Week 38 – Cruising into Christmas on the e-train

It’s a funny thing how the world works. In November when we were desperate for a few nice days to finish the siding, it was inexplicably -11 degrees. Now, it’s the end of December, and we’re set to spend a few days with my family. We’ve moved inside to work on electrical and while it’s nice when it’s not -11, we have, at least, a little more leeway on the weather. Still it’s nicer when it’s at least seasonably warm as you can almost work inside without a coat on. So naturally, it’s supposed to be over 50 degrees now!

The electrical has gone well, the biggest challenge being walking through the house to pick out spots for switches and realizing that, while everyone loves an open concept home, an open concept home does take away wall space for things like switches. You walk into a space and think, “I’d like to be able to turn on a light here…” and there is no wall there! Almost all the light boxes and switch boxes are in now, and I think we only found one spot in which, during our walk throughs, we had a little misunderstanding about where the switch was going (or should go!) The compromise? There’s now a switch in both spots. 😅

The exciting part, is that when the electrical is finished, the next steps are insulation and drywall. And that’s when the finishing design stuff can start, which is what I got really excited about when I was first talked into building. Turns out, it just takes a long time to get around to finish work. Like, you have to build the rest of the house before there’s something to finish. Go figure!

While 2019 has not been a bad year, and has seen so much of the house go up, we are more than ready to turn the next page into 2020 and get this project across the finish line. Just don’t ask us about a move in date. Our best guess…the first half of the new year?!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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