February 22, 2011

New Year's Resolution

I made a New Year's Resolution to run fewer miles and do more of 'something else'.  In January I found that something else at a new fitness studio in downtown Raleigh called HEAT (Highly Effective Athletic Training).  It focuses on strength training and intense intervals.  I've seen results - both physical (fat loss) and in my running pace (my 10 mile pace is faster by 30 seconds per mile).  Besides results, HEAT is a wicked fun place to sweat with other like-minded people.

If you're in Raleigh, check it out!  HEAT 

I'm still registered to run the Chicago marathon this fall, and I am running a few halfs this spring, but I'm having fun with this 'something else' right now.

February 21, 2011

Concrete is in

It's much easier now to envision how the pool will look.

This is the deep end. The jumping board will be mounted on the right side. There are two deep end benches - one along the back wall (top of the photo) and one to the side of the jumping board (bottom right corner of the photo).

This side of the pool is the hot tub (upper left circle) and the tanning ledge (left side), which ironically has a sleeve for a huge umbrella.

The center section here will be stamped concrete decking in the foreground and a stone fire pit in the back. The left side is more stonework and plantings.

Here's a good view of the whole pool.

Next up: Stone coping and stacked stone retaining walls.

What we woke up to....

Just after sunrise this morning, the trucks arrived. Our apologies to the neighbors, especially Anya (an obstetrician who worked a 24-hour on-call the day before).

Pretty neat to see how a concrete pool is formed. They just spray the concrete in.

February 20, 2011

Pool Construction...Part 3

The pool is taking shape and the concrete is being poured tomorrow!

This photo shows the hot tub (left), pool, tanning ledge and the location of the outdoor bar, grill and shower.

This is where the patio and the fire pit will be.

February 3, 2011

Another Session with Bianca

Bianca came by on the weekend to do a session with Lincoln.  Hudson cooperated for a few shots. Not many - but a small few.  Here is one from the day.