CO Craggin’ and Vincent Rolls Again!

Clear Creek Canyon, Matthew-Winters Park, Elevenmile Canyon, Flagstaff, Penitente, Rifle, Shelf Road, Table Mountain, Morrison… The list is growing, along with our list of fun climbing partners. And how can we live 15 minutes from the mouth of Eldorado Canyon and not climb there yet? Yeah I don’t really have a great answer to that except that there is just so much to explore!

Crazy Mountain Brewery may be my new favorite in Colorado.

Crazy Mountain Brewery may be my new favorite in Colorado.

Picnic grounds near the creek. Rifle, CO.

Picnic grounds near the creek. Rifle, CO.

Robyn, is learning some cool tricks with our camera. I really liked this shot.

Robyn, is learning some cool tricks with our camera. I really liked this shot.

One of the several beautiful granite domes lining Elevenmile Canyon.

One of the several beautiful granite domes lining Elevenmile Canyon.

Moose sending a cool 5.9 corner.

Moose sending a cool 5.9 corner.

Hanging at Chris' place. Workin' the grill after a long day bouldering at Flagstaff Mountain.

Hanging at Chris’ place. Workin’ the grill after a long day bouldering at Flagstaff Mountain.

It’s hard to imagine we have lived in Colorado for over 6 months now. In fact sometimes it’s hard to believe we actually live here and it’s not just another phase in an ever changing adventure. Now that summer is in full swing and the stresses of finding and adapting to new jobs are over we have really started to settle in. We’ve agreed on a budget that helps us pay down loans but isn’t stifling and we’ve begun to explore the many beautiful crags our new backyard has to offer. Through it all we are feeling healthier and stronger by the day and Fall looks promising to be one of our strongest climbing seasons yet.

Elk wandering through the park. I took this picture from our window one evening.

Elk wandering through the park. I took this picture from our window one evening.

Chris' friend Adam sending a cool boulder at Flagstaff.

Chris’ friend Adam sending a cool boulder at Flagstaff.

Mark and Kristi taking Garrett out on his first camping trip!

Mark and Kristi taking Garrett out on his first camping trip!

Moose running it out on an Elevenmile classic.

Moose running it out on an Elevenmile classic.

Scenery along the drive home from another great weekend.

Scenery along the drive home from another great weekend.

Salida, CO

Salida, CO

Ian giving me a fly fishing lesson on Clear Creek.

Ian giving me a fly fishing lesson on Clear Creek.

One of a few nice fish we caught including my first ever on a fly rod!

One of a few nice fish we caught including my first ever on a fly rod!

While Colorado is a long way from home, we have been blessed with the company of some great friends and family. My dad came to visit for a long weekend and Will took his precious few days off from fire season to meet us at Shelf Road for some climbing. This was the same spot we wished Will luck as he entered his first season on the hot shot crew in Taos. Tomorrow JP and Michelle arrive for what I can only imagine will be an epic week of alpine annihilation, and Dan and Tess will join us on Wednesday for a visit during their trip out to see family in Estes Park.

The climbing scene in Colorado is a bit overwhelming at first. There are so many places to keep track of and loads of climbers of all abilities. You can find solace at an obscure block or turn the corner and rack-up with 30 of your new closest friends. You can climb alpine granite, power-endurance limestone or sculpted gneiss. Take your pick, they are all on the table this time of year. Although we are continuing to explore, a few crags are rising to the top of our list of favorites. One of which, and possibly the most surprising is Rifle. Robyn and I took Vincent out for a long weekend over the 4th of July. A test to see if he was mechanically sound enough to make it to Rocky Mountain National Park in late August to meet my folks. A very long story short, Vincent made it, although we climbed both passes (Vail and the Divide) at 25 mph on the shoulder of I70… Phew!

Vince around the campfire on night two at Rifle.

Vince around the campfire on night two at Rifle.

Another amazing beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

Another amazing beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

Robyn catching a cool reflection in our morning mugs.

Robyn catching a cool reflection in our morning mugs.

Robyn enjoying our makeshift chairs and table after an unfortunate burglary.

Robyn enjoying our makeshift chairs and table after an unfortunate burglary.

Coffee time!!

Coffee time!!

The incredible Project Wall at Rifle.

The incredible Project Wall at Rifle.

Yep. Never thought I would see this sign.

