Construction Update: Let the Framing Begin

Another construction update already? But I just posted yesterday. This is madness!

Apparently, Panorama Homes is making up for lost time. Have I mentioned lately that I love them?

This almost makes up for the email I received from our bank today, stating "Per the inspection, I have sent $79,098.00." o_O

I knew a bill like that was coming. I think. On some level, I must have known. They kept it under $80,000 and didn't charge us any cents, so I guess that was nice.

Although, now I'm wondering if it's such a neat, tidy number because they rounded up, not down. I really need to see an itemized copy of that invoice.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what part of the house I'm looking at here. That holds true for the photo above and below this.

Where the heck is this supposed to be?
We'd better get up to the lot and make sure they're working off the correct set of plans.

This house is going to be AMAZING! I just need to keep telling myself that.

The Award for Slowest Foundation Ever Goes To...

We broke ground on 6/13/16, more than four months ago, and I greatly underestimated the patience required to build a house. Remember the post I shared waaay back on September 6th? The one where the concrete had finally been poured for our footings? The construction crew had smoothed and leveled the dirt and everything looked so pretty.

Well, they dug it all up again.

I do not understand construction.

This pit is much deeper than it looks here. I thought it would be fun to have my photo taken at the bottom, but Sexy Nerd refused, pointing out how impossible it would be for me to get back out.

Later, we had a little argument (when building a house, there are lots of little arguments) and he decided he'd like to take my photo at the bottom of the pit after all.

We settled for this instead:

It's really not the same, is it? 

With the concrete footings completed, it was only a few more days until the foundation was poured.


It did not happen in a week. It did not even happen in a month.

We did have some snazzy looking in-floor heating installed though. These red tubes were even run behind the fireplace...which I still think may have been a mistake.

Sexy Nerd refused to let me look into it though, insisting the men responsible are "experts in their field and know exactly what they're doing." Because no one ever makes a mistake? Because their fragile expert egos would be forever damaged by my simple question?

Because the beer cans we keep finding at our construction site lead me to believe otherwise.

(You see? Lots of little arguments when building a house.)

Halfway done with the radiant tubing...oh, wait. That enormous second half of the house is not going to have in-floor heat. 

It's Sexy Nerd's garage.

(Best wife ever? Obviously.)

 I actually did suggest we have heat installed in the garage as well, but that wasn't to keep Sexy Nerd warm and comfy. It was because I know he's going to run space heaters out there 24/7 and jack up our electric bill.

I'm fixing us some imaginary dinner in our imaginary outdoor kitchen on our imaginary back patio.

Here is the front patio, ready for concrete to turn it into a giant, ugly slab forever. Thank goodness we checked this beforehand - it's nothing like the patio we'd agreed on in the construction plans! We saved someone a lot of time with a jackhammer.

Time went on and on. I started writing a blog post about how our foundation will never be poured, woe is me. I'm a procrastinator though, so instead of sharing the post in a timely manner, I waited to finish it. Why rush? The footings were poured September 6th and we still did not have a foundation on September 14th...September 21st...September 30th...October 7th...October 12th...

Then, on October 14th, this happened:


See that cute little patio in front of the house? Much better. 

I have to give the crew credit for their ingenious trash solution, over on the upper left.

The sky was especially pretty for these photos because of a prescribed burn not far from our lot. We knew not to worry, but there's something unnerving about seeing plumes of smoke rise around your mountain dream home. 

Our throats and eyes were burning. It was worth it.
Ta da! On a side note, I'd thought my new L.L. Bean coat was really flattering.

I look like an Oompa Loompa.

But where are all the photos of Sexy Nerd?? He has been stubborn lately, (well, more stubborn than usual), insisting he "only wants photos of the house" and he doesn't care if he isn't in any of them. 

Look what I found on his phone though:

Framing is actually moving right along as planned! I'm shocked and terrified. Click here for photos.

A Weak Cup of Coffee

My day isn't off to a great start. I got about ZERO hours of sleep last night. It was one of those situations where you can't sleep because you have so many other things to do, but then you end up not sleeping anyway, so you may as well have just stayed up after all.

