Category Archives: Life

Long Time No Write

Well, it has been several months since my last post. I actually made my entire blog private for a while because I was wrestling with the idea of posting about my life on the internet… for people to read… I’m not entirely anonymous on here so in theory someone I know COULD find this and read it and do whatever they want with that information. The thought of that definitely made me hesitate to post and to keep this blog.

I now decided that it doesn’t matter. I’m not posting anything confidential. Also, I don’t think anyone cares that much about me to go digging around on the internet to find out what I’m doing. 🙂

And so, I will be posting regularly again.

I’ll be starting a half marathon training program in mid August again so I’m excited to blog about it.

Still living the RV life, so I’ll be posting about that occasionally too.

I’ve also recently decided that I was going to try to be as “zero waste” as I possibly can. That’ll be interesting!

Anyway, happy to be back. See you soon.

 

 

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Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner

For my 30th birthday I bought myself a life planner. I think that says a lot about what I think about turning 30. I should have it together by now but I don’t! Maybe this expensive life planner will help! That was pretty much my reasoning for spending that much on a planner.

To be fair though, I do like this kind of thing as a hobby. I like being crafty.

Anyway, I made an unboxing video:

I filmed and edited this at the beginning of the week, so I’ve had my planner now and have been using it for the past five days.

I do like it a lot but there are a couple of things that aren’t so great. For example,  in the video I talk about how I’m a little disappointed in the designer dots. Well, it turns out, I actually like them a lot and find them really useful. The downside is, it would cost like 50 bucks to have enough of those dots for an entire year of planning. There is no way I am spending that kind of dime on designer dots. Forget it. And I think that’s what is going to ultimately stop me from getting another Erin Condren planner in the future: the price.

We’ll see how it goes though. Right now I’m getting around having a bunch of stickers by coloring things in with colored pencils.

Any tips on decorating a planner on a budget?

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Thailand Trip Video

I made a video of the trip to Thailand we took in May 2016. We filmed everything using our phones and held them in our hands so unfortunately, there was a lot of shakiness. Now that I’m into making videos though I’m going to try my best to minimize shakiness for future videos! I hope to make this the last shaky footage we upload on Youtube.

We were in Thailand for one month and backpacked around visiting Bangkok, Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi, Railay Beach, and Chiang Mai. We didn’t have a plan when we got to Thailand except we had booked a weekend at Railay Beach and we had booked a hostel for our first night in Bangkok. The rest of the time we used airbnb to book places the day before we got there. It worked out well probably because May is low tourist season in Thailand. It was very hot, it rained a lot, but we had a fantastic time.

Long Term Storage Favorites!

If you read my blog you know that recently my husband and I decided to live full time in an RV but to also keep a storage unit for when we go back to apartment life and because our RV is tiny and does not have a lot of storage space. I just wanted to list a few of the products that I bought that I loved that we used to help store our things in our storage unit.

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  • My favorite of the favorites that I bought is a plastic file container with handles shown above to store all of the files we have accumulated last several years. When we lived in an apartment we had a filing cabinet which we had to get rid of and we temporarily put our files into a large plastic bag, which isn’t really the best way to store them. This container keeps everything neat and ordered, and acts as a portable filing cabinet, so if I really need it, I can take it out of storage and use it. its great!

 

  • The next item we used a lot of were these storage bins by Sterilite.

    I used these to pack our clothing and linen and placed them near the front of our storage unit for easy access. These stack easily, are easy to carry, and are not very expensive.

 

  • What’s my solution to keeping my clothes and linen in good condition? These cedar wood balls which are a natural moth repellent. These things are great and I think they smell good too. I put them in all of our storage bins that contain clothing, and I use them inside the RV as well. I don’t want our things to be destroyed in our storage unit. That would be the worst case scenario I think. Paying money every month to keep things only to find they were ruined in that time.

 

  • Along the same lines as the cedar balls I also purchased anti moth satchets by Colibri.You can get these in many different scents and they smell so good. I keep these in the RV as well inside of our storage compartments.

 

  • Lastly, we have a plastic drawer set inside of our storage unit like the one pictured below:
    We keep one like this near the front of our unit for easy access and keep our frequently used clothing in it. I also placed anti moth sachets inside the drawers to protect the clothes. Now when we visit the unit we can easily access any clothes we want without having to dig through everything and the drawers makes it feel kind of like a closet.

