What I've Been Up To // October 2017


Fall seems to have finally arrived in Delaware and I couldn’t be more excited. Man was it touch and go there for a bit but the forecast (for now) shows the consistent 60 degree temps I’ve been waiting for. At least probably until I brought attention to it just now. 

Backyard camping

Jenni and I have already taken advantage of my favorite season with a few crisp morning hikes. Event spent a couple nights out in the tent. Sure, it was in the backyard but it was fantastic. Got down to high 30’s one night I believe.

I think some of my favorite days of Fall are these first few. There are some crunchy leaves fallen on the trails but most of the trees are still plenty green while the air is brisk. Just has a little bit of everything and makes for nearly perfect trail running and mountain biking.

Trail running

Oh and a new tradition I’ve started is greeting these cool mornings with a cup of coffee and a biscotti while rocking in the rocking chair on the back porch. I highly recommend you try it.

The Strenuous Life

While I’m working on a separate post solely on The Strenuous Life, I wanted to at least touch base on it because I’ve just spent the last 12 weeks living it. 

More specifically, I recently completed The Strenuous Life Challenge which is basically a 12-week boot camp designed to start you off strong in the program. You get out what you put in and honestly, just click the link above and you'll know quickly if it's for you. 


All I can say for now is that without a doubt, these last 12 weeks have been an incredible learning experience. And I’m continuing to learn more and be stretched in new ways every week. Huge hats off to Brett McKay and whoever helped him build this program.

New House

It’s not exactly new but we’re still in awe of how blessed we were to get this house. It just fits us in every way and we’re not taking it for granted.

One thing we love is the neighborhood and we’re currently gearing up for our first trick-or-treaters. Surprisingly enough, we’ve never lived anywhere that had them but we expect that to change this year. And I’ve bought a couple bags of the mini candies as well as some boxes of full size candy bars. Yup, we’re going to be ‘that’ house.

I’ve also been working on my office but it’s still not ready just yet. Here's a few select photos to give you an idea though.

So that should just about get you caught up with me, what's new with you? There's always something. Don't discount the minor things either.

Items of Want 046

I would love to see this poster framed in my home office. I've been taking things slow in decorating but so far, it's coming together extremely well. I was able to visit CW Pencils before they moved into their new location and there's just so much charm that it's hard not to find something that truly catches your interest. And while I don't know if they carried this poster back then, I'm glad I found it now.

Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket

I'm still currently without a motorcycle but when the right one comes along, you can bet your sweet bippy that you'll find me headed out for a daily evening ramble. I'm not thrilled with the idea of wearing just a generic motorcycle jacket, I want something that will take on character and ultimately pass down someday.

Comandante C40 Nitro Grinder

I was able to inspect this grinder in person while in Tulsa recently and even though I didn't try it with any beans, I immediately understood what all the fuss was about. Smooth doesn't even begin to describe this grinder. I really need to get serious about my coffee again...

Rachel Pohl Art "American Fork Twins" 3" Circle Sticker

Can't remember how I came across this but it's truly a stellar design. The vibrant colors are incredible and the scene makes me really want to get back in the mountains again. Elements of this scene remind me to being alone at 14,000 feet, waiting for the sun to come up. And then being gobsmacked when it did.

Filson Long Sleeve Upland T-Shirt

Yes, orange is probably my favorite color and yes, I really do love this shirt, but to be honest, I'm not sure how much I'd wear it out. I don't hunt and I don't like drawing attention to myself but gosh darn if this isn't one cool tee.

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