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Worst Vacation Ever

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tomorrow we may lose our bus…

We made it back to town yesterday and boarded the bus for san jose.  It turned out to be first come first serve despite the fact that we bought tickets the day before, but we were among the first in line and make the cut.  My fever had broken overnight thanks to a few…

Cahuita and other Caribbean beaches

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Our days here are slow and lazy.  We lay in the hammock, jen reads while i write.  When we get to bored or too hot we walk down the street and plunge into the ocean with the handful of locals on the beach.
We’ve been told by several sources that the primary reason we don’t see more tourism here is…

The importance of preparedness

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Or the complete lack thereof…  We felt really quite proud of ourselves yesterday.  Not only did we stay up and enjoy every possible second of ‘nawlins the night before, we also managed to wake up when our alarm went off (despite only an hour and a half of sleep).  We managed to not leave anything in the room, to get…

French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…

back to travel and exploration

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We’ve been so heads down with the garage project that we haven’t thought about or done much else.    We’ve been plowing through the details to get the place “finished” before our trip but still have a few things left undone…despite their being among the top of the list.
I installed shelves in the kitchen, but have one set left…

March Madness

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Most of march is a blur…
 
I spent 2 weeks churning out a custom order of 8 table height stools.  Hadn’t had plans for converting the barstool into a chair but it actually translated over okay.  Also picked up a nasty cold the second week, which made finishing our largest order to date on time a hassle, but we…

More Pics

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Since we’ve had lots of requests for more pictures…  It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  We’ve been trying to get lots of little things done and make the place feel more like home.  Probably not a bad idea as the place is a bit industrial and could use some touches of home.
Jen has been a machine with…

Garage sweet home

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We’ve been formally living in the garage for about 2 weeks now…and we love it.  We’re far from finished, although we made a big push this last week before jen’s birthday so that we could actually host people here for the celebration.  For us, being able to entertain and host our friends is the first real sign that its a…

Snowpocalyse

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Every few years it seems portland gets completely shut down by a light snowfall.  This might be the first year i was here to enjoy the whole thing.  Seems in the past i would always get the call when away on a business trip that snow had fallen, everyone was sent home from work and jen and a few friends…

The Home stretch

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Its been a rough week.  But totally worth it!  We finally gave up on getting a contractor out to finish our bathroom.   We fought it long and hard, but once the decision was made we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.  Being that our entire bathroom is being finished like a shower we looked for a system that…

the curse of the bathroom

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The door install gave us vision of our finished home and we’ve been longing to move in ever since.  Sadly our bathroom has had other plans.  We’ve been working long days in hope of moving in, and had tentatively set today as our move-in day.  Originally we planned even earlier- but then came the bathroom floor repour.
We’ve been rushing…

Paint and Doors

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Oh, the beautiful doors.  We’ve been switching daily between working with the door open and freezing or shutting the door and working in near darkness.  No longer will we have to make that call.
From the very beginning of our design, the largest struggle revolved around the doors.  We knew we couldn’t leave the dilapidated wooden garage door- it was…

Two steps forward, One step back

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We’ve been working really long, hard days on site at the ADU.  Usually we are up and onsite meeting a contractor before 8 and home about the same time each evening.  If i didn’t know better i would swear it was a job.  But then one of us remembers that we can simply decide to take tomorrow off if we…

Visible Progress on the ADU/Garage conversion

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Things have been hectic to say the least.
We spend long days onsite at the garage conversion, wishing our new tiny home was ready for us but plugging away so that it can be sooner rather than later.  We got the final inspection signed off, and even while jen took off for a few days to Montana (for a delayed…

2013, the year in Review

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We were invited by a friend to attend a party for the AONC crowd last week.  For those of you who don’t know the AONC (we didnt), the Art of Nonconformity is a book (and website and now large following)  focused on how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time.
Its odd…

the waiting game

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we hit a bit of a pothole in the building process.
Its funny that it would happen right as we are listing our bus for sale as it means we have ample time to sit and think and stew on the whole if it…but of course that’s whats been thrown at us.
It’s now been two weeks since we first…

