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I am so content I could cry.


Tonight, the Husband and I walked two blocks to a corner shop to buy a bottle of wine, walked home, cooked dinner, and sat outside on our patio with the dogs while we ate.  We watched people walk by on the sidewalk and stared across the street at our dream home.  It was The Perfect Charlotte Summer Evening, and for the first time in this new city, I felt calm, peaceful, and relaxed.


Something deep in my heart tells me that moving to Charlotte was one of the best decisions we’ve made as a couple.  It feels like our Forever Home.  It’s just this feeling deep in my gut.




Ever tried Pinotage before?  Me neither!  It’s a cross between a Pinot Noir and Cinsaut and this bottle came from South Africa.    Apparently, it pairs well with spicy curries, eggplant, dark leafy greens, and BBQ.   BRING IT ON.


I had about 2.5 glasses (well, a “glass” is what I poured above).  It went down really well! 


Perhaps it tasted so good because we paired it with a spicy dinner?


We had the vegetarian masala burgers from TJ’s.  LOVED.  Not a lot of protein (2 grams) as you would typically expect for a burger, but it packed a ton of flavor.


The side dish was stir-fried mushrooms, broccoli, and zucchini, which the Hus flavored with curry and basil.  It worked!


I’ll drink to that!


Whoops – almost forgot to blog my snack! I had oatmeal, yogurt, blueberries, and a banana.


I have one more IKEA chair to put together, and then it’s time for me to go to bed.  I have stayed up too late recently, and I’m dead tired.  But content.  :)  And that’s what matters.



  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness July 8, 2010, 9:01 pm

    What a wonderful feeling. Congratulations on your new home and contentment!

  • Lauren July 8, 2010, 9:05 pm

    One of the best things to do to unwind is sip wine, cook dinner, and enjoy it all outside! 😉 So glad to hear you are settling into your new home! 😉

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 8, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Sounds wonderful. I wish I had a glass of wine right now! I love the idea of a walkable city, that is definitely not possible where I live. 🙁

  • Heather (heather's dish) July 8, 2010, 9:11 pm

    what an incredible feeling! my hubby and i felt that way after moving from texas to colorado…we love texas and consider it our home still, but there’s nothing that compares to living in the middle of this amazing state!

  • Emily @ The Front Burner Blog July 8, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Those are my most favorite burgers EVER. SO so good! Glad you are loving Charlotte. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas July 8, 2010, 9:14 pm

    My problem with veggie burgers is that they either have too little protein(2g is ridic) or more probably gluten 🙁 I find it easier to make my own–about 20g protein and end up to be about 60-70 cents apiece

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 8, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I am so happy to hear that you had a wonderful evening! You guys have been so busy lately I bet it was nice to just sit back and ‘breathe’.
    Have a great weekend!!

  • Andrea July 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Too funny! I am eating the vegetarian masala burger from TJ’s right now. So good!

  • Jenny July 8, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve to be SO happy! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 8, 2010, 9:32 pm

    That is wonderful. 🙂

  • Jen July 8, 2010, 9:39 pm

    So glad you are happy hin Charlotte 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 8, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I love the vegan marasala burgers. I actually have to hide them from Hunni since he eats them for lunch all the time.

    So glad you found a place you love. Feeling at home is just perfect.

  • Jen July 8, 2010, 9:43 pm

    If we were on Facebook I’d “like” this a whole lot! Glad to hear you guys are settling into your new home! I’m sure you’ll have many more nights like tonight in the future 🙂

  • Mellissa July 8, 2010, 9:46 pm

    There is something so satisfying about finding your forever place. It makes you feel like you’ve made it and all that hard work was worth it.

  • Michal July 8, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you’re settling in and feeling really good about this choice! Hopefully it only gets better from here.

  • Mindy July 8, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Your post made me smile. I’m glad you and Kristien are doing well in your new home. 🙂

  • Natalie July 8, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I love Pinotage wine! I went to South Africa two years for school ago and was told I HAD to try the Pinotage. We drank it for the entire two week trip and it never disappointed. The Pinotage I have had in the states has not been as good, but then again PA has a very limited selection.

    On a side note I love your post on ethical eating. I think as a nation we tend to be an all or nothing, and if we take that attitude, a lot of people would end up on the nothing team. I am not a 100% ethical eater but I try to choose organic, local, fair trade when possible. I take the approach that something is better than noting, Along those lines I have noticed a few good, cheap, organic fair trade wines out of Argentina that I would recommend looking for on your next wine shopping trip.

    • caitlin July 8, 2010, 9:54 pm

      Thanks dearie! Any brand recommendations for me?

      • Natalie July 8, 2010, 10:05 pm

        For a Pinotage I liked the Spier Reserve, but unfortunately I didn’t write down the names of the great wines we had when in South Africa, so this is one of the major producers and the only one I remember. As for organic, I have tried the Ecologica Syrah Malbec and Santa Ana Eco Malbec. I like both, however, my boyfriend thought the Santa Ana was a bit too fruity and tasted like Manishevitz (sure I spelled that wrong). In PA, both were a great buy for only $9.99, and we have some of the highest wine/liquor prices and worst selection in the US. I would recommend either as a good, ethical buy for the taste and price. Let me know what your thoughts are if you try any organic wine.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss!!! July 8, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I think it is very important to to feel content, comfortable and love where you live as it makes you happy inside you know. I truly believe in that just as much as liking what you do for a living. Both are such major parts of your life you know. I currently like where I live but not love it. I am working towards moving where will love, luckily it isn’t to far away.

