Named My Van And A Brief Update

Finally Named The Van!!    

Nine months after purchasing her, I have named my van.  I’ve considered several names since bringing her home in late January, but nothing ever felt right.  Picking the right name felt important to me.  I didn’t want to pick a name I would eventually hate.  Definitely didn’t want anything that seemed cool or trendy either.  I wanted a unique name that resonated with me, regardless of what anyone else thought.

In pure Devan form, I ended up taking it way too seriously for a while.  I would obsess over finding the perfect name for days on end.  Eventually, frustration set in and I would abandon the idea of naming her altogether.  I would repeat this process again and again.

In early September I decided I was giving up.  I told myself it was a silly tradition and I just wouldn’t take part.  I convinced myself I didn’t need a ‘named’ van anyway.  (Which is perfectly ok too)   A week after I arrived in Mesa to support the Monster’s health situation, that changed.

The naming happened during a random conversation while driving to dinner.  Thanks to my love of elephants and the Monster’s ability to speak, read, and write Japanese, we stumbled on something perfect.  I think it is unique, meaningful, and inventive.  Without further ado:

Her name is ぞう.  Which, if I did it right, should translate to Zō in English.   It means elephant in Japanese.

A Bit Of An Update

After lots of Dr. visits, medical procedures, and a period of isolation, we’re nearing the end of this chapter of Monster’s health journey.  As nice as that sounds, it also begins a new normal for the Monster.  As such, I will be staying in the state of AZ through January.  I don’t plan to stay put where I am, but I’ll need to be close by for the follow-up appointments and such.  (Sorry for being vague, but it isn’t my information to share)

I’m still trying to work out going to the van build on Friday 11/03.  I no longer have the money needed to install solar, but I’ve managed just fine and I don’t miss what I’ve never had.  My Maxxair fan has not yet been installed, so I could have that done.  I wouldn’t be able to power it right now, but it would provide a nice rooftop vent.

My Van Is A Mess

A mess I can live with, but a mess none the less.  Things got ‘undone’ a bit in the few weeks I’ve been in Mesa.  Then last week I was in the van for 7 days with 3 cats when the Monster was in isolation.  The 3 felines do not get along in an apartment and even less so in a 65 square foot van.  🙂   The resulting fur is everywhere.  It was a long week and the hardest I’ve had since beginning this journey.  The daytime temps were 95 degrees and I couldn’t leave the van (or the area).  I had to hang out with the cats all day, in the shade, with the windows down.

Right now I have a path to my bed and the bed is clear, but things have piled up otherwise.  I need to organize and put things back where they belong.  I just haven’t had the time and it has been so hot here during the day.  I’m a little embarrassed to go to the van build with the van looking like it does, but installing the fan would actually give me way more room. (the box takes up a lot of space on one side of my bed)

After living in the van since June, there is no question I am carrying more ‘stuff’ than I need.  I just haven’t made the time to sort it all out.  I also haven’t actually been anywhere I could drag it all out to sort it out, but would only take one day.  Just ONE DAY.  (I’m rolling my eyes at myself right now)

But hey, did I mention I named the van?  Look how long THAT took me.  Hahaha!



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2 thoughts on “Named My Van And A Brief Update

  1. What a lovely name for your home! Hope Monster is doing much better. I hate clutter, but I also create a lot of it to the point where I don’t even want to look at it and the prospect of clearing it seems overwhelming (I think it’s a metaphor for the way my brain and emotions work, too). It is wonderful when I get the motivation to start tackling it one spot at a time, but that motivation can’t be forced. I hope the opportunity to “clear the clutter” comes to you soon. Hope you get relief from the heat soon, too. Safe travels to you!

    1. Thank you! I took way too long in the naming process but it felt important enough not to jump on something I wasn’t sure of. I feel great about this one.

      Monster is doing much better but the healing process will be ongoing through the end of the year. I’m just glad everything turned out well in the end. I’ve only got the one Monster and I like the darn kid.

      I definitely don’t organize my clutter well if I try to tackle it when I am not in the right mindset. I hope that right mindset comes along soon though. It sure hasn’t yet. Hahha. (oh, and it’s only 80 during the day now! wooohoo!)

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