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The Farewell Tour & Bean Traders

As I mentioned back in my Tell Me Something Good post earlier this month, Derek is officially in his 4th year of medical school. (Look for a post in the near future about what it’s like to be married to a med student.)

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Gotta love the scrubs.

We’ve been talking about Derek’s residency for years, but we’re at the point where it’s no longer an abstraction. Lately it’s started to sink in that we’ll probably be living in a different city in a mere 10 months. Derek will, of course, be applying to UNC and Duke, and we’re not ruling those programs out at all. However, we both feel that it is a great time for us to try something different if he finds a program he loves outside of North Carolina. We’re both adventurous and relatively unattached (no kids, no house), and fortunately I can find medical social work jobs wherever we go.

That being said, I absolutely love the Durham/Chapel Hill area. It will always be home to me, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we end up back here someday. Because it’s likely that we won’t live here for at least 4 years, I decided that I want to do a sort of “farewell tour” of Durham and Chapel Hill with BNP. I’m starting a new series of posts about my favorite places to eat and play in the area, and I even added a new page to the blog menu called, “Durham & Chapel Hill.” I’ll compile all of my posts on the page. It’s mostly just fun for me, but it could be helpful if you ever visit the area or want to try something new. 

I thought that I’d kick things off with this post by sharing my favorite coffee shop/study spot: Bean Traders!

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You’ve seen their coffee on my blog many times already. Bean Traders always has a booth open at the farmers’ market. It’s my treat while I shop around.

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Iced coffee, how I love thee.

I usually see this guy parked out front.

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I know Bean Traders is at the farmers’ market when I see their trademark van.

Bean Traders is only about a mile from my house in south Durham. It’s inconspicuously located in the middle of a strip mall. (My gym is actually in the same one.)

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Well hello there you hidden gem.

When you walk in you’re greeted by bright colors, lots of natural light, and friendly baristas.

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You can’t tell from this picture, but there’s a drink called a “dirty hippie.” It’s some kind of mix of coffee and tea.

One of the many cool things about Bean Traders is that they partner with many local business for their dairy products, bakery items, nut butters, candies, and desserts.

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Candy galore!

They also sell their own coffee beans.

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Love that “Drink the Love” sign.

I mean there’s a reason it’s called Bean Traders.

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The coffee is strong and delicious.

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It smells amazing.

I went here a lot during grad school for group projects or to study solo. There’s lots of space and free Wi-fi. The mismatched chairs in all different colors give it a cool, eclectic vibe.

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Bonus points for coffee served in mason jars.

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I got this almond-milk latte last weekend. Nom!

It is the best place to spend a quiet morning enjoying delicious coffee and reading a good book.

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The perfect Sunday morning. (P.S. I’m reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith AKA JK Rowling. Highly recommend it!)

I ❤ Bean Traders.

Daredevil, Farmers, and a Spy {Weekend Recap}

As it has been yet another month since my last post, it looks like I attempted my return to blogging a bit too soon. Womp, womp. I thought the worst was over after Derek’s surgery and internal medicine rotations, but then he was on the neuro ICU for a few weeks. It wasn’t as bad, but it still involved 60+ hour work weeks. Now Derek’s on his last rotation of third year. It’s outpatient medicine, which means normal hours! I’m pumped about it to say the least.  Anyway, suffice it to say that I’m back for real this time. On to a weekend recap!

I had a long, busy week at work so Friday evening was pretty low-key. We spent the night on the couch watching Daredevil on Netflix and drinking wine (me) and beer (Derek). If you haven’t watched Daredevil yet, I definitely recommend it. It’s fun and surprisingly well written.

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On Saturday morning I headed to the South Durham Farmers’ Market to stock up on fresh veggies.

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I’ll probably write a more detailed post on this later, but I’ve been making an effort to shop at farmers’ markets instead of the grocery store. I’m making the switch for environmental, economic, and nutritional reasons. Not to mention the food just plain tastes better than the grocery store!

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I grabbed an iced coffee on my way out. Such a treat.

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After my farmers’ market adventure, I stopped by the library to drop off a couple books.

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I recently finished the audio book version of Eleanor and Park.

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Yep. Totally snuck into the YA section to grab this one. It was worth it. I grabbed a couple of cookbooks for inspiration on my way out, too.

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Later in the afternoon, Derek and I headed to UNC to hang out at the pool. Warning: paleness ahead.

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The weather was perfect, and it was our first pool day of the year! After we got cleaned up, we went out for dinner at our local Mexican place and then headed to the movie theatre. We saw Spy on a whim and really enjoyed it. It certainly made me laugh, and I always appreciate a feminist storyline.

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Today we’ve catching up on a lot of things around the house. We did some serious cleaning and laundry, which was much needed, and I cleaned/chopped/peeled all of my farmers’ market purchases so they’re ready to use during the week. As tedious as taking care of the house can be, I love the feeling of having a clean and organized home.

I’m thankful for such a relaxing, restorative weekend. Here’s to hoping the week ahead is just as good!

