It only took 3 weeks, but it’s happened.
I didn’t take a single house photo during the entire week. Ryan did work on several projects, including pulling out nails in the dining room and kitchen. (This is almost done after HOURS of hand-breaking work. His hands were so sore.) I also spent a little time pulling up staples.
The outside pretty much looks the same as last week:
As an aside, we tried to get rid of our railroad ties – for free – on Craigslist. Someone came, grabbed a few and stuck them in the truck. Promised us they’d be back to get the rest. And never showed up.
Which leads me to my:
Rant of the week.
People are very inconsiderate. I get TONS of emails asking to see the free (railroad ties/freestanding shower/cabinets). Then, they say they will come to pick it up at a certain time and never show up. So here I am, driving to and waiting at an empty house (no Internet) for some bozo to stand me up.
We decided to give things away for free so that it would be quick and easy. And, sometimes it is. (The cabinets had two no-shows before we found our new friend.) But, the number of people who say they are coming over at a certain time and don’t show up bothers me.
So, my PSA – if you say you are going to meet a person from Craigslist to buy or get something free, please show up. Or call.
It’s just about being considerate. That is all I’m going to say about that. You can call me Emily Post from this point on.
On a positive note, we did get rid of the kitchen cabinets and the bathroom vanity. And, we got rid of the shower from the depths of hell, which was tucked in a corner of the basement. A really nice gal came, took it apart and hauled it home.
I told her she’d probably need a gallon or two of bleach. But we gave it away for free so I feel no guilt.
Someone’s got gas
But it isn’t us. Supposedly, the gas is (finally) going to be turned on tomorrow. Which is approximately 24 days after we closed (for those who are counting). And, this was with consistent action to try to get it turned on. We had a contractor in an hour after closing to get the ball moving. It wasn’t his fault.
It took a minor act of God. And, me having a minor meltdown. (Trust me, my meltdown could have been worse.)
To make a long story short, I am a pretty persuasive person. And, Ryan typically asks me to take care of things that involve people. So, I’ve been the go-between with all the contacts at the city. It takes some give and take. Without getting into too much, I met my match and my persuasiveness rendered useless. And, what I learned is that sometimes you have to play the game. And, sometimes you cannot win, even if you this (or know) you are right.
All in all, I’m thankful that we are finally getting our gas turned on. But, it was not an easy or a pretty process.
So, this week – the kinks are getting worked out. And, when our home is finished, all of the nasty phone calls, the sore hands and the dusty clothes will be worth it.
No checklist changes this week.