A few weeks ago we received a question on our facebook page about our daily life. The comment came from a soon to be full-timing couple who are contemplating how daily life will be as they embark on their new lifestyle. The exact question was “Would you paint for us a word picture of your average day, please?” The first word that came to mind was boring, because despite what you see here on the blog, most days around here are fairly ordinary. But then I started thinking about what we do on daily basis, and decided that for those living in a traditional house and commuting everyday to a traditional job, it might be kind of interesting to see what we do on a normal day. Of course, no two days are the same, but I think this is pretty typical representation of how an average weekday goes for us. Before I start the day, I should first mention where we are. This week we are boondocking in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. It’s totally gorgeous, peaceful, and wild out here. Later this week I’ll share some more about this magical place.
Tuesday, February 25
Right from the start the day begins in a less than typical way. I usually wake up fairly early and go for walk first thing. Since Tim is a night person and I’m a morning person, this is my alone time when I enjoy nature and greet the day. Except for some reason this morning I wake up late. When I open my eyes and look at the clock it says 7:30! Whoops, not sure why that happened. So I skip my walk and move right into breakfast mode. Tim is still in bed. He usually doesn’t get up until 8ish. This morning we are having yogurt with fruit and granola. Since we are out of granola, and I was too lazy to make a batch the night before, the first thing I do is whip some up. I’ve turned this into a super simple procedure by dumping all the ingredients on a baking sheet, mixing them up, and then throwing the tray into the oven for 10-15. In the meantime I dish out some yogurt and slice up some strawberries. By the time Tim drags himself out of bed and gets ready for day, breakfast is the table. Neither of us drink coffee, but I do enjoy an occasional cup of tea, and this morning I have a nice cup of Tazo Flowering Honeybush with my breakfast.
After breakfast I put away the clean dishes from last night and wash the dishes from breakfast. Next I make the bed and pick up any stray clothes left on the floor the night before. Small messes look really big in our tiny home, so I find myself picking up a lot.
In the meantime Tim has moved from breakfast to work, without even leaving the couch. Since we only have one table in the Airstream that means our dining room table also doubles as Tim’s office. This can be a little annoying if I want to use the table for some sort of project during the day, but is also super convenient because it means that Tim has zero commuting time to get to work. And that means more time for sleeping in the morning :)
I decide to go for a little walk after breakfast since I missed out before breakfast. It’s fairly overcast today, but the temperature is almost 70-degrees so I have no complaints. As you can see by my crazy hair, it’s also pretty windy this morning. I walk down the road to a sad looking pond which I assume is for the cattle that roam around here, and then turn around. It’s not a long walk, but since we’re planning on a bike ride later in the afternoon I am happy with it.
As I return home I can see our long rainbow windsock flying proud in the distance.
When I get back Tim is still in his corner working. I jump back on my computer and spend about an hour working on a blog related project that I am excited to share with you soon.
I want to call my mom before lunch and I try to sit outside, but for some reason my phone signal is kind of crappy from there. Instead I sit in the truck where the signal is strong and talk to her for awhile.
Lunch time! Today we have leftover grilled potatoes and bun-less turkey burgers topped with a tomato slice and a spoonful of guacamole. On the side we have some carrot sticks and a few chips to finish up the guacamole.
After lunch Tim goes back to work and I move into my “bedroom office” for a bit. I usually spend a few hours in the afternoon back there. It’s easier than sharing the table with Tim, and it gives us a chance to both have our own space. I should probably mention that Tim is a web developer which basically means he writes computer code all day. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how much concentration this must take, so I do my best not to bother him during work hours.
This week I have a really cool view out the back bedroom window.
I spend a little more time working on my blog project from the morning and then I move into planning mode. We’re not the kind of travelers who make lots of definite plans and reservations, but we’re also not the kind who totally wing it either. We like to have at least some sense of our route and where we will stop along the way for the next few months. That way if we are going somewhere and think we might need a reservation (this comes into play around holidays and during school vacation) then we can reserve a spot. To keep track of everything we have a shared Google map with our tentative plans for the next 3-4 months. Sometimes we have two or three places listed for one week and make the final decision as we get closer. Right now we plan to spend most of March in Arizona, and then move into New Mexico from April-June. Tim needs to be in Albuquerque to fly out for a work conference the third week of April, so I want to plan our route from here to there. Using a combination of websites in conjunction with Google maps I think I figure out a good route with stops at several state parks along the way. I also plan out a tentative route after Albuquerque which brings us back down to the southeast part of NM, and then back north by the end of June, putting us in the perfect position to move into Colorado the first week of July.
