Merry (almost) Christmas Eve! We had a big snowfall earlier in the week. While it only snowed for one day, the temperatures have been cool enough that the snow hasn’t completely melted. So it looks like we might have a whiter Christmas this year.
Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 23.December.2017.
On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:
- We’ve been thinking about our Christmas Day (morning, noon and night) menu, and I think I would like to start the morning with these Kanelbullar (scaled down for 2, of course). They look to be a fancier version of my usual cinnamon bun!
- This pear and pomegranate salad would be a nice addition to any holiday meal.
- A gingerbread masterpiece, for the Star Wars lover.
- For a last-minute gift for your climber loved-one, anything published by Dave McLeod is usually a winner in our house 🙂
- Our beautiful world.
- And the most awesome playgrounds in the world!
- Victoria is planning on banning all plastic bags, starting in July. Finally! Why isn’t Vancouver on board with this yet?!
On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):
Foldable shower base:
- The first half of the week was spent finishing the shower base. We finally sealed the shower pan into the box, put on the aluminum trim, and added a few layers of Osmo to the bottom (exposed birch wood). So it’s just waiting for all the plumbing piping to be added.
- We also figured out a simple and sleek way to house the shower in its foldable state. We’ve mounted a bar of 80-20 along the wall and used VHB tape to secure a thin piece of steel along the underside. We then mounted these magnets into the shower box. The idea is that the box will fold up against the wall, and the steel plate will snap onto the magnets and hold the shower snugly in place. We’ve driven around town for a few days with the shower in its upright position, and it hasn’t budged from its housing place. So far, so good!
- The second half of the week was spent starting on installing our second alternator. We picked it up on Tuesday and spent all of Wednesday driving around the lower mainland, looking for the appropriate wire. We finally found a place that sold what we were looking for (out in Langley!) and they even gave us a discount on the price per foot. Very happy customers.
- So we’ve spent the last 3 days rolling around under the van again, man-handling this massively heavy wire to extend from the front of the van (alternator) to the back of the van (batteries). Mounts have been fabricated, more holes have been drilled in the van, bodies have been scraped, heads have been banged and choice words have been used. It’s the non-glamorous side of van conversions. But we shower away the grime, voice our appreciation of the other person’s hard work, and end the day the same way we started it (with a hug and a kiss).
- We were hoping the second alternator might have been completely installed by Christmas, so we could travel away for a few days (and use it to charge the batteries, instead of plugging into shore power), but it’s not gonna happen. Maybe for New Years 🙂