Sexy Nerd is away on a business trip, which means making the morning coffee fell to me. He'll be home today and not a moment too soon. Grinding the beans, measuring the water, changing the filter, all before I've had any caffeine...that's what I have a husband for! I poured a packet of liquid creamer and some Torani Salted Caramel syrup into a mug, added my finally-brewed coffee, and sat down for a speedy breakfast before running off to work. I mentally checked off the things I need to take care of before Sexy Nerd gets home.

The house is still a mess, the dogs need to be fed, the tortoises need their humidifier water replaced, (oh, by the way, Sexy Nerd has an aquarium of tortoises now) today is my last day to get to Smith's and Albertsons before their specials change...


My first sip of coffee wasn't what I'd been expecting. I had brewed the weakest cup ever, tasting of nothing but watered down cream and sugar. If there had been another cup of coffee around, it would have laughed at it. Looking at the dishwater beige liquid in front of me, I realized my mistake.


I had never added my freshly-ground beans to the coffee maker.
It's going to be a loooong day.

How Did My Sleep Study Go?

Let's begin this post with an image. Hmmm, which one should I use? Which one, which one? Ah, this sums things up nicely. It's perfect:

I've been on a cancellation list with a local sleep study specialist to finally, finally get to the bottom of my lifelong insomnia for several months. They never had any openings, so I was forced to be patient and wait for my scheduled appointment like some sort of...patient person. I haven't gotten enough sleep this week month year lifetime - that's the best I can come up with.

Last night was my appointment. The sleep study was held at the Drury hotel in a comfy room and included a top-notch breakfast as a reward after a night hooked up to dozens of wires and electrodes. Not that insomniacs need extra incentive to do the study, of course. The reward we hope for is better sleep! So, how was the sleep study I've waited all these months for?

I didn't go.


My job for the last 12 years has been to assist patients with their insurance questions. I am an insurance whiz! (No exaggeration - this is the actual job title listed for me on our dental office website. I am our office insurance whiz.) To summarize, here is what happened:

1. I scheduled an appointment with Office #1. I was going to get in right away and they were going to solve all my problems and turn my life into one perfect fairytale dreamland.
2. My boss HATES Office #1 (for no real reason, I'm pretty sure) and insisted I go to Office #2 instead. I listened.
3. I called my insurance company to double check Office #2 was a "preferred" in-network provider for my plan. Insurance is way, waaay too complicated. Did you know in-network and preferred in-network are two completely different things? It's a mistake (an intentional mistake made by the insurance companies, I'm fairly certain) that can result in hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars out of pocket. Luckily for me, my insurance representative confirmed Office #2 was "preferred" and that my cost would be lower as a result.
4. Months and months go by. I call a few times to get in sooner, but no luck. Finally, it's time for my appointment. Yippee! My entire life is going to change and everything will be perfect from now on! Ever cautious, and rightfully suspicious of anything insurance-related, I pull up my insurance website.
5. Office #2 is listed as in-network, but not preferred in-network. Oh no!
6. I panic. I maybe even cry (just a little). I call Office #2. No worries, they reassure me. They ARE a preferred in-network provider for my plan! They even double check. Yes, they are exactly what I need them to be and all is right with the world. Whew!
7. Just to be safe, I run this information by my insurance company. Keeping in mind they are the ones who told me originally that Office #2 is preferred in-network, I'm not too worried. Well guess what?

OFFICE #2 IS NOT PREFERRED IN-NETWORK!!! They never were. Why did the original insurance representative tell me otherwise? Nobody knows. Why does Office #2 think they are preferred in-network when they actually are not? Because medical insurance is too flipping complicated!

8. (The icing on the cake.) I make an appointment with Office #1, which is 100% for certain a preferred in-network provider and who I could have seen a long, long time ago. They schedule my initial consultation for their next available opening. Today is September 28, 2016. When is my consultation?

The end of March, 2017.

Oh, I just remembered the real, real icing on the cake. You know how my boss hates Office #1? It turns out she had them confused with someone else.
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