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.

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