Crunch Time

Matt trying to learn as much Finance as possible until the CFA exam

I’ve been MIA from Urbyville and I’m not too happy with it. I’ve also been super-productive and very busy. And now it’s crunch time as all our current Seattle projects are coming to a close over the next couple weeks.


I signed up for this test while we were in Guatemala earlier this year and while the studying didn’t take off quickly, it has definitely progressed over the past couple months. The CFA exam is a financial exam that I’m taking because I want to be more skilled in finance. It’s a tough test and so far I’m not sure I’m quite up to the task of passing the exam but however it goes down, I’ve learned a ton and know I’ll be back for more because it’s a challenging and rewarding topic of study. I have a few more days to cram and then on Saturday, it’s go time (and it’s a 6 hour exam!).

Nursing school pre-requisites

I am also finishing up my second quarter of nursing school pre-requisites. I went all in with these classes and have taken 20 credit hours each of the past two quarters to get all of them in. Right now I’m taking my second quarter of Anatomy and Physiology along with Microbiology, Nutrition, and Statistics. It’s a manageable load but with everything else we have going on, I am a bit more strapped for time than I’d like to be. It’s been a good experience though and it’s definitely been good to be back in the learning environment again. If all goes according to plan, I’ll actually start nursing school next fall.

Julie’s book

While it’s her project, I’ve also spent a lot of time with it. We’re almost through our last major edit of the book before doing the final proofing. She has done a great job with it and I have enjoyed being the critic along the way. We expect to have it completed and up for sale by mid-December.

Urbyville updates

Julie has also learned a ton of web stuff over the past 6 months and is currently working on an entirely new Urbyville design and set up. Over the next few weeks we expect to overhaul the site and put Julie’s unique design stamp on our web presence.


We still run a lot. We’ve run together quite a bit and we’ve also met good people to run with in Seattle. The highlight for me is I have a new long run training friend, Adam Lint. He’s a stud ultra runner and we’ve been running the mountain trails outside Seattle the past month going out for 3 to 3.5 hours at a time. I’m getting better at the steep ups and downs which will hopefully bear fruit for my next season of ultras.

So with all that said, it’s time to get back to work studying some Economics, doing Statistics homework, and finishing up my Microbiology lab report. Life is humming along quickly here in Seattle and while we’re looking forward to what’s ahead, we’re very pleased with all we’ve gotten done the past few months out here on our travel hiatus.

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