17 7 / 2014

J’s Little Garden

Today’s mystery box slip was for gardening. He chose almost all of the seeds to plant and worked so hard that he was sweaty and dirty in the end. 

10 7 / 2014

I’ve decided on the vehicle that I want to get. That was a major step that I needed to take because I couldn’t make definite plans without having that in place. A few women in my nomad group have the same vehicle and they say it’s good for traveling. It’s gas mileage isn’t the greatest but it’s worth it so I’m happy enough with that.

I’ve been making prep lists and pricing out everything. It’s going to be a good bit of money but very worth it if I can get us going. I’ve already worked on how much I would be saving a month while not living here and paying rent. With some of the bills still in place it’s still a good amount saved. I’m happy with that as long as it’s not an increase in costs. That’s not something I can deal with especially if it comes with struggles. I imagine there will be some of those but at least it will cost less than struggling at home. That’s my thoughts on it anyway.

I need to go back over my initial plans and make sure that it’s possible and more than that I need to make sure that the timing is right, the activities are possible, and everything lines up the way it should. I hate that I’m considering leaving late in the year. If January was the month we were leaving then we’d have a good long while to travel but since it’s July now, it will be too long to wait for another January.

I’m not discouraged. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think about leaving already and just getting us out there. I’m ready now.

Later today (since it’s midnight) I have a job interview to get to. I hope I can get this job and squeeze every bit of money out of it before we leave. I’m not sure exactly when we’ll leave now because I do want to have enough money and don’t want to just quit so soon if I do get it but I do still want to go. It’s worth more to me than this job even though I do need the job.

So anyway. That’s the small update as of now. Things are still moving along. J still mentions going camping and doing things on a trip. I like to hear him talk about traveling. It’s just funny to have it coming from such a tiny mouth with so much excitement. I hope we have a good time. I just really think this could be fun.

29 6 / 2014

awayoftraveling:

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and feel - that is the purpose of life." -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I don’t care what Rotten Tomatoes said - I loved The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Then again, I’m a sucker for awkward humor, underdog characters, and, of course, inspiring travel cinematography and a good quote. Here’s my take on the movie’s mantra:
• To see the world. I read this in two ways: first, with emphasis on the world - travel and experience new cultures - and, second, with emphasis on see. As Marcel Proust says, “Discovery consists not of seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”
• Things dangerous to come to. With the exception of ignoring your survival instincts, things that excite and scare you at the same time are usually good things to try. Failure isn’t as bad or as permanent as our imaginations and the fear in our hearts make it out to be.
• To see behind walls. Be curious. Dig deeper. Notice things other people overlook. Question. Open doors.
• To draw closer. Really soak things up. Embrace the world, instead of hiding from it. 
• To find each other. Recognize the oneness of all people and things, and feel at ease in this harmony. Help each other. Let people in.
• To feel. Let the highs and the lows wash over and envelope you, realizing that both have their purpose, and neither are permanent.

In the end, this quote is just another stab at the age-old question about how we should spend our short stay on this planet. Does it satisfy the question for your life? If not, what is it missing? Food for thought. :)



Watched this movie tonight. The story, the cinematography, everything. I loved it. Really made me want to travel and explore now.

awayoftraveling:

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and feel - that is the purpose of life." -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I don’t care what Rotten Tomatoes said - I loved The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Then again, I’m a sucker for awkward humor, underdog characters, and, of course, inspiring travel cinematography and a good quote. Here’s my take on the movie’s mantra:

To see the world. I read this in two ways: first, with emphasis on the world - travel and experience new cultures - and, second, with emphasis on see. As Marcel Proust says, “Discovery consists not of seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

Things dangerous to come to. With the exception of ignoring your survival instincts, things that excite and scare you at the same time are usually good things to try. Failure isn’t as bad or as permanent as our imaginations and the fear in our hearts make it out to be.

To see behind walls. Be curious. Dig deeper. Notice things other people overlook. Question. Open doors.

To draw closer. Really soak things up. Embrace the world, instead of hiding from it. 

To find each other. Recognize the oneness of all people and things, and feel at ease in this harmony. Help each other. Let people in.

To feel. Let the highs and the lows wash over and envelope you, realizing that both have their purpose, and neither are permanent.
In the end, this quote is just another stab at the age-old question about how we should spend our short stay on this planet. Does it satisfy the question for your life? If not, what is it missing? Food for thought. :)

Watched this movie tonight. The story, the cinematography, everything. I loved it. Really made me want to travel and explore now.

