Coming This Week: January 25th – 31st

We are now back to work, had a few days in Detroit to check in and then onto Indy to help out on a project.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the week: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

Week in Review: We went to the movies this week, together but not to the same movie. We actually split up to see films that the other had been to while we were apart. Josh took the in The Hobbit and I went to Birdman. Birdman deserves every Oscar nomination for performance it’s getting but I think it should stop there. It’s a really unique film and a different way to look at mental health issues. However I personally don’t like the genre of movie and TV shows about lives of actors. I can’t stand 30 Rock, I don’t find wealthy and famous people getting to shenanigans that have no connection to the real world interesting. That is not exactly what Birdman is but that part was distracting. Someone who is struggling with where their life has gone after some bad choices is interesting.

We also went to Wild, I highly recommend this book. I liked the movie and the book but especially the book. Both Josh and I have read it and enjoyed. I would be curious to hear from anyone who has seen the movie but not read the book, I wonder how they felt about her at the end.

Fun Photo of the Week:


My Deep Diver tea steeper having a dip.

My Deep Diver tea steeper having a dip.

My Boots

A few months ago I read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed, mostly interested to see how this one would be interpreted via screenplay. The book is not really about the great outdoors but about a woman’s journey to find peace set along a brutal through hiking trail. In the introduction the main character goes into a rant about her hiking boots. They are in my option the most important piece of equipment you will own. That was actually one part of the book that drove me nuts, who doesn’t make sure they have the right boots!?!

I have had my hiking boots for ten years, they are an amazing pair of Lowa boots. They have been around the world with me. I love me boots, well I loved my boots. While on a four-day hike in Shenandoah they fell apart. Epically fell apart, the sole started to come loose from the boot and disintegrate at the same time. By day two I was limping along with them taped together. This also meant they were no longer waterproof. They were wrecked. I can’t be too hard on them, they were in fact ten years old and had taken me miles and miles. My boots didn’t need one minute to wear in, they were delightfully comfortable out of the box. So they now lay retired in Virginia.


On went the search for new boots. One trip to REI later and I figured that I would just pick up another Lowa or maybe a Merrell. All things being equal and sticking to my own standards I tried on a few. The Lowa boots have changed in ten years and just were not as comfortable. After looking at every pair they had I chose a Vasque mid boot and boy are they are light. We don’t do week-long trips anymore and having a lighter boot for the 3-4 days trips is just fine.

Having a few extra with us on the road makes the most of time off. We have our hiking gear and our scuba gear, always being ready for adventure.


***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***