It's not over yet, either.
On the good side, I have a functional, non-broken bathtub. The one torn out had cracks in the bottom, and a slow leak that had rotted the floor out directly beneath it (as in: the plumber put his hand down on it, and nearly went through without having put much weight on that hand). The faucet was split down the bottom of it, and I had visions of the pixie poking it one time too many, and it shooting the length of the bathtub (hitting the imp on the way).
No more. We have a very nice Aquaglass tub and Delta faucet. I'm happy, the kids are happy, and Odysseus is happy. It's no longer a detractor from resale value.
We still need to put down some trim--there's about three quarters of an inch between the edge of the linoleum and the bottom edge of the bathtub, where the two-by-four frame is exposed (and with small children splashing in their bath, that's a recipe for wet boards and rot)--and caulk the seams of the shower surround, but that's that on the bathroom, for now.
However. I can't clean up the dust because we're waiting on a new hose for the vacuum. I can't do the laundry (and the kids are running out of clean clothes) because the washer's pump is clogged--and I'm waiting on a call-back about that from the appliance repair guy. Sometime Monday, I'm expecting a call from an independent contractor with Lowes to come out and measure my kitchen for new cabinets and counter tops. I have no idea how much that will or won't disrupt life...or when. Or if I'll have my vacuum up and running by then.
I think the worst thing about all of this is the routine disruption for the kids. They're insecure, whiny, clingy, not sleeping well, and kind of acting out a little. I don't blame them, but I just wish they'd stop.
I guess all of this is to explain why the posting's been a bit on the thin side this week. I've been too busy, too frazzled, and too tired.
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