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Star Date 4-25-16

Ok well it has been some time since I last made a post. Lots has been going on with the bus and our lives in general. If you haven’t seen the latest video about the bus getting a tow to a shop to get the ignition wiring straightened out here is the link.

Now that you are caught up with the bus and our newly planned trip to Europe! Here are the other things that have been happening as I have been delayed in updating the blog. House is going up for sale in the coming weeks. We have been doing little updates to make it look nice for the new owners such as swapping out the gold hardware for silver, fixing and painting the fence, and also starting to prep for paint.

The plan is that come around June 1st we are hoping to move into the bus and live in it in my parents driveway while we continue to work at our jobs for a another month. This will allow us to have the house up for sale with it being completely empty and dog free. Hopefully we will meet our deadlines that we have set up as there is still a lot of work to do to make it all happen but it sure is coming along nicely.

Just wanted to give a bit of an over view as to what has been going on and what some of our plans are. I will be posting more information as far as Europe ‘16 trip and bus info in the coming weeks. Just need to get everything moving and it should all fall into place. Thanks for reading and following our life adventure!

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20k Views & 200 Subs ~ Thank You!

Just hit a big milestone with the channel and want to thank you guys. The YouTube channel is growing and I have you to thank for that. If there is anything more that you would like to see or not see of the build let me know.

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Star Date 2-25-16


I think that I have done a good job so far in posting more often in here as well as on Youtube. Actually I have decided that I want to have a new video posted every day. Yes you read that right.

On one hand I don’t think that anyone will even really watch all of the videos just like this probably will not be read lol. But I enjoy it and that is what is important and if you’re reading this I am going to assume you do as well if you’re reading this. However my mom did teach me what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me. But I digress….

Ok so for starters we got the bus seat! There will be more on that on a skoolie update post and video and the like. It looks like a brand new seat it really does. We also took the jeep top down and went for a drive to the bus to work on it the other day. I thought the video turned out pretty good. Let me know in the comments what you thought about it.

I spoke with my Aunt about coming to park and finish up the bus at there house. My Uncle has been an electrician is whole life and going to give me some pointers and instruction for the bus. Last thing that I need to do is blow it up or start an electrical fire. All that hard work I have been putting in an will put in would have been for nothing.

So there you have it folks I have stuck with it and been writing more posts to keep the website updated. Also going to be posting new videos daily on youtube! #mynewchallenge




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Minimalism & My Sweater

So I have actually decided that I am going to go deeper into minimalism than I had originally thought. I am going to go more into this in another video however because I have just found out about the capsule wardrobe. So more on that later.

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STAR DATE 2-19-16

Well how should I put this….. 

I cannot wait to get going on the bus! We are both more excited than ever to start our lives living on converted school bus. It sounds so strange to say it “well my wife and I our converting a school bus…” and then I get the looks. If you’re converting your own bus you definitely know the look that I am referring to.The adventure that we are going to be setting out upon is indeed going to be a very perilous journey filled with ups and downs along the way. However I know that with Breanna we will be able to pull through together.

So enough daydreaming about being on the bus… 

I wanted to share a little with you about how my shuffle towards veganism is going. I love it!! That’s about all there is to it. Just the other day I was watching shark tank and low and behold a honey substitute was one of the products/companies. It is called Bee Free Honee and I absolutely love it! I have known about the bee epidemic for awhile now and not known how to help. I used to use honey quite frequently in tea, on my toast and sandwiches. If you don’t know already you need to try peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Although now I would recommend Bee Free Honee.

Removing meat from my diet was not as hard as you would think. There are plenty of meat substitutes that taste as good if not better than meat. I have had no ill effects from not eating meat and I would even say I feel better than I did eat meat. I have had some meat whether it be at a restaurant or work luncheon. But on those days that I have had a meal primarily derived from meat I felt like crap! Physically!

Enough of me rambling I plan on making a few videos and posts about what veganism is to me as well as how to start shuffling yourself. As always don’t forget to subscribe and get ready for an exciting adventure because the next stop is Bus Life!

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Star Date 2-12-16

 So I have been doing a fair amount of research into solar and I think that I will be able to swing it. I am going to go over that in a post soon fingers crossed…

Lately I have actually been working on our youtube channel and trying to learn new tricks to make it more successful. I mentioned in  my first Captain’s Log entry on what the purpose of the channel and site are for. I think that it is  definitely coming along just passed 120 subscribers today or yesterday. I cannot express myself enough how much it means to me that people are watching our videos. I truly hope that they are being enjoyed and hopefully found useful if you’re doing your own conversion.

