Greetings from construction land.
See that wall directly to Jim's right? Well, it is gone now. And I just took a picture to show you, but Blogger is being a wench and won't upload it, even though it JUST UPLOADED THE PICTURE ABOVE. You'll have to take my word for it- it looks better. Very open. Very lack-of-dividing-wall-ish. Also, all the ceiling tiles have been pulled down, all the paneling is ripped off, all the nails (approximate number: 8,716) picked up, the carpet has been shop-vacuumed multiple times, and the electric from the offending wall is rerouted and a new overhead light installed. One wall has even been drywalled! So, lots of progress. But still, lots more to do. Drywall the rest of the walls and the ceiling, obviously, mud and sand, prime and paint, and then rehang the trim. And there's some little nitpicky stuff with leveling out the doorway where the wall came out. BUT. The end is in sight.
Hmm. If Addy yells, "Mommy, where ARE you?" one more time, knowing full well where I am, I'm going to scream. Every time, I call back pleasantly, "I'm in the den, honey, what do you need?" and every time she replies, with escalating levels of aggrieved impatience, "MOOOMmy, where AAAARE you?!"
Mommy's hiding in the den with my secret chocolate bar, sweetie, where else have you ever known me to be?