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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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Camper Aquired 

My dad drove with me—he is the one with a truck—out to the small town of Centralia, Illinois on Saturday. After factoring in a small detour into a surpisingly wonderful Irish Pub in St. Louis, the drive up to Illinois took us five hours. Rob, the man I bought the trailer from, was an delightful anomaly for a small, Midwest town: surfer guy, through-and-through, with longish hair pulled back beneath a Hurley-branded hat, turned backwards. The ol’ nostalgia kicked in and my thoughts went back to growing up in Southern Nevada where many of us were wannabe surfers. This guy was a no imitation though. He spent good chunks of his year hauling around a vintage Airstream to camp on a beach and surfer during the day. I love people like this.

The camper was as-advertised so after we exchanged money for a piece of paper from the state of Illinois, Rob helped my dad and I get the camper secured to my dad’s truck and we hauled it back to Missouri, another five hours. The camper already looks good in my driveway—although I’m not sure if my neighbors would agree—however, now that the camper is here, the scope of the project is starting the come into perspective. I have a lot of work to do this winter. The possibilities are endless which is a bit overwhelming.

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Moving My Office 

For the past year and half I have had my office in a tiny room in the corner of the basement of our little house. But there are some changes afoot at home and with our three year old getting more energy by the day its become nessessary to look for office space outside of the walls of our house.

When we were in college, my wife and I would frequently walk around downtown Springfield and I would fantasize about having office there. When our daughter was born I was able to do just that. I enjoyed being able to walk to my favorite coffee shop when a need for caffeine hit but after a year and a half with my downtown office, I started looking at the money that wasn’t going towards anything, the money I was spending on lunches and coffee, and I realized that I wasn’t talking advantage of my flexible work situation in a way that let me see my family more during the day. So I moved my office back home.

Now I’m going to try something different. I purchased vintage trailer—no, not an Airstream—and we’re going to find a spot in our backyard for my office. We’ve done plenty of home renovations since moving into our house but this will be new territory for me. I don’t need much in a space but I need a place that can be quiet so I can work efficiently and I think there is a spot in our backyard that, with a little work, will be a great place to use the trailer for just that purpose.

I’m toying with the idea of documenting the process converting the trailer with some sort of video journal. Not sure if that will interesting to any one other than me.