Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You can ring my bell...but I won't hear it!

I would love for you to RING MY BELL--ding, dong, ding....or shout over the intercom; however, WE HAVE NO POWER! 

This lack of juice has left me joltless, jammed out, jittered down, just plain on blah and has led to a  pause to all things Ryan Homes lately.

A screeching halt!  That’s what it’s been like.  PEPCO was delayed in laying the electric; as a result….the sump pump can not operate….as a result…when it rains the basement is wet… a result…..they can not lay carpet… a result…they had to push the carpet install from two weeks ago to tomorrow!  PEPCO doesn't give us power until….TUESDAY.  AS A SUPER, SUCKY RESULT, our closing date is now on the July 18, 2011. That is 10 whole days later. I don't have 10 extra days in the patience box.  I only had enough for 85. I signed up for hip-hop dance, jazz dance, hand dance-lessons...anything to get my mind off of these extra 10 days.  Now, if I could spend it in ATLANTIS like someone else I know.......that would be a different story!  Gurrr *eyes rolling*   

So, I've finally pressed the reset button to my clock but it blows me every time I look at it!

Wellst on to Guardian,
They never cease to irritate me.  They installed the inputs for the dual room entertainment center in the wrong place. Well, no biggie people make mistakes and they agreed to fix theirs. This is what is was: The Blue Indicates where the input is currently and the red arrow indicates where the input should have been placed.

These fools moved the inputs where to the correct place and the used a cover plate to camouflage the hole.  Did he think that LALADY was going to miss that?  Didn't he remember that I was the one who contacted Corporate about getting the preferred customer discount that he said did not exist?  Ah Hullloooo---I DON’T THINK SOOO! "Mr. Guardian, I suggest you get your drywall repair kit and get to fixing." *snaps finger*  

Well while on my hiatus from all things RYAN, a few more things were able to get done…shutters/door painted.

Of course they made sure we had a mail box…..we may not have power yet but they want to be CERTAIN we have a way to get the BILL for that power once they turn it on!

Wood floors were installed and the toilets and plumbing fixtures too!

I'm glad to see the plastic on the toilets.  That plastic needs to STAY on until 6/18!  Those worker-bee's butts have NO business releasing their greedy selves inside our hose.... THAT'S WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE!  I mean Chipotle is known to run right through you but it better run right through them down the street to the JIFFY-JOHN!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Uh Oh---Better get PEPCO

Time is ticking and everything with the construction of the house is on schedule.  The hardwood floors are being done today and carpet on Monday. Now everything lies in PEPCO's hands.  They were supposed to start digging trenches on yesterday but it got pushed back to Monday.  Depending on how swiftly  they work will determine if this will affect our closing day.

Our PM wants to have adequate time to test everything once the electric is on.  As much as I don't want to add ONE MORE DAY to that countdown, I want him to test, test, and retest!  I am sure it is much easier to get things done on the front end, then scheduling a time to do it after we move in...NO THANK YOU!  I want to have as little go wrong as possible!

I am not going to let the PEPCO thing stress me out because what will be, will be, and things will be fine.
One thing that is still weirding me out...You should see our street.  Homes are going up left and right.  I mean there may be 4 homes left and yet STILL have seen NOT ONE NEIGHBOR.  What the heck is going on?  I need to meet these people.  I have big plans for my street.  We've got to have a block party at the close of the summer and we need to get cracking.  I wish you all could be my r-neighbors (REAL neighbors) It would be something like this:

How fun!  You see Noey is know why don't you?? Because just like on our blogs, she got there first.  Have you gotten to a post yet that Noey didn't beat you to? NOPE NOT "NEVER" lol. Enjoy your vacation!  Trust me the Atlantis is so gorgeous you will absolutely love it there!  Take your own snacks--food is ridiculousness high. (All American Hot Dog $12)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

All Locked Up.

As I was pulling up this afternoon, Guardian was finishing up.  The technician was really nice explaining some of the features of what he had installed.  When he finished we left together and he said, " Let me lock this garage so nobody can get in here" I shook my head and said, "YES, please do" <--Wellst, that's what my mouth said but my mind was saying, nobody but leave the garage door unlocked because I may want to come back. He kept fiddling with the door having technical difficulties.  i watched him in my rear view mirror as I drove off hoping that he was defeated by the door but he was not giving up without a fight.  Needless to say...he WON and I'm locked out!
Check out some of what they completed today:

Just waiting on shutters now

Central Vac Unit

Fireplace lights and one of the surround sound speakers

Our kitchen TV is going in this corner...Law & Order SVU baby!

My favorite gadget--the vac pan. No more dust pan.  I was no good at that anyway!

