1. I now determine whether I am going to go grocery shopping on the tide. There are a series of ramps here at the marina that move up or down depending on the tide. So if it low tide the ramps are steep and this lady is not grocery shopping. When we were moving onto the boat I decided to start down a very steep ramp with a very full dock cart. Needless to say, had Matt not been right behind me, a good portion of our kitchen wares would have been on the sea floor. Lesson learned.
2. Taking a $3 shower would be AMAAAAZING! We have a shower on the boat but it’s small and the temperature can be a little temperamental. Sometimes using the marina showers is just easier. They cost money though. Six quarters gets you five minutes. Every minute after that is one quarter. Seriously, three dollar showers = eleven minutes of bliss. Might be worth it one day.
3. I would be the happiest person ever if we never received another tangible gift. I’m not an ungrateful person; we literally don’t have the room. We are slowly transitioning our thoughts to making gifts more about experiences and less about things.
4. I now scout out solar panel and wind turbine set-ups. It’s been interesting to see our power use. We really don’t use much, however with a little work, we could use even less.
5. When friends have us over we gauge whether they are the type that would think it’s weird if we ask to do laundry.
6. I’ve started to wonder how far my kids can walk into town with their life jackets on. There’s a point where it’s time to take them off. That location is still a little fuzzy to me.
7. I could not be more thrilled about the level of humidity on my boat. It has created the optimal growing environment for my herb garden.
8. ‘Checking on something’ in the boat usually means moving a lot of things around to open a hatch or get into the bottom of a closet. Every tank, motor and trap is hidden in the most random place. Nothing stays put away for long.
9. Walking the girls back to the boat in the pouring rain with groceries in paper bags all the while facing into a stiff wind still makes me feel pretty lucky. I will never take this experience for granted.
10. I’m pretty sure I was the only person hoping not to win the giant stuffed animal in the raffle I entered a few weeks ago. My eye was on winning as I filled out my little slips in the store and the error of my ways dawned on me moments later. Thankfully, I rarely win anything or we would have a five foot tall giraffe on our boat with us.