Come hell or high water, B and B Party XII will be held here on Halloween. As that day inches ever closer, I look around me and think: 'Oh crap.' Most of the house is covered in dust, the rest of it is covered in plastic. The greatroom has a dozen sheets of drywall laying on the floor, three boxed up appliances, and enough random construction paraphernalia to open up your own hardware store. The new bedroom (a great potential crash place after party) is looking a lot better, but now that the roof is still leaking it's hard to tell what will have to be torn out and redone. Our PM has assured me that his guys will be sweeping up and cleaning up on Thursday, but he's assured me lots of things in the past.
If the weather holds out and the retaining wall really is all done on Sunday, the final grade should happen early next week. The goal was then to get the heat pump in and running pre-party. While that is still a possibility, I would no longer call it likely since there would be at most four days to build a base for it, have it delivered, installed, and working correctly.
Fortunately, cleanliness and heat are not two things that are required for a successful B and B Party as previous years have clearly demonstrated. Still, when I look at the room pictured below my first thought is not: Let's Party!