Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas with Family on Vancouver Island

So we have made it to Vancouver island for Christmas with my family, and we'll be staying in my parents fifth wheel while we're here. It's a toy hauler, and really only designed for my parents use. it has one bedroom up front, and a bathroom off of that room. There is a couple "bunks" in the back, but it gets chilly in that room as it's designed for hauling your toys, not living in.

The main area has a small kitchen and a couch to sit on, while the TV is above the door, and in my own honest opinion, not really a great spot for a TV if you plan on watching it. it looks like it was put there almost as an after-thought.










We've spent one night in the trailer so far, and it's quite comfortable. You can hear the rain falling outside, and while temperatures don't really drop below five degrees celsius here, the furnace is nice too. Only issue I have is that this trailer isn't designed for a family, so our daughter's playpen that she's sleeping in needs to be in the kitchen, next to the furnace. Which when it kicks in, the fan is rather loud to be trying to sleep right next to.








It's a good little starter for checking out how we feel about a trailer. So far, aside from the size of this one, we like it. Our daughter explores, and can't go too far, and often just takes us to where she wants to go, which is often sitting on the couch and looking at a book. It works for me!






The bedroom has a queen-size bed in it, and you can walk around the sides. The slide out in the bedroom is for the closet and gives a little more room to walk. It is nice and cozy for sure. I do not mind that room at all.






Perhaps we will end up buying that bunkhouse fifth wheel we were looking at, as it just seems more feasible, and if we're going to buy a trailer, why settle for something that meets some of our needs, when the fifth wheel meets most of our needs for only a few thousand more?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Moving soon!

Well, I got the job that I mentioned, and we'll be moving from Calgary, AB to Vancouver, BC sometime in Q1 of 2015. Q1 means the first quarter of the year, of three months. We are planning for a mid-March move, and have moved out of our old place and in with my wife's mother in order to try and save money prior to the move.

We originally wanted to move out to Vancouver Island, and stay with my parents for a year to aggressively save money and buy a house on the Island where I could be centrally located to work, and family. However, my company doesn't feel that will be a viable option for them as my job will have me in Vancouver more than anywhere else.

This gets us back on the path that we were looking at previously, which is a travel trailer, or even a fifth-wheel. Exciting!

Saving up is going to be tougher right now as we are trying to catch up on bills that got away from us due to some financial issues thanks to losing employment for two months. we're almost there! We'll also be consolidating our debt's in order to get one lower monthly payment, and have more money to work with every month.

So, it's back to the drawing board, and looking for a great starter bunkhouse model!

Stay tuned!

~Arathi

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New job lined up!

Just had my second interview with a company yesterday, and we seemed to really hit it off. Here's hoping! The best part is because of the nature of the job, it's almost entirely remote work, which is what I'm looking for!

They are talking about some training here in Calgary, before sending me to Vancouver where they're hoping to open up more services. Based on my experience, and ambitions, and the fact that I do want to move to somewhere much warmer in the winter, they were pretty excited!

Fingers are crossed!

[UPDATE]

Having met with the CEO (first meeting), CTO, and a Director (second meeting), CEO just emailed asking if I found the second meeting as pleasurable as they did, and would like to meet tomorrow or Monday! Yay! 

[UPDATE 2]

Got the job! A few months of training, and then moving to warmer climates!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Found a great blog post on another blog

Having a look through my stats is always interesting, and seeing how readers get to my blog is interesting as well. One that recently afforded me a few visitors was a post from 2008 that I think is pretty good, and provides some food for thought:

http://selousscouts.blogspot.ca/2008/05/van-dwelling-is-it-for-you.html

An excerpt:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Renovations

Renovations are not really that hard in a trailer. We have some stuff to do in the bathroom, and a couple windows to replace, but it's nominal.

Making it feel like home is a different story. Over the past few days, we have been sanding down the clear coat and I started painting today. The wood finish is so 1970's, and we're not. We're starting out with a base white, and going from there. I need to move stuff out of the trailer while I do this as it was getting in the way.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The new home

So we traded my beloved van today to a wonderful young couple who had a 24' trailer that was too big for them. While I am sad to see the van go, I'm excited for the new journey! There's some work to do on the trailer, but it's not really bad. Then there is all the updating that my wife wants to do. Me, I'm on board for the updates, and I'm also going to update the electrical. Replace the lights with LED's and set up a swivel for our computer monitor that will serve as the TV.

I have a Raspberry Pi computer that will work wonders with it, and external hard drives for our media. Netflix will be great! With a swivel we can watch from the couch or from the dinner table.

So here is our future home! It is still more or less going to be temporary as we save to pay cash for a bunkhouse model, which we should be able afford in six months or so as long as I have steady work and no more budget cuts...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Taking a look at a travel trailer this weekend

Chatting through email back and forth and as I mentioned previously, we're hoping to trade up to a bigger travel trailer. We found one online and after getting some pictures, we're going to go have a look at it.