Friday, August 31, 2012

Camping Must Haves

I'm leaving on a camping roadtrip soon (today!!!) and my mind is filled with things to pack and chores to do before we leave. This will be our first week plus long excursion in our little mini camper so I'm a tad nervous but mostly crazy excited. Camping vacations can be tricky with the packing up of the gear and basically hauling your hotel room behind you but I feel like I am prepared with the tools I need to make it an enjoyable trip. Here a handful of items to make traveling in a 13 foot camper a little easier. 

I'm sure you will be sick of hearing this but space is a major issue. The last time we went camping we were surrounded by 50 foot travel trailers and motor homes that offered full size refrigerators, deep fryers, and out door showers. We don't have the luxury of 50 feet of cargo space nor do we want to have it. When traveling in a mini camper you want light weight and compact accessories for your journey.

1. Not all campsites offer tables and we don't feel like sitting inside the camper to prep meals or eat so this aluminum table is light weight and folds up to fit under our bed.
2. The glory of camping is cooking over the camp fire. What we call "mountain pie makers" are a quick and easy way to flame up a delicious grilled sandwich. 
3. Cast iron skillets are the way to go when camping. It can withstand the flame of the fire but can transfer to the camper's cook top. With new cast iron I think Lodge brand is the way to go. You can also find old pieces for cheap at yard sales and clean and remove rust.
4. Coffee is a must everywhere, but it is quite delicious on a sleepy morning at the campsite. I prefer a French press at home but we have a peculator for in the camper. It's not very space efficient but it's a necessity. 
5. There is not much room for clothing in the camper and the dirty clothes situation can get out of control. Clothing bags can keep our clothes separated and organized, plus the campfire smell of last nights clothing can be limited to the dirty clothes bag only.
6. Some campgrounds and parks are huge. When you have to walk 15 minutes to use the restroom that's when a bike comes in handy. The bike needs a basket to haul all your bath supplies to and from the bathhouse. Mine isn't this fancy but it does the trick.
7. When your camper is tiny you want to spend as much time outside as you can. I love my canopy so we can still chill outside in all weather conditions.
9. A battery powered lantern is needed outside traveling and hanging out. 
10. With short hair I'm lacking the ability to throw my hair in a pony or top knot so I need a hair dryer to tame my pixie mane. I like these mini ones that fold and have a retractable cord. 
11. I use glass jars to premix ingredients like pancakes and grilling seasoning so I don't have to haul around a pound of flour with us.
12. I love my Kindle because I can travel with 12 books but take up less space than one single book. 
13. Crafts. For the times your not driving and the spare time you have sitting around the campfire. I'm learning how to crochet on vacation, or at least attempt to learn!

What are your camping essential items? 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bits of my weeks

I'm a tad on vacation mode today. Well, I can't lie I've been in vacation mode all week. I counted down my work hours remaining on the regular this week. Here's some business that's been happening around here.

My new face from MAC.

Prepping for vacation. Me recovering our camper's cushions and Jonathan by sporting a Hawaiian shirt. 



Wedding madness.

Oh yeah. Now I'm a blonde!

Monday, August 27, 2012

MOH Duties Completed

I'm still recovering from the crazy weekend that I had. All day Friday we decorated and set up, Saturday we celebrated, partied and tore down the decorations. That means this past weekend my Maid/Matron of Honor role came to a close with the main event. My friend Cami married her man, another Jonathan! Here are just the handful of pictures that I actually got on my camera. Once the professional shots are received I will share more details of the day.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Jonathan on MMA Fighting

"I'd go to that MMA school if I had contacts. Getting punched in the face with glasses on doesn't feel that great."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 Edition

Last year I shared our annual photo booth tradition. It started on our honeymoon and we have been able to squeeze into a photo booth every summer since then to celebrate.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Becoming the Same Person

These pictures were from our romatical anniversary date night. We went to my favorite jam downtown Carlisle, The Green Room, which is a awesome restaurant plus it's BYOB so that major points in my book. Put that is not what is post is about.

