Archive for February, 2008

Random pages in the menu

 | February 25, 2008 8:40 am

Sorry for the random pages that keep popping up in the menu with nothing there.  I’ve been installing plugins and didn’t notice they were also adding pages to the site.

Anyone have suggestions for a good wordpress plugin for uploading pictures easily?  The current process is driving me nuts.


 | February 24, 2008 5:20 pm

The curtains, (or at least the one that I’ve finished making so far) is awesome. I got the little velcro pieces sewn on the piece of fabric for the back window and tested it out last night. I packed with a lamp shining directly onto the pillow, put up the curtain and it was completely blocked off. I have lots of fabric left, but I need to cut it to the size of the rest of the windows. Not too complicated, but takes a bit of time and for the next 8 days during our pledge drive I’m at the station for about 13-14 hours each day so it’s not really something I feel like doing at night. Still, may get one or two done this week.

And of course, once they’re all done I’ll take pictures.

Sleeping in a van without trouble or worry

 | February 22, 2008 9:06 pm

It’s one of the questions I get a lot. “How can you sleep there with the lights and all the people around.” Honestly, it’s the sort of thing you get used to. When I first “lived” in my car it was because I was commuting once a week from San Diego to LA and staying there for three nights before coming back. I used to drive each night 35 miles from Burbank out to Malibu to stay at the only campground in LA that stayed open after 10:00, (which is when I got off work). Really I got used to sleeping in the van in public places because I was so sick of making that drive when all I wanted to do was go to sleep. And really if you want to get comfortable sleeping in your car the only thing you can do is sleep in your car. Even if that first night you stay up the whole time worried then at least you’ve gotten through that first night. Staying up all night won’t kill you. Then the second night will be easier. After those first couple nights, after nothing’s happened, and you’ve had no problems, then it gets easier and easier, till it’s no big deal.

The way I look at it,  three unlikely things have to happen for me to have “trouble” with people bothering me.

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Lightening the Load

 | February 18, 2008 4:24 pm

Suitcase for down underWhen I spent a month backpacking in Italy two years ago I was quite pleased with how I’d packed. I fit everything in one of my brother’s spare backpacks and a shoulder bag that served as my carry on. About half way through I realized I still was carrying stuff I didn’t really need. So for this last month in Australia and New Zealand I was determined to really take some more care with packing. I packed up another of my brother’s spare backpacks , (the one the smelled least like campfire smoke).

I looked at the items for how easily they could be washed and dry overnight, how they might layer for warmth, (barely needed for most of the trip), and where ever possible their dual uses. My pajama pants, (plain black with a tie), work as dressy pants and with long underwear is very warm. (The long underwear was only needed once, they spent most of the trip buried at the bottom of the bag). My shawl, (bought in Sorrento, Italy), also makes a great towel, tablecloth or skirt.

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A Valentine’s day present for you!

 | February 16, 2008 1:22 pm

A bit late, but for you, Gentle Reader, I’ve replaced almost all the pictures on this site with versions that should upload a lot faster. I’m still finishing up the pictures of the van, but the rest should be better. Please let me know if you still have any trouble. jessica (at) ayearinacar (dot) com.

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