New House Looking Good (UPDATE)

As you know, we are in our new house now and loving it. We made a few updates like changing out the carpet and a few little additions in the bathrooms. Our house is really nicer than our old one. Our next big addition/change will be the kitchen but that is going to be down the road maybe a few years done the road honestly. Money is really tight right now so we need to make every penny count.

The wife is excited and continues to love the house. We go ride of a lot of garbage when we moved so that was a big deal for her. We invited our family over for dinner the other night. It was the first time they’ve seen the new updates like the carpet and they gave the approval as well. I feel much better now after the changes and the kids can play on the nice cleaned carpets forever.

I feel like things are really moving forward with our family and we have many great years ahead. Financially, we have some work to do but overall everything else is fine.

Thanks everyone
Mike Asimos

Mike Asimos New Career Plans

As you know I’m going to school to finish up my Environmental Degree and working at Barnes & Nobel on the side. It’s really a challenging time right now considering the new house and our finances. With that being said, I trying to stay the course with my degree. I know in the long run it should pay off but right now it’s really tough on us. I was sitting in bed last night thinking of maybe starting a venture on the side. Even mowing lawns on Saturdays maybe the little extra we need right now. It wouldn’t be that hard considering the community we live in. They all have really small front yards and I probably could charge $25 per yard. Maybe even do 6 yards a day! I haven’t talked to the wife about this yet but I get the sense she is aggrevated at me right now. I really am doing the best I can to make everything work.

As far the career goes, I’m trying to find something that pays more. I’m going to continue with college but as of right now I’m not sure if that is the final path and career in the end. Don’t get me wrong I love environmental sciences but at the end of the day I’m going to really need to get into something that pays really well.

Final days at our old house

We’ve pretty much packed all our things are and ready for the move into our new place. I have spoken about it many times on my site now but it’s officially getting real now. We only have a few days left to be out of our old place and into the new ones. The kids are happy and the Wife is excited. That is really all I care about honestly. Even though it makes sense from a financial perspective and having less travel time I’m really just doing it because I want to move our lives forward in a positive manner and keep everyone happy. As you know a happy wife is a happy home.

We’re just living on the basics at the old house now. Mattress and few kitchen items out still. As things get a little closer I will cancel the cable then we make the move official. I do need to provide everyone with our new address. I believe the house is in good enough shape to get most of our deposit back. We have lived her for many years now so we’ll probably lose some but the bulk of it should be returned. There is no major damage or issues we’ve created. I’m really excited to be done with the moving and planning aspect of all of this. It seems like family conversations at this point are all related to the move and the financial aspects of making everything work long term. We’ve discussed saving more money and eventually a bigger family as well. Maybe soon we can work on that for now I just want to get this move done with and my degree finished.

I’m going to miss this little town. I’ve meet some great people here and many I will keep in touch with. There are few neighbors I will be sure to forget about. None the less, it’s been fun here and excited to see what is next in our lives.

Mike Asimos

Mike’s new hiking gear

It’s about that time I updated some of my hiking gear. As you know probably from a few posts on this site and some other blogs I started before, I love hiking. I really enjoy the outdoors and everything related to that. It can include big trucks, fishing, hiking, and camping just to name a few of my favorite activities.

Some of the gear I have been using is over 7 years old now and since I go out a lot for hikes and camping, it really is getting beat up and old at this point. The first item I replaced is my backpack. It’s the biggest expense out of the everything. I usually go big on my backpacks because some of my hikes can take days to discover. I went over the REI and found one I liked. It has many of the features I like with my current version plus some new features I been wanting like more pockets, lighter, and fast zippers. It also had to be waterproof. It’s no always sunny around here so that was a must as well. The backpack was about $180 dollars. I haven’t told the Wife yet so if I stop posting a few days either our Internet wasn’t paid or I’ve been kicked out of the house. Just kidding (kinda).

The other items I updated were much smaller purchases. I needed a new water bottle, ropes, and clamps. I’m planning some steeper hikes this year which may go off road so best to be prepared on that. Lastly, I got a heavy pair of socks, blanket, some extra propane for the stove.

I should be set and ready to go for the rest of the year. Got a question you want to ask me (Mike Asimos) send me an email and I will reply right away (unless I’m hiking).

All the best until next time my friends
Mike Asimos

Considering a new job internship

I have about a year left on my environmental sciences degree. It’s been a struggle from a stress perspective, family, financial, and eventually the unknown aspect of if I will even be able to find a job when all this is done. I’m excited and my family supports me on finishing the degree, however, it’s been a real struggle. There is one aspect of myself that I take pride in and that is when I start a project I always finish it.

