Update: Finally living in the new house, regrouping
Saturday, July 28, 2018
I was doing pretty well in 2017 until September and October when it turned out that the new house was missing a pretty important element that was necessary for it to comply with NY State building codes. I ended up with the contractors, the code enforcement officer, and the designer (and his architect) all pointing fingers at each other, and not accepting any responsibility for this oversight.
That just about did me in, and pretty much derailed my efforts toward getting back to goal, weight-wise.
People warned us that building a house would be stressful and awful, and there certainly have been parts of the process for which that applies, but this code thing at the end was over the top. It took a different friend who turns out to also be a NY State code enforcement officer, and a friend who is an architect in NY who provided the solutions. Then I had to sternly remind the parties involved of the parts of their contracts that THEY had supplied AND signed, saying they would build to code.
I honestly was thinking I was going to have to spend a third winter in the 1880s house. Ugh.
Fortunately this did finally get resolved before the snow came (but barely) and only because of constant prodding on my part (which made me feel like going postal, at times).
It took H several months to finish the tile work upstairs so we were sort of camping out in there until March but at least the pets (and we) were warm.
So now we're still unpacking boxes and my current goal is to have my half of the garage available for my car this winter.
The knee replacement still won't entirely straighten and I'm still working 10+ hour days 5 days a week if you include the commute, but life is finally setting down enough that I think soon I will have enough mental energy available to work on logging the food, etc. again.