When QJ moves – Part 10 – We heart our trash men <3

Part of the reason my move last year is getting so much blog loving is because it was a *big* move. We basically consolidated 3 different homes plus storage, all into one big house. It took weeks of preparation, planning, and packing….and a whole lot of boxes.

So even though we threw away a lot of stuff -before- the move, there was obviously a ton of stuff to be disposed of during and after the move as well.

Which meant our trash men had their work cut out for them the first couple weeks. Now they weren’t obligated to take anything beyond our first trashcan that could be picked up by the truck automatically.

But they did. They were awesome. And so while we were setting up a yard sale one morning and they came through to pick up their weekly mountain of trash, I sent one of the girls to go ask them what kind of cookies they liked. They said sugar, so the next week, I spent the evening making heart and truck-shaped cookies for them.

Now obviously I’m no SugarBelle and I didn’t take the time to learn how to flood and perfect. But a butter knife and ziploc bag of icing did fairly well, and I doubt the trash guys really cared what they looked like….they were just happy to get some cookies, hehe.

And in the process of showing my appreciation for their hard work, I also learned how to make hippo cookies.

Upper left cookie? Definite hippo.

Those were the results of trying to figure out just which cookie cutter lines I should follow in order to get something that resembled a truck. Upper left is a hippo. Or guinea pig even, ha. Bottom left has a bison head. Upper right? I have no idea what that miserable thing is, hehe.

Moral of the story: Make lots of extra cookies so half can go to the receiver and all the mistakes  can be eaten.

Oh, and appreciate your trash people, mail men and women, etc. They may not always do things the way you like it, but when they do, make sure you tell them thanks….or use them as an excuse to make baked goods. :P

When QJ moves – Part 9 – The cat calls dibbs on the baking stone

cats, moving, pets, pizza | July 26, 2011 | By

Yep, so as we were unpacking, there may’ve been a few things that got stacked on the floor, and well, yeah, of course that means that the cats automatically owned them.

Not only did they own them, but they liked to rub it in our faces:

You can’t tell me she’s not showing off, proud of herself for finding such an awesome sleeping spot. Notice that it’s right at the vent, too, in the middle of summer, with the air conditioner no doubt running every so often, turning the pizza stone into a glorious slab of coolness.

Yeah, I might be jealous. Darn cats, sleeping on my food *and* my dishes.

When QJ moves – Part 8 – Banana boxes

food, moving | July 22, 2011 | By

So it was brought to my attention that even though I posted an entire series on my move last year and how it affected our eating, I never did post the pictures here on the site that involved the banana boxes. I only posted them on Facebook, oops.

Oh the banana boxes….

So many of them! No, you don’t understand….we had dozens of them. The entire hallway was covered in them. Don’t believe me?

And uh, that actually wasn’t all of them. We had a wall built in the kitchen as well. Chiquita Bananas boxes rock…they’re heavy duty and even though both the bottom and the top had holes in them, the heavy paper inside was sufficient for covering them. Great for packing.

All work and no play….well, wouldn’t have been very fun, so we had to stop for some quirky pictures a couple times, too. There’s my helper, B* above. She was a cuter bunny that day, hehe.

Here’s some of the other banana box labeling pictures, too:

^ That was an attempt at drawing fire with a flat Sharpie.

Mario fun

I really need to post about the Monster Masher one of these days.

I already posted that picture in this post, but it was worth mentioning again because of the boxes.

Little tape, hehe.

Proof of the above and my packing skills:

I may have just restocked our bean collection before the move, oops.

You can thank my mom for the elephant drawing here. Yay for parents who indulge silly requests, hehe.

Smiley faces make everything better, remember? Everybody agrees:


I have a couple pictures from some non-banana boxes, too, that I can’t help but share while I’m at it:

Yay for gaming references. Leave me a comment if you recognize it. :P

I promise you she’s not trying to flip off the camera or attempting a funky peace sign. She had already taken off her bunny ears, but wanted a quirky bunny in this picture, too…..so meet the shadow bunny with the cocked ear, too. <3

And as a reminder, the rest of the posts about my big move can be found here.