27 6 / 2014

I made an appointment to get my car appraised at Carmax. I’m finally taking steps to figure out what car to get us into. I would love to get us into a Prius due to it’s gas mileage and travel benefits, but it can’t pull a camper I’m told which is what I want to build in the future. I still want it though.

I’m not sure what to get into otherwise but I do want something small (not too small) inexpensive, and good on gas. I also don’t want to do payments at all so what I can get into will depend on what I get out of letting go of my own car. I’ll find out on Tuesday when I have the appointment. 

23 6 / 2014

I’m back to searching for travel trailer info online and ended up finding free plans for an incredibly simple teardrop trailer. Everything there from start to finish. It’s really cool what kind of things you can truly build for yourself. I’m putting those together with the instructable that I found and from there, I should be able to have a good idea of what to do. The main difference in the way you finish the outside and the insulation. One is insulated all around and the other is not. Ours would be.

I would love to take a carpentry class of some sort and then borrow tools to avoid that expense so I’m keeping my eyes open for those options. I have a jigsaw but I would need two other saws among other things. The cheapest class I saw is online and that’s not really what I want. The one in person is $135 or so and I don’t want to pay for that either. I’ll figure it out.

So, after reading through those trailer plans and going back over the instructable, I started making a list of what I want in our teardrop besides it being handmade. These pictures have a bit of what I want.

I want light and space.

I don’t honestly like to be in closed in spaces so windows and light are a must. I love the wide doors. This trailer has a really open feel to it and it’s something that I can do myself with a little bit more skill. I really like the wood interior too. I was thinking white would make it feel bigger but this looks so nice instead.

Anyway, this is a long time away unless it all falls into place. Other than that, I’m going to be perfecting my own trailer plans and perfecting a trip itinerary. I’m so serious when I say we’re leaving. We really need to head out and do something new. I have no other reason to stay home other than that it’s safer and easier. It costs us more to stay in an apartment in the long run than it does to be slow traveling so which makes more sense?

I honestly wish I had thought of this before.

22 6 / 2014

I saw an instructable of a guy who built his own teardrop camper and now I’m wishing I could go and do the same. It cost him around $1900 to do it and it looks great.

I don’t think I’ll be able to do that any time soon but who knows really. It’s just a matter of being able to get money for it besides everything else that I need money for.

I do think that I’ll get J out to the beach some time this summer since going on a longer trip then would be too soon. By the time we leave, it may not be a good time for the beach. I  do like to watch his eyes light up when he thinks of somewhere to go though. The other night he said he wanted to go fishing and last night he said he wanted the trailer to.

I think he’ll have fun when we leave on a little adventure.

20 6 / 2014

Or is it a fever? I don’t remember what it’s called but I’m making plans. For real this time.

I’m thinking that we will go travel for a little while. I’m tired of paying rent and I want us to be able to do more than sit still. J wants to go to the beach, I want to take him to a few different places in Texas and there’s no better way to get him used to travel than to travel. I’ve wanted to travel with him since before he was born so now is a good time.

Not right now but now as in this year once we’re ready to go.

I’m planning it. He’s ready for it. We’re going!

15 6 / 2014

For the last week I had been trying to get my class final filmed. I picked my actors from craigslist and kept in contact with them for a bit. I had agreements from them both that we would film on certain days. No shows. The female sent me a text ten minutes ahead of today’s scheduled shoot to tell me she couldn’t make it.

Luckily, I thought to ask another young guy who had emailed me from Craigslist if he would do it if I had no shows again. He showed up on time, was enthusiastic and was just an overall great guy. I had my younger sister step in in the female place and she was great. For someone who was asked an hour and a half ahead of time, it was perfect. I’m so pleased.

I hate that I had to deal with no shows but I’m happy with what I ended up with. So my duty for the rest of the weekend is editing that, getting the soundtrack together and turning it in.

I have my design work to do as well. I’m in charge of creating a brand of gourmet soda. I had to go and get a 4-pack of soda to spray paint the carton, take the label off the body and create a mock-up. My idea is to do everything that needs to be done then take it to a grocery store and try to take a picture of it on the shelf since I have to take pictures of the “product”. That and have it in my kitchen as if I bought it and brought it home. On top of creating the label, mock - up and taking pictures, I have to make sure the label looks just as it would in the store. I should be getting started on both of these right now but it’s 11PM and I have a headache. Tomorrow may just be incredibly busy.

