December 2012

December was interesting. Wifey was in hospital for a planned surgery. It was supposed to be 3-5 days for recovery before being discharged home. It turned into two surgeries, fifteen days in hospital, and two weeks at her parents’ before coming home. Thankfully she was discharged before Christmas, so we didn’t have to have Christmas dinner in the Tucson Medical Center cafeteria. We expect her home this weekend; she’s doing well and we’re excited to have her back in the house!

Since for most of December it has been me and the kids against the world, there hasn’t been much habitation-related awesomeness to record. Here are a few accomplishments:

  • The shower is finished, except for one small detail that involves drilling holes in porcelain tile, and I am nearly done installing the new water heater. (Yes, the shower is finished, if you like your showers cold. In winter.)
  • With some wrastling and help from a friend, we got the washer and dryer installed and working. It should have taken a couple hours, but somehow it managed to swallow a whole day.
  • I also cut the opening into the rest of the house, and exposed the addition to the cats for the first time. It did not take them long to annex the new square footage into their territory. Being that the addition has partial walls and clerestory windows, as far as the felines are concerned it’s really not a bathroom at all but a multi-level playground.

With the opening cut, a working toilet, working washer and dryer, and an almost-working shower it really does feel like the downhill slope. I still have a lot of work ahead, but it’s mostly trim carpentry and details.

Here are some pictures:

Here is the view into the addition from the master bedroom, now that the doorway is cut. You can see the washer and dryer and our two kitties already making themselves at home.

Here is the view into the addition from the master bedroom, now that the doorway is cut. You can see the washer and dryer, our two kitties already making themselves at home, and a bare wire running across the top of the opening. I think the inspector will want me to do something about that. Bzzt!

Here is a close-up of the giant step up into the addition. I've stacked some scraps of foam insulation to help figure the final height of the step.

Here is a close-up of the giant step up into the addition. I’ve stacked some scraps of foam insulation to help figure the final height of the step.

Gratuitous cute-and-furry-ness.

Gratuitous cute-and-furry-ness.

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