Day 6: Denver, CO to Grand Junction, CO

Yesterday (day 5, technically) we took a much needed break from the car. We woke up and had coffee, then took advantage of the trail in front of our hotel and enjoyed our first “real” workout since we left Richmond. Tish went for a bike ride and I took Ani for a run. Well, I should say I attempted to take Ani for a run, but she was far more determined to swim than I was to run in the heat so we just decided to wade in the creek along the trail after a mile or so. It was lovely!  Continue reading “Day 6: Denver, CO to Grand Junction, CO”

Day 4: Kansas City, MO to DENVER!!!

Ritual morning rubs
Ritual morning rubs

We are so freaking happy — we have been planning trips to Denver for months and for one reason or another were never able to make it happen. BUT, we decided to take this opportunity to not just make it happen but take full advantage of having our little family here and making it fun for them (okay, mostly Ani) too! Today was a LONG day, but the last 2 hours that we pushed through were so worth it to stay here!

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Day 3: Clarksville, IN to Kansas City, MO

Ahh…Middle ‘Merica. No other place like it…..

Today was our longest, and (no offense intended!) most boring thus far. All of our excitement happened early, before we even left the hotel room this morning when Tish strongly encouraged me to do a “short” morning workout with her and then we spent approximately 38 minutes trying to get Jack out from her hiding place under the bed. The workout was surprisingly rejuvenating, and we felt accomplished after flipping the bed up on its side to uncover our difficult middle child. Today was going to be great! Once the car was loaded and Jack was safely in her crate, we set off ready for another long day of nothing but dotted white lines. We passed through a bit more of Indiana, continued on through Illinois and then crossed the entire great state of Missouri. Continue reading “Day 3: Clarksville, IN to Kansas City, MO”

Day 2: Lexington, VA to Louisville, KY

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Emerging sleepily

Today was day number two on the road, and the first day of our new morning routine. Since we packed everything in a roof bag, without a secure way to lock it, every night when we get to the hotel we have to transfer everything from the roof either to our room or into the car…and then in the morning we have to put it all back. Today was the first time doing this without being stressed out about it, and it took quite awhile to get it right! I am hoping this little routine only gets more efficient the further into the drive we get.

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Day 1 of our Cross-Country Move

Today was our closing date, and our planned day to leave Virginia and head west to California. We set off at 1:30, only 30 minutes after our goal time when we woke up this morning…..and we made it to Lexington. No, not Kentucky. Virginia. We made it 140 miles. Before you start to judge, let me just say in our defense we were thrown quite the curve ball and ended up recovering pretty well, considering! Continue reading “Day 1 of our Cross-Country Move”

The House Sold!!

…now what?!

I think we are mostly happy about it, but it sort of felt like doom and gloom around here when the news came via text last night. It kind of feels like seller’s remorse: we made the decision to sell and then sort of came to terms with the fact that it probably wouldn’t appraise and we would be holding on to the house. That then became the preferred outcome, or if not “preferred” certainly the safest and most comfortable option for us. Continue reading “The House Sold!!”

House Projects with Before & After Photos!

Getting your house ready to sell in the middle of the semester can, apparently, be a begrudgingly tedious process. While I had research papers to write and Tish had research papers to grade, we spent a couple of weeks with our house in disarray, with a disassembled kitchen and our bedroom inhabitable for several days. But having our screen porch taken apart might have been the worst part for us because our 9 month old cat was SO upset that he couldn’t go “outside” and explore, so he followed us around all day meowing in the most pathetic way hoping we would give in and let him out anyways. Despite the mental drain that the projects took on us, once we jumped in we found we loved waking up every day to work on our house. We thought of the projects like “mini trial runs,” preparing us for our tiny house build this summer. We began to really enjoy the process and are even more excited (and confident) to start on our tiny house!

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Tiny House Workshop vs. Tiny House Conference

Between the end of January and beginning of May, Tish and my time and brain power were focused on school. As a full time graduate student, doing research and writing papers is about all I have time for outside of the part time job I had; and Tish spends the majority of her day grading, prepping for class, answering an astounding number of e-mails from students and attending faculty meetings. Since we knew we wouldn’t have time to really start researching for our tiny house, much less start building one, until the summer months, we decided to attend a workshop and conference in an effort to feel like we are moving forward, and to absorb as much information about building (and living in) a house as we could. Continue reading “Tiny House Workshop vs. Tiny House Conference”

You Have to Start Somewhere

For months now I have been brainstorming ideas for our blog, carefully weighing each idea against the next to make sure I had the perfect first blog with the perfect selection of blogs lined up to follow. Well, as you might guess there is no “perfect” blog, just like there is no perfect time to start something. I woke up this morning and decided I am starting today, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, and I am beginning with an imperfect introduction to why we are even starting a blog to begin with. After all our motto is “don’t wait live NOW,” right?

So, without further adieu, here it is: My first blog! (I hope you like it)

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