Today was no different than any other day. I woke up, made coffee, watched some videos about Data Warehousing and did laundry. Well, today was a little different…it was our six month Nomadiversary.
Six months ago today, we packed up what little we owned and we hit the road ready for adventure. We had no idea what we were in for, but we were ready.
I can vividly recall climbing over the 5 foot tall mountain of laundry to get to the garage. Instead of doing laundry, I would buy more clothes. When we downsized to move into the RV, I stopped counting after 20 full trash bags of clothing to be donated.
It had only been a few days when we started to realize what was staying, what was going and what we needed. As you know, we spent a year and a half doing trial runs trying to figure out what would work for us. For the most part, we have been on point…but some things we were way off or hadn’t even thought of. In month one, here are the things that we have loved, ditched or purchased!
Step 1: Get remote job.
Step 2: Purchase reliable mobile internet.
Step 3: Complain about how unreliable the internet is.
I have been working on the road for one month and the internet has been great…and not so great. Continue reading “Working on the Road: One Month”
Well we did it. It took a year and half of planning, saving, selling, donating and throwing our belongings in the trash. But on the day Pookie had set as our launch date we said goodbye to our land lord and the house we had lived in for 8 years and moved ourselves and what we thought was everything we couldn’t live without into our motorhome and set off on this crazy journey. Just like we planned. In truth that’s probably the only thing that went as planned.
Honestly I carried this thought in my mind that if we could just get to the launch date we could take a moment to breathe. The stress would let up and it would be smooth sailing. I was even looking forward to it. Ha! We have been working on this for 18 months. It consumed our every thought and steered our decisions. The launch date felt like a finish line to the work and the party would begin.
And then it was upon us. It’s go time. Nothing left to sell, repair or clean. All we had were a few pieces of furniture and an old tv to throw out and we could go. I have to tell you that launch day was the most stressful yet. With the excitement of the adventure ahead and the last minute things we had to get done I was running around trying to get out the door like a angry lunatic. It’s been unseasonably warm here in South Florida (which we affectionately refer to as the Devil’s armpit) so I was hot, sweaty and thirsty. Now you don’t know me but if you did you’d know that makes me grouchy. For whatever reason I decided I wanted to wait to check my tire pressure and lug nuts that morning. We have a 3 axle rig with 8 tires and the 4 tires on the Volkswagen. So tire pressure and torque check is actually a pretty big job. 60 lug nuts at 150 foot pounds in the sun is a serious workout. And then 20 more on the van. I was pretty tired as you can imagine. At last we get the rig into the street and we’re getting Twinkie hooked up to leave and I can’t find the ever loving key to the lock for the towbar. A few trips back and forth checking keys and eventually I realize I do have it and get it locked up. The next step is to do a lights check and wouldn’t you know we can’t get the tow lights working. Ahhhhh! As you can imagine my boiling point is rapidly approaching from the heat stress combo that I’m now eating for lunch because it’s after noon and I haven’t been able to eat much of anything. I check and recheck the connections and some how they all decided to work at the same time that time. Finally! GAWD Tina! For all I know they quit working after we made the first left out of our neighborhood. We said our final farewells and we buckled up and began this adventure we had so painstakingly planned. You’d think great, chill the worst part is over. You’d be very wrong indeed. Continue reading “It's officially official! “
That’s right folks, we are 10 short days away from moving into our RV and travelling the grand old US of A. To be honest, I’ve been an emotional trainwreck the last few weeks. I don’t know if I should cry or laugh most days. We planned, we had a timeline, we had goals and we SMASHED them. We are 10 days away…the RV is ready, we are 90% moved in and the house is empty except for furniture we’ll put to the curb. Reservations have been made, addresses have been changed and we have accomplished every single thing we have set out to do in preparation and more. I am so excited that we stuck to our plan and everything went accordingly, but I am still nervous. Continue reading “10 days until Full-Time RV Living”
My bully camps! Does yours?
Camping with a Pitbull or other breed traditionally considered to be “dangerous” is like renting an apartment, it can be a challenge if you don’t do a little research.
Pull up a chair, grab a drink and watch the video below! Get to know Dozer and learn a little bit about camping with a Pitbull…