Thursday, August 07, 2008

Day 4 of Pool Construction

Today, the pool peeps shocked us by showing up at 7am to begin work. The shock ended there. By 9:30 am they were on the road to another job and said they wouldn't be back until Monday. Ugh.

With Day 4 came little progress. A little more digging on the deep end, a little more rock breaking, but that's about it.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Day 3 of Pool Construction

And Jamie said "Let there be no rock!" And the heavens opened up...and there was rock. Uuughhh.

They definitely made some progress today when they broke out the pneumatic poker thingy. It was surprisingly much easier than I thought hitting rock would be. I logged their time using the pneumatic at 1 hour and 15 minutes. The benefits of watching are that I get to make sure I'm being charged accurately.

I'm pretty sure they're done with the shallow end, and should start making their way down to the deep end tomorrow. The deep end is 6ft. If we're lucky, we won't hit anymore rock. Cross your fingers and toes!

Here are the pictures from the day. The first is of the rock breaking ceremony. Ha!
The rest are the end of the day.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Day 2 of Pool Construction

As I mentioned in my previous post, the labor didn't show up until 2:30, and then didn't begin digging until 3:00. Day 2's progress is only an hour and 45 minutes of work, so these pictures don't look a whole lot different. They did remove the stump from the tree Ash and I cut down, and that was a bit of a challenge. They also moved the huge pile of dirt to the back corner of the yard to make room for more dirt. I've asked them to leave a good amount so I can level out the yard, and build a retaining wall around the existing concrete patio under the deck.
Moving on. Here are the pictures for Day 2:

Monday, August 04, 2008

Catch Phrase

We've been in to playing Catch Phrase lately. Basically, Catch Phrase is a game where you try to get the other people on your team to guess the word you're trying to describe before the timer goes off. The three of us play a modified version, where we all guess, while one person describes. No points. Just some fun.
Alex gets a word and here's how it went today:

Alex: Ok, the first word is frozen water.
Ash: ICE!
Alex: YES!! Ok, second word is a three dimensional square.
Ash: CUBE!...ICE CUBE!!!!
Alex: YES!!!

(Mom Picks jaw up off the tile floor)
WOW! THREE DIMENSIONAL SQUARE??!!! 6 years old I tell ya, SIX!

Work Woes...maybe not

Where did I leave off on Friday... interviewed with two preschools last week and applied for a 90% perfect job on Saturday. Fast forward to Monday (today),
I log on and start my routine of searching want ads.
Once again, nothing.
Only it was worse; the job I applied for on Saturday had mysteriously disappeard. And there I sat, once again starring at screen full of jobs that I'm not qualified for. So there's the start of my day, as it has been for weeks. I sit, I ponder, I drive myself deeper in to dispair. Maybe I will read some more of my History text, for the class I haven't even started. (Yes, that is pathetic, I know)

It's not that I NEED this job.
But really, I do NEED this job. I need something. The kids are getting older, need less of me, and I NEED something more.
Fortunately, I was preoccupied with the notion that the pool worker bees would be showing up "any minute now", and that helped me not get too deep in my funk. So I paced from window to computer screen, to window and back again to computer screen, thinking somehow, one or the other will provide me with some sort of hope. Neither prevailed. It's amazing how busy one can be doing absolutely nothing. 2:30 rolls around, and low and behold, a work truck appears. YES! We will make progress today!
Or so it seemed. The guys pile out, spend 30 minutes repairing the broken backhoe and then get to work. Finally, I have something to preoccupy myself. So I sit. And I watch. And I watch some more. By 4:45 they decide to call it a day, and they pile back in to their truck and they're gone. **Sigh** I'm pathetic. Just pathetic. Unmotivated, unstimulated and in need of SOMETHING.
And then it happens.
I notice I have a voicemail.
It's the Castleberry.
After being "on call" for what?? 3 months I guess it was, he calls! He's ready for some help. He needs me 3 to 4 hours a day asap.
And finally, I can exhale.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Pool Progress

I updated my Day 1 post for anyone that's interested. End of Day 1

Today mark and I finished putting the back fence up. I'm soooo proud of Mark. He built the fence himself, installed the post holders in to the concrete retaining wall and all I had to do was help him put the segments in place. He did an excellent job of measuring, the segments went in trouble free and took no time at all.

Some before and afters of the fence:

Before: (Yeah, not such a pretty site, eh?)