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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Traveling Light

One of my goals is to be able to travel anywhere, for any length of time with a carry on and a daypack. These weekend trips are my testing ground. This weekend I finally have had all I needed, and a few items I didn't use because I didn't dress up last night. Sometimes I do, just for a change. I still have some tweeking to do, mostly just because I can. However, I would take off for a couple of weeks if necessary with what I have with me this weekend.

I wore jeans and a comfortable polo shirt down here from work with tennis shoes. I had some black yoga pants and a new pair of black nylon hiking pants and a light brown broomstick skirt, and a reversible brown/black long skirt for my bottom half. I have a reversible brown/black top, a very light leopard print, cap sleeve top, a blue/black/pink print cap sleeve top, a reversible red/black sleeveless top, and 2 t-shirts. Underclothes and toiletries, a couple of belts, a pair of water sandels and some nice black slip on shoes to wear with the skirts a pair of black tights and black light weight tank top and a swimsuit. Oh, and my knitting.

In my day pack I have what I usually carry (includes a small flashlight and travel size of most stuff I use as well as some plastic eating utensils) and my netbook with my USB wireless stick. I wear my ScotteVest travel vest with all it's inside pockets when I'm out and about so that any money/camera/ids/cell phone are on me but not hanging off me.

I pack the carry on stuff in a couple of 3 gal. ziplock bags, toiletries in a gallon bag. It all fits with room to spare. On other trips I had wished for a pair of black pants and a t-shirt, just for when I decide to dress comfortable rather than dressy. The two skirts are because I couldn't decide which one, and since I didn't wear either the jury is still out. Ah well, more trips for testing are necessary.

Yes, I laid it all out on the bed and took pictures. You know how I am with posting pictures.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend

I'm down in the Capital again. Took a weekend off. Mostly I need to go shopping. I need a propane canister stove, two burner type. If I can't find what I want here I'll order one. I want something I can use back home when car-camping. I also need a few more curtains. And, I need a few other odds and ends. I will head out in a while and check out some of the stores around the outside of the mall that I haven't ventured out to yet. I'm feeling more comfortable around here, so I feel I can venture further out.

I'm looking for a replacement for Google on all fronts. I use dogpile.com as my search engine. I don't know that they mask my personal search history from Google, but they also search a few other engines at the same time. I have my email accounts set up on Mail.com and Zoho.com, just need to start moving my traffic over there.

Moving my blog is taking a bit more research. I've gandered at Wordpress and Typepad. I've also started looking at opensource software to load onto an old website that I only use for the email address currently. I pay $30/mo just to have my domain and website sitting there, I should get back to using it. I say I'm a geek. This shouldn't be rocket science. So, any geeks out there have any suggestions?

I started copying my old LiveJournal blog into a LibreOffice document (opensource version of office suite software, which is free...), and am back to sometime in 2009 so far. I need to clean it up and actually copy the pictures into the document instead of the links to PhotoBucket that I use online. I stopped using LiveJournal because I had to pay $25/year to keep advertising off it. That is one thing I wouldn't have to worry about if I host it myself.

Sweater is coming along. I looked up and can get another skein of yarn to match the main color if I run too close. It's more expensive to order from Lion Brand directly than it was to buy it form (I think) Hobby Lobby, but I can get it at least. I'm finding all kinds of fun video tutorials on YouTube. I want to make socks and tailored sweaters with no seaming, and all that fun stuff. The hammock is another story. I am still needing to finish it. I guess my enthusiasm is just gone on that one. Then again, I'm still carting around a really pretty angora sweater that I started in high school (maybe jr. high?) that just needs the side seams sewn on it. 40 years. Yeah. The yarn I'm making up into afghans and baby stuff is also from at least that long ago. I'll get it all finished at some point.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Taking My Own Advice

I just left a long post giving advice to a new blogger. She is asking for input as she decides if she wants to live fulltime in an RV. Something I have enough knowlege to give advice on since I read several blogs each day about it - that makes me an expert, right? No. What I did advise her to do is inventory everything she owns currently. That should take at least a year. Heck, I've been working on my inventory since at least 2005. Then I advised her to start letting go of stuff. I'm down to 2 10'x20' storage units myself (one does have my 2008 Jeep in it) and the things in my apartment down here in Honduras. That represents a lot of letting go and getting rid of stuff, believe it or not. As far as advice about blogging... well... I can point her to some really good blogs. Mine is, as is reflected in my overall life, a work in progress. So, time to take stock of things myself. I am continuing to knit the sweater. No progress on the hammock as I've had a bad cold all week and it takes all I can do to get through the work day. I'm on late shift next week. We'll see if my desire to finally get finished with the hammock wins out over wanting to head home when the time comes. For those of you who have forgotten the hammock, I have to work on it here on post, so it's not like the sweater that I can just pick up for a few minutes here and there. The yarn stash is getting smaller, which is the primary end result desired from doing the knitting and crocheting. I'm getting the kitchen cleaned, and starting to actually unpack the boxed I moved from WA to here 18 months ago. I will be taking inventory and getting rid of some things, and repacking the things I want to send home (to the storage unit...). Those things will be sent back the week before I head back for vacation again in September so that they will arrive while I'm at my Mom's. Debt is slowly going down. I hope to announce in a month or so that I've paid off yet another credit card. A glitch in the plan is that my current tennents in the house don't think they need to pay rent. Yep, another set that thinks rent is optional. I am gathering money to have to pay a lawyer to get them out. sigh. Yes, I've tried to sell the place. Everyone really like the place. No one thinks they should give me money to live there. I put money into the place, it looks nice, then tenents move in and trash it again. Did I mention I HATE being a landlord? This is my catch up post. I've been sick for a week and haven't felt like posting. Most things are going ok. It's the slow trudge towards my next phase. If Iknew how to speed the process up I would. But, as it is I just keep doing the next right thing.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Semana Santa

Holy Week. I hope everyone has a nice Easter weekend. Here things have slowed down a bit as most Hondurans take most of the week before Easter off work and head to the beaches. No buses ran this morning or afternoon that I could tell, and that is a major change as at least half of the traffic here is buses. Not a lot of traffic at all. It is hot, and the rainy season has started. That is good in that it cools things off while it rains. We have had a heat index cat 5 already, the highest they report at work. The down side is that I did not have electricity after the 3:30 am storm this morning. No coffee till I got to work, and a short cool shower while getting ready.

I had decided that my next post had to be the pictures I took of the pila (I asked about the spelling) up on the roof. I haven't pulled of the pictures from the camera yet, and so I kept not posting about anything else. So, the pictures will get posted when they get posted. I do have my desktop computer set up now, and I prefer to work on it with it's larger monitor when I'm dealing with pictures and video. I guess I do better with short, random posts than trying to actually tell a story of life down here.

I have been working on knitting the sweater. I had decided to rip out to near the start, if not start over completely, because my knitting is so uneven since I'm learning a whole different way to hold the yarn. However, I again reconsidered, and am continuing on. Basically, my gauge is still uneven so I'll just use this sweater for wearing around the house and getting more comfortable with knitting Continental style. Once it is done I'll order some really nice yarn and make a nice version.