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Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography
2021-09-27 11:15 by Sarah Denninger
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Here we go. The start to being 25. It's weird saying that number out loud but I also think it's because most people look down on the age of 25 or get worried about that age. It's a weird time. Back in the day 25 was an age where most people would have homes and kids going but in today's age, most people are struggling at age 25. We can't keep up with payments let alone afford a house. We have to have roommates and make sure to have high enough paying jobs just to pay our cards off. It really is a crazy time out there and most people are scraping by. Of course, I'm no different and hope that I can get things more settled soon. 

With that being said I did decide to go ahead and make more art pieces on my birthday. All of them turned out to be beautiful works of art and I am proud of this series. I did a total of 9 pieces and all of them have a coat of epoxy on them to make them shine for many lifetimes to come. Please check them out and purchase one today. it would help me out greatly as I am looking to do more van renovations and travel next spring. Hopefully, by then, I will have a new job and the van will be completed. Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

 
 
 

These three pieces are the only ones I made. I did a total of nine new pieces and all of them are ready to ship out and go to new homes. Each one is unique and made with lots of love and passion. Thank you all so much for your support and keep an eye out. I will be making the new van video here for you all shortly 

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Let me tell you guys, getting this van back together is such a frustrating event at the moment. With the van installed we finally were able to get the headliner cut and in place but the man was cutting that headliner a bitch. We had to screw in the back part of the headliner into the top of the van and then sit on a stool and cut the hole exactly to the size of the fan and then made adjustments once it was cut. The problem? We only had a hand saw and the headliner was made out of this terrible (but sturdy) material. With the fact that the saw was used for mainly drywall, we were there for a couple of hours switching out and cutting away. Once we got the hole in place we had to make adjustments and then fight this heavy ass headliner to get in in place and then screw in a piece of pine that we purchased to hold the headliner up. 

This process took us a total of 6 hours or so and it was dark when we were finally getting things in place and just when we thought we were almost done....the screws were too short. We ended up calling it a night and stopped trying to force something that wasn't going to happen. With much frustration and talk over the plan, we decided to pick it up the next day on my break. After all, we had was to get the pieces up, screw the pine in place, and then we had until Thursday to figure out storage. 

So my break comes along and we finally, finally get the stupid headliners up and screw in the pieces of the board we purchased. This was to make sure the structure is secure and so the middle part of the headliner doesn't come down while I'm driving while also covering the other hole we had which in turn supported the light that used to go in the same space the piece of wood was going. With that in place with putting the side panels in to hold the headliner up and to check the side storage areas and figure out a game plan for that. The idea is to get as much of this done as possible so I don't have to take it apart again because taking it apart and putting it back together for this big construction project was a royal pain and I really don't want to do it again. 

But the good news is that we are steps closer to having this van finished and im excited to see what else we can do with it. 

Stay tuned for a new video of this construction. It's a big update for this van and it took a while to finally get this update finished. 

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Your girl is going to sign up for another half marathon. Maybe two. One of them is a definite the other one is a giant question mark. As some of you may know My Dad went ahead and signed up for the Tetons half and some of you thought he was crazy because of the fact that he just got over covid. Well, let me tell you he's doing just fine and it's not until next Summer so he has plenty of time to get back to where he wants to be for this race. Not only that but it's not supposed to be strenuous (unlike the Yellowstone one which was strenuous and pretty difficult) and is supposed to be relatively flat. 

In turn, I am also going to sign up for the Tetons here in the next few weeks. Considering that I told myself last time I wouldn't do it again I think maybe the distance has gotten to me a little. Doing 13 miles and training for it is a feat in itself and when I finished the Yellowstone half I actually felt good about it. My feet were destroyed from the terrain so I will definitely be investing in trail shoes for this next one just in case so I don't have to face months of recovery for my feet and only my feet.  

In terms of recovery from Covid and getting ready for this race, I think it just depends on how you handle the recovery. When I got covid I wasn't fully adjusted to the hills in the area so it took more time than normal for me to run and feel good about it again but within about three weeks not only had I gotten past the difficulty of the hills but also recovered from Covid completely and was seeing improvement again in my time. In turn, I think that this race is going to be amazing and I think that my Dad and I will do super well in this race despite the fact that we both caught the virus and had some trouble with recovery. 

Plus I mean it's the Tetons. How can you complain about a view like that for the entire race? I'm certainly excited to take part, push myself and just have a fun time out in the west.  

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The other day we finally got the fan installed in the van (say that three times fast) and in honesty, It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be to install. We first had to figure out placement which turned out to be farther back than we originally thought. Once that was figured out we got the power situation under control and now have an idea of how we are going to wire it to a battery. From there we then took out a sharpie, drew out where we were cutting, and set to work. The thing that really made this job a little stressful is that it has to be exact on placement because of the inside of the headliner. There are two ducts that go towards the front and they were exactly 14 inches apart from each other. That means that we have to perfectly cut it in the roof and then cut it in the headliner so that it matches. Talk about a doozy of a job. 

After setting up the initial cut we got the saw out and started chipping away. The only thing about this kind of job is that we had to go from the inside due to the fact that the roof wasn't really a good place to crawl on top of and since it had to be exact we had to go inside to make sure that we didn't end up being off by any amount. With fiberglass flying, we slowly got the roof cut. It took some trial and error but we eventually got it to where the fan fit perfectly inside. Once the cut was made we set to make sure to clean up top with rubbing alcohol. This way we can ensure there isn't any debris or water. If anything is left under there it could lead to leaks in the future and that is never a good idea. 

With it cleaned up we then moved forward to setting it with water sealant on the edge, placing the fan, and screwing it in. Once the fan is screwed on top of the sealant you put another layer on top (even the screws) to make sure that no future leaks can occur. Of course, I didn't know that water could come in through screws but the more you know right? Finally, with that being set in stone we cleaned the inside and called it a day. The next project is getting the headliner cut out exactly with where the fan is which I'm sure will be a bitch of a job but that's part of any conversion. you have to make sure things are done right or it could lead to future problems. Of course, if there are any problems then I know how to fix them and luckily this van seems to come apart without too many difficulties. In truth, it might be one of the easiest vehicles to make changes to give seen. 

Once the headliner is cut we will also be making storage changes. Turns out I can double the amount of storage in the van and that would be helpful for future trips. Honestly, I'm excited to see what I can do and to expand on the inside. Stay tuned for more updates. Gimli is coming togehter. 

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Here it isss. Part 3 of the van conversion for yu guys to see. Part 4 is coming soon with the fan install and an update on the inside. Slowly but surely it is coming together. 

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