These posts must seem very boring lately to those expecting gorgeous travel photos and tales of exciting journeys and sites. Unfortunately our winter months have been very sedentary and gray in southern Texas. Very soon, though, I’ll backtrack and cover the last six months in a series of updates. Stay tuned!
We finally splurged on a few smallish items that have been on the wish list for the past year.
Shawn got a drone so that we can take footage of the trailer, campgrounds, and our adventures out and about (when we start having more adventures – ahem). It’s a DJI Mavic Air – very small and compact, so it won’t be difficult to lug around on hikes. Watch for future videos!
I finally got a “real” camera – the Sony α6500, a mirrorless DSLR — so that I can start using something other than my phone. The LG takes nice portraits, and the optional wide-angle setting makes landscapes a cinch. But it really falls short in low light or the brightness of midday. And forget creeping close enough to any wildlife to take a decent photo!
The Sony will let me capture rapid movement, snap a half-dozen shots in a couple of seconds, and focus on the foreground instead of the entire image. The detachable telephoto lens will easily let me zoom in on the elusive heron in the pond. Cheap filters reduce the haziness of midday sun and glare. Image stabilization will make my videos clearer.
I’m sure there are a dozen other features that I don’t even know about yet. I bought 400-page digital photography book months ago but I’m only on page 14. Now if only the rain would let up — !
Honestly, though, I think I’m most excited about my new desk. Of the three, it’s certainly the item that will get the most use on a daily basis.
(please excuse the mess)
Now, I fully recognize that Shawn’s the one bringing home the bacon. He needs a separate space so that he can focus on the innumerable conference calls he participates in as an IT manager. His need for an office (with a door!) is what led us to purchase our current home. The DRV Atlanta has a 6-foot bunkhouse with desk in the back of the trailer. Here’s a pic of his quad-monitor display nearly covering the back window.
Although I’m not (yet) bringing in an income, I spend a lot of time on the computer too. Travel planning and writing are necessities, as is using social media to keep up with family and friends. I’ve been using the dinette since we hit the road, but the space was not remotely ergonomically correct, and I had to shift everything out of the way for meals. I know, I know, first world problems, eh?
I’m just so excited to have a space that is MINE! I can put a pretty candle on the desk, and photos under the clear desk protector. I no longer have to gather up all of my books, papers, and peripherals when we break for lunch or dinner. Squeeeee!
For now I’m using one of the folding chairs that came with the rig and match our dining room chairs. We’ll be on the lookout for something with better back support.
you are a very interesting, well written woman, no where near boring. Keep it up.
Thanks Gail, your comments are much appreciated!
I bought 2 aeron chairs used near me. The condition was excellent. If you like them maybe there is a used one for sale near you. The “guy I know” charges $375.
That was the plan; Shawn has his own Aeron and wants to get one for me. I’m just not sure it will fit in the space, both white stationary and even less when the slides come in for travel. We need to get some measurements to be sure.
Love the new space! For weather… at least you don’t have the bipolar climate the Midwest is experiencing. I have experienced -4 to 48 degrees just in this week.
We have gone from 35 to 80 in 36 hours! I’m not complaining too loudly. 😉
YAY!! I can totally relate to your excitement! Our fifth wheel has a desk in our bedroom with a little slide out stool on casters – one of the things I fell in love with. Also nice to not have to clear your space for another use (dinner). Awesome! Can’t wait to see the drone footage, too!
Thanks Kathleen! I see you’re catching up on your (blog) reading while recuperating. If I were back in Michigan I’d bring you a homemade meal!
Very sweet, thank you.. 🙂
Congrats on your desk! I love your blogs, so I hope it motivates and inspires more. 🙂 The camera looks very, very cool! Mike recently got a drone also–and I’m a drone widow (he loves using it). Don’t you love getting new goodies?
It’s tough balancing the needs & wants with available funds. Sometimes I’ll just go to the dollar store so I can buy a few things without spending much. 😀 I went to town today to use the new camera ave I think it’s a keeper!
Sometimes the realities of nomadic life aren’t super sexy. It’s more of a challenge to write about, for sure. But people (hi!) looking for relatable experiences need those doses of reality.
Must say, though, that I’m relieved at the happy ending to this experience!
Re: ergonomics – If you’re comfortable in Shawn’s chair, then disregard what I’m about to say. But ergonomics were actually worse for me in that Aeron (I had the same model) than when sitting in an armless chair or stool without back support.
Even with the Aeron’s lumbar support, I was never sitting up straight. I’d get uncomfortable, so I’d sit back or lean on one of the arm rests, and pay for it later.
Whatever seat you choose should allow your legs to be at a 90° angle. Pretty much every other body part ought to follow suit. Probably means you need to add an external keyboard. All the adjustments probably seem like a pain in the rear, but it’d be a one-time annoyance – unlike what happens when sitting for hours in lousy positions.
Thanks Teresa. I’m working on all the “angles.” (See what I did there? lol) I’ve got a footrest which helps a lot, and a seat cushion for my busted tailbone. I do need a better keyboard, and a chair of course, as this one is REALLY hard to move on the carpet.
Someone in an RV group mentioned using a rolling/swiveling stool. I wonder if that might be a workable solution for either of us.