Here’s the first of the “Ask A Question” (AAQ) posts! For those who may have missed it, a couple weeks ago when I arrived at Amazon I mentioned how working full-time hours doesn’t give me as much time to get out and explore (and make travelogues about exploring), so I asked if anyone had questions about RVing or deliberate living instead. On work nights I only have three hours of free time during which I also need to eat and shower and prepare tomorrow’s lunch in addition to writing a blog post so these AAQ segments are going to be short-and-sweet answers (and not heavily edited) posted about once a week – don’t worry, there will still be one full length blog post per week too on my “weekend”. The questions that will take longer to explain I’ll hold on to for now and hopefully do a full-length post for someday.
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For today’s question, Jan e-mailed in and asked what a typical day is like for me when I’m boondocking. Good question Jan!
I usually set my alarm for 7:30 am no matter what I have planned for the day. I tend to wake up slowly and lounge in bed for a while, longer when the mornings are cold and less so on warmer mornings.
Breakfast is the first order of business – sometimes cereal and sometimes a breakfast bar of some sort. If it’s nice outside I might eat it on my “porch” and enjoy the morning sun.
I’m the kind of person who needs to get work done before anything else, or it might not get done at all. So after breakfast I’m usually at my dinette, typing away on the computer. If I’m writing a blog post they usually take 3-4 hours to do which takes me to lunch time. If I’m writing for a book I tend to do that in 2 hour stints, I lose focus and creativity and need a significant break before coming back.
If I need a break while writing, that may be a quick walk around camp if the weather is nice (with Pokemon Go running on my phone as good stuff happens in that game when you walk), or poi spinning practice, or wandering near the RV taking pictures of the view or plants, or a single chapter in whatever book I’m reading at the time.
When boondocking, lunch is my biggest meal of the day. On cold days, cooking lunch on the stove warms up the trailer nicely. On hot days, it’s cooler at lunch time than at supper time which makes cooking less uncomfortable. Usually I read while eating lunch.
If I’m not done with a blog post, I’ll go back and finish it after eating. Afternoons is usually when I get chores done if I need to clean, or take a trip into town for supplies/laundry, or if I’m going on a half-day trip those usually happen after lunch too. I often read in the afternoon too (reading is my #1 source of entertainment while boondocking as I have a small data plan for my phone/computer and I don’t own a TV).
Responding to blog comments/e-mails, and FB/Twitter/Instagram stuff can happen any time of day, and depends on how many comments I have waiting, whether I need to publish a post that day, and the urgency of the questions being asked. People are usually surprised to discover that the day after I publish a post it usually takes a good hour if not longer to respond to everyone’s comments and e-mails – if your comment, e-mail, or Facebook message has ever gone unanswered I’m sorry, they do get lost in the shuffle every now and then.
Supper is usually a sandwich when I’m boondocking, often with a salad or fruit – I rarely if ever cook for dinner (I don’t enjoy cooking).
My long walk of the day happens after supper in the evenings, I love being outside to watch the sun set (you’ll notice this past year when I was boondocking I took a lot of sunset photos). I’ll usually read in bed (particularly if it’s a cold night) before going to sleep around 11.
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If you’d like to Ask A Question (I’ll try doing one a week while I’m at Amazon, eight more weeks to go!) feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail. I only request that you look over the Useful Stuff page first where I link my informational articles to make sure I haven’t already answered your question in another blog post. Also remember: your question has a better chance of being chosen if it’s something I don’t need a great deal of time to answer, remember I’m working 10+ hour days here.
Have a good week everyone!