Friday, April 27, 2012

Icefall Lodge

Dave was recently fortunate enough to escape for a week of backcountry skiing at Icefall Lodge. Icefall Lodge is located near the Lylle Range, a 15 minute helicopter ride north of Golden, BC.

The group was treated to a week of bluebird skies and fantastic skiing.

Wish I could have gone!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On A Roll

The kijiji gods have been shining in our favour lately!

Shortly after we scored the wool Afghan runner for the hall, I scooped up this antique wooden office chair for $40.

It is in pretty rough shape but I have big plans for it...


PS We have taken the first steps of crossing "eat strictly paleo for 30 days" off our 30 before 30 list and started a 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunny Sunday

After snowy, rainy, cold week, the weather turned in time to bless us with a warm sunny weekend. Sunday the temperature hit 23 C so we headed out to Kananaskis for the first hike of the season.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Office Progress

Yes I said progress. I know things have been slow around here. Life and our real jobs have been getting in the way.

But we have made some progress on the office recently.

Dave was able to pick up the bases for the built in desk before he took off for a week of backcountry skiing. I got the pleasure of staying at home to start painting it.

Dave has also been plucking away at the custom floating shelves that go over the desk. There will eventually be three.

However I am not convinced that the current design will stand up to a full load of books.

Not like I know anything about structural load capacity or anything.

Just saying.


PS Just because it is impossible to take photos in our house with out someone getting in the way...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kijiji Kilim

Since we came home from Nepal empty handed, we have been scouring kijiji for rugs for the main floor. Particularly a runner for the hallway to slow down the dogs as they come crashing down the stairs.

Dave spied a listing for a 3'6"x12' wool Afghan runner for $80. Even the perfect dimensions for our long hallway!

It does have some staining so Dave was able to talk the seller down to $40.

$40 for a wool rug straight from Afghanistan!

For $40 I could not have gotten a plastic rug from IKEA.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

30 Before 30

Both Dave and I turn 30 this year. Yikes.

Inspired by several other bloggers (Daffofil DesignsMaking it LovelyStacie Edwards, Restored Style), I thought it would be a fun challenge if we each made a list of 30 things we want to complete before we turn thirty.

Not lifelong bucket list type of things but just small things we have always wanted to do and would never challenge ourselves to do or make time for otherwise.

Amy's List
  1. Complete a sewing project
  2. Learn how to do basic graphic design and programing for my blogs
  3. Create and print a photo album from our wedding (only four years late)
  4. Try CrossFit
  5. Take a cake decorating class
  6. Run in a race
  7. Volunteer
  8. Do a full moon hike/ski
  9. Dress up and go on a date with Dave
  10. Have a Mom/Daughter day
  11. Own something from Tiffany's
  12. Learn how to use the camera in manual mode
  13. Read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility
  14. Attend a Pecha Kucha presentation
  15. Participate in our Community Association
  16. Host a dinner party
  17. Throw Dave an amazing birthday party
  18. Complete a painting
  19. Attempt glacier travel
  20. Make it to the top of one of the 11,000ers
  21. Try meditation
  22. Eat strictly paleo for 30 days
  23. Buy bike and a) ride to work b) go on a road ride
  24. Buy myself perfume
  25. Visit a museum or gallery
  26. Watch a foreign movie with subtitles
  27. Go to a concert
  28. Paint pottery
  29. Build or refinish a piece of furniture
  30. Go on a trip with my best friend Lana who turns 30 two weeks after me

David's List
  1. Make sausage
  2. Cure meat
  3. Build a bar-b-que and/or smoker in the backyard
  4. Finish the house 
  5. Complete firearm handling course
  6. Learn how to hunt
  7. Learn how to skin and butcher an animal
  8. Try yoga
  9. Try meditation
  10. Lead a 5.9 trad climbing route
  11. Hike at least one portion of the Great Divide Trail
  12. Complete/challenge the EMT license
  13. Complete Advanced Life Support Instructor training
  14. Go on a backcountry camping trip with just a tarp (no tent)
  15. Go on a winter camping trip with Shane
  16. Go on a ski tour trip with Shane and Dad
  17. Go on a canoe trip
  18. Make a fly for fly fishing
  19. Summit a mountain with Dad
  20. Print and frame one of our photos
  21. Cook Amy an unforgettable meal
  22. Make a piece of furniture
  23. Enter a ski mountaineering race
  24. Start an adventure blog of my own
  25. Volunteer
  26. Eat strictly paleo for 30 days
  27. Complete in the Crossfit games
  28. Learn how to wax and sharpen skis
  29. Start a backyard bee hive
  30. Build and use my own backcountry equipment

As Dave has the disadvantage of turning thirty 64 days earlier and some of his list specifically needs to be completed during the fall, we have agreed that my birthday in October is the deadline for both of us.

We both wanted to put 'donate blood' on our lists - which I have pathetically never done - but our trip to Nepal and India prevents us from doing it for one year which means we can not donate until 6 weeks past our deadline... assuming we do not travel to another malaria zone in the meantime.

Wish us luck!


Monday, April 2, 2012


540 square feet. Makes me *almost* want to downsize. Would be half as much cleaning...

Featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine March 2012, Design by Jessica Helgerson, Photograpgy by Lincoln Barbour

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