It’s been five days now, and I have no regrets at all!  I don’t worry about where I’m going to sleep too much anymore.  I haven’t been disturbed, but have slept peacefully each night.  It’s been quiet during the night, and I’ve gotten better at my evening/night/morning routine.

Things that can use improvement include not eating out so much.  I’ve found this to be a little more difficult than anticipated.  For one thing, in order to use a restroom in the evening to prepare myself for the night, I feel like I need to buy something.  This puts me in a place to have an evening snack at Starbucks.  Last night, I just ordered passion tea though, and that was fine, it’s just that I don’t want to spend an excessive money on these kinds of things.  The idea is to save money so I can do the things that are important to me… and that doesn’t include Starbucks.  Tonight I might try just using a gas station bathroom, but these are usually much dirtier than the one at Starbucks.  I don’t know… maybe it’s worth it to buy something small at Starbucks.

The eating out problem is compounded with a need to charge my cell phone in the evening.  This is also something I can do at Starbucks.  Both of these problems will be somewhat ameliorated when I get some way of having some power in my van that doesn’t use my car battery, and when I get an ice chest.  I’m planning to get a high quality ice chest, which is why I haven’t done it yet.  They’re quite expensive.  Also, I don’t quite understand about house batteries in vehicles yet, which is why I haven’t purchased anything to date.

Another issue is that during the week, I need something to do between the time I get out of work and the time I park to sleep.  What I’ve been doing is sitting in my van in a parking lot at a strip mall and playing a game on my phone.  This wasn’t my intention. And it is this that leads me to needing to charge my phone at Starbucks before sleeping. I’m sure that things will shift and I’ll settle into something more meaningful as I become adjusted to this life.

I did end up getting a storage space.  There isn’t as much room in the van as I anticipated, so I’m planning to stop by the storage space to choose what I’m going to wear for the next week on Fridays.  I’ve got the shower thing down, because there is a gym at work – I work at a University – and it opens at 6:00 AM.

This is all a learning process, but I’m still really excited about it!  Maybe I’ll be inspired to write a real blog rather than just talking about my experiences.