Not so long ago I wrote a blog post about the top ten things I'm looking forward to in our new life on the road. Of course transitioning from one lifestyle to another means there will be some compromises. This is neither a good nor bad thing but it's just something to be acknowledged.
So, while I couldn't come up with ten things, here is a top seven list of what I will miss about my current sticks and bricks life (in no particular order):
Long showers in my own bathroom, that is. I'm sure we'll still be able to take long showers using campsite facilities but it's just not the same as my own space. Okay, that sounds like a First World problem but, come to think of it, most of them are :)
We plan on converting all of our physical mail to digital before we leave. Most of what we get in the mail is either bills or junk so there's no love lost there. But let's say I break a camera part and need a replacement, having no fixed address can cause problems with having something shipped. Unless, of course, we are planning to be at one place for a while. I'm sure we will figure it out but it's a pain in the butt.
I don't see friends often but when I want to, it's nice to have them relatively near. Being on the road does not afford that same luxury. Oh, and about that picture, seems like these friends are exercising together. I don’t do that.
While I wouldn't exactly call our current non-stellar Internet service reliable, it gets the job done most of the time. I am a heavy multimedia user, watching videos, downloading and uploading photos, etc. Using traditional wifi enables me to do all this without any care about my data usage. It's going to take quite an adjustment to get used to counting data bytes. I know I will need to dramatically adjust my habits.
Also, because we have three kids (okay, adults), it's important that we are almost always available by phone. Luckily we have Verizon which really does have the greatest coverage for our needs.
Another First World problem I realize but Linda and I like a big bed. We have a queen sized bed in Scoopy and it feels significantly smaller than the king we have right now. Again, I believe we can get used to it. Right, honey?
This is a curious one for me. I only realized how much I enjoy having artwork on our walls. We have collected some paintings over the years and I have some large prints of my photographs. There is no place to hang anything on this scale in Scoopy. My iPad will have to suffice.
What can I say? This one speaks for itself :D
All of these things are relatively easy to get used to as soon as we hit the road and learn how to live in this new space called fulltiming. In fact, we’ll probably have a brand new list of the things we will miss about our house but change is good.