Done so much, but there is so much more to be done

I have been doing the goodwill/value village, buynothing, selling on eBay for a few weeks. We’re making dents but it seems like there is just so much, much more. But we will get there.

Coach update. Looks like we are going to be picking it up mid December. Almie is waiting to get her days off or work remote approved. My boss was cool with it. Then we go and drive it back. Working with the finance guy. I am so glad my credit is clean. I basically said to finance RV guy my bank can give me a better rate, no now he has to do his thing to get this better rate so he can score his commission.

Yesterday Teren and I went to a neighbors house to ask about parking the RV there. She wasn’t really having it. She looked confused. I think she sold her RV but they have a giant parking area for it. I told her I would rent it.

Spoke to my coworker yesterday about the RV. I told him about it a few weeks back. Apparently he thought I was kidding. Maybe now he will ask his wife if I can park there. If not the church and the school right by his house are prime candidates.

Almie told our school carpool guy about retiring at 50. Then he got on our Dad’s group chat with about retirement and posted funny pictures of RVs being pulled by horses. Some people don’t get it. This is my box and that is your box. Your life/ family will not fit my box nor will mine in yours. Stop it, it’s not flattering.

Throw in some random pics of goodness I have found that we own or have to get rid of.

Replacement dishwashers old


Tara’s Team winning the state cup, but no advancing to regionals.


Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world

So back in 2000 I started an eBay account. About a year later I started buying up GI Joes Real American Hero. I wanted my childhood back. Especially since I just helped create my 1st child. These action: figures, dolls, brought me back to a time playing with my buddy Jessie, Kenny the midget, Gabriel the neighbor who liked Star Wars who had an autistic brother (before we even knew that term), my cousin and his he-man collection, going to NEX and Sears to looks at Joes, that time when my parents bought me a terror dome and mamba helicopter for Christmas, those cartons, ninjas, saboteurs, and the ever going fight between good and evil.

I amassed a pretty big collection. Sold some here and there. Then about 2012 I used them to help potty train my second child. Every time he used the toilet he got something. Soon he was opening unopened packs, then vehicles, then the whole collection.

Fast forward to about 3 months ago I moved my whole collection downstairs in hopes to sell them off piece by piece. I did some here and there. It was still a huge effort.

So last week I put he whole collection up on EBay. It took all night to count and take pictures of 237 figures a bunch vehicles, file cards, weapons, vcr tapes, comics

Today it was bought. My 1st child and I took all of it to FedEx to ship. I didn’t get what I wanted and I undercut myself in shipping. But I have gained so much physical space to declutter and mental space to not have to think about them from this selling.

Thanks GI Joe and Cobra – you brought me so much joy over the years. But today my heart hurt a bit.

Now I guess I can really think about getting that Arashikage tattoo.

Video that got the guy to buy it, but of course I got lowballed.

Meanwhile….I am off to work to drop these off to mail tomorrow and look at places to stealth camp.

Here some pics of the collection:

Stuff is flying out the door

Thanksgiving was cool at my sisters house. Rode bikes in the morning and left the after ride party early to hurry her house, cooking of the food was two hours late! Told my sisters about RVing, Jessica was totally down with it.

Friday went to work for a few hours and made a trip to Value Village to donate some stuff. Put up some stuff in buynothing. I swore I wouldn’t because two people lagged on picking stuff up. But I can’t let some bad apples ruin it for all. Most notably I gifted a guitar that I had since high school. That cut a little bit, but I haven’t played it for 3-5 years, can’t even remember.

Today Saturday, got up early to take Tara to DMV to get her permit. Turns out she can’t get till 10 days from her driving school class. Hit her up to possibly contribute to to the blog. She wants to “pimp” it out. Hit up McDonald then dropped stuff off at goodwill. Napped and then more riding bikes. Today after riding I went to work left my bike in the bike cage and showered. While I love that bike, I am transitioning to not being attached to it. It will live in my bike cage at work and I will learn to get it when I go hit the dirt. It will make bike commuting to work non existent. I have insurance, if it gets stolen it can be replaced, it is after all just stuff.

Almie and Teren will be back early from their SD trip. Can’t wait.

eBay items getting bidders. I think I’m going to list more stuff on there.

Sad it to see this go.

Shirt from OverStand, definitely brings back memories.

A couple of the many many bike/runt events. A shoebox full of numbers and medals. But I took pictures of all of them.

I think this was my fathers, from the 70s.

Paint sample cut out

More house work…

Shout out to Wo for coming over to fix up some stuff last night. Got a couple of towel racks put back up, some lights swapped out, and he spent about 45 minutes getting out a broken bulb from a recessed like fixture.

We still got to finish texturing behind the fridge where the water leaked. Replace that hose from the fridge. Replace Tara’s bedroom light fixture/dome thing.

I’ll call a plumber to fix the mixer on the hot water. He had it fixed a month or two ago but it seems to still be an issue.

I need to get some paint and texture spray. And probably hire a cleaner. Once these little things get done. We that much closer.

Wo didn’t want any money for his services. But then again he is my buddy. But I gave him Almie’s most treasured canopy, sheers, garden hose, tshirts, bike hanging hooks and he will take a desk and night stand when we are ready to move.

Been selling a bunch of stuff. Sold the drive train parts that came from the cx Strixccycles, my bike repair stand, fenders, and a spare wheels/tires that I got off Cunanan. Still plenty more to sell/donate/dump.

Paint sample cut out.

Paint sample cut out

Texture and paint

Towel rack put back

More texture and paint in the bathroom with the towel hanger hardware put back on.

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st louis missouri

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it’s confirmed, we are picking up from st. louis. per google maps, it’s a 31 hour drive, the road trip planning is in motion and we are ready!

down payment has been processed, paperwork filled out, insurance squared away and now just waiting on the financing. this is real life and it’s happening.

i know there are other important and maybe pressing things to worry about but you know what’s been on my mind since about 8am this morning? what we are going to name our home?