The photograph to the right is of a Jacaranda Tree. I didn’t take this photo.
Living in my van gets easier all the time. After over a year and a half of this, it’s almost mundane and I take more risks. This morning I slept almost til 8 am which is quite late for me. I usually get up and out of my sleep spot by 6 before everyone starts walking on the sidewalks and such. I was tired though and the street was pretty quiet so I just slept in.
Before I move from the back of my van to the front, I fix my hair so it’s not too disheveled, look around a bit for people walking by, then I walk to the front (stepping over a bunch of STUFF that has accumulated in there). I don’t worry anymore though about being seen. If I don’t act sneaky and suspicious why would anyone think I was doing anything wrong? And if the worst happened, and someone called the cops on me, I’d be long gone by the time they got there! So I don’t worry so much anymore.
Every sleep spot is a little different. Yesterday’s spot was under a Jacaranda tree and all night long I had to remind myself that the bumping sounds I was hearing were just the pretty purple flowers falling from the tree and hitting my van. They were all over the van in the morning. So pretty. I guess I still jump a little at night when I hear sounds!
This morning I heard a (wild?) parrot flying around and shrieking. They are noisy little buggers but I like the novelty.
I’m house-sitting again soon so that will be fun. I guess for the last few months I have been sleeping in the van roughly 50% of the time and sleeping at someone’s house 50% of the time. That’s a pretty good ratio. I must admit, if I could stay somewhere for a few months, that would be awesome. My van gets disorganized when I’m in it too long and I’m STILL nervous about cleaning it up, “in public”. I need to get over it.
Lately when I’m out an about, I try to go to different areas than I used to hang out with my (X) boyfriend. I feel slightly sick when I’m in the old area. I don’t know why. I haven’t heard from him in almost 2 months and I just hope he’s okay. I also hope one of these days he comes and gets his stuff out of my storage unit. His things are taking up about a quarter of the space!