Monday, October 20, 2008

Horrible, rotten, no good day

UGH!!!!! Ok, I've got it out of my system. So far, not so good on the house project. Last week they tore the deck down and took off all the brick.Apparantly, when you build a deck, its a great place to hide old gutters, bricks and other garbage underneath. Nice eh?

Anyway, over the weekend, our mailbox was randomly smashed to bits. Nice huh. Benson's observation was that it didn't look like a baseball bat had hit it. Or a car for that matter. We were irritated, but went on with life. Until this morning. Our contractor came to the door and asked if we had moved his tools inside. Uh, no. He said he had a couple shovels, a sledge hammer and a few other random tools that he left by the dumpster that were now gone. (lightbulb moment) Yea, someone stole his tools, but that wasn't enough, No, they had to hit our mailbox with the sledge hammer to make it more fun. Thanks whoever you are. We needed that.

On to the rotten part of the day. (yea, as if that wasn't horrible enough) The nice mexican workers were busy taking out the sidewalk in the front of my house, when the doorbell rang.
"Hi, I'm here from the county, do you know you need a permit to be doing this work?"

Uh, no, we're just re-siding and replacing the brick.

"yea, you need a permit for that."

We're taking down brick, and putting up brick, we're not changing the footprint of the house, my contractor told me we wouldn't need a permit.

"He's wrong. I'm going to have to give you a stop work Violation, and I'll have to look around to see if you have any other violations on your property."

The not so polite lady proceeded to walk around my property and apparantly the shed in the backyard never got a permit either, from before we moved in. But that is OUR responsibility. So work stopped with my front sidewalk half torn out and in a dangerous state, the deck in the back is gone, so its all mud and a giant step to try to come in that door. I'm not so happy about all this if you couldn't tell. The contractor went to the county building to try and take care of it, but I haven't heard back from him yet.

As for the no good... Well, I published my updates to my website, only to find out that I had broken paypal links. So you could look at all my gorgeous stuff, but you couldn't have bought it. I spent the afternoon fixing that mistake. The absolute best part of my day was thisand this
What would I do without them. Anyway, sorry for the long rant. You can make me feel a little better by visiting my updated website and telling me how great it is. :)
(if you find any broken links, PLEASE let me know!)


Kim W said...

Oh wow!!! I know construction is supposed to be annoying, but c'mon!!! What is that when the contractor doesn't know the rules?! You have must constraint when the worse part of your rant is "UGH". Ha! My heart hurts for you. Good luck with everything. I'm going to go check out your website. Oh, and that smile is tooooooo sweet. Couldn't you just suck those cheeks?!

Weston and William's Blog said...

wow, how AWFUL. I can't imagine! I hope things get better and your contractor gives you a MAJOR discount or something. That's just redicilous!

Aly Allred said...

Having been through construction, construction, and yet another basement finishing project, the city inspectors are just so lovely, I swear! I think that they have nothing better to do than site you with violations. Fingers crossed, we haven't had one yet on this project. All I can say is Best of Luck and just keep smiling. You will get this done and it will look fabulous. Can't wait to see what it looks like once it is all done.

Marilee said...

Yikes! No wonder you called it a horrible day! I hope your contractor gets things straitened out. And isn't it great how just a smile or a hug from your child can make you feel so much better?

Marilee said...

By the way, I went to your website. I was seriously blown away by the stuff you've done - absolutely amazing. And the site looks fantastic. :) I put a link to it on my blog - hope that's okay!

devri said...

Sorry your day is crummy, that is how I feel with my website, well-

I went to your website, great job!!!

I love those websites better than traditional, so much more simpler to navigate, mine is a flash... and I about want to throw my arms in the hair for it.

Maybe you should do it for me.. hee hee

Celeste said...

Wow! At least you can look on the bright side! Good Luck with everything!

Karena said...

The new website does look great, and I'm not just saying that to ease your burdens. Just remember that "when it rains, it pours" and the worst should be behind you now. I can't wait to see all the changes to the house, and hopefully, everything will begin to fall into place for you guys!

Brenda said...

That sucks! Seriously, why are people so anal about things. Tell the mean lady from the county to go find something better to do. It's not like your doing anything horrendous. Your improving the value of the neighborhood for goodness sake! RIDICULOUS!

Mrs. Morty said...

Man!! That is beyond crummy, beyond annoying, beyond aggravating!! Sorry that this project is turning out to be the stinkiest of all stinkiness.

Sue said...

What a truckload of nonsense and troubles to deal with on top of the headache that comes with construction ANYWAY. Your kids are sure cute! and I really like your new website. I would love to put a link to it on my blog if you don't mind (tell me if you do and I'll take it off)

by the way - I found your blog through your website, hope you don't mind me peeking at it once in awhile

Tami H. said...

Cheryl, that sounds awful, expensive and annoying. But Daniel looks sooooooo cute.