Well, the nice thing about being at the tail-end of a long weekend is that the following week is a short one. The only downside about a short week is that I thought I had an extra day to get this post ready! It’s been a jam-packed 4-day week, filled with site visits, van work, gym days and training days. We’ve been going non-stop since last weekend. The weather has improved (read: it stopped snowing, started raining, the temperatures have reached the double digits, and I saw the first cherry blossom of the year!), which definitely makes working in the van much nicer. And we’ve even had a few days of sunshine!
Here’s a few things that caught our eye online during the week. Our Saturday Snippets for 18.February.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- I listened to an inspirational podcast this week – Margarita Martinez, climbed her first 13d at the age of 58! She sounds like such a positive person – very motivational 🙂
- One of the places we stopped for food during the long weekend was Bao Down Gastown. It was the first time either of us had had a Bao Bun, and it was so so good! I’ve decided to give my own bao buns a try this weekend. The plan is to use this recipe for the steamed buns and a modification of this slow-cooked beef. With any luck, it will be a close second to the one we had at Bao Down 🙂
- With this warmer weather we’ve had this week, it almost makes me want to make ice cream again. Too early in the year? This chocolate nice cream is giving me some good ideas 🙂
- This year, Canada is turning 150! Here’s 13 things you might not know about the Canadian Flag.
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
- This week we finished getting all of the cabinets mounted to the wall and ceiling panels. The original idea we had for thermally isolating the 80-20 cabinets from the van exterior wasn’t actually necessary anymore (Jonty had a better idea). So he manufactured different mounting brackets, drilled holes, installed rivnuts and we attached everything together. With this new design, the 80-20 cabinets will sit flush against the ceiling and the wall, still thermally isolated from the van metal, and provide a nice clean finish.
- Now that the panels are basically finished, it’s time to start thinking about covering them! I had a few practice attempts with pieces of scrap wood. It was definitely a good idea to practice, because it gave me an idea of how thick the foam-backed vinyl really is! The stuff we bought has 1/4-inch foam adhered onto vinyl and, while it looks like it would squish down quite a bit, there’s still some bulk around the corners. We ended up having to enlarge the holes for our ceiling lights, as a result.
- I got my first taste at wearing welding goggles. Not to actually weld (I left that part up to Jonty, he was plasma cutting). I can feel your jealousy oozing through the screen 😉
Pictures during the week of 18.February.2017:
We had our Family Day long weekend this past week (I’m pretty sure the rest of Canada has their long weekend this weekend. Good planning, BC government!). We took Monday off from van work and enjoyed the sunshine. We got out for a late-morning cycle around UBC. There was still some snow on the ground, but the temperatures were rising, and it felt so darned good to breathe some fresh air! Then we hopped on a bus and headed downtown for an afternoon of walking, eating and having a drink. It ended up being a really full day, but a really great one, as well 🙂