Author Archives: Jennifer

Sorry to those of you who’ve gotten spammed by my blog

When I ‘quit’ email, I also turned off my blog notifications. It seems, in the meantime, I’ve been overrun by spam comments. I am going to try to clear those out. Sorry to those of you get the comments from my blog.
Hope you are doing well! I am loving my new job!
Take care,
Jennifer

I got my DREAM job

Some of you have been with me for a while… way back in the day when I was still in psychoanalysis. Way back in the day when I didn’t leave my house, was making a lot of money, drinking too much, shopping too much, and still working my ass off in twice a week therapy.
This [...]

I am going to quit email

So, this may be strange, considering I have an (infrequently updated!) online blog, but I think I need to dial back my online life. I simply cannot keep up. I frequently would end up with 200 or more emails before I’d sit down with my iPhone to sort, respond, and delete, but now it is [...]

Quick Update

Sorry I’ve been out of touch. I am in finals, was teaching a class, and had a teething baby.
The super good news is that I got my dream job! A year and a half before I expected. AND I’ve got my living expenses to about $1,000 a month! (Though I am technically “homeless.”)
More later, but [...]

How to Not Own Anything?

This seems to be part of what I am struggling with right now. What do I NEED to have?
I can’t stop analyzing my RV, van, and trailer options. I am even researching tiny houses, earth bag houses, yurts, etc.
But do you think I need any of these things? I’m starting to feel confused about that.
Right [...]

I stopped shampooing my hair.

Okay, so I know a lot of you are already doing this, but I have to admit that it never appealed to me. I liked my sudsy, scented shampoos and conditioners. I thought people who used other stuff must have hair that is kind of stinky.
But, I am continuing to try to cut expenses, so [...]

Will You Explain Twitter and Facebook to Me?

I feel like the world has left me behind.
I have no idea how or why I would use each of these things, but I am starting to realize that a lot of people I am interested in only have content accessible through Facebook and Twitter.
Can someone explain to me why I would join either of [...]

How I am Living Out of My Car

I have been living out of my car for at least a couple of weeks now. I did this quick video to show my set up. As you can see, it isn’t that sophisticated!
I wouldn’t mind a 12 volt cooler and battery jump pack. (And I wouldn’t mind having a van!)
But, here is what we [...]

My baby loves to dance (video)

I just had to share this video. I really think my boy has got a dancin’ gene.

How to be “homeless” – living in public spaces

One misconception that I think some people have of my vandwelling plan is that I am going to be spending a lot of time IN the van with my baby. Like you, I don’t think that would work very well.
I see the van as a space for sleeping and storing our food and things. Other [...]

What it felt like to go from an RV to a House

In June of 2010, I wrote¬†about my thoughts on the transition from a traditional home to an RV, but I didn’t get to share my experience of transitioning from an RV back into a traditional house.
I lived in my RV until I went to Africa for fertility treatment. (I plan to write about my solo [...]

Vandwelling and Taking Showers

As I’ve posted in my budget, I pay $50 a week for 20 hours a week of childcare ($250 a month). I found a super luxury fitness club that offers 2 hours a child care daily (14 hours a week) with a no-contract monthly membership of $98 a month.
This is a multi-level facility that includes [...]

Don’t Help Me!

“Jennifer, I am worried about you. Your brother told me he thinks you are exhausted and overwhelmed.” My mother’s concern feels like nails on a chalkboard to me.
“Mom, I am fine. I am resting right now! I have a lot going on, but I love everything I am doing!”
“You sound like you are sick.”
“Yes, I [...]

A Simpler Way to Simplify

Having been gone most of this week, I came home to my rented bedroom to find it filled with more new-to-me hand me down toys.
I should be grateful, but I groaned.
Silas has SO MUCH STUFF!
Moving into my Camry has been liberating.
For anyone who has tried to simplify, you know how hard it is to tackle [...]

Your Opinion on my Budget and Van Options?

I have a few different options I am considering. If you don’t mind helping me think this through, I’d love your feedback.

Here is my current monthly budget:

Rent: $450
Food: $250
Car: $360
Gas : $100
Auto ins: $80
Life ins: $30
Phone: $100
Medical: $105
Web sites: $40
Child care: $250

Total: est. $1,800
Debt:

Camry: Just under $12K at 6%
*note: I am not including [...]