Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 7

The initial "fun" of the renovation has worn off and now I just want it to be over.  HAHAHAHAHA It's not going to be OVER for a good long time.   We continue to have so many people in and out of the house.  In addition to the renovation, we had to have some asbestos removed from the attic today.  So ten guys doing construction and some guys in bunny suits.  Nothing like having to start paying in cash when you realize that your two year old has written on every blank check and you have failed to order more AGAIN.

I finally came to the point in construction when I had to call Dan the Money Man.  I love our money manager/financial planner/money therapist.  I found him by asking some rich people who managed their money and then guilted him into taking us peons on as clients.  DH and I would prefer that he received our paychecks, paid our bills and then sent us an allowance.  I hear that rockstars get that done for them.  He is the most frugal man on EARTH.  When I started LO's education fund when she was teeny, he told me that his daughter had started his granddaughter's fund when she found out she was pregnant.  He isn't patronizing but I don't like to call the guy EVER.  He communicates a plan, updates us and we talk/review once a year and that is the way we like it.  DH has never met the guy which shows you how involved he likes to keep the money end.

Dan actually encouraged me to be less scared of purchasing a home and pushed us into buying a house.  He didn't really mention renovations but I digress.  His son just purchased a house as well and also went through several crazy rounds and is now going through renovations.  Dan is helping his son drywall the place.  Of course.  We discussed a course of action for money and some other stuff and he signed off without giving me a brow beating so a win?? I will feel better when it is all over.  Thankfully, we have gotten to the point of there is literally nothing else that can be done inside the house with the exception of the bathroom.  The good part of having a pretty modest house is that we have remodeled everything and our materials costs are not astronomical.  I am not moving again EVER.  The best part of putting a stop on costs is that DH has decided that he is going to tackle the backyard by himself.  The contractor has taken out the cacti and some pavers so we definitely have a random feel right now.  I am going to be interested to see his gardening finesse.