Luckily, I don’t have a gag reflex

25 thoughts on “Luckily, I don’t have a gag reflex”

  1. I am a sympathy puker so if I saw your wife gagging on the pee, I probably would start dry heaving as well, even though pee doesn’t bother me. I definitely agree that you got the much better end of that deal. I’d rather deal with pee than poop any day of the week.

    Looks like you’re having a blast and it’s been fun watching your journey

  2. When we had kids, we made a plan that I did diapers and he did vomit (sympathy puker here too!) I definitely had more work – but happy for the trade off! We’ve discussed long-term travel and my upcoming retirement and how it can affect your relationship when you haven’t spent all that much time together. It would be crazy to think that going from a few hours of being together a day to all day, every day would just magically “be fine” isn’t realistic. Lots of communication and dividing up what you’re both good at would be so important. You guys seem like a great team!

  3. Sounds like you have a good system. Definitely communicating on who does what is one of the keys to a good marriage. We have young children, thus you know we are familiar with your excrement adventures. Sadly kids can’t be put on a timer, so that ones a share duty. (Off day one of potty training the youngest.)

  4. We are all about dividing and conquering too, when it come to the chores. I’m not sure about pee and poop in an airstream. I might handle them both. I’m lead on bathroom duty Having three kids pitching in helps too.

  5. Life is much better with a teammate. I don’t know how single people get everything done. I really don’t know how single parents get it all done. They are the major rockstars in my book. Finding someone that is willing to do the laundry while I do the taxes has been very good for both of us.

    Tom @ HIP

  6. First, super jealous of life in the Airstream, nice work!
    Second, dividing tasks is one big key to a successful marriage! If divided fairly, both parties know what the other is responsible for, and there are no hidden expectations like: “I cleaned the bathroom last time, I am waiting for her to clean it this time!” This never ends well! Of course, once you enter a marriage, you are giving up a lot of ‘self’, so you are putting “them” before “you”. Once you have done this, even if these little items happen and not everything is perfectly balanced, you suck it up and all is good!

  7. First off, I always love a good poo/pee story! So thanks for that.

    And it sounds like you have a good division of labor. Mrs. Freaky Frugal and I have also FIREd, but I think she does more than I do. She does the bulk of the cooking, grocery shopping and cleaning. I deal with all matters related to technology and finance.

    I’ve always wondered what it’s like to live in an RV. I’ve never even traveled in one. I watch lots of HGTV/DIY episodes on Tiny Homes. Do you ever wish you purchased a Tiny House instead of an RV?

  8. Ayup! Mr. Picky Pincher and I also delineate who does what. I tend to do the cooking (because of my work schedule), cleaning, and menu planning. I still think I got the better end of the stick, though! Mr. Picky Pincher does all of the household upkeep sort of things (lawn work, etc.) and he usually does the dishes since I hate that. It’s all about finding a groove. πŸ™‚

  9. “I do the pee; she does the poop”

    Aawwww, how romantic! I think most couples fall into patterns like this for the daily chores. Just make sure one of you doesn’t end up resenting the other over the ‘chores’ that fall on your shoulders. One person cooking all the time can get old. I know, I cook meals around our house nearly every single day.

    Sometimes it’s good to mix things up. Maybe you could handle the poo for awhile, and she can handle the pee (with a nose plug). πŸ™‚

  10. We have a three year old. Over the last few years we have dealt with so much pee and puke that it doesn’t bother either one of us in the least. Mr. BITA is far more friendly with poop than I am though, so he does the poop stuff. He has changed more poop diapers than I have. Now that our tiny human poops in the potty, human poop is something we get to keep at arms length at all times. Wheeeee. He still has to deal with picking up dog poop though. We used to take turns with that, but when I was pregnant, I started to heave if I went anywhere near the dog poop. At that time Mr. BITA took over completely, and we’ve never gone back. I hope he never realizes that I’m not pregnant anymore.

  11. Sounds a lot like me and my wife (well, minus the hauling pee and poop around – we’re on city sewer πŸ™‚ ). I do the IT stuff, pull in a little extra income from the blog and hustling, get us involved in social stuff, make us go on vacation and plan most of them. We split cooking, and I’ve mostly escaped dishes duty (about 20% of the time I’ll put a load in the dishwasher). Our kids mostly clean the sinks and toilets. Mrs. RoG does the vacuuming. We split yard work right down the middle – I mow, blow, weed control, and miscellaneous spreading chemicals on the lawn while Mrs. RoG plants trees, trims stuff, and generally oversees what needs to be done.

    Works for us! I’m sure having zero work hours scheduled each week certainly helps us.

  12. It’s been quite interesting for me to read how you’re pulling off this traveling lifestyle as a couple. Most of what I’ve read in the past on other blogs has been mostly single guys backpacking around which doesn’t seem like something that can be done forever. Awesome job with your team work and new lifestyle!

  13. I wasn’t sure what I was going to find in this post with that headline. Glad it wasn’t anything worse than toilet talk. So great that you guys are finding your own grooves, together. Way happy for you! Looking forward to hearing more about this next version of Rockstar you hint about. Stay awesome!

  14. Only real men can lovingly put their faces within an inch of piss and take a giant wiff! I love it, Steve. Thanks for sharing the division of labor that evolved in your Streamin’ Life.

  15. Great teamwork!!

    I have been dreaming of buying an RV and doing the travel thing part time once we reach FIRE. Just the other day I mentioned to my husband that I would want a composting toilet so we could be less dependent on hook ups. So my question is, where exactly do you dispose of the waste? Do you still have to go to a dump station?

    1. Thanks! We do go to the dump station for the gray water (sink water), but we strictly don’t have to do that if we are out in the middle of nowhere. We can usually release our tanks anywhere (though we usually find a dump station). Regarding the compost, we just dump the crap (literally!) into a compost bag and drop it into a trash can somewhere. Doesn’t smell. Perfectly safe to do. πŸ™‚

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