An impulse for Grand Adventure

Originally posted on BlinkPacking:
I have always dreamed of purchasing an Airstream travel trailer, throwing caution (read: my job) to the wind, and cruising the winding roads of America with no clear destination in mind and no end-date in sight. Reality check: I have been married for a decade, I have a three-year-old son, I…

The Barechested Architect

No one believes that I chose Matthew Hofmann, based entirely on his talent, for our Airstream project. When I initially showed a friend Hofmann’s Airstream portfolio, “giddyup”were the first words to escape her mouth as she caught a glimpse of the Architect. Immediately followed by: “Does he come with the trailer?” I assured her it…

Isn’t she pretty?

Our beautifully renovated Airstream is finally bound for Australia. After a few Thanksgiving-related delays, Wallabee has set sail on board the Kota Jaya. She is now surfing the waves of the North Pacific Ocean and will hopefully arrive in Melbourne in less than three weeks. Check out how she turned out – I’ll post more…

Loitering at the dock

Wallabee has begun her long journey to Australia. Our Airstream is now sitting pretty at the dock, waiting for the next ship to Melbourne.

Renovating Wallabee: 24 hours to go

This time tomorrow, Wallabee will be delivered to the port in L.A, ready to be shipped to her new home in Australia. It’s been a crazy two weeks of renovating , with five men on the job to finish her by our deadline. I can’t wait to see and post the final pictures.

For the Kids

Originally posted on Great Follies:
Freedom. To chose. To live. To follow your heart. Everyone has this right. We are not all meant to follow the same path. While we are led to believe that we must own a home, drive a fancy car and enroll our kids in every sport known to man in order to be happy,…

Renovating Wallabee: basic carpentry done

The basic woodwork is finished. Now it’s time for the primer and cabinets. Its a little bit darker than we’d like, so we’ve decided to install two skylights to maximise the natural light.

Renovating Wallabee: water and plumbing lines

Things are starting to move along with our Airstream renovation. The water tanks and plumbing lines have been installed. Now the rough carpentry is being worked on. Soon we’ll actually have to make some decisions about the fittings. It didn’t feel real until now! It’s time to start planning our road trip – all suggestions…

Airstream yuppies

We’ve recently moved to a suburb in West Melbourne where the locals think yuppies are scum. “If I could get a gun and shoot them I would,” lamented an elderly Australian at the Op Shop last week, as she complained about the music her neighbours listen to. “They play that Beethoven crap.” I’m already picturing…

Embracing the green-eyed monster

I realised I was in need of a new adventure when I felt jealous of one of my best friends. Envy is not an emotion I commonly feel, but when my friend and her family moved to a quiet seaside town to escape the treadmill, the niggling feeling started. She bought a house within walking distance…