Wednesday, October 2, 2013
There are benefits and drawbacks to city dwelling. The city offers smaller spaces, less storage, but easier access to just about everything, which means there isn't a need for 3 months of toilet paper, or a fancy printer setup as the copy shop is right around the corner. Oddly enough, there wasn't much for public transportation upon my return, and walking was restricted to the safer times of the day, as well as working day in and day out to find a job, so replacing, or buying new items wasn't something I could freely do. So, I had to work with what I had brought home, which after pet supplies that weren't local (I bulk packed to make sure there was enough for the trip, and the transition to food and litter that could be locally obtained at a reasonable price, as money was incredibly tight at that point), wasn't much.
With me were: four weeks of clothes, one tote of dishes, food, and camp stove &/or electric burner to be used outside the car, toiletries which included a Coleman camp shower, portable towel, 6 packs of wash cloths, baby wipes (good for just about everything), hand sanitizer (has many uses), and toiletry bag with shampoo, body wash, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, no wash poo and body wash, and toilet paper (conventional and camping). Also, the car preparation kit included: battery charger, jumper cables, hardware kit, (screwdrivers, 12 volt drill, and so forth.) Cell phone, heavy, giant laptop, and camera with attached chargers and cables. I also carried a sleeping mat, bag, and tent. The cats each had a carrier with a litter box, bed, food and water dishes, as well as toys for the trip. They all traveled well, as we practiced prior to leaving by going on local quick trips to get them used to the feeling and noises of the car. After the first bumpy part of the cruise, everyone settled in, and it went well. I stayed in two hotels on the way home, and visited many places. Therefore, travel and pets is fully possible, and dreams do come true. It was that cross country trip that changed the way I looked at travel, and became addicted. This post comes as I explore the next phase of what is to come, and how my views have changed, what has worked, what hasn't, and how finances come into play.
Friday, April 5, 2013
It has been a while since my last post, and not to much has happened other than working on school, spending time with the family, and figuring out what comes next. With only 3 semesters until graduation, time is wrapping up on the full time college gig, and thus the beginning of another chapter in life. I settled on renting a studio for the time being, and it has been nice, other than the lack of air conditioning in the summer. But, the price is right, and school is online only, so the stipend is less, but te goal was not for a fancy place in the Beverly Hillls. It is a nice country like setting where my neighbors dogs keep me company, and I have room for Ajah. She is doing well after a long winter. This is my first year of not showing, but with only one cat, no vehicle of my own at the moment, and working the last leg of school; there just isn't the funds. However, the scenery, the precious moments with my grandma, who is now 80, and spending time with my nephew are more valueable than anything money can buy. Besides that, living within my means, and having no additional debt from school is a beautiful thing. I am thinking on working a low pay job this spring until summer while working to find a more permanent job, and continue my masters in the fall, provided I can get situated. There is parking for a truck and trailer in my current location, with plenty of others around here, and no leave date, so I will feasibly be able to stay here, park here, and have a homebase, mailing address for the future. Beyond that, it is hard to say where things are going. With my families health going, and no kids of my own, I plan to begin looking at potential traveling companions. I am a bit unconventional, and it has been 9 months in my current location. This far in, I have not unpacked, have not really decorated, and find myself longing for some traveling. A home base with the system set up like it is makes having a home base almost mandatory.
I was considering more animals in the future, but Tippy will be mine if something happens to her owner, and Ajah turns 7 this year, so that is enough when looking at the long haul. As it stands, traveling takes part of the priority list, but so does being situated and responsible. It is hard to say what i going to happen with job offers out of state. Money is important, and with so much hinging on the righ one, it is a gamble to look at.
I talked to some old friends, which was very uplifting, and made for a bright and beautiful day. Well, that is it for now. Time to enjoy spring time.