Skip the whining at the beginning; the rest is a love letter
No one's posting, no one's commenting, and, if my stat counter doesn't lie, practically no one's reading.
No, I take that back: Jo is posting; Jo is indefatigable. And Kate is posting, and is Kate chopped liver? No! And Suzanne is not only posting but also being so incredibly productive that I feel guilty and slothful just reading about it.
But I'm a big hypocrite, because I wasn't even online all weekend. I was off the grid, on the road, out there on the edge of the
Yep, we took the Vanagon out for a test-drive. RW's been driving her to work for weeks now, but we hadn't really used Twinkie for her intended purpose, that is, as a home-away-from-home. We thought we'd better try camping close to home, for one night, just to make sure everything works.
And boy, does it work. Mermaid Girl kept saying "It's like we get to take our house on a trip with us!" And that truly is how it feels. On the way home we missed the ferry and had to wait around for about an hour before the next one came, and it was cold and rainy out, but it didn't feel like we were stuck in the car, because we were in our van. We could move around, sit on the floor, change clothes, get something to eat. And this afternoon, when RW took Mermaid Girl to a playground we'd happened on, I lay down in the back and took a nap, all comfy.
You know what my favorite part is? The fridge. I mean, it's nice to have a stove, and the pop-top bed is very cool and also surprisingly comfortable, but a fridge! In the car! That is just the best. We put Mermaid Girl's milk in it, so we didn't have the usual worry about running out and her having a meltdown from lack of protein; we put hot dogs in it and had them for dinner; we put cheese and turkey slices and all kinds of stuff in it, and whenever we wanted, we had food. Not bits of car-food snacks, but real food. And we could cook it whenever we wanted, too.
RW has the van all stocked now, with dishes and cutlery and bedding and all kinds of things. At any moment, we could say "let's go on a trip!" and pull together a few clothes, and just...go. None of the running around packing and forgetting things that is our usual routine before any trip longer then a few hours; instead, it will be insta-vacation, even in the dead of winter (it doesn't get too cold here, and just boiling water or making popcorn on the stove heats up the whole van amazingly quickly).
Some things we discovered we'd like to have in the van:
*Ketchup and mustard (Hot dogs are not so good without them)
*A deck of cards
*The spare copy of Rise Up Singing (you can tell RW and I were meant for each other because we each had a copy already when we got together).
*A little clock in the back, so I can tell what time it is when I wake up in the gray morning light having to pee
*Extra AA batteries
It was a little cramped last night, when I was trying to make dinner and Mermaid Girl was giddy and wild and I was worried about her getting too close to the stove. And there was the waking-up-in-the-wee-hours-and-not-wanting-to-open-the-door-lest-I-wake-the-whole-family problem. But overall, Twinkie is practically perfect.
All three of us are in love. With our car. We must really be Americans, after all.