Oh my. You may recall earlier in the week I wrote about how we planned to finish out the renovation of the Travis 1 house, so that my sister could move into it. Tomorrow. To give you a hint of how it’s been going, I’ll just share that my blood pressure is usually 106 over something low, and Thursday it was 130. Sure, that’s not the danger zone, but that’s not ME!
What isn’t up, is a better question. Don’t panic, though. At least I had a cute puppy to help me work yesterday, and today there ARE people working on the house. But.
We’d found this nice dude to be our contractor on the project. He was all set to work with us, and we even had a plan to help him out with other parts of his work. He had one job to finish before starting on our house, but reassured us he’d have plenty of time. Then he got injured. You can’t really blame a guy for that.
By Thursday, we realized that dude was not going to do the job. Thankfully, our office manager, Mandi, has lots and lots of local contacts and was able to find really nice folks to step in and help out. Now we just needed the things to install.
So, Lee and I spent half the day yesterday (Friday) buying out the Home Depot in Bryan. We got all the stuff to the house (check out those photos), and they got to work. Of course, that wasn’t all simple.
The heating/AC unit we bought is so powerful it needs a 220 volt plug. Whoops. That will have to wait until we find an electrician. At least the small unit for the bedroom is good, and we have space heaters. And everything is taking longer than we anticipated. But it’s happening.
There is a mailbox, there are curtains on the windows, and light fixtures are almost all in. Next, bathroom….the kitchen will wait until after the move.
It’s always good to have lots of backup contractors. We’ve mentioned that before, right?
Moving Woes, Yes, It’s a Saga
Let’s just say advance planning does not mean things will go well, and moves are notorious for mix-ups. Certainly this one is going for a record in problems.
I had been SO proud of myself for getting my son a flight to help my sister out, using my miles. And I’d gotten them hotel rooms for tonight on points. And the truck rental was not too bad, nor was the cost of two people to help load the truck this morning.
- Son’s Uber ride was late or something, and he missed getting on his flight to Charlotte (then to he had to connect to his destination).
- The next flight was full, so he was bumped.
- He made it to Charlotte in time for a later flight to his ultimate destination.
- But that was full. Only available flight was this morning. Thus, he could not pick up the moving truck yesterday.
- Also, his arrival was after the scheduled moving helpers. They had to be canceled. For a fee.
- So, there’s no one to help load the truck. I have asked everyone I know in the vicinity, and no one knows anyone available. The entire university is at a football game.
- So they will not be able to make it to where their hotel reservations are tonight. Goodbye miles! Hello paying a lot, because my sister must have a pet-friendly room. Well, the cat can’t WALK to Texas!
- My son HAS to be back to work in Austin by tomorrow morning. He plans to drive straight through.
- We have no idea how this will all be accomplished!
This whole series of events makes me grateful for all the experience we have with figuring out Plan B, Plan C, and such with our home renovations! We’ve been really lucky that most of our work hasn’t involved hard deadlines (like, MUST be out of a house by a certain date or MUST have a house ready to move in by a certain date). This little saga shows how easy it is for a tight plan to unravel.
Anyway, it will be great to have this all over with, and everyone safely in their final destinations! Stay tuned.
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