Swinging from the Chandelier

Bill and I have discussed replacing the lamp over our kitchen table. It looks as though one of the lamps has bent and when we go over very bumpy roads the two lamp covers clang together and I am afraid they will break.

When we were trying to sell the house Bill and I looked at a number of lamps to replace some of the light fixtures in the house and we could never agree on anything. Of course I was trying to look for generic lamps that would appeal to anyone and Bill was looking for something HE would like. LOL We ended up letting the decorator decide on all the fixtures. This made me realize that the process might be a problem.

 A few days ago we went to McClendon’s Hardware to pick up a few things and I meandered into the lighting section. Something Bill and I saw several years ago at an art show was a blown glass lamp cover like this:

 As soon as I saw it I thought it would make a great lamp for the dining area. I found Bill and brought him over and he loved it. I was amazed and thought it was too easy… LOL… I know several different hardware stores carry them and wanted too look around to see what colors would fit best so we left the store. A couple days later we went over to Home Depot for a few more Rubbermaid containers for packing up the storage area of the RV. We went over to the lighting area and looked at the choices there and as I was looking at it I realized the line that runs down is flexible and it dawned on me that in a moving vehicle the lamp would swing. I looked at Bill and said, “Honey, I don’t think this one will work… it will swing and could hit the cabinets and break!” After saying this I look at him, standing about 3 feet behind Bill is a lighting guy from Home Depot with the most confused look on his face… I stood there for about 2 seconds before I figured out what I said and I started cracking up. The Home Depot guy turned around and moved to another aisle.

 Bill and I stood there for a few minutes trying to come up with what the poor man must have thought would cause the lamp to swing… Maybe he thought we planned to swing from the chandelier. LOL

 In the end we think we will still get it but we will have to wrap it for travel. Otherwise it will take us years to come up with something Bill likes that will work in the RV… ugh.

Theme Park Mania…

Many of you may know I have a “mild” obsession with theme parks. Some assume it is just an obsession with Disney parks but they wouldn’t know the true extent. I LOVE theme parks. Busch Gardens, the Magic Kingdom, Canobie Lake Park (for those in the NE), Silverwood (for those in the NW) any theme park, and festival, and fair has it’s draw. I have lots of theories on why I love the parks. I love the adrenaline of the roller coasters. I love the thrill of the thrill rides, I love the sentimentality of the sweet rides. People in costume, the energy of all the happiness for being away from the grind, the childrens’ faces and excitement when they see something fantastic.

Having grown up as a child mostly in Central Florida you could probably blame that. As a young child for special occasions we would go to the Walt Disney Parks. When family would come to visit we would head off to Busch Gardens or Adventure Island (water park in Tampa, FL). Many of these events are the happiest memories as a child. The Magic Kingdom in particular has a absolutely magical feel for me. I know so many of you share this feeling. There is something magical about a place that keeps families from bickering and makes you feel more special than you do anywhere else in the world. (Yes I know they still bicker but it is so different than the bickering we do at home.)

I am sure some therapists would love to delve into the depths of why I am so passionate about these things but the fact is I live for fun. I plan to be the Peter Pan of my family. Too many of the people in my family grew up too quickly or never really experienced a proper childhood. My father is the second eldest of 13 children and he was born during the depression. He dropped out of school to help his parents take care of his siblings. I think he is now finding his inner child at 80.

So when I write I love making analogies, it is something I am quite adept at and often times those analogies are about theme parks. So I hope they don’t get old too quickly…

Keep Dreaming

The RV Lifestyle… the constant learning experience

So I know I have some catching up to do and I will catch you up but for now I have to start somewhere:

So Bill has 2 more weeks of work till we get to officially head out. Today I was working around the RV continuing to get things settled and I knew I had to do some laundry. Well our Washer has specific instructions that you only run it if you have your grey sewer line open. For all the lovelys that have no idea what this means I will explain.

In an RV you have 2 types of sewer. You have the Grey Sewer and a Black Sewer (a.k.a. Grey and Black Tanks). If you use your imagination you can probably figure it out but for those that need more info here you go. The grey sewer is were water from your shower, sinks, dishwasher (if you have one) and washing machine drains into. The Black Sewer is where your toilet runs into, makes it pretty easy to remember.

So Bill was at work and yesterday I had run to the camping store and picked up an extension sewer hose since we only had a 15-foot and our sewer drain is about 25 feet away. We had known we would need an extension but hadn’t yet picked one up. So now we needed it. In addition to an extension hose I also got new couplings to attach the hoses to the outlet. They are so shiny and pretty… for now… LOL

This is my Sewer Hose

Bill has been the one to drain the tanks when they needed draining but I made sure I watched and knew what to do, many people feel this is a “Man’s Job”. I don’t believe anything is just a “Man’s Job” and so I intend to learn everything to do with the RV (even if I hope Bill will do it more often than not). I decided today was the day to do laundry. This means I have to go out and put new couplings on our old hose and attach the new hose to it as well. I was a little intimidated. If you do this wrong you can dump raw sewage on the ground and I know I do not plan to share my raw sewage with others… gack! Overall it is a very simple process. You hook the hose to the outlet, run the hose over and put the adapter into the sewer drain. You then open the pathway for your Black Tank allowing the contents to run out into the sewer drain. After a few minutes you close the pathway and open the pathway to the Grey Tank. Some of you may be wondering why you have to do it in this order… well remember all this sewage is running through a hose that you are going to have to unattach and put back in your rig… the Grey tank is MUCH cleaner than the Black and so it helps rinse the hose for you. They do make connections for the hoses that will rinse the hose for you as well but using the Grey tank usually suffices.

I drained both tanks and am now off to load up the laundry. I love learning new things and so today was a learning experience for me. Wonder what new things I will learn tomorrow. Grin… RV lifestyle… the constant learning experience.