Yep. Never thought I would see this sign.

Playing with long exposures around the campfire.

Playing with long exposures around the campfire. Night one at Rifle

Rifle has an undeniable image to the average outsider. Before you go there all you can assume is that there are a bunch of cocky knee-barring robots climbing 5.14 chossy limestone caves. It probably has a lot to do with climbing media and the coverage the place gets with its difficult sport routes. What is omitted from these accounts is the absolute beauty of the place. A narrow cool canyon with beautiful walls of all shapes and angles converging on manicured picnic grounds along a crystal-clear creek, ample camping, and a vibe that was less than hectic. Add to that the number of challenging routes, and the easy access and you have a winning combo. Upon returning from Rifle, we immediately went to the gear shop to pick up a guide. We will be back this fall to build up our power-endurance and enjoy the crisp temps and fall colors.

One not-so surprising favorite is Shelf Road. Robyn heard the words “technical limestone” all the way from Idaho and her mind was immediately awash with pockets and crimps of all shapes and sizes. There was no escaping Shelf. Nestled on the arid side of the Rockies on a desert plateau, Shelf offers nearly year round climbing along miles of interesting and beautiful canyons. Meeting Will on his weekend off, we climbed with our friends Adam and Matt on one of the best weekends of the year. Adam and Matt both bring a psych for climbing that had Robyn and I immediately stoked and they have quickly become two of our best climbing partners.

Adam sending a beautiful 5.10d at the Darkside, Shelf Road.

Adam sending a beautiful 5.10d at the Darkside, Shelf Road.

Send treats after my hardest redpoint of the season at Shelf Road.

Send treats after my hardest redpoint of the season at Shelf Road.

And then there is good old Clear Creek. The same creek that bisects Golden on its way to the Coors Brewery. Clear Creek is just across the ball fields from our apartment, and gushes from the mouth of the Canyon after a wild descent from the divide. Rafters, kayakers, tubers, and fisherman flock here at different times of the year. It’s easy to look past your backyard crag, but the more we climb there, the more I love it. I can’t say that I’ve been on a bad route there yet, and the awesome routes are beginning to be to numerous to remember. As far as I am concerned Clear Creek is my new home crag and with money tightening up at the end of this summer, we will be seeing a lot of Clear Creek.

Chris on the 5.10a Mirthmobile at the Primo Wall, Clear Creek Canyon.

Chris on the 5.10a Mirthmobile at the Primo Wall, Clear Creek Canyon.

Robyn on Mirthmobile. This is one of the best 5.10's in the canyon.

Robyn on Mirthmobile. This is one of the best 5.10′s in the canyon.

Salida, CO.

Salida, CO.

Sister of Mercy 5.12b at Penitente Canyon, CO.

Sister of Mercy 5.12b at Penitente Canyon, CO.

Bruno on the challenging Dos Hombres 5.11b stemming corner in Penitente Canyon.

Bruno on the challenging Dos Hombres 5.11b stemming corner in Penitente Canyon.

Isn't that a thing of beauty?! Bullet the Blue Sky 5.12c/d at Penitente Canyon.

Isn’t that a thing of beauty?! Bullet the Blue Sky 5.12c/d at Penitente Canyon.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

Penitente Canyon, CO

Penitente Canyon, CO

Two weeks from now we will say goodbye to Colorado for the first extended period of time since we arrived in January. Our annual trip to see Ben on his birthday will again bring us to Tensleep, WY for a week of camping and crushing. Ben has been on a tear this year recently sending his first 5.13! Can’t wait to catch up with him, and spend a nice week relaxing in the solitude of the high green meadows by a crackling fire.

Update on Becoming Debt Free

We’re still budgeting and I’m still extremely fascinated by the process. Our progress; however, has definitely slowed since taking an oath to become debt free. We are constantly crunching numbers, saving pennies and only spending money on the necessities. We are diligently hammering away at the ol’ loans. It’s exhausting; I remain optimistic.

paying loans off, one small bit at a time.

we’re paying our loans off, one small bit at a time.

As mentioned previously, we utilize a spreadsheet to help track our expenditures and are quick to adjust it if we overspend in a certain category. We’ve had a few unexpected car repairs that required more from our savings than either one of us preferred. We’ve managed to replenish it and are back on track toward paying off our loans. I’ve added a financial log to our closet door, too. Using a giant sharpie marker, I scribble in what our total remaining debt is for that month. This has given us a tangible number to work with; keeping progress visible and our motivation levels high.

