Local Celebrity run-ins

This week have been pretty cool for me! I had a pretty intensive 2-day orientation to St. Luke's Monday and Tuesday, and there was a semi-familiar looking lady sitting in front of me. Come to find out it was Kristin Armstrong, the two time gold-medalist in Women's cycling! She started working for St Lukes, and I got to have orientation with her! It was pretty cool to meet her especially because Jared and I watched both times she won and were cheering for her, she was really nice, and has a pretty big wiggy job for the hospital now,

Then, Thursday night Jared and I were watching the local news and saw THIS story about one of Idaho's previous governers, Phil Batt, and how a building got named after him, and he performed a song he wrote about Idaho on his clarinet with some elementary school kids singing along. It was pretty stinking adorable considering Phil is 86 years old and playing his adorable clarinet and writing adorable Idaho songs. Jared and I were laughing so hard and just loved him! No joke, the next day, Phil Batt walked into my office! I almost lost it! I should've told him I saw him play his becautiful song on the news, but I just couldn't believe I had just seen him. That tickled me pink let me tell ya.
 I have such a cool job! I meet interesting people every day


job, life, backyard

Now that I have more than 30 seconds in the morning to write, here's is a run of the mill update!
Last Thursday I started my new job at St. Luke's. It has been exciting and overwhelming getting the hang of even the basics. I am much less of a receptionist than I thought I would be. We don't even answer phones, unless the call is directly to us. I say "we" because up front there is me and my great partner Cortney, who has been there for a year, thank goodness, and knows all there is to know, and can train me in her infinite wisdom :). Right now she is patiently teaching me all of her job duties, and once I can adequately complete all of those tasks, jobs will be more divided, but for now I will just do what she tells me, and not question anything!
I am loving work there though, it is challenging, more challenging than I expected, but I love it, a lot of what we do is a big puzzle, so problem solving skills are a must. I am probably the youngest person that works in the building full of 400 people, so I have to prove that even though I'm a baby, I can get work done!
Aside from work, we have been working working working on our yard this week and got a bunch done. About three weeks ago Jared (and his lovely assistant, moi,) put in a sprinkler system all by ourselves, but really, all by himself, and it works great! He had to put in a whole new box underground, wire everything, pipe the whole yard, hook up the sprinkler heads, and I just am amazed that he knew how to do all that.

This week we planted three trees, a plum, an apple, and a maple, and they look so cute. We mulched next to the house and around the trees. We set up the flagstone on the big patio, leveled, and filled with sand, so that this week we can grout between the stone.

Since right smack dab in the middle of our flagstone patio were these sprinkler boxes, Jared had build a little wall to make sure dirt didn't fill the boxes. So then smack dab in the middle of the patio was this wooden frame. So after much pondering, Jared had a great idea, and executed it even better. We have made a little bar/island to go around our grill (that we will get this month...hopefully!) Right now we have the insides built, we have some awesome siding to put on the outside to make it look nice, and we will get a nice counter top, then on the inside we will put cabinet doors that will open for access to the sprinkler boxes. My husband is a genius let me tell you.
We still have a lot to do out there, but it is coming along so great! It is so cool to see what you can create, or in my case, what Jared can create, and what he tells me to help him with, haha.