I feel like I say this every other post but seriously…why do weekends have to go by so quickly? I woke up super early (for me!) today at 7:30 and we got a head start on the day by getting to the grocery store by 9:15 or so. It was still annoyingly busy and I hadn’t had coffee yet so navigating the aisles I was feeling cloudy and discombobulated. I also seem to be developing my annual November cough. Joy!

We got home around 10:45 or 11am and started immediately on our third day of putting work in on Hank. It seems Sundays have been best for us since I have been working 6 days a week. Now that wedding season is over for me we will start having a lot more free weekends to work on completing the van. However holiday season is about to kick in and we spend nearly every weekend at parties with family and friends beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving until Christmas is over. A never ending cycle of busy. Ah. 

Enough about that; onward to some progress pics! 

Today, B’s goal was to get the ladder rack off the top of the van. He unfastened everything and together we lifted it off the top.

My goal was to get that yucky, smelly, dingy ceiling off.

Success! Now we can save for and hopefully install our wood ceiling soon.

After all of that we made a trip out to St. Louis to pick up a full sized mattress for the bed of the van. I posted a status on Facebook asking if anyone had one and we got it for free! Social media redeems itself…albeit very minimally.

On the way home from picking the mattress up we stopped at a salvage yard to see if we could find any interior hardware that was in better shape than what we had. We didn’t find much, but we did come out with a piece that was missing from our console for $6.50 so that was dubbed a win! 

We also contemplated summiting Mount Junkyard but decided against it.

When we got home we cleaned the inside of Hank again for the 200th time before making up the bed, hanging the back window curtain (shower curtain on a tension rod) and stringing up some cute and festive battery powered lights. Which I quickly discovered are the bane of my existence. They tangled and snagged and made me say &$@! every five minutes for the full 30 it took to hang them. But OMG they’re so cute. I had to lie back and stare at them for a moment, imagining all of the places we will get to fall asleep underneath them.

The bed will not be staying like this. We are building a platform horizontally along the back with storage underneath. This is just going to be how it stays until we get to that point. I’m loving the way everything is coming together already! I like to believe these in between milestones are just as exciting as completing it will be.

Here he is – post ladder rack removal in all of his near halfway done glory.

At this point in our conversion, we have done literally everything on our own. The woodworking process we will probably have to enlist the help of my brother in law due to both B and myself being completely clueless on where to begin. I’m super proud of us for coming this far in only nearly 2 weeks and working so well together.

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