  • Dani July 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

    So happy you guys LOVE Charlotte! It’s such an awesome place!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid July 8, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Charlotte is definitely on our list of cities to eventually settle. Glad you feel so at home. Seems like a perfectly marvelous evening!

  • MegaNerd July 8, 2010, 11:15 pm

    I am so happy that you are so happy!!! Even though I miss you! 😀

  • Katheryn July 8, 2010, 11:24 pm

    Glad to hear your feeling content. That is definitely the best feeling one can have. Cheers!

  • corinne July 8, 2010, 11:29 pm

    aw best feeling ever. so happy for you! ps love the hubbys face behind your wine photo op!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 8, 2010, 11:50 pm

    That’s wonderful you guys are happy like that with your big decision. 🙂 It sounds like a great place to live!

    I have NOT heard of that wine combination but I am intrigued!
    My BF loves those masala burgers!

  • Chelsey July 8, 2010, 11:54 pm

    You gave me goosebumps when you said “forever home” – ahhh it feels so nice to find somewhere that just “feels” right, doesn’t it? I’m so happy for you!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 8, 2010, 11:59 pm

    That is amazing! I am so so so glad you got that feeling. I haven’t felt that way in a LONG time and I actually really miss it.

    It gave me a big smile on my face to see someone so happy. =)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 9, 2010, 12:07 am

    Ah! Those TJ burgers are amazing!!! I actually was just talking about them at dinner, lol. They really do pack a lot of flavor which is something I don’t always find with my veggie burgers.

  • Heather July 9, 2010, 12:15 am

    That’s so awesome, happy to hear you have that feeling in your new hometown! Dinner looks awesome too, I’m going to have to try those burgers.

  • Laura (Starloz) July 9, 2010, 12:24 am

    I’m glad your enjoying your new home.

  • sarah July 9, 2010, 1:02 am

    Glad you are feeling happy about the move and settling in nicely :o)

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping It Real) July 9, 2010, 1:08 am

    I think it is so awesome that you guys have such a “walkable” community! I only hope I have the same, someday! So glad you are loving it there! =0)

  • HTP Dad' July 9, 2010, 1:25 am

    ” But content. And that’s what matters.”

    totally excellent.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 9, 2010, 2:01 am

    You seem sooo happy and calm. I’m so excited to hear about all your new adventures in your new city. 😉

  • Jo July 9, 2010, 2:35 am

    A feeling of contentment is something I’ve been lacking for a while as the husband and I are not happy with where we’re living. We’re looking to move to a totally new place too but it’s so hard looking for work. The husband can commute daily to his current job but I can’t and people don’t want to hire me when they find I’m not actually living in their town just yet. It’s a bit of a dilemma but after reading your blog tonight, I decided I’m going to work that much harder to try and make it happen. That feeling of contentment is what we’re both looking for 🙂

    • Caitlin July 9, 2010, 8:54 am

      Put a different address on your resume!!!

      • Jo July 9, 2010, 8:56 am

        Yeah, unfortunately, the area we want to move to is so far away and I don’t know anyone else that lives in the area 🙁

        • Caitlin July 9, 2010, 8:59 am

          Seriously, I would open a PO BOX or something. I used to work for PITT’s career services and that’s what they recommended.

        • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010, 9:11 am

          A P.O. box is a really good idea.

          You can also try to find some other bloggers in the area that you’re looking to move to and maybe they’d be willing to let you use their address. Plus you can make new friends in the process!

      • Jo July 9, 2010, 9:25 am

        A PO Box is a really good idea and one I never thought of – thanks Caitlin 🙂

  • Michelle July 9, 2010, 2:35 am

    I’m biased – I love our wines. If you ever visit South Africa you will definitely have to spend a few days in the winelands…highly recommended.

    South Africa

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 9, 2010, 3:07 am

    Charlotte seems so pretty. I would love to be able to walk into town all the time. It’s one of the reasons I love my college town.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 9, 2010, 3:15 am

    That’s brilliant if you’ve found your Forever Home – I really hope you have 🙂 my mum found her Forever Home as the 2nd one too 🙂

  • Jaclyn July 9, 2010, 3:57 am

    I will walk for wine anyday 😀
    So glad you’re happy with your move, I think good things are in store for you too 😀

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 9, 2010, 4:03 am

    Sounds like such a wonderful, relaxed evening. Glad you are settling in well to your new town.

  • Orla July 9, 2010, 4:40 am

    Reading your post for today (I get it at 9am Irish time) has made me smile. Congrats on being content – your evening sounds like bliss.
    I haven’t had that particular wine but at the moment I am rocking a bottle which is a combination of a temperanillo and shiraz grape.And to make it better, it costs €4.49 in the supermarket (about $5) Makes a thursday evening seem so much better.
    Especially as I found out that I am now asymptomatic with my endo, my doc is super happy and I don’t have to have any more surgery (at least for the next 12 months!!!)
    That makes me content!!! Happy Friday!

