Now that I only (“only) have 2-ish months left on the road – I can’t help but look forward to some of the things I’ve missed about NOT living in a van.
Of COURSE I miss my community back in Salt Lake City – my friends, the mountains, my routines. And also I miss the more obvious things like standing up in my home, using an actual toilet, not having to think about refilling my water tanks every week…
But, there are also a few less obvious things I miss:
Lounging in my bathrobe for HOURS after a shower.
Especially since working from home (though this is contingent on not having Zoom meetings with video): I could & would lounge around in my bathrobe for far too long (or just the right amount of time.) There’s just something nice about making breakfast & drinking coffee while in a robe instead of in actual clothes.
This habit, however, isn’t entirely feasible when showering at Planet Fitness. (I’m sure they’ve seen it all, but also I don’t really want to be “that person.”)
Cleaning a lint trap
I didn’t know how much satisfaction I received from cleaning a lint trap until NOT cleaning one for the past 5 months. Laundromats are indeed great in their own way (I can wash ALL my things at one time, have 2 dryers going, etc.) but gosh there’s something nice about seeing exactly how much of TJ’s hair comes out of my blankets/sheets/pants & into the lint trap.
Side note: I did just recently get my lint trap fix while doing laundry at a friend’s parents’ home. (This is also the first time (minus at my own parents’ home) that I’ve actually taken someone up on their offer to use their washing machine… See: me being aggressively independent).
Unloading a dishwasher
Similar to the satisfaction of cleaning a lint trap, unloading the dishwasher is also a task I’ve been missing. It’s probably less of the unloading action and more so just not having to hand wash my dishes the moment I’m done eating. I do also miss leaving a pile of dishes in the sink without being afraid that they’re going to topple over if I take a turn sharply… (Though I still rarely do this at home because TJ will lick the dishes clean if I do this. But still.)
Overall, that’s not a huge list, is it? Turns out that living in a van has been pretty neat!
But I’ll still find things to complain about anyway 😉