Our time in Colorado has been quite productive, both on the bus and off. One of the big jobs I had to tackle in the area was the clearing out of my storage unit. When I originally moved onto my bus, I left a storage space (smaller than a one-car garage) full of stuff from my old house.
We parked in Golden, CO, which was about a 30-minute drive from Boulder, where my storage was. I've got to admit, going through all the old stuff was both tedious and entertaining. I found things like my original 128K Macintosh, a Commodore VIC 20, all the old brochures for my Photoshop seminars back in the day and a slew of old photos from family, college, etc. (Karen got a real kick out of going through the photos and I know she stole some and has them stashed somewhere!) After several days of sifting through storage, I was able to separate everything into "trash," "sell," or "keep."
Karen here! I just had to get this photo on here. It's Ben and Mini Ben! How cute!!! (And yes, this was one of the photos I stole)
We also did a lot of upgrading on the bus. For the last year or two, I've had the 17" Epson 3880 photo printer, which has been wonderful. But since I'm going to downsize busses soon, I decided to downsize my printer to the 13" wide Epson R3000, which is a bit smaller. We haven't tested it yet, but we certainly have high hopes! More to come after we take her out for a spin.
Another big change on the current bus is that Karen now has her own workstation. She's been living on the bus for about a year and a half and has been using her little laptop screen (after years of using Apple's 30" display). Now she finally has her own desk, big display, etc. In other words, she's happy. Check out more on her at her blog, ThePixelDiaries.com.
Whenever we make a big change like that, things get reorganized and moved around, so we look for the best ways to mount and stow things. I recently came across a nice product that helps us do just that and put it into use this past week. It's called Sugru, and their motto is "Hack things better." (three geek-friendly words, right?) Sugru is a soft-touch silicone rubber that molds onto anything you want and sets permanently in 24 hours at room temperature. So far, we've used it to create "feet" for our Tobasco caddy, so it doesn't slide while in motion, and I mounted my super thin Neat scanner onto the side of Karen's desk so it's both convenient and out of the way. So far this Sugru stuff is pretty great!
That's what I've been up to. It's not so much exciting exploration, but definitely "housekeeping" things that feel good to be done with!
In addition to the progress we made on the current bus, the vintage bus has been seeing progress as well! For the latest update on that, check out the Creative Cruiser site, and the latest update HERE.