Others call it Playing the Hand You’re Dealt, and I am holding a Full Haus. Full from basement to attic, side to side, front to back. No matter how the cards are shuffled, the process of playing those cards will take me on through to my little urn in the ground, however long that takes.
It starts with genetics. For me, and others around me, the Baby Blues started when I was a toddler. Full-blown depression hit me in my teens. Panic disorder joined in. I was both blessed and cursed with a critical eye and a serious orientation, even as I became known for my dry wit and tendency toward humorous expression of ordinary events. I was also most likely given DNA which prevented me from acquiring that subtle trait called Organized. I have never gotten to the end of a calendar or list or agenda without a detour of some sort, so I should have expected my new lifestyle to take detours as well.
But no. The absurd complications that have been arising from my journey from a Full Haus to a Tiny House are keeping me awake at night. Just as I dive in, the lake freezes over and I land with a splat. And the ice skates were finally donated just last week.
The plan, after taking into account the limitations of income and legal expenses, was to obtain a very large pocketbook and tow it behind me. Never again would I concern myself with forgetting the grocery list or wishing I had worn different shoes. It got complicated immediately.
First, it needed to be a part-time endeavor, beginning in April. Three of the first five adventures were simple hotel rooms with a micro-fridge. Generally the rest are resort-style units on wheels in a former campground serendipitously created at the exact time that I started looking. The towels are plush and the appliances are new. Each unit has something I will decide to keep for my own design and something else I will discard as unworkable.
Once the concept formed, the clutter issue had to be addressed. For better or worse, I started with paper. Digitizing all the paper in my home was a ridiculous concept, so when the new printer/scanner and laptop combo didn’t work appropriately, there was still plenty to shred or recycle directly. A good deal of paper clutter was actually created in the first few weeks that the devices failed to meet their sales pitch descriptions. One such scrap contained the Golden Ticket to allow for a refund. Toss in low back pain and a cranky ignition and I was soon wondering if I was ever going to be able to pat myself on the back.
As June approaches and five units have been explored, I find myself joyfully pushing that rock up the hill in spite of everything conspiring to make it more difficult than expected. Unstable Internet. Rain. GPS errors. Mud. Wrinkled clothes. Broken plastic silverware. Squirrels. Rude restaurant servers. Long lines. Ripped grocery bags. Split seams. Melted ice cream. Can openers for righties only. Pills. No cell towers. All first world problems, to be sure.
So deal again, Mr. Karma. I will ace this.