So I was convinced that the next time I posted here would be my news of finally sending a v9. And that wasn’t me being hopeful or naive or tough. No, it was real. I was there, physically. Ready to crank it out and call it done. Just needed to get on the climb and send it. And then…well, the world knows the rest of that story. It’s everyone’s story now.
And I’m over it…the v9, that is.
We are so fortunate right now. Paul and I still have jobs. We still get paychecks. We have a sweet climbing wall in a sweet garage with every training apparatus we could ever want. We don’t panic at the thought of social isolation because it’s kinda how we roll anyway. We have food. We have TP (for now anyway). Everything is just about as good as it could be during this COVID-19 situation. Sure, I have my gripes and there are challenges. But it’s really not that bad, comparatively. Not at this current moment in time.
Hoping that everyone that reads this can also say the same.
The year’s summary in photos. Well, not really. We did a lot more than what is shown below but were really bad about capturing photos this year. I’ll try harder next year. ;-) The 2019 highlights: a new garage/woody, our return to route climbing, a facelift for the rusting van, celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary and Paul’s 40th birthday, fall bouldering at all of our favorite places (Hueco, Priest Draw, Yosemite and Joshua Tree) and the usual holiday time with friends and family in the east.
So uh, long time no post. We’ve been a bit busy around here and I’ve had little time and motivation to share our lives. I even contemplated bailing on the whole apAdventures deal (cause I mean seriously, whose really looking at this stuff anyway?!) But then a few of you out there started asking what was up and if everything was ok due to lack of posts. And then I thought about Paul and my occasional climbing-video-watching-binge nights where at the grand finale of our drunken video-watching stupor, we pull up our old apAdventures videos to top off the night in psychness. And of course I don’t ever forget the few of you out there that do pull up the site as soon as I update it….the die hard followers. :-) Well thankfully for all of the above, I feel as though we may have finally reached an equilibrium around here with our latest busyness. So maybe, just maybe, I’ll return to sharing the fun in our lives more regularly.
Quick recap since last October in 5 sentences or less:
– Trip to Yosemite over Thanksgiving
– April worked too hard and got sick again – no Hueco climbing this winter
– Paul got antsy for the new dream woody
– Wrote a big fat check thanks to April’s OT and built the new woody – no Hueco climbing this spring
– Back to the fun: some family route climbing on Mt. Lemmon, capped off with a route climbing trip this summer
After last year being as mild as an Arizona Christmas, and with the kids now big enough to have some REAL fun…I was secretly wishing really really hard for there to be snow somewhere in the east that we could play in. Well, my wish came true!
Here comes a slew of web posts documenting all of our snow sports fun thus far. Let’s start things off with a simple walk in the woods:
Many of you on here know of, or at least have heard me mention our good friends John and Mandy. Well, John has embarked upon a self-transformation of sorts, and is documenting it via vlog (aka video blog, aka video diary). His goal is to vlog daily and so far he’s 7 for 7. I share this with you not just in hopes that you will tune-in and thus indirectly support his quest, but because I think his videos are pretty darn good. His second job after all (behind his full-time gig of stay-at-home-dad of four kids) is videographer. Perhaps you will find these as entertaining and moving as I do. :-)
…that I forgot to post about! – my trip east to help out my friend Cara during her battle against breast cancer. Thanks Cara for calling me out, haha. ;-)
Cara and I, friends from college
Cara’s husband and two boys
I visited without kids and was thus “free as a bee” (as my kids like to say) and demanded being put to work. Cara always wanted flowers by the front porch and a walkway from the driveway. And also the front step needed fixin’. Here is the before picture.
…and here is the after.
The side of the house was also in desperate need of a weed job.
So I did that too. As well as some cooking, babysitting and general catching up with my good friend. :-)
One last photo! Had to share at least one of the many solo April-Paul shots. Mainly because I know a few of you out there will absolutely LOVE the matching climber muscles as much as I do. Ok, maybe not quite as much as I do…since this is my “Hottie Paul” we’re talking about here. …but still. ;-)
A few weeks ago the kids and I visited a local farm that distributes raw milk and cheese at our CSA. The pics pretty much explain it all. The kids not only got to try their hand at milking a cow, but we took the milk inside and strained it, sipped it (still warm!) and spun it in a centrifuge to make cream! The whipped cream that I used to top Ivan’s ‘birthday construction cake with berries’ was from this friendly brown bovine shown below.
We’ve had our Sportsmobile camper van for nearly eight years now and it’s never once driven in snow. It “saw” snow briefly the one time in snowed in Tucson in 2013, at our house parked in the driveway, but that doesn’t count. Luckily we didn’t have to actually drive in much…just mostly over little bits of it and next to piles of it plowed off the roadside.
The van looking very much out of it’s element parked at my parent’s house in upstate New York