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You Are Now Entering a Construction Zone

Posted by on March 16, 2010

It seems spring has finally sprung and with that comes some fun spring cleaning. We (I confess…it was mostly Chris) cleaned out the Airstream this past weekend, doing some additional decluttering, reorganizing, scrubbing, and cleaning the fresh water tank (which involves a tiny tablet and multiple flushes of fresh water).  We finally cleared out our truck, responsibly disposing of our many weeks’ worth of recycling that we’ve been carrying around from campground to campground. (And, from this task I embarrassingly learned that I do have pregnancy cravings as we sorted out five pickle jars, four 1/2 gallon milk jugs, and numerous yogurt containers.  Let it be known, these foods were not consumed at the same time.)

Me? Cravings? Nope. None.

Currently, our humble abode is being cared for by a local Airstream service shop to check out a few things, fix some minor issues (at least, let’s hope they are minor), and hopefully confirm that there are no major safety concerns.  It feels good to get all of these things done before we hit the road at the end of the month and say our goodbyes to the state of Florida.

With all of this spring cleaning and starting anew, I feel like it is appropriate to finally update the design and layout of the blog site.  In case you haven’t noticed, I like change. So, I’ve been growing tired of my site for some time.  In the next few weeks (maybe months, depending on my productivity level), you may notice some significant changes.  There may be days where links aren’t working or things look completely disastrous or discombobulated.  It doesn’t help that I work on a Dell mini so layout is often much different on my computer than the standard computer screen. (But, I do love my Dell mini!) So, this could get interesting or frustrating since I know nothing about blogging/web design/layout/etc.

With all that being said, if you have any suggestions, feedback, requests, or complaints, please let me know.  I’d love to know what you do like about a site, what you dislike about the current site, or what the site is lacking. I will do my best to figure it all out.  But, again, I have zero clue as to what I’m doing.  I mean…ZERO! Your patience is appreciated.

Happy Spring everyone!

9 Responses to You Are Now Entering a Construction Zone

  1. lotus

    I ate lost of yogurt (with granola) too! My lactose issues went away while I was pregnant, but now have returned. I remember all that yogurt eating with fondness.

    Hope you have fun with the new designs! Can’t wait to see the changes.

  2. Jim

    Change is good — we try to look over all the pages every quarter and update/add where it’ll help. We tend to try and imagine what readers think will be better, because they don’t tell us what to change (so far).

    Good luck on your pregnancy and blog changes.

    dreamstreamrs

  3. Lani

    Thanks, Lotus and Jim. Change is good and thankfully my husband (who has web design knowledge)is helping me with these changes despite his crazy work schedule. So, I am really looking forward to seeing it all come together (and, hoping I can learn a thing or two!)

    Jim, good idea about updating pages every quarter!

    Lotus, it’s crazy how much milk I’m consuming. I don’t think it’s out of control (yet) but significantly more than I consumed pre-pregnancy. Hope you and your family are doing well!

  4. Tiffani

    Hi Lani,
    Deke and I have moved south to TX which hopefully means we can use our Airstream more. It made me want to check in on everyone who’s on the road –glad things are going well with you! I actually like the navigation of your site, its clear and easy, but I look forward to seeing the changes you make as well.
    Take care,
    Tiffani

  5. Lani

    Hi Tiffani!

    Congrats on the move. How exciting! I look forward to reading the updates on your blog. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Willow

    Hi Lani, I really enjoy your site and detailed narrative of your lives on the road, but I was wondering about your dogs, In some of your posts you mention enjoying parks with dog play areas, but what do you do with them when you leave the Airstream for the day? Can they be left alone for long periods of time in the trailer? Do they require anything special for this? I would appreciate any information you can provide, as we are just starting our RV life, and are at a loss about what to do with our dog when we want to canoe or even have a meal out.

  7. Lani

    Hi Willow,

    Our dogs are crate trained so often times they stay in the Airstream in their crate while we go into town or to any place where taking dogs would be difficult. They don’t mind the crate (as den animals they probably find it cozy.) We always make sure the temperature is appropriate (heat, air, windows, etc.) If your dog is a barker, it could pose problems in some parks–depending on the rules of the park. So far, we’ve never had any problems but some parks are strict about that.

    Also, it’s also important to have vaccination paperwork as many parks require proof of vaccination. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

  8. Willow

    Wow Lani! Less than 20 minutes on your reply. That’s impressive. Is your new baby napping? She’s beautiful in your photos by the way. I just read your Quebec city post and think we may have been there at the same time. Back to dogs though… How long do you find you can leave them alone in the Trailer? My dog can go 12 hours at home, but I fear the trailer maybe too much for him. Did it take them much time to adapt? Also, when you are visiting national parks, do you take your dogs on trails? Fianally, when you stay at parks with beaches or swimming of any kind, do they allow dogs in the water? Thanks for taking the time to reply.

  9. Lani

    Our dogs used to be able to go for long periods of time but they are getting old and unable to control bodily fluids for as long. We generally try to keep it to a few hours but they have gone some pretty long days (8-9 hours, maybe?) on some occasions. It took them no time to adapt to trailer life. I think they like it more than they did our previous home. They seem to like the smaller space, maybe? We didn’t leave the alone for long periods right away. We gave them several weeks (maybe even a month?) to adjust to the new home. But, again, their crate has always been their comfort zone (well, that and our bed) so we didn’t have any initial issues.

    We’ve taken them on some trails in state and national parks but it depends on the park. In Yellowstone and Tetons, we didn’t take them on the trail just because of other wildlife (and, I’m not even sure they allow dogs on the trails in those parks.)

    Our dogs despise water so I’m not sure about the swimming. I know I’ve seen some dogs in the water along our travels but it depends on the park.

    And, thanks for the compliments on Emerson. She is napping now but I’ve gotten used to holding her while she feeds and typing on the computer with one hand. :-) Chris would love it if I could learn how to clean with one hand while holding her but I’ll take my time on getting around to that skill. :-)

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