It has certainly been challenging – some days more than others. All this sweat, math and spreadsheet-love will be worth it. I just know it.

Flavors of Fall

brisk and beautiful after a nice rain storm.

why hello, fall.

Dark, stormy and ominous clouds rolled into Golden late last night. We were abruptly woken up by an unforgettable lightening show and the wild hammering of rain – puddles were seeping out from every nook and cranny of our old apartment windows (they’re a bit rickety and apparently, leaky). The sight of such a storm and the fresh smell of earth, flowers and crisp air tickled my senses. I quickly fell back to sleep dreaming of vibrant fall leaves and pumpkins.

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a favorite dish of ours: pumpkin mac. yum!

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frosty and thematic beers are always fun!

My bike ride to work this morning also brought on a flood of fall memories: pumpkin-almond lattes, cinnamon-banana cookies, brisk morning trail runs and perfect climbing temperatures.

mini pumpkins are my favorite!

mini pumpkins are my favorite!

Truth be told, I am a sucker for fall.

Bus Livin’

As of late, we’ve been playing catch-up; scrambling about to get everything done. Thankfully, we’ve discovered Conscious Coffee, the sweetest roaster out of Boulder that has kept us energized and alert during these long, bustling days. Our lack of blog posts prove we are off enjoying summertime adventures, as we hope you are out doing the same.

climbing Tioga Pass.

climbing Tioga Pass.

We are Rifle bound this weekend; a three-hour trek and we’re hoping ol’ Vincent will get us there. To gear up, we spent the last few evenings cleaning out our handsome rig: vacuuming, washing and restocking him with our favorite foods. As we cleaned and packed, memories of our 6-month bus adventure, living and traveling out of Vincent, quickly resurfaced. The desire to live out of our trusty camper bus again was also inescapable.

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snowy camping near Lake Tahoe.

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Vincent visits the desert.

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redwoods are big!

Maybe we can balance both: a simple lifestyle of living and climbing while managing a demanding work schedule…. sounds incredibly ideal to me.

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gazing out at Mt. Borah.

More stories and summery updates after our weekend of campfires, new brews, and excellent climbing. Until next time, cheers and happy weekend to you!

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yum.

Dragon Wedding

Welcome!

Welcome!

Here is the speech I read at Grigore and Beth’s wedding. Robyn and I had a GREAT time meeting the families and friends of these two. They are perfect for each other and we couldn’t be more stoked. Assume all the good photos were taken by the wedding photographer (but I take credit for the ass shot.. you’ll see.)

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Warm suds

Warm suds

Breakfast

Breakfast

I first met Greg soon to be known as Grigore in a barn in Central Pennsylvania. The barn was a place where as bright, young, ambitious, grad students we spent our time building climbing walls, drinking beer, conversing with farm animals like Gobbles the turkey (Rest in Peace), and generally trying to do anything but think about grad school.

The Barn a.k.a. The Gobbles Memorial Structure from maowcakes on Vimeo.

OK

OK

Killin' it!

Killin’ it!

Homies

Homies

Lookin' good.

Lookin’ good.

Now it has come to my attention that there is some confusion around how Greg, transformed into Grigore, so I thought I could help clear things up a bit. Rock climbing had soon became a common thread through many of my adventures with Grigore. And we have spent hundreds of hours trekking back and forth to the New River Gorge together down in West Virginia. One fateful weekend our friend Rob joined us on our journey to the New and that weekend still to this day remains one of the best weekends I can remember.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Da boyz

Da boyz

Nice pants

Nice pants

At the base of a particularly challenging climb, then young Greg was taking repeated huge falls from the top of the cliff, falling 20 feet or more to mere feet from the ground. With each fall he let out a consecutively more hilarious primal shreek that had Rob and I dying at the base. Naturally, we gave then Greg a hard time about all of this. The shreek, we joked sounded like it came from some sort of mythical winged creature, like a dragon protecting its lair. Quickly the story took on a life of its own as we transformed Greg into a Dragon. He needed a name however and in one magical moment of firing synapses Rob blurted out GRIGORE! GRIGORE THE DRAGON!

Grigore the Dragon crushing at the Red River Gorge, Kentucky

The ladies

The ladies

He's not really that tall.

