Recreational Vehicle

Precamper:

Notice the space. The room. The airiness. DSC_0217

Post camper! This is what you see when you walk in the door.  Look at those electricity switches right there. Aren’t they gorgeous?DSC_0248

Crumb was being extra cute, so obviously she had to be in several of these photos. This is the “living room.” Which isn’t even a thing because the whole RV is a living room. It’s also a moving room. And a leaf-tracking room. DSC_0249 I stood next to the electric switches to take this picture. The driver’s and passenger seats of the RV are behind the white curtain. I put the painting there to cover up the beautiful 1984 TV and VCR… I don’t want anyone to get jealous.  DSC_0252Just so you don’t think we’re too clean, behind the white curtain is THIS. Oh Lord have mercy. DSC_0274Close up of bookshelf. Yes, that is my high school yearbook in the corner, don’t judge. But we DO have the BEAT reader and “The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It”, so maybe that balances. DSC_0271Farm boots, wedding gifts of trolls, MAUVE CHAIR, farm boots, and hoe. (no inappropriate jokes, please). Also, I’m enjoying in this picture how you can see the Ottalenghi cookbook “Plenty.” You could take that word to a deeper meaning if you want, on this tour of a tiny RV. DSC_0253  Hello stove! Farm-themed towels courtesy of my dear friends Chelsea and Aaron. The gas doesn’t work on the stove so it’s a joke. DSC_0260 If i stand on that wood flooring above and turn around, I see “CRUMB ENTERING THE LIGHT!” I left the sponges drying on the windowsill so no one would get FOMO. (Mom, this is internet lingo for “fear of missing out”. )DSC_0261 Salt lamp, which Daniel got for me because I thought it was pretty. However, did you know that there’s a weird salt-lamp cult following? Something about ions. Whatever. DSC_0263 Back to the outside!DSC_0245 Oh and here’s a picture of Daniel when it looks messy in there. DSC_0244 So, there she is. In all her 210 – square foot glory. It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, Daniel and I were living in an upper floor apartment that was 1800 square feet. Seriously. EIGHTEEN HUNDRED SQUARE FEET.

The first few days, before I prettified the camper, I think I almost had a mental breakdown. There was stuff everywhere, boxes all over, Daniel was gone all day at work and I was just alone, in the tiny RV, feeling weird. But, like I learned early in our marriage, when my physical environment is ugly, I get ugly. Not physically… it’s not like my face melts into some weird distortion of Joan Rivers, but emotionally, mentally, spiritually. It’s like I can’t breathe, or get choked up creatively when my surroundings make me feel terrible. I can’t even show you a before picture, because a) I didn’t take one, and b) it might send me into an emotional tailspin that I can’t recover from. You don’t want to be responsible for that, do you?

Luckily, I prettified. And I felt better. And most importantly?DSC_0307This is what I see when I go outside. Every day. And that is more healing than anything else I could do inside.

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