Over the last week and a half Josh and I have spent our evenings in the Slip Holders Lounge cooking meals, using the internet, and most importantly staying warm! We have spent several of those evenings looking at heaters for the boat, we have gone back and forth over what kind we might get and how much we were willing to spend. We usually head to bed thinking we can just tough it out until we head south only to come back the lounge the next night and pull up the links we have open to different heaters. We had narrowed it down to the Heat Pal 5000 but still couldn’t convince ourselves to shovel out the $200 to pay for it. While we hymed and hawed over it Josh pulled up some pictures of the heater on google, the newer models are plain stainless steel while the older models caught my eye whith their vibrant fire red and retro orange paint! If we are going to get one I like the fun ones. Like usual we ended the evening saying we will keep it in mind and decide later.
Yesterday while Josh was working on making more cupboards in the head and I was going through some of the cleaning supplies that was left on the boat we heard a knock on the hull, I climbed out and peaked over the side. “Merry Christmas!” I was greeted by two of our new friends that we have been having lunch with, one of them was holding a flame red and retro orange Heat Pal 5000 with a red bow on the side! They brought us an early Christmas present, the vintage heater belonged to his grandpa and was in excellent condition! We were so surprised, just as I was thinking it is amazing how God provides one of them said “You didn’t know angels made special deliveries did you?” We put are work aside and eagerly joined our friends for lunch while they showed us how the heater worked.
The grinder we have been waiting for to do some of the cabin top work showed up and the stanchions were move during lunch, so I could finish painting the hull. Josh got as far as he could on the cupboard and we wrapped things up for the day just in time for the sun to go down as we headed up to lounge to make dinner.
It has really been astonishing how the path has laid since we found Full Moon! We have met so many encouraging and supportive people since we have started this journey, I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Update Hygiene: Today we scrubbed our scalps with baking soda and used apple cider vinegar to condition our hair, My hair smelled like the vinegar until it dried. Hair and scalp feels clean and soft and was much easier to brush after using the vinegar.
After all the planning we are finally here in VA and have been living on the boat for a week and a half! Despite my curse of always sitting next to the crying child on the plane our flights went well (he only cried for about 10 minutes)! Thanks to Josh’s Navy buddy we got a ride up to Lancaster and unpacked our stuff. We have met a lot of friendly people around here one of them being the women who works at the poolside cafe right across the driveway from Full Moon. She has let us barrow her car and invited us over for Christmas!
There is something to get done everyday and I can honestly say I have not been bored since we got here. I am learning lots of new things; like how to prep a hull for applying a new coat of bottom paint, and that I am allergic to the dust of the paint that I sanded off the bottom of the hull, and how to cook meals using one pot.
The other night I found out that we are “Come Latelies” ; this not a title I am too fond of and yet can relate to the feelings behind it. Anyone who knows me well knows I have a bad attitude towards people that move onto the Island and think that they are now islanders. At this point I see God’s sense of humor in giving me such a desire to travel because I will always be in the roll of the new comer relying on the friendliness of the locals to give the inside info on the best restaurants and interesting places to go that aren’t full of tourist.
It has been almost 3 weeks since either Josh or I washed our hair with shampoo and I am very surprised to find that our hair is not greasy at all and doesn’t seem to smell bad (sniff tested by Josh)!
Hi Girls (and overly curious men),
This is a post I made on a menstrual cup forum about my experience with menstrual cups. It might seem strange to you that I use reusable cup instead of a pad or tampons (I do use pads sometimes but only clothe ones I have made myself ), and it might be even more weird that I would want to share that information; but they have made being cursed with a vexing menstrual cycle so much less of a hassle I almost forget when I am on it! I get less cramps, I don’t have leaks, I only have to check it every 12hrs, I can’t feel it when it’s its inserted, no more icky period smell! I would highly recommend at least looking into them if not trying one fore yourself! Please feel free to share this with other girls and guys if they are really that interested.
“This year has been an interesting year for me as I made my first new years resolution ever; In 2011 I will try new things! Much to my surprise my list of new experiences this year ranges from a coffee enema to skydiving! At some point during the beginning of the year I went ahead and threw a menstrual cup in there just to see what it was like. I have been doing the Goldilocks thing and now have 5 out of the 6 cups I have purchase in my hunt for “Ah, this cup is just right” moment.
The first cup I ordered was a MeLuna glitter medium soft cup which I couldn’t even get in (“This cup’s rim is too big”). The second cup was a small orange Fleurcup but every time I had it in I felt like I had to pee (“This cup is too firm”) I also tried baring down like I was going #2 and it popped out , in order to avoid a fishing adventure I had to take it out when I used the restroom! Determined, I did some stretching and gave the MeLuna cup a try again and with a twist and a pinch and another twist I got it in! “VICTORY” I cried as I stood tall and proud with my cup properly inserted for a bloody battle. Unfortunately I found that the with all the twisting an pinching I often caught my skin making my body slam the door shut leaving my poor little cup out in the cold. Back to looking at cups and really liking how the soft MeLuna felt once inserted I decided to try a couple more of their cups. I got a large purple classic cup (“This cup is too big and too firm”) and a large cyan soft cup (“this cup is too big”).