He’s not really that tall.

Not going to end well..

Not going to end well..

That's about right

That’s about right

On the very next attempt, we encouraged our new dragon buddy to the same spot from which he had fallen three times before, but this time he completed the climb and clipped the rope in safely. He was smiling ear to ear, elated and stoked beyond belief, so we encouraged him to embrace his dragon powers and let out a celebratory dragon yell. He did, and it echoed across the lake, sealing the deal forever and a dragon was born.

The beard

Dan was the only one who could pull this off.

Dan was the only one who could pull this off.

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No peeking!

No peeking!

About two-and-a-half years ago Grigore and Beth joined Robyn and I at our wedding out in Oregon. It was our first chance to spend time with Beth, and I could tell right away it wouldn’t be the last. Grigore is one of those people that all I want is to see him happy. And Beth does that for him, and through their love also brings joy to everyone lucky enough to spend time with them. So thank you Beth!

Da Boyz

Da Boyz

Shenanigans

Shenanigans

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Seth did an awesome job!

Seth did an awesome job!

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Thank god! These were burning a hole in my pocket..

Thank god! These were burning a hole in my pocket..

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Grigore on our Honeymoon in BC

 

One last note, Grigore had a bit of extra time on his hands after our wedding and we invited him to join us on our honeymoon rock climbing trip through Canada. Now some of you may think that that’s weird.. and well you are right.. but for Robyn and I it was just natural to have Grigore around. So that being said, I bought my plane ticket to Hawaii last night, and …[take out and put on Hawaiian Lei]… I am very much looking forward to an invite!

 

 

 

Group hug!

Group hug!

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Inviting myself on their honeymoon..

Inviting myself on their honeymoon.. Beth looks terrified!

Speeches

Speeches

Professor Dan had graphs.

Professor Dan had graphs.

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Dance party

Dance party

Davis'

Davis’

Tasty!

Tasty!

I think they practiced

I think they practiced

Love you guys! All the best!

Dragon Party

In his last days as a bachelor Grigore did all the things he should do. He ate processed food covering all the major food groups: bacon, kraft and beer. He shot two types of weapons. He swam in a cold lake. He played games and he sat by fires. We had an awesome time at our cabin oasis in Wisconsin. In fact. I kinda want to be sitting by the fire telling fish stories right now. Cheers to everyone who made it out and made the bachelor party so memorable. I must say, he is a lucky dude and it shows by the caliber of cool people he and Beth surround themselves with. Here are a few shots from the Dragon Party.

I know what you're thinking. "Grigore is a lefty!? WTF?" Gross I know.

I know what you’re thinking. “Grigore is a lefty!? WTF?” Gross I know.

Truth

Truth

Fish

Fish

Hunting

Hunting

Pound a beer, shoot a beer.

Pound a beer, shoot a beer.

Recycling

Recycling

Lies

Lies

GPS

GPS

Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady

Life lessons

Life lessons

Dragoncorn, or Horny-Dragon

Dragoncorn, or Horny-Dragon

Jon

Jon

Fish

Fish

Bigger Fish

Bigger Fish

Shy duck

Shy duck

Swimming

Swimming

Warming up after a dip.

Warming up after a dip.

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These will change the way you eat cheese forever.

These will change the way you eat cheese forever.

These things are amazing! Puts string cheese to shame!

These things are amazing! Puts string cheese to shame!

Supplier of cheese and ice cream.

Supplier of cheese and ice cream.

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Seth

Seth

Safety man

Safety man

Odds are good with this shot..

Odds are good with this shot..

Time to shoot guns.

Time to shoot guns.

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Seth rolling out another section.

Seth rolling out another section.

Moving dock.

Moving dock.

This process was actually quite fun!

This process was actually quite fun!

Finished!

Finished!

We survived on processed foods, bacon and cheese for 3 days.

We survived on processed foods, bacon and cheese for 3 days.

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Moose

Moose

Dragon nap

Dragon nap

Garnish

Garnish

Buck

Buck

Mee too.

Me too.

