Monthly Archives: September 2016

Remember that post about the TV?

TGIF friends!  Any fun plans for this weekend?!  I hope you have a good one!  Going to any college football games?  Me, I’ve got to catch up on some work projects but will have some fun mixed in there too. =)

Today I’m going to share my TV situation with you.  I explained my tv – or how I currently own one but now I can show you the pictures…

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Exciting news….maybe

Hello Hello!  I have some exciting news to share….I may have found a new parking spot! If things work out I wouldn’t be moving for a month or so but this parking spot is located right beside campus so I can walk or ride my bike to work and it’s an easy peasy bike ride downtown plus I’d be close to grocery stores and amenities.  Since I HATE my commute right now this is a win-win in my book and exactly what I want out of the tiny house movement.  However, there is a downside….

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Cooking in the tiny house

Hello, hello!  Welcome back!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I’m just getting back into the swing of things but wanted to share with you what it’s like to cook a full meal in a tiny house.

While on a little mountain trip a few weekends ago, a friend made this AMAZING vegan meal for us. (yes, I know vegan is not paleo but this included all whole foods so in my opinion it’s not bad).  Luckily she shared the recipe with the rest of us and I made it last night as I was craving some healthy comfort food.

Homemade meals in the tiny house
Homemade meals in the tiny house

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Tiny house research

Hello and happy Friday!  Woohoo!  Today is going to be a short post because it’s Friday and quite frankly, I’ve got a lot going on and just don’t have much time to write something today.  However, I do want to share a little bit of information about the tiny house movement.  I was recently contacted, well within the past month, by 2 (!) PhD students at different universities doing their dissertations on tiny house living!  As a researcher and tiny home owner – this is quite exciting! I’m hoping their research will bring more awareness to this type of lifestyle and perceptions will change.  My fingers are crossed that more knowledge of this lifestyle will create zoning/code changes and I will be able to live legally in city limits at some point.  A girl can dream, right? =)

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Countertop appliances

Hello and happy Tuesday friends!  I hope you all had a great Monday!

Today’s topic is on my kitchen countertop appliances. I currently have a Ninja blender.  If you aren’t familiar it’s like a Vitamix (a super duper powerful blender) but a fraction of the price.  This item I use every day to make a breakfast smoothie.  This is the one I have.

Blender
Blender

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The TV debate

Hello, hello!  Welcome back to another lovely Monday.  Hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was fabulous.  I got to spend some time in the mountain air and get into the forest. It was great!

Now that I’m back though, let’s talk about a TV in the tiny house.  If you know me in person, you know I’m not into movies or tv shows.  I don’t know any quotes from movies – I miss all the jokes when people quote them – sometimes it’s embarrassing.  I haven’t seen many classics or even know half of the movies and shows that are out right now.  In fact, I don’t even know the last time I was in a movie theater!  That being said, I didn’t own a TV for years, which also meant no cable.  To me, it was just another item that I had to move time and time again.  If I wanted to zone out and watch something, I would either do a Redbox movie and watch it on my laptop or just “rent” something from Amazon Prime.  That was usually just a weekend thing as I was more inclined to pick up a novel and read.  Since I have a Kindle, you can check your records to see how many books your’ve downloaded and read.  In one year,  I went through 52 books!  Yup, that’s pretty nerdy but I’m proud of that.  =)

Fast forward to a few years ago when I was back in school as a grad student – again, ha!  Well, as a grad student, my “job” was to read past research articles and I would spend my 8 hour “work day” reading articles. By the evening my eyes and mind were tired from reading so much, all I wanted to do was chill out in front of some mindless tv show…and Netflix is so cheap….well, you get the picture.  So I caved and for the past 3 years (I held out on getting Netflix for a year) I’ve been a Netflix subscriber and watch shows on my laptop.

Fast forward to my current situation.  I graduated and moved to a town where I didn’t know a single person and it wasn’t as easy (ok, I’ll admit, or as fun in 105 degree weather) to do my extra curricular activities (ie, biking/running/yoga) so I resorted to watching Netflix, however, I also have a bunch of work to do on my laptop and have gotten used to having a show on in the background.  Some of the programs I work in on my laptop use a lot of juice and if I have Netflix running in the background, it’ll crash my computer. =(   So, prior to tiny house living (and after that first paycheck!) I bought a 32″ tv which I thought would be the appropriate size for a tiny house.  Welp, after moving into said tiny house, I should have gone with a 24″ tv.  I’m making it work though and put it on this little storage unit when you first walk in.  It’s out of the way yet I’m still able to watch some Netflix and the news.  Because there is a wheel well in that area as well as the fireplace, I had to find one that was the appropriate size.  I even had to cut off one of the legs to get it to fit into that spot but I got something to work.  I even have an antenna and surprisingly get quite a few channels! 32 to be exact!

The photographer took some photos of that storage area so I’ll keep you guessing with how it looks until I get those photos back.  By the way, she sent some teaser photos and I’m quite excited to get them! =)

Have a great Monday!!

 

Update on the garage

Happy Friday friends!  What do you have planned for this weekend?  I hope it’s something fun!  Me, I’ve got fun plans that involve some mountain trail running. =)  I’ll leave you with this update of my garage.

As mentioned before, the garage is a bit (ok, a lot) bigger than I had designed/planned on.  This was one of the items my builder took the liberty of doing himself.  While I would like more interior living space instead of this storage space, it is nice to have everything out of the way and a bit of room to move in there.  This is what it looked like upon first moving in.

bike garage upon first moving in
bike garage upon first moving in

While this is pretty well organized, it wasn’t user friendly.  I installed the shelving on 3 walls to make room for the bikes below – however, upon placing the rubbermaid containers on the shelves, it didn’t leave much room to walk in between to actually get a bike out or get into one of the containers. After some work this weekend, here’s the most recent – organized garage.

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