rv dream

i came across the most beautiful home last week on instagram & what do you know, it's a rv! i had almost made my mind up on a tiny home until i saw this beaut!

ashley & her husband bought an old rv & completely renovated it. in fact, you wouldn't even notice it's a rv from certain angles! everyone go check out her blog & instagram while i drool.

honestly, this is my dream scenario. the more i looked at this, the more i realized how cost effectively you could do this to an rv which really sways me to rv > tiny home. class a and/or c rv's (the kind you drive) actually cost less than a lot of RVIA tiny home & with a tiny home you then also have to spend a fortune on a 1 ton truck to be able to tow the thing.

i need money to fall from the sky so i can vacation in each for a couple weeks at a time because right now..

rv:1     /    tiny home:0

who needs ceilings?

does anyone else spend hours cleaning but when it's over your house isn't even clean?

i feel like i spent the entire weekend cleaning the house but all i have to show for it is ONE clean bedroom. ONE! it took me hours because sometimes it's just easier to start over. pull everything out of the room, clean it & then put back everything that actually belongs in there. it's tedious but oh so satisfying.

while i was at it i figured it was time to temporarily fix the falling plaster ceiling until we replace the whole thing. i felt really confident about this project. i went into it thinking i was totally going to kick that ceilings ass...

it's looked like this for awhile & that major crack has just been slowly getting bigger for months. i was worried that when our house gets worked on next week, it was going to come crashing down on our dogs (they're crated in this room) & i really don't want to give PTSD to my dogs if i can help it. so, i bought plaster washers & got to it.

oops. i took care of that problem, didn't i?

 

new site, same me

bluehost (my old hosting site) decided they were going to double my renewal price for hosting & seeing as i've had several issues with their servers in just a year, i said fuck you & left for the infamous podcast loving squarespace.

so look around, let me know if you see any issues & tell me what you think. it's a little frustrating that i wasted my time learning wordpress (which i honestly didn't find all that easy). oh well, that's life, right?

in house related news, our little piece of shit is about to get a major facelift & it's going to put us one HUGE step towards my resolution! our insurance approved A LOT of exterior repairs for our little home & they should be starting in the next 2 weeks! i can't wait to share the progress & i'm anxious to get started. being told that your house literally can't hold the weight it has on it had me a little uneasy to say the least & it's not something we could have afforded to fix on our own. so thank you to oklahoma & your storms & for the adjuster that agreed that you're at fault.

also, my leg is finally better. like almost-healed-still-tender-and-slightly-swollen-but-no-longer-a-hole-in-my-leg better. so that means i have to talk myself into home repairs again. it's been so long that i've almost forgotten that the hallway's current condition (1/4 primed) isn't intentional. 

going tiny

i'm nine weeks post spider bite & going a little crazy. i still don't have full mobility in my leg so house projects have still been on the back-burner. buuuuut i've got a new project crowding my head. you know when you get a crazy idea that you just can't shake? you know, like one that keeps you up late, then you dream about it, & then you wake up still thinking about it? that happens to other people right?

it all started about two weeks ago when we had a guy come out to look at our fence & roof because we desperately need new of both & are hoping our insurance throws us a bone. anyway, that's a whole other shit show. ryan got to talking to this guy about how our neighborhood is being snatched up right now by investors & buyers in general. we live in an old neighborhood that's definitely rough around the edges but a very popular district is down the road & i guess a lot of young people are buying/renting in the city right now. he started saying how he had no doubts that we could sell our house and make money on it as it is now. that's something we really didn't think was possible due to larger repairs it needs (i.e. piers being a big one). it really got us thinking about what's next for us & got us really excited. i immediately started researching what houses in our zip have been selling for & holy shit! he was right! that rabbit hole led down a week-long search for temporary housing which led to a bottomless pit of despair because humans are garbage & think my dogs are monsters. one day i'd love to be a property owner & only rent to people with "aggressive breeds". it's an impossible world for a renter with three dogs, two of which are considered "dangerous". we don't want to buy again. well, i take that back. we don't want to buy a permanent residence in the state of oklahoma again. it doesn't feel right when we don't know what area we want to live in. we don't even know what city or state we want to live in, not for a long enough period to take up another 30-year mortgage. so we went back to the drawing board & came to one conclusion: let's go mobile.

