Meg's (Ad)Ventures

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Odds

We moved 1200 miles away from Michigan. With that move, I brought my Spartan pride with me and displayed my flag at school and now on our porch. When we got new neighbors a few months ago, who would have guessed our Saturdays would look like this...


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Confessions of a Semi-Single Mom

First, let me preface this post by saying that I am SO greatful that Chris is able to come home on the weekends and help out, be a husband, father and friend. :) However, in the last two and a half weeks, I have discovered a few things about being a semi-single. Here are my ramblings...

  • I hear the heater. I've never really noticed it (or the air conditioning) before.
  • I don't make the bed in the morning, but instead do it about 10 minutes before I get back into it at night. It's my way of tucking myself in. :)
  • Jack is completely territorial. When Chris isn't here, he sleeps at the end of the bed...when he is here, Jack sleeps right next to my head in between Chris and I. Hilarious!
  • I stink at cooking. I try and try to be creative and plan out my meals for the week but I often end up eating like a toddler...hotdogs, mac 'n cheese, and peanut butter and jelly. I really want a steak!
  • Waking up is hard. I like my, I LOVE my bed!
  • This is the first time in my life that I have ever lived by myself (kind of). I know, I know, Sofia is here and Chris comes home on the weekend, but when Sofia goes to bed during the week, it's just me.
  • I like quiet. More often than not, the tv stays off at night after Bug goes to bed. With such busy days and non-stop toddler evenings, the lack of stimuli feels nice.
  • I miss Chris. He is the love of my life and the one person who truly understands me. He makes me laugh, think and dream. He inspires me in more ways than are even measureable.
  • My friends are invaluable and have been so supportive. All my neighbors offered to help when my rear window was smashed on Sunday night. Sofia and I have been to numerous homes for dinner and I have had several cups of coffee delievered to my office on many a tired morning. The way people have just dropped by or called to say hello has meant so much. I am truly blessed.

And I guess that is where I am being led in all of this...I am blessed. Blessed to have a wonderful home, job, husband, daughter and friends. Blessed to come from a strong family. Blessed to be able to take on each day as it comes. Below is a picture that I took on Saturday night at sunset standing in front of my house. THIS is being blessed!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Great Visit

Chris's dad just left this morning after a GREAT visit for the weekend. Our time was spent playing golf, eating tons of good food and some good ole' fashion hangin' out. It was fantastic. I think that Chris and I are so is nice to have family that isn't work to be around. I'll be sure to post pics soon.



My rear windshield was shattered during the night! So bizarre! The good thing is that nothing was stolen. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008



This morning I had quite a laugh...

Me: Sofia, do you know how old you are today?
Sofia: Boo!

Well, at least she's got the right holiday season down. :)

Monday, October 06, 2008

Off He Goes

As you can tell by the previous post, Chris had a very successful project in Lafyette. As a result, Chris earned a wonderful promotion - full-time superintendent. I am SO proud of him!! There are some definite bonuses to the promotion - company truck and gas card best of all. :) And so, this past Saturday, we drove up to his office to pick up his new truck. He looked so proud.

The news of the promotion was followed by what needed to be a very quick site change. With Lafyette essentially completed, the company needed Chris's help on a jobsite in Gunnison, CO and FAST. We got the news of the promotion on Friday, Sept 26 and Chris left for Gunnison yesterday. Left? You ask? Yes, Gunnison is 4 hours southwest of Denver meaning that Chris will be staying there in a small cabin that his company has rented for him during the week and then home on the weekends. Smack dab in the middle of the mountains (1 hr south of Aspen!), Gunnison is a beautiful area that is filled with TONS of stuff to do as a family. When Sofia and I get to go up, there will surely be lots to do and lots of memories to be made.

Luckily, it looks like the project will be completed by Thanksgiving and then our Daddio will be home with us again. :) In the meantime, Sofia and I will be having some serious girl time.

