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Hollywood and Buffett

Hollywood and Buffett

It’s five o’clock somewhere   It’s fair to say that fall, maybe even winter is descending upon portland.  The skies have turned gray and rain is falling.  Don’t get me wrong, i haven’t started the search to see if i still own a pair of...
society as a bucket of turtles

society as a bucket of turtles

It’s an interesting thing this pursuit of going against the norm.   We chose years ago to take a slightly different path than most and to forge our own way, but it sadly hasn’t always an easy road, and there hasn’t been much support.  Lucky for us we...
Shop Days

Shop Days

It almost looks (feels) like a job.   We have been trying to make a concerted push to finish the studio project lately.  I look back at past posts and realize that the photos all look nearly identical, which means our pace is frighteningly slow.  But we are pleased...
the cost of stuff

the cost of stuff

And how it dictates our lives.   We spend copious amounts of time discussing our life, our home, the things that should/should not fill it.  The people, the habits and events that should fill the time in our lives.  These are the discussions that allow us to know what...
Breaking with Friends

Breaking with Friends

We’ve been pretty head’s down the last few weeks…time for a break.We still have client meetings and im still working on a few zenbox clients, but we’ve had some in between guests overlap with us having enough money back in the account to buy...
Goodbye Teardrop

Goodbye Teardrop

And our relationship to Stuff.   I’ve written on this topic before, and most around us know our views on stuff and the acquisition of it and/or attachment to it… but the events of this week are forcing us to revisit the topic. It’s tough to say that...
Out of debt

Out of debt

and celebrating getting our heads above water. After returning from VAN we had a few days of work around the studio and catching up with friends and clients before the weather turned again and another heatwave settled in on portland.  A great excuse to run away to the...
Back to life as we know it

Back to life as we know it

and a podcast.   We’ve been in BC for 16 days, realized if we don’t return to Portland soon we may never leave, and packed our bags.  Actually that’s not exactly true, our clothes were already in the closet of the bus and we had no bags…but you...
VAN and Vball

VAN and Vball

our trip to BC continues.     The weekend over, we returned (slowly) to Vancouver with our reclaimed wood posts in tow.  Sounds like there are a few more waiting on me back in whistler with the management company in charge of the reno, but i’m not sure where I...
BC Road Trip

BC Road Trip

and time with friends  We left the beach and headed back to portland for a few quick days.  Celebrated my birthday with a small group of friends, half celebrating and half trying to recuperate from a fun filled week at the coast.  The following day we headed over to a...
the 4th

the 4th

at the beach…  Hard to imagine a better way to spend the 4th than with friends at the coast.  We wrapped up the window install and most of the other beach house projects before everyone showed up for the holiday.  Just in time to ensure the 4th became all about...
doing what terrifies us

doing what terrifies us

The heatwave in portland continues. It’s amazing how quickly we all acclimate to the very temperate climate portland usually provides us…and then how completely defeated we can be by a few days in the high 90s.  It’s baffling how quickly it zaps the...
waiting…

waiting…

its about all there is to do.  Since we realized we’re out of money, things seems to have slowed to a crawl.  We’ve mostly halted the studio remodel except for the contractors we’ve already paid to get underway- not much we can do about those already...
bouncing off the bottom

bouncing off the bottom

sometimes it’s a very short distance from high to low. In a few weeks where things seemed to be working out better than we could have planned them, it took us a bit by surprise.  Things recently have seemed amazing.  Our remodel project seems a success and has...
urban nomads

urban nomads

The week since the ADU Tour has been a blur.    We have been hopping from house to house in between AirBnB guests.  One night sleeping in the bus, a few nights sleeping on the floor of the demoed but not yet rebuilt studio, a few nights back at the garage in between...
Portland ADU Tour

Portland ADU Tour

the word is apparently out…  We had blocked out a week without guests in the garage so that we could wrap up some last minute items before the Portland ADU tour came through on sunday.  It was actually a good chance to test out that whole balance issue we talked...
Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button

sometimes you just have to know when to say when. This last week was one of those times.  We’ve been burning the candle at both ends and holding a torch under the middle for a bit too long.  It’s slowly been becoming more clear, but moving into last...
False deadlines and launch parties

False deadlines and launch parties

The craziness continues…  The weekend saw us at exactly 29 days since we first stepped foot back into this creepy house and started knocking out walls in an attempt to make it somehow better.  Not long after, we had set the date as a false deadline for ourselves...
Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

and it’s so rewarding…  Wow, the last few weeks have been such a whirlwind.  We’ve been pushed to our limits physically, mentally and emotionally.  We’ve each had our days where we’ve reached our wits end and broke down and we’ve...
Introducing MakerFlat

Introducing MakerFlat

If we can ever get the doors put back in…It hit me like a ton of bricks earlier this week that i’m horrible at saying no.  It just doesn’t seem to be in my vocabulary.  Here we are, in the middle of what is turning into maybe the fastest remodel in...