Throwback // Roameo Origins: Part II

ROAMEO ORIGINS: PART II:

June 2nd, 2015

The first night that we had Roameo home, we were so thrilled to begin cleaning him out we got started right away! We thought he just needed a thorough scrub down, a fresh paint job, couple new tires, and he’d be good as new! Unfortunately, as so many travel trailer renovators have said before us, it turned out to be wwwwaaayyy more work than we had initially anticipated.

Andy and I began by taking out the old mattress and taking down all the curtains. There were a few loose papers and miscellaneous things lying about that we removed as well. We began piling it all up in our garage to figure out later. Then we went to the seating area to pull out the old cushions. And that’s when things started to get ugly. Underneath not one but both of the seat benches, was what appeared to be a large bag of cat food that had been dumped out. Not stored and then ripped and spilled. DUMPED. OUT. The bag itself was nowhere to be seen, but the giant heap of old cat food could not be unseen. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, as we began shop-vaccing the heck out of it we discovered that during its time under the bench it had been converted into a lovely ant pile/rat house combination.

The night grew dark and ran late as we proceeded to pull out every drawer and unit and shelf and thing that could be pulled out of poor sick Roameo. We did not stop until we had shop vacc’d every reachable corner, made several more gruesome discoveries, chucked a bug bomb in there, slammed all the doors and ran for it. On one hand we felt very accomplished and proud of all we had done, and on the other hand we felt the dread of all that there really was left to do…..

Everything always seems brighter and less frightening in the morning sunshine. When we returned to Roameo the next day, we found him much cleaner and less bug filled than the previous night. We threw away the remnants of the bug bomb and did another vacuum pass. (That shop vac turned out to be a more useful tool than we could have ever imagined, the project literally could not be done without it).

At this point we began tackling some harder-to-remove-but-desparately-needed-out-of-there items, i.e., the shower unit. It was yellow, excuse me, PARCHMENT. Andy and I quickly discovered that 99% of RV accessories come in two colors: white, and parchment. Parchment sounds pretty cool in theory but in reality just looks like it used to be white. I’m sorry to all you parchment fans out there, but we just do NOT get that one! And of course all of Roameo’s innards were done in parchment.

So we unscrewed all the screws, exact-o-knife’d all the rubbery sealant strips out from around the edges, and began to gently pry it violently force it out. After the second gallon of sweat started pouring we figured we were throwing it in the trash anyway so EFF IT. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more like a savage warlord as I did when we finally cast that crappy plastic shell out of the trailer door and out into the yard.

We would later realize that brand new RV tubs/shower surrounds were not even remotely in our budget, but that’s another chapter.

Top 5 International Bucket List Destinations

Andy and I have made it our mission to see all fifty of the United States of America. We LOVE taking road trips and consequently have driven through and visited almost half of them (18!!) in the three years we’ve been together. I still consider this a higher priority for us before we begin seriously adventuring outside of our home country, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream of the magical lands I’ve only ever seen imagery of.

Here are my top 5 dream destinations if I could go anywhere and do anything, in no particular order.

#1: Ireland + Scotland


Image via Our Travel Passport

I’m smooshing these together because they have always gone hand in hand for me. For some reason as long as I can remember I’ve had this fantasy of riding a fast horse along some wild hill or beach in Ireland, with leather reins wrapped in my hands and the wind wrapped in my hair. There is so much beauty here: the Cliffs of Moher (Princess Bride anyone?), the road through the Dark Hedges, the history, the cities and castles. I think this is the place I would feel most like a wild princess, and one I have always longed to visit. Scotland is also home to several iconic filming locations for the Harry Potter films, and the cafe where JK Rowling supposedly wrote a large portion of the books. Yes please!

#2: Iceland


Image via Hand Luggage Only

ICE. LAND. There are so many activities here that I am dying to do: whale watching, soaking in the blue lagoon, hiking, caving, petting one of those native ponies, going for a dogsled ride, and of course, seeing the northern lights. I cannot list the number of photography collections I’ve seen of couples who have eloped there or just adventure photographers who’ve gone exploring. It is seriously so gorgeous, I don’t think it’s possible to find a bad angle of it. Although, I’ll just have to go and find out for sure myself!