My film is done though so that’s a relief. I start a new term in just under ten days I think. My stress now is getting my rent together for next month and taking care of the few small bills that we still have and then I’m fine. This film was major and it’s looking pretty tiny now.

05 6 / 2014

You ever have that moment when you agree to do work and then you want to just lie in bed and avoid doing the work because now you have no choice but to do the work? No? That’s just me then.

I went ahead and put an ad on craigslist for actors for my final. I didn’t realize that it’s due next week rather than the week after (for some reason final work is due before the final week) and now I need to have it done. No problem though. I got a response from a guy who says he actually did bradley cooper’s hair in a movie. I don’t know but he sounds normal enough and the scene doesn’t take place in anyone’s house or my neighborhood so I’m not too worried. I got another response from a guy who simply needs the work for his reel cause he’s an actor type already. That’s cool but too bad I already have the bradley cooper hair guy who seems to be laid back as well. Shrug.

Now that I have someone who wants to do it though, I’m not in the mood to actually do it. More like I’m too worried or too busy or too tired and too nervous. I just plain don’t want to have to do the work now that it seems to be coming together better than I had planned. I’m going to do it but nerves.

My final work is due next week and then the following week is my last week of that term. I think after the next term is over I get to have five days off but not this time. I’m a slave to the man this time.

In other news, I don’t think J will be going to summer camp. I’m bummed out on that one. I wish I could call and see if they maybe tried to call my other number even though two were listed. I’m not going to though. That would be weird. Instead I’m going to hope that it will work out in a different way. I could really use the time to get other things done and work a little but I’m going to believe I’ll get some time away another time.

04 6 / 2014

I Should Stop Eating My Son’s Oreos -  A recipe book for the late night snacker

Still Can’t Find That Top - which is the sequel to: 

My Carpet is Blue: The True Story of a Mother Who Never Should Have Bought That Bingo Marker

And The Dish Got Left In The Sink With The Spoon, A Bedtime Story

An Insomniac’s Prayer - also called -  Dear God, Please Knock Me Out He’s Going to Be Awake Soon.

01 6 / 2014

fitnnappy:

i need to print this out

(Source: symphonyofawesomeness, via theoriginalfive)

31 5 / 2014

I finished the month with my freezer meals finished. I’m planning 4 more for June. 6 if I can manage it but I think one a week may be my best right now. If I do it on Sunday I can sneak in a fifth.

I told J that he can be in charge of cooking dinner some nights in June. He’ll be in charge of picking out a recipe, shopping for it since he prefers to walk in the store anyway and doing everything but putting it in the oven or on the stove. I’ve noticed his eating habit start to change so I’m going to see what this does as far as getting him in the mood to eat more like he used to.

We didn’t go to the beach but that’s because the day I wanted to go was Memorial Day and that was not happening. I didn’t realize that at the time. I may not worry about it for a few months in order to avoid any summer crowds. The homeschool group has a day planned and its so tempting to think about going but even she mentioned that it would be crowded so I’m thinking nope. I need to find a nice alternative.

In June I’m going to start working again because I have a lot to start saving for including another car. I want to finish a few books on my list (The Radical Homemaker, Amazing Minds which is about the science of developing your child’s mind with games, and there are two others that I can’t remember). I have some fiction in there too. I want to get J through the mountain of books that he has which means we’ll be reading quite a bit and I want us to start working towards letterboxing for some outdoor time together. Also, I need a better cleaning routine specifically for the kitchen and bathroom.

My intention for June is to make better habits for us and the apartment, to continue to ask and go for what we/I need, give J my full attention when I can and to make sure to keep some fun in J’s life.

Yay for June!

