I got back to San Diego Friday after a very productive yet sleepless underway! BENFOLD was able to sail out to sea this week for the first time in 17 months. It was very long over due and we accomplished a lot! Personally the time at sea gave me an opportunity to live tiny! For four days I was living on a 500 ft boat. My bedroom (stateroom) in which I store all of my possessions while at work is 4'x10' and shared with two other women. This room doesn't include a bathroom or kitchen but other than that it was my whole world all week! I spent the week driving the ship, communicating with other ships at sea, doing live fire exercises with our 5" gun (really big gun on the front of the ship), and much much more. The other junior officers and I held an ice-cream social for the crew on Thursday night as well as partaking in nacho night and bingo - the week couldn't all be work!
Photo by Chris Tack and Tumbleweed
My time underway made it hard to make any progress with the tiny house. I spent lots of time thinking about design ideas and timeline. I am now leaning towards making my own shower! I think I can make a more usable design specific to my lifestyle. No matter what it will be better than a plastic one-piece shower stall. I have been thinking all weekend about what tile I want to use! Other elements of the tiny house also are forming in my head. I absolutely love this Bayside Bungalow - she wrote on her page about making easier kitchen cabinets by using curtains (or coffee sacks in her case). I am so thankful for all of the tiny house blogs that I have been able to read. They each have unique space saving and decorating ideas!
Look for a post this week about how official planning is going. I have laid out my calendar and budget for the next few months. The ideas are finally leaving my day dreams and getting put down on paper!
Underway Replenishment at Sea (taking on fuel) with USNS Yukon (T-AO 202)