  • Nat July 9, 2010, 4:53 am

    I am so happy for you that you feel so content and that you love Charlotte already! Your neighbourhood looks very pretty!

  • Shannon @ Before Sunrise July 9, 2010, 6:28 am

    Such an awesome feeling! I am moving in a week and a half and I hope to feel the same way! Very happy for you 🙂

  • Sue July 9, 2010, 6:35 am

    Charlotte looks beautiful. No wonder you are so content 🙂

  • Christie {Honoring Health} July 9, 2010, 7:25 am

    Wow, this post totally gave me chills. I am so glad you are content!

  • Kris July 9, 2010, 7:32 am

    Glad you’re happy! DH is from the Charlotte area and I’ve always thought it is a lovely place, along with lovely people. Enjoy!

    I’m right there with you on not having an all or none attitude. Everybody needs a little wiggle room for a myriad of reasons. I like to believe we all put our conscience into the choices we make 🙂

  • Wei-Wei July 9, 2010, 7:45 am

    I love feeling CONTENT – satisfied but not stuffed. I hope I can one day be as intuitive as you.


    PS: I’ve been leaving a lot of PSes on my comments lately, but I just had to again on yours – I watched the OB video on your about page again, and it’s really lifted my spirits. I’ve been feeling down about my body lately and it really helped. So thank you 🙂

    • Caitlin July 9, 2010, 8:54 am

      Aww you’re welcome. Thank you!

  • Jenna @ HealthyHoofbeats July 9, 2010, 8:13 am

    I’m glad to see that you are content in your new home 🙂

  • Kristy July 9, 2010, 8:25 am

    I’m so happy for you. It is rare that people find where they feel they “belong”. I am loving on all of these hybrid wines!

  • Becky July 9, 2010, 8:29 am

    I love that you’re trying out all the new TJ products! I have one near me too but I never know what to try. Maybe you could do a tab with reviews of new veggie products? So glad you’re enjoying the new home 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 9, 2010, 8:47 am

    Aw, that’s the best feeling. When I lived in Philly I felt the same way. Now that I live in DC it’s totally different. I remember back to that content feeling and wish I could get it again. I know it just means DC isn’t my forever home.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 9, 2010, 8:51 am

    I’m impressed with your Ikea assembly skills! Their things stress me out to no end… but I guess I don’t have your skills 🙂

    I love Charlotte, too!

    • Caitlin July 9, 2010, 8:55 am

      Wine helps!

  • Rebecca July 9, 2010, 8:52 am

    It’s awesome that you’re so happy with life right now. That’s the way it should be. Your new home seems wonderful and that wine makes it even better. 🙂

  • sweetersalt July 9, 2010, 9:02 am

    I love hearing that people made a change in their life in the name of happiness! I felt the same way about my “Forever Home” when my fiancee and I moved to Portland, ME two years. Something just felt right. Congrats!

  • sarah July 9, 2010, 9:09 am

    Glad you’re so happy! And that sounds like the perfect night 🙂

  • Maran July 9, 2010, 9:14 am

    So glad you love Charlotte! My hubby and I moved here from Cleveland 3 years ago and will never go back. There is so much to do and see and if you ever miss being by the water you can drive to Lake Wylie, Lake Norman or take a day trip to Charleston. If you ever want any Charlotte advice please let me know! Cheers!

  • Heather July 9, 2010, 9:15 am

    sounds blissful! a great night I’m sure

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 9, 2010, 9:16 am

    I’m so glad you’re feeling at home in Charlotte now! 🙂

  • Christina July 9, 2010, 9:21 am

    What a wonderful feeling! You are blessed for sure 🙂

  • Teresa July 9, 2010, 9:33 am

    I am so glad you are happy in ‘my city’. I love Charlotte and want everyone to be as happy here as I am! And yes, wine and some TJ’s helps with anything!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat July 9, 2010, 10:01 am

    So happy you are getting settled and enjoying your new home 🙂 Contentment is an awesome feeling!

  • Nicole July 9, 2010, 11:12 am

    Those TJs masala veggie burgers are, next to the Sunshine burgers, my absolute favorites.
    And I’m also really glad you’re so happy in Charlotte! Your new place looks awesome!

  • Janelle July 9, 2010, 1:50 pm

    So glad it is all working out in your “forever home.” How cool. Now you can have babies 🙂

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 10, 2010, 9:25 am

    What an amazing feeling!! I think this is a feeling we all strive for, I’m so happy for you that you found it! Congrats on your forever home. 🙂

  • Susan July 10, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I love this. Here I am sitting in my brand new apartment in my brand new city (been here 8 days!) and I am getting the same exact feeling. Except, I just walked across the street to the local butcher for pork loin 😉 I love that feeling in your gut when you know you’re where you should be in life.

  • Maureen @ Notes on a Visual Life July 15, 2010, 7:01 pm

    Oh!! Those TJ’s veggie masala burgers are OFF THE CHARTS TASTY! Glad you discovered them!

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