Last night I lay in bed staring out at the lightning storm and dreaming about all the changes I would make to my car if I hit Powerball tomorrow. I found a Dodge van on Craig’s List for $750 and it only has 160,000 miles on it! With dreams of grandeur I did what I usually do when I’m about to spend a large amount of money: I call someone so they can talk me out of it. My father (the carpenter!) was first on my list, and he very quickly made the case for fuel efficiently and compact stealth. We compromised; I’m going to stick with the Jetta and he’s going to help tear the seats out when I go to New Hampshire on the 23rd.
So I have about two weeks before that will get done and I already have my next project: A solar oven! Dean and Shalane of the Greendockin’ Blog recently posted about their new solar oven and I was immediately jealous. After some quick web surfing I came across a few great site on building solar cookers, like Solarcooking.org, and have been mentally planning my ideal compact and easily stored homemade solar oven. Weather willing, I'm going to try a few different designs over the weekend.