Hanging Out & Day-to-Day Life in the RV
We woke up to a rather grey day this morning with lightning clouds looming on the horizon, Initially we had planned to drive South today, but given the mood of the weather and our general laziness we decided to stay tight. There are days like this, you know, when you just hang out and those end up being nice days too. In the super-comfy “beast” we have everything to keep us occupied -> sofa, bed, warmth, light, Kindle, Satellite TV, DVDs (we bought our entire collection in a CD wallet) and Internet. We really are roaming luxury, and I haven’t felt want for either space or things since we started RVing.
In fact all in all, I’m surprised at how easy this RVing business came to us. I’m not sure if it’s our core nomadic personalities (I’ve always been a bit of a roamer) or our love of nature (we spend oodles of time outdoors), but we slipped smoothly into this lifestyle without any real significant issues.
So today, since it’s kind of an indoor day, I thought I would share the RV, open our door to you and answer some of the most common questions that people ask us about our lifestyle:
1/ Do you ever feel cramped for space? Surprisingly, never! We went from a huge home (>4,000 sq.ft) to a 40-foot RV, but I’ve rarely felt constrained. We spend most of our time outdoors and deliberately stay in nature-abundant spots. I have yet to feel claustrophobic in the RV, and in fact I feel more than free when we have a wide view out the window.
2/ Don’t you get bored? Again, never! The mind and body are amazing resources when you put them to use. Both Paul and I have very varied interests intellectually as well as physically. Paul spends a lot of time investing and reading/blogging about that. I’m interested in photography and blogging. I also run an online forum dedicated to feline health issues and we both read profusely (love, love, love my Kindle). Physically we hike daily and do Yoga, sprinting and other activities. We are also dedicated foodies and spend time researching and preparing gourmet meals.
3/ Don’t you get tired of your partner? Once again, no! Now, we may be an unusual couple here in that we met at a company and worked together in that same place for over 12 years (many of those right in the next-door cubicle). So, we commuted, worked and went home together 24-hours a day, everyday almost since the day we met. But, we also keep separate interests. I like to photograph and some days I’ll go out and get lost in the woods for an afternoon on my own.
4/ Don’t you miss having a house? Honestly, rarely! I love the fact that the RV takes only 20 mins to clean and we can change our view anytime we like. I’ve never been particularly attached to “things” so I don’t miss that aspect of house-living. The only items I do miss are having a garden and a community. At some point those two things will probably draw us back into part-time RVing.
Well, the day is clearing up and the Texas winds are whipping the coulds into a foamy (and I should add photographically interesting) mass. So, I think I’ll take a long walk with pooch and see what new views will stimulate our eyes and mind.