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New Beginnings

So I’m not sure where to begin. It’s been a while since I kept a hand-written journal, but until I get a laptop, this is how I’ll be rolling. I’ll just have to upload entries as I get access to a computer.

I still feel kind of torn on what I’m doing. I have the opportunity to go work up at the lake with Em this summer but I feel like it would be better for me to stick around Salt Lake and find a higher-paying job. This is our first day chilling at the park and I’m really seeing how much work Rowan needs. She has developed some very bad habits while I was living at the house from being in the backyard without me. The two dogs in the alley behind us had fence aggression, so she has learned that attacking the fence is an acceptable way to say hello to strange dogs. I have also found that she is now trying to nip strangers through the fence as well. Morons who see her acting a fool who think if they just try to pet her through the fence, she’ll like them. Yeah… no. So she got reprimanded for that yesterday.

Anywho, so I think that the constant exposure to strangers, cyclists, runners, skaters, and strange dogs could definitely be good for her in the long run. I also have more opportunities for getting the RV worked on here in the city, and I think it’s good for me to learn how to do things with as little help as possible, to prepare myself for being in another state. Not to mention,  it’s just easier to exercise here. But mannn, does it sound inviting to go live in the forest for the summer! I would get paid more to work there than at my current job, but not as much as if I switched jobs here in the city.

Man, my carpal tunnel is acting up something fierce with this writing by hand stuff. I spent several days this week finishing around 60 tie-dyes, and kneading them on the rinse-out process just about killed my wrists. Add to that all the moving and hauling stuff, and my poor hands have had it.

So of course, the first few days I had in the RV, my phone was mostly dead so I don’t have many/any good pix, but I’ll try to find some so these entries aren’t just babbling. My phone is on the charger right now, so no cute pix of the dogs in the park.

I am quite delighted that my RV fits perfectly into the parking spots here. I don’t have as much tail-swing as I thought I would,  but it is quite wide,  so it won’t be all that different from driving the FedEx van.

The little things are the ones that I’m learning on the fly. With the phone being dead, I couldn’t set an alarm this morning, so I just woke up when I woke up. That will have to change. The holder to put the spare tire on the back bumper was going to be put to use today, but then I realized the lug nuts were missing, so now I have the spare on my already-crowded floor. Since I was running late, I didn’t get breakfast on time, so I had my breakfast for lunch and skipped lunch. I had to figure out this morning where to spit my toothpaste other than on the ground in the driveway where I’m parking at night, since I don’t want to use my grey water tanks right now. I didn’t have the window cover up,  so I had to fugue out how to change my clothes without flashing the neighbors… *lol* Yeah, lots of learning curves!

I know I haven’t written during the whole moving process, so let me just say this – holy shit! If you don’t think you have much, the way to prove that theory wrong is to move! I completely filled my 15’x5′ storage shed. Now I’ve got to think about what I own, and what I want to keep of it all. Another entry for that one will be upcoming, for sure. In the meantime, I have too much stuff in the RV, and can’t wait to get a computer so that I can manage my Etsy page easily, to get rid of all my tie-dye backstock. I also plan to be working on a lot of yarn projects, as I have 1 1/2 totes full of yarn in here. 2 1/2 if you count the tote of half-completed projects! Eek! I also have way too many t-shirts. A lifetime of t-shirt love has given me 1 1/2 totes of t-shirts… and that’s not including the tote of “skinny clothes” I have in my storage shed that is mostly tees I can’t even fit into! *lol* Oh well… those things will be downsized in time as I use them up and wear them out.

I am so scatter-brained this week. Too much going on, too much to figure out. But I got my security deposit back on the house, and I have current tags and insurance on the RV. I have food, the dogs have food and meds… We all have our vitamins. Hopefully Flash will hold up until I can get her worked on. And hopefully the universe will continue to smile upon us, because I could really use the good luck and positive vibes right now. The past few days, I’ve woken up and laid there, thinking – I don’t have to pay for rent anymore! Of course, my “rent” for the first little while will be getting Flash fixed and spiffed up, so that she’s happy.

It’s inspiring to see so many people running and walking their dogs here in the middle of the day. We’re starting out slow so we don’t hurt Ked’s hip, and then in a week, I’ll be adding my running routine (a C25K) to the mix, and letting Ked relax while Rowan runs with me. It will be good for her to have something else to concentrate on (heeling/running) when we’re out exercising, so she can start relaxing about the random passing dogs.

Anywho. That’s enough babbling for now. I’m sure there will be plenty more later, but hopefully as I settle into a new routine, I’ll become more organized with these posts! 🙂 Hope everyone is well, and living their dream! 🙂

Note: I realized there was a WordPress app, so I’m giving that a try. Please excuse all the crazy sentences wherein my autocorrect just made crazy shit up. 🙂 I also need to figure out how to embed videos with the app, and check out how big these pictures are on an actual computer. Sorry, you’re part of my learning curve! 🙂

Pretty eyes…

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My view…

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Tired kids…

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Vince Vaccaro – Here Is Now

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What’s going on (oh, what’s going on)…

It’s been too long since I wrote last.

