Tag Archives: I did it!

Solo RVing

I pull in to the state park, overtired and lonely, more interested in getting some cheap hook ups and a private parking spot than viewing the nearby series of waterfalls.
It is an unusually cold and wet day and the park is empty. As I pull up to my site, the damp fire pit, empty picnic [...]

Let me know if you need one

Mistakenly believing that we were in for another classroom session, I show up for auto mechanics in my favorite heeled boots, a light pink turtleneck, and big curly hair.
“Okay, we are going to the shop to do oil changes today.”
Yikes!

Scrambling to find a hair band in my purse, the next thing I know I’m flat [...]

Auto Mechanics, day one

“Do you know where the Automotive Tech course is meeting?”
I’ve walked down an alleyway and am standing in front of a man working in a garage. Nothing around here looks like a classroom.
“Which class are you looking for?” turning toward me as he wipes his hands on a rag.
“Automotive Tech.” I start to blush as [...]

I did it

I shared in the meeting last night. I had all these nice things that I was going to say. Instead I said a bunch of stuff that I didn’t expect. Actually, I said a bunch of stuff I didn’t even know I was thinking and/or feeling.
I called a lady in AA and talked to her [...]

30 days sober and my first day of volunteering

“Here comes Meals on Wheels,” a bored voice flatly calls out.
I am ineffectively trying to keep two bags of food from falling off my makeshift dolly when I hear the woman announce my arrival. I’m in the lobby of a large low income housing facility and a bit turned around.
“Hi,” I reply to the woman, [...]

Psychoanalysis and blogging

Maybe there is a natural tendency to draw parallels between the disparate things we do in our lives, but, seriously, this blogging thing is so much like psychoanalysis.
I know there is something weirdly circular about talking about my blog in psychoanalysis and then writing about my psychoanalysis on my blog, but, well, it’s my blog, [...]

The First Day of School

Nice to meet you

Anthony Hopkins was at the top of the stairs, staring down at me.
Afraid and confused, I glance to the bulletin boards of Swift Hall, home of the graduate program in religious studies at the University of Chicago.
No longer were there posters for upcoming academic conferences or religious studies news, but strange mathematical [...]

But I kind of wanted to keep those

I look forward to getting rid of my house.
I look forward to getting rid of my furniture.
I have major separation anxiety with getting rid of my books.
My real estate agent said I have to move out the bookcases that are barring my front door. (I’m working on that issue.)
I have already cut my library in [...]

Oh my god that was easy!

I still had a bunch of items that Lifeworks didn’t want to take, but that I needed to get rid of before my brother arrives on Thursday.
So I moved it out to my curb this morning and posted a quick email to my Neighborhood Association.
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From: Jennifer <iam@livinginmycar.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM
Subject: Free [...]

She read it.

I am in the middle of cleaning out my garage and getting rid of more stuff! Yeah!
I will just copy and paste Joey’s response to my blog. The p.s.  line made me laugh.
Jennifer
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Love love love your blog… your style and humor of communicating.
I was laughing nervously when talking about me.. .. Lol.. [...]

I’m on a boat!

With the exception of my brief love affair with the van-plan, I’ve been set on the class C style motorhome. I’d heard that class As were better for fulltiming, but have insisted that I prefer the smaller version.
After reflecting on it, I realized (with dread) that I didn’t exactly favor driving the class C, but [...]

I got rid of some stuff!

I made a list of items that I could easily part with and emailed a local charity that we support, Lifeworks. They are going to bring a truck to load up a bunch of my stuff!
Yeah! Someone is going to have a very nice crate and barrel home. Not me.

Bizarre Hoodoos and oh-my-god-I’m-camping

As previously noted, I wasn’t feeling very confident with regard to camping.  I couldn’t believe that I ever thought this was a good idea.
I arrive at the campground and no one is there. I have no idea what to do. I drive in circles until, finally, I find a camper with a sign that says, [...]

Warning: Road May Not Be Passable

I was scared, again, this morning. Everytime I re-checked my route on Google Maps, it always defaulted to a long detour onto an interstate up north – having me go straight north, straight west, and then straight south down to Escalante, Utah.  The little ’scenic’ route that was much shorter didn’t even show up, and [...]

I am such a bad ass I can hardly stand myself