There may be a time in your life when reality slaps you in the face and you think that have become a different person. I've been joking around lately that I am becoming my husband. I prefer cheap beer, I find farting/fart jokes funny and I call people nicknames of his creation like "Bitch Baby" and "Side Story". What really brought it home that Becky and Jonathan are becoming the same person was one night last week we were walking the dogs. Jonathan held up the two leashes to offer me one of the pups and as I picked one to bring to my side of the street we both said at the same exact time "I'll take this retard." Then not even a block away after seeing a flash of lightening we both made the same "Oh boy" expression. Two awful corny comments at the same exact time in the span of two minutes. After five years of marriage it is evident that we are now a solid unit.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Scotty Gets a New Floor

Last year we bought our little camper and it was a love affair between the three of us (the camper, Jonathan and myself). Like with most love affairs one of the partners will eventually fall out of love. I still can't believe it was me who fell out of love. After the great Scotty search of 2011, this new year I was OVER this miniature vintage travel trailer. I can't say at what point I completely fell out of love with the Scotty but I do remember standing on the drop floor during the day and looking down at the floor and seeing daylight shine in at every corner. From then on I was afraid to take the camper any large distance. What if Pearl jumps down onto the floor from the bed and blows through the floor? What if driving down the road we hit a bump and the weight of the cooler and our luggage leaves the drop floor somewhere along the highway? The honeymoon period between the camper and me was over like many other young relationships. It's flaws were all I could see when I laid in the little bed at night. Luckily, Jonathan never lost his love for this miniature piece of wood and metal and had dreams for it's restoration. That shady floor that I was scared of falling through is gone now.

Jonathan cut the whole rusty metal and rotten wood drop floor out of the camper. He constructed a new sturdier drop floor frame, one that doesn't have 40 plus years of road wear on it. Seriously these drop floors can get snagged on a number of speed bumps and bridges. Then put down a new wood sub-floor which is thicker than the ancient old floor. I can stand on the floor without the fear of busting through. Me and the Scotty I think were just going through the one year itch. That's a thing right?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

5 Years

Today Jonathan and I will be married for 5 years! It's crazy how fast time goes by. It truly doesn't feel like it was that long ago. I've loved 99.9% of our 5 years of being the Stetses and I'm excited for the next step in our lives.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jonathan on Riding Motorcycles

Jonathan was practically born riding a motorcycle. It's something that he is going to do and I just have to deal with it. I've dealt with it and even rode with him on the different bikes in and out of his life. I'm fine with the bikes, well I was okay with the bikes until a few weeks ago. Jonathan and I leave around the same time every morning. This one morning I left for work before he did and I was watching him get his shit together as I was backing out of the drive. Then 20 miles from our house a man on a motorcycle flies past a whole line of traffic, yes that retard on a motorcycle was my husband. I changed lanes and caught up to him to see how fast he was going and let's just say I wasn't pleased. So I cussed him out the next time we spoke and he didn't give me a very good excuse.

"YOLO is my life philosophy when I'm on the motorcycle."

We had just returned from the beach where we learned that YOLO (you only live once) is the new saying with these young hip people. Not a saying that should be used when talking about driving like a manic on a motorcycle in morning rush hour traffic. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Singer

There is something about interns. Maybe it's just the intern at my work but she definitely makes me feel like a major slacker with all her sewing and creating. She also collects vintage sewing machines and for some reason her enthusiasm for sewing machines wore off on me and I invested in one for myself. This is my new friend, a 15-91 vintage Singer sewing machine. This pretty lady came with the original instruction manual, all the attachments and a recent tune up. Now I just have to sew something on her.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The return of CRAFT CLUB

 Oh yeeeah! Craft Club has returned!!! The other weekend the "Everything" club got together to make some crafts, eat some food and have a sprinkly time. This gathering we made macrame pot hangers and I would like to say they were a success!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

NYC Day Trip

You know my sweet summer work hours allow me to go on lots of mini adventures this summer. On Friday my sister in law and I took a day trip up to the big city of New York. My main mission for the trip was to see the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit at the Met. I missed a field trip to go to a Schiaparelli exhibit back in fashion school days because I locked myself out of my car/ house and I wasn't living close to campus so that sucked. The day in the city included lots of shopping and a stop at some of the best fabric joints. Lots of food and wine. The exhibit at the Met and some lost wandering in the museum. That place is a maze! Plus a detour in Central Park and a gutsy squirrel.