our 1,267 square foot house has felt way too big for quite some time now. i know that going tiny is not for everyone. i know that a lot of people are going to think it's stupid that we think we could live in <300 square feet with 3 dogs. i'm prepared for that judgment. what i will say to those people is, please come spend a week at my house & see how little square feet we use currently. (only, i don't really want you to stay with me. i don't have a guest room for a reason, remember?) i can tell you just how much space we really use. we use our small bathroom. we use our bed & a space on the wall for a tv. we use our living room to sit on our couch & we use our kitchen for the fridge & sink & sometimes to cook something. sometimes. that's really it.

i've spent the last two weeks researching rv & tiny house living. we've tossed around the idea of "one day" going small for the last couple of years. apparently, that day is a lot closer than we thought & we're ready unless someone has a super valid reason for why we're idiots...

 

there are pros & cons about each. class a or c rv's are more convenient, require less cost upfront & travel better. tiny homes are designed sturdier & more efficiently & can be customized a million ways to match your taste. but rv's are ugly as sin, look like plastic & they would require more money in the long run if we decided to redo the interior. tiny homes require you own a vehicle capable of towing one ($$$) & cost more to get an RVIA certified one so that we don't have to worry about finding places to park it. there are definitely things we'll really have to consider, finances being a big part of it, but for now, i'm enjoying some online tiny shopping & scouting out all the rv parks around town.

next step? cross our fingers that our insurance adjuster is having a really good day, sell our house & hit the road. easy right?

 

 

living room: 2017

we'll just pretend that these things did actually happen in 2017 & not in 2016 since i'm just now blogging about it. we'll just pretend it didn't take me four months to get this part of my house clean & organized so that i could photograph it. we'll just pretend i'm not a lazy piece of shit, for blogging's sake.

i asked for a new rug for christmas because this one that i'd been eyeing awhile went on clearance & you don't pass up a 9x12 rug for $300. considering a beni ourain rug is way out of my price range, nate berkus will just have to do. i've been totally pleased with this rug. it's soft, it's been durable with my crazy dogs & it's just off-white enough to hide dirt between vacuums. shortly after laying it down, i started getting the itch to change everything up. i get it regularly but especially with this room. it's hard to get things right in here & the happiest we've been in the past is having the tv area in the back by the picture window so that's exactly what i did. walking into my house every day & immediately laying eyes on my tv irritated me to no end. so now, i walk into a seemingly empty room with no more & no less than i need. & i can breathe again. & i don't have to look at that dumb tv (that i love) unless i want to. one day we might get a small tulip table for this space but honestly, i'll be surprised if we ever get around to it.

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i took everything out of this room & then i boxed up all of my tchotchkes, art, sentimental items, etc as if we were moving. i needed to start fresh. i removed a handful of my most precious things from the boxes but aside from that, it all got donated. i realized during this that the hardest/weirdest thing to purge is art. it's not that i have a hard time letting go of the actual art, it's that there doesn't seem to be a good way to do it. what would you do with art/prints you no longer wanted?

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we moved our couch to the back to then find out about the best thing west elm has ever done so we lived without a couch for a couple of weeks while waiting for the refund check. we couch shopped & were pretty set on a simple sofa + chaise from a local furniture store until we really thought about it & decided to use that money for more pressing priorities. so we did what we always do, we went shopping at our best friend's house as they've now supplied 70% of the furniture in our house. they just so happened to have bought a new couch & were nice enough to give us their old one. although the color isn't my first choice, the lines are clean & simple + it's the most comfortable couch we've ever owned. i'm hoping we can get a few more years out of it so we can save up for my dream.

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i replaced the curtains with white sheers (SO MUCH BETTER!!! i don't even care that there's a glare on the tv because the light they let in is 100% worth it) & i took down the curtains that hid the cubbies after ryan suggested that they no longer "fit" the room (he was so right). now there are just a few more things that i want in order to "finish off" this room aside from a new couch (is a room really ever finished?). it could use a couple more decorative baskets/bins for the storage under the window & a large round mirror (like so or so) to hang above the couch. i've also considered trying my hand at huge neutral wall hanging/macrame for that area. one day i should probably get around to finishing painting the ceiling too....