Maybe I'll teach her the art of shopping...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Lafayette Elementary School Remodel/Addition

What a great project. I have had the privilege to work on this project since the bidding phase back at MYC headquarters in January. I help put together pricing for many divisions of construction from foundation to finishes. We submitted our "total price" for construction and were the low bidder by a only a few % points. I took on a new role for MYC as the project engineer and the superintendent in charge of all subcontractors. I put together all of the 3-week look ahead schedules, cost coded all of the receipts and field tickets, balanced the budget each month, created all change orders, verified that all material was what the architect and engineers specified, and made sure that all material were on site on time. I was also in charge of project safety/orientation and all coordination of construction activities with the teachers, students, and general public. I am very proud to say we have had no lost time accidents or recordable injuries on this job site since its ground breaking in early February! Constructing a new office building is one thing, and building a retail building is another, but constructing a new school for students to learn, develop, and grow in is on a whole different plane. This project took out taxes to great use by remodeling and adding to an elementary school that has gone through its fifth remodel since first opening its doors in 1963.
This school enrollees the largest amount of special need students in the entire Boulder Valley School District. We began this project with a presentation during a school assembly on Construction Safety. Since then I have been known as Construction Chris, cousin of Bob the Builder from The Disney Channel. These kids would stop and thank us for "fixing their school" while walking the hallways. If I could, I would only do school jobs from here on out. The sense of helping the community was very fulfilling and motivation to make the school the best project I have ever worked on in detail and in safety. I gave a tour to a class of 5th graders and introduced them to the office tools (paperwork and computer work) used to track schedules, material, and budget. I asked them on how many of the received an allowance for doing chores around the house. I then asked how many of them would like more money for extra work they did or were asked to do. I then explained that is how change orders work, and they really understood!
Each students was given a hard had for the site tour and guided through the school's new classrooms.
Here is a picture of a finished classroom. We self performed all of the steel erection and glue-laminated beam (big wood beams) installation on this project. We also self performs the hot water heating (hydronics), all foundation and sidewalk/site concrete, rough carpentry, door frame, door and hardware installation, and miscellaneous specialty item installation (i.e. marker boards, tack boards, fire extinguisher cabinets, etc.).
Here is a nice candid shot of one of our drywall finishers who I continually tried to talk to in my broken Spanish only to get the response of "ok senior" with a big smile. Great finisher and a even greater person.
Painters, what a group of characters. Anyone ever sniffed too much paint? Theses guys loved to chat, paint, and forge their hard hats in their truck. I never gave in and made them go get their lids while working in side the building.
Here is a before shot. Notice the two temporary classrooms on the north side.
Side view of the four new classrooms. We had to keep the playground to the west (right in the picture) and one on the east open as it was part of the community park on the entire north side. The kids loved to climb up the slide and look into the construction site. Their favorite question by far was, "what are you doing?".
North profile of the classroom addition.
Underneath the south overhang are the translucent panels. These were a pain in the butt to get on site and installed by a specialty contractor, but provide great natural light and opens up the space of each four classroom.
Here is the Multipurpose Room addition we added on while school was in session. One weekend we came in and cut a 7'x7' opening into the library, providing access to this 30'x30' room used for story time, multimedia presentations, and entire staff meetings.
Here is a great shot of the steel erection and glue laminated beam installation of the front entry remodel and addition. Once school was out (June 3rd), we gutted the interior offices and and added on this strucrture. The administration staff was relocated into a temp office trailer just to the right of this picture for August and part of September. We had them back into the new offices by September 22nd, over a month ahead of schedule!
This addition ties into the existing front entrance overhang and includes three new restrooms, a new two section clinic, large teachers lounge, work room, councilors office, community liaison office, conference room, principals office, a large new entrance vestibule, and a new reception area. We also added windows and new vinyl flooring to the cafeteria, new AC to the computer room, remodeled the old teachers lounge to a conference room, added a preschool restroom, and installed a fire sprinkler system and new fire alarm devices thought the entire school. Whew! There is still some landscaping outstanding in front of the lower windows, but that is coming soon.

Hope you enjoyed this recap as much as I enjoyed this project and community improvement. So many parents shared their excitement with us while picking up their little students. It is now almost 1:45am and I only fell asleep once while writing this post. I'm out!