Sometimes You Just Have to Pig Out and Bring Fall to You!

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yesterday we made the drive from Delaware to Virginia Beach and it was rainy and foggy the whole time. whenever i am in the car for longer than 45 minutes…i turn into a perpetual snacker so 2 hours into the road trip (total time about 5 hours) i had finished my wheat thins, ate the rest of my trail mix and was literally eating half a bag of tortilla chips. i think the “crunch” of chips calms my mind.

blogs for wives pumpkin hotelhere is one of the original documentations of me loving chips. i am fairly certain i probably pulled the bag of chips that is larger than me off the counter and planted myself on the stoop to consume the whole bag. i love them.

blogs for wives chelsea avery eating chipsanyways…part of the fun of road trips is getting to pick out road trip snacks but we are also balancing eating healthy since we have currently been in the car for over 60 hours (we have a timer on the car). when you throw in rainy, crappy weather-we noticed that it makes you go crazier when getting snacks. we had a hay-day at the “Food Lion Grocery” store. this seemed like a fair assortment.

blogs for wives snack stop avery tour chelsea averyyes, ravery went into the bathroom there to rinse off the sugar snap peas so i could put at least something healthy into my body. hey…you gotta do what you gotta do when on the road, people.

we made the agreement that we each had to eat 7 peas and then we could tear into everything else. we also switched drivers because i take snacking very seriously and wanted to be able to focus fully on having both of my hands occupied with different snacks in them. it really was delicious and sometimes you just have to live a little. or eat a lot.

please try those oreo things…they are amazing because you get to control the ratio of cream to cookie and it’s also good practice of rationing because it’s sad when the cream is gone.

blogs for wives what are good roadtrip snacksnow we were adequately fuled to experience our first time over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. i wish it hadn’t been so foggy and rainy because it is supposed to be beautiful but we mostly saw grey. you get to experience driving through 2 tunnels and then you are out in the open for the 17.6 miles from shore to shore through lower Chesapeake Bay. also get ready to fork over $12 to cross it (tolls are the East Coast’s favorite thing to make you pay).

blogs for wives chesapeake bay tunnerlook at that handsome husband cruising along in our Ford Escape rental (which we loooove by the way). i was also a very good wife and fed him various snacks as we drove along the rainy roads.

blogs for wives chesapeake bay bridge ryan averywe arrived in the wet, rainy city of Norfolk, VA and are staying quite close to a mall here. we got excited because where there are malls there are food courts so we went there for dinner. we went to Au Bon Pain and they were really nice and made me fresh salad using spinach instead of iceberg lettuce and it was less than $8. my husband on the other hand got a wrap and it was more than $9 and pretty small so he won’t be getting that again. yay balancing out my sugar/processed food high from all my snacking!

blogs for wives dinner on the road chelsea avery ryan averyapparently this is a fancy-pants mall because they had a pottery barn AND william-sonoma in it. looove their fall decorations and we wandered through the store pretending to be appalled at all the strangers who were traipsing through our home.

blogs for wives halloween at pottery barnthen i utterly stressed out Ravery by pointing to all the little things that are absolutely necessary for our future home. he’s a minimalist and i border on hoarder (poet and i didn’t know it!). this is usually the source of most conflict in our relationship.

leave it to us to always find where the cookies are. we contemplated spending $38 dollars on this adorable, massive cookie but decided against it (the little cow-shaped creamer i want in our home one day was close to that price so i decided i better save up).

blogs for wives halloween cookieinstead we opted to share a mini-ghost slice because not only will it set you back $3.59 (officially the most we’ve ever paid for a cookie) we remembered our junk food binging from earlier thanks to me looking at my phone photos. more often than not i truly forget how much sugar i previously consume. it’s kind of a bad thing.

i’m such a good wife that i gave him the side with the chocolate frosting face. if that’s not love…i don’t know what is.

