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Hot dogs for dinner

We have been having hot dogs for dinner a lot more recently and it has been great! We have been living in Islamorada for the last five weeks. Living in the keys is so much more conducive to getting outside and being active than other cities we have lived in. This area is just so beautiful! Our marina is full of friendly people and we have been brushing up on our corn hole skills in the evenings.

Down here Lance gets off work at 3pm so there is still enough daylight left for us to get out and explore. I have come to the realization that experiences are so much more important than having a well rounded dinner every night. That picture up above looking down in to the water…no filter, the water is that gorgeous shade of blue/green. The sunset photo below…no filter, just beautiful sunsets as we cruised back in to the marina.

One day last week he wanted to go fishing when he got home from work. I didn’t have any meat thawed out or figured out what I was going to fix yet so I decided to join him. The weather was beautiful and the water was beautiful and the fish were biting. We caught tons of Mutton Snapper and Yellow Tail Snapper. Almost a fish with every cast. Then we had a couple of manatees come say hello everyone when we were tying up the fishing boat. I really do heart manatees after seeing them up close as often as we do down here.

It is 100% fine that I didn’t have dinner figured out that night. Know why? We caught our dinner and took it to Ocean View for the “you catch it, we cook it” special. It is the first time I’ve ever caught my own dinner. It is also the first time I really enjoyed a fish dinner (fried of course)! 

One of the things that living down here has made me realize is that these experiences and these memories that we are making are better than a fancy dinner every night. They are better than adulting 24/7. So take some time to just enjoy your environment and have hot dogs for dinner. Not every meal has to be square. And read more! I’m happy that I’m able to sit on the back of the boat and enjoy a good book.

Life on a boat…the first two months.

Moving on to a boat was actually much easier than I expected. The first three weeks I was on the boat alone while my husband was out of town and that allowed me time to get all of my fabric organized. I’ve discovered that it is like living in a tiny house with a few exceptions. Luckily we are docked at a marina so that makes the transition easier. Here is a list of things that I do differently now since moving on to the boat.


  1. I enjoy the view…every. single. day. What’s not to enjoy when you get to see sunsets over the bridge like in the photo.
  2. I dirty as few dishes as possible because I have to wash them by hand.
  3. I make much smaller portions now because we have a smaller oven and a tiny fridge. Luckily we do have a small freezer so that helps me buy more than a couple of days worth of groceries at a time.
  4. I climb steps…so many steps. Five steps to get on to the boat. Five steps to get inside the boat. Five steps to get in to the aft cabin. One step to get in to the bathroom. Three steps to go down in to the kitchen. One step to go down in to the front cabin where I keep the fabric.
  5. I have to monitor the level in the water tank. It’s no fun to run out of water when you have shampoo in your hair. Trust me on that one. Always check the water level before taking a shower.
  6. I take Oskar to the dog park every day. It is right next to the marina and he loves walking over there.
  7. I’ve learned that I can do the kickboxing dvd on the boat. Jump squats just aren’t as high because my hands hit the ceiling. Oskar has learned that when I put his dog bed up on the couch, he needs to hop up there for his after breakfast nap so that he is out of the way.
  8. I upped the DVD plan for Netflix because I still haven’t figured out the best internet option for us and the rabbit ears only pick up three channels. One of them is in Spanish and the other two are only Paternity Court and Judge Brown and Steve Wilkos type shows. I also watch Hoodwinked a lot. I wish I had my dvd’s that are in storage back in TN.
  9. I watch more old Disney movies. The boat had a dvd/vhs combo on it so I put that one in the aft cabin and loaded up on Disney VHS tapes for $0.35 and $0.69 at Goodwill and $0.50 at the Humane Society Thrift Store.


Oskar has adjusted well to being a boat dog. He has gotten used to being picked up to go up and down the stairs. He loves that we go to the dog park so often and he loves sleeping smack dab in the middle of the bed because there is no room for a dog bed in the aft cabin. Yes he is spoiled but we’ve had three more years with him than the doctors said we would so we are thankful for every day we get with him and try to make his life as awesome as possible. He also loves that he can keep watch over what is happening on the kitchen counter.