Countdown to the Countdown

My first countdown was a stagnant 60 days..I was saying sixty days for at least 25 days.  Finally I was officially at 60. Ok 60 LONG days. Then I needed this thing to speed up to 45. 45 days is when it gets fast and real.  At 45, I would allow myself to put a countdown clock on my blog. SHOUT OUT TO NOEY for the new portrait countdown widget that fits better on my page.  The only thing that got me from 60-45 was  So, when I get to 45, I felt as far away from the end as I did at 60. Gee! I needed to just make it to 30.  Once I got to 30 it would be a piece of cake because then it would be only two paychecks away and you know how fast they fly by!  Now I'm at 24 and I'm counting down to 14. These countdowns within a countdown are my own little method of psyching myself out.  I wonder if this is how they "do time" in jail?? Not that I wonder enough to find out or anything!

They are coming along on schedule at the home site! Tee and I were very pleased at what we saw!  The walkway was paved and we walked right up to the front door which was LOCKED.  Say what? Who locked up without telling me first?  They know I come by a million times a day.  No worries, the garage was open.

Paca, Pueblo, and John were working it out on the stone out front!  Check out their pulley system...its more like a hand toss system. I see how the windows get broken!  I did ask them if they had chicken or Chipotle for lunch.

This week is the last of the rough trade....the electrical trim, HVAC returns, guardian, shelves, etc through Thursday and then Friday they begin on the floors...Woohoooo on my way to 20 on the countdown.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ding Ding Ding, Formen on deck!

Well since lunch seems to be one of the most enjoyable times of the day for the Worker Bees and Assembly Ants, I decided to do a GO-IN during lunch time...looking real official too!

... Peep the hard hat!  And yes, I had on the wrong shoes but i made it through the gravel effortlessly.  I sent an email to our magnificent PM this morning praising the work that has been accomplished.  I also told him that not only are they working well but they were eating quite well also.  Then I attached a picture of the chicken bone.  When I walked up today there was no trash discarded on the ground outside the house.

So I proceeded in to look at the progress another day makes.


LOLOL no....he's not picking up any left over chicken bones, he is laying the tiles for the Master Bath.

And the tile in the hallway bath had pretty much been completed:

It may have been lunch time but these guys left no evidence of it on the inside! 

Just an aside....I was hanging out with the President last night. He went to see a play at Ford's Theatre with the VP. Can you see our motorcade behind me. Our car is under the white tent.  I actually decided not to ride with them because of all the fan fare. i don't like a big fuss. That's why I decided to just go for ice cream at my favorite place FROZEN YO instead. lololol!!! 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Transformers----What a difference some trim makes!

It's funny because during this process things can go so slow because we are so anxious for things to happen.  At the same time, things move at the speed  of lightening and in a day you go from a sign to a hole, to some concrete, to a frame, and transformations happen so quickly. In a day the entire feel of our house was transformed!  We are just that much closer to the end which is really the beginning!  The trim added the special touch that reminded us why we fell in love with this model to begin with!  

Family Room
Dining Room

And those makeshift banisters--- Transformed!

Yes, this stair model comes with this house--lolol
While the house is being transformed from left to right....some things have stayed the same!

Yes that's a CHICKEN BONE.   I guess somebody's eating in the kitchen!!  That is just rediculuos!!  You won't believe the amount of discarded trash outside--- chiptloe bags, dressing packets, soda cans, Red Bull cans, you name it...they are eating it, drinking it...and throwing it on the ground!   Mama always told me NOT TO BE A LITTER BUG! They need to get it together out there....but inside our premises the BETTER GET IT TOGETHER seriously...a chicken bone???  And it must have been finger licking good because he knawed the gristle off of that bone.  WOW!

Well chat going to make me some chicken.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Worker Bees and now Assembly Ants!

I spoke with my PM this morning and he really knew how to kick off my weekend!
So that trim package that was all in the garage......."WELLST" my PM said they will be like little ants on an assembly line to get it ALL installed TODAY.  He said it's really fascinating to watch.  I let him know that I most definitely plan to check it out today!  Yep. that's right... Cabinets, counter tops, doors, banisters, window trim, and whatever else was in those boxes will be in their rightful place. 

The siding will also go up today!

And Hallelujah PEPCO has us on the schedule for next week!  This was the only thing that could keep us from closing if PEPCO was on the "slow roll".  We are on a new street; first house, and there is no electricity. I was trying to figure out if I knew somebody, who knew somebody--- that knew SOMEBODY at PEPCO to get a move on it but all is well.

So, I will be doing a Drive-by/Go-in to see the ants working to make my colony in a day!  How about that.  Then I am going to see about sending those ants AND MY PM up north to @momoftwins!!!!!  Hey Ma...hang in there!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We've got trim and one filthy tub

Having a dirty tub is like an oxymoron. i don't quite get why they didn't keep a cover over it. I know they are going to have it shining like the top of the Crysler Building (they better) but this visual is not a good one. I hope the jets don't get clogged with debris..

On to others things....It was like Christmas in June.  Santa dropped off the trim package in the garage.
We've got trim!

As you can see its all in the garage...UNLOCKED.
But I'm not complaining because I don't have a key.

They painted today and I was wondering how they could paint it all in one day but if I had a spray gun, i could paint it in a day too!
Here is the LR all painted--love the sunlight

I'm exhausted so I'll chat tomorrow and post the rest of my pics!