2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


January 

  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures

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  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together

February

  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!

April

May

  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work

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June

  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)

July

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August 

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September

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October

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November

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December

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  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party

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What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

I’m Baaaaaaccckk {Christmas Recap}

Hello friends! I’m back on the blogging wagon after a couple much-needed weeks off. Derek and I are in Lexington, Kentucky at my parents’ house for a couple more days before we head back to North Carolina and reality. It’s been a great vacation for all of us, and I wanted to share a series of pictures as a Christmas recap.

Before we left town, we hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party.

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Love these people. Photo credit goes to our friend Deepak and his fancy camera. 🙂

We had a blast and stayed up until 3am playing Catchphrase. It was great fun!

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The adorable version of our group tacky sweater picture.

After the party, Derek headed to his family’s house in Wilkesboro for a few days to spend time with his family while I finished up work. I drove to Wilkes on the morning of Christmas Eve to pick up Derek on the way to Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to eat breakfast and exchange presents with his family before heading out.

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After an easy 8 hour drive, we made it to Lexington!

We got to Kentucky just in time for the candlelit Christmas Eve church service, my favorite of the year. After church we watched some of our Christmas movie favorites: Elf and Christmas Vacation.

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We spent Christmas morning relaxing and getting ready for our big lunch. I, of course, partook in the family tradition of drinking a Bloody Mary.

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Scooter wanted to be part of the action.

On Saturday my grandpa came over to watch the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville basketball game. My mom, dad, brother, and grandpa all went to UK and are huge Wildcat fans.

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Derek couldn’t bear to wear UK blue and had to rock some Carolina gear.

One morning Derek whipped up some Norwegian pancakes, one of his family’s traditions. One of the things I love about being married is blending our family traditions. You get the best of both families!

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Delicious Norwegian pancakes.

We also went bowling.

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My mom always demands “shoe pics.” Haha!

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and we’re planning on going to a movie later today. Derek and I will spend New Year’s Eve with my family before heading back to Durham on New Year’s Days. Then it’s back to work for me on Friday. Yay for a one-day work week!

I’m so thankful for the time spent with friends and family. I was definitely getting burnt out at work, and this break is exactly what I needed. Hope your holidays were great, too!

Tacos, Ice Cream, and Massages

I’m really trying to slow down and enjoy my last few days before I start work on Monday, and the past couple days have been great. Yesterday I slept in and spent the morning reading and working the blog. Then I met up with my grad school friends Brittany and Caroline for lunch at NANATACO

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I got the lunch special, which was two tacos, rice, and beans. I chose the rotisserie chicken and garlic beef as my taco meats. I was having so much fun catching up with Brittany and Caroline that I completely forgot to get a picture of the food.

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I forgot to take a picture of my food. Whoops! Here’s an example lunch special though. (Source: indyweek.com)

It was delicious though, and I liked the laid back atmosphere. NANATACO is quite popular. Parking is tough, but we didn’t have to wait in line to order very long at all. After lunch, we went to another popular place in downtown Durham called The Parlour.

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My lovely dates for the afternoon. 🙂

I’m an ice cream addict, so I was pumped to finally try out The Parlour. People always talk about it, and it lived up to the hype. Brittany and Caroline got Vietnamese coffee, and I got tiramisu. Yes, that’s right. Tiramisu ice cream!! My two favorite desserts together as one. *Swoon.* It was heavenly.

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We had a great time swapping stories and talking about graduation and the future. All three of us tend to work with people who are sick and/or dying, and it’s nice to talk to people who understand why I love that kind of work.  We also decided that we will have enough crazy social work stories between us to write a book someday.

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Brittany and I showing off our ice cream.

Brittany, who I sometimes refer to as the ghost Christmas future, is also married to a future doctor. Her husband just graduated, too, and they are heading to Milwaukee for his residency. I will miss her dearly, but I know we’ll keep sharing our crazy stories from afar. Plus, who knows where Derek and I will end up in two years for his residency? I’m glad to know that I’ll have a friend in the midwest

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Last night Derek and I watched the movie The Normal Heart on HBO. Have you heard about it yet? It’s based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name, and it’s about the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It was a compelling movie, and the acting is excellent. As this NPR article states, The Normal Heart shows a piece of history that many people in my generation have never learned about. I highly recommend watching it if you have HBO or HBO GO.

Today I was really productive around the house. I put the laundry away, unloaded the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen, etc. I love the feeling of getting all of those necessary chores done. The highlight of the day was finally using the Groupon for a 60 minute massage at Flawless Day Spa that Derek gave me for my birthday back in February. It was wonderful! I’ve never had a professional massage before, and I absolutely loved it. I feel so relaxed. If you’re in the Chapel Hill/Durham area, I would definitely recommend Flawless. They were nothing but professional and kind. In the afternoon, I was also able to fit in a run before going to dinner with some of my friends from college. Overall, it was another awesome day.

Last, but not least, our wedding pictures are FINALLY ready!! I’m so excited to see them tomorrow. Be on the lookout for a wedding recap soon!

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