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House Hunting Update April 1, 2015

Filed under: Karla — Uncharted @ 8:30 pm
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Sorry to report, no awesome beer adventures this weekend. Instead it was full of packing and cleaning. Here’s a little recap of where we are at with our house hunt. We’ve toured about half a dozen homes with no luck at finding our first home. However, I will say we’ve learned so much. From seeing what types of projects we’re willing to take on to understanding the different types of mortgages and finding out what we’re comfortable compromising.Plus we’ve have enjoyed a moments of “you’ve got to be kidding me” like the one below.

House Hunting

To keep me off the listing sites, Matt recommended that I start to pack. Back in March my goal was to do one box a week. Well, I hadn’t even gotten started until last week. So I did a little catch up and packed all of our fine china and other items from our china cabinets. Thankfully we saved a lot of the wrapping and stuffing we received from all of our wedding gifts. (A special thanks to my mom and dad for letting us borrow their basement to store it!)

Inspired by my packing, I thought I might as well start deep cleaning a few rooms in the house. My rationale was that maybe the cleaning wouldn’t be so bad when we do actually move. First on my list was the refrigerator. A little vinegar and some elbow grease, and the old beauty was shiny once again! Next stop was the bathroom. Armed with my trusty vinegar again, as well as some bleach, it was time to kick some grout butt. To help with the teeny-tiny cracks and crevices I used a toothbrush. Best idea ever!

We’ll see what I get done this weekend, although I think I’m going to take a break from “major” cleaning efforts and just focus on a few more boxes. And keep your fingers crossed, we have a few more houses to look at next week!


Down to the Wire September 24, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 10:36 pm
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Hey all, I hate to be lame, but there is no time to write an actual post tonight. That’s because this is my current life:


Packing, packing, and more packing. For the most part I’m past going through things and trying to just pack. I have probably donated at least two cars full of stuff though which makes me feel better about getting rid of things. I have to say I have way
more stuff than anyone really needs and I have two new best friends. Let me introduce you:


There’s more where that came from, but I won’t bore you with stacks of boxes. Good news is I locked in a mover for this weekend and made an appointment with professional cleaners (thanks for picking up that Groupon Karla!) so this place will be spick and span for the next tenants. I’ve also sold 4 items that were for sale which is pretty good. I’m glad those things all got new homes!

I also made sure to change my address with the post office which you can now do online at: www.USPS.com. Just complete the information they ask you for and give them a credit or debit card to confirm who you are. They’ll charge you a dollar for their trouble, but you’ll get a confirmation email letting you know that everything was set up for you. Wish me luck on moving day!


Cleaning House with Craigslist August 28, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 12:02 am
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I started off very cranky crabby this morning! I think it’s the heat and the humidity. Mostly humidity because it messes with my sinuses. I woke up with a headache in the side of my head that felt like someone was nailing things in there. I made myself shower and lay down again and I felt a little better. Then I ate some toast so I could get something in my stomach and take some Advil. After about an hour at work I realized it had disappeared.

Perhaps I’m just stressed about moving? As I may have mentioned a few {hundred} times, Karla and I are moving out of our apartment in September. After watching my dad scramble to get everything packed up for his move, I have really tried to get started early for my own move. Last weekend I went through the apartment and made lists of all my furniture in each room. An inventory of sorts. Then I highlighted any item that will not be coming with me. I called my dad to talk about the highlighted items. To see if he wanted any of them for himself or if he wouldn’t mind storing some things that I won’t come with me, but I want for the future. He is very generous with all his new space and told me I can put anything I want into his new place. Then there are the items I have just decided to sell. I already went through the garage sale thing and I’m not about to hold another one, so I’ve decided the best avenue is Craigslist.

I don’t know how many of you have used Craigslist as a seller before. They try to make it simple, but it can be a little bit of work to set up a listing. You first answer a few questions:

-What type of posting (For sale by owner)

– Choose a category (Furniture by owner)

-What part of Chicago are you located in?

Then you fill out the title, price, and specific town. There is an open space for a description and a place to enter your email so you can receive emails in regards to the ad. I always check the box for using craigslist mail relay which means people won’t see your actual email address. You can also chose to add a map so people can see where they would need to travel to to pick up the item. The next page you are able to add photos. It is important to choose pictures that are not too large (data-wise). If they are too large, they will never load. Also remember that whatever picture you load first is the main picture people will see when they are looking through ads.

Here are just a few of the items I’m putting up for sale:

wooden couch

Sleigh Daybed- We’ve been using it as a couch, but add a twin mattress (which I also am seeling) and it becomes a lovely twin bed!

rug 1

Adorable Flower Pattern Rug- sure to brighten any room!


Folding Shelves- perfect for a home office or dorm room


Armless Slipper Chair- needs a bit of repair, but I saw a cute Pin on Pinterest that covered a ripped couch with lace. Get creative!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in any of these items or want to see some other furniture for sale, please leave a comment or email me at unchartedchicago@gmail.com If not, wish us luck selling all this stuff! Whatever doesn’t get sold will be donated or placed on the FreeCycle site, which is pretty much like donating…people just have to do the work of coming to get it.


