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The Camper Has a Floor 

The floor was finally put into the camper this weekend which means I’m very close to getting furniture build and put in there which gets me one step closer to working out of the camper. I’m pleased with the way it came out:

The front wall of the camper
This is the front wall of the camper which is where my desk will be. The windows face our garden so I’ll get a nice view of outside while I work.
The back wall of the camper
This is the back wall of the camper. There will be two benches over hear that will turning into a pull-out bed for if we ever need extra sleeping arrangements.

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Life, Camper, and Elixir 

Its been quiet around here and unfortunately all I can offer at this point is a simple update as to what has been going on in my life:

We’re still getting used to having a baby in the house again. I maybe written this before but I either forgot how difficult this part is or our son is a hard baby to deal with. Lots of sleepless nights and there is always the constant sound of a baby’s cry in the background of our house, particularly when I’m trying to get work done. I really need to get my camper office finished.

Speaking of the camper office, I should have the ceiling put up tomorrow. Installing the ceiling has been one of the most challenging parts because it has those wonderful curves on it. My father has helped me notch the thin pieces of plywood which allows them to bend along the curve. Once this plywood is up I’ll need to work on staining it… its never ending! I’ll be lucky if I’m working out of the camper by September. I think my goal by this point is to be in there by Thanksgiving.

Outside of some static websites that I maintain (like the one you are reading now) I’ve been developing almost exclusively in Elixir lately and let me tell you: its been a joy. I released another small Hex package called date_params that helps turn the values of a map into Elixir 1.3’s native date structs. Its really helpful in the context of receiving HTTP params in Phoenix.

Even though it has been quiet around here I have been writing. Lately I’ve been trying to write down as much as I remember about a trip I took to Tanzania in late 2014. I’ve enjoyed getting my thoughts down and funny how once I started thinking about my trip so many of the little details that I forgot of it started coming back to me. The writing is going very slow—I’m really an sub-par writer—but I’m happy with what I’ve got so far.

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Camper & Website Update 

My website’s relaunch happened a year ago on May 26th and I didn’t even realize it. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’ve, for the most part, kept with this thing. I’d love to start experimenting with Indie Web stuff and even get involved in the community there but I’m still wrapping my head around how a static website (mine is build with the fantastic Middleman) can participate.

The camper is coming together. I mean it this time, walls are going up and being painted. The flooring is here. I still need to build the furniture but it feels like I am so close to being able to work in there.

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A Brief Camper Update 

Its been a bit quiet around here, having a new born in the house and all. But I don’t want to make silence a habit and in an effort to keep that from happening I thought I’d give an update on my office/camper project.

It too as suffered from my free time being compressed by a crying newborn. I have the inside insulated—finally the camper is a place where its better than when I got it—and I’m currently working on trimming the insulation down. This has been slow going as I’ve only been able to work on it in 30-minute segments. Its also messy work the requires putting on goggles and respirator, which always makes me wonder if I’m hacking a few days off of the end of my life.

I should be able to start putting up the interior walls within the next few weeks. I’ll still need to build the seat area, my desk, and some book shelves. Although I’m moving slowly on the project, I’m still having a blast. Its been a great away to blow off some steam after being screamed at in the face by six week old.

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Wiring the Camper 

Yesterday the weather warmed up a bit and I was able to nearly finish what needs to happen before I can wire the camper. Trying to anticipate my futures needs has been tricky enough but the thin walls of the camper has meant that I’ve had be creative with how I route my wires so I don’t but too many splices in a box and over shoot my box fills.

This is the first from-scratch wiring project that I’ve ever done and I’ve enjoyed learning more about electrical codes. Its also been nice to have the flexibility to put things where I want or will need them. But, since I plan on using spray-foam insulation, its a bit stressful as once the insulation is in all wiring will become essentially final.

I hope to get my wiring and network cables pulled in the afternoons this week that way I might even be able to insulate the camper this weekend while we have some warmer weather.