That’s it for my storage unit favorites! Do you have any tips for long term storage? Particularly anything that will help protect furniture and clothing? Please leave a comment. I appreciate it!

Day 3 of full time living in the RV

Today is day three in the RV full time. On Friday we moved out of the apartment. My husband went to work and it was my responsibility to load the last few items into our RV and hand in our apartment keys. We had until noon to check out so I had plenty of time to get everything ready. At around 11:45 I checked out, left the keys in the apartment, and my dog and I headed to the RV. The RV was loaded with stuff that needed to go to our storage unit as well as a few things that we were donating to Goodwill. So that was my first stop.

After I went to Goodwill I drove all the way to the nearest Container Store to return a few items I had bought there the other day. When that was done I headed to the storage unit but I could not remember the gate code and my husband was not answering his phone. At that point it was around 2:30 in the afternoon and I was exhausted. I decided that rather than hunt around for a parking spot near the storage unit place I’d head to my husband’s workplace and park on the street out there.

We parked next to some shrubs and I climbed into the back with my dog. It was hot, the RV was so full of boxes I could barely move around in there. I made a little space on the bed and laid down with my dog. I started crying, actually. What we’re we doing? Is this what it was going to be like? My dog and I in the hot RV while my husband went to work?

My husband finally answered his phone and came down to check on us. We moved the RV to a better spot and he told me he’d get off work at 4. That wasn’t such a long time so I spent the time reading and at one point fell asleep. When he got off we went to the storage unit and loaded the last of our stuff. The RV was more comfortable already and I was feeling a lot better about it.

Finding a place to park that night was not difficult and I slept soundly, mostly because I was so exhausted and also because I decided to wear ear plugs so that I wouldn’t jump at every sound I heard outside.

The rest of the weekend was spent working on RV chores. We put up the rest of the solar panels which took the entire day Saturday. I will post about this soon! We also put up the rest of the blackout blinds and sorted things out in the storage and took out what we needed in the RV. Sunday was a little bit more relaxed but the RV still needs a lot of work. It’s at least at a point where it is comfortable and livable though.

Today is the first day that I am in the RV and my husband is at work. We woke up at 7 AM and I headed to the gym to workout and shower. After breakfast my husband went to work and I stayed in the RV with the dog. I was so anxious. My heart jumped at every sound. I kept imagining someone knocking on our door and telling us we couldn’t be hanging out in our RV or we couldn’t be parked where we were and that we needed to move. I finally got up and took the dog for a walk. The street we were on was quiet which reassured me. I also spotted a few other RVs down the road some. That reassured me even more. Despite this reassurance, I took my dog to the nearest cafe and we are sitting outside while I write this and sip on tea. I think this being in an RV thing is going to take some getting used to. I hope my anxiety subsides over time.

In the meantime I am trying to keep myself busy with productive activities. Learning to program/build things on my computer, keeping up with this blog, learning other skills in general but it’s going to take some time before I get into a real routine here. I thrive when I have structure and a routine. Since I am unemployed and not in school, structure and routine is something I have to create for myself. It can be hard sometimes.

 

Baking Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Yesterday I drank one cup of black tea with coconut-almond blend milk and I was WIRED. I don’t normally drink much caffeine. I will have it in the form of chocolate sometimes though but it has been a long time since I’ve had a regular chocolate habit.

So, I got the urge to bake. And bake I did. I made the blueberry muffins that I made a few months ago again. Link to Recipe – https://munchies.vice.com/en/recipes/vegan-blueberry-muffins

I took some video footage of me baking and Google Photos was kind enough to make a video of it!

Today I’m trying out a chocolate banana muffin recipe my sister told me about. I veganized it by using vegan butter and aquafaba. This is my first time using aquafaba so I hope it turns out well.

They’re in the oven right now. 🙂

First Youtube Video and MyFitnessPal

I decided I wanted to start a Youtube channel with my husband and I finally posted our first video yesterday.

I’ll be posting weekly videos, mostly about the RV and what we want to do with it. At least for now. I will probably expand it to include other topics as I go along. I’m excited to learn more about video editing.

In other news, I finally went ahead and downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and I’ve been using it for the past four days and it has been an eye opener! I’m happy with it and definitely recommend it. Seven weeks to lose 10 lbs! Let’s go!