Per schedule, we were supposed to arrive at 2am and be spotted by 3am but it’s 4:30 and we’re still fucking driving. Fuck I hate this train.

Per schedule, we were supposed to arrive at 2am and be spotted by 3am but it’s 4:30 and we’re still fucking driving. Fuck I hate this train.

This is going to passive-aggressive notes.

This is going to passive-aggressive notes.

We’re in Greensboro, NC now, and so far I’m liking this town. It helps that we’re within walking distance of the building so I don’t have to take the bus, and within reasonable walking distance of a shopping center with a Barnes & Noble in it. I love my nook but the book selection is rather lame once you leave the fiction section. 

It takes a good 40 minutes to get to the stores and we went and took the puppy along today. He managed it with a lot less whining than my kid, and only asked to be picked up a few times. Now he’s sleeping like a log. I think it’s safe to say that at 3.5 months he’s surpassed my son in physical stamina. 

Next week we’ll be in Richmond, Virgina and after that in Philadelphia. Anybody up there to come visit me? I know we’ll be in a couple of NJ states as well soon. Ringling. com has a tour schedule up.

So yeah … that’s my update. Carry on.

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I know many of you are probably curious about our setup so here’s a silly  picture from my son’s birthday. 
I’m standing in the entrance and you can see the top bed with the protective screen setup (to keep the kid from tumbling out at night). Below is the couch/table that turns into a bed with a bit of maneuvering. Immediately to the right of the door is the kitchen counter with a tiny sink and tiny stove top (no oven). Next to that is the fridge and above all that several counters and shelves. The benches also hide storage space underneath them and there are cabinets next to the top bed, which makes for a small sleeping area but a fair amount of storage space all in all. 
On the left, out of sight, is a wardrobe and the bathroom. I’ll post pics of that later. 
Honestly, I expected a lot worse, older and dirtier and I was pleasantly surprised with what we have. The main thing that bugs me is that the window won’t open so we’re completely dependent on the a/c provided right now, which can be a bit weak at times, not to mention that it adds to the general claustrophobic feeling of living in such a tiny space. I’ll keep you updated on how it is to actually travel in this space and more pictures will be forthcoming as well. 

I know many of you are probably curious about our setup so here’s a silly  picture from my son’s birthday. 

I’m standing in the entrance and you can see the top bed with the protective screen setup (to keep the kid from tumbling out at night). Below is the couch/table that turns into a bed with a bit of maneuvering. Immediately to the right of the door is the kitchen counter with a tiny sink and tiny stove top (no oven). Next to that is the fridge and above all that several counters and shelves. The benches also hide storage space underneath them and there are cabinets next to the top bed, which makes for a small sleeping area but a fair amount of storage space all in all. 

On the left, out of sight, is a wardrobe and the bathroom. I’ll post pics of that later. 

Honestly, I expected a lot worse, older and dirtier and I was pleasantly surprised with what we have. The main thing that bugs me is that the window won’t open so we’re completely dependent on the a/c provided right now, which can be a bit weak at times, not to mention that it adds to the general claustrophobic feeling of living in such a tiny space. I’ll keep you updated on how it is to actually travel in this space and more pictures will be forthcoming as well. 

I tend to whine about change, but fact is, I adapt incredibly fast. I’ve been in Tampa for 36 hours now and  the train now feels like home. The most shocking thing upon stepping out of the airport was mainly the heat, I don’t deal well with heat and humidity and despite it being winter, Florida still has plenty of both. It’s very odd to have the sun go down at  6pm but it still be warm enough to sit outside in a t-shirt. 

The train and our little part of it doesn’t seem so bad due to my patented method of expecting the absolute worst. Our new home consist of two tiny rooms. A living area that holds a bed that converts into two benches and a table and a bunk bed that is barely wide enough for the five-year-old who is supposed to be sleeping in it. Across from the lower bed is a ‘kitchenette’ consisting of a little fridge that is surprisingly quiet, a stove top with two burners, a little sink, a mini-microwave (do you notice a pattern?), and lots of little cabinets. Then there is also a bathroom with a bio-toilet and a shower barely big enough to hold a fully grown person (I honestly have no idea how my husband, who is a *huge* man, even gets in it). 

Amazingly enough, everything is very clean and still new-looking. I was expecting much dirtier. Pretty much every surface seems to be made out of the same molded plastic material which is easy to wipe down. Makes life pretty easy in that department! 

So overall I’m not appalled enough to just turn around and board the next flight back to Seattle, and hopefully we can make the best of this interesting situation and have some fun. I’ll keep you all updated!