So Many Good Memories


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Last week ended up being a bit of a crazy one over here, so I really enjoyed this weekend.

I relaxed, ran in the rain, drank about 20 cups of hot tea, caught up on blog reading and enjoyed life with my two favorite people (yes, Cecil counts as a person).




The only stressful thing Adam and I did this weekend was say goodbye to our old apartment. We moved out on January 1st, but we’ve still been under a lease there all this time.


Seeing the apartment all cleared out brought back so many memories from when we first moved in back in March of 2012. It was our first “adult apartment.” We felt so cool and mature when we moved in, haha!

We had lived in a really spacious 2 bed/2 bath in Davie, FL during college thanks to Adam’s dad who let us rent it from him at a really low rate. After we graduated college we stayed there for a couple of years out of convenience AND not knowing where we wanted to live.

We strongly considered moving to Boston in 2011, but we visited in winter and left knowing we weren’t tough enough for that kind of cold! The snow scared us away!


After grad school we briefly considered moving to LA or San Fran since I received job offers out there, but in the end we didn’t want to move across the country when both of our families are here on the east coast.

Eventually we settled on Fort Lauderdale and we couldn’t be more happy here.


Walking up to the front door of our old apartment still gives me that “ah, I’m home” sort of feeling. I have a lot of fond memories there and I’ll miss it.

I became a runner while living at that apartment! I ran my first 5K, half marathon and marathon while living there. I started my daily habit of running to the beach while living there. I began my current job while living there. Ah, so many good memories!

I’m excited that we’ve moved on though. That apartment was great, but our new apartment is larger, brand new and more modern. I’ve been in love with it since the moment we saw it and I know moving was the right decision.

When we got home from the old place I was hungry and needed a snack so I whipped up my 100th batch of roasted chickpeas.


I spritz them with a little olive oil, toss them in garlic and onion powder and then bake for 45 mins.

I’ve been removing all of the outer shells on the chickpeas. It’s a time consuming process (REALLY time consuming) but the chickpeas have this great crunch if you remove the shell that I am addicted to!

Other than that my weekend was pretty uneventful and I like it that way!

I hope you had a really nice weekend and are ready to tackle Monday head on!

What snack food are you loving right now?



  1. March 2, 2015 / 5:16 am

    The chickpeas looks great! Thanks for the shell tip. I can’t imagine leaving my apartment right now, I love it so much (I can walk pretty much anywhere I want to).

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      That is one thing I miss about our old apartment. It was more in the thick of things than our current place … even though our current place is only a mile from the old one! haha

      The chickpeas are such a great snack! I’ve been making a big batch every weekend for the last few weeks!

  2. March 2, 2015 / 6:47 am

    Reading this started to make me feel emotional about moving out of my apartment in a few months! We will be keeping our lease until the end of April and while there are a million reasons why I am excited to leave I am still going to be so sad saying goodbye!

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:19 pm

      I think it’s such a smart idea that you’re going to keep your lease for a couple of months after you move out. It was really nice to be able to take our time moving instead of having to rush and stress over getting everything done in a couple of days!

  3. March 2, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Aw, last night when I was falling asleep I was thinking of my old apartment. 🙂 It was special because that is where I got Christmas and Jelly for the first time AND I was living there when I met Paul. It was a great place! I used to let Christmas go out on the balcony there… Omg every time I think back on that I feel SICK. Why did I let him do that!?

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Awwww it’s where your little family got together!

      I was SO CRAZY about Cecil not ever going out on the balcony. At the apartment we lived in during college we had a screened in balcony that Cecil loved to hang out on, but when we moved our new balcony wasn’t screened in. He wanted soooooo badly to go out there, but it just wasn’t happening. It made me too nervous to even think about!

  4. March 2, 2015 / 7:49 am

    I love roasted sweet potatoes. I’ve never tried roasted chickpeas. I might have to try that!

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      I highly recommend it! I love roasted sweet potatoes too. I think the chick peas are a little less flavorful than sweet potatoes but a nice change!

  5. March 2, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Love roasted chickpeas, yum! And cats totally count as people 🙂

    My husband and I just bought our first house and moved out of the apartment we had been renting since 2009. Your post made me feel really nostalgic since it too was the place I lived when I became a runner. Also the place I lived when I got married. When I moved out a month ago I was so relieved because my apartment was so small and I was so tired of the management, but now I’m a little bit sad.

