Saturday Snippets: 11.February.2017

I’m not sure why, but Canadian’s love to talk about the weather. This past week was a doozy for most of southern BC; Vancouver included. It’s all we’ve been talking about, and I don’t anticipate us stopping. Jonty doesn’t think he’s ever experienced such a long, white winter (phffft, British boys…) 😉 Highways have been closed, schools have been closed… Crazy days!

Happy Family Day (if you live in BC) and Happy Chocolate Day (i.e. Valentine’s Day) and enjoy our Saturday Snippets for the week of 11.February.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling, and Repeating:

  • We finished our last training/performance cycle a week or so, and will be starting up another 16-week cycle. First up is our strength phase. You can read about some of the training we do here and here. Here’s a great video post on some core strength exercises, from the training master Eric Horst (doing a front-lever is one of Jonty’s goals).
  • When you’re a household of two, it’s nice to have some small-batch recipes in your repertoire (like these, and these, and these!). Here’s a few ways to scale down your standard recipes, to start baking for two.
  • Ah, bread goals 🙂
  • If you live in BC, have you ever seen these Free Spirit Spheres? They’re near Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island. I think they look like a really neat weekend getaway stay!
  • Jonty wants one of these for the Sprinter 🙂
  • I just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it (maybe because I like food so much?)

On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):

  • Jonty had a few more tweaks to do with the electrical system and he’s almost happy everything is working as it should. We should be able to start wiring in lights etc anytime now. | Sprinter van converions - wall and ceiling panels

  • We also started cutting the ceiling panels this week (if you’re interested, here’s a quick video of the CNC tool path). We spent a bit of time deciding on how to orient the panels to make best use of the material and for ease of construction. E.g. does it matter which way the seams run? Or how many seams there are? Which way is easiest to install the panels? Will the existing bolt holes in the van be sufficient to attach the panels? Will we need to add additional bolt holes? How will we deal with cabinets? Ah, so many questions 🙂
  • We’ve opted to run the main ceiling panels lengthwise, with smaller strips along either side. It’s amazing how much brighter the van feels, with the lighter wood. Once we cover the panels with our white vinyl, we might even need sunglasses inside! 😉 | Sprinter van converions - wall and ceiling panels | Sprinter van converions - wall and ceiling panels

Pictures for the week of 11.February.2017:

Like I said, we got another whack-load of snow this past week. I think everybody is thoroughly tired of driving in sloppy, slushy, icy roads. The temperatures have warmed up considerably, so perhaps we’ll see our green grass before long.

I had another site visit this week, and it was hopefully my last travel day for a little while; I think I’m done with winter flying! I was up in Quesnel for possibly the shortest trip ever, flying in at 11:00 am and flying out at 4:00 pm! It’s the first time I’ve been up there and, to be honest, if the weather was warmer I could have been tempted to stay longer to explore, but the -18°C did me in. I was hoping to walk around more before my flight left, but I wimped out. I managed a walk half-way down their pedestrian bridge, and a quick walk around their downtown strip, and that was about it! | Travel to Quesnel British Columbia | Travel to Quesnel British Columbia | Travel to Quesnel British Columbia | Travel to Quesnel British Columbia | Travel to Quesnel British Columbia

Happy Weekend!