Dreams for sale

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I can hardly believe i’m writing this post.  We can barely bring ourselves to talk about it, much less write about it- and yet here it is.We have finally forced ourselves to begin discussing whats next for us and our journey.  Whats next for the bus and when we are going to take care of some of our unresolved issues,…

Thawing out

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Portland temps have been hovering in the 20′s for the last 2 weeks.  Excellent timing for a couple of people who don’t really own cold weather clothing to be working in an uninsulated garage space.  We’ve been literally freezing from morning to night, which is absolutely foreign in portland.  It’s been nice though (other than the frozen fingers)…the cold has…

Thanksgiving

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and oh so many things to be thankful for.
It’s hard to even remember where we were last year at this time.  A quick glance through old photos reminds me that we had just heard of and decided to join some crazy race called the Maya Rally, we were touring the historic colonial cities of central mexico and were trying…

Solid Foundation

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Work continues at the garage.
We continue to meet/hire contractors and make difficult decisions.  The largest of which so far have been surrounding the floor.  As you know, garages typically have concrete floors.  They tend to be cold and damp- not exactly the living surface we picture in our future warm and inviting tiny home.  Our floor also has a…

Sticker shock

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Reality is slowly setting in.  We’ve been talking about this project for a while now.  Talking and mocking up plans and saving bits of scrap wood from the shop just in case we can use it.  Finally, we’re able to actually get to work.  Our tenants’ lease on the house and garage is finally up, so we have access as…

Rules, rules and more rules

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All part of working with government i guess.  We were featured a few months back on the Tiny House blog, which showed off the bus as our tiny home on wheels.  Very cool, and also opened our eyes to the fact that there is a movement underway across the country of people who are building and living in tiny homes…

Finally, a plan…

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Okay, not so much a plan, but at least a step. 
We had a clear realization some time ago that there are two ways to tackle this financial problem that we’re all facing.  The most common approach is to adopt the philosophy we’ve all been force-fed since youth.  Get a job, make money, buy stuff.  Get a better job, make…

Seasons change

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Oh how time flies…
We tried to take some time to relax and enjoy ourselves after the big push to open the gallery at the beginning of the month, but in reality the month has just flown by in front of our eyes.  And with it, fall seems to have returned to portland.
The weather has actually  been better than…

Gallery Opening

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We change our focus a bit.  The fact that our trailer had to sit and dry out before we tackle the water intrusion meant we had a free week to work on other projects before October’s first friday and the gallery opening we committed to several months ago.  It also meant i could dive into other things and stop thinking…

When it rains it pours

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wow.  talk about taking some time away.  
I’d love to say that we took Jen’s allergic reaction as a head’s up for us to slow down, but that wouldn’t be exactly honest.  Jen was out of action and in bed for a good two weeks between the allergy and the steroids they put her on to reduce the reaction.  Weird…

the Breaking Point

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We found it.
We knew we were working too hard, and we knew there would be a breaking point…we just though we might still get to decide when that occurred.
On the upside, we got the trailer road ready in time for the next game as planned.  Pulled out just in time to miss traffic on the interstate, and headed…

The final push

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Why are we building a travel trailer again?  The last week has looked something like wake up at 7, make a quick breakfast and run out the door.  Eat on the way to ADX and spend the entire day on the factory floor hurriedly gluing, clamping, cutting, gluing and epoxying so that things can dry over night.  We usually try…

Return of Football

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We are pretty game for any sport or activity…  but Jen and i love football.  College football particularly holds a special place for us.  This particular off season seems to have taken far too long, likely because last season we had to settle for the occasional luck of stumbling upon a spanish dubbed game in a random mexican pueblo (reminders…

A break from the action

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We continue to put in long hours and days working on the camper.
It’s actually become a full time job and we’re exhausted at the end of each day when we finally get home and crash.  Luckily we live next door to friends so we can make a ritual of a weekly game night (or two) which keeps us sane…