Phew, all that planning makes me hungry. Good thing it’s time for a little afternoon snack. Today we have some rice crackers with peanut butter and baby oranges.
While I munch on my snack I spend anther hour planning. This time researching things to do while we are in Bisbee next week. Judging by the huge number of websites I bookmark we will not have a problem filling the week with all sorts of cool stuff. Tim works for a while longer and then calls it quits for the day. For the first time he goes outside to enjoy the day. The sky has darkened even more by this time and the wind has really picked up. Perfect for kite flying.
While Tim’s outside with his kite I do some dinner prep. Since we usually go for a hike or bike ride in the afternoon when Tim’s done with work, I try to complete a little dinner preparation in the afternoon so that when we get back it’s easy to finish up. Tonight we are having an Eggplant & Zucchini Pizza and I need to make both sauce and dough. I always make my own sauce because, for one it’s easy, and two, it’s much tastier and healthier than anything I could buy in the store. I don’t ever use a recipe or any measurements for my sauce. Basically I just throw the ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. My sauce “recipe” goes something like this. Sauté some onion and garlic in olive oil, add a can of crushed tomatoes, a squirt of tomato paste, a drop or two of honey, a shot of balsamic vinegar, a generous amount of Italian seasoning, some salt and pepper, and simmer on low for 15-20. A little more effort than opening a jar, but totally worth it in my opinion. Next I whip up a batch of simple dough, something else I don’t use a recipe for, and place it in a bowl covered with a cloth to rise.
With that done we head off on our bike ride. Today we ride across the street and follow an old dirt road through the meadow. At one point we come upon a group of cows who stare at us for awhile before heading in the opposite direction.
After only about a mile the road ends, so we turn around and ride back to the main road and then follow it up and down a few hills, past a pond, and a field of really tall grass before retracing our route back to the Airstream. The ride ends up clocking in at 5.5 miles. Not too bad, but I think next time we’ll seek out a longer route.
By the time we get back it’s a little past 5:30 and we can see the clouds beginning to break up in the distance. I take a picture and think that it’s probably going to be a nice sunset. Sure enough about an hour later I look outside and see that the sky is on fire! Of course I run outside to capture the moment.
While the sky was busy doing its thing, I was busy finishing up dinner. The dough had risen nicely and I stretched it out on the pan and popped it in the over for a little pre-baking before I add the toppings. I like this method because it ensures a truly crispy crust. Last week in Tucson we went to this amazing pizza restaurant called Scordatos where we ate a delicious pizza topped with incredibly thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant with a pesto & tomato base. This was my dinner inspiration for the night. Except I was going to forgo the pesto in favor of a bunch of fresh basil on top. Even without a mandoline I managed to get the veggies sliced super thin. I took the partially cooked dough out of the oven and slathered on a thin layer of sauce, cheese, lots of veggies and some fresh basil. It came out perfect! I was worried that the large amount of watery vegetables, combined with the fact that I had layered them on top of each other, would lead to a soggy mess. Not the case at all. In fact, the super thin slices crisped up perfectly. I have a feeling this will turn into a repeat dinner.
After dinner I put away the leftovers (can’t wait for lunch tomorrow) and we watch a little T.V. We’re in the middle of the first season of Orange is the New Black right now. Have you seen this show? I had heard mixed reviews, but we are both really liking it and have to restrain ourselves from not watching more than one episode per night. After T.V. time I go into the bedroom for some reading and Tim stays up working on a personal project (that he will share eventually) for a few hours. I didn’t take any pictures after dinner because it was simply too dark in the Airstream.
So that’s it, one day of our life. Of course, this is not how everyday goes. Sometimes we do errands, or go out to eat, or visit with other people. The weekends tend to be very different from weekdays. But you already know about that because the stuff we do on the weekends is usually what make it into the blog. Then there’s drive days when we pack up, hook up, dump & fill up, drive somewhere and then do it all in reverse. Those days are really in a category of their own and maybe even deserve their very own “Day In The Life” blog post. For the most part though, this is our unglamorous, uncomplicated, simple and satisfying life. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.