Detroit to Boston, 84 Boxes At Least May 8, 2013

This weekend was a blur. It started off immediately with me hitting 290 at Friday rush hour. Not a good start. Things cleared up after about an hour, but by that time I was only by U.S. Cellular Field and I was planning on getting to Royal Oak, Michigan by 9:30 my time. Not good. Then I hit a freak thunderstorm on 94 in Indiana. Combined with a heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, a rock hit my windshield. At first I didn’t really notice it. Then something started to crawl across the glass. My first thought was it was just a bug that splattered. To test my theory, I washed the windshield. Unfortunately it wasn’t bug guts; it was a crack in the glass.


Luckily I didn’t have any more mishaps on my way to Michigan. I made it safely and only thirty minutes late. Which was a very good thing since the next day we were up at 7:15…which is 6:15 Chicago time. Why so early? Well it was moving day for Jill. She had packed most of her 84 boxes ahead of time and now it was just a matter of assisting her movers with fitting everything into her pod. Fortunately, everything went very smoothly. We were all done just a little after noon. Not too shabby for a two bedroom apartment! But, it was mostly due to Jill’s incredible organizational skills.

Boxes in the Living Room

Boxes in the Living Room

2nd Bedroom With Boxes

2nd Bedroom All Empty!

2nd Bedroom All Empty!



After the move, we decided to reward ourselves and hit the outlet mall by her mom’s house. (But not before I called my insurance to set up a mobile replacement for my windshield when I got back to Chicago. And let me say, you are in good hands with All-State!) We both found some great deals at the Banana Republic Outlet, Nine West and of course our personal favorite, the Pepperidge Farm Outlet. Gotta stock up on goldfish when you have the chance! After shopping we went back to her parents’ house to have dinner and relax. Shockingly, we all fell asleep on the couch around 10:30. I wonder why!

The next day we took it easy. I was able to do some grading and work while Jill baked cupcakes. In the afternoon a few of Jill’s family members came over to her parents for a going away BBQ. It was the perfect afternoon catching up, eating good food and being outside. It doesn’t hurt that Jill’s mom and step-dad have a beautiful lake house.

But before I knew it, it was time to hit the road again. Fortunately for me, the crack in the windshield only grew about four inches. The ride home was a little less eventful than the ride up. The only exciting part was exiting the freeway for about 15 miles due to a major accident….once again adding another 30 minutes onto my drive home. Oh well. I made it safely and today, my windshield got replaced for free! Thanks insurance!

The only real downside to the weekend was saying good-byeish to Jill. Since college we have seen each other at least once a month. Now, she’s moving to Boston and neither of us can afford monthly visits. But I think we found a compromise with quarterly ones. Leave it to Jill to have a plan! Hopefully next week will be a little calmer. Cross your fingers for me!


Fall Delights October 4, 2011

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:16 pm
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 Guess what I’m doing right now!?

If you guessed Packing for Denver you are correct and read my mind at the same time!

That’s right I’m going to visit one of my very best friends who all of you already know.  It’s one of my fellow bloggers… Sarah!  I can’t wait! I’ve never been to Denver, let alone Colorado and I’m excited to see the beautiful scenery everyone talks about.  We’re sure to have a good time.  Whenever and wherever we are we have good times. You’ll have to wait until next week to see what kind of trouble we get into.

Since I can’t really talk about that yet I thought I’d share my Fall Food Projects so far this season.  I’ve only completed one of them so far, but after my trip I’m sure I’ll get to the others.  I think it was two weekends ago that some of my cousins and I went up to Green Oaks, IL to the Heinz Orchard.  We picked it especially because it is purely an orchard.  None of that commercial crapola: Hayrides in a trailer, corn mazes 3 feet high, and electronic kid rides.  You pay for either a peck or ½ a peck at the small tent in front and then you can go crazy.  We had a great time and since my sister and I shared a peck, we each came away with 21 apples!  Look at this haul:

I haven’t made anything except a snack out of my share of apples, but my sister shared a recipe for apple chips that looks yummy.  I have to make a final decision and use these up when I get back.  Then this past week I got further into a fall cooking mood and bought some stew meat and even picked up pie pumpkins and butternut squashes at a local pumpkin patch.  I’ve been waiting forever {since June} to use the birthday present my sister gave me:

Green Cast Iron Pot

I saw a post (wish I could remember where) about making pumpkin pies from scratch and even though that seems a bit crazy for my amateur baker  status I did like the writers point about knowing where the filling in the can comes from.  I will try to document the experience but you may have to wait a few weeks for a post.  {Next week is Denver remember?!}  The butternut squash I picked up on a whim because of my love for Whole Foods version.  You know how every Facebook post you see says something about Carmel Apple Spice or Pumpkin lattes?  Well not me!  My favorite fall warm item is butternut squash soup from Whole Foods.  There is no other quite so good…and believe me I’ve tried to find it.  However, like most things at WholeFoods, it is expensive soup and  I thought maybe if try hard enough I can replicate it at a lower cost.  So far I spent $1.99 on 2 squashes which is already way less than the $5.99 one container at WF costs.  I just googled it and found that they actually put out a recipe. I’ll have to try it out and let you know how it tastes.


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