#3: New Zealand


Image via Dangerous Business

Speaking of wild places, New Zealand found its way to a secure and special place in my heart when I was immersed in the Lord of the Rings trilogy fandom at the tender age of 10. My mom was obsessed, and so my sister and I were too. The entirety of all three films were filmed there, and they even left Hobbiton intact so people could visit. There’s nothing else to say on the matter.

#4: England

Image via Hand Luggage Only

I don’t think England needs any justification of why it would appear on anyone’s travel list. I’m realizing as I write this that the majority of my wanderlust is rooted in literature and film. Some, or maybe most, of my favorite stories originate from or are straight up based in this incredible country. I had a strong desire to move here after I graduated college as well, as there is a large hub of VFX studios in London responsible for some of the best work in the industry.

#5: France


Image via Happy to Wander

Besides the obvious must-see city of Paris, France is full of gorgeous towns and unexpectedly beautiful countrysides and coastlines. Something about France has always felt very romantic to me, I love the language and the food and the architecture and history.

Looking back, I’m realizing this list could almost more appropriately be called my top 5 European bucket list destinations. There’s a multitude of other cities and countries across Africa and South America that I would of course love to visit and will be on my next roundup, but I would die an incredibly happy lady if I were able to visit just these five beauties.

Cheers!

Dog Bites | Nimbus’s 4th Birthday

If you’ve ever spent more than one hour with me then you have heard about my dog Nimbus. I can’t describe how important this animal is to me or how much I love him. I always had tons of animals growing up: cats, dogs, lizards, guinea pigs. But Nimbus is really something special. My mom gave him to me as a college graduation present in May of 2013. He was exactly 7 weeks old, and everything I ever dreamed of.

Our first night together with my sister:

This year I cannot believe it but he turned FOUR years old. And to celebrate we made PUP-CAKES!

Ingredients //

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( + extra for “frosting” )
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 2 TBSP Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • Mini Muffin Pan

Directions //

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Mash your banana and stir together in a medium sized bowl with the egg and honey.
  • Add in the peanut butter and stir until smooth. I couldn’t get mine totally smooth and it still turned out!
  • Then, stir in the flour, oats, baking powder, and water until well combined.
  • Let sit on the counter for 20 minutes or so, and then spoon into your mini muffin pan! Mine made about 10.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until your utensil comes out clean when inserted.
  • Cool, and then frost with additional peanut butter!

The dogs pretty much swallowed these whole so I’m not sure they really appreciated all the flavors and thought that went into making them, but they were still fun to make!

Happy Birthday Nim!

xx

Piano Progress | Week One

It’s been a long time since I really buckled back down on last year’s new year’s resolution of learning the piano. I made a lot of progress initially when I started last spring, and then it sort of took a back burner to everything else whenever Andy and I moved out of Dallas last summer. I still played every now and then and thankfully Andy kept me really motivated. Now, I have given myself the challenge of uploading one new video every week of a new cover song or progress update on the piano of some sort, to keep me learning and moving forward! I don’t have an end goal in sight, I think after a few months I will just re-evaluate the challenge and see where it’s taken me!

Here it is: my first ever full song on the piano! It’s not even close to perfect, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Throwback // Roameo Origins: Part I

Before I started started this blog, I kept a journal about some of Andy and I’s adventures whenever I felt inspired. The majority of those writings are centered around our travels and our experience with renovating a travel trailer from the ground up. I was reading through some of these old entries and thought it would be fun to do a series throwing back to those moments and highlighting some of the drama that unfolded during that time. Roameo is such a huge part of Andy and I’s story, and everyone likes prequels, right?

