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As the sun set gently over the mountain to the west, I looked out over the tranquil vista. Gathered with my family, my husband relaxing in his chair, my children playing around our campsite, our Labor Day weekend was perfect. There we were, experiencing the togetherness that camping in the great outdoors brings.

 

If only our next-door neighbor’s house wasn’t blocking the view.

 

So we don’t camp. I mean, we never have. Flash is definately a “if it doesn’t have room service and cable it’s not a vacation” kind of  guy. I camped as a kid, but you know, I’ve been happy to go with the flow for 20 years or so. But as scripture says, “See, I’m making all things new.” This is new. We are about to spend a month driving cross-country.  We’ll only have what we can take in our van, and camping is on the agenda. So, trying to be practical, I insisted that we practice.

Our view of Ken's house

The good news is, everything worked. The tent, purchased over 10 years ago on a whim and never out of the box before, was great. The air mattress stayed inflated. Of course, we did run an extension cord from the house, but the new battery powered inflater/charger thingy was working. The camp chairs–complete with umbrellas–were a hit. iPods, iPads and various electronica were all pre-charged. Geek family goes camping. It only took us an hour and a couple of verbal ripostes to get the tent itself set up. Our housemate Vivian, an experienced SCA camper, supervised and managed to not help us too much, even when we couldn’t quite get the tent stakes into the cement-hard earth. Taking pity on our bruised fingers she said, “You don’t really have to stake down the rain fly unless it rains.”

Our new camping stove was great. We got it out of the box, checked out all the necessary kitchen items I had packed carefully in the bin, and then drove to pick up McDonald’s for dinner. Who has energy to cook after all that tent stuff? But on our trip we won’t have excess funds for that much eating out, so some cooking is going to have to occur. I’ll remember to buy fuel before then. It’s on my list.

Backyard camping at it's best.

 

Ahem. Three am and the drumming of the drops woke me up. As the only adult in our family capable of functioning when suddenly awoken, I staggered around in the dark with a flashlight in my teeth and staked the rain fly, only getting somewhat drenched in the process. The good news was that the rain made the ground a lot softer… the stakes slipped right in, when I could see them to hit them.

All in all, it was a good experience. The rooster next door only started crowing about 4am, and I was too exhausted from my rain-soaked excursion to care. The boys were up with the sun, and Flash and I dozed late on our air mattress. Practice makes perfect. With that in mind, we still haven’t taken the tent down. Kinesis and Entropy have slept our there on their own two nights running. Flash and I however, are happily ensconced in our king sized bed with laptops, my 37th level worgen on WoW, and blessed blessed silence.  Our move is in less than a month now.  Maybe they’ll sleep out there every night?

I knew I’d like camping.

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You may be familiar with this term.  If not, you are most likely familiar with the process.  Productive avoidance is completing a pleasant task that you want to do, instead of a task that is far more urgent, but not enjoyable.   I had a coworker once who, when pricing a paint job, spent days playing with his computer paint program and printing out examples of what the church building would look like in different colors. This was back in the days when that was a real time-sink… not simple clicking, you had to manually draw each pixel.  Of course, for true productive avoidance,  it’s important that you make it absolutely clear to everyone around you that what you are working on is not only necessary, but absolutely critical.  

So, for example, this morning I was washing dishes.  My kitchen window overlooks my front porch, and there, like a vision in the morning light, he stood–the FedEx guy.  Under his arm were two tiny boxes.  All the way from China.  And as I looked at him standing there I thought about all the books that need to be packed, kids clothes that need to be sorted for fit, bathrooms that really need to be cleaned, and I knew that none of that would happen.  At least not today.  Today was iPad 2 day. 

I immediately called Flash at work (it’s his day off from being a SAHD on Wednesdays), to let him know of the arrival.  Entropy was as excited as I was, and we sat and took turns carefully opening the carton, removing the white Apple box, tearing the plastic wrap, and then slowly sliding it open.  Remember when Charlie is looking for the Golden Ticket?  It was like that, with significantly more squeals of joy.  I then got busy synching, downloading, and finding new apps.  Would the same things from my iPhone still be usable, or should I even bother with them?  In preparation for this moment, I had already jailbroken my iPhone, and it was set up to be its own wi-fi hotspot. So when we are out and about, I can still surf the web charge-free on my wi-fi only iPad. It’s so exciting! 

 And what about a cover?  I hadn’t ordered one, so as soon as Flash came home early from work we hit the Best Buy.  I ended up with a green smart cover, and a really cool clear cover for the back from Belkin.  It’s awesome, works together with the smart cover and solves the problem of the exposed metal on the back.   I can be hard on electronics (*cough* killed 4 Kindles *cough*), so I wanted something tough but that would leave the engraving on the back visible.

Geekery, check.  Technology, check.  But whence the moving?

Well, you might remember that the entire plan behind obtaining these iPads is to allow us to cut deep swathes through our library, cruelly casting many volumes into the rummage pile.   So setting up my iPad, accessing my Kindle books, and all the rest is truly a move oriented task.  It’s on the master to do list.   Thus, this was an absolutely important activity for me to complete, and the fact that no actual boxes were filled today is not a measure of my diligence.  Really.  It’s not just fun.  Seriously.  And I’m not just writing this quickly so that I can get back to computer nerd heaven.  What I am working on is not only necessary, but absolutely critical.

Ain’t it the truth?

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