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We’re Thankful For…

We’ve already told you what traditions we think should be rethought when it comes to Turkey Day, but we also have a lot to say about being thankful. Over the last few months, we have earned an entirely new perspective about things that we appreciate.

This is basically what any non-RV shower looks like to us.

Unlimited Warm, Running Water
Each time we would like to use water, we must first turn on the water pump. Any time we want warm or hot water, we ignite the water heater (AFTER turning on the water pump) and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before using it. We can’t keep either of these things on constantly because they drain the battery and propane, respectively. This mandates strategic planning for dish washing and showering not only because of the hot water, but because we only have so much to use!

The exact number of gallons is a mystery to us, but we can get about 4 “showers”. Gone are the days of warm water cascading the body. A shower consists of a rinse followed by tuning off the shower to lather hair and body, another rinse, turn off water, condition, let stand 3 (waterless) minutes, rinse, and unlike the back of the shampoo bottle, no repeating.

DOUBLE TOILETS ALL THE WAY!

“Normal” Toilets that flush to a sewage treatment plant
In order to flush the toilet with water, the water pump has to be turned on. In order for all to be well in the world, the toilet water has to be dumped. We made a video. Just be thankful for your loo.

 

 

Worriless Temperature Control
Arizona: 107 degrees.
Montana: 15 degrees.
Wyoming: 30 mph wind

We’ve written about our issues with our generator. It broke, so we had to buy a new one. The cheapest one is portable…meaning we have to move it out from under the RV each time we use it. Moreover, it uses gasoline, which provides us about 4-5 hours of temperature control.

Now, we can plug into RV parks and we often do, but it’s just not a given. Combined with being constantly on the move, we’re constantly peeling off and putting back on layers of clothing every day.

 

Our friend Michelle also loves couches.

Couches
We miss laying on the couch, vegging, and watching TV. As of now, we have a bed, bucket seat and a booth. Plans are in the works to fix this issue and turn the two bench seats of the booth into a long couch/bed like structure. However, we still will have no TV. I see starring contests in our future.

Dryness
Moisture is the essence of wetness, so says Derek Zoolander, but moisture is also the essence of a mounting issue. We’ve had a leaking roof that has soaked our bed comforter, condensation dripping on the curtains and pillows…and sometimes in the shower, things can go awry and water ends up everywhere. We have to deal with water quickly and efficiently…otherwise things get moldy!

Internet
The Internet is proof that there is a higher power. It gives limitless gifts (you can see my favorites, here). We tried to have a hotspot (We won’t give you the exact provider, but it rhymes with shmee shmowble), but coverage is not always optimal in Randomville, USA, so we often end up with slow, painstaking connections, resulting in copious hours spent in coffee shops.

Regardless of all of these “hardships”, we are SO THANKFUL for this opportunity and the incredible support from our friends and family, and the new friendships we have made along the road so far. It’s been a wonderful 80 days and are excited for 320 more!

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4 Responses to “We’re Thankful For…”

  1. On November 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm Renee responded with... #

    Loving the post! The toliet section reminded me of the scene in the movie RV with Robin Williams – hopefully you never have that experience:) Have a Great Holiday:)

    • On November 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm coupleofsports responded with... #

      Oh man…not quite that bad, but there’s been some nasty things for sure! I forgot to embed the video last night, but it’s there now…if you dare! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  2. On November 24, 2011 at 12:03 am MOM responded with... #

    I try to say a prayer on a daily basis for what I am thankful. It helps keep a perspective on the difference between what you want and what you need. As the main wage earner in my family for the last 17 years (actually 27 years) and struggling financially it is easy to compare what I DON’T have with those of my same age and what they DO have. When I realized I was focusing on what I didn’t have and how bitter it was making me I decided to focus on what I do have. So I started thanking GOD on a daily basis for what I do have. Since my job is dealing with people with disabilities and children with disabilities I always start with
    1) Thankful for healthy children. They have had their medical issues but could always have turned out worse, 2)Thankful for a healthy mother and replacement father. My dad died at age 54 which is fairly young age (especially since I am fast approaching). I know many people who lost parents at a young age and didn’t have many years to spend with their parents. I am thankful for the years and memories with my dad and am extremely thankful for my mom. She gets around better than me and takes very little medications. The same with Virg. I can only hope I do as well, 3) I am thankful for good children 4) I am thankful for the roof over my head. My home is no longer worth what I owe and it is not anywhere near the home I had dreamed of however it is a place to call home which is more than the refugees I deal with have. 5) I am thankful for the food I am able to put on the table, 6)I am thankful for my inlaws. It does take a village to raise a child and they are my village. 7)I am thankful Jackie found Mark. I do believe they are soulmates. 8) I am thankful for Mark’s family for taking Jackie in and treating her as one of their own from the very beginning 9) and last but not least I am thankful for my family and the support they continuously provide to me and that I know they are there for me if I ever decide to let the chips fall. Oh, and I cannot forget 10) my job. At least I have one.

  3. On November 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm Jill responded with... #

    This is a great post. The bit about how you shower is fascinating and makes me very thankful for my own hot shower. I am thankful for you guys and for the amazing journey that you are on. I am always telling people about what you are doing because I find it so incredible and inspirational. We miss you guys and we love you.

    Stay safe, warm, dry, clean, and most importantly, wired to the internet.

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