never trome

I haven’t gotten to spend a lot of nights in the trome as of late due to being out of town. 

denver for the new year

 
 Then to Orlando for the staff conference for work.  

life at the marriott

 

But it’s probably for the best given the awfully cold temperatures. One day this week the morning “feels like” temperature was minus 50 degrees. 

those are sneaky, frozen hairs

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practice

  I get to coach Nordic [cross-country] skiing at the local middle school. There are a lot of rad things about getting to do it :: coaching alongside Europeaners, playtime after work time, watching them fall on their faces, watching them seamlessly glide, and this view. Less rad :: the temperature [averaging around 5 degrees]. 

Ouray, Colorado

Last time we went to Ouray it was Labor Day (read: sunny, pristine camping & hiking weather). On that trip we vowed to come back when the place was covered in snow.

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Now, it is covered in snow.

The town is absolutely dreamy – it is the ultimate small, mountain town. While we were there we go to snowshoe at Ironton (a ghost mining town), drive the Million Dollar highway, drink a beer, decorate for Christmas, eat home-cooked meals, and play games.

While staying at Sierra’s parents neat house tucked away on the hilltop, I secretly dreamt of places to park the trome in southwest CO.

Switzerland of America, thanks for having us. Sierra, thanks for hosting us.

cultivating thankfulness

from the Message version of Colossians 3 :: “Cultivate thankfulness… Let every detail in your lives – words, actions – be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

(1) tis the season for snowshoeing & XC skiing through the Narnia-like forest in the neighborhood. (2) everyday I get to work with this great crew. (3) the best impromptu coaster while reading. (4) a sweet little searcy from the Ranch family. (5) someone in our family has been to every home NCSU football game since 1974. (6) I flew the red-eye Thanksgiving night and I was a little nervous about not being able to fly, but Frontier Airlines made it happen.

cultivating thankfulness

from the Message version of Colossians 3 :: “Cultivate thankfulness… Let every detail in your lives – words, actions – be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

(1) one of my favorite little humans with my all time favorite animal. (2) my new favorite thing to do before putting my shoes on in the morning. (3) long mornings that I get to read in the window seat. (4) celebrating Betsy as she enters TWENTY NINNNNE. (5) opening day we got the afternoon off to ride the chair lift together. (6) getting to watch NC State play football in the trome.

the roof vents

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When you live in a trailer working on any and all parts is seemingly manageable. Take this for instance: cleaning and sealing the roof vents. I can simply reach up to them, but to make it easier, a few pieces of wood is all it takes.

There was a nasty Styrofoam-like substance that was covering the roof vents originally (like I think it was original to the trailer). I pulled and scraped all of that old stuff out and left it bare metal. The rim of the vent was previously unsealed, so I put some foam tape (this stuff is my absolute GO TO) around the edge. Then, I bought some wool roving to stuff around where I could still see daylight coming through.