25 5 / 2014

darkryemag:

12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About | Greatist

There are plenty of reasons to eat more meat-free meals: They’re nearly always cheaper, lower in calories, and better for the environment. It’s easy to get enough protein without eating animals, but the doubters often have another concern: Are these meat-free protein sources complete?
The term “complete protein” refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t produce on its own. These are called essential amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. In order to be considered “complete,” a protein must contain all nine of these essential amino acids. Yes, meat and eggs are complete proteins, and beans and nuts aren’t. But humans don’t need every essential amino acid in every bite of food in every meal they eat; we only need a sufficient amount of each amino acid every day [1].
Most dieticians believe that plant-based diets contain such a wide variety of amino acid profiles that vegans are virtually guaranteed to get all of their amino acids with very little effort [2]. Still, some people want complete proteins in all of their meals. No problem—meat’s not the only contender. Eggs and dairy also fit the bill, which is an easy get for the vegetarians, but there are plenty of other ways to get complete proteins on your next meatless Monday. Here are some of the easiest…

darkryemag:

12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About | Greatist

There are plenty of reasons to eat more meat-free meals: They’re nearly always cheaper, lower in calories, and better for the environment. It’s easy to get enough protein without eating animals, but the doubters often have another concern: Are these meat-free protein sources complete?

The term “complete protein” refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t produce on its own. These are called essential amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. In order to be considered “complete,” a protein must contain all nine of these essential amino acids. Yes, meat and eggs are complete proteins, and beans and nuts aren’t. But humans don’t need every essential amino acid in every bite of food in every meal they eat; we only need a sufficient amount of each amino acid every day [1].

Most dieticians believe that plant-based diets contain such a wide variety of amino acid profiles that vegans are virtually guaranteed to get all of their amino acids with very little effort [2]. Still, some people want complete proteins in all of their meals. No problem—meat’s not the only contender. Eggs and dairy also fit the bill, which is an easy get for the vegetarians, but there are plenty of other ways to get complete proteins on your next meatless Monday. Here are some of the easiest…

25 5 / 2014

I feel like this might have been the title of my last post last week.

Anyway, it’s Sunday night and that means I must be done with this week’s homework. Yes, yes I am. This week we had to create a poster for a cause. I chose mental health services for young people in England based on an article I read. Here’s the poster:

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It took me a couple hours to get an idea going. Everything that I originally thought up wasn’t in my skill set. Seems like a regularly occurring issue but I do work on it little by little and so that’s why I’m happy enough with my poster. I learned bit more this week. Its simple enough that it didn’t completely stress me so that is a plus.

For the rest of the week in my design class, we only have a discussion on the logo and design of our favorite clothing store in order to prep us for the week after where we have to design the logo and stationary for a business.

In my film class we only had discussion questions last week. I finished those earlier. I have to watch American Beauty and discuss that and answer a few questions concerning the lighting for my final which will be filmed outside so nothing to really write there. This week should be a little bit of a breather since I don’t plan to work too too hard on the logo just yet. I do my best work under a little bit of pressure.

Tomorrow I’m not going anywhere and I plan on barely doing anything. I have my herbal syrup to finally get around to making for that course and decluttering to get to for the tiny house course. We’re in the phase where we are letting go of junk that we’ve held on to in prep to eventually be able to move out into our own space with less stuff. This is to help us also gain some money in the meantime.

J is excited about moving. Turns out, he doesn’t like the apartment as much. I can understand that. Its the living in a smaller spot and not having a yard that’s probably getting to him along with having me at the computer more now than I used to be. So he’s ready. We’ve been talking about what we want though so he knows that I want a house as much as he does.

Besides all that, I want to work out a little bit tomorrow and then that’s it. It sounds like a lot but its probably not going to take me long. We got more frozen yogurt yesterday and I plan to open that tomorrow too. Talk about a rest day!

Tonight I’m thinking of watching the Secret Garden drama and maybe I’ll go ahead and sneak an early cone while the boy sleeps.

20 5 / 2014

I have one full week left in May and I have not gotten to my intentions.

They were:

2-4 freezer meals

one beach trip

finishing up my work earlier enough to spend a Sunday reading

One full week of May left after this week. I can’t take any beach trips this week because of a heavy class load. I’m going to attempt to finish all class work before Sunday but I kind of don’t see that happening unless I nearly kill myself to do it. I have a big project to do this week and I’ve only just started working on a concept for my cause poster. Geeze. But because we’re reaching the middle weeks of class (on 3 of 8) it wont get any better. On the freezer meal side, I’m working on that tomorrow and I may be able to count it as more than one. I’m making a crockpot full of potato soup using five pounds of potatoes so I may be safe on that one. I put small servings in already so I could count those as two except it doesn’t feed the both of so…never mind.

This beach thing has to happen though. Its going to be summer in no time and that will mean the beaches will be packed and not fun. May has to be the month. I’m going to have to plan it and just do it.