Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The first week

What an amazing, exciting week! First off, we had to return Pablo because of some behavioral issues. He's a big puppy in a small space. We took him out a lot but even still, he was chewing on everything. He also loved to run after bikes and runners which was a problem when I wasn't paying attention and holding his leash tight. He ran after a runner wanting to play and ended up biting the guy's arm. We can't be dealing with issues like that right now and, unfortunately, took Pablo back to the shelter. It's actually been much less stressful without having to take care of him.

Anyway, the first week of living in the Minnie was great. We didn't feel homeless, and it didn't effect any of our normal morning workouts, weekly soccer games, or our work schedule. We have learned a few things though...

~We HAVE to be clean and organized. No more leaving clothes or backpacks on the floor. With almost no extra space, everything has to promptly be put away in its correct spot.

~We use A LOT of water. We only have a 5 gallon fresh water tank because if how the previous owner changed it. It would surprise you how fast that 5 gallons disappears and we haven't even used the shower yet thanks to the locker rooms at my office.

~We're learning that we need to be resourceful. In such a small kitchen, for example, I don't get to have all the pots and pans and gadgets that I'm used to having for cooking meals. Instead of cooking zucchini for a soup on a frying pan, I baked it.

~We were mis-informed that the whole thing had to be level for the refrigerator to work. Because we don't have any leaving blocks or lifts, we haven't had the fridge on all week and just used the fridge and freezer at work. With a little trial and error, we learned the fridge definitely works even if you're not level. Now my man is happy with his cold beer!

~How to clean out the water tank and water lines. Our water stank like rotten eggs. With some quick research online we figured out how easy it is to clean the water lines. Basically all you have to do is just run water through all the pipes, once with fresh water, once with a little bleach in the water, an once or twice again with fresh water. Smells so fresh and so clean!

Here's a shot of the Winnie and our SUP boards living at the beach for memorial weekend.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The First Day

So the first day was quite an adventure. We woke up early to finish getting the apartment cleaned which we had been doing all week long in the evenings. The local Camping World was having a sale and free lunch starting at 11am so our goal was to turn in the apartment keys by then. 

After sweating all morning and getting a free lunch, we were on our way to the beach for the day. We decided to stop at the animal shelter like we do quite often just to look at the dogs. And, as you might guess, we came home with one. He was just so cute and sweet with those sad puppy eyes. He was practically begging us to take him with us. 

To get to know our new puppy, we walked down by the beach with Pablo, the 7 month old Pit/Lab mix. The shelter mentioned that he interacts will with other dogs and people and we didn't notice anything different while walking down the busy boardwalk. We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon at the dog beach in Del Mar and Pablo did wonderfully.

It's a big adjustment, but we look forward to getting acquainted in our new home with our new puppy. Isn't he just the cutest?!

Friday, May 9, 2014

30 days notice?!

The time has come and it's going so fast. We put our 30 days notice in for our apartment two weeks ago.

If our landlord can find someone quickly, we'll actually be out a week from tomorrow. This means we have to do something with all our extra stuff, get the RV ready, super-clean the apartment, and get our mindset ready to live in the RV. We have stayed in it for a few different weekends but that was only one or two nights at a time. I'm getting a little stressed with the time crunch knowing we have to go through everything that we own to see what stays and what goes. We plan on getting a storage space to keep all the furniture for now so that  will be easy.

We also need to get the RV ready. The owner before us used it as a mobile office so he took the couch/pull-out bed out to replace it with a desk. It's totally livable right now, but we'll definitely be making some changes along the way to customize the space to our liking.

List of things to do this weekend
  • Downsize(Sell/Give Away) - clothes, kitchen accessories, extra bed
  • Start packing - furniture and things we won't need for the next week or so that can go in the storage unit
    • But first, we need to get a storage unit
  • Find and install a new couch/pull-out bed
  • Figure out where our mail will be sent
  • Start organizing budget and reading more blogs for tips