Monday, April 13, 2009

I survived last week... but...

Okay, I'm still alive and my nerves are (mostly) intact. The last week was... um... what is the word I'm looking for? "Insane" doesn't seem strong enough.

Unfortunately, it didn't end with last week.

This week heralds the dawn of a new age in our house. It is the age... of STAGE 3!

We have been remodeling our house since the moment we moved in (nine years ago). The house was nearly unlivable when we acquired it. It had no A/C or heat, the strangest floorplan imaginable, two additions that didn't quite attach to the original house (we discovered old asbestos siding buried within two walls), and a mosaic of flooring that appeared to have been chosen based on what was on sale at the hardware store--pink, white, and aqua tile, black linoleum, pink and tan carpet.

Stage 1 involved demolishing and rebuilding the original house while we lived in the two additions. This took years. We ate and breathed sheetrock for longer than is probably healthy.

Stage 2, which we started last summer and are just now winding up, was the exterior remodel. This included the front yard (sprinkler system, gardens, landscape), siding, fence repair, and so forth.

Now we are at Stage 3: demolishing the crappiest addition (pier and beam with known rotten walls and floors) and entirely redoing it. The good thing about this project is that the addition has a single access point, a hallway that can be closed off with a door. So the debris should be contained.

Also with Stage 3 comes the total revamp of the A/C system. We are getting a new A/C unit, installing the interior unit in the attic rather than under the stairs, and redoing the vents. The reasons for this are two: one, the A/C unit we installed way back when we moved in was small and cheap, and was only supposed to be a temporary fix to keep us from dying in Texas summers. Nine years later, that temporary fix really, really needs to be swapped for something more efficient. And two, the upstairs loft portion of the house relies on a window unit for A/C at the moment. It's time to get some vents cut so we don't need the window unit anymore.

Stage 4, I believe, will involve the backyard, the back porch, and possibly the garage. We do not have a back porch or garage, but we plan to build one of each. The backyard needs to be leveled, fenced, and landscaped as well.

Right. So as of this week, I will be dealing with construction, once again, inside our house. Starting Thursday, we will have guys in here redoing the A/C.

Also this week I have three doctor's appointments; I am getting another book to copyedit; Star has obedience class; and I have standard household chores to deal with, complicated by the construction because the laundry room is... well... it's in the addition that's being torn apart.

Oh yeah, and on Saturday, my family is getting together for Moussefest, an annual event wherein everyone tries to make mousse that's better than my dad's. (So far he has retained the title and the trophy.) Byrd insisted on entering the contest even though neither of us have ever made mousse before!


Daisy Dog said...

Wow! What a cute place, and soo much work! I am sure it will all be worth it when its done, and you will be so glad to have that air unit just in time for summer!

Leila said...

Kudos on what you have accomplished. Prayers of patiences for what must be accomplished. And I hope that you are stocked up on Tylonol, chocolate and Marriott points for when it finally gets overwhelming.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello jennifer its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow yore howse shoor is kyoot and mousefest sownds fasinayting so wot ar the criteerya that ar yoozed to judge the mouses is it like tail length and kyootness and singing ability and -- wot??? oh dada sez it is not mouse it is mousse wich is a type of fud wel dada a mouse can be a type of fud too if yoo ar reely hungry!!! oh snap ha ha ok bye

forsythia said...

I am impressed with the results of your 9-year project. Talk about turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, I think you did it.

PoochesForPeace said...

I found your blog via Three Woofs and a Woo. I live in Ohio and am trying to learn as much as I can about Pit bulls and trying to put positive images of them on the web via my blog (Ohio currently is trying to ban them). I just wanted to let you know it's great to see a pit bull supporter out there. As I do not work professionally rescuing pit bulls I cannot fully understand your heartbreak, but it was encouraging to see your comment on 3W&aW, as last week I used almost exactly the same words in expressing the frustration of trying to do what is right for the breed (there are always people trying to tear them down!) Keep up the good work, you are a blessing to the breed.