blogs for wives ghost cookie mrs fieldsmaybe you noticed the little pumpkin that was part of our junk food pile. well i got that little guy because i am really missing not being able to decorate our home (not that we even have a place to call home at the moment) for fall so i thought it would bring a little fall to me for $0.79. totally worth it and makes our cute hotel room happier, don’t you think?

blogs for wives avery tour living hotels making a hotel homeit was a surprisingly fun date night at the local mall because i got my fill of halloween decorations, cookies and spinach. sometimes those spur of the moment dates turn out to be the better ones.

i think i will bring my little pumpkin friend downstairs while we work all day to spruce up the hotel lobby while we work.

the new wifestyle: sometimes those little things can make a big difference.

1) what are some of your favorite junk food items to splurge on?
2) is your home decorated for fall? paint a picture for me so i can pretend i’m at your house.
3) what did you do for fun last night?


  1. Nick

    October 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    1) Double choc chip cookies that are slightly crumbly, the Pepperidge Farm Nantucket ones are satisfying that need here in the US, however back at home Licorice Bullets tend to be quite high up the list.

    2) Not at all decorated in the slightest way bar some of aidens things she’s stuck on windows.

    3) Slept πŸ˜€

    • chelsea

      October 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      whoa…licorice bullets-those sound intense! big fan of cookies over here so i highly approve nick! yay for sleeping-i hope it was rejuvenating!

  2. Jefffffffffffff

    October 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    1) cheesecake. And funfetti. From a box. It’s from The Lord.

    2) you walk in past the bails of hay, give a high five to the scarecrow and enter the hallowed halls complete with…. Who am I kidding, I just have some pumpkins.

    3) sleep and eat chips and salsa

    • chelsea

      October 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      thanks for your comment jefffffffff (i hope i got enough β€˜f’s’)! ohhh funfetti from a box sounds so good (is there any other way to make funfettie- probably not). even if you painted a fake picture for me…i still enjoyed my high-five with your fake scarecrow! enjoy those pumpkins though. chips and sleep for the win last night!

  3. Paula Howley

    October 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE your pumpkin. πŸ™‚ Good for you.
    1. Chips. Chips. More chips. With ginger ale. HEAVEN.
    2. Not too much going on for fall decoration here. I have about 5 little pumpkins around the living room area and I always get the goldish table cloth out for fall too. Tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving so I’m going to get our big pumpkin today and some of that pretty dried corn too. I always have candles everywhere no matter what so tomorrow they will all be lit. I invited 5 people over for dinner! So excited!
    3. all day yesterday and into the night I gave our home a deeeeeep clean. since we got our puppy 3 weeks ago, it’s been relative chaos and while I initially enjoy this, I don’t do well after a few days. so the place looks pretty nice for our thanksgiving guests! I have one more hour before Lloyd gets home with the dog so I am going to quickly wash (swiffer- like that’s REALLY washing) the floor~!
    Happy thanksgiving!

    • chelsea

      October 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      WAIT. you got a PUPPY?!?! HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?! ahhhh i want to see pictures!!!!

      ohhhh my goodness paula-we really are so alike. i happen to loooove ginger ale but seldom get it (i always get it on the plane). i’m adding that to my next splurge list-good call lady!

      i hope your dinner goes excellent and happy thanksgiving to you!!! it sounds like you will have a beautiful looking home tomorrow filled with good people! i hope that puppy is being respectful of all your cleaning πŸ™‚

  4. tommahoney936172315

    October 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    1. Pepperidge Farm cheese Goldfish crackers. Absolutely the best in any of the flavors. My mother always packed them in ‘care packages’ she sent when I was in Vietnam during that war.

    2. Not inside, but nature has done a beautiful job of placing fall-colored leaves on the lawn.

    3. Fun – probably not but I was coding a new website for a client.

    • chelsea

      October 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      yup…we had goldfish along for the first 2 weeks of the road trip…they really are delicious in ever flavor! what a fond memory you have linked to them too with your time in vietnam-thanks for your service tom. hope that new website is coming along for your client and thanks for your comment!