In the meantime, I am working on resolving some basic living issues. One of which is my cold food storage. I ended up getting the 52 Qt. Coleman Extreme cooler - I have a feeling I should have gone with something smaller. Either way, this will be a big learning curve for me. I haven't really used a cooler often. Those few times I was only gone a couple of days and had use of a freezer beforehand and all the accouterments for food packing. I thought I'd see if I could find any tips on how to pack a cooler for extended trips on the internet - didn't find much useful information that I didn't already know except . . . there seems to be a big debate on whether to drain or not to drain the water out of a cooler. It was quite interesting. Views on the subject ranged from 'that's how I've always done it' to "scientific proof" explanations for both sides of the debate. I guess I'll just have to test the water for myself (pun intended).
I've also discovered something about myself. (Well, actually I've known it for a while, but shh, don't tell anyone!). I have a serious problem - I'm addicted to plastic food storage containers. I can't NOT save them nor can I seem let myself get rid of them. I have no sentimental attachment to them. I am simply a food storage container hoarder! It's truly pathetic.
This is my collection (many of the containers are stacked inside each other - there are probably at least 65 in this picture). Pretty impressive I know! Unfortunately I don't have room to keep them all. I feel a purging coming on - Oh my giddy aunt; give me strength!
"Hi, my name is Jordan and I am a plastic food container hoarder."
Anyone know of a 12-step program out there for me? (I've already completed step 1!)
I'm still working on my composting toilet design. I think I've decided what I want but still have a few more details to flush out to make it work (yes, I did go there). There are some great composting toilets on the market that are well designed and work great for a mobile lifestyle, but for me personally, they pretty much have 2 flaws: 1) most of them are way too high for me to use comfortably, and 2) I just can't afford or justify spending upwards of $1000 for a toilet. Even if I had that kind of money, I'm still not sure if I could justify it - at least not with my current car/trailer set-up. That's just me. I don't have any problem with anyone choosing to get one. I say go for it! Some are really awesome - if they didn't have the 2 personal "flaws" I'd get one. I also understand that these come from small businesses and without a large pool of customers their costs are much higher to make a profit. As a soon to be small business myself, I admire them and the products they are putting out. I really wish I could afford to support them. Maybe someday (if they would design a toilet for shorties!).
I still have a lot to do before I go. I have to make a decision on my internet set-up, and if I should get a signal booster or internet antenna or both. I have to figure out how best to set up my online business. (Even after a lot of research, I feel like I have a long way to go to get my head around all the tech gear and language I need to understand to earn a living on the road). I still have too much stuff, so more purging is in order - Ouch! My car needs a check-up and serviced for traveling, but I'm not sure how much that will cost or if I can afford to have everything done right now. Brakes, brakes would be good! My list seems to get longer instead of shorter as I think of more things I need to do or get; so I am prioritizing what is necessary now and what can wait till later so I can spread out the expenses.
If only plastic food storage containers sold for the same price as platinum I'd be all set.