So... I mentioned I had scheduled a small sneak preview party to watch the fights with a few of my closest friends?
Remember that feeling of hosting a party in middle or high school in your parents' basement? Sitting around with way too much soft drinks and chips, wondering if anyone's even going to show up? Or worse, if only two people show up and you end up standing around awkwardly not talking about how epically the party failed?
Because I do!
Never fear, my friends came through. Packed house, everyone telling me how much they loved the space (which, as friends, they're obliged to say anyway, but after this week I'll take it!).
The leadup was... interesting. Normally, the reno process would be to get all the plumbing done, walls up, plaster, and then paint. And then clean up. In that order.
Scheduling Saturday's event trumps normalcy. The World's Toughest Plasterer (tm) came through in spades. Brought a painter with him and between the two of them transformed my somewhat raggedy walls into glass-smooth semi-gloss whiteness. I got in on the action, mostly because I'm sure the painter was amused at my fussing like a mother hen. Plus they got to mock my old man golf shorts, so really a win for everyone.
Wife came by to clean the bathrooms and buy party food/stuff, because apparently while I was busy doing the million things I had to do I got time-warped back to the 1950s. Guys: Want to succeed and be happy in life? Marry well.
Contractor left his work site immaculate (I'll drop his details in a post with the rest at the end of this thread).
A flawless evening, but for the flaw: As I'm new to the space, no one thought to reset the automatic thermostat, which I don't as yet know how to adjust. Which was set to not run over the weekend. 28 Celcius (that's a tad less than 85 in freedom units).
So yeah, it was... tropical.
Other than that, a great night and a huge relief to pull it off what with all the things going on.
Took today (Sunday) almost off. Went in to clean and that's about it for work. Missed Dungeons and Dragons (adventurer's league) with the kids yesterday with all the lead-up, but got to play Magic the Gathering with my daughter today. Nothing recharges the spirit like spending quality time with my baby girl sharing something we both love. And mercilessly crushing her at it!
See the link for the scene of my planned nap this afternoon. Alas, just as I settled in, it started to rain. Reminding me that while the universe is treating me well of late, I shouldn't push it.
Planning to have the work all but finished by Wednesday and the mats down and ready to go by Saturday.
Once that happens, I'll host a bunch of open mats and soon some classes for my team.
It all depends on the foam company now so I can float the floor. I remain very cautiously very mildly somewhat optimistic they'll come through on time. Wish me luck!