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ROAMEO ORIGINS: PART I

June 1st, 2015

Andy and I spent several weeks browsing Craigslist’s travel trailer section, pouring over tons and tons of advertisements in search of the right one. We knew when we had finally done it when we kept coming back and back to the same one, and at long last set up a meeting with the owner. We had to trek almost two hours north to reach the guy’s property, driving a friend’s car due to the fact that neither one of our vehicles have any sort of towing capacity (yes, we know the whole deal about putting the cart before the horse…). To say we were P U M P E D would be an understatement. For all the talking we did on the long drive up about not purchasing it unless it was perfect, I think we both subconsciously knew we were takin’ that bad boy with us no matter what. And to our credit, it looked outstanding when we finally got to meet it! Just needed some scrubbing down and a paint job, and he should be good as new (LOL)!

We hooked the little guy up, high fived the (previous!) owner, and were off on our merry way. And all was well for the majority of the trip. Andy and I were bubbling with excitement over all the adventures we would soon embark on with our new treasure, exchanging ideas and possibilities. And adventure certainly did strike! We had almost reached our exit on the highway when one of the tires blew out on the back of the trailer, and the Mission Impossible theme song started playing. Of course we had to merge over about three lanes to get off the highway, and our tail lights on the trailer were completely out and useless (ahem..) so our blinker was not helping.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a truck came up behind us, put its hazards on, and began guiding us slowly across the lanes of traffic and safely off the highway. We were so relieved and filled with gratitude for these strangers, and expected them to continue on their way once we made it off. But instead, they followed us completely off onto the access road and pulled up behind where we had come to a stop on the shoulder. Three men then proceeded to leap out of the truck carrying tools and changed out our busted tire for the spare! Andy and I just stood there in awe. We are pretty confident that they must have been a pit crew with NASCAR, the whole thing was done in less than three minutes. We didn’t even know what to do or say except gush our thanks on them. They brushed us off and said they were just excited to try out the new jack they had recently bought, got back in their truck, sped away, and left us standing on the side of the highway before we even knew what happened. Talk about a MIRACLE. In that moment we knew we had made an amazing decision purchasing this trailer, and that this was only the very, very beginning of our adventures to come.

 

BOOK CLUB || Kick-off!

Hi everyone, happy April! April is a big month for me. It’s the month I vowed to begin taking my blogging a little more seriously, for one. I’m going to actually post regularly and tell my friends and family of its existence. Huge, I know.

It’s also the start of something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now, which is start my own book club! I’ve been a part of two book clubs now in the past, which always start out so enthusiastically and are amazing but sadly kinda just fall apart after a few months. That is totally not going to happen with this one!

Reading is such a perfect pastime, when I was younger you couldn’t pry my current read out of my hands. Literally, look at this photo of me and my siblings that my mom found just yesterday (thanks mom!).

I’m the one with the book.

But sadly since I’ve become “an adult” I find it more difficult to make time for reading! Andy and I have both gotten much better about this in recent months, which has caused me to become inspired about creating my own book club. My goal is to read ONE book a month, and post about it here in hopes that other interested folks might join me. Because almost everything is more fun in groups, right?

So for my first month, I’ve chosen “Yes Please” by Leslie Knope. I mean Amy Poehler. It’s been on my shelf for OVER A YEAR now and I haven’t even opened it!! See what I mean?! Things need to change.

On the first Monday of each month we are going to do this again, so, get it done!

xo

Engagement Party // So Much Love

Over the weekend Andy and I officially celebrated our engagement with all of our close friends and family, we were only missing a couple special people in our bridal party (did I mention we’ve got all our guys and gals officially on board?!)! I know it’s such a tiny step in the grand realm of wedding planning, but it marks the first one for us and that is really thrilling! My best friend helped me plan all the details and decorate our Loft the night before. We had eucalyptus, metallic letter balloons, karaoke, strawberry cake, cheese boards, and lots and lots of champagne. What more can a recently engaged girl ask for?

This party also sort of doubled as our housewarming party, since the Loft has mostly been a complete wreck up until a few weeks ago. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. having everyone over, my locked up inner hostess sang and did cartwheels all night.

I’m so happy with how everything turned out, I can’t wait to do more!!

xx

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