A New (Little) Shed

When you only have 68 square feet of living space, every foot counts. Having a jug of kitty litter reduces your living space by 2%. A garbage can, another 2%, a pair of shoes, another 2%. While I am not complaining about my small space, every item and every centimeter counts.

I have been thinking for a while about building (or buying) a shed…and I found this little one at Lowes. It was surprisingly simple to put together and seems decently sturdy. It’s really made for two garbage bins, but I’m using it to store a lawn mower, some outdoor chairs, a hose, and some kitty litter.

Truthfully. I could probably fit all those things in the rear (under bed) storage area, but I’ve filled that with fiberglass insulation, which keeps the airstream toasty warm.

Best of all, this little shed snaps apart and folds flat, so when I move, it will move with me.

So…one more improvement checked off the list!!

Wi-Fi Calling on Verizon… is here.

Shockingly, Verizon released (or is testing) Wi-Fi calling on their network on the iPhone (I have a 6+) and I’m running iOS 9.3 Public Beta 7. So my guess is that it’s not yet available and that it’s being tested in this beta rollout.

The option is available under “Phone” (oddly, not under “Cellular”) in the Settings menu.

I set up Wi-Fi calling this morning, and made a test call and it works perfectly with no glitches.

After turning the toggle on, a pop up window up (clearly curated by Verizon) appears asking for an emergency contact address for 911 services and gives a variety of warnings about costs and 911 accessibility.

Once active to carrier changes from “Verizon” to “VZW Wi-Fi.”

It’s picked up (amazingly) on several Wi-Fi networks that I’ve been on today (at the Mercedes-Benz dealer and again later at Barnes & Noble.)

Way to go, Verizon… you’re definitely stepping it up lately!

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Florence Gets a Birth Certificate!

Airstream official name registryWow. Airstream really is a cool company.

As many of you know, when I adopted, er, bought my Airstream, I named her Florence in honor of my great aunt who had passed away only a few weeks before.  Aunt Florence had a great spirit and was always smiling and kind. She was unfailingly polite and always made me smile. She passed away just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. So, when the Airstream came along, it seemed fitting to name it in her honor.

That’s why, when you read posts about my Airstream, you will see me refer to it as Florence.

In any case, I am apparently not the only person to christen their Airstream. From the Airstream site:

You know how it goes. You fall in love. Get close. Give your significant other a pet name. It happens that way for a lot of Airstream owners. We totally get it – here’s your chance to share your Airstream’s name, swap stories and photos with your fellow Airstream enthusiasts. If you believe your Airstream is a star, you’ve come to the right place. Time to let your baby shine!

So now Airstream is allowing Airstream owners to register names for their Airstreams (think: Cabbage Patch Kids), and with it, the owners get a web page, a certificate (with the Airstream name), and other perks. Definitely a worthwhile effort in my opinion!

So, all you Airstreamers… get clicking! You can sign up at http://nickname.airstream.com.

Slimming Down with Plastc

Part of living small is keeping unnecessary things—junk—to a minimum. For years, I have kept a small wallet, but it’s about to get a lot smaller. Plastc is a new all-in-one credit card that makes carrying multiple cards completely unnecessary. Plastc combines all of your cards onto one card and works with all of your current credit cards.

Plastc has a variable screen that locks the card, and updates as you use it, showing important information and details. The card also has a magnetic stripe and EMV chip which makes it compatible with every POS system around the world.

Best of all, Plastc keeps your wallet slim and makes life easier.

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The ultra sleek Plastc card is currently in Pre-Order (cards begin shipping in April), and readers of SilverSlicker are eligible for $20 off a Plastc card!

Visit the Plastc website today to place your order!

 

 

At home with Sr. Corina Kent

I am a huge fan of Sr. Corina Kent.

If you don’t know Sr. Corina, you should. She was an amazing artist and a fascinating individual. Sr. Corina became a sister in the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936 and later took art classes at what is not Otis College of Art and Design and the University of Southern California. For nearly thirty years, Sr. Corina created art while living in community with the Immaculate Heart sisters. She taught in the Immaculate Heart College and was the chair of its art department.  Later, Sr. Corina moved to Boston and interacted with Andy Warhol and further piqued his interest in appropriating commercial icons in the service of art.

Like Warhol, Sr. Corita used popular culture as raw material for her work. Her brightly color-blocked screen prints often incorporated the archetypical product of brands of American consumerism alongside thought-provoking spiritual texts. Her design process involved appropriating an original advertising graphic to suit her idea; for example, she would tear, rip, or crumble the image, then re-photograph it. She often used grocery store signage, texts from scripture, newspaper clippings, song lyrics, and writings from literary greats such as Gertrude Stein, E. E. Cummings, and Albert Camus as the textual focal point of her work.

Sr. Corita died of cancer in 1986 only six months before Andy Warhol passed away.

A few weeks ago, I decided to splurge on an authentic signed print by Sr. Corita Kent, because she is one of my favorite artists of all time! I framed the print in a frame that I picked up at Target for $15.00 and hung it in my “bedroom” in place of one of the magazine holders that I never used (except to collect junk).

I think it’s a nice improvement and makes the stock Airstream interior a bit more personal.

Happy First Birthday, Florence!

Florence and I share a birthday, and today, we’ve been together one full year! It’s been an incredibly happy and bountiful year, and we are blessed to have Florence and her good energy in our lives.

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When I was in graduate school for architecture, I dreamed about getting this exact model Airstream. At the time, the price made the dream an impossibility. Well, dreams DO come true.

Fast forward several years, to a new job, in a new town, and a new need for housing. On a complete whim, we decided to buy an Airstream that was about 700 miles from our home, and about 1000 miles from where we were when we decided to buy it. So we jumped in the car, drove to Boston, and fell in love with an Airstream that we came to call Florence (after my great aunt, who died just before we purchased the Airstream.)

We also had a million questions and zero concrete plans. We bought it, but had no way to get it across Massachusetts and then across New York State. Would an Airstream be robust enough to house me for the winter? Would the maintenance be too much to handle? Was it a lemon? What if something crashed into it? Were we overpaying for it? Were we crazy?

Amazingly, and with some watching-over from my Aunt (and countless others who watch over us), Florence was delivered to my parents’ house. She got a good cleaning (inside and out) and then my friend Jim was kind and generous enough to haul her the last 60 miles to her new home.

Our worries were unfounded. Yes, there is a little bit of maintenance, but it is offset by the pleasure we get from living in such a unique and comfortable space. Much to my surprise, Florence weathered an unbelievably harsh winter, and kept us toasty warm even when the weather dipped to -22 below. The cost is about 1/12 of an apartment, and the possibility to get-up-and-go is unbelievable. I get some good-natured ribbing from my colleagues, but everyone—everyone—is fascinated by the design and beauty of such an elegant space.

Our first year together has been truly a dream come true. (Florence doesn’t know it yet, but she is about to get a good scrub on the outside, and some new curtains for the dining nook [more about those soon] and her new patio is aaaaalllllmost finished.) It has been an unbelievable blessing and so much better than we could imagine, and we look forward to many, many, more happy years to come!

Happy “First” Birthday, Florence!

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