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Reno report: the light at the end of the tunnel is, like, duuuude [Sep. 29th, 2010|08:38 am]

Despite the urethane sealant's promise of being low VOC, this stuff is totally My Chemical Pony. I'm in the basement and can still smell it. But I won't be in the house very long, so that's a good thing.

All indications are that the last of the patching, sanding, and chemical treatment will be accomplished today - hooray! After that, the last major decision that has to be made this week is window treatment for our bedroom - nothing over the window means too much light in the room and a little too friendly a view into the neighbor's kitchen. The other two rooms can wait a while, but our bedroom needs to be done right away.

But even though the worst of it ends today, today and tomorrow are not without their amusing complications. Because we have to stay in a hotel tonight, due to the fact that once he urethanes the hall, we cant get to our bedroom or the bathroom until it dries! And here is my schedule for the day:

10:30 Court
2:00 Doctor appointment
3:00 Afternoon appointment
6:00 Client meeting in Akron

9:00 Court
10:00 Client meeting
1:00 Court
5:00 Father-in-law arrives

My biggest issues in this are getting Ferrett to the hotel, packing up everything I'll need for the hotel and court and getting Ferrett back from the hotel before court in the morning. This wouldn't usually be a big deal, but right now I can't even get to a file folder for the new client documents. Everything in my life is just...buried. I don't even know for sure what time I need to be packed to be out of here.

But today my furniture should be able to go back into the living room. And by the time I can get back into my house tomorrow, all the sanding should be done. And other than my father-in-law visiting, nothing is scheduled for this weekend. "Here, Dad. Here's some Pledge and a few rags. Go to!"

Yeah, okay, maybe not....

[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-09-29 01:11 pm (UTC)
My usual solution for that kind of anxiety is writing out my schedule, complete with notes of what items I need to have at each juncture. Seeing it written down and figuring how it's going to work takes out a lot of stress (I also build in lots of extra time so traffic jams, etc. don't send my schedule all kerflooey). Good luck! And STAY AWAY as far as possible from that chemical stuff!! Quadruple times worse than plain old dust!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-29 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'm staying out of the house as much as possible - leaving in a few minutes, in fact.

At this point, trying to write the "putting it all back together" list is giving me palpitations!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-09-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more of the "getting to the hotel, etc." part. Putting it back together might take awhile. If you have a "Merry Maids" type organization, they might be part of your solution; a temporary 'helping hand' to get everything cleaned up and back in place! If you can't swing the monetary part of that, perhaps a group of friends would step up to the plate and help?? (I would, if I were even remotely close to Cleveland).
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-09-29 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah sometimes that works out SO WELL, having pros do it. When my husband is out of town, sometimes I will have someone come in, especially before he is due or relatives are due over, to give everything the once-over, a good cleaning. Takes the pressure off and is better for the home, since I know things have been taken care of (since dirt/dust ruins things, shortens the life of things, etc.). It's worth getting a few estimates/quotes, if possible. With me I would work side by side/just ahead of them, doing general straightening and putting things in their place as they cleaned everything deeply.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-29 05:25 pm (UTC)
Will consider such things. Good ideas!
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2010-09-29 01:34 pm (UTC)

My first suggestion would be

*breathe*, but under the current circumstances, I do not think that would be a wise old addage to apply.

It never fails, what starts out as a 'simple' let's paint or let's pull up the carpet, tumbles into OMG! proportions.

As a card carrying member of the chronic asthmatics club, I can formally attest to the fact that there is NO SUCH THING as LOW VOC. I think some of that stuff is even WORSE.

I will agree with BA1126... just make a list and write what you need for each item, that way you are less likely to forget something. It tis a mess.

And ya know, your Father in Law might just go... HEY! This is really cool... here, let me help. Ya never know.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-29 01:42 pm (UTC)

Re: My first suggestion would be

Right now I'm just concentrating on getting through today. Then there will be tomorrow. And once the crazy of tomorrow gets over, I can start making a dent in the reorganization.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-09-29 02:35 pm (UTC)
Anyone have an air purifier/filter you can borrow? At least it should still be nice enough to open some windows for a nice lovely airing out as you put things back. Fresh air, fresh new look, you'll feel SO good before you know it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-29 05:26 pm (UTC)
Much open windows - fortunately it's a great time of year for it!
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