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that hanging rattail cactus is my most prized possession right now. i will cry if i kill it with my neutral thumb.

the other part of the room, the entrance to our house, is my favorite part now. why? because it's essentially empty & it makes us feel sooo good. i understand it's not for everyone but for us? it's just right.

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i'm finishing up an easy & soooo satisfying project right now that i'll be back to share so stay tuned!

sources: coffee table / curtains / roller blinds / plant hangers 1 & 2 / rug / side table

closets & trash

i've not been on my house game for a couple of months (obviously) but all of a sudden i hit a huge surge of energy last week & feel like there isn't enough time or money to keep up with my thoughts/plans/actions. maybe it's that spring cleaning bug that people get? it's like "nesting" for normal, non-pregnant people? well. whatever it is; i have it. my mind is racing with house projects & i'm trying to work on keeping myself focused on one thing at a time so that i don't get too overwhelmed. luckily i'm pretty good at finding satisfaction in being able to mark off just one task (big or small). to me, it's easy to find joy in the fact that it's one less thing staring at me, even though if you zoom out & look at the big picture, it's so so tiny & seems like it doesn't matter. i'm trying to get ryan on that train of thought so he doesn't lose his mind helping me in the yard. he has been so much help getting some of my least favorite things done (i.e. anything outside). we spent saturday cleaning our garage which - is a big fucking deal for me to even go out there. i hate that garage. i just imagine it full of poisonous spiders & critters, just waiting to get me right as i walk in. i also imagine it collapsing in on my head & nobody makes it out alive. when it's a mess (like it has been for years now), it heightens my fear. needless to say, i don't store things in there like a normal person. who needs to keep paint in their garage when they have empty kitchen cabinets that work just fine? right? when we bought our house, we spent 75% of our time in our garage. we had all of our friends & family over weekly, battling each other in ping-pong, grilling hot dogs & sitting out by the chiminea. somewhere along the way, we lost our excitement for having people over & our garage slowly turned into a ghost town where we would occasionally throw shit we needed to donate or put out on the curb for big trash day (aka shopping day in our hood). i didn't take a before picture but i wish i would have. kind of. i’d probably be too embarrassed to show what it looked like, how much shit we pulled out of there & how little actually goes back in there but man, it feels so good to have it cleaned out & organized. when ryan got his boat, we had to make room for it & now we have room for the boat & still have room to pull one of the cars in if it storms. plus i know where everything is & i’m not AS terrified to retrieve a rake now. we pulled everything that was too big or too much of a pain to load up & donate (i.e. a washer/dryer, bikes, furniture, etc.) out to the curb & someone took everything within 30 minutes. you're welcome neighbor.

that project then spiraled to trying to get as much as we could out to curb by wednesday so yard work was next in our sights. it's not like we won't have the opportunity again next month but we know ourselves well enough to know that we need to strike while the iron is hot. & right now, it's hot. we've bagged so many goddamn leaves & i'm pretty sure that will never end, but progress is progress & every single bag makes me feel better & better. so for the last two nights we’ve come home from work, grabbed a quick bite & then headed outside to work on the yard until the sun goes down. what feels like a thousand bags later, we only have the front mostly done but damn, it feels good.

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once the sun sets, i've been heading inside to finish up my closet. i'm not going to lie, i've been using our bar as my closet for weeks now. i've had to apologize to 1 too many guests for why all of my clothes are in the kitchen & it had been long enough that i actually got used to getting dressed for work in the living room. it's fine guys. it's the new thing. the reality is that i removed all my clothes, did a lot of prep work on the molding, primed it & then let it sit for a while because i was completely unmotivated.

but then i cleaned up the doorknob & felt an urgency to get the door hung so i could admire them all the time which meant i really just needed to finish the whole closet. my light has been broken for..... years? the lightbulb doesn't stay in place & i get really sick of grabbing a step-ladder every day to screw it back in so i've just gotten used to it being dark. i'm not sure if it's just because i'm not used to having a light on or if it's the once yellow, now white walls but it's so bright. & beautiful. & organized. & very very monochrome. & once again, i hate myself for taking so long on such a simple project.

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i know i never did an "after" of the bedroom. it's because i was waiting on the doors to be done. well, i just now hung those doors & one of them doesn't close so i have some adjusting to do. also, now i think i should finish the windows before i really show you what it looks like because with everything else done, the window frames stick out like a sore thumb. it's never-ending.

please send wine.