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      I’m so glad you count cats as people too! I mean, they really are little four legged people! 😉

      Congrats on the new house, that’s really exciting! I was totally ticked off at management when we decided to move, so I do not miss that aspect of the old place at all! There was a total condo commando that was always spying on people and being annoying. I’m glad to not have to deal with him anymore!

  6. March 2, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Cicil is so adorable and he should count as a person!

    I am in my first “adult” apartment now, and I wont miss it when I leave… At least I wont miss the management that I hassle with constantly to actually fix stuff. Haha.

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      He’s my little baby 🙂

      Management can be so annoying! Our old place was a condo so we had a landlord and she was pretty good the couple of times we had to contact her, but the condo association was annoying and always making up weird rules.

      The management at our new place is really cool. We have this great online system where we can submit a support ticket to maintenance. Our ice maker wasn’t working when we first moved in and they were over here fixing it like an hour after I submitted the ticket! I love that!

  7. cheryl
    March 2, 2015 / 9:31 am

    …I am remembering our first apartment. That was a LONG time ago. I remember ALL THE STAIRS, and how tight we were for money–but they were good times!
    I have never tried roasting chick peas, or doing anything with chickpeas, as I don’t know what skin you are talking about! Forgive me for asking, but are they from a can? I may try this as I am trying to give up chips!

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:00 am

      They are from a can!

      I forgot to link to lauren’s recipe:

      You drain the chickpeas from the can, rinse in water and then remove the shell (optional), spray some olive oil on them, coat in whatever seasoning you like and then bake on a cookie sheet at 375* for about 45 minutes!

      Removing the shell is really time consuming and your fingers will get a little pruney, but they come out crunchier that way. If you leave the shell on they come out soft.

  8. March 2, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I was sad when we moved out of our first real house but the 2nd house I never felt as attached to. I love our current house and it will be hard to leave – we have already been here over 10 years which is by far my record ever!!
    So, this might be stupid – are those chickpeas from a can?

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      They are from a can!

      I forgot to link to lauren’s recipe:

      You drain the chickpeas from the can, rinse in water and then remove the shell (optional), spray some olive oil on them, coat in whatever seasoning you like and then bake on a cookie sheet at 375* for about 45 minutes!

      Wow, 10 years is a really long time to live somewhere. I can see how you would be really attached to it…. BUT the beach is calling your name 😉

  9. March 2, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    That feeling of “home” when you walk up to the front door is a big part of why we decided not to sell our house two years ago. I couldn’t imagine feeling that anywhere else, this is where we got engaged and where we brought our babies home, where they took their first steps — way too many memories!!

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      Those are all such good, strong memories, I can totally see why you decided to stay! I think I would have to choose to stay too!

  10. March 2, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    Now I feel nostalgic. It’s so odd to look back on old places and realize the growth and change you went through there. I was in my condo just a year before Matt and I were married, but it was my first year teaching and the year of my engagement. I remember sitting on the floor grading, putting together wedding stuff…it was the first place I lived in alone. It’s kind of a nice feeling to look back!

    AND now I know where your old place was!! haha

    • March 2, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Haha yes! We were on the third floor looking out over the pool and gym! 🙂 Adam and I would always look out the window before going down to the gym to see if anyone was in there, haha!

      Those are such sweet memories, but now you, Matt and Archie have such a lovely home! You are 100% adults now! 🙂

  11. March 2, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to your “home”!

    I bought these multigrain crackers from costco and have been oblessed with eating them with cheese. I love cheese.

  12. March 3, 2015 / 12:19 am

    Funny that you ask what snack foods we’ve been enjoying recently, because that’s what tomorrow (well technically, today’s) post is on! I’ve been wanting to try roasted chickpeas because they sound really good! And so exciting that you’re moving on, but I’m sure it’s really sentimental, too

  13. March 4, 2015 / 7:33 am

    I can’t imagine if you moved to somewhere like Boston now! You are used to a whole different lifestyle, that beach view is awesome!!!
    Your chick peas look super yummy!