Archive for July, 2009

Goodbye Wordly Possesions

Posted on July 28, 2009 by 4 Comments

We spent all of last week getting ready for the yard sale. We had piles and piles of things in the basement, and Friday we tried our best to organize them.

I hate having yard sales, and Saturday morning I remembered exactly why. The sale was to start at 9 (no early birds, please!) and people were there by 8. Not just people walking by, but the yard sale professionals. They were there, bargaining, looking disgusted at our things and rolling their eyes at our prices. But they still bought it.

One of Jason’s super hero traits is an unbelievable amount of patience. While I found many different reasons to go inside and get away from it all, Jason was out bargaining with the skills of a border town street vendor. All I can say is, way to go. We did great.

Although we made more than we were expecting, we had tons and tons of crap left. An entire garage full, plus some things we forgot to put out. So we reposted our signs and held another sale on Sunday.
The second day was much more laid back, and I was able to stay out there all day.  Unbelievably, we sold almost as much as we did the first day, even though everything had already been picked through.

The two best parts of the weekend? A VW not in my driveway, and all this crap out of my life.

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It runs!

Posted on July 21, 2009 by No Comments

Jason hooked up the engine, and after a few failed attempts and missing pieces…got the van running.

We can’t drive it anywhere yet (no back seats), but there is that familiar VW engine sound coming from the driveway.

This bodes well for our journey.

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Thinking Small

Posted on July 17, 2009 by 2 Comments

My new computer came today! It is so adorable, and just the right size for the van.teeny tiny new computer

She’s replacing my aging laptop that no longer gets wi fi from anywhere but the guest room. Jason’s laptop battery won’t hold a charge, so it has to stay plugged in. With these 2 computers, we aren’t very mobile. Our new Asus Eee pc should help.

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Walk-in Closets

Posted on July 15, 2009 by 1 Comment

Jason and I have always lived in an old house with small closets.  This tends to be an issue if you actually have stuff, so I’ve always insisted that our next home needs walk-in closets.IMG_2698

Bode has proven that we will now have walk-in closets, but seriously – this is the actual closet that the three of us will keep all of our clothes in. Somehow it looked bigger when it was leaning against the side of the garage. I guess it’s time to add more stuff to the donation pile.

The garage sale is set for 10 days from now, so the following week will be spent getting the new engine in the bus so we can move it out of the way. There’s that, and gathering all the things we don’t want to store or give away and getting them ready to sell.

Once the VW is running, we can sell 1 of our cars, too. That should be a good time.

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Big Legs

Posted on July 13, 2009 by No Comments

While looking in the mirror in the dressing room at Target, Bode says “Look how big my legs are!”

“Yep”,  I say, “you are getting big.”

He turns to me while I’m trying on clothes, “Your legs are Ginormous!”

Thanks, son. I guess you don’t like this bathing suit.

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Dreaming of Sleep

Posted on July 12, 2009 by 3 Comments

My son is an itchy guy. He has severe eczema, and lots of allergies which seem to also manifest their annoying-ness on his poor skin.

Night-time is the worst. He has never been a good sleeper, and I can count the number of times he’s slept through the night on one hand.  Even after he falls asleep (which  can itself be a scratch-fest battle),  he will ultimately scratch himself in his sleep until he wakes up. When things are really bad, his face and head get seriously inflamed and look horrible. This, in turn, gets us the scorn of every mother pass on street.  We must be neglecting our child.

This week, Bode is going to the allergist to get more allergy testing done. He’s already been tested many times for hundreds of different allergens, but we keep going back for more tests to make sure we’ve covered everything. Parents with severely allergic kids – us anyway – daydream that we have missed one major allergy that is causing all of his problems and one day we’ll find that one magic thing to avoid that will make him better. The problem is, he’s allergic to everything.

Anyway, he is not to have any antihistamine for 7 days, and this has made night-time worse than usual. He seems to be suffering from hay fever symptoms as well. Last night, my 3rd night in a row of only a few hours of sleep, I started the panic and worry that comes in the middle of the night.

How are any of us going to get any sleep in that small van? And even in hotels, the constant change of sleeping venue seems like a miserable experience.  Dust and dust mites at hotels?  Yeah – major allergy.

But, in the light of day I always see a little clearer and have a little more hope. Perhaps getting out of this house, or away from these trees and grasses may help. And hopefully, with the constant change, he’ll learn to sleep better and his body will take advantage of the night instead of trying to fight it.  Think positive.

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A Day of VW Guys

Posted on July 10, 2009 by No Comments

Jason was absolutely giddy when he saw the new bus engine today.

We took a mini road trip to Sacramento for things VW. First stop, a VW guy with a windshield. Bob had a ’71 camper van in the driveway and 4 in the backyard, including one made into a club house by his daughter, and a ’59 double-door panel van. Even I was a little impressed.

It turned out that the windshield had a ding in it, but we managed to walk away with a rear window with defroster and a side mirror.  There’s nothing like shopping for miscellaneous car parts in someone’s backyard.  As expected, it was mostly an opportunity for Jason to talk shop with a local VW nut.

Next stop, Elk Grove for the new engine. Art had a VW van in the garage, a hot rod in the driveway and another car under a cover. He’s been building engines for 30 years, and had answers for every question Jason threw at him.  He even had it hooked up to an engine stand in the driveway and fired it up for our approval…  I have a good feeling about it.   Now, if Jason can get it in our bus, we are one step closer to a working vehicle.  35 days to go.

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Jason was absolutely giddy when he saw the new bus engine today.

We took a mini road trip to Sacramento for things VW. First stop, VW guy with a windshield. Bob had 1 camper van in the driveway, and 4 in the backyard, including one made into a club house by his daughter, and a ’59 double-door panel van.   Even I was a little impressed.

Next stop, Elk Grove for the new engine. Art had a VW van in the garage, a hot rod in the driveway and another car under a cover. He’s been building engines for 30 years, and seemed to know the answer to every question Jason threw at him. I have a good feeling about it.   Now, if Jason can get it in, we are one step closer to a working van. 35 days to go.

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