Friday, December 27, 2013

getting on board

my man and I have been dreaming up our next move, our escape from the rather expensive rental market in this university town, and it looks like it might be a vintage travel trailer.  older than the chateau, one we have in mind is a '71 Holiday Rambler, 26ft and in "excellent" condition.  we're going to check it out tomorrow or saturday and i will regale you with tales of it's glory.  finding the trailer will be the easy part, in the surrounding region there are literally thousands to choose from between craigslist and dealers.  finding an awesome place to park it and full time live in it during the school year is proving to be the greater challenge.  the rv park i called today that seemed very promising charges 495 a month (all utilities included, but still that's the cost of a small apartment)!! so far the only affordable options are the mobile home parks, and those which allow dogs are solidly in the dumpy category.  i am pretty ok with it, seeing as i've lived in my van on the street and all... but S is less enthralled.  he's fully on board with the financial side of it though.  we would take out a loan from a family member to buy the trailer, fix it up, and pay off our credit card debt, and that loan would be paid off in 3 years.  the loan payment plus the "lot rent" we pay for the trailer will cost almost half of our current housing + credit card payments, and being debt free (except student loans of course) in three years or less seems like a magical fairy tale land we very much want to inhabit.

anyone who still reads this blog full-timing in a vintage rig in a college town? :)  i know nothing about the whole plumbing thing since the chateau had only a sink that drained onto the ground.  it seems scary to have a shower, toilet, and sink that actually works like a sink with hot water and everything.  how will i avoid all the possible pitfalls?  i guess i probably won't, it's just not my nature.

i've been staying up way too late thinking about all this stuff. tonight is no exception.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

a whole new life is happening

hi guys!
it's been soooooooo long.  my blogger self has been hibernating, but now on the darkest day of the year, i stir. maybe it's cabin fever setting in!  blanketed in snow, the world is very sluggish, but my inner troublemaker is hotter than a pepper sprout.
i wanted to let you know what has happened to me.  my household has grown to a total of five (!!) beings--myself, my love S, Freyja (she's still kickin), the little boy (a fuzzy black kitty), and Trip (a freaking pomeranian!) i'm living in a stick house (rental) but don't think i'm not on craigslist every day looking for a cheap travel trailer to move into--this place is so expensive and once you've tasted the free life, well....its hard to go back.  also, my brain is just in overdrive due to the extreme activity it's been involved in for the past few months.  i'm a week into my first winter break of VET SCHOOL!!  Yeah baby!  they're going to let this crazy homeless lady be a doctor in a few years :)  provided I don't screw it up.
when we left off i was settling into my life in hawaii, living with my true love in a sweet house on stilts by the beach.  that was an amazing 3 years and it changed the course of my life dramatically.  basically, i got bored just living in paradise without much work and i decided to go back to school.  lots of long stories later, i applied to vet school and they let me in.  which meant i had to move back to the mainland, which brings me to today, the darkest day, full of snow. winter. ugh.... this is why i got the freedomvan in the first place!  well, circle back around and here you are but different this time.  life's weird.
 i miss my freedom and i'm plotting ways to get it back.  like a yo-yo dieter, i've gotten out of debt and then gotten back in deeper than before and i'm just sick of it. come along and help me envision the next version of freedomvan--maybe freedom trailer?  freedom earthship?  freedom studio apartment, hehe?  they don't have the same ring.  it's s different ballgame though, i've got all these RESPONSIBILITIES now.
i want to catch up with you all and start figuring it out.
*hugs n stuff *