ to sell and can’t quite get them cleaned out and sold. Very frustrating, but when I get to NM I will have a kitchen filled with things like yours, Sarah, mainly because when I get there I’ll have the room! Good luck with your move!!

Calee May 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

aw man… your summer is starting to sound a lot like mine. i’m moving at least 2x this year. ick. :/

marie May 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Here are my confessions, but I’m not sorry about any of them!

1. I read the entire Twilight series in 10 days. They’re not particularly well-written, Edward is an absolute pill, and they get more than a little creepy at times (like when Jacob imprinted on Renesme), but I could.not.stop.reading.

2. I sometimes eat chunks/spoonfuls of PB2 powder without reconstituting it. Sure, it’s good mixed with cream cheese & sweetener & spread on a graham cracker or thinned as a topping for yogurt, but it’s also yummy as-is.

3. I also eat heaping spoonfuls of Special Dark cocoa powder. Yep, it’s an acquired taste, and I’ve acquired the taste.

4. I was worried that my kitten, who is a runt/preemie and only weighs 2.2 lbs at 5 months old, wasn’t eating enough, so I cooked a very small piece of tilapia just for her. Mission accomplished! She took it down.

5. My last trip to the Asian market resulted in my coming home with the restaurant-sized jug of eel sauce (it was the most cost-effective!), a 2lb jar of curry powder (I love curries and cook them often!), a 4lb box of frozen seaweed salad & a 4lb box of frozen squid salad.

6. A prior trip to the Asian market resulted in the purchase of frozen, uncooked eel. I didn’t examine the package very closely. When I later told a friend about this, she asked how I planned to clean it. I looked at her blankly–I assumed it was cleaned already. That was my mistake. It was whole… complete with head and tail. I tossed it and made sure to buy the fileted eel after that. (In case you’re wondering, the eel sauce is good for cooking all mild white fishes, as well as for stir-fries, so that 4lb jug of it is not going to waste.)

7. Finally, I use chopsticks at most meals just because I think they’re fun.

Tory May 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

My confession is that one time I went back for seconds on fro-yo even though you’re not supposed to. I can’t help that’s SO good or that I always finish mine way too fast!

Liz @ iheartvegetables May 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hahaha I want that Chobani lunchbox! That is like the coolest thing ever!

My confession for today: I’m the mayor of Sweet Frog. I’m truly a frozen yogurt addict. And I may or may not have had it yesterday.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm

My confession… I went to crossfit this morning… at 8am. I was half asleep when I went… through the workout I felt like my bra felt funny. So, after I went to the bathroom and realized I had my bra on inside out… Lovely. Good thing I’m built like a little boy!

Another confession, I’m secretly hoping that you will move in with me for a little while this summer. Your room awaits you. Pretty please?

Cari May 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

confession: when at my parents’ house, i hide my favorite items (ex. certain yogurt flavors) at the back/bottom of the fridge :)

Miss Polkadot May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

Joining right in with the hoarding/hiding confessions: Sometimes I spot fun but a little over-my-budget items – like Fage Greek yogurt – that’ll expire sometime soon in the supermarket. The solution to (probably) getting them a little cheaper? I “hide” them from other customers by placing behind unlikely-to-be-sold-soon products (in the freezer aisle still, obviously). If things work out – which admittedly doesn’t always work – I’ll pull them out the day they expire and get a discount. What a lucky coincidence, huh ;)?
Also, I shamelessly use my parent’s pantry as my personal bulk bin section as we don’t have the latter in stores around here. It’s just so handy to fill bags with various item from there and I try to leave enough for her, too – most of the time at least. And it’s not my fault she never realized she had smoked paprika until I stole, ahem, borrowed the whole bag, right?!
I hope your move goes well and yes, you definitely need the Goldfish snack containers – or else give them to me :).

Carla May 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

My confession? I hate showering at the gym (and public places in general), to the point where if I have somewhere to be afterwards…shower is skipped and sweat-soaked hair thoroughly blow-dried… Guess the lucky thing for me is that it usually fools people since my workout body odor isn’t usually noticeable? Nasty.. I know..

Caroline May 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

All right, all right you caught me. I have watched the movie 27 Dresses five times in the past week…I like to say this is because I got my wisdom teeth out (true fact) and I was sitting on the couch all week but in reality I really can’t say I this has anything to do with the wisdom teeth, just a great movie. Oh and if that’s not enough by tomorrow I’ll have seen it once more – it’s supposed to be raining and gross so a friend’s coming by to knit, drink tea, and yes you got that watch 27 Dresses. what an exciting life :)

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Alright so it’s possible you might be a little too busy right now to make me some nutty butter, and where would I even send your granola right now, what with all this moving. Safe travels, and safe storage of your food and you.

Confession: I don’t want to write my WIAW post for tomorrow. I just want to take a nap, but I’ll probably do it anyway. Humph.

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