The other day I was sitting at home talking with a friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in a while. A tweet came up on my phone from Michael Jazen, our friend at Tiny House Design, which showed a Tiny House and sparked a conversation. She looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to live in a Tiny House, which I normally get that reaction, but what was interesting was what followed. She said “that’s so weird, why can’t you be normal?”
I had a little chuckle and said this:
Well what IS normal? Normal is to get married, have a few kids, drive a nice car, have a successful career, live comfortably and live in a nice houses don’t you agree?
She agreed and I went on.
Well let’s take a bit closer look at this; What are the implications of being normal?
Getting married is great but it ends in divorce 60% of the time (average cost of $15,000).
Having kids means your life isn’t about you anymore and kids are expensive, Half a Million expensive!
The average cost of a car is around $30,000
The average cost of a house today is around $260,000, but you will pay $800,000 through the loan
For living comfortably 1 in 20 Americans have $8,000+ in credit card debt
A successful career means you spend most of your time not with loved ones or doing what you love
So if I am NORMAL it means that in the end I will be done with my divorce, “own” a house and a car that I really don’t own, but will pay 4 times the original price tag for at the end of the loan. Then to top it off I will have two kids, who I love very much, but will only get to see them for two hours, which debt collectors will be calling during, until I get them to bed and collapse myself. All in all, I don’t get to spend time with those who I love. I own nothing and I owe an average of 1.85 million dollars over my lifetime.
If Normal is being away from people I love and forever in debt, then I sure as hell don’t wanna be normal do you?
She looked at me as if she had suddenly seen color for the first time in her life, as if she had be seeing in black and white up to this point.
For those of you who haven’t discovered stair porn, you are really missing out. If you haven’t, don’t worry its not what it sounds like check it out here and these awesome storage ideas for below the stairs
So I have been inspired by the folks at Path To Freedom. While I don’t ever think I will go as far as they do, I really want to bring in allot of things that they do into my life. I have recently just installed a new raised bed, which I planted Lima Beans, Snap Peas, Mustard, Spinach, Rosemary and Lavender. I of course want to expand this, but I will have to wait till next season.
The next thing I tried to do is to have chickens. I wanted 3 Hens to get my own eggs, after researching, choosing a coop design, finding out where I can get chickens the Home Owners Association shot me down.
Apparently someone had hatched 50 chicks from eggs for an activity with their kid, then realized “aww crap I have 50 chickens” and let them go amuck in the neighborhood. Needless to say, the Home Owners Association were jaded and my hands tied.
Just tonight I tried baking my own bread, with aspirations of never needing to go to the grocery store and knowing what was in my bread, I was excited! As it turns out this excitement was justified!
These are the first three loafs I made myself, a lil odd shaped, but they tasted so good!
Even better, it takes only 4 ingredients, all of which you might already have and are really cheap to get anywhere. I found this great recipe that is stupid simple and taste great too! The best part is from start to finish, it took 4 hours including proofing, rising, etc.
I actually made this!
I had a bit of trouble with the dough being so sticky then I found the video below. So basically use the recipe and directions at this website here. But incorporate the techniques of the video below to overcome the stickiness. The final product was below, nothing fancy, but for a first time it doesn’t look bad and it tasted amazing!
Found this little chair with a built in drawer, for some reasons it really struck a cord with me. What I like about it is that its discrete and it offers a great storage advantage in seemingly wasted space. What you could put in this, I don’t know really know. The only thing that comes to mind is a mobster scene where two mobsters sit across from each other, Big Jim quietly reaches into his chair drawer and pulls out his Glock and seals the deal. Besides gruesome euphemism, I could see maybe keeping a shoe horn or polishing gear. Perhaps a…. I have no idea…. What purpose do you all think this would be good for?
Many of you read a week or two ago about REBURBIA, a contests about revising the way we live in suburbia. Many of you understand that we need to relocalize in order to sustain ourselves. The day of the 1400 mile salad needs to come to an end. Anyway, the contest has announced its top 20 submissions and you can vote on them. Check it out here