what i’ve learned about moving: part two

There was never the intention to make a part two of this type of post, but moving has given me a lot to vent talk about.

Part one is here.

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The additional things I’ve learned from moving:

1. Grandparents are amazing. Not only did mine come into town to help me clean and pack, but they did this for almost 7 hours with me. Had they not come up, I seriously think I would have been screwed. They probably never want to come back and visit me again because of the slave labour I put upon them, so I volunteered I go clean there house when need be.

2. Packing the little things is tedious. I think they’re worse than the big things. I felt like a bag lady.

3. Moving in summer is never fun. I think I sweat the amount I drank yesterday…which is probably the equivalent of 2.5L.

4. Don’t have your oven on the self-clean mode while you’re trying to pack up everything. Not only will it turn the already small space into an oven, but will make you sweat more than humanly possible.

5. Wear a good deodorant. The last thing you need is your grandparents avoiding your calls because you physically drained them and because they never want to smell you. Again.

6. When you think you’ve done/cleaned/cleared everything, chances are you haven’t. Did you remember to check the cupboard above the fridge?? That’s what I thought….

7. Don’t let your husband leave for a golf weekend. Ever is probably key but especially when you’re trying to move. I might have left out the minor detail that he was gone in case you were wondering why I dragged my grandparents into town.

8. And finally, don’t keep moving every 8 to 9 month like we seem to do. Find a spot and stay!!! Being gypsies was fine when it was just the two of us but babies bring tons of little things along with them (refer back to #2).

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Have you moved around a lot in your life? If so, how many times?
I’ve only been moving more recently since meeting the husband. He’s slowly pushed his gypsy ways on me!!

what i’ve learned about moving

This shouldn’t be a hard one to guess. I’ve learned that packing sucks, and that unpacking sucks even more.

Thank goodness I’m not a thousand months pregnant or the amount that’s already been done so far would have been non-existent.

The one thing I did not want to go and do after work today was pack up more stuff from the old place. So I went to the old place, sat on the ground and called my grandma. Grandma’s trump packing up things you probably don’t care about anyways.

After I got off the phone with her, I got out of denial and got to work. It really was only our bedroom and the kitchen left, so I targeted the kitchen today. Baby’s gotta eat!

For some reason I move in slow motion when I do things I dread. So what probably could have taken 45 mins, I turned it into an hour and a half. And did I mention that I was hungry the whole time!!

It’s hard to believe that this space used to be our living room!!

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Now just an empty space that makes me wonder why it looked so much smaller with our stuff in it!! Does pregnancy mess with your perception?!

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Once I got back to the new place, I quickly got out the things I needed to make vegan BLTs (like the frying pan I dragged over from the old place), and pretty much devoured that bad boy!!

(recycled photo yet still delicious)

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You can find me not unpacking the kitchen tonight because I can’t even bare to touch those boxes.

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Same goes for the hallway.

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As for where my sanity stands…your guess is as good as mine.

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Since this was clearly not a baby bump post, that will be coming tomorrow. But for now, I did put this little pic together. Do you see the changes?!

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What do you hate most about moving?
I seriously have to say it all..moving to a newer and bigger place was my only motivation.

What’s your favourite sandwich??
Love these vegan BLTs right now but also love a veggie sub from Subway!

Sorry if the photos are huge. I have no concept of their size on my phone. Thats one thing I’ll have to look at and alter if need be when I get my comp on some Internet!!

how to be productive and welcome bland cooking

As soon as I finished my intense summer courses, I immediately thought I would go into full-on do nothing mode (but, don’t tempt me because there’s still the option of this happening). But in reality, I actually got straight to packing so we can move!

Despite my first weak attempt at packing, I decided that if I just did it, I’d feel so much better. And since I’m not much of a help picking up boxes after they’re packed, I figured the least I could do was jam everything in them. Hey – it’s the easier part, too! 😉

The thing that actually got me to start packing? Making a ‘to do’ list.

I don’t know why, but as soon as I have a list, I’m fine to do those things I would have whined about before. The great news is that the only things on that list that didn’t get a check mark beside it (and yes, I need those boxes there to ‘tick’ them off as I go!) were the ‘start packing clothes’ and ‘respond to 2 posts.’ Luckily the ‘respond to 2 posts’ isn’t even packing related, so I pretty much dominated that packing list!

I guess once you get going at something, you can accomplish more than you maybe thought you would have. I think I packed over 6 boxes in total! I have the empty cupboards to prove it!

This is clearly all you need to last a week (and a bit) until you move, right?

I don’t know why I chose for cinnamon, vanilla and sugar to hang around, but for some reason at the time of packing it seemed logical (the PB is a given for why it was held back). In all fairness, keeping the sugar was a stellar idea, as my sister and I used it last night to make a simple syrup for homemade lemonade. I knew my baby brain was good for something!

My kitchen in a nutshell box designed to hold bananas (getting boxes from grocery store rocks!)

 You would think that I’m trying to starve us by the amount of food you actually see on the surface of these boxes, but I promise the rest underneath is nonfood.

 It was actually hard to move my stand mixer before I actually would move with it. I’m trying to get over my attachment issues early, so that way when my child starts kindergarten, I won’t even have the time to stop the car, they’ll just have to roll out. 😛

I was seriously so in the moving zone, that when I was clearing out the kitchen, I didn’t just stop at the ‘stuff not used recently’ part (refer to ‘to do’ list); I cleared out all the essentials, including every.single.spice.I.own.

You can tell where the curry powder used to sit – notice the yellow blob on the very bottom shelf?

It probably wasn’t my most brilliant idea to remove all the spices from our house before we stop cooking in it, but I couldn’t justify not packing them all up. I feel the need for clearings vs. keeping a few things back in case I might use them (minus the cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and PB – those are clearly very different circumstances), because I never ended up using the things I hold back, anyways! So for now, it’s all S&P and whatever ‘spices’ I have in my fridge – ketchup and mustard anyone?! Bland cooking is the new flavourful cooking.

I didn’t get any packing done yesterday because I need to go to the new place, unpack those boxes, and then bring the emptied boxes back to our place to reuse, but I think I accomplished a lot 2 days ago! That’s for sure! And we’ll see if I take a trip over to the new place today to unload those boxes so I can bring them back.

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I have a new baby post coming tomorrow!!

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What helps you get things done that need to be done?

I seriously live for that ‘to do’ list – even if I write it and don’t even refer to it the whole day. Just the fact of writing the things down gets me into action.

What is one spice you couldn’t live without? (besides S&P)

I don’t even think I have an answer to this one! Maybe garlic or onion powder just because they’re such essentials, too!