Monday, May 26, 2008

Well on our way.

Here it is, a Monday off, and I've been as productive as I can be, I think. I didn't sleep much last night...thunderstorms moved in at about 11:15, and I decided to stay up until any severe threat had passed, and by then, Iron Chef had started so I just watched that. And then another wave moved in at about 3, so I was up for that (I went to bed about 12:15...), and then Leo got up for work at 5:30, and Izzy woke me up at 7:30 because she had to go outside.

*sigh.* I am le tired.

The dogs have to be escorted outside in the front yard throughout the day, which adds to the tiredness. I cleaned, cleaned, cleaned all morning, and after the threat of the vacuum had come and gone, they were right tuckered, thank goodness. So they slept for a bit while I finally sat and ate some lunch, and then after a shower, I decided it was time for a bit of a nap. I think I dozed for about 15 minutes, until our neighbor across the street came home and posed enough of a menace to Izzy that she felt it appropriate to start barking like mad. Wide awake, I popped her shock collar on her for a bit, and then dried my hair. Then I took the puppies on a quick walk, so Jake could poop in some random neighbor's yard down the street (why he couldn't just go when we were in our own yard is fucking beyond me...), and then we came back home.

Now I'm here. Because I need human interaction. So I'm visiting with you guys. How you doin'? Having a good Memorial Day I hope? Good...that's nice.

Oh, I also packed up the remains of the closet in the master bedroom, and started packing away the stuff in the office somewhere in the middle of all that mayhem up there. Just for good measure.

Hell, at least I didn't need to go to the gym! Busy, busy, busy...sweaty, sweaty, sweaty! (Blech.)

So here are some more pictures for you. Just about caught up on them with this batch. More to come later this week, I'm sure.

So this is the new poured foundation after they took the frames away. They also shoveled the dirt pile we'd had in the middle of the backyard to fill in the space around the foundation. The slope seems a bit steep to me, so I'm gonna talk to the contractor about that. Otherwise, all is well there. (Gas line excluded...that is also going to be discussed with the contractor, as mentioned in the previous post, of course.)
Here's the inside of the space. This will essentially be our new crawspace for the addition. It seems really deep to me right now. I'm sure that once there is plumbing and all that good stuff in there, it won't be as roomy, but we'll see! Leo seems to think it'll be a safe place for us to run in case of tornadic activity. I can't see myself doing that, but whatev.
When they shoveled the dirt pile down and around the foundation, they seemed to spread some of it all over the yard. My contractor keeps saying that he knows it's a mess, but it will all be worth it in the end. And while I'm perfectly willing to look on the bright side as much as possible throughout this process, it's hard to do so when it rains for 3 days in a row...AND ALL THAT FUCKING DIRT TURNS TO MUD.
Now you know why the puppies are having to be escorted to the front yard for their potty breaks. It kind of dried up in the backyard for a bit on Saturday afternoon, and then last night was ok. But then it fucking rained again, and while Izzy is a champ at avoiding the mess, Jake seems to revel in not just wandering through it, but also loves climbing to the top of the pile of dirt, and he hasn't had the chance to roll around in it, but I'm sure he would if he could.

No matter...Leo has a hard time relaxing with him out there on his own anyway. This is the fence we currently have in place to keep Izzy and Jake from wandering off.

It worked ok in the first week, but then last week it got breezy, and the bottom was flapping up, and Jake saw it as his opportunity to wander down the street. Leo found him two houses down, but it upset him a lot. So that's why the rocks and stuff are holding it down at the bottom now.

Anyway, that's what's up. Watch tomorrow for some pics of the kitchen...I need some advice from everyone, which is always fun. Happy holiday!

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