I was so disappointed thinking I would be fighting my body every time I tried to put my glitter cup in, when I noticed that the wonderful people at Meluna had changed the shape of their cups as well as the size of the lip! My heart leaped for joy that I might be able to use a cup that didn’t make me feel like I needed to run to the bathroom, would slide in place easily and would stay in place! After an hour of deliberation between the new small and the new medium I ordered a small pink MeLuna soft basic which was put into my hands by the wonderful woman at the post office yesterday! The heavens parted and beams of sunlight lit up the beautiful brown package as I held this valuable treasure “God bless you, Post Lady”. I raced home to find that they slipped in a medium soft cup with a ring stem sample cup as well! I cooked them up for the recommended 5 minutes before trying one out. I couldn’t be happier with the size of the cup and the way it pops open without coaxing! My small MeLuna soft cup is my new Goldilocks cup!
We did end up getting quite a bit of packing done yesterday so took a “break” today; with Josh working on the blog and me trying to figure out what hygiene/cleaning products we are going to try using for the boat. I am enthusiastic about using Dr. Bronners Magic 18in1 soap, since we can use it for just about everything!
After doing some research Josh and I have decided to try going “no poo”, meaning we are going to stop washing and conditioning our hair to give our bodies a chance to balance out the natural oils they produce. Gross right? Maybe a little at first but we both only wash our hair once a week anyway so it doesn’t seem like too much of a change. After the first few weeks we will use baking soda and water to “wash” our hair and apple cider vinegar to “condition” it, I am a little excited/ anxious to see if it works!
My mom is a goer, she always has been. She has been doing house cleaning for the last 7 years with my sister (and me off and on). On an average day they clean 5-6 houses; at the end of the day they both go home to cook dinner and clean their own homes. I have not seen many people who have as much energy as my mom and sister. That is until about 10 months ago my mom started having abdominal issues. I got on the web and found one of those symptom charts and every single one told my mom to go to the hospital or call 911 immediately, to which my mom would say “Well I don’t think that is what I have.”
You see, my mom is the exact opposite of a hypochondriac; not because she honestly thinks she has amazing health, but because she doesn’t want to slow down enough to go to the doctor. Nine months later my mom finally went to the walk in clinic where they found a tumor in her uterus the size of a football pushing up into her stomach and rubbing on her esophagus. We were very relieved that it was benign but still concerned for her health as she continued to work all the way up to the day they sliced her open and removed the 4.5 lb tumor. She was release from the hospital the next day and has been home a week now.
Can you guess who has been filling in for the energizer bunny? That’s right, I have put on my ears and picked up my drum trying to go go go; barley keeping up with my sister who is not only doing her job but is making up for the things I am not getting to in time. It has been 4 years since I last worked with my mom and sister on cleaning houses and I am starting to remember exactly why I decided it wasn’t for me. On the other hand I get to enjoy the fact that people never cease to surprise me with their little quirks! I have decided I will record some of these experiences as part of learning to appreciate life for what it is and people for who they are.
Just in case you were wondering what is going on with the wandering plans; they are still in the works. I was hoping to leave at the beginning of October but due to my mom’s medical issues I put it off until she has recovered. Josh is currently over in Norfolk, VA looking at a boat. He will be meeting with the surveyor tomorrow (it will be today when I post this), and may be coming home as the owner of his first sailboat! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!
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Josh's second jump of the day!
Wiggling my toes in excitement; I stand there not knowing or caring what I should be doing after removing my jumpsuit. I see a girl standing near the door and by the sparkles in her eyes I can tell she is ready to explode with with the same indescribable enthusiasm that was bubbling inside of me. I can’t remember which of us broke the silence first but it quickly turned into an eruption of words, laughs, and girlish squeals of delights as we tried to recall every detail and pin names to the feelings we experience over the last twenty minutes. After deliberating we deciding that a “Triple Fist Pump” was the best way to express what it’s like to free fall from 13,000 feet!
That’s right! Thanks to Josh and Brett (my jump buddy) I got my to do my first tandem skydive and it was truly the most amazing shock to the senses I have ever encountered! At some point between hanging out out of an airplane with a slightly terrified look on my face, and screaming “OH MY GOD! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!” I realized that that I was no longer in control of my surroundings; I was falling and I was okay with that. I had to just accept that this was my situation and I would enjoy it while I was there. Brett will either let the chute out and glide us in for a safe smooth landing or he will give me one spectacular entry into the after life. I took a deep breath and surveyed the landscape, I couldn’t believe how much more beautiful it was without the airplane window separating me from this view! The adrenaline was pumping through me and I was free in a way I doubt I will ever be able to describe. Before the chute even opened I knew I would have to do this again. As we sailed through the air Brett said “You Know, Shea, I will never be rich but I get to come here and do this every day.” I love that! He did not need to find something he was good at that could make him rich, he was satisfied with simply getting by and enjoying life. Over and Over I find I am coming across people who at some point decided they didn’t need to follow the American Dream or keep up the Joneses, instead they think “I will never be rich but I get to really experience life every day.” How could it get any better than that? I feel so blessed to have the rest of my life in front of me!
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley
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