Today we’re bringing you another round of He Said/She Said. These posts are really your chance as readers to hear how discussions (and sometimes disagreements) play out when managing our lives with each other. For a look at some of the past He Said/She Said discussions – check ‘em out here.
While Mr PoP and I love each other and share many interests, there’s actually surprisingly little overlap in our reading lists from day to day. (Personal finance sites are one area of obvious overlap, but even within that niche, we tend to lean toward different sites.) But sometimes we find ourselves reading sites that we find so neat and so interesting that we have to share them with one another even if it falls outside the normal overlap of our reading lists.
Mr PoP’s reading has been trending more towards some of our longer-term goals, specifically slow travel by boat after FIRE, while I’m focused a little more on our nearer-term goal of fixing up the kitchen.
Three blogs have gotten a lot of my time lately and I occasionally send Mrs PoP links to them.
Bumfuzzle: Pat and Ali have been living the FIRE dream since before most people had even heard of it. They took off in their late 20’s for a sail around the world in a 30′ catamaran, and then followed it by running around the Americas in a VW bus for a bit, and are now touring North America in a antique RV with their two kids. Great adventures, and great photography as well.
Zero To Cruising: This is a pretty good gateway into the cruiser lifestyle. Mike and Rebecca sold their martial arts studio in 2010 and sailed south in a catamaran; they’ve been on the water ever since. If you’re considering cruising as a FI goal, you’ll be happy to know that they talk openly about how much that lifestyle costs.
Atom Voyages: Atom Voyages is the early retirement extreme of cruising. James and Mai have sailed around the world on a 28′ sailboat and cataloged their minimalist lifestyle along the way. The idea of a small boat like the Atom is strangely enticing-very efficient for a number of reasons including less maintenance, no insurance, and cheaper docking fees.
As I’ve mentioned before (and will no doubt mention again…), I’m pretty excited about our upcoming kitchen renovation, so my new recent favorite read that I regularly share with Mr PoP is a blog whose author, Kristi, is just finishing up her own months long kitchen renovation, Addicted 2 Decorating. On the surface it might be tough to see why I like this design blog so much. After all, my design taste and aims for our own kitchen (pale walls, wood-look tile, white cabinets, and butcher block countertops, without ornate detail) are pretty drastically different from what Kristi has done in her own (kelly green cabinets with gold leaf edging and hardware).
But much more than loving *what* she does all the time, I love HOW she does it. Kristi does pretty much everything on her own, which I absolutely admire, since admittedly Mr PoP does more than his fair share of the (literal) heavy lifting when we do DIY projects together. I really can’t believe all the tasks she’s able to accomplish around her house on her own – it’s amazing. On top of that, Kristi also completely relates to having a “cookie problem” ala if you give a mouse a cookie (like we wrote about 2.5 years ago), and even wrote the most adorable post ever about her own kitchen cookie that is a must read for anyone who loves the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
And that’s what we’re reading these days.
What about you? What are you reading?