I had Kedric’s blood and urine ran a couple weeks ago, just to make sure the Rimadyl he’s on wasn’t affecting his liver or kidneys, and found out that he’s got something else wrong with him. We aren’t sure what yet. Vet dropped the C-word on me as a possibility. The specific gravity of his urine is at below a kidney failure level. She says you usually only see those levels with infections, like e. Coli, or cancer, but it could be a few other things. He is on 10 days of antibiotics right now, to see if it is an infection. We go back in on Monday for another urinalysis, and if it looks the same, we move onto the next thing… Really hoping things look better when we go back in. 😦 He’s been playing and acting completely normal. I would have never known there was an issue had I not had his urine ran. So time will tell on that…

Rowan is still a handful. I took her to the vet clinic recently for the first time, and she did okay. Not amazing, but not terrible. No barking or growling or crazy behavior, but she was overwhelmed by the number of dogs and people, and when anyone reached for her she shied away, which was okay. The dogs were everywhere, and she was intimidated by them. There was a little poodle-cross wearing a jacket that she was unsure of, and at one point tried to nip it, but she did it slow enough that I could give a leash and voice correction. Then she tried to nip at a little Pug, and all it took was a voice correction that time, and she shut her mouth and acted friendly toward the dog again. Pushing her limits, I think, just to see what she can get away with. Little shit. We stayed until she was a bit more relaxed around all the commotion, and then before I could get to the, “This is going good, let’s stay a bit longer and see how she does” stage (which is just setting a reactive dog up for failure), we left. It wasn’t perfect, but it was okay. Better to leave on a good note. She even met a standard poodle and an ENORMOUS Great Dane while we were there. She’s only met two Danes while walking before, and was terrified of them. This guy was standing still, so she walked up to him to sniff him and check him out, but whenever he would move, she would jump back away from him. At least she felt okay enough with him to approach and sniff. The biggest Dane I’ve seen in years, too. We’ll take what we can get when it comes to good experiences with strange dogs.

The RV project has been kind of sidelined while dealing with Kedric, since I don’t have money for his medical bills AND the RV. It’s one or the other. Which sucks, because it would be SO much easier to deal with visiting the vet if the RV was up and going, because my vet is a 15 to 20-minute drive away, and I currently have no car.

So since I’m not doing a WHOLE lot with the RV, I’ve been doing more inside the house. I have my first officially empty closet, as of 2 days ago. I was so excited about the empty closet that I stood and stared at it… Closing the door, then opening it back up just to see the emptiness. *lol* I’ve been slowly working my way through the little tedious stuff, and I am getting there. I condensed all my first aid kits down, and have been sorting through my other collections… Pens, stationery, clothes, bandannas, beanies, and crafts. I went through what I call my “emergency kits”, which most people would refer to as bug-out bags, and wrote a list of everything I have in them, so I can compare those lists to the lists I have on my computer, that tell me what I SHOULD have in them. I have a bag for me, and a bag for the dogs. There is a list of things I will need in the RV, and a list of things I need in the emergency bags. I enjoy (way too much) looking through the lists at what I have already (almost everything) and what I need (not much). I can’t wait until I’m finally done here at the house, and I can organize the totes that will be going into the RV.

I have some random stuff that needs to go out to the RV already, but I don’t want to put anything in it until after I get the wipers worked on. You just never know what people will decide to steal… I’ve been to too many repair shops that have warnings posted telling you they aren’t responsible for anything in your vehicle. I’m not sure if that means people stealing from the parking lots, or people who actually work there… But I’ll err on the side of caution.

My roommate’s friend wants to move in here when I move out, so that’s the current plan. He has a lease on his current apartment until the end of April, so at this point, that’s what I’m shooting for. I have almost all of my kitchen stuff packed up, except for the stuff I use all the time, and the stuff I will want in the RV. Since my roomie is a messy dude, things tend to disappear into the void of his bedroom. So as things like my silverware slowly appear in the kitchen, I’ve been washing them and packing them, so they can’t disappear again. *lol* I have also extended the offer to shampoo his bedroom carpet before I go, both to leave the house the best that I can, and also because if he has to drag everything out of his room, all my missing silverware is more likely to make an appearance. 😀

Today I made a list of all of the ingredients I have in my kitchen pantry so that I can start looking up recipes online to use them all on. There are some items I use all the time, and some that are so bizarre, I’ve only used a handful of times, if even that much. So I am aiming to use up as much of the “weird” kitchen ingredients as I can in the next 2 1/2 months, so the only things I’ll be packing into the RV are items that I am likely to use frequently while on the road. The dogs are going to be stoked. I have a whole list of strange flours that I am planning to make into dog bones. Oat, rice, spelt, almond, flaxseed, barley, etc. The kitchen is going to be an interesting place for the next little while! 🙂

And just because I know you are going to be as impressed and awestruck as I was by the sight (okay… probably not), here’s my very first empty closet! 😀

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Hope life is treating everyone well, and that you’re working toward your dreams! 🙂

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