Ghost Dance

Just a quick random post. I had the day off yesterday and ventured to the Millenium Boulder to try my hand at some of the cool problems there. I chose the boulder because I was alone and the landings are generally flat. After warming up on a few variations of Lono (V1/2) and a stand and sit version of Second Coming (V4+) I started to look over the beautiful face of Ghost Dance (V6). The climb moves from positive small crimps through long lock-offs between pockets. The moves are powerful and deliberate, and topping out is an airy 20 foot adventure! After getting shut down for about an hour, I took a break and tried new beta, a nice high-step at the initial crux. To my surprise I latched the big left-hand pocket but couldn’t make the lock-off to the next one. After a rest, I turned on my phone (not the best quality) and recorded the send. It’s pretty bad video, but hey, I was stoked! Aside from climbing Standard American at Hunters this is one of my hardest bouldering sends.

Ghost Dance (V6) from maowcakes on Vimeo.

Stoked to have figured this one out!

Stoked to have figured this one out! Now I can come back for the low (v7) start.

Meal Planning

Our lives have rearranged a bit this year. With a dramatic shift in schedules and work hours, I wanted our food prep to be more simplified; still creative. Along with a new budget, I’ve developed a new meal planning system that will hopefully eliminate the anxiousness that comes when confronted with a blank page or no dish idea for the evening. During these fretful moments, I have a difficult time thinking up tasty and creative meals. We often resort to the same one or two dishes when a ‘plan’ isn’t in place. In our diets, that’s an incredible amount of rice, roasted vegetables and cheesy tortillas.

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fresh eggs to start the week off.

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an easy and favorite dish: vegetables over rice and side salad!

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another goodie: roasted vegetables and sweet potato over salad.

Rather than working up the emotions, I’ve been diligent about planning our meals ahead of time, or at least thinking up recipes and delightful food combinations on my bike ride home from work. If I have a plan, I prep the day before or morning of – cutting vegetables, prepping sauces, and setting dry ingredients out as a reminder. If not, we usually scramble to throw a healthy dish together, eat around 9pm or so and put off dish duty until morning coffee has been served. Most of the time, this method works out just fine; not as smooth as it could be, but nonetheless, it works.

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one of my favorites: pasta, brussels sprouts and sheep cheese!

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a treat in the Davis home: fresh, homemade bread!

The upside to meal planning is that we save a bit more time and money (which Mr. Dave Ramsey would applaud us for). Quite a bit more money, actually. With a grocery list, I get what I need, purchase the goodies and am leaving the store in no time. Sans list, I love to grocery shop. I make a point to stroll down each aisle, gawking at all of the products and deliberating, for several minutes, over which kind of cheese I want. An hour and a $100 later, I’ve left the store with a mixture of foods that I don’t have any idea what to pair with. This makes meal planning a bit more challenging and time consuming each week. Plus, I’ve spent more money on unnecessary food items than I wanted or needed to.

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elk burgers and homemade fries = yum. cutting vegetables the morning of made this dish even more delightful!

Since implementing this plan, little time is spent questioning and concocting new ideas for dinner. I’ve taken to some of my favorite cookbooks, jotting notes here and there, adding items to the grocery list and penciling new meals each week into our calendar. This allows us to experiment with new dishes and also gives us some wiggle room to enjoy some of our ‘old’ favorites, like rice-bean burritos or spinach salads.

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with early preparation, this dish becomes super easy – homemade nachos!

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homemade pizza is a staple in our weekly meals. making extra dough and freezing it has come in extra handy.

Although it has only been a week or two since really implementing said plan, I’ve enjoyed it and the process. Once everything is in place (which may take an hour or two to find recipes, document which day of the week and how many servings you’ll make, and craft a grocery list), the payoff is huge; barely spending any time meal planning on a weekly basis. Imagine enjoying a zesty new dish and all of that extra free time each evening?

More on Budgeting.

My recent visit to the Golden Public Library had me giddily walking home with an armload of financial advice from Mr. Dave Ramsey and others; folks who’ve followed the Debt Snowball Method and have had great success with the program, and incredible stories to share. These reads have kept me motivated and inspired to continue tackling our debt, one baby step at a time.

this is a great book that references a lot of material from Dave's, Total Money Makeover. Both are easy reads; I recommend checking them out at your nearest public library!

this is a great book that references a lot of material from Dave’s, The Total Money Makeover. Both are easy reads; I recommend checking them out at your nearest public library!

