For those of you that don’t know, my Mountain Man’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day. And for his special day, he decided he wanted to spend the day climbing. With me. I’m pretty terrible at bouldering – like so bad that it isn’t even fun. So I went into this day telling myself I just have to suck it up and pretend to have fun for one day and then I won’t have to climb again until next year. Spoiler alert: By the end of the day I was HOOKED!

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Presidents Day Weekend: when the ski resorts of Colorado are flooded by out-of-staters coming to spend their long weekend cautiously sliding down the snowy slopes. But for us, it was a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification class, wrapped up with a winter hike up to Loch Lomen on Monday.

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HOLY MOLY! Refinishing this dining nook was my Everest of DIYs. I’m not sure why I thought tackling this WHOLE set as my first furniture refinishing project was a good idea. Maybe it was the euphoria of scoring the whole set for only $40 on Craigslist? Perhaps it was naiveté? Either way, I’m just thrilled at how great this turned out, but wouldn’t be psyched to ever do it again. On the other hand, whenever I come across a beat-up, has-seen-better-days, hand-crafted antique piece of wood furniture, my heart flutters thinking of its potential.

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Whenever Kyle leaves before the crack of dawn on the weekends for avalanche training or ice climbing or whatever mountaineering class he’s currently in, I always think I’m going to be able to sleep in and make myself a decadent breakfast and eat while catching up Masterpiece’s Victoria in bed.

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