Saturday Snippets: 08.July.2017

Welcome to the first week of July! The weather has been unusually warm. For us, it means early climbing days and warm evenings on the balcony, and we’re loving it! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 08.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • Rock climbing in slow motion. I can only imagine how horrible some of those holds would be to catch!
  • We’ve got everything we need to make this kale and quinoa salad, so I’m not sure what I’m waiting for! I love the idea of plumping up the dried cranberries in the cooking quinoa.
  • I bet a version of these chocolate chia oatmeal bars would make a great climbing-day snack.
  • We were watching a movie earlier this week, which prompted me to ask Jonty, “Do fish actually sleep”? Well, they do, and this is what sperm whales look like when they sleep. Kind of freaky, I think!
  • Yes, there’s really a park called “Dude Chilling” in Vancouver. And, yes, they offer free yoga there in the summer 🙂
  • Could you sleep in a Bubble Lodge? I’m not sure!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Compared to the last few weeks, where we were cutting, staining, epoxying, OSMOing, this week felt like a slower week. BTW – we finished the sink cover / tray, and it’s turned out really good! I think it’s definitely going to be a functional piece in the kitchen.


  • We’ve finished the lighting in the van! We installed LED strip lighting underneath all the cabinets (in the kitchen and bedroom areas).
  • One of the great things about using 80/20 for all the cabinet framing is the ability to use the channels for multiple purposes. On one side of the frame, we’re able to hang curtains. On the other side, we’re able to slide in thin LED strips! We’ve placed a diffusing strip (opaque plastic) on one side of the LEDs, so you can’t see the individual lights, and it gives a nice warm glow to the spaces.
  • All of the wiring runs through the 80/20 channels and up into the ceiling, so we don’t have any wires visible. Cool!
  • And all of the lights are on dimmer switches, so mood lighting is available at the push of a button 😉 | Sprinter van conversion - LED under-cabinet lighting | Sprinter van conversion - LED under-cabinet lighting

Cabinet dividers:

  • Since we had to take all the cabinets down (yet again) to install the LED lights, we figured it was a good time to make and install the cabinet dividers. We’ve got one divider per cabinet, giving us 6 separate compartments. We kind of like the way the holes turned out! A bit of functionality (can see through them, which is nice, and good for air-flow) and a bit of peek-a-boo eye candy (because, why not!) | Sprinter van conversion - funky cabinet dividers | Sprinter van conversion - funky cabinet dividers

Other bits and pieces:

  • We’ve ordered a 45-gallon fresh water tank this week, and it should be here in about a month. So once that comes, we’ll be able to cut more holes in the floor, and get our van water-ready!
  • Next on the list is designing and making the bed frame. Jonty is starting to have a better idea of what that might look like (what materials to use, how to attach it to the van, what height we want the bed to sit at, etc).
  • I’m slowly getting my ducks in a row for making the curtains. I’m still on the hunt for the “ideal fabric”. I can’t really describe what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it (are you like that, too?!) Wish me luck on my hunt 🙂

Happy Weekend!


  1. I thought the curtains in the pictures were the final product! I really like that material!

    1. I’ve got one colour in the kitchen, another colour in the bedroom…! I was mainly trying to figure out which weight of fabric was going to be better. I think the black and white ties in nicely with the rest of the van colours, but I also want a pop of colour. So I’m on the hunt for a material similar to the kitchen curtains (black and white), but with a teal/aqua/green accent. We’ll see what I find 🙂 If not, back to Ikea I go!

  2. You shared so many awesome links and now I have too much to say haha. I totally agree with you about the sperm whales looking freaky when they’re sleeping. Who would’ve thought they fell asleep vertically!? I don’t think I could sleep in the bubble lodge…it’d feel weird knowing that people could just look inside and essentially watch me sleep. The holds in that climbing video look horrible. I don’t think I could hold any of them haha. And WOW, Moby’s transformation looks awesome. Love the wooden countertops for the stove area, I’m assuming that they’re staying that wood color or are you guys planning to do something else?

    1. Haha, I always like reading your thoughts on these posts 🙂 I don’t think I could handle the bubble lodges, either!

      And for Moby’s countertop – that’s the finished product. We’re keeping the natural wood colour. The product we’ve used to seal and protect it (OSMO) is a food-grade oil wax/oil that gets rubbed into the wood. We’ve heard good things about it, so we’ll see how it fares with our cooking abuse 😉

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