I have been searching for some kind of job related to my field for about a year now. I plan is just to get anything in the field to gain experience. I really don’t care about how much they are paying or if it’s part time… I just want to get in the door and start the process. The money and experience will come with time. I was offered a position (unpaid) in my town and I’m considering the offer. The problem is that with the new move and house we have to make sure we’re bring in enough to pay the mortgage and keep food on the table. It’s just hard right now and I’m unsure about the position and where I go from here. The Wife would like me to see if I can arrange a part time position with them maybe later in the day or even just weekends. She makes a good point and I will most likely go that route since it’s unpaid and loosely related to my field. The most important thing in my opinion is to get in the door as soon as possible. I don’t want to just wait until I finish my degree then start the process of looking and hunting a new job in hopes something big turns up.

I will let you know how it goes and if I decide to take the position.
Until next time my friends
– Mike Asimos

Cleaning my garage project for the move

As you know from a previous post, we are in the middle of moving into a new house right now. The whole Asimos family is really excite about this new change. We are going to have a lot of more space and bigger yard for the dog. The Wife will get a bigger closet to buy more close and my garage will be bigger as well. Todays tasks, however, is to tackle my garage and get it ready to go. It’s a complete mess right now and use by the whole family for storage mostly. With the new move, I’m hoping to keep this area clean and it will become MY man cave. The Wifie is ok with this but I’m not sure she understands that all this stuff in the garage is not going to be put back in there. As you can see from the photo below I took, we have a lot of junk and I hope this move forces us to go through it and throw a lot of it out. I don’t want to see it in my new man cave.

So what do I have planned for the new Mike Asimos man cave you ask? Well I hope to have a TV, couch, mini refrigerator, and a pool table as a minimum. It may take a while to get all these items but that is the long term goal on my area.

We will see how this turns out – wish me luck!
Until next time my friends
– Mike Asimos

My garage cleaning up by Mike Asimos

My new diet for the family

So even though I do a lot of hiking and travel, I can admit I have a little belly. My eating habits are not the best so the family (my wife) is getting on me about a new diet. She is really big on fitness and works out a lot. We’re talking about just eating better. She wants us to have a normal dinner every night with whole natural foods. It does sound good to me honestly. I enjoy just about all foods especially ones I don’t have to cook! My Wife is a great cook and that’s one of the things I truly love about her.

So that is the family plan to get me in better shape. I may mix in more exercise but at this time it’s just cleaning up my bad eating habits. With my regular hikes and walking the dog on a daily basis I should have enough exercise in my days.

PS: For those who emailed me and asked about the diet… It is a what I would consider a Paleo Diet. It includes just eating more natural and cleaner foods. I will let you know next month if I lose any weight on the diet.

Until next time my friends
– Mike Asimos

My Paleo Diet Mike Asimos

My Paleo Diet Mike Asimos

Moving into our new home

I have finally saved enough to buy a new home. The papers are signed and next month my Wife and Daughter will be packing our things and making the move. Moving is really hard on me. In fact, I still have boxes I haven’t unpacked from our last move. I live a pretty minimalist lifestyle and I’m also traveling a lot so for that reason it’s just hard to get motivated to really get into the moving mode. My Wife, however, is really great about it. She is all about this new home purchase and I’m really just doing it because of her honestly. If it wasn’t for her, I probably would stay where I’m living forever. I can’t blame her she is looking forward to the white picket fence and regular family dinners. I’m including some photos below of the new Asimos family house.

Mike Asimos New Home

Favorite Hiking Spots By Mike Asimos

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately. Over the years I have hiked just about every state with an exception of a few. Below you’ll find my most favorite hiking locations.

Mont Blanc – This hiking and cycling location is considered the rooftop of Europe. It is an amazing adventure if you haven’t done it before. It’s a big hike just so you know. If you take your time, you’re looking at a good 7-10 days going up. I’ve done it in 3 however at a very fast pace.

John Muir Trail – This trail is located in California. It’s length is 195 miles and rugged to say the least. If you actually make it to the top, you have done an amazing job.

Te Araroa Trail – New Zealand has some great hiking spots but this one is probably my favorite. This hike is not for the faint of heart. You’re looking at a good 26 days covering a lot of the New Zealand landscape. The best time to do this hike is October to at most April I would say.

There you have it my top 3 hiking locations.

Mike Asimos on top of the mountain.  My last hiking adventure

Mike Asimos on top of the mountain. My last hiking adventure

Welcome 1st Post Mike Asimos

Thanks for visiting my new website.  My name is Mike Asimos and I appreciate your visit.  This is my personal website so you’ll find all my personal thoughts and adventures here.  I hope to really share my photos and experiences as they develop.  The purpose of the site is really to share my thoughts, stay in touch with family, and hopefully meet some new people online.

If you’ve read any of my other stuff online, I do have a Grateful Dead collection and enjoy hiking.  My collection is actually one of largest I believe and I’ve even received some media coverage on it (interviewed).  It is something that was passed down to me by my father and I’ve continued to grow the collection over the years.

Thanks – Mike Asimos

Mike Asimos

Hiking photo after a long day. Mike Asimos