This weekend we worked on Nick's baby, a purgola for our backyard. Our house faces almost due West, and has no shade and only a worthless deck, worthless because its way too hot to go outside and sit on in the afternoons. Nick, being the thrifty, creative, structural engineer that he is, figured out a way to turn the deck into a purgola at a minimum expense to us. Nick's been really excited about this and designed it on autocad. He then took it and ran it in a hurricane simulation at work to make sure that it will survive the coastal tempests that come round every year, which I thought was kind of overkill, but its one less thing for him to worry about in the next evacuation. I love my husband... he's just delightful (and very strong...) :).
We spent the most of the weekend dismantling part of the deck and then putting in the four main posts. It worked out well because we were able to use the deck to hold the posts in place. Nick and a friend will finish next week by adding the slats and cutting the posts to the proper height. I have to admit that I have been only mildly interested in the project, but I'm happy that Nick's happy, and I love helping him and working with him. I have been mostly excited about decorating the area, and I kind of want to buy a table with a firepit in it! I've also been thinking about planting a butterfly garden along the side.
Finally, when we get back from RI, we are both going on a diet. I have gotten so roly poly (10 lbs, ok 13 lbs over my wedding weight!), and eventhough Nick assures that I'm lovely, I really need to cut back on the sugar. Its my sweet tooth that gets me every time. We've been working out, now we just need to focus on diet, so we're going to start the South Beach diet. I've been trying to do it for a while now, but my mistake was not getting Nick on board. I think I have his full support this time, so there will be no sabatoging my efforts with his delicious peanut butter, chocolate crackers that he makes every night.
We also got Frodo some new toys, which he's so cute playing with. We also got him a new bed, which he seems to like and snuggled right into.
Hrmmm... that's it. Its a little boring, but I'm learning.