As May comes to an end, I eagerly look forward to recalculating our money owed and making any necessary alterations to our budget. As of late, we’ve made excellent progress both in paying a fair amount toward our car loan and not overspending for the month. I won’t lie, adhering to an even stricter budget than before has been challenging. We are constantly reflecting on our finances and making better decisions about where our money goes. In keeping with our goal, purchasing a tasty brew or visiting a cozy coffee shop can wait, albeit sometimes difficult to say no to. Frosty beverages and a fresh pot of coffee are awaiting us at home, and much less expensive. This mindset has great reward, in which we’ve already experienced within these first few weeks of our ‘financial makeover.’

I’ve also been contemplating a few other steps that Dave swears by. I am still a bit hesitant to try them, but from my readings, I know that it has worked for many others. According to Dave, cash is best. If you don’t have the cash to purchase that new computer or that fancy coffee maker, don’t buy it. Instead, Dave strongly suggests putting money aside and saving for those ‘must-have’ items. He employs a no-credit card approach too, which I love and am also secretly trying to warm up to.

creating our debt snowball plan.

creating our debt snowball plan from The Total Money Makeover.

We currently have one credit card. To avoid a balance or any interest charged, we pay it off in full at the end of each month. We use it wisely and only spend what we have available in our checking account. So, why not just use a debit card?

Good question. Having a credit card seems safe. It’s comfortable. Closing something that we manage relatively well seems silly, but I also agree with Dave. Credit cards are messy and can get ugly if they aren’t managed properly. Emergencies are bound to happen and credit cards can too easily accommodate those stressful financial situations. On the other hand, I do believe that if we can efficiently budget our finances, we too, would have enough in either account to survive those unexpected emergency expenditures.

Back to Dave’s ‘cash is best’ motto. As a final piece to his program, Dave also teaches his clients about the envelope system. With it, Dave has an envelope for each category that he spends his money on. For us, these envelopes would most likely be categorized by the following: food, rent, gas, miscellaneous, health care, beer and phones. Each month, we would put our allotted monies in to these envelopes and only spend the cash enclosed in each envelope. Once the cash is gone, it’s gone. Brilliant, right? Seemingly, this method sounds great and a sure way to keep from overspending each month. Because we are so fanatical about organizing and budgeting, I think this system would fit perfectly in our day-to-day routine. What do you think? Could you or would you want to test this method? Maybe you already do. If so, how is it working for you?

Street Treasures.

Since I can recall, we’ve been fanatical about organizing, list-making and decorating our space. We can’t seem to sit still until every nook and cranny is decorated or all to-do items have been checked off the list. The initial move-in week or clean-up day from camping can always be a bit daunting, but we crave the energy it brings and really enjoy the finished product. This recent move of ours has proved otherwise. Everything still has its place; however, this move has taught us to settle in without the comforts of a new sofa or having all of our artwork hung on the wall prior to the week’s end. The pace has been nice and simple, something we’ve missed out on previously.

Instead of surfing the web for a cool new treasure or dropping by a trendy thrift shop eager to find furniture, we’ve been letting the ‘dust’ settle. Golden finds us well, now, but it took a few months to discover our groove.

Amongst the hobbies that we love, like climbing, we’ve slowly been finding time in-between to unpack and organize our space. In many ways, it’s been extremely liberating. While embracing this new-found patience, we’ve stumbled across some really cool street treasures.

Isn't he a cute little guy?

Isn’t he a cute little guy?

As always, Mountain Toad Brewery provided timely and delicious brews Sunday night. We skipped home with eager chatter of climbing goals and travel. A shortcut home led us down the alley behind our apartment, and there, behind bags of pillow debris, we spotted three wooden furniture pieces: a vintage vanity (that will make a swanky desk), a compact and sturdy coffee table, and a round nightstand.

Like kids in a candy shop, we excitedly and awkwardly carried our goodies back to the apartment. That night, I dreamt of golden hues, sand paper and quaint work spaces.

sweet little coffee table in need of some tlc.

Ethan tackled the sanding.

looking good.

A surprise Monday afternoon still leaves me speechless; accompanied with a permanent ear-to-ear grin. Ethan worked diligently all day to surprise me with a sunny, warm and cheerful piece for our new place. I still have yet to think up a name for this handsome find; something bright and bouncy seems appropriate, don’t you think?

handsome, indeed!

Until then, I’m going to sit back, sip on some coffee with my favorite guy, and enjoy the yellow glow of our new addition. Patience is a good thing. Relaxing, too.