The Downside of Cellar Upgrades

What’s the downside of all the cellar upgrade fun? Laundry. Our washer and dryer have been disconnected for a couple of weeks now, and it will probably be another week before they are back online.

So what does that mean? That means I took all of our dirty laundry to a laundromat for a wash/dry/fold service. It also means all of the pants that actually fit me are out of the house and I had to dig deep into the closet in hopes of finding a pair of pre-pandemic pants that actually fit.

I was successful… sort of.

I should be able to pick it all up at lunch time. Then things won’t feel quite so… tight. Ya know?

Tentative Cellar Schedule

Jen talked to the contractor today. He gave us a tentative schedule for the next couple of phases of the cellar reclamation project.

Monday will be one final day of drywall finish work. Tuesday will be a day off to let whatever happens on Monday finish drying and what have you. Painting will start on Wednesday and end on Friday. Once the painting is done the flooring will start immediate. Probably also on Friday.

No estimate on how long the flooring will take, or how long the finishing work that comes after it will take.

The hardest part for those of us who aren’t doing actual work is to just remain patient. It’s really difficult. Jen and I both want this done. We’re both tired of stressing out over everything. We’re both more than ready to start putting everything back together again.

Still… painting and flooring this week. Kick ass.

Early Morning

The wallboard folks asked if they could come early this morning. 7:30 or so. We were up and ready to go before 7:00.

Jen is trying to figure out why the Roomba stops working before it finishes. I just put a big tarp over the washer and the dryer before the sanding starts today. I’m also trying to sneak in Iron Man 2. I started watching it last night but didn’t get far.

The weekend is so close I can almost smell it. It’s been a tough week. I need a break. Jen and I are both getting to the point where we are feeling the remodeling fatigue. The construction blues. Whatever you want to call it. We just want it to be over. We still have a couple of weeks to go though. They are going to start taping and mudding and sanding the drywall today (are those the correct terms?). It will likely carry over to the beginning of next week. Then paint, then hopefully around the same time the painting wraps up the new flooring will be delivered and that can start. Once that’s done it’s on to the finishing work. Baseboards and things like that. Then we bring in some furniture. Maybe a nice rug. Homey the place up, you know? Then I move my desk downstairs, and then we take a nice long break from construction while I get my insides rewired.

Oh yeah. That. The surgery is 26 days away.

More Changes Coming Today

Are you sick of hearing about our home improvement odyssey? Would it bore you to hear that the drywall guy is coming today to start walling up our cellar? Drywall->paint->flooring->finishing->furniture. That’s the to do list as it stands now. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it.

Are you also sick of hearing that I am watching Marvel movies? I bet you’re all really sick of that one. Fed up, indeed. Turns out The Incredible Hulk is on HBO Max. I’m sneaking in the first 20 minutes before I have to sign in to work. Bore-ing, am I right?

At least I am not boring you all with guitar playing posts, right? You’ve got that going for you. I haven’t played at all since March 19th. That was 18 days ago. I need to play.

Okay. Time to punch in to work. Here’s hoping the stress level goes down a notch today. Fingers eternally crossed.

Less Than One to Go

On February 3rd, two months and one day ago, I was told to lose 5% of my weight in preparation for the weight loss surgery. I weighed myself this morning. I have 0.4 pounds to go. I would do the math to figure out what percentage I am at with 0.4 pounds to go but then you could use that to figure out exactly how much I weighed on that first day and I don’t want to let you do that.

I just drank my morning protein shake and had my morning vitamins and supplemented it all with a fist full of Tylenol because holy shit my back is killing me. I don’t know that my back has ever hurt as much as it does at this moment. Oh my shit, my back hurts.

Today’s plan involves going to my parents and picking up my mother and taking her to a doctors appointment. We’re going to get the results of her last blood test and see how her cancer numbers look. They’ve been pretty much perfect for the last year-plus and I am very optimistic that those results will continue.

After that I will come home and find some demo happening in the cellar. First on the list is the grid that until recently held the drop ceiling. After that it’s the rest of the ugly paneling on the walls. Most of the paneling came down during the flood clean up last year. You might recall me bitching about the paneling in the dining room recently. Suffice to say that the paneling in the cellar is 100 times uglier. Tomorrow the electrician is coming to replace the existing fluorescent lights that don’t really work anymore. There used to be six banks of lights with two tubes each. Only two of them still work, (it’s not the bulbs, I replaced the bulbs and the lights stayed dead) and one of those two only works some times. It’s been good the last week because it knows its end is coming and it wants to stay alive, but more often than not it doesn’t work when I flip the switch. Replace ’em all!

On top of that there is something going on at work that I am not going to be around for and I am feeling pretty shitty about that. I feel like I am dropping the ball. I don’t think anyone else feels that I’m dropping the ball, but I do so that’s that. Hopefully it will be quiet today. Fingers crossed.

Did I mention my back was hurting?

0.4 pounds to go. Oh yeah, and the surgery happens one month from today. Yikes!