Almost Packed and Ready to Hit the Road!

Time is ticking down to pulling out of the driveway! Everything we own has has been:

  • Packed in the camper
  • Packed in a 16′ x 8′ x 8′ POD
  • Sold
  • Donated
  • Trashed

We’re almost there! It’s amazing what you can decide to purge when you need to.

I have decided my biggest challenge living out of a camper will be not buying super sized products! I ALWAYS buy bulk/ largest-sized-for-best-pricing. I already made that mistake when I bought a case of Scott toilet paper for the camper. (You need single ply for the camper toilet.) I think we’ll be teepeeing some friend’s places before we leave – for laughs and to free up some space! So watch out! (but you know I can’t stay up past 10pm anyway so you’re probably not in too much danger.)

Speaking of super sized products… liquor. I normally buy the ginormous sized liquor bottles. because, you know, it’s the best deal! And it’s alcohol. It’s not going to spoil! To be honest we’ve been trying to empty these bottles to keep from bringing them with us. There is no space for huge bottles. I think I’m going to die a little inside when I start buying smaller sizes on purpose. Just so they fit, regardless of the product. Smaller ketchup, smaller liquor bottles, smaller mayo.

Did I mention how small our fridge and freezer are? At least we’ll be eating pretty fresh! I can’t wait to flex my cooking brain again! Although I’ve already unloaded all my vegan-friendly products on my good vegan friend. You just can’t take everything with you! Although pretzels for dinner…. I probably could have made a better choice.

Countdown has started! Pulling out on the 22nd! Headed to the Clemson v. Syracuse football game in Clemson, SC! Did I mention I’m a Clemson grad?? GO TIGERS!


POD comes tomorrow!!

Our POD gets delivered tomorrow, a week earlier than I had originally scheduled. We decided to get a jump on things. Hopefully we’ll get the majority of everything packed up this weekend so we can really see what’s left. Then I’ll get started to see what I can fit into the camper. That will be the ultimate test!

A little secret – I’m more concerned about getting the majority of my kitchen stuff in there than I am about my clothes! Obviously the professional Kitchen Aid stand mixer must go into storage… ūüė¶ but do I have room for the blender and the food processor? No? Food processor it is!

I’ll let you know how we make out later. Stay tuned!



That twitter thang

By the way, you can also follow our shennanigans on twitter  @workplayadv

We like to tweet and retweet on our adventures (of course), RVing  (of course), travel (of course), but also running, beer, fun places and other random things we think are neat!

Getting ready to hit the road

Welcome to our blog! We are so happy you decided to join our “little” adventure. Maybe you’ve read our About page, but I’m going to tell you a ¬†little more about us anyway and why we decided to start full time RVing and what we’re doing to get ready to hit the road.

I’m Julie and the main author of this blog. Michael is my boyfriend and traveling companion. We live in Central NY (but not for long!!) and decided we had had our last¬†long, dreary, snow-to-your-eyeballs winter here. We bought our camper in August and have been working on fitting it to our specific needs since then. Our specific needs being:

  • Living out of it versus just weekend jaunts
  • Working out of it (luckily we just need Wifi, computers and a printer. No complicated, space-taking machinery)
  • Accommodating living with a cat and an 80 pound, leggy dog

I’m not going to post before and after pictures yet because, well, there are no official “after” pictures now. We didn’t do a huge tear out and overhaul. Luckily our rig was in excellent shape! We just did some personal modifications to suit us. But I still want to show them off eventually.

However there are plenty of things we still have to do to get ready to pack up in leave in two and a half weeks! Of course there are packing things into storage and selling/ giving things away. But there are other things like trying to use up as much food as we can in the pantry. Have you ever tried that? It’s harder than you think.

Look in your pantry at all the random cans and boxes of stuff that you haven’t used in forever. Maybe you bought two cans of something for a unique recipe but ended up using only one. How do you use the other can now¬†without buying any additional ingredients or as few extra ingredients as possible?

Let’s see. In the past two weeks we’ve had:

  • Goya yellow rice mixed with a can of black beans and a can of seasoned diced tomatoes. A few times. (It’s actually pretty good!)
  • Chocolate chip cookies (lots of flour to get rid of, or at least reduce quantity…)
  • Two loaves of honey wheat bread, complete with cracked wheat for texture and SC honey from a family friends’ hives.
  • Oatmeal cookies* (we’ve had that box of regular oats, not quick cook – an accidental buy – for longer than I’d like to admit)
  • Instant roasted garlic potatoes. With nothing else. Just potatoes. I was really hungry and had nothing else available that quickly at 9pm. It was reminiscent of college… I was satisfied.
  • Steel cut oats. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE steel cut oats. But I haven’t made them in quite a while. Which is why I had them sitting around to get rid of in the first place.

*Note: I went through my Betty Crocker cookbook to find this oatmeal cookie recipe. No raisins! Yippee! And it has cinnamon and cloves and yells FALL!!! They are delicious!

I am headed back to the kitchen to see what else we have to whip up or give away within the next 17 days or so. In the meantime I am also researching how to make my WordPress blog more fun¬†and interesting looking. I’m new to this format and I haven’t blogged in years. So please bear with me as I bone up on the ins and outs of WordPress.



Where we capture our shenanigans as we work and play, traveling the US, living out of our camper!

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