Right now I’m doing my typical day off routine of laundry in the morning while I write a blog post. The thing that makes today different is that instead of being at the campground (where they charge $1.50 for a load of wash and $1.00 for drying – remember to factor the cost of laundry into your money plans for full-timing), I’m writing to you from an apartment.
It’s okay, don’t panic! I didn’t decide to ditch the RV dream and move back into an apartment. This is actually Julie’s apartment. So far things are going according to the plan we worked out in April. She signed the lease on the 1st and we spent yesterday after work dragging the cleaning supplies over here to give it a good once over before moving her stuff in this weekend.
As far as apartments go, it’s pretty nice. Tall 9 foot ceilings seem to stretch on forever, especially after spending so much time in the Casita with it’s 6 foot ceiling. It’s on the first floor which will make moving furniture in easier, and it faces the back of the complex which is up against a bit of forest so the view is nice and secluded. It’s a true one bedroom, not a studio, so there is a separate living room and bedroom which will be great to give Fish and Chance (her other cat that has been boarding the whole time we’ve been living in the RV) their own space.
It’s got new carpets, a newer oven, fridge, and microwave, a lot of big windows, and the A/C works well. But from the moment I first saw it yesterday, I knew I had made the right choice living in the Casita. Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple things I miss, with larger kitchen space for cooking and doing dishes being at the top of the list. But what excited me most about the apartment was the novelty of it. It is somewhere new, a new neighborhood to explore, pool to swim in, and a better view outside the windows, a fresh adventure. Once I’m traveling, I’ll get to experience the novelty of a new place on a regular basis.
For the next five to six weeks, I kind of get the best of both worlds. The apartment isn’t far from Stoney Crest at all, so I can bring my laundry over here and do it for free. I’ll also be able to come over to use the WiFi, so no more planning my day around the public library’s limited summer hours. I’ll also be able to move some of the stuff stored in my truck and RV into the apartment temporarily to give everything a thorough cleaning before heading north on the first leg of my journey.
Perhaps most importantly, this overlap gives us both time to adjust to living alone. Julie has never lived alone before, and I haven’t since my first semester of college. Saying goodbye (for now) to her and my other friends who live down here will be bittersweet, and this period allows us to get use to the change.