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Nineteen Months + 2 Days

We are finally reaching the end of our long journey toward a normal house. We currently have the following pieces of furniture waiting for final assembly and/or placement: headboard, two bedside tables, futon, two stacking t-shelves, sofa, and armoire. Juannie repainted our bedroom ceiling yesterday which was the last step before starting to get everything in place.

We had to repaint the ceiling because we noticed while redoing the paint job on the windowsills and trim last weekend that the contractor left the ceiling all splotchy. We were, of course, not surprised by the shoddy work. Just another small setback because Juannie was planning to get the furniture set up yesterday but had to paint instead. What's one more day?

Now that we can move things back into the bedroom, the den will be freed up for the armoire, sofa and t-shelves. Then we will have room in the office to assemble the futon. I have my fingers crossed that we will actually be sleeping back in our bedroom tonight. Juannie's taking a nap break right now. I am actually too excited to rest plus I am about to get our new bedding in the wash so it's ready for tonight.

We had a busy morning dropping off my car for new tires, paying off our Saints season ticket balance, shopping for lamps and picking up the futon. The rest of the day will be devoted to getting all of this new furniture in place.

Thursday was the nineteen month anniversary of Katrina's landfall. If I had known then that we would still be dealing with getting our house put back together after this length of time, I would not have believed it would take so long.

In spite of the setbacks, aggravation, stress and disruption, I still feel lucky. We are in much better circumstances than so many others because we had a house that we could return to and live in during the renovation, we both kept our jobs and didn't miss even one paycheck, we got a reasonable and timely settlement from our insurance company, and we had the love and support of each other, family and friends (including LJ buddies) during this time.

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weelisa
Mar. 31st, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's great that things are *finally* getting back to normal.

Is this a fresh, brand new futon mattress? Makes me think it is about time we replaced out 10 year old one. We built our own futon frame, if you can believe it. Solid as a rock.

I like the idea of an armoire but we don't have the room for it in our tiny bedroom.

You two should celebrate tonight with margaritas!
silverdee
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Finally! Yay! I woke up in the middle of the night in our bedroom and got confused about where I was.

We bought a new futon frame, mattress and mattress cover. Amazingly, the place we bought it all from on the internet ships for free. So it wound up being a lot cheaper than buying it from a local place we found because they charged a ton for delivery.

The armoire is actually for our den. The TV will be residing there.

And we did have margaritas!
i_beckygardens
Mar. 31st, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm happy for you, but it's a shame the contractor isn't doing a great job for you.
silverdee
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We fired the contractor right before Christmas and continue to discover things that were done half-ass or not at all. I have truly not heard one positive story about their contractors from all of the people I know who had to do storm renovations. Not one.
i_beckygardens
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
We didn't have near the damage you all did, we had landrieu (sp?) brother do our roof, and I would recommend them for that much, they were great, but extensive rennovations I don't know.
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