The bus really needs to come sooner rather than later. I am soo ready to just start living life rather than be locked up in a cubicle all day. That’s about all that is really going on right now. I am looking forward to be able to just see the world. The vision that I have in my head for when we are in the bus is simple. Travel for a few months till we are low on funds then find a spot to live for 3 months or so and then hit the road again and repeat. There are some specific places that we are dying to go to and possibly live and work in as well. We just need to get the ball rolling!!

Not much else to say other than thanks for  reading and don’t forget to subscribe and like our page if you haven’t already. I know I must sound redundant about that but it really does mean the world to me. I like taking a look at the real time page on youtube and see that the videos are being watched. It makes me feel like I am making a difference in someone’s life. At the very worst I only wasted a small fragment of there time on EARTH.


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Star Date 2-6-16

Well I have been lazy!!

It has been some time from my last posts and updates on the site. That is all going to change! I have decided that I want to grow our “Brand” (Reese’s On Recess) The best way that I have come up with in order to attract more of YOU (the viewers/readers). Is to be more personable  and update more frequently.

So it is going to be a challenge of mine during the next few months. So I am going to put out a few goals and hold myself accountable to them because they are in writing. So let’s jump right in shall we:

1)Have 500 Subscribers on Youtube before we depart on the bus

2)Be full-time living in the bus by 7-11-16

3)Be the Authentic Me! & Update Often

So there you have it folks! These are my goals for the next 155 days as of writing this post.

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Star Date 12-14-15

We went to the protests downtown the other day, I am in full support for a change in our government. Illinois and Chicago are notoriously corrupt which has never given me great faith in the Feds either. I have been thinking about starting another channel and site more about change that needs to start taking place.

Heading to the bus this week to do some odd and end things. I need to clean up the wiring a bit and remove the front bulk head. Got some work to do on the jeep as well in the next coming weeks. I plan on doing a 1″ transfer case drop and adjust my control arms to see if I can get rid of some driveline vibration. Not much else has been happening, we have just been having some fun out doing christmas stuff. But sure will have more to update tomorrow and will hopefully have a video to post. Plus we are going to a vegan meetup group in the city as well.

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Star Date 12-8-15

Vacation here we come! 

Just got done purchasing the major expenses for a mini vacation to Orlando & Cocoa Beach. Luckily I have a few miles built up with Southwest and was able to get two roundtrip tickets for 23k points and $22.47 for fees. Not able to be on the beach for my birthday but pretty close as we will be heading out early on the 12th of January and coming back the 16th. It should be a nice relaxing vacation with lots of beach time , Universal, and the Kennedy Space Center.

Other than that not much is happening in the way of the bus as I’m sure you know. Just getting ready for the holidays and what not. We had went to Iowa to visit some of my family for Thanksgiving. Also went out and got all of our shopping for christmas done. Breanna and I don’t get gifts for each other instead we are going to go on the trip =) It sure is going to be a blast that is for sure! We had been debating on a few different trips to do but in the end we both wanted the same thing to be on the beach for as cheap as we could get it.

Captains Log Veggie Life

No Meat For Me

I love meat! Ribs, wings, steak, and burgers are some of the foods that I miss eating the most. I have decided to switch to a non meat based diet and may in the future transition to a vegan/raw diet. I am not making this transition because of the wife or for any health reasons. This is a decision that has long been in the back of my mind and is just now being implemented in my daily life.

Here is how I came to decision

Nature (aka the environment, animals, oceans…) is something that needs to be preserved for future generations on earth in my opinion. I cannot imagine a world where elephants, whales, orangutans, and other animals are either extinct or are only “alive” in zoos. This is appalling to me!

Here is what I know to be truth

Before humans took over the earth animals were everywhere! How do I know this to be truth well let’s take the American Bison also known as the Buffalo for an example. Before America headed towards the west coast the bison population is estimated to be 30 to 60 MILLION according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.But wait we decided to KILL pretty much all of them!

Bison skulls pile to be used for fertilizer , 1870

This is a truth that cannot refuted as it is clearly documented in American history. But maybe you might think that it is just a rare occurance that this particular animal got fucked over by humans. I am going to post the pictures below of a few other animals that the human race has decided are better suited for other purposes than living. Some of the photos are going to be from past eras but not all as we haven’t learned anything from our past mistakes yet. 





 It is pretty simple to see that we have taken animals for granted and the entire planet. Some amount of change is necessary in our everyday lives if we want earth as we know it to continue after we are gone. A picture that I ran into online a few days ago said there is no Planet B and it just reinforced all of the changes that we are making in our lives as the right choices.