How I make my Aeropress coffee

I’m not a coffee professional, the way I explain how I use my Aeropress is more in line with how someone from a small town will give directions “take a left at the old gas station”.

Enjoy anyways!

  1. Start with boiling the water, it will usually be done by the time you do the other stuff. I boil to anywhere between 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m sure that’s a big difference, but I can’t taste the difference and some days I’m not patient enough to wait for it to get hotter.
  2. Weigh the beans. 16 grams of good coffee is my sweet spot.  I use mistobox to get some delicious beans every couple weeks. The link is a promo code for both of us to get $10 off.00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083635408.jpg
  3. Grind the beans. Today I was using this grinder and I put the dial as shown in the photo. I don’t know if that’s where the coffee folks would say to put it, but it always seems to come out tasty for me when I do it there. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083700709.jpg
  4. I go back and forth on this, but today I put the cap & filter on the Aeropress first and then flipped it on to my cup. Then I put in the beans and filled the water to the 4 line and stirred (when you stir some will go into the cup). 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083942662.jpg
  5. Then I put on this part to give it a seal for about 30 seconds. I then take it off (I got tired of taking photos, so no photo of me taking this off) and give it one more stir, before I plunge it all the way down to let out the coffee. 00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180219084005249_COVER.jpg
  6. My last step is that I add a little bit of the hot water to the coffee, otherwise I think it’s too strong. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219084158358.jpg



Side Mirror Replacement [Finally]

I *FINALLY* replaced my driver side mirror on my car today.

About 3 or 4 years ago, I went on a trip to Jamaica and when I got back home, my car (which was in the garage the whole trip) somehow managed to have the driver side mirror explode. I kept pushing off replacing it and then I got used to seeing out of it with it cracked that I just didn’t care enough to spend the money.

Fast forward to now, my friend Mike is staying with me while he is in town and using my car, so I thought I’d just see how much it would cost to have it replaced. Only $30 on amazon! I thought it was going to be a ton more, so I probably would have replaced it years ago had I known that.

Shout out to my Dad for his help (doing all the work) on getting it done.


Moving some friends

Spent yesterday morning moving my friends, The Hurds to their new home. I think it’s going to be an awesome place for them and for their friends and family to hang out in. The move went well, it started to snow about half way in from the condo we were moving them from, but by that time after going up and down stairs, the snow was a welcome coldness to cool down.



The kids liked looking into the kitchen from the addition on the house.

Not pictured: 75% of the folks that helped move them.

Bookshelf update

I updated the bookshelf section of my blog. Instead of typing the book I have completed, I am now putting a photo of the book cover along with the date I finished reading the book. It was pretty easy to get it all set up.

I went to my Goodreads profile, found the books I read, copied the image of the book, went back to my blog and pasted the image. It couldn’t have been easier.

I think it looks better this way.

Centerville with Dad and Grandma

I thought it would be fun to take my Grandma on a little road trip and I really enjoyed the pizza from George & Nick’s the other night, so I had my Dad meet up at my Grandma’s house this afternoon and then we all rode about 2 hours to Centerville, Iowa.


My Grandma is so funny, here were my favorite things she said:

“I hate the new headlights on cars these days, I really think the State Troopers should pull them over and just shoot out their lights and then give them a ticket!”

“When I am driving your Grandpa will say ‘how fast are you going?!’ When he’s driving I will say how slow are you going?!”

“I wish they’d just get rid of the internet. Did I say that right? Do they call it that still?”

“When you get to be my age, you don’t like to drive at night (starts laughing) and the rest of the people probably appreciate that!”

“Ryan, if you get pulled over for speeding just tell the State Trooper that you are taking your poor Grandma to the hospital and then I will act hurt” (she pretends to pass out for added fun)

I am so lucky to have her around!


I’ve become a morning person (again)

I’ve done it before, but recently I am back to being a morning person and it’s been great for me. It all started at the beginning of the month, I read The Miracle Morning and decided I’d go nuts and wake up at 5 in the morning the next day and haven’t stopped waking up early since.

My current schedule is the same, but it prepares me for the rest of my day:

  • Get out of bed about 5:01 am and tell Alexa to stop my alarm.
  • Head to the bathroom and drink a big glass of water and brush my teeth.
  • Head back to my room and sit in my chair with a blanket and open up Echo Prayer app on my phone to do 20 minutes of prayer for myself and others. (Recently the guys from my group have been using Echo prayer’s group feature, which has been awesome to get notified that so and so just prayed for you)
  • Get out my journal and journal about the previous day.
  • Read my One Year Bible Plan for the day, taking notes in my journal.
  • Finish journaling with 3 things I am thankful for.
  • Share some of my notes from my Bible reading and then 3 things I’m thankful for with a friend in our shared note that we use on Dropbox Paper.
  • Depending on the day:
    • I will either read a chapter or 2 from a book or
    • Do my Salesforce training

That’s pretty much it. It takes about 2 or so hours, but they seem to go by quick!

Today one of the benefits from waking up early is that the other day when a friend asked to meet up for coffee at 6:40 in the morning, I was able to say yes without really thinking about it, because I knew I would have already been awake almost 2 hours. If he would have asked a month ago, I would have said NOPE, because I knew I would have wanted to sleep.

It’s been awesome to see how something as simple as being disciplined to wake up a little bit earlier to spend some time with the Lord and work on some self-development (if that’s the right word) in the morning have made a huge impact on the rest of my day.

Another perk of being out and about early is getting to see the sunrise, this photo wasn’t the best shot, but I like it because I enjoy getting coffee on this street at a little gem of a place called, Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure (Whoever thought of that name is the best).